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July 28–August 3, 2017

Chicago Theatrical

The Confessions
(Le confessioni)

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Film still: The Confession
Award of Ecumenical Jury
Best Film
Karlovy Vary Intl
Film Fest
"The Confessions flows at a steady pace, avoiding abrupt frenzied spins beyond an unfathomable surreal finale that is worthy of the best illusionists"
  —Film Threat
"A philosophical thriller in which characters contemplate the meaning of time or the concept of creative destruction in international relations"
  —Chicago Tribune

The most powerful leaders of the world are gathered to enact important provisions at a G8 summit. Strangely, among the guests, which also include a rock star (Johan Heldenbergh) and a children's novelist (Connie Nielsen), is an Italian monk, Roberto Salus (Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty), having just emerged from a long period of silent meditation. He has been invited by Daniel Roché (Daniel Auteuil), the Director of the International Monetary Fund, with an obscure agenda, who wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. When Roché is found dead the next morning, Salus becomes the main suspect, but he refuses to break the seal of the private confessional. The finance ministers fear that Roché might have leaked the details of their plan to introduce radical economic reforms that will have irreparable destructive effects on less-developed countries. In a climate of doubt and fear, these economic leaders and the monk engage in an intensifying challenge about the plot to destabilize the global economy in this economic-religious thriller.

Boasting a star-studded international cast and a perfect blend of suspense, international intrigue, and a subdued but biting sense of humor, The Confessions is a classically composed and wildly entertaining whodunnit.

Directed by Roberto Andò, Italy, 2016, 100 mins. In English, French and Italian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., July 28 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., July 29 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Sun., July 30 at 1, 3 & 5 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs. Aug. 1–3 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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