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<cite>Forbidden Games</cite>

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Next screening, 11:30am

Forbidden Games

directed by René Clément in French

A timeless evocation of childhood innocence corrupted, Forbidden Games tells the story of a young girl orphaned by WWII and the farm boy she joins in a fantastical world of macabre play. At once mythical and heartbreakingly real, this unique film features astonishing performances by its child stars and was honored with a foreign language film Academy Award in 1952.

“Over the years, countless films have been made about war, its horrors and its devastations. Few, however have been as moving and heartfelt as Forbidden Games.” – David Ehrenstein

<cite>Blame it on Voltaire (La faute à Voltaire)</cite>

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Next screening, 1:30pm

Blame it on Voltaire (La faute à Voltaire)

directed by Abdellatif Kechiche in French starring Sami Bouajila, Aure Atika, Elodie Bouchez

In Kechiche’s debut feature, an illegal immigrant from North Africa lands in France to try his luck. From encounter to encounter, hostel to social welfare group, he makes his way through a Paris of outcasts. Although failing to amass riches, he discovers and shares the mutual support of society’s disenfranchised. Winner of Best First Film & Young Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival.

“This is not in the sociological sense a movie about the condition of immigrants in France, but something much more strange and valuable.” —New York Times

<cite>Tangerine</cite>

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Next screening, 1:45pm

Tangerine

directed by Sean Baker in English starring James Ransone, Mya Taylor, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez

A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., Tangerine defies expectation at every turn.

“Gorgeous. A perfectly cast, beautifully directed movie.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times

<cite>SK1 (L’affaire SK1)</cite>

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Next screening, 4:30pm

SK1 (L’affaire SK1)

directed by Frédéric Tellier in French

In this gripping period thriller, SK1 is French police jargon for “Serial Killer 1,” the codename given in the 1990s to a rapist and murderer who preyed on young women in eastern Paris. The culprit was not the country’s first serial killer, but he was the first to be caught via DNA analysis — even if cops had to overcome years of bureaucratic bungling and bad luck to finally get to him. The debonair Raphael Personnaz stars as an obsessive detective who finds his personal and professional lives upended by the case.

<cite>I Am Chris Farley</cite>

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Next screening, 5:45pm

I Am Chris Farley

directed by Brent Hodge in English starring David Spade, Adam Sandler, Bob Odenkirk

I Am Chris Farley tells the bittersweet story of one of the most innovative comedic actors who ever graced the stage, screen and television, before his untimely death from a drug overdose at the tender age of only 33.

Immortalized for his uniquely bold, energetic, and in-your-face comedic style, Chris Farley’s off-the-charts talent cemented his place as a key player in a movement that evolved and redefined the comedic genre. Although he was only in the spotlight for a short time, Chris nevertheless left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry through his groundbreaking work at The Second City, on Saturday Night Live and in several feature films and improv theaters across the country.

<cite>Number One Fan (Elle l’adore)</cite>

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Next screening, 7:00pm

Number One Fan (Elle l’adore)

directed by Jeanne Herry in French

When a pop singer accidentally kills his girlfriend, he turns to his most devoted groupie to help clean up the mess in this exceptionally well-polished French thriller, which satisfyingly delves into the characters and the darkly satirical undercurrent that runs beneath the suspenseful scenario. Starring 2014 Cesar winner Sandrine Kiberlain (nominated again for this performance) as the not-all-there beautician who would do anything for her idol (played by Laurent Lafitte).

“A clever example of mainstream French cinema from director Jeanne Herry, the daughter of Miou-Miou and Julien Clerc.” —Variety

<cite>Tokyo Fiancee</cite>

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Next screening, 9:15pm

Tokyo Fiancee

directed by Stefan Liberski in French

A Belgian free spirit recalls a winsome cross-cultural romance with her Japanese French-language student in this charming, free adaptation of one of prolific author Amélie Nothomb’s semi-autobiographical novels. Working on multiple levels, Belgian director Stefan Liberski’s film is also a coming-of-age story, a portrait of the artist as a young woman who grows to understand what she wants and what is most important. Mixing playfulness, intellect and contemporary events, the whimsical film “plays like Amélie meets Lost in Translation.”—The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>The King and the Mockingbird</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 2 Aug, 11:30am

The King and the Mockingbird

directed by Paul Grimault in French

“PERFECT FOR CHILDREN! PERFECT FOR ADULTS! Begun in 1948, completed in 1979 and adored by, among others, Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki, Grimault’s influential cartoon contains some of the most beautiful animation ever, melding the dreamy weirdness of a Giorgio de Chirico painting with folk-art sweetness. Jacques Prévert’s witty script is equally eccentric. There are actually two kings. One exists in a painting but goes on to usurp the real, despotic ruler because he’s fallen in love with another image — of a shepherdess.” – London Evening Standard

