So I almost can't believe that the Chicago International Film Festival is over halfway over, and I still haven't seen one film. Here are the movies I'm thinking of checking out this weekend:
Go With Peace Jamil: After avenging his mother's murder, Jamil provokes the ire of local crime linchpin Mahmoud—brother of Jamil's victim—and finds himself caught in a deadly, seemingly inexhaustible sequence of violence that permeates a feud between Sunni and Shiite rivals in Copenhagen. When his best friend becomes the latest victim, Jamil will be faced with a harrowing decision: flee or fight. 87 min. Arabic, Danish with English subtitles.
Jerusalema: A poor boy in rural South Africa grows up to become the country's self-proclaimed Robin Hood, hijacking groups of buildings from white slumlords and offering to sell part of them back in exchange for improved living conditions. With never a dull moment, this modern crime story takes some unusual turns to become a parable of justice versus vigilantism. 118 min. English, Afrikaans, Xhosha, Zulu with English subtitles
The Wave: Rainer Wegner is the hippest—and most unorthodox—teacher at his high school. But when the anarchy-espousing prof is stuck lecturing on autocracy during the school's project week, he decides to conduct a little social experiment: He turns his classroom into a dictatorship. The collective mentality is infectious with students, and soon their radical enthusiasm spills out of the classroom. Inspired by a true story. 102 min. German with English subtitles.
The Good, the Bad and the Weird: South Korean Spaghetti Western? With imaginative director Jee-woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters) at the helm, anything's possible. Three of the country's hottest actors star as outlaws colliding with the occupying Japanese army and Chinese and Russian bandits while on the hunt for a treasure map in the Manchurian wild of the 1930s. 120 min. Korean with English subtitles.