March 26, 2016
Saturday night film screening: Chicago independent filmmaker, author and film studies instructor Michael Glover Smith presents A Fine Day. 8:00 p.m. Free, BYOB.
"A Fine Day" is an intellectual romantic comedy about an eventful day in the life of Deniz (Serpil Turhan), a 21-year-old Turkish immigrant and aspiring actress living in Berlin. After splitting up with her boyfriend, Jan, she immediately embarks on a relationship with Diego, a stranger with whom she becomes infatuated, before engaging in an extended rap session with a philosopher in a cafe. A charming story about one young woman’s search for happiness, "A Fine Day" has never been released in the U.S. but stands as the masterpiece to date by Thomas Arslan, a key writer/director of the "Berlin School" of filmmaking that also produced Christian Petzold. (NR, 2001, 69 minutes)
Michael Smith will introduce the film and a discussion will follow the screening.
Michael Smith is an independent filmmaker, author and film studies instructor based in Chicago. His first feature film, 'Cool Apocalypse,' premiered in 2015 and has won multiple awards on the film festival circuit. His first book, 'Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry,' a nonfiction account of early film production in Chicago, was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. He contributes regularly to Time Out Chicago and Cine-File Chicago, and teaches at various Chicago-area colleges. He is the creator and sole author of the blog whitecitycinema.com.