<cite>Games of Love and Chance (L’esquive)</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 2 Aug, 1:30pm

Games of Love and Chance (L’esquive)

directed by Abdellatif Kechiche in French

Kechiche’s second feature is a spirited and insightful comedy of manners that connects France’s classical literary heritage with its contemporary social reality. At a high school in the banlieue, shy, sweet 15-year-old Krimo takes on the male lead in a school production of a Marivaux play, hoping it might serve as the script to his own seduction of his leading lady, the diva-ish Lydia. The reversals and obstructions of Marivaux’s comic plot filter through the confused mores and conflicting desires of various girls and boys. Winner of four César awards.

<cite>The Chef’s Wife (On a failli etre amies)</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 2 Aug, 4:00pm

The Chef’s Wife (On a failli etre amies)

directed by Anne Ly Ny in French

Food. . . love. . . friendship. . . betrayal. . . Emmanuelle Devos (Violette), and Karin Viard (Polisse), team up on-screen for the very first time and have terrific chemistry in this accomplished comedy-drama, as two women who want more out of life in the workplace and the bedroom but are unsure how to obtain it and tentatively bond over their desire for change, though the husband of one of them is a complicating factor.

“Two terrific actresses and a nuanced screenplay deliver the goods.” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Breathe (Respire)</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 2 Aug, 6:00pm

Breathe (Respire)

directed by Mélanie Laurent in French

An assured adaptation of the French young-adult novel Breathe, the second feature by actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Beginnings) is a taut coming-of-age tale, starring talented newcomers Joséphine Japy and Lou De Laâge as two teens whose all-consuming friendship takes a dark and dangerous turn. Virginal 17-year-old Charlie is instantly attracted to wild new transfer student Sarah, who brings with her an air of boldness and danger.

“Mélanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession.” —Variety

<cite>Black Venus  (Venus noire)</cite>

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Next screening, Sun 2 Aug, 8:00pm

Black Venus (Venus noire)

directed by Abdellatif Kechiche in French

After winning five awards at the 2007 Venice festival with The Secret of the Grain, Kechiche took on a period piece that illustrates racial science, abolitionism, public entertainments and sexuality in the early nineteenth century. He uses the remarkable story of Saartjie Baartman, the so-called Hottentot Venus, whose outsized features became a freak show attraction in London and Paris. The film is constructed as a series of vignettes that follow Baartman as she is put on display, but Kechiche insists on her inner dignity despite her constant, terrifying humiliation.

<cite>Handmade with Love in France (Le Temps Suspendu)</cite>

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Next screening, Mon 3 Aug, 5:30pm

Handmade with Love in France (Le Temps Suspendu)

directed by Julie Bernard in French

A delightful look at a vanishing breed, this vibrant documentary affectionately celebrates the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making.

It examines the challenges these ateliers face as couture and luxury evolves as a business, including the continuing rise of technology and its impact on handcrafted work.

<cite>Henri, Henri</cite>

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Next screening, Tue 4 Aug, 7:00pm

Henri, Henri

directed by Martin Talbot in French

Raised in an orphanage run by nuns, Henri continued to live there after reaching adulthood, becoming responsible for the lighting around the property. Forced to leave his longtime home when the convent is sold to real estate developers, the young man lets himself be led by different signs of destiny to a job as a lamplighter. Through encounters with a bitter old businessman who earned and lost a fortune making pickles and a dreamy cashier at the local porn palace, Henri changes people’s lives. Québec’s enchanting answer to Amélie also bears flourishes of Jacques Tati.

<cite>Chubby (Bouboule)</cite>

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Next screening, Wed 5 Aug, 7:15pm

Chubby (Bouboule)

directed by Bruno Deville

Weighing 220 pounds, 12-year-old Kevin Bouboule’s life is far from easy. Since his father died, he’s been at the mercy of his domineering mother, arrogant sisters and neighborhood bullies. If Kevin doesn’t make an effort to change his lifestyle soon, his outlook seems pretty bleak. Until, that is, he comes across Rocco, a German shepherd belonging to the burly guard Patrick, and befriends both the dog and its owner. With great affection and charm, debuting director Deville tells the story of an outsider you can’t help but like.

