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Fresh from SXSW, Joe Swanberg's "Last"

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Chicago audiences get our first chance for a big screen glimpse of local Mumblecore poster boy (and 2009 readers' choice for best filmmaker) Joe Swanberg's latest film Tuesday, when Alexander the Last plays in a special screening from the Chicago International Film Festival.  Swanberg, whose first four films follow the amorous highjinks of young singles, switches here to the amorous highjinks of young marrieds.

Jess Weixler (Teeth) stars as a young New York theatre actress, recently married to a musician (Justin Rice of Mutual Appreciation ) and tempted by her onstage love interest (Barlow Jacobs of Shotgun Stories). Squid and the Whale director Noah Baumbach is a producer on the film.  It premiered earlier this month at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where Swanberg, 27, has premiered each of his features.  In its ongoing experiment with release windows, IFC opened Alexander on VOD at the same time as its SXSW premiere, bypassing a traditional theatrical run.

Alexander the Last plays Tuesday at 7:30 PM at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark St.  $15 includes after party. Interestingly, Rice's band Bishop Allen performs at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., also Tuesday at 7:30.

Here's the trailer:


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