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 Summer 2015 Season runs June 3-August 11, 2015. All screenings for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive, on the Purdue University campus. Parking is available in the University Street parking garage.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 26, 2015 - "Wild Tales" (2014)

Wild Tales, 2014
Director: Damián Szifron
Origin: Argentina | Spain
Languages: Spanish
Running time: 122 min

Threading together six independent narratives, this cathartic compendium provides a meditation on the bruising blows of everyday life as all the characters are pushed beyond their thresholds of restraint in merrily pernicious ways. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality
U.S. box office: $3,079,012
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of the previously screened film ("Calvary", 4.5 stars)
Steven says: It is a well-constructed story that simultaneously takes on the Catholic Church in Ireland and offers a retelling of the Crucifixion for modern times. It is a layered, gorgeous and thought-provoking film that offers suspense and opportunities for personal reflection. Highly recommended.

Announcing the Fall 2015 season

  • The Fall 2015 Season is August 26-December 16, 2015 (15 films).
  • All screenings for this season begin at 7 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.
 Fall 2015 line-up
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Wild Tales, 2014; Director: Damián Szifron; Origin: Argentina | Spain; Language: Spanish; 122 min
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015, NO screening                    
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015, White God, 2015; Director: Kornél Mundruczó; Origin: Hungary | Germany | Sweden; Language: Hungarian | English; 121 min
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Timbuktu, 2015; Director: Abderrahmane Sissako; Origin: France | Mauritania; Language: French | Arabic | Bambara | English | Songhay; 97 min
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Slow West, 2015; Director: John Maclean; Origin: UK | New Zealand; Language: English | French; 84 min
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015, Two Days, One Night, 2014; Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; Origin: Belgium | France | Italy; Language: French | Arabic | English; 95 min
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Tangerines, 2015; Director: Zaza Urushadze; Origin: Estonia | Georgia; Language: Estonian | Russian | Georgian; 87 min
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Leviathan, 2014; Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev; Origin: Russia; Language: Russian; 140 min
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Gett: The Trial of Vivane Amsalem, 2015; Director: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz; Origin: Israel | France | Germany; Language: Hebrew | French | Arabic; 115 min
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015, The Amazing Catfish, 2013; Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce; Origin: Mexico | France; Language: Spanish; 89 min
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Life, Above All, 2010; Director: Oliver Schmitz; Origin: South Africa | Germany; Language: Southern Sotho; 100 min
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015, ’71, 2015; Director: Yann Demange; Origin: UK; Language: English; 99 min
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Zero Motivation, 2014; Director: Talya Lavie; Origin: Israel; Language: Hebrew; 97 min
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015, NO screening
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Clouds of Sils Maria, 2014; Director: Olivier Assayas; Origin: France | Germany | Switzerland; Language: English | French | German | Swiss German; 124 min
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, 2015; Director: David Zellner; Origin: USA; Language: English | Japanese; 105 min
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Philomena, 2013; Director: Stephen Frears; Origin: UK | USA | France; Language: English; 98 min

Sunday, August 9, 2015

August 12, 2015 - "Calvary" (2014)

Calvary, 2014

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Origin: Ireland | UK
Language: English
Running time: 102 min

An anonymous man comes to Father James in confession and vows to kill him in one week, simply because the priest is himself a good man. The father spends the week contemplating good and evil, viewing his small Irish community with new eyes. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use
U.S. box office: $3,593,460
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of the previous screening (Shun Li and the Poet, 4 stars)
Steven says: With audience descriptions ranging from "natural" to "exquisite," this film focuses on the tradition of a small Italian village and how two immigrants fit into and challenge those traditions.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 29, 2015 - "Shun Li and the Poet" (2011)

Shun Li and the Poet, 2011
Director: Andrea Segre
Origin: Italy | France
Languages: Italian | Mandarin
Running time: 98 min

An unlikely friendship forms in a Venetian pub between a Chinese immigrant working as a bartender and a transplanted Yugoslavian known as The Poet. But the local fishermen who like to drink there aren't nearly as accepting of their differences. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

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Review of last week's film ("The Strange Little Cat", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Strange, indeed, if all the human characters represent the title's cat. The plot stays at the fringe while everyday life is front and center. Astutely observed, this film challenges the notion of what a film can and should be.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 22, 2015 - "The Strange Little Cat" (2014)

The Strange Little Cat, 2014
Director: Ramon Zürcher
Origin: Germany
Language: German
Running time: 72 min

In this quirky drama, three generations of a middle-class clan gather in a Berlin flat during the course of a day. A series of unspectacular moments, as the family cat comes and goes, sheds light on the world of a typical family. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("Mommy", 4 stars)
Steven says: What is normal, and what will help you feel it? Family tragedies, mental health issues, and everyday life combine in this highly intense film about coping with loss and finding yourself amidst the grief. This film pops with great performances and creative film-making.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

July 15, 2015 - "Mommy" (2014)

Mommy, 2014

Director: Xavier Dolan
Origin: Canada
Languages: French | English
Running time: 139 min

Diane Després is a flamboyant middle-aged widow and mother to Steve, an adolescent with severe emotional and behavioral problems. As Diane struggles with Steve's radical mood swings, she begins receiving help from a solicitous new neighbor. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for language throughout, sexual references and some violence
U.S. box office: $3,492,754
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("Dear White People", 4 stars)
Steven says: Gather some friends and watch this film and then talk about the issues afterward. "It's complicated" just about sums it up. From four perspectives, it addresses a variety of topics that just may help you see racial attitudes differently.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 8, 2015 - "Dear White People" (2014)

Dear White People, 2014
Director: Justin Simien
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 108 min

A satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use
U.S. box office: $4,404,154
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("Lilting", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: A first-time director/screenwriter does a fine job navigating two disparate lives affected by the death of a man they both love. While the characters turn to translation to complete their verbal communication, we learn how much emotion and non-verbal cues are even more important.