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UIS to host foreign and independent film series

January 18, 2006

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 27 – Sin City (USA 2005)  Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novels, this film tells three loosely connected, hard-boiled tales, all set in a gritty metropolis steeped in corruption. Stars include Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Clive Owen. Rated R for violence, nudity, and sexual content, including dialog.

February 3 – Dolls (Japan, 2002) Three stories of undying love “delicately intertwined by the beauty of sadness.” Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging gangster returns to the park where as a young man he used to meet his girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the devotion of her biggest fan. (Japanese with English subtitles) This film is not rated.

February 10 – Broken Flowers (USA, 2005) Grand Prix winner at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, this film stars Bill Murray and Julie Delpy. Resolutely single Don (Murray), recently dumped by his latest girlfriend, receives an anonymous letter informing him that he has a 19-year-old son. Don sets out on a cross-country trek in search of clues, paying unannounced visits to four former lovers. Rated R.

February 17 – The Return (Russia, 2003) Brothers Vanya and Andrey are shocked by their father’s return after a 12-year absence. With their mother’s uneasy blessing, the boys set out on what they believe will be a fishing vacation with their father. (Russian with English subtitles) This film is not rated.

February 24 – The Chorus (France, 2005) When a music teacher joins the faculty at a boy’s reformatory in 1949, he discovers the redemptive power of music. This film was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards. (French with English subtitles) Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence.

March 3 – The Real Dirt on Farmer John (USA, 2005)  Filming over 20 years, director Taggart Siegel documented the transformation of an individual and his community, and the necessity for innovation and risk in response to changing circumstances. Maverick Illinois farmer John Peterson is now proprietor of Angelic Organics, an extended village where people and art thrive alongside chemical-free, consumer-involved agriculture. Getting there was far from easy.

March 10 – Everything is Illuminated (USA, 2005) This black comedy/drama starring Elijah Wood is based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel, written after a trip to Ukraine in search of information about his grandfather. When he died, Grandfather Safran left Jonathan a photograph of himself as a young man, standing beside a woman in a field. “Augustine and me, 1940,” was written on the back. This is enough to send Jonathan to Ukraine, and into the lives of Alex and Alex’s grandfather, who run a ramshackle tour operation for “rich Jews from America.” Rated PG 13.

March 17 – City of God (Brazil, 2003) Featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors, this film looks at a squalid Brazilian ghetto, home to an army of impoverished children who grow, over the film’s 20-year timeframe, into cutthroat killers, drug lords, and feral survivors.  The film painted such a disturbing portrait among Brazilian audiences that it prompted reforms in socioeconomic policy. (Portuguese with English subtitles) Rated R.

March 31 – Bride and Prejudice (India, 2005) From the creators of Bend It Like Beckham, this film reinvents and puts an entirely new spin on Jane Austen’s classic tale of spirited courtship. Music, dance, and spectacle merge with love, vanity, and social pressures in this comic tale of a witty young woman trying to find a suitable husband. (English) Rated PG-13.

April 7 – Keys to the House (Italy, 2004) This compassionate and moving film tells the story of 15-year-old Paolo, a mentally and physically challenged boy whose father abandoned him shortly after his wife died in childbirth. When the guilt-stricken father offers to accompany him on a trip to a hospital, Paolo agrees, but the reunion is awkward for both of them. (Italian with English subtitles) This film is not rated.

April 14 – The Assassination of Richard Nixon (USA/Mexico, 2004)  Starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, this film is based on a true story about a disturbed office furniture salesman (Penn) who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hijacking a plane to fly over the White House to drop a gas bomb. Rated R for language and a scene of graphic violence.

April 21 – Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tibet, 2003) A documentary about the state of Chinese-occupied Tibet and the conflict between the two countries, ten years in the making and filmed over nine journeys throughout Tibet, India, and Nepal. Includes much rarely seen footage such as monastic rituals, tribal horse races, urban slums, and nomadic caravans traveling the Himalayan peaks. (English) This film is not rated.

For more information about any of these films, contact the UIS Office of Student Life at 206-6665.


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.