Music Box

Music Box

Music Box Films is dedicated to curating a diverse repertoire of films and television from around the world. In partnership with the iconic Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premier independent cinema, it is our mission to engage audiences with exciting alternatives to mainstream entertainment.

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  • Flamenco, Flamenco

    Directed by Carlos Saura • Documentary • With Sara Baras, José Miguel Carmona • 2010 • 90 minutes

    Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, Flamenco, Flamenco is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographe...

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

    Directed by Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz • Drama • With Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy • 2015 • 115 minutes

    An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this ...

  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Directed by Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov • Documentary • With Werner Herzog • 2013 • 90 minutes

    Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people liv...

  • How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It!)

    Directed by Joe Angio • Documentary • With Spike Lee
    Mario Van Peebles
    St. Clair Bourne
    Gil Scott-Heron • 2005 • 85 minutes

    Melvin van Peebles’ remarkable life story reveals an artist and a man whose groundbreaking impact on film, politics and pop culture remains, forty-five years after the rele...

  • Ida

    Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski • Drama • With Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska • 2014 • 80 minutes

    From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, ...

  • Le Week-End

    Directed by Roger Michell • Drama • With Jim Broadbent, Lindsey Duncan, Jeff Goldblum • 2013 • 93 minutes

    Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-...

  • A Man Called Ove

    Directed by Hannes Holm • Drama • With Rolf Lassgard • 2015 • 116 minutes

    Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing b...

  • Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

    Directed by Matthew Akers • Documentary • With Marina Abramovic, James Franco, Ulay • 2012 • 106 minutes

    Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental l...

  • Mesrine: Killer Instinct

    Directed by Jean-Francois Richet • Drama • With Vincent Cassel;Cécile de France;Gérard Depardieu;Ludivine Sagnier; • 2008 • 113 minutes

    Mesrine: Killer Instinct introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after servin...

  • Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    Directed by Jean-Francois Richet • Drama • With Vincent Cassel;Ludivine Sagnier;Mathieu Amalric • 2008 • 133 minutes

    Now back in France, Mesrine is finally in police custody and facing justice for his crimes. After escaping a courtroom and kidnapping the judge at gunpoint, Mesrine is declared Pu...

  • Mysteries of Lisbon

    Directed by Raul Ruiz • Drama • With Adriano Luz • 2011 • 257 minutes

    A masterful adaptation of the nineteenth-century Portuguese novel evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between ...

  • The Names of Love

    Directed by Michel Leclerc • Drama • With Sara Forestier • 2011 • 102 minutes

    Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has rec...

  • A Quiet Passion

    Directed by Terence Davies • Drama • With Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle • 2017 • 126 minutes

    Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acc...

  • She's Beautiful When She's Angry

    Directed by Mary Dore • Documentary • With Chude Pamela Allen
    Judith Arcana
    Nona Willis Aronowitz
    Fran Beal • 2014 • 92 minutes

    A provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in...

  • Tell No One

    Directed by Guillaume Canet • Drama • With Francois Cluzet • 2006 • 125 minutes

    Tell No One is based on Harlan Coben’s international best selling thriller about pediatrician Alexandre Beck, who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife Margot Beck eight years earlier. When two bodies are foun...

  • Viva Riva

    Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga • Drama • With Patsha Bay Mukuna • 2011 • 96 minutes

    Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is...

  • We Are Twisted F***ing Sister

    Directed by Andrew Horn • Documentary • With Jay Jay French, Dee Snider • 2014 • 134 minutes

    In the mid-1970s, Twisted Sister claimed glitter rock for their own, cross-dressing their way to headlining every club within 100 miles of New York City, from New Jersey bowling alleys to Long Island bea...