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Michel Franco's MEMORY Joins Slate; Peter Sarsgaard to Receive Career Achievement Award

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

Spotlight Presentation to Be Held Friday October 20

CHICAGO, Illinois (October 6, 2023) - The Chicago International Film Festival today announced the addition of Michel Franco’s MEMORY, featuring a Career Achievement Award for Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard, to the already impressive slate of titles to be presented from October 11 - 22, 2023, at the 59th edition of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival. The film will screen as a Spotlight Presentation on Friday, October 20, 2023 at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.).

Chicago International Film Festival award-winner Michel Franco (NEW ORDER, AFTER LUCIA, which won the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize in 2012) returns to Chicago with MEMORY, a penetrating psychological drama about two apparent strangers (Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard) whose fateful encounter one night in New York City spins both of their lives in profoundly new directions. Winner of the Coppa Volpi Best Actor Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival for Sargaard’s subtle performance, Franco’s latest is a trenchant story of suffering and recovery–and memory itself and the ways it defines us.

“From subtly powerful and profoundly unsettling breakthrough early roles in BOYS DON’T CRY and SHATTERED GLASS, to his charismatic performances in KINSEY and BLUE JASMINE, to a multitude of insidious and fascinatingly menacing figures, the Festival has long admired Peter Sarsgaard’s formidable talent and incredible body of work,” said Chicago International Film Festival Artistic Director Mimi Plauché. “We have presented many of Peter’s films over the years, including SHATTERED GLASS, AN EDUCATION, WORMWOOD, and JACKIE, so it is fitting that we honor his work at this year’s Festival at our Spotlight Presentation of his latest outstanding performance in MEMORY.”

The 59th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 11 - 22, 2023 with film screenings and programs presented at venues across the city including AMC NEWCITY 14, the Music Box Theatre, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Chicago History Museum, the Hamilton Park Cultural Center in Englewood, Harrison Park in Pilsen, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets for Opening Night are on sale now at

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