Chicago European Union Film Festival to screen 22 films by women directors

The Gene Siskel Film Center will present the 22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival from March 8 through April 4, with 22 films directed by women (more than one-third of the films screened). The festival will present 60 premieres from 28 European Union nations, making it the largest EU cinema showcase in North America.

More than one-third of the 60 films this year are directed or co-directed by women.

The festival will open March 8 with a screening of Thou Shalt Not Kill from Gabi Virginia Sarga (with Catalin Rotaru). From host country Romania, the film tells the story of a doctor who begins investigating a chain of unexpected deaths at his urban hospital  after a three-year-old boy dies shortly after a successful surgery. Immediately following the Opening Night film and program, the audience is invited to a reception in the Film Center’s Gallery/Café generously hosted by Tiberiu Trifan, Consul General of Romania.


Other films directed by women include:


THE WALDHEIM WALTZ (March 15, 17) from Austria by Ruth Beckermann


EMMA PEETERS (March 29, April 2) from Belgium directed Nicole Palo


ALEKSI (March 29, 30) from Croatia by Barbara Vekaric


THE LITTLE COMRADE (March 31, April 2) from Estonia by Moonika Siimets


TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (March 8, 14) from Estonia by Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo


THE SOWER (March 16, 18) from France by Marine Francen


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MY REVOLUTION (March 30, April 1) from France by Judith Davis


TIGER MILK (March 15, 20) from Germany by Ute Wieland


HOLY BOOM (March 29, April 3) from Greece by Maria Lafi


FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY (March 29, 30 – SWAN Day!) from Ireland by Carmel Winters (plus Toma McCullim, production designer; both will appear in person on March 29 and 30 for audience discussion)


THE SUMMER HOUSE (March 24, 27) from Italy by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi


HOMO NOVUS (March 24, 27) from Latvia by Anna Viduleja


LIMESTONE COWBOY (March 29, April 4) from Malta by Abigail Mallia


YOU ARE MY FRIEND (March 15, 20) from the Netherlands by Petra Lataster-Czich (with Peter Lataster)


TOWER. A BRIGHT DAY. (March 10, 11) from Poland by Jagoda Szelc whose first feature has won a slew of international awards


TOUCH ME NOT (March 30, April 3) from Romania by Adina Pintille whose first feature won the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival


LITTLE HARBOR (March 15, 19) from Slovakia by Iveta Grofova

CARMEN & LOLA (March 10, 14) from Spain by Arantxa Echevarria


THE SILENCE OF OTHERS (March 31, April 1) from Spain by Almudena Carracedo (with Robert Bahar)


AMATEURS (March 8, 12) from Sweden by Gabriela Pichler


THE EX-WIFE (March 22, 23) from Sweden by Katja Wik.

More about the Chicago European Union Film Festival

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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening–unless stated otherwise—are $11/general admission, $7/students, $6/Film Center members, and $5/Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website or through the individual films’ weblinks on There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.

© Brigid K. Presecky (3/4/19) FF2 Media


Featured photo: Hazel Doupe in Float Like a Butterfly (2018)

Top photo: Alexandru Suciu in Thou Shalt Not Kill (2018)

Bottom photo: Amateurs (March 8, 12) from Sweden by Gabriela Pichler

Tags: Chicago European Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center

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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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