Red Carpet: OPENING NIGHT with 'Beautiful Boy' at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival

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CIFF Founder Michael Kutza.

CHICAGO – It was with much anticipation that the 54th Chicago International Film Festival launched with a special screening of “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timotheé Chamalet. Walking the Red Carpet was one of the supporting cast members, Andre Royo, and the director of the film, Felix Van Groeningen.

The highly anticipated film is based on the true story of David (Steve Carell) and Nic (Timotheé Chalamet) Scheff, a father and son whose relationship is challenged by Nic’s overriding and difficult-to-shake drug addiction. The film is gritty and never blinks, in addition to punctuating the notion that despite a family’s socio-economic condition, no one is immune to the destructive powers of a person unable to rein in addictive needs. Steve Carell and Timotheé Chalamet create intuitive chemistry as a father and son. The film opens in limited markets this weekend (Oct. 12, 2018) and in Chicago on October 19th.

Photographer Joe Arce and Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was at the Red Carpet Opening at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) on October 10th, 2018, at the AMC River East 21 Theatre in Chicago. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

  1. CIFFOPEN1: Andre Royo portrayed Spencer in ‘Beautiful Boy.’
  2. CIFFOPEN2: Director Felix Van Groeningen of ‘Beautiful Boy.’
  3. CIFFOPEN3: Jury Member for CIFF ’18, actor Regina Taylor.
  4. CIFFOPEN4: Artistic Director of CIFF, Mimi Plauché
  5. CIFFOPEN5: CIFF Founder Michael Kutza.

In the following Red Carpet talk, Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com speaks to actor Andre Royo and director Felix Van Groeningen of “Beautiful Boy,” as well as Film Festival jury member actor Regina Taylor and Mimi Plauché, the Artistic Director of the Film Festival.


The 54th Chicago International Film Festival primarily takes place at the AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois Street, Chicago from October 10th to October 21st, 2018. Click here for film schedules, information and to purchase tickets.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Editor and Film Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2018 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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