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Chicago International Film Festival announces full lineup

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Jessica Johnson
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Chicago's two-week celebration of films from around the globe observes its 50th anniversary this year. Today, The Chicago International Film Festival announced the full lineup of programming it will present from October 9-23.

As always, the film selection includes titles that have been making the rounds at the year's film festivals like Sundance darlings The Babadook and Dear White People, as well as highly-anticpated fall releases like the theatrical Birdman and the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. This year the festival will also be offering a selection of classic films from their fifty year history including gems like Breaking the Waves, Fanny and Alexander and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. There will also be a tribute to French actress Isabelle Huppert, showcasing her work in The Piano Teacher, Comedy of Power, White Material and Copacabana.

The festivities will open at The Harris Theater with Liv Ullman's adaptation of Miss Julie, starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell. There will also be two "Centerpiece Films" screening on Wednesday, October 15: the adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical The Last 5 Years, starring Anna Kendrick and the comedy St. Vincent starring Illinois expats Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. Wild, which features Reese Witherspoon as a young woman confronting her demons by hiking more than a thousand miles alone, will close out this year's programming.

For more information on this year's lineup and to buy tickets, visit chicagofilmfestival.com.

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