International Film Series

Spanish Film Fiesta

November 8, 2015

Our final slate of movies for the Fall 2015 semester are Spanish-language films presented by the PUC Spanish Club. Each film is being shown at the same time and location, 6:30 PM in Porter 103 on Thursdays minus Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this selection as the semester comes to a close and we look forward to seeing you next year in 2016!

7 Dias

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
95 Minutes, PG-13
Presented by Cindy Torres
RottenTomatoes Link

Winner of 4 awards and 6 other nominations.

 A guy on the lower rungs of the music business shoots for the moon by bringing one of the biggest bands in the world to his hometown in this drama. Claudio (Eduardo Arroyuelo) is a music promoter who is tired of living in the shadow of his successful brother, who came to dominate the business before his untimely death. Claudio has decided he wants to stage a concert that will earn him a reputation all his own, and pulling in every favor he has, he attempts to pull off a major coup — bringing U2 to Mexico City.”  — Rotten Tomatoes


Una Noche

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
90 Minutes, Unrated
Presented by Thomas Roach
RottenTomatoes: 80% Rating

“Not only a portrait of the frustrations and yearnings of Cuban youth, but a universally relevant one of any people striving for more and better than their current stifling existences.”
– Michael Dequina,

“Molloy captures the Cuban spirit of energy, resiliency, resourcefulness, and passion. She does an impressive job of blending an intimate story of friends with a meticulously observed portrait of Havana.”
– Beth Accomando,


Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
108 Minutes, Unrated
Presented by Thomas Roach
RottenTomatoes: 100% Rating

“An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom.”
– Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

“Half a century after The Beatles, here’s a Spanish film that reminds us just what that music represented to their first generation of fans – freedom, and a connection with others touched by the same songs, the world over.”
– Roger Moore, Tribune News Service


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French Cinema at the IFS

October 16, 2015

Continuing after our previous slate of German-language films we have three excellent French films that are sure to engage and excite you! All films are scheduled for 6:30 PM in PORTER 103 every Thursday with free refreshments. Each showing is scheduled to be presented by Florian Vauleon.


Thursday, October 22, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
139 Minutes, Rated R
RottenTomatoes: 92% Rating

“‘’Incendies’ is muscular, emotional film-making of the highest order, self-confident in its delivery yet always respectful of its characters’ plight.”
– Jason Solomons, Observer

“Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of ‘Incendies’ is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


The Hedgehog

Thursday, October 29, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
100 Minutes, Unrated
RottenTomatoes: 88% Rating

“A reminder that, sometimes, the movies can get a beloved book exactly right.”
– Moria MacDonald, Seattle Times

“Balasko’s performance is the highlight, as she breathes believable inner life into the stock character of the lonely, embittered widow.”
– Marc Mohan, Oregonian



Thursday, November 5, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
96 Minutes, Rated PG-13
RottenTomatoes: 96% Rating

“The film’s nuanced view of social issues is complemented by lovely black-and-white animation work that blends Islamic motifs into a sort of Yellow Submarine-ish world.”
– Bob Mondello,

“Persepolis is, in its way, a hymn to the enduring influence of family, particularly during a time in which the state is attempting to seize all hearts, minds and instincts for itself.”
– Jenny McCartney, Daily Telegraph


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October 8th Cancellation Notice – “The Edge of Heaven”

October 8, 2015

Our scheduled showing of “The Edge of Heaven” for today, October 8, 2015, has been cancelled due to illness. That means that the next showing at the International Film Series will be NEXT THURSDAY at 6:30 PM, not tonight as originally planned. The film we will be showing next time is “Guten Tag, Ramon” as per the schedule. We look forward to seeing you next week!

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German Film Experience

September 25, 2015

For the first three weeks of October 2015 we have three excellent films presented by Ana Pajak and the PUC German Club. Each of these films are either from Germany or heavily feature German culture as the main setting. As previously, all films are located in PORTER 103 at 6:30 PM each Thursday with free refreshments provided.


Thursday, October 1, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
Presented by Ana Pajak
156 Minutes, Rated R
RottenTomatoes: 99% Rating

“‘Downfall’ isn’t about commuting history’s sentence for the Nazis, but heeding its warning – a gruesome, sustained-tension lesson about informed politics and whether those who left evil to its own devices could arrive at a place of complicit guilt.”
– Nick Rogers,

“…an unflinching, hard, relentlessly honest movie that refuses to ask questions that have easy answers. It is also brilliantly acted, written and focused…”
– David Keyes,


The Edge of Heaven

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
Presented by Ana Pajak
116 Minutes, Unrated
RottenTomatoes: 99% Rating

“Propelled by the beautiful camerawork and scenery that moves back and forth between pastoral idyll and urban chaos as it takes the viewer on a journey that ends with a final image as quiet and beautiful as any in recent cinema.”
– Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

“Loneliness, loss and capricious love guide the fortunes of three families in this
powerful, beautifully realized drama by German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star


Guten Tag, Ramón (aka Buen Dia, Ramón)

Thursday, October 15, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
Presented by Ana Pajak
120 Minutes, Rated PG-13
RottenTomatoes: 99% Rating


“A genuinely heartfelt and delightful crowd-pleaser that will make your spirit soar.”
– Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

“Grounded in reality yet packed with a generosity of spirit, Good Day, Ramón appeals to our better natures and generates overall good will with its plausible but improbable story.”
– Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

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