Music Box Films

Music Box Films

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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Music Box Films
  • Beloved Sisters

    Directed by Dominik Graf • Drama • With Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius • 2015 • 170 minutes

    Beloved Sisters depicts the unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth cent...

  • Bettie Page Reveals All

    Directed by Mark Mori • Documentary • With Bettie Page, Hugh Heffner, Dita Von Teese • 2013 • 101 minutes

    Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori’s Bettie Page Reveals All is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, told in her own words for the first time. In Mori...

  • Black Out

    Directed by Arne Toonen • Drama • With Raymond Thiry, Kim Van Kooten • 2014 • 92 minutes

    If Guy Ritchie made The Hangover in Amsterdam, it might look something like Black Out, an audacious crime thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femmes fatales, corrupt cops, and outbursts of extreme v...

  • By the Grace of God

    Directed by François Ozon • Drama • With Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud • 2019 • 137 minutes

    BY THE GRACE OF GOD tells the story of three men—Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet), and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud)—who band together to expose the code of silence that cont...

  • Chavela

    Directed by Catherine Gund & Darsha Kyi • Documentary • With Chavela Vargas • 2017 • 93 minutes

    Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life bro...

  • The Club

    Directed by Pablo Larrain • Drama • With Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Alonso, Antonia Zegers • 2015 • 97 minutes

    In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to pur...

  • A Coffee in Berlin

    Directed by Jan Ole Gerster • Drama • With Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter • 2014 • 88 minutes

    Jan Ole Gerster’s wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. ...

  • The Deep Blue Sea (w/ Rachel Weisz & Tom Hiddleston)

    Directed by Terrence Davies • Drama • With Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston • 2012 • 98 minutes

    In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply ...

  • A Five Star Life

    Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi • Drama • With Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Fabrizia Sacchi • 2014 • 85 minutes

    A Five Star Life is the sophisticated story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels of the wo...

  • 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 ...

  • Generation War Episode 1

    Directed by Philipp Kadelbach • Drama • With Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Ludwig Trepte, Miriam Stein • 2014 • 90 minutes

    On the eve of the Russian invasion in 1941, five German friends gather in Berlin before going separate ways: army lieutenant Wilhelm, his intellectual br...

  • Generation War Episode 2

    Directed by Philipp Kadelbach • Drama • With Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Ludwig Trepte, Miriam Stein • 2014 • 88 minutes

    As the war progresses, the soldiers realize they are not fighting the war that they expected. Charlotte and Greta must live with the consequences of thei...

  • Generation War Episode 3

    Directed by Philipp Kadelbach • Drama • With Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Ludwig Trepte, Miriam Stein • 94 minutes

    The German army begins to retreat from the Eastern Front, and all five friends must decide who to side with in order to survive and fulfill their pledge to reun...

  • 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, ...

  • Kent State: The Day the War Came Home

    Directed by Chris Triffo • Documentary • 2000 • 48 minutes

    The definitive story of the Kent State shootings is told here for the first time. The haunting photograph of Mary Vecchio poised in anguish over the body of a slain student. The fervor of the wounded student activist still consumed by th...

  • In the Aisles

    Directed by Thomas Stuber • Drama • With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Huller • 2018 • 125 minutes

    When the reclusive Christian (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store, his new manager, Bruno from the Beverage Department (Peter Kurth, BABYLON BERLIN), teaches hi...

  • The Innocents

    Directed by Anne Fontaine • Drama • With Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza • 2016 • 115 minutes

    Warsaw, December 1945: the second World War is finally over and French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laage) is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked...

  • 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, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll • 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 sp...

  • 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...

  • Memoir of War

    Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel • Drama • With Mélanie Thierry • 2018 • 127 minutes

    In Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of Marguerite Duras’s semi- autobiographical novel, The War: A Memoir, the famed author (Mélanie Thierry) recounts an emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseveran...