The Zone of Interest Star Christian Friedel on Nazi Villain and Family Man: “To find and create the normality, or the banality, was an intense challenge”

In Jonathan Glazer’s icily austere The Zone of Interest, German musician and actor Christian Friedel was tasked with a dauntingly antithetical assignment in playing real-life Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss: to convey an architect of doom as a mild-mannered family man. No, these were not…

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Stony Island at the Gene Siskel Film Center: Filmmaker Andrew Davis to Present Lost 1978 Chicago Musical and First Film, a Making the Band Time Capsule

This Friday, November 17, at the Gene Siskel Film Center (8pm; tickets here), Chicago-born filmmaker and Hollywood director Andrew Davis returns to present his fledgling 1978 film Stony Island—his first as a director, shot on period Chicago’s gritty streets as a guerrilla endeavor of…

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