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, 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

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

Watch the trailer on IMDB.


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

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


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

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

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

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 22, 2014 - "Black Butterflies" (2011)

Black Butterflies, 2011
Director: Paula van der Oest
Origin: Germany | Netherlands | South Africa
Language: English
Running time: 100 min

This passionate biopic profiles South African poet Ingrid Jonker, whose exuberant nature is destroyed by her repeated betrayals of her supportive lover and her complex relationship with her disapproving father, the minister of censorship. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Reveiw of the previous film (Sister, 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Surprising things are revealed in this film that promises mostly coming-of-age antics and teenage thievery. It will make you question relationships, how they were formed, and how they continue. It's a good film with lingering questions.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 8, 2014 - "Sister" (2012)

Sister, 2012
Director: Ursula Meier
Origin: France | Switzerland
Languages: French | English
Running time: 97 min

Every day, impoverished 12-year-old Simon sneaks into a posh Swiss ski resort, where he helps himself to the gear of wealthy tourists. Benefiting from his thievery is his lazy older sister, Louise, who refuses to live up to her responsibilities. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film (The Matchmaker, 3.5 stars)
Stevens say: Set in 1968, this is a lighthearted Israeli film is infused with a smidgen of mystery and built on the difficult memories of the Holocaust. The teenaged protagonist learns about love ("why do Americans protest 'make love not war'. Wasn't there more important things than love?", he asks.) from a matchmaker and a free-spirited girl visiting for the summer.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

October 1, 2014 - "The Matchmaker" (2010)

The Matchmaker, 2010
Director: Avi Nesher
Origin: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Running time: 121 minutes

In an Israel still recovering from World War II yet also grappling with the tumultuous "Swinging Sixties," teenager Arik works for matchmaker Yankele Bride as a "spy-guy" who investigates potential clients, and gets a master class in the art of love. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("Two Lives", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Here is another history film where we learn things never touched upon in our history classes. The story telling is tense and suspenseful, and the audience is given only information they need at the moment. This is definitely worth a watch.