The 44th Chicago International Film Festival, which runs this year from October 16-29 and has announced its gala screenings will be Arnaud Desplechin's Christmas Tale and Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, both of which premiered in Cannes, and Gavin O'Connor's Pride And Glory, which received its world premiere in Toronto earlier this week.

The International Feature Film Competition entries will include Jan Troell's second world war drama Everlasting Moments, which was recently acquired by IFC, Antonello Grimaldi's UK-Italian romance Quiet Chaos and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's drama Tokyo Sonata.

Other highlights are expected to include the New Directors Competition and Docufest, which will screen Kathryn Millard's Australian-Indian account of Charlie Chaplin fans in the Indian city of Adipur, and Terence Davies' nostalgic Of Time And The City.

The World Cinema section includes Jee-woon Kim's South Korean Spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad, And The Weird and the German drama Cherry Blossoms from Doris Dorrie. Other categories will cover Black Perspectives, Latin American cinema, shorts and Illinois film-makers.

Sidney Poitier and rapper Common will be honoured at the Black Perspectives Tribute on October 18. One significant addition to the festival is the launch of the Green Screen series of films highlighting environmental issues.

Full details of the programme will be announced in due course. For further details visit