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FOREIGN FILM SERIES

2017–2018 Program

Series Information
For our 36th consecutive season, the UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series has assembled a lineup of 14 films that have received international acclaim, THE SALESMAN (Iran/France, 2016), a gripping drama that won the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Where: UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema
When: Thursday 7:30 pm  |  Friday 7:30 pm  |  Saturday 5 pm & 8 pm  |  Sunday 2 pm  & 5 pm
Admission: Patrons $27  |  Senior Citizens $25  |  Students $25  for the whole season
Language/subtitles: All foreign language films are subtitled and subtitles are used on English language films when available.
Free student showing  |  Sunday show   |  5 pm

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

Land of Mine Sep 28-Oct 1
LAND OF MINE

Sep 28–Oct 1
Denmark/Germany  |  2015  |  100 min  |  Martin Zandvliet  |  German, Danish and English
languages  |  IMDb

Based on a true but not well-known part of history, this film tells the story of how Denmark used
German POWs, most of whom were teenage boys conscripted by Hitler in the last days of the war,
to rid the Danish coastline of nearly two million land mines immediately following the end of WWII.
Thinking that the Allies might stage their invasion of the continent in Denmark, the Nazis buried
up to two million land mines along its coastline. (The Danish government wasn’t able to officially
declare all of the beaches safe until 2012.) Selected as a finalist for the 2017 Oscar for Best
Foreign Language Film, Land of Mine works as a moving antiwar essay and a gripping thriller. 2015
Göteborg Film Festival, winner: Best Nordic Film; 2016 AFI Fest, winner: World Cinema Audience
Award. Review.

Elle Oct 12-15
ELLE

Oct 12–15
France  |  2016  |  130 min  |  Paul Verhoeven  |  French language  |  IMDb

Isabelle Huppert’s magnificent performance in this gritty film has earned her a Best Actress Award
in 20 film festivals around the world. She plays the role of Michele, a strong, sharp businesswoman
who is attacked and raped. How she processes that experience and what she does about it
is as powerful as it is unexpected. Knowingly incendiary but remarkably cool-headed, this film
is complex, compassionate, and often corrosively funny. Elle would be unimaginable without
Huppert, who delivers a performance of such virtuosity that she turns what is essentially a raving
sociopath into one of the most alluring protagonists in recent memory. 2017 Golden Globes,
winner: Best Actress-Drama. Review.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Oct 26-29
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Oct 26–29
New Zealand  |  2016  |  101 min  |  Taika Waititi  |  English language  |  IMDb

Raised largely in foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand
countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the
cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to
another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush and a national manhunt ensues. With
sharp, nimble humor, Wilderpeople is a sweet story told with biting wit and an editing style that
keeps things going at a rapid pace. 2017 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, winner: Best Film,
Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor; 2016 Wisconsin Film
Festival, winner: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Review.

Things to Come Nov 9-12
THINGS TO COME

Nov 9–12
France/Germany  |  2016  |  102 min  |  Mia Hansen-Løve  |  French, English + German 
languages  |  IMDb

It’s a summer of revolution for Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert). The high school philosophy teacher has
just found out her husband of 25 years is leaving her. Suddenly, in her 60s, she’ll be alone and
unmoored, with no more excuses for not putting the theories she’s been teaching for years into
practice. The way is wide open, but the journey seems terrifying. Huppert’s performance crafts a
warmly hued portrait of a woman whose life unravels yet flows stubbornly, and even humorously,
onwards. Things to Come is a warm, funny and profoundly sensitive portrait of letting go and
learning to make new memories. 2017 National Society of Film Critics Award, winner: Best Actress;
2016 Bucharest International Film Festival, winner: Best Director. Review.

Aquarius Nov 30-Dec 3
AQUARIUS

Nov 30–Dec 3
Brazil  |  2016  |  146 min  |  Kleber Mendonça Filho  |  Portuguese language  |  IMDb

Clara is a retired music critic whose beachside apartment block, called Aquarius, is being eyed by
a developer for demolition to make way for another sky-scraping complex. Clara’s neighbors have
all either moved on or given up: she’s the final holdout, and the developer’s unctuous grandson is
working an aggressive charm offensive – charming at first, anyway – to persuade her to move out.
But for Clara, money isn’t the point. The complexities of Brazilian society, with its different social
and racial strata and importance of family ties, becomes a quivering spider web for both Clara and
the plot to pick their way through: by the film’s end, you’ll be blissfully tangled up in both, with no
wish to break free. 2016 Sydney Film Festival, winner: Best Film; 2016 Fenix Film Awards, winner:
Best Actress, Best Director. Review.

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Our Little Sister Dec 7-10
OUR LITTLE SISTER

Dec 7–10
Japan  |  2016  |  128 min  |  Hirokazu Koreeda  |  Japanese language  |  IMDb

At their father’s funeral in a faraway coastal town, the sisters Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika discover
another sibling, 13-year-old Suzu, who seems destined for a pre-ball Cinderella existence with her
unsympathetic stepmother. Suzu’s half-sisters rescue her from that fate, bringing her to live with them.
By the end of the film a Zen-like calm settles over the story and we are shaken at how much we care
about these young women and how sorry we are to leave their company. This is a delightfully beautiful
drama with comedic undertones about the tension between the comforts of family life and the vast
possibilities beyond it. 2016 Awards of the Japanese Academy, winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best
Cinematography, Best Lighting, Newcomer of Year. Review.

