International Film Series


Back for another season, this time equipped with newfangled digital projection equipment, the International Film Series presents offers thought-provoking documentaries, art-house cinema, film festival favorites and campy B-movies. All times and dates are subject to change; visit for the latest schedule.

Muenzinger Auditorium

Sept. 16 — 7 p.m.

Free screening of the biopic of the famous artist to celebrate the IFS’ successful fundraising for digital cinema projectors.

Sept. 16 — 9 p.m.

Another free screening, this time of the visually stunning experimental 2012 documentary about the deep sea fishing industry.

Sept. 17 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
More Than Honey

A documentary about the decimation of the world’s bee population through the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.

Sept. 18 — 7 p.m.
Something In The Air

Set in France in the early 1970s, sex, drugs and heartbreak line the path to a sadder, wiser understanding of life, in which youth full of rage and idealism explore a potential revolution.

Sept. 20-21 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Frances Ha

Twentysomething Brooklynite and aspiring dancer Frances comically scrambles to put her life together in the tough urban economy and love scene after the departure of a close friend.

Sept. 22 — 7 p.m.
Hannah Arendt

Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker.

Sept. 24 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Room 237

A subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings with Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining.

Sept. 25 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
The Look of Love

A look at the life of adult magazine publisher and entrepreneur Paul Raymond, a man who became the richest man in Britain, and the cost it took to get there.

Sept. 27-28 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
The Hunt

After a tough divorce and some unemployment, Lucas is just starting to rebuild his life when a small lie shakes his community and instigates an unfortunate downward spiral and fight for his life and dignity.

Sept. 29 — 7 p.m.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

A romantic American story that follows three characters on various sides of the law — outlaw Bob Muldoon, his wife Ruth Guthrie, and a local sheriff named Patrick Wheeler, who gets caught in their crosshairs.

Oct. 1 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Dirty Wars

A stunning documentary following investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill into the hidden world of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond.

Oct. 2 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.

Neil Jordan’s sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life.

Oct. 4 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Crystal Fairy & The Magic Cactus

A young American visiting Chile manages to create chaos in every manner as he and his wild, drunk friends seek out the legendary shamanistic hallucinogen found in the San Pedro cactus.

Oct. 6 — 7 p.m.
A Hijacking

The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked and held hostage by Somali pirates, who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

Oct. 8 — 7 p.m.
Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire

Center on the controversy that is dividing our nation — gun control — narrator Ice-T and the film take a critical look at current gun laws and the rising movement to restrict the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Oct. 9 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Drug War

To avoid the death penalty from his prolific production of meth, Timmy Choi must give up the identity of the powerful cartel he cooks for.

Oct. 11-13 — various times
IFS Food Film Festival

Red Obsession; A Place At The Table; and Now, Forager are on the plate for the IFS’ first food-related festival.

Oct. 15 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
How To Make Money Selling Drugs

An insider’s guide to the violent but extremely lucrative drug industry, told from the perspective of former drug dealers.

Oct. 16 — 7 p.m.
The Wall

Based on Marlen Haushofer’s eponymous feminist classic novel, it is a highly original exploration of the experience of solitude and survival, set in a spectacularly beautiful Austrian mountain landscape.

Oct. 18-19 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Black Fish

A documentary that explores the challenges and consequences of containing nature in the form of killer whales.

Oct. 20 — 7 p.m.
The Minister

The French Minister of Transportation, Bertrand Saint- Jean, a career politician, walks a tightrope between ethics and ambition as he wrestles with the privatization issue facing France’s train stations.

Oct. 22 — 7 p.m.
The Act of Killing

A documentary that examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love.

Oct. 23 — 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
Computer Chess

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers 30-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs.

Oct. 25, Oct. 27, Nov. 1-3 — Various times
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Retrospective

The retrospective of the famed Japanese horror director will include Cure (Oct. 25), Serpent’s Path (Oct. 27), Eyes of the Spider (Nov. 1), License To Live (Nov. 2) and Barren Illusion (Nov. 3).

Oct. 29 — 7 p.m.
The Final Member

For more than 40 years, the founder and curator the Icelandic Phallological museum — the world’s only penis museum — has collected every specimen from every mammal except for one elusive penis needed to complete his collection: The Human Specimen.

Oct. 30 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Nosferatu The Vampire

Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu The Vampire traces the blood-sucking progress of the count as he takes over a small German village, then attempts to spread his influence and activities to the rest of the world.

Nov. 5 — 7 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Muscle Shoals

A documentary about how the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies.

Nov. 6 — 7 p.m. Faust

A version of the German legend in which a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge.

Nov. 8-9 — 7 p.m.
A Touch of Sin

A story about four loosely connected individuals in varying geographic and social milieus in modern day China whose lives are touched by violence or death, and adaptation to the rapid economic development of their country. Based on allegedly true events.

Nov. 10 — 7 p.m.
Fritz Lang’s M

The police are anxious to capture an elusive child murderer, and the underworld leaders decide to take the heat off their activities by catching the child killer themselves.

Nov. 12 — 7 p.m.
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

The sequel to The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema sees the reunion of brilliant philosopher Slavoj Zizek with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, now using their inventive interpretation of moving pictures to examine ideology.

Nov. 13 — 7 p.m.

Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics in the college town of Austin, Texas.

Nov. 15 — 7 p.m.

A group of actresses performing in a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night get caught up in a web of romantic intrigue and revelation.

Visual Arts Complex

All show times at 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26
Handmade Monsters

A showcase by guest programmer Dan Halsted.

Oct. 3
King Kong (1933)

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla, who takes a shine to their female blonde star.

Oct. 10
King Kong vs. Godzilla

A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Oct. 17
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Oct. 24
An American Werewolf in London

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Oct. 31

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Nov. 7
The Howling

Television newswoman Karen White takes some much-needed time off after a traumatic incident with a serial killer to a remote mountain resort, whose residents and history are almost as haunting as her recent escape.

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