International Film Fest @ IUS

Feb. 24-27

Paul W. Ogle Center
IU Southeast
Free; 7 p.m. (all screenings)

The subtitle averse should probably stay clear of IUS’s 12th International Film Festival. For everyone else, it’s hard to go wrong with this one: Screenings are free, and the odds that you’ll watch an Academy Award winner — or nominee — are in your favor. The Department of Modern Languages has a knack for solid picks and has built on last year’s slate with another Argentine selection. “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which closes the fest on Sunday, took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film last year. “Departures,” a Japanese selection that screens on Thursday, won the same award in 2009. Director Michael Haneke’s special brand of evil will be on display Saturday with what is arguably his masterpiece: the two-time Oscar nominee “The White Ribbon” (German). The quirky coming-of-age film “1981” (French via Quebec) will show on Friday. —J. Christian Walsh

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