UIS to host foreign and independent film series
January 18, 2005
SPRINGFIELD - The Division of Student Affairs at the University of
Illinois at Springfield is sponsoring an Independent and Foreign Film
Series on Friday nights this spring. All films will begin at 7 p.m. in
Brookens Auditorium, located on level one of Brookens Library on the UIS
campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.
January 28 – Goodbye Lenin (2004). 118 minutes. German
with English subtitles. Written and directed by Wolfgang Becker. Rated R.
Just before the collapse of the Berlin wall and socialism in East
Germany, Alex’s stoutly socialist mother falls into a coma. When she awakens
eight months later, Alex has to protect her from finding out that they now
live in a capitalist society – a shock that may be too much for her weak
February 4 – The Saddest Music in the World (2004).
Canada. 99 minutes. Directed by Guy Maddin. This film is not rated.
It is the 1930s and the Great Depression reigns. When wealthy Canadian
Lady Port-Huntly holds a global competition for the “saddest” music, woeful
musicians from around the world flock to enter.
February 11 – Shall We Dance? (1997). 118 minutes.
Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Masayuki Suo.
A married, middle-aged businessman falls in love with a dance
instructor. To get close to the object of his affection, he signs up for a
beginner’s dance class and becomes quite good at the waltz. Meanwhile, his
wife suspects he’s having an affair and hires a detective to follow him.
February 17 & 18 (two showings) – The Holy Land (2003).
Israel. 96 minutes. Directed by Eitan Gorlin. This film is not rated.
The surface of this coming-of-age tale is overlaid on a darker story
about sin, religion, faith, loyalty, and fear. Quiet scenes shot against the
backdrop of the city of Jerusalem contrast with disturbing sexual sequences.
February 25 – Osama (2003). Afghanistan. 82 minutes.
Directed by Siddiz Barmak. Rated PG-13.
This Afghan film is the first one made after the end of the Taliban
regime. When the hospital where they both work is shut down, a woman and her
12-year-old daughter lose their only means of support. Since only males are
allowed to go out and make a living, and all men in the family are dead, the
mother disguises her daughter as a boy, “Osama.”
March 4 – Dogville (2004). USA. 177 minutes. Directed by
Lars Von Trier and starring Nicole Kidman. Rated R.
On the run from a team of gangsters, Grace (Kidman) arrives in the
isolated township of Dogville. Residents of the little community agree to
hide her and, in return, she agrees to work for them. But when Grace’s
pursuers come looking for her the people of Dogville demand a better deal in
exchange for the risk they’re taking. Unknown to Dogville, however, Grace
has a dangerous secret.
March 25 – The Corporation (2004). USA. 145 minutes.
Directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. This film is not rated.
A documentary examining the growth of large, multinational businesses
and the impact that their decisions have on the global community, the film
also explains the laws and loopholes that allow these corporations to remain
April 1 – I’m Going Home (Je Rentre a la Maison) (2002).
90 minutes. French with English subtitles. Directed by Manoel de Oliveira.
This film is not rated.
Gilbert Valence is an actor in the prime of his career, enjoying his
pick of leading roles in both theater and film. During a performance of
Ionesco’s Exit the King, during the scene in which the king weeps over his
lost throne, Valence receives some terrible news – his wife and two children
have been killed in a car accident. As Valence learns to cope with his
sadness, he resumes his daily life and the simple activities that bring him
April 8 – Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring (2004).
103 minutes. Korean with English subtitles. Directed by Kim Ki-duk. Rated
This drama – set on and around a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist
monastery floats on a raft – is divided into five segments, with each season
representing a stage in a man’s life.
April 15 – Lagaan (2001). India.
minutes. Hindi with English subtitles. Directed by
Ashutosh Gowariker. Rated PG.
This musical drama is set in an Indian farming
village in 1893. As the people wait in vain for
the rainy season to begin, the British governor demands lagaan
(double taxes) and, to settle the debt, challenges them to a game of
cricket, which they know nothing about. With so much riding on the outcome
of the game, the villagers start training -- helped by the governor's
April 22 – Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Argentina, 128
minutes. Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Walter Salles. Rated R.
Based on the journals of Che Guevara, the film follows Guevara and his
best friend on a motorcycle journey across South America in the early 1950s.
This trip profoundly affected Guevara and eventually inspired him to become
a leader in the Cuban revolution.
For more information about any of these films, contact the UIS Office of
Student Life at 206-6665.