The Handmaiden Jan 25-28
THE HANDMAIDEN

Jan 25–28
South Korea  |  2016  |  144 min  |  Chan-wook Park  |  Korean + Japanese languages  |  IMDb

This is a fiendishly clever, sinfully funny con-job melodrama with a stirring feminist edge in which
two women, oppressed by the predatory men in their lives, learn to twist games of identity and
manipulation to their advantage. Based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith, the Victorian era
British story is moved to 1930s Korea, when the country was occupied by the Japanese. Tamako is
a poor villager hired to serve as the new handmaiden for wealthy Japanese heiress Lady Hideko.
Tamako, however, is actually a pickpocket working with a con man to cheat the heiress out of her
fortune. Managing to continuously surprise the audience, The Handmaiden is an engaging puzzle box
and a thoroughly enjoyable sensory experience. 2017 Asian Film Awards, winner: Best Screenwriter,
Best Supporting Actress, Best Newcomer, Best Production Designer. Review.

The Salesman Feb 8-11
THE SALESMAN

Feb 8–11
Iran/France  |  2016  |  124 min  |  Asghar Farhadi  |  Persian + English languages  |  IMDb

Rana and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death
of a Salesman” rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware that the previous
tenant had been “a woman of many male companions,” Rana, home alone, hears the intercom and
buzzes in the person she assumes is Emad, only he isn’t. When Emad returns he finds that Rana has
been brutally attacked. While Rana survives the attack, this event turns their life upside down, changes
their world view, and impacts their marriage. Farhadi has fashioned a dramatic critique of what he
portrays as the Iranian male gaze — a gaze of molten judgment and anger. 2017 Academy Awards,
winner: Best Foreign Language Film; 2016 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Best Actor, Best Screenplay. Review.

Sing Street Feb 22-25
SING STREET

Feb 22–25
UK  |  2016  106 min  |  John Carney  |  English, French + Latin languages  |  IMDb

It’s the mid-1980s, the Irish economy is in the crapper, and Conor is transferring to the Catholic high
school as part of the downsizing of the household budget. The new school is a tough place but
across the street there lives a bewitching girl named Raphina. To get Raphina’s attention, Conor offers
her the lead in his band’s music video — which means he has to assemble a band. As Conor’s ears
and mind open up to the music, his eyes open up to the world. He starts to better understand his
parents, his friends, Raphina, even the bullies at school. In this excellent new musical comedy, director
Carney shows us that music may not realize all our wishes, but it does something perhaps even more
important: it allows us to dream bigger. 2016 National Board of Review, winner: Top Ten Independent
Films. Review.

Neruda Mar 8-11
NERUDA

Mar 8–11
Chile  |  2016  |  107 min  |  Pablo Larrain  |  Spanish + French languages  |  IMDb

In this visually ravishing film, it is 1948 and Pablo Neruda is the poet laureate of Chile. He also is part of
the political scene in Santiago and serves as a Senator representing the Communist Party. President
Gabriel González Videla – who is at first a Neruda ally – turns the tables on him after the poet
condemns the leader in a speech during a miners’ strike. Videla makes Communism against the law
and forces Neruda to fugitive status after calling for his arrest. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the
Chilean poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s
freedom. Seeing a chance to reinvent himself and become an international symbol for liberty, Neruda
cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse
ever more perilous. 2016 Fenix Film Awards, winner: Best Film, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best
Costume Design. Review.

The King's Choice Mar 22-25
THE KING’S CHOICE

Mar 22–25
Norway  |  2016  |  133 min  |  Erik Poppe  |  Norwegian, German, Danish + Swedish languages  |  IMDb

In April 1940, the German war machine arrived in the city of Oslo. Norwegian King Haakon VII faced
a choice that would change his country forever: sign a pact of cooperation with Hitler, or refuse the
virtually non-negotiable agreement and forego any notion of being neutral in the Britain-Germany
conflict and join the fight. Using archival footage to set the stage for the ascension of King, and
interviewing those who had experienced the German invasion, director Poppe delivers a beautifully
rendered, albeit chilling, piece of history often forgotten by those not intimately familiar with WWII
history. 2017 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, winner: Audience Choice. Review.

I, Daniel Blake Apr 12-15
I, DANIEL BLAKE

Apr 12–15
UK  |  201  |  100 min  |  Ken Loach  |  English language  |  IMDb

Daniel, an old-school carpenter with almost no formal education and a widower with no children, has
recently suffered a heart attack and receives an Employment and Support Allowance from the British state. But then his benefits are denied; the state wants him to go back to work — even though his physician is on record as saying he can’t. He’s forced to jump through hoop after hoop, until it becomes apparent to him that the maze of bureaucracy is intentionally designed to wear people down, a policy engineered by the conservative government to toss people off the welfare rolls. The quiet beauty of I, Daniel Blake — the reason it’s the rare political drama that touches the soul — is that we believe in Daniel and the many others standing with him. 2016 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Palme d’Or and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Special Mention. Review. 

Toni Erdmann Apr 26-29
TONI ERDMANN

Apr 26–29
Germany/Austria/Romania  |  2016  |  162 min  |  Maren Ade  |  German, English + Romanian
languages  |  IMDb

In this comedy, a young workaholic professional German woman, Inès, is working for a multi-national company in Bucharest when her shaggy, aging father Winfried, a relentless practical joker, comes to visit for the weekend. After an awkward couple of days together, Winfried refuses to go home. He pops up everywhere that Inés goes, invading her life on the local business and diplomatic scene, wearing a wig and pretending to be a life coach called Toni Erdmann. The way in which Ade tackles her subject is startlingly original, frequently hilarious and completely surprising at every turn. Surprising, awkward, refreshing and, at times, downright hilarious, Toni Erdmann is just brilliant. 2017 German Film Awards, winner: Outstanding Feature, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing. Review.

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