The opening night film at this year’s Chicago International Film Festival is Liv Ullmann’s production of Miss Julie. It plays like an upstairs/downstairs version of Who’s Afraid Of Virgina Woolf?, with Colin Farrell as the valet of a Baron and Jessica Chastain the Baron’s daughter. The whole thing takes place over one night in 1890, as the two work their way through a power dynamic of sexual desire and class relations.
The film starts off a bit slow, barely moving at all. Once the bottles start popping open and Chastain and Farrell start going at one another it becomes quite entertaining.
The film opens the festival on October 9th at 7pm. Director Liv Ullmann will be in attendance. You can purchase tickets in advance here.