NPR Illinois Foreign and Independent Film Series

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Fall 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

September 15 – The Lobster (2015), from Greece, in English, 119 minutes, Rated R

Set in a dystopian, fascist future, single people are sent to a hotel where they must find a partner in 45 days or get turned into a wild animal of their choice. David’s wife has just left him, after 11 years of marriage, and he is sent to the hotel. His chosen animal, should he not find a partner, is a lobster.

October 13 – Night of the Living Dead (1968), from US, in English, 96 minutes, Unrated 

There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. This film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves into an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh-eating monsters.

November 3 – Ran (1985), from Japan, in Japanese, 165 minutes, Rated R (ECCE Speaker Series event)
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other…and him.

December 1 – Europa Europa (1990), from Germany, in German, 112 minutes, Rated R

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a ‘war hero’ and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story.