If you came to last year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival, the only film festival programmed by a working critics association, you could have seen the Midwest premieres of “First Reformed,” “Eighth Grade,” “Leave No Trace,” “Searching,” “Support the Girls,” “We the Animals,” “Abducted in Plain Sight,” “Revenge,” “Damsel,” and “Fast Color.” That’s just in ONE YEAR. The festival has grown so much in its six years of existence that it’s become one of the most important film events not just in Chicago but all of the Midwest. This year’s edition includes over two dozen premieres, a 35MM presentation of “Alien,” and guest appearances by Tom Skerritt, Tatiana Maslany, Jim Gaffigan, Jay Duplass, Lulu Wang, Aisling Franciosi, and a dozen more.
Understanding that you can’t see everything (although you can for an amazingly low $150 for a full-festival pass of over two dozen films), I thought I’d highlight our guest screenings, the ones for which you will be able to hear from the people who made the films. Then I’ll pick out a few more highlights at the bottom. See as many as you can. You won’t regret it.
Overall, this is our strongest line-up yet,