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Free foreign films on Fridays

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Jan 13, 2017

Highly acclaimed international films will be presented for free on Friday nights by the Center for International Education. The remaining Spring Semester films are “A Touch of Zen” April 14 and “Dheepan” May 5.

“A Touch of Zen” (Taiwan/Hong Kong, 1971), April 14 at 6:30 p.m. During the Ming Dynasty, a bookish small-town painter finds himself drawn into intrigue when a mysterious stranger sits for a portrait. Meanwhile, an alluring fugitive, fleeing corrupt officials, has sheltered near his home. Romance, spectacular swordplay and cunning battle plans soon follow. “Delights [and] transcendent moments ... the visual style will set your eyes on fire,” wrote Time Out.

“Dheepan” (France, 2016), May 5 at 7 p.m. When a Tamil Tiger attempts to flee Sri Lanka’s Civil War, he finds that asylum status abroad is more quickly given to family units. Soon, two similarly desperate loners are posing as his wife and daughter. Settling in a Parisian housing project, this “family” begins adapting, both to each other and their surroundings, which grimly portend their own sectarian violence. Director Jacques Audiard has invited comparisons to Martin Scorsese. Winner of the Palme d’Or, The Playlist called this Audiard’s “most compassionate and humanistic film to date.”

The film screening location has changed because of construction. Films will be  shown in Room A011 (A Wing Auditorium) on the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Films have subtitles when necessary, include adult content and are not suitable for children.

For more information, contact Chris Cooling, CLC film instructor, at (847) 543-2623 or Or visit the series’ Facebook page at