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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)

The Handmaiden Jan 25-28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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