CHICAGO — March Madness is taking a fast break from the basketball court to the court of reel life, all deliriousness included.

At least 7,000 people are expected to attend the 55 Chicago premieres of films from two dozen European Union countries, in the 10th Annual European Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., March 2-29.

Quick, get that empty seat. Tickets are $9 a film. The best deal is to buy a Siskel membership for $45 (single) or $75 (dual). You can see 10 movies for $90 or become a member and see those same 10 movies for $50 and every other film for a year for $5 each. Pick up a guide, go to or call (312) 846-2600 to get a sense of what different countries are presenting.

As an added treat, on Tuesdays, the film center will present a series of African American films featuring two late 1940s films by Spencer Williams and four Charles Burnett films from the ’90s.