Paul W. Ogle Cultural Center, IUS
4201 Grant Line Road, New Albany
Free; 7 p.m.
Picking a rotten tomato at an IUS film festival can be tres difficile. Now in its 11th year, lineups have featured foreign language classics as well as recent international hits not widely known in the United States. This season opens on Thursday with “Ugetsu,” a treasure of Japanese cinema. For the uninitiated, Kenji Mizoguchi’s elegant, 1953 masterpiece sets the framework for a lot of what we see in today’s Japanese horror. Though not a horror film per se, the film’s ghosts, dreamy atmosphere and minimal, haunting score have left generations of viewers on edge. The festival continues with “The Grocer’s Son (Le Fils de L’épicier),” a heralded little picture from 2007. “As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me” (German, 2001) follows on Saturday, and “Wild Horses” runs the festival’s final leg on Sunday. A winner at Sundance in ‘96, the Argentine “Wild Horses” is one of its country’s best-attended films. —J. Christian Walsh