2012 Student Guide | CU International Film Series

From www.internationalfilmseries.com


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.

Breaking Away

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.

Megane (Glasses)

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

Scarlet Road

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

Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

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.

Kubrick’s Odyssey

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.

Dr. Strangelove

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.

The Shining

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.

The Howling

7 p.m. Oct. 31

A perverse, satirical contribution to the oft-maligned werewolf genre.

The Godfather

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.


Miami Connection

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.

The Ambassador

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.


Oct. 25-26

This delirious psychodrama defies classification and will polarize viewers as thoroughly as it did 30 years ago.

The Room

Nov. 1-2

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.