NPR Illinois Foreign and Independent Film Series


Spring 2017 Schedule


Brookens Auditorium

The Foreign and Independent Film Series is a Student Life-sponsored series that hosts a variety of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films.. Attendance is FREE! If you have suggestions for future films for this series, please e-mail

January 27 – Leviathan (1993), from Russia, in Russian, 141 minutes, Rated R

On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Kolya, his wife Lilya, and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor, who is trying to take away the land, a house, and a small auto repair shop from Kolya. To save their home, Kolya calls his old Army friend in Moscow, who has now become an authoritative attorney.

March 3 – 3 Idiots (2009), from US, in English, 124 minutes, Rated PG 13 (co-sponsored with Sangamon Auditorium)

Two friends are searching for their long lost companion. They revisit their college days and recall the memories of their friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them ‘idiots’.

April 7 – Moonlight (2016), from US, in English, 111 minutes, Rated R (co-sponsored with UIS LGBTQA Office)

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

May 5 – Manchester by the Sea (2015), from US, in English, 118 minutes, Rated R

A hardened handyman named Lee returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother to care for his 16-year-old nephew, but his arrival also unearths his checkered past. Soon, Lee comes back in contact with his estranged wife as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community.