Chicago International Film Festival Opening Night

The envelope please…

The Chicago International Film Festival just announced the opening night film… the winner is The Immigrants, starring Joaquin Phoenix and French actress Marion Cotillard. The film will be shown on Thursday, October 10, at 7PM. at the Chicago Theatre, with the Opening Night Gala to follow at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. Mr. Gray will appear on the red carpet at the opening night celebration.

Directed by James Gray, the film tells the story of two Polish sisters arriving on Ellis Island in the early 1920s. One of the sisters becomes extremely ill and is quarantined upon arrival in the U.S. while the other sister, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard), falls prey to a conniving Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) and is forced into prostitution. Phoenix’s cousin Orlando (Jeremy Renner) arrives in time to offer support and hope for Ms. Cybulski.

“The Chicago International Film Festival has long been a director’s festival. For 49 years, we have introduced audiences to the work of innovative new filmmakers while also celebrating the latest by the masters of world cinema,” shares Founder/Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “James Gray is, without a doubt, one of America’s preeminent talents. The Immigrant is a testament to his brilliance. It is at once intimate and epic, classic yet immediately relevant.”

The Opening Night Gala is dedicated to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, a long-time supporter and friend of the Festival. Mr. Ebert credited the festival with introducing him to the work of Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Gregory Nava and other film industry giants. “Like the festival, Roger strongly believed in the importance of supporting the work of rising filmmakers,” adds Mr. Kutza. “By honoring Roger’s legacy, we are also paying tribute to all of the directors he supported early in their careers, like Festival filmmakers Errol Morris and John McNaughton, as well as to the spirit of the festival.”

Opening Night Ticket Information

Tickets for Opening Night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online through the Chicago Theatre website or in person at the Chicago Theatre (175 North State Street) box office (Monday to Friday, 12-6PM).

Film-only tickets are: Balcony, $25 for Cinema/Chicago members and $30 for non-members; Main Floor, $30 for Cinema/Chicago members and $35 for non-members. VIP Ticket packages including a main floor seat and admission to the after party at the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street, 4th Floor) are priced at $150 per ticket.



About Cindy Burns

Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.