Jul
28
Mon
The Lunchbox
Jul 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker,Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears,and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Directed by Ritesh Batra
Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Hindi with English subtitles
1 hr 44 mins, rated PG

The Lunchbox
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker,Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears,and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.
Directed by Ritesh Batra
Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Hindi with English subtitles
1 hr 44 mins, rated PG

Sep
26
Fri
Honey (Made in Italy)
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Honey Trailer from Ira Deutchman on Vimeo.

Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele (Honey), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new “client” with a fatal dose, only to find out he’s perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this point on, Irene and Grimaldi are unwillingly locked in an intense and moving relationship which will change Irene’s life forever.

2013 Festival de Cannes – Un Certain Regard
2013 Chicago International Film Festival

Directed by Valeria Golino
Starring Jasmine Trinca and Carlo Cecchi
Italian with English subtitles
96 min.
Sep
27
Sat
Honey (Made in Italy)
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Honey Trailer from Ira Deutchman on Vimeo.

Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele (Honey), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new “client” with a fatal dose, only to find out he’s perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this point on, Irene and Grimaldi are unwillingly locked in an intense and moving relationship which will change Irene’s life forever.

2013 Festival de Cannes – Un Certain Regard
2013 Chicago International Film Festival

Directed by Valeria Golino
Starring Jasmine Trinca and Carlo Cecchi
Italian with English subtitles
96 min.