NPR Illinois Foreign and Independent Film Series

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Spring 2018 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 2 – The Intouchables (2011), from France, in French, 112 minutes, Rated R

Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker, this film depicts and unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two people who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common.

March 2 – Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), from UK, in English, 118 minutes, Rated R

Teacher Poppy Cross is an eternal optimist who lives with hr more cynical friend. Deciding she wants to learn to drive, she starts taking lessons from Scott, a tense and downbeat instructor who believes Poppy’s levity reflects a lack of seriousness. Although they clash, Poppy is not deterredfrom her goal. Meanwhile, she starts dating Tim, a social worker who came to her school to help a child.

April 13 – Hotel Rwanda (2004), from UK & South Africa, in English & French, 121 minutes, Rated PG-13 

Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines & lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife & three children. But when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide

April 27 – Gook (2017), from USA, in English & Korean, 94 minutes, Not Rated

In 1992, two Korean-American brothers and director running a shoe store in South Central Los Angeles share a friendship with an 11-year-old black girl who likes hanging out with them. As the news of the verdict in the beating case filters down during the day, their livelihood is upended when riots break out and everything they’ve built in the community is threatened by violence and looting.