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SPECIAL EVENTS

6:00PM Wednesday, January 18th

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Close (2022)

Lukas Dhont · 105m · DCP

His first film after his feature debut and Cannes Caméra d'Or-winning Girl, Lukas Dhont's Close stars Eden Dambrine and Gustav de Waele as two young teen boys, Léo and Rémi. Partially a retelling of Dhont's own childhood experiences, Léo and Rémi must navigate their relationship under new and unwanted scrutiny after returning to their normal lives following an idyllic summer together. Dhont took home the Grand Prix at Cannes for this film.

Free pre-release screening! Followed by discussion and Q+A with director Lukas Dhont moderated by CMST Professor Aurore Spiers.

200 tickets can be reserved online here.

4:30PM Thursday, January 19th

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A Touch of Spice (2003)

Tassos Boulmetis · 108m · DCP

A Greek family living in Istanbul is broken apart when they are deported from Turkey; the family's young son, Fanis, struggles to adapt to life in Greece and takes refuge in cooking, as it is his only connection to his grandfather and his homeland. The film's original title, Politiki Kouzina, can either be translated as "Cuisine of the City" (referring to Constantinople) or as "Political Cuisine," reflecting the dual themes underpinning this film.

Sponsored by the UChicago Hellenic Students Association (HSA).

6:30PM Thursday, January 26th

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The Janes (2022)

Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin · 102m · DCP (English Subtitles)

Nearly 50 years before Roe v. Wade was overturned in 2022, seven Chicago women were arrested and charged with building an underground network to provide illegal abortions—each facing up to 110 years in prison. These were 'the Janes,' an activist group which provided abortions to an estimated 11,000 women. This documentary, which includes interviews with the women of the collective, is an informative and vital viewing in a post-Roe America.


Free event! Passholders must reserve a ticket online or go through the ticketing table the day of. Screening preceded by a panel with Heather Booth and Marie Leaner, activists and founders of the underground abortion provider known as "the Jane!" Moderated by WBEZ's Natalie Moore. Presented by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago; Chicago Foundation for Women; the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS), the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC); and Julia Stasch.

Registration can be completed here.

7:00PM Saturday, March 4th

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Who Killed Captain Alex? (2010)

Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey · 64m · DCP

What makes Who Killed Captain Alex? one of "DA BEST OF DA BEST MOVIES?!?!" Is it Ugandan Bruce Lee? A helicopter dogfight between the Tiger Mafia and the “Ugandan Ghetto Air Force?” Video Joker Emmie? A Wakaliwood production made on a shoestring budget of around $200, Who Killed Captain Alex? gives any Hollywood blockbuster an inferiority complex. We promise you, this is the most entertaining film on the calendar, so come check it out!

Tickets can be bought here.