Modern Language Film Fest

Join Oakton for its 32nd Annual 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. The films also explore a theme common to all humanity—poverty and privilege. Oakton’s student and public programs explore this theme in the 2018-19 school year. 

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and the Department of Modern Languages.

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.

CHINESE
The Golden Era (2014)
The film chronicles life story of Xiao Hong, one of China’s most famous essayists and novelists whose progressive thinking was rare during the 1930s. Directed by Ann Hui. (2 hours, 57 minutes).
Monday, March 25, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145
Thursday, March 28, 5 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

FRENCH
Cezanne and I (2016)
A French biographical drama based on the friendship between 19th century novelist Émile Zola and painter Paul Cézanne. Directed by Danièle Thompson.
Monday, March 25, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

GERMAN
Vincent Wants to Sea (2010)
A young man with Tourette’s syndrome, with two other patients, escapes from an institution and travels to Italy to fulfill his late mother’s last wish. Directed by Ralf Huettner. (1 hour, 36 minutes)
Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Thursday, March 28, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room A145

HEBREW
Aviva, My Love
(2006)
Aviva keeps the fact that she is a talented writer a secret, until her sister introduces her to a well-known novelist who decides to use her talents to his advantage. Directed by Shemi Zarhin. (1 hour, 47 minutes)
Tuesday, March 26, 4:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

HINDI-URDU
English Vinglish
(2012)
A tradition-minded Indian housewife (Sridevi) enrolls in an accelerated English-language course after she finds herself unable to place a simple order in an American restaurant. Directed by Gauri Shinde. (2 hours, 14 minutes)
Tuesday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P104
Wednesday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608

ITALIAN
John Bosco: The True Story of the Apostle
of Youth
(2004)
Don Bosco is the inspiring true story of a brave and holy priest whose single-handed battle to save the children of the streets inspired the formation of the Salesians, now a worldwide religious order that carries on his work with youth everywhere. Blessed with tremendous gifts, a creative imagination and a great sense of humor, Bosco had a winning way with youth and was a brilliant educator. Directed by Leandro Castellani. (1hour, 53 minutes)
Monday, March 25, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Wednesday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P104

JAPANESE
Our Little Sister (2015)
After the death of their estranged father, three siblings invite their half-sister to live with them. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. (2 hours, 8 minutes)
Tuesday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P104

KOREAN
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter (2003)
This is the story of a Buddhist monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age in a Buddhist monastery that floats on a lake in a pristine forest. Directed by Kim Ki-duk. (1hour, 43 minutes)
Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145

POLISH
Ida (2013)
In 1962, Anna, about to take vows as a nun, learns from her only relative that she is Jewish. Both women embark on a journey to discover their family story and where they belong. Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. (1 hour, 22 minutes)
Monday, March 25, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m., Skokie, Room A152

RUSSIAN
Loveless (2017)
An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce want to start over with their new partners until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. (2 hours, 7 minutes)
Monday, March 25, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

SPANISH
Coco (2017)
Miguel is a young boy with dreams of becoming a famous musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz,
however his family has banned all music. When Miguel becomes trapped in the land of the dead, he teams up with the wily Hector and they embark on an odyssey to find out the real story of Miguel’s family. Directed by Lee Unkrich. (1 hour, 49 minutes)
Monday, March 25, 9:30 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145
Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m., Skokie, Room P103
Thursday, March 28, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608

 

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