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Catalan Films at Chicago International Film Festival 2021

Cinema.  Chicago, 13/10/2021

The 57th Chicago International Film Festival is the North America’s longest-running competitive film festival. This year’s Festival features screenings in theaters, at the drive-in, and streaming virtually to your home. Over 80 films and more than 60 shorts films from around the world, ranging from heart-wrenching dramas to eye-opening documentaries to midnight shockers, will be screened from October 13 to 24.




Costa Brava, Lebanon

DIR: Mounia Akl

COUNTRY: Lebanon, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Qatar

LANGUAGES: Arabic with subtitles

GENRES: Drama, Environmental, Political

The free-spirited Badri family has escaped the toxic pollution of Beirut by seeking refuge in a utopic mountain home they have built. Their idyllic life comes abruptly to a halt when, unexpectedly, the neighboring land is requisitioned and an illegal landfill is built just beyond their fence. The garbage and corruption of a whole country has arrived on their doorstep. As the trash rises, so do tensions as the family is divided between those who want to remain and resist at all costs and those who are desperate to escape. Anchored by exceptional performances led by Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) and Saleh Bakri (The Band’s Visit), this stirring family drama lends credence to the adage that all politics is personal.

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The Odd-Job Men (Sis dies corrents)

DIR: Neus Ballús

COUNTRY: Spain

LANGUAGES: Berber, Catalan, Spanish

GENRES: Comedy, Social Commentary

In this wry and thoroughly charming yarn, a trio of real-life plumbers play three handymen who spend six comically tense days in one another’s company. With long-term crony Pep’s impending retirement, bullheaded Valero is assigned a new partner, and Moroccan immigrant Moha, is determined to make a good impression. As the group travels to service calls along the outskirts of Barcelona, Valero can’t help but be put off by Moha — but is it his ethnicity or his easy rapport with the clients that bothers Valero more? Equal parts sit-com and droll character study, The Odd-Job Men deftly deploys humor to raise thoughtful questions about damaging masculine stereotypes and people’s capacity to change.

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Chicago International Film Festival 2021

October 13-24, 2021

New Director's Competition - Women in Cinema - Green Screen: COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON, by Mounia Akl

Comedy - Women in Cinema: THE ODD-JOB MEN, by Neus Ballús

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya Govern Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona

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