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Spring international film series kicks off Feb. 15 featuring Q&A with "Lemonade" Director, Ioana Uricaru

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 08, 2019

Four highly acclaimed international films will be presented for free at 7 p.m. on Fridays by the College of Lake County Center for International Education. The Spring Semester films are: "Lemonade" Feb. 15, “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” March 1, “Les Cowboys” April 5 and “The Square” May 3. Films are shown in Room C105 on the Grayslake Campus.

Feb. 15: “Lemonade” (Germany, 2018). After her visa expires, a Romanian healthcare worker marries a patient for a green card; soon, she and her young son face a series of Photo of Romanian health care worker and her son in German film titled Lemonademen abusing their power, from both sides of the law. “Lemonade” won the Best Director Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival. The film also is the winner of Best Feature Film at the International ‘Crime and Punishment’ Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Hot-button issues of U.S. immigration and inappropriate sexual contact are empathetically explored . . . excellent, harrowingly sensitive lead performance.”

The Feb. 15 showing is the first in Illinois. “Lemonade” Director Ioana Uricaru will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A session.

Photo: The challenges facing a Romanian health care worker and her young son are the focus of the 2018 German drama "Lemonade."

March 1: “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” (Italy, 1970). After committing murder, Rome’s chief of police perversely leaves clues to frame himself, to prove a point he himself doesn’t fully understand. An absurdist thriller made decades ago, the film nevertheless reflects current events: a politician who thinks he’s above the law . . . an inconvenient mistress who must be silenced . . . an ‘official’ inquiry in which Truth itself is under attack. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times said, “The story moves forward with relentless momentum. It is a political parable, and a stunning movie.”

April 5: “Les Cowboys” (France, 2015). A teenage girl disappears; a father vows to find her when the law cannot; his quest leads him deeply into a foreign culture; his wife and son become casualties of his obsession. Thomas Bidegain, writer of previous films “A Prophet, Rust and Bone,” and “Dheepan,” takes elements from classic Westerns (“The Searchers” in particular) and updates them for the 9/11 era. Now, France is the frontier, torn between American imperialism and Islamic migration through Europe. Variety said, “Powerfully original and unexpectedly classical at the same time. [The film is] tough to watch, yet continues to haunt in the weeks that follow.”

May 3: “The Square” (Sweden, 2017). Ruben Ostlund, writer-director of previous film “Force Majeure,” once again satirizes the fragile male ego, but with a more ambitious scope: the world of modern art. On the verge of announcing a new installation meant to foster urban empathy, a director becomes over-invested in personally catching the thieves who stole his wallet. A disastrous marketing campaign launches in his absence, while other exhibits fail in spectacular fashion. The film was the Palme d’Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival. The AV Club said, “Withering insights… impeccable farce…can execute a gag with steel-trap precision. The museum itself is an absurdist goldmine, facilitating jokes worthy of Jacques Tati.”

Warning: films have adult content, are not suitable for children and are subtitled when necessary.

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


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