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Next season is the 35th consecutive season of the series, and we have some exciting events and offerings. Until then, please enjoy our summer series and the Italian director showcase. Join our mailing list to receive early notifications!

See you at the movies!

UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series Committee,
Norm Cloutier (FFS Director, Professor of Economics), and
Donald Kummings (Emeritus Professor of English)

SUMMER SERIES - Two films left!

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foreign Film Series is once again hosting a short summer program of internationally acclaimed films. This is an ideal opportunity for you to introduce your cinephile friends to the UW−Parkside Foreign Film Series without committing to an entire season.

  • Where: UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema.
  • Admission: $5 per film; tickets available at the door only.
  • Foreign language films are subtitled, and subtitles are used on English language films when available.
About Elly
(Iran, 2009) Asghar Farhadi
Jul 14-16  |  Thu 7:30 pm, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 8 pm

From the Oscar winning director of A Separation comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends who reunite on a holiday retreat by the Caspian Sea. Sepideh has brought along a newcomer to the group, Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher.  Everything is going well until one afternoon disaster strikes and Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear. In the hands of a master director and superb cast, this film demonstrates that a story about the ethical dilemmas of ordinary adults can be as gripping as any thriller. 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, winner: Best Narrative Feature; 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, winner: Best Director. Persian and German languages. 119 min. IMDB

(Iceland, 2015) Grímur Hákonarson
Jul 21-23  |  Thu 7:30 pm, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 8 pm

Gummi and Kiddi are brothers and competitive sheep farmers who have lived on the same scrubby patch of farmland their entire lives. They hate each other and have not spoken for 40 years. Their only communication is by written note, carried by Somi, their trusted sheepdog. In the face of a devastating disease that has the potential of wiping out their herds, the reconciliation of these two crusty bachelor brothers is at the core of this seriocomic gem. 2015 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Un Certain Regard Award; 2015 Denver International Film Festival, winner: Best Feature Film. Icelandic language. 93 min. IMDB


UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series 35 years

Italy has a long résumé of cinematic excellence. Italian directors have given us some of the most iconic cinematic moments in filmmaking history. There is a new crop of talented Italian directors who have picked up the mantle of the Italian masters and created their own memorable cinematic experiences for our enjoyment. We have neither the space nor time to highlight them all, but we are able to bring you the work of five contemporary Italian directors in this modest showcase. Three of our highlighted directors have already established a stellar international reputation, and we have included some of their work in previous seasons. The other two directors, both women, have just begun their careers with masterful debut features. 

On Saturday, September 10, join us as we welcome Patrick Rumble, professor of Italian, European Studies, and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will be speaking at 5 pm about the history and art of Italian cinema. A reception follows at 6 pm. The reception is free but you must have a ticket to attend. Free reception tickets are available to those who have purchased a ticket to any of the films in the Italian Showcase.

I'm not scared, film poster

(2003) Gabriele Salvatores
Sep 8  |  7:30 pm

Exploring an abandoned farmhouse outside his remote Southern Italian village, 10-year-old Michele discovers a crime that forever taints his innocence and challenges his loyalties to family and conscience. 2003 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, winner: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography. Italian language. 108 min.

With 23 films to his directing credit, Gabriele Salvatores (66) is an accomplished filmmaker. Salvatores likes to shed light on the dark underbelly of society and "…creating protagonists out of people who are anything but…"  In 1992, his gentle comedy/drama MEDITERRANEO* earned him an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

honey, film poster

(2013) Valeria Golino
Sep 9  |  7:30 pm

In this finely tuned, relevant, and thought-provoking drama, Honey has devoted herself to alleviating the suffering of the terminally ill by giving them a peaceful means to leave this world. 2013 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention. Italian language. 96 min. 

American audiences may recognize the name Valeria Golino (50), but it is likely for her work in front of the camera in the 85 films in which she has acted, including popular Hollywood films RAIN MAN and LEAVING LAS VEGAS. Based on the novel by Mauro Covacich, HONEY is not only Golino's first feature film as a director, but she also co-wrote the screenplay.

Reality, film poster

(2012) Matteo Garrone
Sep 10  |  7 pm

In this comedy/drama, Luciano's unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. 2012 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Grand Prize of the Jury. Italian and English languages. 116 min. 

His first full-length feature, LAND IN BETWEEN, about the everyday lives of recent immigrants to Italy, earned Matteo Garrone (47) the Jury Special Prize at the 1996 Torino International Festival of Young Cinema. Born into a family with a cinematic heritage, Garrone has directed 13 films, including the hard-hitting GOMORRAH* (2008), which earned seven David di Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars) and other recognitions at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, the Golden Globes, and the European Film Awards.

The Wonders, film poster

(2014) Alice Rohrwacher
Sep 11  |  3 pm

A family of Tuscan beekeepers finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a troubled teenage boy and a TV show intent on showcasing the family. 2014 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Grand Prize of the Jury. German, Italian, and French languages. 110 min. 

Alice Rohrwacher (33) debuted her first feature film, HEAVENLY BODY (2011), to wide critical acclaim when she was just 27-years-old. THE WONDERS is her second feature film and it too has received awards in film festivals worldwide. Having written and directed both films, she may be signaling the rise of a bright young star in Italian filmmaking.

Il Divo, film poster

(2008) Paolo Sorrentino
Sep 11  |  6 pm

This is a dramatic biography of Giulio Andreotti.  Never heard of him?  He was an Italian politician who, for more than 40 years, held powerful positions in the Italian federal government: think Richard Nixon but with a better tailor and more indictments for corruption and murder. 2008 David di Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars), winner of seven awards; 2008 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Jury Prize. Italian and English languages. 110 min 

Paolo Sorrentino (47) has quite an accomplished résumé for a young filmmaker with no film school training.  His first film to receive international recognition was the thriller THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE (2004) and his career took off from there. THE GREAT BEAUTY (2013) won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Oscars, and his most recent effort, YOUTH (2015), has received international acclaim.



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. 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!


The UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series does not provide ratings generated by the Motion Picture Association of America. Many foreign films have not received ratings from the MPAA, and the rating system itself may not reflect the sensibilities of our patrons.

For FFS patrons who are interested in taking children to one of our films, we recommend that they visit kids-in-mind for more information about a film's violence, sex, and profanity content. This site, however, does not include films that have not received a MPAA rating. In those cases where MPAA ratings are not available we encourage patrons to read reviews.


All films in this year's program have been linked to an external review. Patrons who would like to read alternative reviews are encouraged to visit online review search engines. Here are three online resources that we recommend:

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