BEAUTIFUL BOY Opens 54th Chicago International Film Festival

BEAUTIFUL BOY Opens 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Beautiful Boy will open the 54th Chicago International Film Festival, Mimi Plauché, the Festival’s Artistic Director announced today. The Opening Night Celebration, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Wintrust Community Banks, will be held at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. An After-Party at the new St. Jane Chicago will follow, with additional support provided by Chloe Wine Collection and Lagunitas Brewing Company. The Festival will run from October 10-21, 2018, at AMC River East 21.

Directed by Felix van Groeningen, who was nominated for an Academy Award®️ in 2014 in the Best Foreign Film category for The Broken Circle Breakdown, the film stars fellow Academy Award®️-nominees Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet and Amy Ryan alongside Maura Tierney, Kaitlyn Dever and Andre Royo. Beautiful Boy is based on two best-selling memoirs: “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” by David Sheff and “Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines” by his son, Nic Sheff. The moving film follows Nic Sheff’s addiction to methamphetamines and chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. The film is produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner.

“We are excited to open our festival with such a powerful film,” Plauché said. “Director Felix van Groeningen brings his trademark nuance and sensitivity, coupled with his stylistic rigor, to this commanding English language debut.”

“Timothée Chalamet delivers another powerful performance as Nic Sheff, one that is a testament to his incredible range. I have no doubt that he will take home the top awards for his performance across the board,” said Festival Founder and CEO Michael Kutza.

Felix van Groeningen is a Flemish director, screenwriter, and producer. Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet produced by Plan B, is Van Groeningen’s first English-language film. His previous film Belgica premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2016), where he won the Directing Award in Dramatic World Cinema. Van Groeningen’s internationally acclaimed film The Broken Circle Breakdown earned an Oscar®️ nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (2014) and a Cesar for Best International Film. His previous film The Misfortunates premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Van Groeningen is a graduate of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He resides in Antwerp, Belgium.

Beautiful Boy opens in select theatres on October 12 from Amazon Studios.