<cite>My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria)</cite>

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Next screening, Thu 6 Aug, 7:30pm

My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria)

directed by Jean-Paul Civeyrac in French

Adapted from a story by Doris Lessing, this complex, poignant portrait of two young black women in contemporary Paris follows them from childhood into adulthood, with the older Fanny narrating the story of her friend and adoptive sister. Aged eight, Victoria spends a night in the home of a wealthy white family; years later, she encounters them again and her life is changed forever. As Fanny and Victoria’s destinies take them in separate directions, the drama offers a distinctly fresh take on racial identity in contemporary France – and on questions of class, privilege and blinkered liberal racism.

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IDA Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar!

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The Music Box Theatre has developed a new ticketing solution and now tickets can be purchased for most screenings online! As always, you can visit our Showtimes page (by clicking above) and see any upcoming screenings we have scheduled. Generally, the full showtime schedule is published on Wednesdays for the following Friday through Thursday. A partial schedule may be available further in advance for special events.

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Toons

Bring in your Music Box ticket after the show for 20% off your bill of $20 or more

Fandor

Fandor is where the film community comes together, where filmmakers and enthusiasts are advancing film culture, and where audiences are connecting with films across genres and decades. Fandor offers a broad library of independent and international cinema specially curated to make discovering new and classic favorites easy and accessible. Fandor’s member-based service allows audiences to watch unlimited movies wherever they are: on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Fandor showcases and supports the world’s best filmmakers and returns half its revenue to them. For more information, visit www.Fandor.com.

Get 40% off your Fandor Membership!

Candyality

3425 N. Southport Avenue (773) 472-7800

Candyality carries thousands of bulk items and sweet treats including gummies, sours, taffy, and more. Need M&Ms in 21 colors? We have that! How about your favorite flavor of Jelly Bellys? We carry over 30 flavors! Licorice? We’ve created Chicago’s first licorice bar offering a selection from many corners of the world.

10% off with this coupon and your purchase of $5 or more

Dairy Queen

A Lakeview staple!

10% off your order with a ticket stub!

Mystic Celt

3443 N. Southport Ave. (773) 529-8550

Bring in your Music Box Theatre ticket stub for a free appetizer for your table!

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Music Box Films

A highly acclaimed distributor of foreign and independent film in theatrical, DVD and television markets in the United States.

Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand.

Chicago Filmmakers

5243 N. Clark, Chicago, IL

Affordable, college-level training with accomplished industry and independent filmmakers.

Films of the Future

We review films before we see them.

Films of the Future is a weekly podcast recorded in Chicago, Illinois. It’s recorded in the present but you’re probably listening to it in the future so by then it will be the past. Even then, the movie may not have been released yet so there’s definitely some weird time stuff going on.

Films of the Future is hosted by Kendall Bruns and Alan Metoskie.

Caged Dames

CAGED DAMES! A new Musical from Hell in a Handbag Productions by David Cerda at Theatre Wit

Chicago Reader Real Deal

Since 1971, the Reader has served as Chicago’s political conscience, cultural guide, and music authority. We have thousands of reviews in our film archives; you can check them out and see what’s streaming on Hulu & Netflix with our Old Movies to Watch Now feature.

Go Lakeview

The GoLakeview Mobile App is designed to actively promote local business and community events through an easy to navigate, feature rich App. The useful tool for travelers & local residents is available for download on Apple iTunes & Android Market. The App is brought to you by the Lakeview & Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce

Graham School

The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies serves as a bridge to a broad local, national, and international community of adult learners who wish to study at one of the best universities in the world.

Grayslake Antique Market

Zurko Promotions is committed to providing quality markets and shows for its customers and dealers throughout the Midwest.

Flaco’s Tacos

Flaco’s Tacos… Fresh. Simple. Super-Tasty.

CustomEyes

773.871.2020 

Custom Eyes has been serving the north side of Chicago since we opened on Southport in 2003. Our goal has always been to provide the highest level of service from the moment you walk through the door.

Basecamp

Primarily through word-of-mouth alone, Basecamp has become the world’s #1 project management tool.

Duran

Duran European Sandwiches located in River West

LM Restaurant Group

703 309 1856

Founded in 2009 by Nicole and Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, LM Restaurant Group is the unifying force behind Bistronomic, Brasserie by LM, Cafe Creme, Troquet River North and LM Catering. What started as a single concept, named after the couple’s two children, Luc and Mary, LM Restaurant Group is now synonymous with authentic French cuisine in Chicago. Each unique concept aims to provide a true French dining experience while showcasing a range of French fare in an approachable way. Additionally, all restaurants offer an array of private dining options guaranteed to make any gathering a success.

