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Dear Patrons,

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. In appreciation of the strong community support the FFS has enjoyed, we are kicking off this academic year with a showcase that features recent work of five contemporary Italian directors. A 60% discount is available to those who purchase a season pass to the regular 2016-2017 program and patrons can attend a reception and presentation by an Italian film scholar free of charge. See details below.

The 2016-2017 regular 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 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m., and Saturday 5 p.m., 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.

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We hope to see you at the Italian director showcase and the regular 2016-2017 program!

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


Sep 8-11  |  Student Center Cinema  |  Show times vary  |  Five films in four days

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. 

ADMISSION  |   Open to the general public. Tickets are sold individually. Seating is open.

COST  |  $5 per film.  A 60% discount is available to patrons who purchase a season pass to the 2016-2017. Tickets can be purchased online or phone, 262-595-2307.

Presentation and Reception

Sep 10  |  Main Place  |  Presentation 5 pm  |  Reception 6 pm

Patrick Rumble, professor of Italian, European Studies, and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presentation followed by a reception with refreshments.
  |  Open to those who have purchased a ticket to any of the Italian showcase films. Seating is open.
  |  Free, but seating is limited and you must have a ticket, which can be procured online or by calling 262-595-2703.

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.

Patrick Rumble
Dr. Patrick Rumble 

Sep 10  |  Presentation 5 pm  |  Reception 6 pm

Please join us for stimulating discussion of Italian filmmaking followed by a reception with refreshments.  Dr. PATRICK RUMBLE is professor of Italian, European Studies, and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research areas include the history of Italian cinema, and experimental and avant-garde filmmaking and literature. He is the editor of the 3-disk DVD set Paolo Gioli: The Complete Filmworks. He is the author of Allegories of Contamination: Pasolini's Trilogy of Life (University of Toronto Press, 1996), co-editor (with Bart Testa) of Pasolini: Contemporary Perspectives (University of Toronto Press, 1996), and he is currently at work on a history of the art cinema in Italy.

The presentation and reception are free, but you must have a ticket and seating is limited. Tickets can be procured online or by phone, 262-595-2307.
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.


WHAT  14 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.


Sep 15–18
Turkey  |  2015  |  97 min  |  Deniz Gamze Ergüven  |  IMDB

The film 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 language.

45 Years

Sep 29-Oct 2
UK  |  2015  |  95 min  |  Andrew Haigh |  IMDB

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


Oct 13–16
Hungary  |  2015  |  107 min  |  Laszlo Nemes  |  IMDB

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


Oct 27-30
New Zealand  |  2014  |  86 min  |  Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi  |  IMDB

This horror-mockumentary about four vampires who share a house in Wellington, New Zealand is laugh-out-loud funny. The ostensible reason for the documentary is to show how they go about their lives in the days leading up to the "Unholy Masquerade," an annual social event.  The underlying message of the film, however, concerns itself with aging and the things we lose along the way: our looks, friends, lovers, and acuity. 2015 Denver Film Critics Society, winner: Best Comedy; 2015 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, winner: Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble. English, German, and Spanish languages.

Nov 10-13
Jordan  |  2014  |  100 min  |  Naji Abu Nowar  |  IMDB

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.


Dec 1-4
Belgium  |  2015  |  113 min  |  Jaco Van Dormael  |  IMDB

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.


Dec 8-11
Brazil  |  2015  |  112 min  |  Anna Muylaert  |  IMDB

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.


Jan 26-29
Columbia  |  2015  |  125 min  |  Ciro Guerra  |  IMDB

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.


Feb 9-12
Greece/UK/Ireland  |  2015  |  118 min  |  Yorgos Lanthimos  |  IMDB

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.


Feb 23-26
Italy  |  2015  |  124 min  |  Paolo Sorrentino  |  IMDB

Vacationing at a lavish spa in the Swiss Alps as they have for 20 years, the retired Fred (Michael Caine) is happy to leave his days of composing music behind him, while Mick (Harvey Keitel) is near finishing what he believes to be his best work as an already accomplished film director. Nearing the end of their sojourn on this planet, Fred and Mick observe the exquisite visual splendor around them and ponder society's obsession with youth and beauty while coping with the reality of how fleeting such things are. 2015 European Film Awards, winner: Best European Film, Director, and Actor. 2015 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, winner: Best Director, Cinematography, and Editing. English, Swiss German, and Spanish languages.

Mar 16-19
France  |  2015  |  115 min  |  Jaques Audiard  |  IMDB

Three unrelated refugees from war-torn Sri Lanka assume the roles of a family unit in order to flee to suburban Paris. The faux family grows accustom to their new home and begin to genuinely care for one another. But the dangers that lurk around every corner of their gang-infested neighborhood threaten everything that they have rebuilt. The same fears and dangers they ran from have followed them into another country, except this time, they can't escape it. Exploring second chances and the material that builds a family, Dheepan is a deeply tense and touching drama. 2015 Cannes Film Festival, winner: Palme d'Or; 2015 International Cinephile Society Awards, winner: Best Actor. English, French, and Tamil languages.

Mar 30-Apr 2
Japan  |  2015  |  113 min  |  Naomi Kawase  |  IMDB

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.


Apr 6-9
Romania/France  |  2015)  |  89 min  |  Corneliu Porumboiu  |  IMDB

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.


Apr 27-30
Ireland/UK  |  2015  |  111 min  |  John Crowley  |  IMDB

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.


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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