Cannes Comes To Chicago
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
Filmspotting hosts and cinephiles Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson culminate their Cannes Golden Palm Marathon with a one-night-only screening of Afterschool, an Un Certain Regard selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Written, directed and edited by Antonio Campos, who will appear in person at this exclusive event, Afterschool was in the running for the Camera d'Or awarded to the Festival's best first feature film. The 25 year-old New York City native was previously recognized at the 2005 Cannes Festival where his short film Buy It Now was honored with the Cinéfondation First Prize. Afterschool tells the story of a disaffected high school student at an elite prep school who accidentally captures the death of two popular classmates on camera.
"With Afterschool", Campos has said, "I wanted to examine a community that has become accustomed over time to an almost abnormally sheltered and safe existence that has to confront the sudden impact of violent death on its own grounds. My hope is that the viewer will go into Afterschool with an open mind and leave with a series of questions about this world and about this boy."
Campos will join the Fimspotting hosts on stage for a post-screening Q&A that will also cover some of the Cannes Film Festival winners that influenced the director and the film, including if... (1969), The Conversation (1974) and Elephant (2003), followed by a complementary beer and wine reception. http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Event_Detail.aspx?eventID=1524