LAS VEGAS -- The films are wonderful...and very rare...and this is perhaps the only occasion you'll have to see them in the United States. They simply are not the kind of movie you'll usually find on your television screen or at the local video store. And they're all presented at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas free. The public is invited.

The movies-hosted by Hart Wegner and Francisco Menendez are shown at 7 p.m. Thursdays in room A106 of the Classroom Building Complex "La Ceremonie," a 1996 movie based on a Ruth Rendell British mystery novel, is presented in French with English subtitles July 1. It's the 45th film in the four-decade career of filmmaker Claude Chabrol and features Isabell Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire.


On July 8, "Flamenco," shown in Spanish with English subtitles, traces the history of flamenco and the guitar that evolved after the Spanish Inquisition from the mingled contributions of persecuted outsiders such as gypsies, Jews, Muslims, and Christian dissenters; the movie features music from more than 300 of Spain's leading flamenco artists.

"La Promesse," a Jean Pierre Dardenne movie from Belgium, will be shown July 15. The movie is in French with English subtitles and tells a story of two human scavengers, father and son. Actors include Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, and Assita Quedraogo.

"A Merry War," presented on July 22, is a film made in Great Britain in English and is a cheerfully caustic mix of romantic comedy and social satire as acted by Richard E. Grant, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Carter, and Harriet Walker. It's based on George Orwell's 1936 novel "Keep the Aspidistras Flying." Director Robert Bierman is said to demonstrate a flair for jolly black humor in the film.

This is the 31st season of the International Film Series, which is made possible for a grant from the College of Extended Studies and the support of Friends of Film at UNLV.