The stars are shining bright on Opening Night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival at The Chicago Theatre on Thursday, October 10 with the premiere of The Immigrant. For one night only, the b recaptures the glory of one of America's first, lavish movie palaces with state of the art film projection and red carpet arrivals.
Join us as we celebrate the glamour of going to the movies and the opening of the Festival with the premiere of The Immigrant, directed by James Gray, written by Gray and Richard Menello and starring Academy Award®-winning actress Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, as the Opening Night Film.
6:00pm Red carpet arrivals
7:00pm Welcome and guest presentation with award-winning host Bill Kurtis, followed by premiere screening of The Immigrant
The Immigrant Film Synopsis:
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) – a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno’s cousin – restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, but she has not reckoned with Bruno’s jealousy.