UW-Parkside Foreign Films showing world’s best
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foreign Film Series enters its fourth decade with 14 internationally acclaimed movies showing from September 2012 to April 2013. The films include the Oscar-winning Best Picture "The Artist," the Best Foreign Language Film "A Separation" and a dozen more of the best movies in the world.
"It's customary for us to screen the Oscar winner for best foreign language film, but it is unusual for the Oscar winner for Best Picture to be produced outside the U.S. We are very pleased to have both films in this year's series," said UW-Parkside Professor and series director Norm Cloutier.
The series begins Sept. 20-23 with 2011 Cannes Film Festival winner "Le Havre." This tale of modern Europe's struggles with immigration centers on a young African stowaway who lands in the French port of Le Havre and is rescued from the police by a gruff elderly shoe shiner. This is followed by the award-winning Russian drama "Silent Souls" Sept. 27-30, and the irrepressible New Zealand comedy "The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls" Oct. 11-14.
Other fall Foreign Film Series highlights include director David Cronenberg's English drama "A Dangerous Method" and the delightful French comedy "Potiche" starring Catherine Deneuve. Spring 2013 brings the Turkish murder mystery "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" and Australia's "Samson & Delilah."
The final three films begin with the Oscar-winning Iranian drama "A Separation," a powerful story exemplifying the poignancy of a family's breakup. This is followed by Sundance Film Festival winner "Happy, Happy," a comedy from Norway; and the series closes with multiple Academy Award-winner "The Artist," an engaging comedy about a vain silent film superstar whose career is nearly destroyed and then is revived by a young actress who has none of his fear of the new-fangled "talkies."
The Foreign Film Series also features the Netherlands' drama "Winter in Wartime," Belgium's "The Kid with a Bicycle," the absurdist Norwegian film "O'Horten," and the French Canadian drama "Monsieur Lazhar."
Season tickets for the UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series are $27less than $2 per filmwith student and senior citizen season tickets just $25. Ticket holders are allowed three free guest passes during the year. Each film is shown six times Thursday through Sunday and there is a liberal switching policy.
Tickets can be ordered online by visiting www.uwp.edu keyword foreign films.
The campus web site also has an order form that can be downloaded. Tickets can be ordered by calling 262-595-2307 and are available at the UW-Parkside Student Center Concierge Desk.