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Join us each fall for an annual event showcasing recent critically-acclaimed films from Latin America and the Spanish speaking world! 

Attend one screening or stop by them all. Plus, stay for Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and other events.

The festival is returning October 2024. Stay tuned for details!

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The 2023 Festival

2023 LULASFF promo poster
October 26, 27, 28 & 29

Free admission. Films in original languages with English subtitles

Warch Campus Center Cinema, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 

Campus Map (ramp or street parking recommended; limited visitor spaces available near the Chapel, Chapman Hall, and Brokaw Hall)

Films and Events

Thursday, October 26

4:30 PM "Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Chile, 50 Years After the Coup" by Prof. Patricia Vilches. Followed by CHILE '76  (2022) Dir. Manuela Martelli.

8:00 PM ARGENTINA, 1985. Argentina, 2022. Dir. Santiago Mitre

Friday, October 27

5:00 PM THE FISHBOWL (La Pecera). Puerto Rico, 2023. Dir  Glorimar Marrero Sánchez

7:00 PM  Noche Latina at LU in collaboration with the Diversity and Intercultural Center. Somerset Room, Warch Campus Center. Talk by Ariela Rosa. Refreshments, dance and live music. 

Saturday, October 28

5:00 PM A PLACE CALLED MUSIC (Un Lugar Llamado Música). Mexico, 2022. Followed by Q&A and reception with the film's director Enrique M. Rizo

8:00 PM LOST IN THE NIGHT (Perdidos en la Noche). Mexico, 2023.  Dir. Amat Escalante. U.S. premiere!

Sunday, October 29

2:00 PM THE BEASTS (As Bestas). Spain, 2022. Dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen

2023 Festival Trailer

Watch the trailer for the 2019 Latin American & Spanish Film Festival.

Directions and Parking

Location of Warch Campus Center on Google Maps

Download parking map (ramp or street parking recommended; limited visitor spaces available near the Chapel, Chapman Hall, and Brokaw Hall)


Disclaimer About Film Content and Views Expressed

The films presented in this festival are the creative expressions of their respective creators and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Lawrence University or its affiliates. The purpose of showcasing these films is to provide a platform for artistic exploration and cultural exchange. The diverse range of perspectives presented in these films may include themes, content, or viewpoints that some viewers may find challenging, thought-provoking, or controversial.

Lawrence University encourages open dialogue and critical thinking, and the inclusion of a film in this festival does not constitute an endorsement of its content by the University. We respect the freedom of artistic expression and believe that films have the power to engage audiences in meaningful conversations about various subjects.

Viewers are advised that some films may contain content such as strong language, explicit imagery, sensitive topics, or differing ideologies. Viewer discretion is advised, and attendees should use their own judgment when selecting films to watch. The university is committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful environment, and we encourage viewers to engage with the films and each other in a respectful and considerate manner.

The film festival aims to provide a platform for filmmakers to share their unique perspectives, fostering a deeper understanding of different cultures, ideas, and narratives. As such, the films may challenge preconceptions, evoke emotions, and spark discussions that contribute to the educational and artistic experience of the Lawrence University community.

By attending this film festival, viewers acknowledge that the films presented are artistic works and may not reflect the views of University, its faculty, staff, students, or administration. The college is proud to support the freedom of expression and the exploration of diverse viewpoints through the medium of film.

The organizers of LULASFF
August 29, 2023


Siekman Foundation

Helen Barr Rudin Fund and Foreign Language Coalition

Department of Spanish

Friends of the Festival


Prof. Cecilia Herrera

Prof. Rosa Tapia



Guest speaker: Dr. Javier Guerrero (Princeton University).

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  • THE WEASELS' TALE / El cuento de las comadrejas  (Argentina, 2019)
  • PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN / Noche de fuego  (Mexico, 2021)
  • Talk "ALMODÓVAR: A CRITICAL TAKE" by Dr. Javier Guerrero
  • PARALLEL MOTHERS / Madres paralelas (Spain, 2021)
  • CLARA SOLA (Costa Rica, 2021)
  • THE GOOD BOSS / El buen patrón  (Spain, 2021)
  • A WORLD FOR JULIUS / Un mundo para Julius (Peru, 2021)


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Guest speaker: Film director Gonzalo Justiniano (Damn Kids, Chile 2018).

  • PERFECT STRANGERS / Perfectos desconocidos (Mexico, 2018)
  • BROKEN PANTIES / Calzones rotos (Chile, 2018)
  • BIRDS OF PASSAGE / Pájaros de verano (Colombia, 2018)
  • THE ANGEL / El Ángel (Argentina, 2018)
  • THE CHAMBERMAID / La camarista (Mexico, 2019)
  • JOURNEY TO A MOTHER’S ROOM / Viaje al cuarto de una madre (Spain, 2018)
  • DAMN KIDS / Cabros de mierda (Chile, 2018) and Q&A with Damn Kid’s director Gonzalo Justiniano


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Guest speakers: film director Carla Cavina (Puerto Rico), and producers Tania Zamora and Francesca Romero, LU '11 (Mexico).

