You can grab a mainstream Hollywood flick anywhere in the country, but there are few places in the country to catch non-mainstream films. Thankfully, the University of Colorado Boulder hosts the International Film Series. The IFS has been showing non-mainstream films on campus for more than 70 years. This year’s slate of films, which includes a Stanley Kubrick retrospective and a new deal with Alamo Drafthouse, should scratch every art-film itch you should ever experience. Student tickets are $6, $7 general admission.
Sept. 9 at Farrand Field
Free screening of classic bike racing film.
The Wages of Fear
7 p.m. Sept. 10
Ruthless greed and manufactured fear are highlighted in this classic thriller.
Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet
7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 11-12
American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transforms himself into an Indian guru.
Oslo, 31 August
7 p.m. Sept. 16-17
A man battling drug addiction goes on a journey that forces him to revisit old friends, past ghosts and personal demons.
Turn Me On, Dammit!
7 p.m., 9 p.m. Sept. 18-19
A quirky 15-year-old girl with out-of-control hormones becomes ostracized at school after an awkward sexual encounter with a classmate.
Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth One Million Ryo
4 p.m. Sept. 23 (Free)
The one-eyed, one-armed swordsman alters the traditional superhero image.
Suzaki Paradise Red Light
7 p.m. Sept. 24 (Free)
This film about post-war Tokyo is told through the feminine perspective.
7 p.m. Sept. 25 (Free)
A businesswoman ventures to a strange island for a much-needed vacation.
1 Million Yen Girl
7 p.m. Sept. 26 (Free)
A formerly imprisoned woman makes a vow to save up one million yen in order to escape her current situation.
Planet of Snail
7 p.m. Sept. 30
A documentary on an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see.
The Queen of Versailles
7 p.m., 9:15 p.m. Oct. 1-2
A documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges.
Crazy & Thief
7 p.m. Oct. 3
4 p.m., 7 p.m. Oct. 7
A documentary on an Australian sex worker that chronicles her mission to increase awareness and access to sexual expression for people with disabilities.
Starship Troopers 2
7 p.m. Oct. 10
Out-of-control special effects highlight this pleasing second coming for the bug squashers.
More Than Frybread
4 p.m., 7 p.m. Oct. 14
Mayhem ensues in this wildly entertaining faux-documentary on the Native American competition to produce the tastiest fry-bread.
7 p.m. Oct. 15
Beasts of the Southern Wild
7 p.m., 9 p.m. Oct. 16-17
A fantastical, powerful journey set in a forgotten but defiant bayou community.
4 p.m. Oct. 21
Jay Weidner delves into hidden messages that can be found in Kubrick’s work and will be present for a Q&A.
7 p.m. Oct. 22
Cold war classic about nuclear annihilation.
2001: A Space Odyssey
7 p.m. Oct. 23
The experimental, mind-bending sci-fi symphony that pushes the boundaries on special effects and narrative.
7 p.m. Oct. 24
Come and play with us, Danny — in a stunning anamorphic widescreen 35 mm print — forever, and ever, and ever…
Celine and Julia Go Boating
7 p.m. Oct. 29
Jacques Rivette’s classic on the fanciful world of two women lost in the stories they tell.
7 p.m. Oct. 31
A perverse, satirical contribution to the oft-maligned werewolf genre.
7 p.m. Nov. 5
Francis Ford Coppola’s brutal and moving chronicle of American life.
The Godfather: Part 2
7 p.m. Nov. 5
A rare sequel that is even better than the original, largely due to the superb performances by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Five Easy Pieces
7 p.m. Nov. 12
A study of American alienation boasting a career best performance by Jack Nicholson.
Straight to Hell
7 p.m. Nov. 13
A bizarre comedy spoof on spaghetti westerns that will feature Alex Cox and Dan Wool in person.
VISUAL ARTS COMPLEX
8 p.m., Sept. 13-14
Ridiculous dialogue, outrageous martial arts and horrendous ’80s music are just a few of the reasons you’ll be dying of laughter in this action-filled camp classic.
There Will Be Blood
8 p.m., Sept. 20-21
Five-year anniversary screening.
8 p.m. Sept. 27-28
Danish documentarist/satirist/provocateur Mads Brügger exposes the high-stakes game of political and economic corruption in Africa.
The Great Silence
8 p.m. Oct 4-5
One of the greatest Westerns of all time.
8 p.m. Oct. 12
A superhero film weaving anti-government satire, Charles Bronson-style revenge, and a post-apocalyptic society.
The Frightened Woman
8 p.m. Oct. 18-19
Originally too bold for mainstream consumption, this battle of the sexes continues to haunt and dazzle audiences.
This delirious psychodrama defies classification and will polarize viewers as thoroughly as it did 30 years ago.
A modern-day Rocky Horror Picture Showtype of screening with a film that boasts its own hilariously demented “Ed Wood” reality.
Wake In Fright
8 p.m. Nov. 8-9
A riveting film with exceptional relevance today in its cultural veracity and its observation of human nature.
Labyrinth: Quote Along
8 p.m. Nov. 15-16
This special event will feature audience interaction with the surreal, coming-of-age fantasy by Jim Henson.
See more at the International Film Series website.