Beautiful Boy to open the 54th Chicago International Film Festival

10/4/2018, 6 a.m.
Beautiful Boy as this year's Opening Night film Felix van Groeningen's film starring Academy Award® -nominees Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet ...

Beautiful Boy as this year's Opening Night film Felix van Groeningen's film starring Academy Award® -nominees Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet and Amy Ryan received its world premiere this past weekend at the Toronto Film Festival where Owen Gleiberman of Variety raved "Carell and Chalamet both give excellent performances that should help to launch Beautiful Boy into the awards-buzz atmosphere."

Join the festival for Opening Night on Wednesday, October 10. A VIP After-Party with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will follow at the beautiful St. Jane Hotel!


Beautiful Boy Trailer

Tickets start at $25 with VIP tickets (including film and after-party) at $100/ticket.

Ticket and event information is available on our website

Tickets for Opening Night are on sale now

Beautiful Boy Director: Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown)

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff,

Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival,

relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Starring

Steve Carell and rising young star Timothe Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name),

who delivers one of the year's most stunning performances, this emotional drama

remains full of hope and humanity.

Opening Night Celebration

Wednesday, October 10

AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.

  • 6:00pm Press Line
  • 6:30pm Welcome and Guest Presentation
  • 7:00pm Premiere of Beautiful Boy

Ticket Information:

  • Member Tickets: $25 (film only, general seating)
  • General Public Tickets: $30 (film only, general seating)
  • VIP Tickets: $100 (Includes seating in premium theater and Opening Night after party)

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation

Passes Now on Sale! Buy Now & Save More!

Moviegoer and Passport pass holders receive early access to redeem tickets starting

Thursday, September 20.


10 general admissions*

$110 for members

$140 for non-members


20 general admissions*

$205 for members

$265 for non-members

*Passes are not valid for Special and Gala Presentations, Tributes, Opening Night, Special Events, Centerpiece, or Closing Night. All programs are subject to change. Passes on sale until October 21, 2018. Passes will be emailed to purchasers for redemption.


AMC River East 21 | 322 E. Illinois St.

Box Office opens September 18.

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Full Festival Schedule Released in One Week!

September 17, 2018

54th Festival - Full schedule released

September 18-20, 2018

Members-only ticket pre-sale

September 20, 2018

Moviegoer/Passport early redemption begins

September 21, 2018

Festival tickets on sale to the general public

October 10-21, 2018

54th Chicago International Film Festival

Become a Member!

Join us as a member of Cinema/Chicago and get early access to Festival tickets!

Membership perks include:

  • Free Members-only screenings of 10+ highly anticipated films throughout the year
  • Members Pre-Sale on Festival tickets before the general public
  • Discounts on Festival tickets and passes, events and merchandise
  • Membership starts at only $55/year

So far in 2018, members have been invited to advance screenings of Disobedience

with Oscar winning director Sebastián Lelio in attendance, Boundaries with director

Shana Feste and actor Lewis MacDougall in attendance, America to Me with director

Steve James in attendance, The Leisure Seeker, Book Club and more.