Thursday November 23 6:03 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan


10/23/2017 - 20:00
10/23/2017 - 22:00

n addition to Pullman and Moshé, other notable guests of the Festival announced to date, include Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Reginald Hudlin, Jussie Smollett, Paula Wagner and grandson of Thurgood Marshall John Marshall with the film Marshall; Director Simon Curtis; Jon Lovitz; Vanessa Redgrave; Tracy Letts; Alfre Woodard for a special Black Perspectives Tribute; Patrick Stewart; Michael Stuhlbarg; and Michael Shannon. Filmmakers from around the world are also scheduled to attend the Festival with their films. For a detailed schedule of appearances, please see below.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown—Dir. Jared Moshé, U.S.
Monday, October 23 at 8 p.m.

Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) is a 63-year-old sidekick. Loyal, crotchety and rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with Western legend Eddie Johnson (Peter Fonda) for his entire adult life. Now Johnson has been appointed Senator of Montana, and despite the objections of his spirited wife Laura (Kathy Baker), he plans to leave Lefty in charge of his ranch. But when a rustler (Joe Anderson) kills Johnson, Lefty is forced from his partner’s shadow. Devastated by guilt, he sets out on a journey that will reunite him with old friends US Marshall Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan) and Montana Governor James Bierce (Jim Caviezel) as he confronts the ugly realities of frontier justice.

Ticket and Event Information
he Ballad of Lefty Brown will screen on Monday, October 23 at 8 p.m. Actor Bill Pullman and director Jared Moshe will be in attendance.

Additional Festival appearances include:

October 23: The Ballad of Lefty Brown – Bill Pullman and Director Jared Moshé

October 25: Tribute to Patrick Stewart

October 25 (new date*): Call Me By Your Name - Michael Stuhlbarg

October 26: The Shape of Water – with Tribute to Michael Shannon

Ticket and Event Information
The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival is October 12-26. Screenings take place at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois). The complete lineup and schedule is available at Tickets are now on sale. Tickets are available by calling 312-332-FILM (3456), online at, at the Festival Box Office at AMC River East at 322 E. Illinois Street, and at the Festival Pop-Up Box Office at 400 S. Dearborn.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year­ round non-­profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art form of the moving image. In addition to the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago's programs include: International Screenings Program, Chicago International Television Festival, CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.

Festival Sponsors and Partners
The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Premiere Sponsors: AARP, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Sponsors: Chicago Line Cruises, TV5Monde, Wansas Tequila; Education Sponsors: Allstate Insurance Company, HBO; Event Partners: AMC Theaters, Sound Investment AV; Hotel Partners: Ambassador Chicago, Conrad Chicago, The Whitehall Hotel; Platinum Media Partners: National CineMedia (NCM); Gold Media Partners: WTTW11, WBBM, WXRT; Silver Media Partners: WBEZ, Firewatch Films; Special support provided by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Film Office, Chicago Film Office, and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).