The 2016-2017 program is the 35th consecutive season of the UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series. Having screened more than 500 titles from 70 countries, we have done our utmost to bring the best of world filmmaking to our patrons. The season program begins on September 15. The lineup of 14 internationally acclaimed films remains an outstanding entertainment bargain! As usual, we recommend that you 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 strongly encourage purchasing orders online—there is no time delay in receiving the order and ticket availability is readily apparent-alternatively, you can phone 262-595-2307. Tickets will be mailed to you along with a brochure. Orders received close to opening night will be held at the box office will call.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)
international acclaimed films shown throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.
WHEN | Each film is screened six times: Thursday 7:30 pm, Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 5 pm and 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm and 5 pm.
WHERE | Student Center Cinema
ADMISSION | By season subscription only; no individual tickets at the door. Seating is open.
COST | $27 per season pass; $25 for students and senior citizens. Season passes can be purchased online or phone, 262-595-2307.
opens with five schoolgirl sisters innocently frolicking in the surf of a
Turkish beach with several male schoolmates. The afternoon of child's play is
seen as "impure" by their rural Turkish community. The solution? Remove all
corrupting outside influences and lock them up tightly inside their house.
Mustang is a film about repression, rebellion, and siblinghood in a
conservative Turkish society that views femininity as something to be locked
away and kept from the world. Like the wild horses indigenous to the region,
these young girls cannot be tamed. 2016 Academy Awards, finalist: Best Foreign
Language Film; 2015 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Label Europa Cinemas. Turkish
Sep 29-Oct 2
In this intelligent and moving drama, a retired husband and wife must rethink their whole lives together. Kate and Geoff are preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary when Swiss authorities inform them of a shocking piece of news about Geoff's past that shakes the very foundation of their marriage. In a tightly woven narrative, this film is efficiently crafted, cleverly written, and marvelously acted. 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, winner: Best Actress and Best Actor; 2016 London Critics Circle Film Awards, winner: British/Irish Film of the Year, Actress of the Year, and Actor of the Year. English language.
SON OF SAUL
No matter how many Holocaust films you've seen, you've not seen one like this. The film explores the moral dilemma of a group of Hungarian Jews known as the Sonderkommandos, who were forced to collaborate with the Germans at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Son of Saul is an immersive experience of the most disturbing kind. 2016 Academy Awards, winner: Best Foreign Language Film; 2015 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, winner: Best Foreign Language Film. Nine languages.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, Theeb (Wolf) is a young Bedouin boy embarking on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. When things go terribly wrong, Theeb finds himself in a desperate situation in which the only way to survive is to trust and cooperate with a dangerous enemy. Theeb must quickly grow up and use his ingenuity to endure and outwit his enemy. This is not only a coming-of-age story but a film with a powerful message about a traditional society on the cusp of change. 2016 Academy Awards, finalist: Best Foreign Language Film; 2014 Venice Film Festival, winner: Best Director. Arabic language.
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
God is not happy. His son has left home, his wife busies herself doing embroidery, while his young daughter Ea's only desire is to escape the confines of their small Brussels apartment. Every day, God amuses himself by creating misanthropic rules to plague humanity. Turns out, God is a capricious jerk. Ea finds a way to escape and sets out to find her own apostles and write a new book of the Bible. Ea's gospels are deliciously eccentric, and the varied stories of the new apostles are both charming and amusing, all whilst offering a heavy dose of morality. 2015 Norwegian International Film Festival, winner: Most Enjoyable Film; 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival, winner: Best Narrative Feature. French and German languages.
THE SECOND MOTHER
In this warm and brilliantly acted drama, Val has been working as a housemaid in São Paulo so that she can send money back home and make a better life for her daughter, Jéssica, who has been left in the care of her grandfather. Val's guilt is amplified and the wealthy household under her care is disrupted when Jéssica arrives to stay with Val while she takes the entrance exam at the University of São Paulo. Providing an honest portrait of the sacrifices that working-class people make for the sake of their family, this profoundly human film deftly navigates through issues of class and guilt. 2015 Sundance Film Festival, winner: Special Jury Prize; SESC Film Festival (Brazil), winner: Best Film, Director, Actress, Screenplay, and Cinematography. Portuguese language.
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
Shot in crisp black and white, this film is based on the diaries of two scientists who explored the Columbian Amazon: German scientist Theodor Koch-Grunberg, and 40 years later, American plant enthusiast Richard Evans Schultes. A retrospective tale of vengeance, this is an intelligent drama that powerfully recreates the impressions of a world now disappeared and the fractious relationship between those who live in the rainforest and scheming interlopers. 2015 Costa Rica International Film Festival, winner: Best International Film; 2015 Havana Film Festival, winner: Best Editing, and Best Music. German, Portuguese, Latin, Spanish, and Catalan languages.
In this wickedly funny protest against societal norms, we are shown a bizarre, dystopian, near future where being single is considered a detriment to society. Single people are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner within 45 days or be transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods. The film functions as a mind-bogglingly weird, deadpan commentary on the fallacy of monogamous unions as a surefire means of staving off loneliness. The Lobster is a hilarious and bracingly weird story about love, loneliness and animals. 2015 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Jury Prize, Palm Dog, and Queer Palm. French and English languages.
SWEET RED BEAN PASTE (AN)
Mar 30-Apr 2
This charming fable about a small shopkeeper whose pastry business is saved by a stranger, Tampopo-style, is a recipe for how to live a simple and happy life. Based on a novel by Tetsuya Akikawa, Kawase's adaptation provides an intimate and immensely moving portrait of lost people who come together and learn to find some direction in their lives. An will leave you with a sense of warmth and hope–and likely a well-recovered appetite. 2015 São Paulo International Film Festival, winner: Audience Award; 2015 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, winner: Best Actress. Japanese language.
In this comedy, Costi and his neighbor Adrian join forces to dig for treasure supposedly buried in the garden of Adrian's dead grandfather's country house. But it's soon made clear that any treasure they find may be declared state property. The plot of land they are digging in is literally full of the history of modern Romania, beginning with being located in the town where the 1848 Proclamation of Islaz was declared in an attempt to break away from Russian and Ottoman authorities, through the Communist takeover. 2015 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Un Certain Regard; 2016 Gopo Awards (Romanian Oscars), winner: Best Feature Film, Directing, Actor, and Screenplay. Romanian language.
Eilis is a young Irish Catholic girl who leaves her elderly mother and sister Rose to seek a better life in America. She meets Tony, a good-natured Italian boy who adores her. Their relationship is put on hold, however, when unforeseen circumstances force Eilis to return to Ireland, where she soon finds that almost everyone in her old community is eager to find a reason to keep her there. Brooklyn is romantic, old-fashioned and nostalgic, but those comforting qualities never come in conflict with the film's honesty. 2015 British Independent Film Awards, winner: Best Actress; 2015 San Francisco Film Critics Circle, winner: Best Actress and Best Screenplay. English language.
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.