Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel Motherless Brooklyn will open the 55th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival.
Motherless Brooklyn centers on Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, who ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.
The film’s ensemble cast includes Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Ethan Suplee, Dallas Roberts, Josh Pais, Robert Ray Wisdom, Fisher Stevens, with Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe.
“We’re thrilled to be opening with Edward Norton’s stunning and accomplished new film,” said the festival’s artistic director Mimi Plauché. “Edward is already celebrated for his acting talent, but with his second feature as a director he’s proven himself to be a visionary filmmaker with a highly entertaining movie full of terrific performances that feels both timeless and utterly timely.”
The opening night celebration, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation, will be held at the AMC River East 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2019. An after-party at Union Station Burlington Room will follow, with additional support provided by Aberlour, Chloe Wine Collection, Goose Island, and Forza Meats.
Presented by Cinema/Chicago, the 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place Oct. 16-27 at the AMC River East.