Ebertfest 2017 films revealed

On Thursday, March 30, the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced the full slate of movies to be showcased at the nineteenth annual edition of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival taking place on April 19-23, 2017:

Wednesday, April 19
7:00 p.m. HAIR (1979, 121 min, D: Milos Forman)

Thursday, April 20
1:00 p.m. HYSTERIA (2012, 99 min., D: Tanya Wexler)
4:00 p.m. TO SLEEP WITH ANGER (1990, 102 min., D: Charles Burnett)
8:30 p.m. THE HANDMAIDEN (2016, 145 min., D: Park Chan-wook)

Friday, April 21
1:00 p.m. THEY CALL US MONSTERS (2016, 82 min., D: Ben Lear)
With: JULY AND HALF OF AUGUST (2016, 12 min., D: Brandeaux Tourville)
4:00 p.m. VARIETÉ (1925, 72 min., D: E.A. Dupont)
Accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra
8:00 p.m. ELLE (2016, 131 min., D: Paul Verhoeven)

Saturday April 22
11:00 a.m. MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW (2015, 57 min., D: Rick Goldsmith)
1:30 p.m. PLEASANTVILLE (1998, 124 min., D: Gary Ross)
4:30 p.m. NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (2016, 92 min., D: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady)
8:30 p.m. BEING THERE (1979, 130 min., D: Hal Ashby)

Sunday, April 23
11:00 a.m. DE-LOVELY (2004, 125 min., D: Irwin Winkler)

Key festival guess this year include Charles Burnett (TO SLEEP WITH ANGER), Isabelle Huppert (ELLE), Gary Ross (PLEASANTVILLE), Norman Lear (NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU), and Irwin Winkler (DE-LOVELY).

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival will take place at the Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL. The Ebertfest” Web site also features individual reviews and details of signings and panel discussions. Individual and bulk ticket sales will go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, 2017, while a small number of festival passes are still available.

~ Jason Pankoke

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