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 Fall 2014 Season runs August 27-December 17, 2014. All screenings for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. (Sept. 3 begins at 7:30 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, 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 Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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

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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 Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review from Film Comment magazine.

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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 Netflix.com)

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

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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.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 19, 2014 - "In a World . . ." (2013)

In a World . . ., 2013
Director: Lake Bell
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 93 min

Vocal coach Carol Solomon lives in the shadow of her father Sam, Hollywood's go-to movie trailer voice, as she tries to break into the field herself. Aided by her sister and a sound whiz friend, Carol jumps into an unexpectedly strange new career. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references
U.S. box office: $2,962,542

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("Half of a Yellow Sun", 3 stars)
Steven says: The best thing about this film is that it brings to light Nigeria's history, which so many Americans may be unaware of. The film also makes me want to read the book it's based on, because I could feel like there was more to the story.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 12, 2014 - "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2013)

Half of a Yellow Sun, 2013
Director: Biyi Bandele
Origin: Nigeria | UK
Language: English
Running time: 111 min

Twin sisters Olanna and Kainene each find unexpected romance in the late 1960s against the backdrop of Nigeria's civil war. As the conflict threatens all they hold dear, their relationships provide solace and strengthen their own bond. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for some violence and sexual content
U.S. box office: $53,645
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("Take Out", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: "Take Out" presents the day in the life of a Chinese delivery man, complicated by the need to collect extra tips to pay off a debt. It is unassuming and, by the end, riveting in its normalcy. The story of the making of the film is almost as enticing as the film itself.

Friday, October 31, 2014

November 5, 2014 - "Take Out" (2004)

Take Out, 2004
Directors: Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
Origin: USA
Languages: English | Mandarin | Spanish
Running time: 87 min

When an illegal immigrant finds himself behind on a large debt due to crooks who smuggled him into the country, he must come up with the payment in one day by hustling tips as he delivers Chinese food around New York City. (from Netflix.com)

U.S. box office: $66,892
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("When Father Was Away on Business", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: The Cannes winner in 1985, this film tackles the toll a war takes on one family that has its own dysfunctions. A working knowledge of 20th century Yugolav history would help with comprehension, but it's still an effective story.

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 29, 2014 - "When Father Was Away on Business" (1985)

When Father Was Away on Business, 1985
Director: Emir Kusturica
Origin: Yugoslavia
Languages: Serbian | Hungarian
Running time: 136 min

Yugoslavian director Emil Kusturica won the Cannes Golden Palm award for this drama that conveys the tensions between Russia and Yugoslavia in the early 1950s. The story is told from the viewpoint of 6-year-old Malik (Moreno De Bartolli), who's unaware of the real reason for his father's (Miki Manojlovic) absence. The family insists that he's away on business, but he's really in prison for his affair with the lover of a top-ranking party member. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.