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Foreign Film Series Survey

Since our first season in 1982-1983, the UW-Parkside Foreign Film Series has faithfully sought input from our loyal and engaged patrons regarding the films they would like to see in the next season.

Help us in the selection process by choosing 14 films that you would like to see. In making the final selections for next year's program we rely heavily on the results of this survey. We read all comments and seriously consider all write-in film suggestions.

Who can submit a survey?
Please choose the 14 films you would like to see in the 2022-2023 Foreign Film Series season. We can accept only one survey submission per email we have on file. For example, if a couple has registered only one email address with us then they will be restricted to one survey submission.

Click here to register another email address with the FFS.


About the Survey
We are providing access to much more information on each film than we have typically offered in the hardcopy version of the survey. In general, if you would like to know more about one of the films in the survey just click on "Show More" to expand the description. You may also click on the "IMDb Summary" link for each film, which will open a separate window displaying the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page. There you will be able to access a wealth of information on the film.

Film Summary
The first thing you will notice about the online survey is that the film summaries are shorter than they were in the hardcopy version.

If you would like to read a fuller summary and critical review then once on a film’s IMDb page, click on the “All topics” icon , then click on “External reviews” which is an exhaustive set of links to professional critic reviews, and/or “Metacritic reviews” which is a more selective set of links to professional reviews.

Ratings
The IMDb rating is a weighted average of user ratings (10-point scale) from the general viewing public. Because the rating has the potential for adverse manipulation, IMDb does not take a simple average of user ratings, rather it weights user ratings based on its own evaluation of users’ reliability. See the IMDb explanation.

Metacritic rating is a weighted average of professional film critics (100-point scale). See the Metracritic explanation.

About the Films

Links to IMDB summaries open in a new tab. Click "Show more" to view full details.

Azor
Switzerland, 2021
Andreas Fontana

Yvan De Wiel, a private banker from Geneva, goes to Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, the object of the most worrying rumors, who disappeared overnight.

IMDb  6.6 
Meta  |  88 

IMDb Summary

 

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Romania, 2021
Radu Jude

Emi, a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure.

IMDb  6.6
Meta  |  74

IMDb Summary

 

Belfast 
United Kingdom, 2021
Kenneth Branagh

A young boy and his working class Belfast family experience the tumutuous late 1960s.

IMDb  7.3
Meta  |  75

IMDb Summary

 

Benedetta
France, 2021
Paul Verhoeven

A 17th Century nun in Italy suffers from distrubing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.

IMDb  6.8
Meta  |  73

IMDb Summary

 

Bergman Island
France, 2021
Mia Hansen-Løve

The picture revolves around an American filmmaking couple who retreat to the island for the summer to each write screenplays for their upcoming films in an act of pilgrimage to the place that inspired Bergman. As the summer and their screenplays advance, the lines between reality and fiction start to blur against the backdrop of the Island's wild landscape.

IMDb  6.8
Meta  |  81

IMDb Summary

 

Better Days
China, 2019
Derek Tsang

A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.

IMDb  7.5
Meta  |  83

IMDb Summary

 

Compartment No. 6
Russia, 2021
Juho Kuosmanen

As a train weaves its way up to the Arctic Circle, two strangers share a journey that will change their perspective on life.

IMDb  7.4
Meta  |  82

IMDb Summary

 

Dear Comrades!
Russia, 2020
Andrey Konchalovskiy

When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike. The massacre which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a devout party activist.

IMDb  7.3
Meta  |  82

IMDb Summary

 

Drive My Car
Japan, 2021
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

After his wife's unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima. There, he begins to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.

IMDb  7.7
Meta  |  91

IMDb Summary

 

Flee
Denmark, 2021
Jonas Poher Rasmussen

FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time.

IMDb  8.0
Meta  |  91

IMDb Summary

 

I’m Your Man
Germany, 2021
Maria Schrader

In order to obtain research funds for her studies, a scientist accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment: for three weeks, she is to live with a humanoid robot, created to make her happy.

