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Chicago Reader's Guide To The 49th Chicago International Film Festival

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10:  Daniel Jackson, Sonia Evans, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chaz Ebert, and Festival Founder Michael
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: Daniel Jackson, Sonia Evans, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chaz Ebert, and Festival Founder Michael Kutza attend 'The Immigrant' opening night premiere and tribute to Roger Ebert at Chicago Theatre on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Whenever people ask me what they should see at the festival, my advice is to pick a half dozen films they know little about from as many different parts of the world. Chances are that several of your selections won't get picked up by a U.S. distributor and will never screen here again. Even if you don't get much in the way of quality, you'll certainly get variety and novelty.

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