Chicago European Union Film Festival


6:15 pm: Pilgrims

2022, Laurynas Bareisa, Lithuania, 92 mins
In Lithuanian with English subtitles | Format: Digital

Indre and Paulius haven’t kept in touch, but they are bound by a shared tragedy: the murder of Indre’s boyfriend Matas - Paulius’ brother. Haunted by his violent end, the two retrace Matas’ steps, desperate to make sense of his death, driven by the unspoken hope that, if they can learn how exactly he died, they may find closure. A haunting, slow burn portrait of trauma and grief, PILGRIMS was Lithuania's submission to the Academy Awards, and winner of Best Film in the Horizons program at the Venice Film Festival.

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8:30 pm: Maya Nilo

2022, Lovisa Sirén, Finland/Belgium/Sweden, 97 mins
In English, Swedish, French, Portuguese and Persian with English subtitles | Format: Digital

Nilo is a buttoned-up writer living an orderly life with her husband and teen daughter Laura. Maya is her irresponsible, tempestuous, and unsuccessful sister. When Maya takes Laura in Nilo’s car to Portugal to visit the sisters’ dying mother, Nilo begrudgingly tags along. Lovisa Sirén’s feature debut is a spirited, messy road trip, replete with traffic violations, pitstops, road food, laughter, tears, and truth, with powerhouse performances from Bahar Pars (A MAN CALLED OVE) as Nilo, and newcomer Nadja Rosenberg as Maya.

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