For our 34th consecutive season we have assembled 14 internationally acclaimed films from thirteen different countries. The selections in the 2015-2016 series have been recognized by critics as some of the best cinema the world has to offer, collecting prizes from international film festivals and award competitions such as the U.S. Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, César Awards, Berlin International Film Festival, and the Asian-Pacific Film Festival. This year's program includes all five Oscar finalists for Best Foreign Language Film, including the winner, Ida (Poland, 2013).As an entertainment value, the UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series remains a bargain that cannot be beat! For less than $2 per film, our patrons have six show time options, including a liberal switching policy; 3 free guest passes; and full-length reviews.
Parkside Student Night: All Parkside students get in FREE at the Sunday 5 pm shows with ID!
Admission is by season subscription only, there are no individual ticket sales. Prorated season subscriptions are available. Order your season tickets as soon as possible! Our most popular show times, Thursday 7:30 pm, Friday 7:30 pm and Saturday 5 pm have sold out for a number of years running. We encourage you to order your tickets online. Alternatively, you can fill out the order form on this brochure and mail it to: UW-Parkside Ranger Card Office, P.O. Box 2000, Kenosha, WI 53141-2000; or you can call 262-595-2307.
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UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series Committee, Norm Cloutier (FFS Director, Professor of Economics), and Donald Kummings (Emeritus Professor of English)
Timbuktu | Feb 11 - 14Timbuktu is for most Westerners little more than a metaphor for a remote place. The actual place, an impoverished town of about 54,000, was once a center of Islamic learning that is still known for its heritage sites. In 2012, Islamic jihadi groups overran northern Mali, attempting to impose strict sharia laws on the local populace. Much to the horror of the local cleric, the Islamic zealots are banning innocent pleasures and punishing offenders with lashings and stonings. Mali's new theocratic state must now rule on practical matters and its crass insensitivity and immaturity as a system of government is horribly exposed. Passionate, visually stunning, and offering moments of humor, this film is a cry from the heart, a fable expressed with grace and care. 2015 USA Academy Awards: one of five finalists for Best Foreign Language Film; 2014 Cannes Film Festival: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. (Mauritania, 2014) Director: Abderrahmane Sissako. French, Arabic, Bambara, English and Songhay languages. 97 min
Pride | Still The Enemy Within | Feb 25 - 28
Phoenix | Mar 10 - 13In post-war Berlin, Nelly Lenz is an Auschwitz survivor who escaped from her concentration camp but in the process suffered catastrophic facial injuries. Nelly seeks out her husband, Johnny, even though there's evidence to suggest that it was he who turned her in to the SS. When she finds him, he notices the resemblance but has completely convinced himself that his wife must be dead. However, he knows Nelly has an unclaimed fortune and proceeds to hatch a scheme to use his newfound lady friend as a way to claim it. Nelly plays along, frightened to reveal the truth and hopeful that this will allow her some semblance of the life she once had, even as she refuses to believe that it is Johnny's betrayal that destroyed her in the first place. A brilliant encapsulation of how people cope (or refuse to cope) with tragedy, especially when it's at least partially of their own making. 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival: SIGNIS Award. (Germany, 2014) Director: Christian Petzold. German and English languages. 98 min
Mr. Turner | Mar 31 - Apr 3Mr. Turner is a loving, unsentimental portrait of the rare creative soul that was the famous early-1800s British artist, J.M.W. Turner. The film explores the last quarter century of the great painter's life up until his death in 1851. He travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular though rather archaic member of the Royal Academy of Arts and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. Experiencing the film, we not only see Turner's work as it might have looked in its moment, but also the world as Turner saw it, through painterly eyes. By the end we find that our knowledge of Turner's genius and its place in British history has deepened, and the compass by which we measure our own experience has grown wider. 2014 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor. (UK, 2014) Director: Mike Leigh. English language. 150 min
Charlie's Country | Apr 7 - 10
This is a film centered on a proud aboriginal man fighting off the cultural and social infection of white European society. We first meet Charlie in a reservation somewhere near Darwin. He seems happy enough until the authorities start to impose the letter of the law on his lifestyle. Charlie's kin seem more interested in going along with things than doing anything about it, so Charlie takes off to live the old way. The dullness of the reservation gives way to breathtaking natural photography when Charlie retreats into the freedom of the bush. He fits so well into this environment he may as well have grown from the very soil itself. This land belongs to Charlie, and Charlie belongs to this land. Finely shot, skillfully edited and packed with colorful side characters, this film provides viewers a deep personal look at the plight of Australian aboriginal people. 2014 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor. (Australia, 2013) Director: Rolf de Heer. English language. 108 min.
White God | Apr 14 - 1713-year-old Lili has been sent to stay with her ex-professor father by her academic mother, who is off to Australia for a conference with her new partner. Lili brings with her an unwelcome guest in her big mixed breed Labrador-y pet, Hagen. Her dad is in no mood for such inconvenience. He abandons Hagen on the streets to fend for himself. Lili is distraught and begins to wreck her own life by generally acting up. Meanwhile, Hagen falls into the hands of police forces that sell him to a dog-fighting trainer. But together with the other dogs in the shelter, Hagen manages to run off and plan a great revenge against the human race. Mundruczo achieves moments you would think impossible outside the realm of animation, including the remarkable third act when seemingly every dog in Budapest has his day. 2014 Cannes Film Festival: Palm Dog Award to canine cast. (Hungary, 2014) Director: Kornel Mundruczo. Hungarian and English languages. 121 min.
Ida | Apr 28 - May 1Anna is young and naive, an orphan raised in a convent. Wanda is middle-aged and cynical, a chain-smoking, hard-drinking judge. These are the two women at the center of this delicate and unforgettable film. Anna is an eighteen-year-old novice about to take her vows to join the religious order that raised her since she was a baby orphaned during the war. Before she does, though, she receives some life-changing information: Anna has an aunt, Wanda, and Anna was born Ida Lebenstein, to Jewish parents. Thus begins a journey in which aunt and niece drive back to the Polish village of Anna's parents in an effort to discover how they died and where they were buried. Riveting, original and breathtakingly accomplished on every level, Ida would be a masterpiece in any era, in any country. 2015 USA Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film. (Poland, 2013) Director: Pawel Pawlikowski. Polish, Latin, French languages. 82 min.