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UIS to host foreign and independent film series

September 7, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield is sponsoring a Foreign and Independent Film Series on Friday nights this fall. All films are shown 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.

The line-up of films is:

September 9 – Crash.  Set in Los Angeles, this “raw and unsettling morality piece” examines fear and bigotry from multiple perspectives, challenging audiences to question their own prejudices. The cast includes Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, and Jennifer Esposito.

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September 16 – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. (presented in conjunction with National Constitution Day at UIS). This 1939 classic directed by Frank Capra tells the story of naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, who is appointed to Congress on a lark by the governor of his state. Following the film, the audience is invited to take part in a discussion on the role of public service in the 21st century.

September 23 – No film scheduled

September 30 – Control Room. This documentary by award-winning Arab-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim is an insightful behind-the-scenes look at the Al Jazeera news operation during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The film explores how Truth is gathered, presented, and ultimately created by those who deliver it.

October 7 – Downfall. Inspired by Joachim Fest’s book Der Untergang (The Downfall:  Inside Hitler's Bunker, The Last Days of the Third Reich), writer-producer Bernd Eichinger recounts how mass fanaticism functioned in the early years of Nazi rule and how it continued until the end.

October 14 – Infernal Affairs.  A tense thriller rather than an action film, the story follows the parallel lives of an undercover cop who desperately wants a normal life and a corrupt officer who secretly reports to a ruthless crime boss. A blockbuster in Asia, the film features Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Tony Leung.

October 21 – Cinema Paradiso. To a young boy coming of age in postwar Italy, going to the cinema offered a welcome escape from the rigors of everyday life. A classic tribute to the power of movies, this 1989 film received a special Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.

October 28 – Flower of Evil.  Set in the Bordeaux region of France, this black comedy about keeping family secrets focuses on the Charpin-Vasseurs, a respected upper-middle-class family whose picture-perfect image is shattered when a murder reveals the skeletons in their closets.

November 4 – Kontroll. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Academy Awards, Kontroll is a dark and funny film about a small crew whose job is to patrol the Budapest underground, making sure all passengers have purchased a ticket. While the group is engaged in an on-going battle with another, more successful group of ticket-checkers, a mysterious hooded person in black is pushing people in front of the trains.

November 11 – Sea Inside. This film is based on the true story of Ramone Sampedro, who, after 25 years confined to his bed as a quadriplegic, fought a three-year campaign in the Spanish courts for the right to end his life with dignity.  Hailed as a “strikingly uplifting and luminous experience,” it won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

November 18 – March of the Penguins. This remarkable documentary focuses on a year in the lives of a group of Emperor Penguins. After a summer of deep-sea feeding in Antarctic waters, penguins trek across the frozen tundra to a gathering of flocks, where each bird searches for the perfect mate. These monogamous matches will last a year, through the brutal winter and into the spring. Note: Though this film is rated G, it does contain some graphic scenes.

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.