The 49th Chicago International Film Festival

Kenilworth native, Bruce Dern, will receive the Chicago International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award at its 49th annual festival in October. Mr. Dern’s latest film, “Nebraska,” has been selected as the Festival’s Centerpiece Film, and will be shown at the AMC River East 21 on Wednesday, October 16, at 7PM. The film, directed by Academy Award-winning Alexander Payne and written by Bob Nelson, also co-stars Will Forte (former Saturday Night Live cast member) and long-time actor Stacy Keach. Mr. Dern, winner of the Award for Best Actor at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, will be honored for his outstanding career that started back in 1960.

At a press conference held on Tuesday, September 17, the film festival announced its schedule of events and movies. The festival’s founder and artistic director, Michel Kutza, shares, “I’ve been a fan of Bruce Dern’s work since I first saw him in Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? In fact, you could say I grew up on his films! He has worked with some of the world’s finest filmmakers: Hal Ashby, Walter Hill, John Frankenheimer, Francis Ford Coppola, Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock and now Alexander Payne. Dern delivers, without a doubt, a knockout performance in Payne’s heartwarming and charming new film. We are proud to honor this fellow Chicagoan with one of the Festival’s top awards.”

Mr. Dern’s notable current work includes, Monster with co-star Charlize Theron, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and HBO series Big Love.

Festival Passes and Theatre Information:

Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non- members.
Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non- members.

Tickets on sale starting September 21. Festival screenings at AMC River East 21 (322 East Illinois Street).


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.