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Chicago International Children's Film Festival

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival, now in its 15th year, continues Friday through Sunday, October 23 through 25, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, and Pipers Alley, 210 W. North. Tickets are $4.50 for children and adults, but various discounts are available for four or more tickets. For more information call 773-281-9075.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

The Island on Bird Street

See Critic's Choice. (Pipers Alley, 9:45 am)

Airspeed

Robert Tinnell directed this adventure story about a teenage girl, the child of rich parents, who must avert a disaster on her family's private jet. Tinnell will attend the screening. (Facets Multimedia, 9:45 am)

Short videos, program one

A selection of videos from the U.S., all made or inspired by children. (Facets Multimedia, 9:45 am)

Digging to China

Directed by actor Timothy Hutton, this tale of emotional bonding between a precocious ten-year-old girl (Evan Rachel Wood) and a mentally retarded man (Kevin Bacon) functions mainly as an actors' showcase. Wood is right on target as Harriet, a smart-ass with a fervid imagination whose glamorous goofball of a mother (Cathy Moriarty) and promiscuous but boring sister (Mary Stuart Masterson) feel trapped in the small Pennsylvania town where they run a motel. Bacon embellishes his clownish performance with all the tics and twitches he can muster; he has his poignant moments, especially in his scenes with Wood, but he's ultimately one-dimensional. The same can be said of Moriarty and Masterson, two fine actresses who try to rise above a cliched and predictable script with telling gestures. (TS) (Pipers Alley, 11:45 am)

Short films, program one

Films from Canada, Denmark, Norway, Israel, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 11:45 am)

Short videos, program two

A selection from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., exploring how various items are made. (Facets Multimedia, 11:45 am)

Dizzy, Dear Dizzy

A German feature about a ten-year-old girl who befriends a dog; director Steffi Kammermeier will attend the screening. On the same program, the Swedish short Nocturne. (Facets Multimedia, 4:00)

Short videos, program three

Videos from the Netherlands and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 4:00)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Paper Airplanes

Farhad Mehranfar directed this Iranian feature about a father and son's journey to a remote village, where they project films for the locals. Mehranfar will attend the screening. (Facets Multimedia, 10:00 am)

Short videos, program four

Videos for preschoolers, from Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, the UK,

and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 10:00 am)

Short films, program two

A program of animated films, including Julie Goldstein's Illuminate; Goldstein will attend the screening. (Facets Multimedia, noon)

Odd Birds

A boy who raises pigeons clashes with a girl who likes falcons in this German video feature. (Facets Multimedia, noon)

Kayla

A conscientious young man (Tod Fennell) defies harsh frontier weather and a villainous rancher to save a lovable wolfhound in this 1996 Canadian feature that harks back to the solid family entertainment of Old Yeller and The Yearling. Fennell achieves an easy rapport with Henry Czerny (The Boys of St. Vincent), who plays his stepfather in an oedipal subplot that parallels the central relationship between boy and dog, and director Nicholas Kendall manages to inject plenty of suspense into the climax, a dogsled race whose outcome is never really in doubt. (TS) (Facets Multimedia, 2:00)

Short videos, program five

A program of videos about African cultures, from Ethiopia, Austria, France, Canada, Mozambique, and the UK. (Facets Multimedia, 2:00)

Airspeed

See listing under Friday, October 23. Director Robert Tinnell will attend the screening. (Facets Multimedia, 4:00)

Short videos, program three

See listing under Friday, October 23. (Facets Multimedia, 4:00)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Digging to China

See listing under Friday, October 23. (Pipers Alley, 10:00 am)

Short films, program three

Films from the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Slovakia, the UK, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 10:00 am)

Short videos, program six

Videos about animals, from France, Canada, and the U.S. (Facets Multimedia, 10:00 am)

The Island on Bird Street

See Critic's Choice. (Facets Multimedia, noon)

The Boyhood of John Muir

An American biopic on video about the Scottish-born naturalist (1838-1914). On the same program, the Polish short The Beginning of Spring. (Facets Multimedia, noon)

The Ball

A Dutch-Belgian-German coproduction about a little girl who hides away in

a junkyard; director Dany Deprez and producer-screenwriter Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem will attend the screening. On the same program, Shipwrecked Do It Myself, a short from Slovakia. (Facets Multimedia, 2:00)

The Best Bad Thing

A Canadian-Japanese video about an Americanized girl who discovers her Japanese roots. (Facets Multimedia, 2:00)

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