Texas Tech’s International Film Series Announces Fall Season

Series will feature films from all corners of the globe over the next two months.

From Mexico to Japan and Italy to Finland, fans will have the opportunity to screen some of the most wide-ranging foreign films ever made, encompassing both serious and silly tones.

The International Film Series announced its fall season on Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 18) with a showing of the Italian political drama “The Conformist,” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Victoria Surliuga of the Texas Tech University Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, will host a post-screening discussion.

The IFS is sponsored by the Texas Tech Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, the Department of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Media & Communication, and the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication.

The next showing will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 2) when the IFS and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund presents “Born in East L.A.” starring Cheech Marin. The next day, Marin will visit Texas Tech as part of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

Avant-garde filmmaker Lawrence Jordan will be featured at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 14) with the showing of the documentary, “Lawrence Jordan: Moments of Illumination” followed by Jordan’s short film, “Our Lady of the Sphere,” to be screened in 35mm. Jorgelina Orfila of the Texas Tech School of Art will host a post-screening discussion.

Also, Jordan will visit Texas Tech Oct. 19-24 as a Texas Tech University Artist in Residence. During that residency, the IFS and the Texas Tech School of Art will host an evening with Jordan with the screening and live multi-media performance of “The Chicago Program.” The evening will feature selected 16mm films from Jordan’s career with live art-making and musical accompaniment.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21) at the International Cultural Center Auditorium, located at 601 Indiana Ave. Following the screening, Orfila and Francisco Ortega with the Texas Tech School of Art will host a question-and-answer session with Jordan. Admission is free but seating is limited.

The IFS screenings continue at 8 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 30) with a special Halloween screening of “Cronos,” a foray into the vampire horror genre by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Following the screening, Gary Elbow with the Texas Tech Department of Geosciences will host a discussion.

A 10th anniversary screening of “Hotel Rwanda” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 12) sponsored by the IFS and the Flatland Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Terry George, explores the ethical cleansing that actually occurred in Rwanda in 1994. Paul Bjerk, an African history expert from the Texas Tech Department of History, will lead a post-screening discussion.

Japanese director Hitoshi Matsumoto will be featured at 11:50 p.m. Friday (Nov. 14) with the screening of “R100”, sponsored by Drafthouse Films and the Flatland Film Festival.

The final screening of the season will be at 9 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 2) with the showing of “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.” Directed by Jalamari Helander, the movie is a Finnish horror-fantasy-thriller.

All screenings, other than the one during Lawrence Jordan’s residency, will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, located at 120 West Loop 289. Seating for most screenings is available through the Alamo Drafthouse website.

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CONTACT: Robert Peaslee, International Film Series Corodinator, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-2562 or robert.peaslee@ttu.edu. or Dasha A. Ivanova, RaiderComm Account Manager, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University, (713) 705-0158 or daria.ivanova@ttu.edu.