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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)

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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