  • WOODPECKERS (José María Cabral, Dominican Republic, 2017)
  • THE LAST SUIT (Pablo Solarz, Argentina, 2017)
  • TEMPEST (Tatiana Huezo, Mexico, 2016)
  • THE UNTAMED (Amat Escalante, Mexico, 2016)
  • EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS (Carla Cavina, Puerto Rico, 2016)
  • NOBODY'S WATCHING (Julia Solomonoff, Argentina, 2017)
  • SUMMER 1993 (Carla Simón, Spain, 2017)
  • SPIDER THIEVES (Guillermo Helo, Chile, 2017)


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Guest speaker: film director Arí Maniel Cruz (Puerto Rico).

  • THE BRIDE (Paula Ortiz, Spain, 2015)
  • THE CLAN (Pablo Trapero, Argentina, 2015)
  • ALIAS MARIA (José Luis Rugeles, Colombia, 2015)      
  • THE COMPANION (Pavel Giroud, Cuba, 2015)
  • BEFORE THE ROOSTER CROWS (Arí Maniel Cruz, Puerto Rico, 2016)
  • DESIERTO (Jonás Cuarón, Mexico, 2016)
  • NERUDA (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2016)
  • JULIETA (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2016)


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Keynote: "Latin American Cinema and Globalization," Dr. Sophia McClennen (Penn State U).

Guest speaker: Film director and actor Brionne Davis (Embrace of the Serpent).

  • WILD TALES (Damián Szifron, Argentina 2014)
  • MAGICAL GIRL (Carlos Vermut, Spain 2014)
  • 600 MILES (Gabriel Ripstein, Mexico 2015)
  • FROM AFAR (Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela 2015)
  • THE CLUB (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2015) 
  • THE EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Ciro Guerra, Colombia 2015) 
  • MARSHLAND (Alberto Rodríguez, Spain 2014)


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Keynote: “Latin America and/in the Global World Order,” Dr. Walter Mignolo (Duke U).

Guest speakers: film directors Rubén Mendoza (Colombia) and Moisés Sepúlveda (Chile).

  • BAD HAIR (Mariana Rondón, Venezuela 2013)
  • DUST ON THE TONGUE (Rubén Mendoza, Colombia 2014)
  • TWO SHOTS FIRED (Martín Rejtman, Argentina 2014)
  • TO KILL A MAN (Alejandro Fernández, Chile 2014)
  • CANTINFLAS (Sebastián del Amo, Mexico, 2014)
  • THE ILLITERATE (Moisés Sepúlveda, Chile 2013)
  • LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED (David Trueba, Spain 2013)


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Guest speakers: film directors Juan Andrés Arango (Colombia), Adrián Saba (Perú) and Catherine Tatge (USA).

  • AFTER LUCÍA (Michel Franco, Mexico 2012)
  • WAKOLDA/THE GERMAN DOCTOR (Lucía Puenzo, Argentina 2013)
  • LA PLAYA DC (Juan Andrés Arango, Colombia 2012)
  • SO MUCH WATER, (Ana Guevara, Uruguay 2013)
  • THE CLEANER, (Adrián Saba, Peru 2012)
  • WHITE ELEPHANT, (Pablo Trapero, Argentina 2012)
  • GLORIA, (Sebastián Lelio, Chile 2013)
  • CANNIBAL (Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain 2013)


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Guest speakers: film directors Solveig Hoogesteijn (Venezuela) and Raphael Alvarez (Brazil), and Dr. Javier Guerrero (Princeton U)

  • BLANCANIEVES (Pablo Berger, Spain 2012)
  • MAROA (Solveig Hoogesteijn, Venezuela 2006)
  • DUDAMEL: LET THE CHILDREN PLAY (Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela 2010)
  • DZI CROQUETTES (Raphael Alvarez and Tatiana Issa, Brazil 2009)
  • THE VIOLIN (Francisco Vargas, Mexico 2005)
  • BIRDS OF PASSAGE (Rachel Lears, USA-Uruguay 2009)
  • MARIMBAS FROM HELL (Julio Hernández Cordón, Guatemala 2010)
  • THE WIND JOURNEYS (Ciro Guerra, Colombia 2009)
  • VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN (Andrés Wood, Chile 2011)


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Keynote: "The Films of Pedro Almodóvar," Dr. Paul Julian Smith (CUNY)

  • THE SKIN I LIVE IN (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain 2011)
  • THE FISH CHILD (Lucía Puenzo, Argentina 2009)
  • REVERÓN (Diego Rísquez, Venezuela 2011)
  • LEAP YEAR (Michael Rowe, Mexico 2010)
  • A YEAR WITHOUT LOVE (Anahí Berneri, Argentina 2005)
  • UNDERTOW (Javier Fuentes León, Peru 2009)
  • LOVE FOR SALE (Karim Ainou, Brazil 2006)
  • MOSQUITA & MARI (Aurora Guerrero, USA 2012)
  • CHICO & RITA (Fernando Trueba, Spain 2010)