NPR Illinois Foreign and Independent Film Series


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Spring 2019 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

February 15 – Cornbread, Earl, and Me (1975), from US, in English, 95 minutes, Rated PG 

(Co-sponsored with Black History Month)

Nathaniel “Cornbread” Hamilton was the black urban dream and a hero to Wilford. Shortly before he would have become the first man from his community to go to college, the police mistake him for a rapist and shoot him dead in the street. Wilford is determined not to betray his hero’s memory.

March 1 – The Shoplifters (2018), from Japan, in Japanese, 121 minutes, Rated R

A Japanese couple stuck with inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. The others in the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered young girl.

April 5 – Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story (2018), from US, in English, 95 minutes, Not Rated

A white, teen-aged harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte.

May 3 – Jules and Jim (1962), from France, in French, 105 minutes, Not Rated

In pre-WWI Paris, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. When they meet again in Germany after the war, Catherine starts to love Jim. This is the story of three people in love, a love that doesn’t affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years.