The controversial 1961 film, “Viridiana,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Plaster Hall’s Cornell Auditorium as part of the 54th annual International Film Festival.

This Mexican film directed by Luis Buñuel depicts a young nun’s visit to her widowed uncle’s estate. The audience witnesses the macabre events that unfold as her perspective on life is radically disturbed.

After the film was awarded the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival, the Spanish government banned its release in Spain, as it was considered blasphemous. It is now acclaimed as a masterpiece, and has since received additional awards.

“Viridiana” is not rated, but contains parodies of religious imagery and issues of sexuality that some many find disturbing. Admission is free and open to the public.