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We are happy to announce a new film club, Hebrew Language Film Series, starting next week - Thursday, March 20th at 2PM, and will continue every other Thursday at the same time. Their first showing will be Lemon Tree, a film by Eran Riklis about a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Scroll down to see a selection of language and culture-related activities taking place in the Chicago area, including a lecture about Transgeneral Histories of Eastern Asia, 17th Annual European Union Film Festival, Spanish Caravan Music Festival 2014, and many more.

Please forward the Film and Conversation Club information to your students and colleagues. Most gatherings have free coffee, tea, and snacks, and are open to UIC students, faculty, and staff.

If you'd like to host a language or culture event in GH 308, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

To set up an individual appointment or suggest a workshop topic, contact us at lclc@uic.edu.

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LCLC Workshops

Week of March 10th - 14th



Wednesday 3/11

GH 304



Friday 3/13

UH 1750 

Week of March 17th - 21st


Video Editing

Monday 3/17

UH 1750 


Video Editing

Tuesday 3/18

GH 301 


International Films

ALL FILMS ARE SCREENED IN 308 GRANT HALL. All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation clubs.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

French flag iconMONDAY, March 10th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003)  

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters - an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire - to rescue him.

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, March 11st, 3:00-5:30PM

GERMAN FILM CLUB: Yella (Christian Petzold, 2007)

Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift.

FRIDAYMarch 14th, 10:00AM-12:00PM

REEL ARAB FILM SERIES: Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine, 1958)

Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station, is obsessed by Hannouma, an attractive young woman who sells drinks. While she treats Kinawi in a sympathetic way and jokes with him about a possible relationship, She is actually in love with Abu Sri', a strong and respected porter at the station who is struggling to unionize his fellow workers to combat their boss' exploitative and abusive treatment.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, March 14th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Camera Buff (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1979)

Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town, he's named official photographer by the local Party boss. His horizons widen when he is sent to regional film festivals with his first works but his focus on movie making also leads to domestic strife and philosophical dilemmas.

Next Week's Films

French flag iconMONDAY, March 17th, 2:00-4:00PM 

FRENCH FILM CLUB: Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955)

The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

THURSDAY, March 20th, 2:00PM-4:00PM

HEBREW FILM SERIES: Lemon Tree (Eran Riklis, 2008)

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, March 21st, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM CLUB: Everything for Sale (Andrzej Wajda, 1969)

Triggered by Zbigniew Cybulski’s tragic death in 1967 and inspired by Federico Fellini’s 'film about a film' Eight and a Half, Wajda filmed Everything for Sale. The plot in which reality mixes with fiction is based on the circumstances of the filming of the movie: the film’s main character doesn’t come to the film set. The director shows the search for the missing actor. Everything for Sale is a bitter reflection about the situation of Polish public life at that time. Reveals the traces of Wajda's artistic inspirations, it’s a reassessment of his artistic output and that of other contemporary Polish filmmakers.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, March 21st, 3:00-5:00PM 

RUSSIAN FILM CLUB: Prisoner of the Mountains (Sergey Bodrov, 1996)

Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.

Culture Events in the City

ñ MONDAY, March 10th, 6:00PM

Chicago Flamenco Festival 2014

Film Screening: El Niño Miguel En Concierto (Annabelle Ameline, Benoît Bodlet and Chechu García Berlanga

El Niño Miguel, hailing from Huelva, with only two albums to his credit, is considered by all flamenco artists and lovers as one of the most prolific guitarists of the last century. This screening allows us to witness one of the only concerts in which a guitarist is heard performing without any additional instrumentation or artificial manipulation. There is no vocal accompaniment, dance, or even the rhythm of clapping. It is solely him and his guitar.
Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio
Fee: Free, $5 suggested donation 
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French flag iconTUESDAY, March 11th, 6:30PM

Soirée Belgique: Saxophone & Bière!

For the bicentenary of the birthday of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the Saxophone, you are cordially invited to an evening of tribute featuring a presentation of his life with a live performance by concert saxophonist and Northwestern University professor Timothy McAllister and his students. Followed by Belgian beer tasting.
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: $5 in advance, $10 at the door (21+); For reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
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German flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, March 12th, 6:00PM

Film Screening: The Strange Little Cat (Das merkwürdige Kätzchen)

This film was proclaimed the discovery of last year’s Berlin Film Festival and went on to wow critics at Cannes and Toronto. Taking place in a single afternoon in the apartment of a middle-class Berlin family, it builds a sinister and sardonic comic universe out of such quotidian details as an orange peel, a moth, a toy helicopter, a malfunctioning washing machine, the eponymous feline, and the “magic dancing bottle.” While neighbors and family members, from zany little sister to zonked-out mom, come and go in preparation for a dinner party, the facade of routine buckles under acts of petty spite, surreal non sequiturs, disturbing flashbacks, and a steady hum of quiet desperation, all held together by the extraordinary control and choreography of Zürcher’s style.
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Fee: $11, $6 for members
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Japanese flag iconTHURSDAY, March 13th, 6:00-8:15PM

Japan is Back: The Phenomenon of Abenomics

As part of the programming for 絆 Kizuna 3: Unbroken Circle, which commemorates the third anniversary of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, we are honored to announce a special seminar, featuring a keynote address by Mr. Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Officer, JETRO Chicago, Ms. Akiko Nakagawa, Director General of the Trade Fair Dept., JETRO Tokyo, and moderated by Mr. Greg Burns, Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. Lasalle St. (Jackson Boulevard entrance)
Fee: Free; RSVP is required - email info@jaschicago.org or call: (312) 263-3049
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Italian flag image, icon sizeSATURDAY, March 15th, 5:15PM