IMDb  7.1
Meta  |  78

IMDb Summary

 

Limbo
United Kingdom, 2020
Ben Sharrock

Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request.

IMDb  7.2
Meta  |  83

IMDb Summary

 

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Bhutan, 2019
Pawo Choyning Dorji

An aspiring singer, living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan, dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia.

IMDb  7.4
Meta  |  78

IMDb Summary

 

Luzzu
Malta, 2021
Alex Camilleri

A man risks everything to provide for his wife and newborn son by entering Malta's black-market fishing industry.

IMDb  7.0
Meta  |  79

IMDb Summary

 

Mandibles
France, 2020
Quentin Dupieux

When simple-minded friends Jean-Gab and Manu find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, they decide to train it in the hopes of making a ton of cash.

IMDb  6.6
Meta  |  74

IMDb Summary

 

Minari
Korea, 2020
Lee Isaac Chung

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

IMDb  7.5
Meta  |  89

IMDb Summary

 

Moffie
South Africa, 2019
Oliver Hermanus

A young man in 1981 South Africa must complete his brutal and racist two years of compulsory military service while desperately maintaining the secrecy of his homosexuality.

IMDb  6.9
Meta  |  69

IMDb Summary

 

Parallel Mothers
Spain, 2021
Pedro Almodóvar

The story of two mothers who give birth on the same day.

IMDb  7.1
Meta  |  88

IMDb Summary

 

Petite Maman
France, 2021
Céline Sciamma

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother's childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.

IMDb  7.4
Meta  |  94

IMDb Summary

 

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Hungary, 2020
Lili Horvát

Márta, a forty-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man. But the love of her life claims they have never met before.

IMDb  6.6
Meta  |  71

IMDb Summary

 

Riders of Justice
Denmark, 2020
Anders Thomas Jensen

Markus goes home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems like an accident until a mathematics geek, who was also a fellow passenger on the train, and his two colleagues show up.

IMDb  7.6
Meta  |  81

IMDb Summary

 

Still Walking
Japan, 2008
Hirokazu Koreeda

A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.

IMDb  6.9
Meta  |  89

IMDb Summary

 

The Day After
South Korea, 2017
Hong Sang-soo

The married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work. The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan's wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.

IMDb  6.9
Meta  |  72

IMDb Summary

 

The Man who Sold His Skin
Italy, 2020
Kaouther Ben Hania

His own body turned into a living work of art and promptly exhibited in a museum, Sam, a Syrian refugee, will soon realize to have sold away more than just his skin.

IMDb  6.9
Meta  |  64

IMDb Summary

 

The Truffle Hunters
Italy, 2020
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years old, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle - which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation.

IMDb  7.3
Meta  |  84

IMDb Summary

 

The Worst Person in the World
Norway, 2021
Joachim Trier

The chronicles of four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading to take a realistic look at who she really is.

IMDb  7.9
Meta  |  90

IMDb Summary

 

There Is No Evil
Iran, 2020
Mohannad Rasoulof

The four stories that are variations on the crucial themes of moral strength and the death penalty that ask to what extent individual freedon can be expressed under a despotic regime and its seemingly inescapable threats.

IMDb  7.5
Meta  |  82

IMDb Summary

 

This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
South Africa, 2019
Lemohand Jeremiah Mosese

When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow finds a new way to live and ignites the spirit of resillience within her community.

IMDb  7.3
Meta  |  91

IMDb Summary

 

Two of Us
France, 2019
Fillippo Meneghetti

Pensioners Nina and Madeline have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is put to the test when they are suddenly unable to move freely between each other's apartments.

IMDb  7.2
Meta  |  82

IMDb Summary

 

Undine
Germany, 2020
Christian Petzold

Undine works as a historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.

IMDb  6.6
Meta  |  75

IMDb Summary

 

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
Japan, 2021
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

IMDb  7.6
Meta  |  86

IMDb Summary

 

2022-2023 Survey

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