Co-Presented by The Chicago Cinema Society
Issa López's Mexican horror film has been a huge success on the film festival circuit, earning more than twenty awards and high praise from Guillermo del Toro (who will produce López's next film) and Stephen King, who called it a "terrific film, both tough and touching." The film is about a ten-year old girl, Estrella, whose mother disappears one day. When Estrella wishes for her return, her mother returns as a ghost, having been murdered by a local crime lord. Now orphaned, Estrella is forced to the streets, where she takes up with a gang of boys, also abandoned and orphaned. Estrella's tenuous existence is further endangered by the crime lord and by two other secret wishes she has made. A remarkable film about childhood, loss, resistance, and ghosts. (2017, 83 min, Digital Projection)
Showing with a selection of short films TBA.