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)
THE KING’S CHOICE
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
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.
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.