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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.

Films include:

January 28Goodbye 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 heart.

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 nearly unaccountable.

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 joy.

April 8 – Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring (2004). 103 minutes. Korean with English subtitles.  Directed by Kim Ki-duk. Rated R.
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. 224 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 sister.

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.


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