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Interview: Mimi Plauché, Chicago International Film Festival Programming Director

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The marquee outside opening night at the 2004 Chicago International Film Festival, the 40th anniversary of the event. The 2011 edition is the festival's 47th. | Getty Images

The 47th Chicago International Film Festival begins this Thursday, Oct. 6 with the Chicago premiere of the locally produced The Last Rites of Joe May, starring the city's own Dennis Farina and directed by local boy Joe Maggio. It's a small, independently produced work that feature a fantastic, low-key performance by Farina as a former low-level thug who has just gotten out from an extended stay in the hospital to find that things have changed a great deal and that whatever juice he might have had before his ailment is now gone.

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