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State Street 312.846.2800

For almost 40 years, the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema.

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum Theatre Productions is firmly committed to providing the Chicago non-profit performing arts community a welcoming shared space to incubate new projects and collaborations by providing high quality and below cost performance, rehearsal, office and reception space supported by a staff of theatre professionals.

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education.

Debra Dobbs Realtor

(312) 307-4909

I have passion for, dedication to and expertise in Chicago and all that is real estate.

Broughton Hotels

Broughton Hotels manages 3 hotels in Chicago: City Suites Hotel, Majestic Hotel, and The Willows Hotel.

The Mercury Theatre

The Mercury Theater Chicago, your neighborhood playhouse, is now playing the Tony Award winning AVENUE Q, a gut-bustlingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.

Mosaic School

Chicago Mosaic School gives artists, teachers, and enthusiasts a place to explore all facets of mosaics- from classical reproduction to contemporary abstraction.

Tango Sur

3767 N Southport Ave 773-477-5466

A simple Argentine storefront tucked away at the north end of the hot Southport strip.

Lagunitas Beer

Lagunitas is coming to Chicago! Well, they are already here…. but soon their new brewery, taproom, and restaurant will be open in Pilsen. Until then, grab a beer on your way into a screening at the Music Box Theatre (assuming you are 21 and responsible enough to handle yourself during a screening)

Special Events

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

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Sat 8 Aug – Sat 12 Sep

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

<cite>Found Footage Festival’s Salute To Weirdos</cite>

Fri 14 Aug

Found Footage Festival’s Salute To Weirdos

starring Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher

Presented by The Brooklyn Brewery Mash

The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, returns to Music Box Theatre with a brand-new show celebrating the unsung hero of the VHS era: the weirdo.

NT Live 2015

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Wed 26 Aug – Wed 31 Dec

NT Live 2015

Not everyone is able to fly all over the world to enjoy great theatre. The Music Box has partnered with the National Theatre of London to bring some of the best in British theatre to Chicago.

<cite>The Merchant of Venice, presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company</cite>

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Wed 2 Sep

The Merchant of Venice, presented by The Royal Shakespeare Company

directed by Polly Findlay in English starring Makram J. Khoury, Patsy Ferran

The acclaimed new stage production! Filmed in London.

“Crisp, fresh thinking in every scene of this excellent production. . . This is the RSC at the very top of its game” —Evening Standard

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

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Sun 20 Sep

Field Trips: Cinema Science with the Field Museum!

The Field Museum heads to the Music Box Theatre on a few field trips! These educational and entertaining events combine film and cinema and go behind Hollywood. Join us to delve into the reality and science behind the silver screen!

Slate Culturefest Live!

Tue 22 Sep

Slate Culturefest Live!

Slate is bringing the Culture Gabfest, its wildly popular weekly podcast, to Chicago for the first time.

Welcome To Night Vale Live Tour

Fri 23 Oct

Welcome To Night Vale Live Tour

The Music Box hosts Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, co-creators of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale, in discussion of their debut novel. Featuring a Q&A and book signing.

Blog

Now Hiring: Music Box Theatre Technical Director

by Buck LePard, Tue 21 Jul 2015, 5:45pm

The Music Box Theatre is seeking a Technical Director to oversee all projection related operations of this historic cinema. Projection at the Music Box Theatre includes: 70mm, 35mm, 16mm, DCP, HDcam, and other digital formats.

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Up Next

<cite>Dark Places</cite>

opens Fri 7 Aug

Dark Places

directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner in English starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan

Based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl.

“A strongly cast, slickly made screen adaptation” —The Hollywood Reporter

<cite>Gemma Bovery</cite>

opens Fri 7 Aug

Gemma Bovery

directed by Anne Fontaine in English starring Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini, Jason Flemyng

In this vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways. The newest release from Music Box Films.

“A deeply charming and affecting reverie.” —Film Journal

<cite>A LEGO Brickumentary</cite>

opens Fri 7 Aug

A LEGO Brickumentary

directed by Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge in English

If you think you knew the world of LEGO, you don’t know brick!

“Sharp, fun, and completely enthralling!” —Bleeding Cool

<cite>Cobain: Montage of Heck</cite>

opens Fri 7 Aug

Cobain: Montage of Heck

directed by Brett Morgan in English

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

“The most intimate rock doc ever” —Rolling Stone

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

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Sat 8 Aug – Sat 12 Sep

Second Saturday Silent Cinema

A tribute to silent film that only the Music Box can offer! Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011. Now presented on the second Saturday of every month at noon!

 

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