Lawrence University

Latin American & Spanish Film Festival

16-19 October 2019


This college film festival was born in 2012 and is organized by professors Cecilia Herrera and Rosa Tapia (Lawrence University). Each edition features recent award-winning films from Latin America and Spain, as well as talks by acclaimed national and international directors, actors, and film experts.

LULASFF is a regional beacon for international and Latino cinema. A program of free screenings, lectures, Q&As, and receptions provides a space for community building centered on the celebration of diverse cultures and identities through film. 







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)



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)



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)


4th Latin American & Spanish Film Festival

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)


Lawrence U 3rd Latin American & Spanish Film Fest

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)


Latin America Film Festival Promo

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)


Lawrence University Latin American and Spanish Film Fest

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)