Modern Language Film Fest

Join Oakton for its 29th Modern Language Film Festival. Travel the globe without leaving your seat through a dozen fascinating, highly rated films that showcase the wide range of languages offered by the college! All screenings are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and the Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity.

Films are presented in their original languages with English subtitles. Most foreign movies aren’t rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and may be appropriate for mature audiences only.

There is a Man in Our House (1961)
Based on the famous novel by Ihsan Abdel Quddous, this 1961 classic is set prior to the 1952 revolution and stars the legendary Omar Sharif in one of his most memorable roles. Based in British occupied Egypt, Ibrahim (Omar Sharif), a member of the resistance, seeks refuge in the house of a politically passive family after killing the prime minister for his acts of treason. Directed by Henri Barakat. (153 Minutes)
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Tuesday, March 29, 3 p.m., Skokie, 3 p.m., Room P103

Coming Home (2014)
Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him. Directed by Yimou Zhang. The story is adapted from the novel, The Criminal Lu Yanshi written by the novelist Geling Yan. (110 minutes)
Monday, March 28, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

The Intouchables (2011)
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The film has received several award nominations. In France, the film was nominated for eight César Awards and earned Omar Sy the César Award for best actor.  (112 minutes)
Tuesday, March 29, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

Barbara is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new, Christian Petzold. For more than a decade Petzold has been making his mark on the international cinema scene with smart, tense films that resemble psychological thrillers, but are distinguished by their strange story turns, moral thorns, visual beauty, and filmmaking intelligence. Barbara begins in 1980 with an East German doctor from Berlin (Nina Hoss) who, after an unspecified offense, has been recently banished to the boonies. There, in between hospital rounds and harassment from the secret police, she waits and she burns. Winner of German Film Award for Best Feature Film. (105 minutes)
Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room A145-152

For seven days, a large family of Moroccan descent observes the Jewish mourning ritual of Shiva when a brother dies. Living together again reveals many tensions and conflicts between family members. Amidst the tensions, the Gulf War rages in the background. Directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. (103 minutes).
Wednesday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

The Namesake
After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture. Although parents Ashoke (Irrfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) are proud of the sacrifices they make to give their offspring opportunities, their son Gogol (Kal Penn) strives to forge his own identity without forgetting his heritage. Directed by Mira Nair. (122 minutes)
Monday, March 28, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Wednesday, March 30, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room, P104

A Five Star Life
A hotel critic (Margherita Buy) is forced to reexamine the choices she’s made in her personal life after her usual support network collapses. A Five Star Life (Italian: Viaggio sola, also known as I Travel Alone) is an Italian comedy-drama film directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi. For her performance, Margherita Buy won the David di Donatello for best actress.The film also won the Nastro d’Argento for best comedy. (85 minutes)
Monday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Wednesday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., Skokie, Room A145-152

Like Father Like Son
Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury. It also won both the Rogers People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival and the Wuaki.TV Audience Award at the 2013 San Sebastián International Film Festival. (121 minutes)
Monday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m., Skokie, Room A145-152

The Admiral
The film revolves around the titular Battle of Myeongnyang (circa 1597), regarded as one of legendary Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin’s most remarkable naval victories, in which he led the only 12 ships remaining in his command to a heroic victory against an invading Japanese fleet numbering 330 vessels. Directed by Han-min Kim.  (126 Minutes)
Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Thursday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Skokie, Room C110

Jack Strong
Jack Strong is a 2014 Polish political thriller film directed by Władysław Pasikowski. The film is based on the true story of Ryszard Kuklinski, a Polish Army colonel who spied for the American Central Intelligence Agency during the height of the Cold War. (128 minutes)
Monday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145-152

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, the film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Zvyagintsev and Negin won the award for Best Screenplay. The film was judged as the best film of the year at the 2014 London Film Festival and the 45th International Film Festival of India. It won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (140 minutes)
Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

Chico and Rita
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams and Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey—in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero—brings heartache and torment. Directed by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, and Fernando Trueba. It won the Goya Award for Best Animated Film at the 25th Goya Awards and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards—the first nomination for a Spanish full-length animated film. (94 minutes)
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m., Skokie, Room P103
Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Thursday, March 31, 11 a.m., Skokie, Room A145-152

Next time skip the subtitles! Oakton offers courses in all of the languages featured in this year’s Film Fest.
For information, visit or contact Modern Languages Chair Marguerite Solari, Ph.D., at 847.376.7012 or