17th Annual European Union Film Festival: A Five Star Life (Mariasole Tognazzi, 2013)
In Italian and English with English subtitles

Both breezy and bittersweet, this graceful dramedy netted Margherita Buy Italy’s Oscar-equivalent Donatello Award for best actress. Her character, Irene Lorenzi, seems to have a dream job: quality inspector for luxury hotels. Her job combines elements of undercover spy and shameless sybarite, but the hypercritical attitude that serves her so well in her professional life also cripples her personal relations. Her funky sister, frisky nieces, and foodie friend (Accorsi) provide Irene with some much-needed companionship, but will she be able to pull herself out of the lap of luxury and into the flow of life?LocationGene Siskel Film Center | 164 N. State Street
Fee: $11, $6 for members
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

Japanese flag icon TUESDAY, March 18th, 4:00-6:00PM

The East Asia: Transregional Histories workshop presents: Comparative Empires: Environmental History by Peter Perdue, Professor, History, Yale University

This is a second of three roundtable series about East Asia in World History.
Location: University of Chicago, Social Science Research, Room 224
Fee: contact Tadashi Ishikawa at tadashi@uchicago.edu
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German flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, March 19th, 6:30PM 

Cinema Q IV Film Series: Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpainter, 2004, German with English Subtitles)

Teams from all across Germany converge on a quiet camping ground for an annual rowing competition – including the defiantly gay team from Berlin whose arrival threatens to shake up the world of the closeted Tobi. Marco Kreuzpainter’s delightful coming of age dramedy was one of the Reeling Film Festival’s most popular opening night selections.
The Queer Film Society (QFS) is a consortium of LGBT film critics, historians, artists, and scholars dedicated to the exploration and celebration of queer images in world cinema. Recognizing the diversity of identities and perspectives that comprise its membership, QFS is committed to showcasing vital films from equally vital, and sometimes widely varied, vantage points. From mainstream to underground and from artist to audience, a distinct and communal sensibility informs the queer cinema experience.
Location: Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
Fee: Free 
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ñ WEDNESDAY, March 19th, 9:00PM

Spanish Caravan Music Festival 2014 - La Canalla

La Canalla is modernism and tradition, tenderness and passion, joy and impudence … A unique encounter of Jazz and Spanish Folk with a cosmopolitan Spirit and a Flamenco soul, brought to the stage in a fresh and engaging way, where humor and irony serve as instrument to tell very serious things. 
Spanish Caravan Festival has been organized by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with Arte y Vida Chicago, Andrés Meneses and Latin Street Dancing Inc, and The Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago. It has been made possible thanks to the support of Sounds from Spain (ICEX), Spain-USA Foundation, The Embassy of Spain in Washington, Illinois Arts Council, and City Arts.
Location: Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario St
Fee: $10 adv/$15 door, 18+. Dress to impress.
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French flag iconTHURSDAY, March 20th, 6:30PM

Soirée Afrique - Check out what is chilling in l'Afrique!

Start the evening with a video-clips screening curated and presented by Floyd Webb, program director at Black World Cinema. Then shake it up to the sound of DJ Mwelwa Musambacine with African dancers showing the latest dance craze from Ghana, the Azonto, and the African Rhumba style Makossa and Soukous. Or... just come and show us your best move and start a new dance craze right here, right now!
A special thanks to Stacy Fifer and Morgan Bolton for their help.
Location: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Fee: Free; for reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
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Italian flag image, icon sizeSUNDAY, March 23rd, 5:15PM

17th Annual European Union Film Festival: Pretty Butterflies (Salvatore Mereu, 2012, Italian with English subtitles)

The sordid confines of provincial life are counterpointed by the high spirits of adolescent girlhood in this energetic and inventive tale that, like director Mereu’s previous films (THREE-STEP DANCE, SONETÀULA), is set on his native Sardinia. Narrated by 12-year-old dynamo Caterina (Podda), the film opens with an raucous tour de force detailing the daily waking-up routine in her family’s cramped apartment--a symphony of noisy neighbors and screaming siblings, with the coveted bathroom the only oasis of privacy. The local boys are nasty and the grown men nastier, but Caterina’s sweet-natured sometime-boyfriend Gigi is the exception. While on a seaside ramble with her best friend Luna, she learns that one of her no-good brothers is gunning for Gigi. Caterina knows she should warn him, but there are so many distractions en route…
Location: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street
Fee: $11, $6 for members
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Chinese flag image, icon size ONGOING EVENT

Exibit: Great Wall to Great Lakes

Part community archive, part rectification of history’s oversights, the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago draws its exhibitions from the Midwest’s Chinese-American population. Community contributions pepper the museum’s exhibit “Great Wall to Great Lakes: Chinese Immigration to the Midwest” which documents the population shift from the construction of the transcontinental railroad through the present day.
Location: 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago
Fee: $3
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All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


German flag image, icon sizeGerman
Mon, 1 - 2 PM


Tue, 2 - 3 PM


Chinese flag image, icon size Chinese
Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italian flag image, icon sizeItalian
Wed, 2 - 3:30 PM

Russian flag iconRussian
Wed, 3:30 - 4:30 PM


ñ Spanish
Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

French flag iconFrench
Thurs, 2 - 3 PM

Japanese flag icon Japanese
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


Polish flag icon Polish
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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