Modern Language Film Fest

Join Oakton for its 31st 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.

ARABIC
Casablanca Calling
 (2014)
In a country where over 60 percent of women have never been to school, a new generation of women have started a quiet social revolution in Morocco as official Muslim leaders. They are called Morchidat or spiritual guides. This movie is an intimate portrait of three Morchidat caught in a society in transition with a mission to educate the nation. Winner of the One World Media Award 2015, Women’s Rights in Africa. Directed by Rosa Rogers. (70 minutes)
Monday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Tuesday, March 27, 4:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P104

CHINESE
Together (2002)
Liu Xiaochun, a 13-year-old violin prodigy, and his devoted father, Liu Cheng, leave their provincial Chinese town for Beijing, hoping to find a violin teacher and, ultimately, success. The teenager is at first coached by the eccentric professor Jiang, but he is soon replaced with the renowned professor Yu. The day of the big competition is fast approaching, and Xiaochun must decide if this new, high-pressure life is right for him. Directed by Chen Kaige. (119 minutes).
Monday, March 26, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145
Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608

FRENCH
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. Directed by Philippe Falardeau. (94 minutes)
Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

GERMAN
Labyrinth of Lies 
(2014)
Upon learning that many former Nazis returned to their pre-war lives with no penalty, an ambitious German prosecutor vows to bring them to justice. This film, based on true events, was screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and selected for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli. (124 minutes)
Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Thursday, March 29, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room A145

HEBREW
Broken Wings 
(2002)
Following the unexpected death of their patriarch, the Ulman family is left reeling. While each family member tries to cope emotionally, they must also deal with the day-to-day reality of their father’s absence. His widow must work extra hours at her hospital job to make ends meet, leaving teen daughter Maya with the added responsibility of looking after her younger siblings, while her twin brother shuts out the world. Can the Ulmans find a way to recover? Directed by Nir Bergman. (87 minutes)
Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604

HINDI-URDU
Pink Saris
(2010)
The film takes an unflinching and often amusing look at the all-woman vigilante Gulabi Gang in Northern India and their charismatic leader, Sampat Pal. She combats violence against girls and women abused by the outlawed patriarchal traditions and the caste system and acts as judge and jury against their tormenters. Directed by Kim Longinotto. (96 minutes)
Tuesday, March 27, 4 p.m., Skokie, Room P103
Wednesday, March 28, 4 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608

ITALIAN
St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor of the Poor 
(2007)
Saint Giuseppe Moscati (1880 - 1927) was an Italian doctor, scientific researcher, and university professor noted both for his pioneering work in biochemistry and for his piety. Moscati was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1987; his feast day is November 16. Directed by Giacomo Campiotti. (200 minutes)
Monday, March 26, 4:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1604
Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

JAPANESE
Sweet Bean
 (2015)
A baker’s business takes off when he hires an eccentric 76-year-old woman who specializes in making dorayaki pancakes. The film was selected for the 2015 Cannes and the 2015 Toronto International Film Festivals. Directed by Naomi Kawase. (113 minutes)
Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145

KOREAN
3-Iron
(2004)
A lonely drifter spends his nights in one empty vacation home after another. Tae-suk is not your usual squatter. The courteous young man shows his gratitude to unknowing hosts by doing small household tasks or making simple improvements before moving on. One day, Tae-suk mistakes a quiet home for an empty one and discovers an abused house wife in urgent need of his help. Directed by Kim Ki-duk. (95 Minutes)
Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1606
Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m., Skokie, Room C120

POLISH
In Darkness
(2011)
When he finds a group of Jews hiding in the sewers of Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland, sewer worker Leopold Socha agrees to protect them in exchange for money, even though it could mean his death if they are found. Though solely motivated by cash at first, Leopold learns to adopt a different view of the people under his protection. When catastrophe strikes, he is forced into a final act of courage. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. (145 minutes)
Monday, March 26, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A152

RUSSIAN
12
(2007)
In a fragmented Russian society, 12 jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager on trial for killing his stepfather, a soldier in the Russian army. Among the twelve are a taxi driver, an entertainer, a corporate executive, and a subway worker. Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov. (160 minutes)
Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Monday, March 26, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room P103

SPANISH
Crude
(2009)
This American documentary film follows two years of an ongoing class action lawsuit by thousands of Ecuadorians against the Chevron Corporation over their contamination of the Ecudorian Amazon. Directed by Joe Berlinger. (100 minutes)
Monday, March 26, 12:30 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1608
Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Skokie, Room A145
Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m., Skokie, Room A145
Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m., Des Plaines, Room 1610
Thursday, March 29, 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 www.oakton.edu/languages or contact Modern Languages Chair Marguerite Solari, Ph.D., at 847.376.7012 or msolari@oakton.edu.