Modern Language Film Fest

Join Oakton for its 30th Annual Modern Language Film Festival. Travel the globe without leaving your seat through 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.

Art of Resilience
Art of Resilience is a documentary about a unique cultural center in the mountains of Aley, outside of Beirut, Lebanon. Aley’s Art Residence building was partially destroyed during the Lebanese civil war and was left in a state of disrepair. In 2012, Syrian activist and civil engineer Raghad Mardini, took it upon herself to lovingly restore the place and offer it as a temporary haven to fellow Syrian artists seeking refuge from Syria’s traumatic civil war. Directed by Raghad Mardini. (27 Minutes)
Monday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Tuesday, March 28, 3 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

Mountains May Depart (2015)
Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar. From China to Australia, the film follows the lives, loves, hopes, and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed. Directed by Zhangke Jia. (131 minutes)
Monday, March 27, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

The Artist (2011)
In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what’s more, it seems Peppy feels the same way about him. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress. The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George’s career begins to fade while Peppy’s star rises. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. (100 minutes)
Tuesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Wednesday, March 29, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

Phoenix is set within Germany in the aftermath of World War II. Nelly, a Jew, survives the Auschwitz concentration camp and decides to go back to her husband Johnny in Berlin. She has had to have her face reconstructed due to a bullet wound, and her husband does not recognize her. Directed by Christian Petzold. (98 minutes)
Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Thursday, March 30, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room A145

Mrs. Moskowitz and the Cats
When Yolanda Moscowitz, a retired French teacher, wakes up in a hospital geriatric ward, she is convinced it must be a mistake. But the titanium plate in her hip confines her to a wheelchair and a lengthy convalescence. Nonetheless, Yolanda discovers a new life in the hospital. She develops a close relationship with Allegra, a solitary woman who is her roommate, and she meets Shaul, a former soccer player, who makes her feel certain emotions she thought had vanished from her life for good. Like a young woman in love, she does anything to get Shaul’s attention. When the time comes for Yolanda to return home, she is forced to return to her life of loneliness. Just as she’s about to renounce her possessions to win over the friendship of a caregiver, there’s a knock at her door. Directed by Jorge Gurvich. (83 minutes)
Tuesday, March 28, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Wednesday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

The Sky is Falling
In 1943, in an estate north of Firenze, ten-year-old Penny feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. An orphan, she must watch over her little sister when they go to live with her aunt and uncle. A Catholic, Penny worries about her uncle’s soul. He’s Jewish, progressive, a free thinker, a fair boss, and devoted to his family. He can be stern, so Penny also worries that she’ll never please him and that he won’t love her. Then, after the Allied forces land in Sicily and the Germans begin their retreat, Penny must worry about her uncle’s life. She tries logic and appeals to human decency. Can a child keep the sky from falling? Directed by Andrea Frazzi and Antonio Frazzi. (102 minutes)
Monday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Wednesday, March 29, 4:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

The Wind Rises
This animated film portrays the life of Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi (Hideaki Anno), whose lifelong love of flight inspired a storied career including the creation of the A6M World War II fighter plane commonly known as the Zero. This film was the highest-grossing in Japan in 2013 and received widespread critical acclaim. It was nominated for and won several awards, including nominations for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. (126 minutes)
Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Skokie, Room A145

The Map against the World
Kim Jeong-Ho’s (Cha Seung-Won) father died due to an erroneous map. Because of this, he is inspired to make his own map. He begins a complete block map of Joseon—the Korean kingdom which eventually became the Korean Empire in 1897. Directed by Kang Woo-Suk. (129 Minutes)
Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Thursday, March 31, 4:30 p.m., Skokie, Room C231

Carte Blanche
Inspired by an incredible true story “Carte Blanche” is a feel-good movie about Kacper, a middle-aged high school history teacher who—fearing he might lose his job and dignity—decides to hide the fact that he’s losing his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves no hope. Initially heartbroken, he attempts to hide his health problems from the outside world. Directed by Jacek Lusiski. (109 minutes)
Monday, March 27, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

A complex family drama about loveless people living their lives caring about nothing except money. When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threatens dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. Directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev. (109 minutes)
Wednesday, March 29, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A152

A former war photographer and her physician husband are caught up in a riot when locals in an Andean village vent their unhappiness with contamination from a nearby mine. Taking place on three continents in five different languages, the film tells the stories of two women in mourning and how their destinies merge. Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. (109 minutes)
Monday, March 27, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Monday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Wednesday, March 29, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Thursday, March 30, 11 a.m., Skokie, Room A152
Thursday, March 30, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604


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