Showing independent and foreign films weekly on the Purdue campus. All screenings are subject to availability; we will make every effort to show the listed films as shown. We will update this list if/when changes need to be made.

The Winter 2015 Season runs January 14-May 6, 2015. All screenings for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. in Forney Hall, Room B124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, on the Purdue University campus. Parking is available in the Northwestern Avenue parking garage.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 28, 2015 - "Ida" (2014)

Ida, 2014Screening at 7 p.m. in Forney Hall, B124
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Origin: Poland | Denmark | France | UK
Languages: Polish | Latin | French
Running time: 82 minutes

Raised in a Catholic orphanage during the Nazi occupation of Poland, Anna is poised to join the order when she learns she has a surviving aunt. But visiting the woman before taking her vows uncovers some inconvenient truths about her heritage. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking
U.S. box office: $3,702,720
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("The Trip to Italy", 3 stars)
Steve says: With a slight scripted nod to sequels not living up to the originals, "The Trip to Italy" does its best to explore Italy while it explores the personal lives of its main characters, first introduced to us in "The Trip". It is touching, insightful, very improvisational, and for the most part, enjoyable.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 21, 2015 - "The Trip to Italy" (2014)

The Trip to Italy, 2014 (screening at 7 p.m. in Forney Hall, B124)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Origin: UK
Language: English
Running time: 108 minutes

Following in the footsteps of the great romantic poets, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon traverse the Italian countryside musing about life and love. Work enters the conversation as well in this largely improvised sequel to the roadtrip comedy "The Trip." (from

U.S. box office: $2,873,758
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("Restless City", 3 stars)
Steven says: The director knows how to make a scene gorgeous, an actor smolder, a setting vibrate. That's what I focused on during this film whose plot has several holes in it. But it's a fun and beautiful watch.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 14, 2015 - "Restless City" (2011)

Restless City, 2011
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Origin: USA
Languages: English | French | Wolof | Yoruba
Running time: 80 min

An aspiring musician's life takes a turn toward more meaning when he meets a prostitute controlled by a loan shark. Together they do all they can to escape the lure of the street in order to achieve the American dream. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for some drug use and brief sexuality
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of previous film ("In the House", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: While the plot may be a little preposterous at points, the approach to storytelling and acting make it an interesting piece that keeps you guessing.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Announcing the Winter 2015 season

Cinematheque for All - Winter 2015
  • The Winter 2015 Season is January 14 – May 6, 2015.
  • All screenings for this season begin at 7 p.m. in Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, on the Purdue University campus
  • Parking is available in the Northwestern Avenue parking garage.
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Restless City, 2011, Director: Andrew Dosunmu, Origin: USA, Language(s): English | French | Wolof | Yoruba, 80 min
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, The Trip to Italy, 2014, Director: Michael Winterbottom, Origin: UK, Language(s): English. 108 minutes
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Ida, 2014, Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Origin: Poland | Denmark | France | UK, Language(s): Polish | Latin | French, 82 minutes
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Tabu, 2012, Director: Miguel Gomes, Origin: Portugal | Germany | Brazil | France, Language(s): Portuguese | English | Polish, 118 minutes
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, The French Minister, 2014, Director: Bertrand Tavernier, Origin: France, Language(s): French, 113 minutes
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, The Wind Rises, 2013, Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Origin: Japan, Language(s): Japanese | German | Italian | French, 126 minutes
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, In Bloom, 2014, Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross, Origin: Georgia | Germany | France, Language(s): Georgian, 102 minutes
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015, A Way of Life, 2006, Director: Amma Asante, Origin: UK, Language(s): English, 91 minutes
  • Wednesday, March 11 - NO SCREENING
  • Wednesday, March 18 - NO SCREENING
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015, We Are the Best!, 2013, Director: Lukas Moodysson, Origin: Sweden | Denmark, Language(s): Swedish, 102 minutes
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Miele, 2013, Director: Valeria Golino, Origin: Italy | France, Language(s): Italian, 96 minutes
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 24 City, 2008, Director: Zhang Ke Jia, Origin: China | Hong Kong | Japan, Language(s): Mandarin | Shanghainese, 112 minutes
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, The Selfish Giant, 2013, Director: Clio Barnard, Origin: UK, Language(s): English, 91 minutes
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Siddarth, 2013, Director: Richie Mehta, Origin: Canada | India, Language(s): Hindi, 96 minutes
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Land Ho!, 2014, Director: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens, Origin: Iceland | USA, Language(s): English, 95 minutes
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Gabrielle, 2013, Director: Louise Archambault, Origin: Canada, French | Language(s): English, 104 minutes

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 17, 2014 - "In the House" (2012)

The originally scheduled film for this week, "Restless City," was not available. We will try to work it in to the Winter 2015 season.

In the House, 2012

Director: François Ozon
Origin: France
Languages: French
Running time: 105 minutes

Moved by mesmerizing prose, a teacher pushes a student with extraordinary gifts to keep on writing -- even though he knows the young author's research methods involve a serious invasion of privacy. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

U.S. box office: $354,244
MPAA rating: R


Review of last week's film ("Night Across the Street," 3 stars) 
Steven says: This film was not made for the casual or mainstream movie-goer. Surrealist director Raul Ruiz pays homage to several classic films while trying to find his own place in the history of film-making. It's fun to watch but doesn't make much sense unless you have lots of film background (or like surrealist films).

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 10, 2014 - "Night Across the Street" (2012)

Night Across the Street, 2012
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Origin: Chile | France
Languages: Spanish | French
Running time: 110 min

A free-flowing contemplation on aging and death inspired by the stories of Hernán del Solar, director Raoul Ruiz's final film follows as elderly man who revisits moments of his youth as he awaits the stranger he believes will kill him. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review from Film Comment magazine.


Review of last week's film ("Omar," 4 stars)
Steven says: The life of an Arab in and around the West Bank is full of paranoia. This intense film has the viewer second-guessing who is a collaborator and who is true to his or her cause. From the director of "Paradise Now", this film made me want to find out everything there is to know about life in the West Bank.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

December 3, 2014 - "Omar" (2013)

Omar, 2013
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Origin: Palestine
Languages: Arabic | Hebrew
Running time: 96 min

With his girlfriend, Nadia, living on the other side of an Israeli-built boundary wall, young Palestinian Omar regularly scales it to visit her. But he faces even greater obstacles after a lethal confrontation with an Israeli soldier. (from

U.S. box office: $640,000
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of the previously screened film ("In A World...", 3 stars)
Steven says: Creative and fun, this film focuses on the voiceover stars of Hollywood. It's a world we don't think of often. It's a strong debut by director/writer/lead Lake Bell.