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Chicago European Union Film Festival
Issaka Sawadogo in person! Opening Night!

The Paradise Suite

2015, Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands/Sweden, 118 min. With Issaka Sawadogo, Anjela Nedyalkova.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 4th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 5th 8:00pm

"A critical and raw snapshot of modern-day Europe." — Guglielmo Bettinardi, Cineuropa

"Beautifully shot, with classic direction…a natural lyrical sensibility about how the stories flow together…compelling." — Robert Bell, Exclaim!

In this Dutch submission for Academy Awards consideration, five separate stories converge fatefully in present-day Amsterdam, for a provocative glimpse of Europe’s dark underbelly across economic and class lines. An illegal African immigrant struggles to make an honest living in a rigged system. A naïve Bulgarian teenager is offered a bogus modeling job and ends up a prisoner in an Amsterdam brothel. A Serbian war criminal begins a new life, stalked by a woman whose life he shattered. A bullied child looks for a way out. In French, Bosnian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Dutch with English subtitles. Courtesy of Media Luna New Films. DCP digital. (BS)


This program is supported by the European Union Center of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

MARCH 4: Actor Issaka Sawadogo will be present for audience discussion. Immediately following the Friday program, the audience is invited to a reception in our Gallery/Café. Note: No free passes, festival passes, or blue tickets will be valid for the opening night screening.

MARCH 5: Actor Issaka Sawadogo will be present for audience discussion.

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