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, June 28, 2015

July 1, 2015 - "Lilting" (2014)

Lilting, 2014
Director: Hong Khaou
Origin: UK
Language: English | Mandarin
Running time: 86 min

"Lilting" features intensely moving performances by Asian cinema's legend Cheng Pei Pei as Junn, an immigrant mother grieving the untimely death of her only son Kai (Andrew Leung), and Ben Whishaw as her son's lover, Richard. Jun's grieving is disrupted by Richard's visits and his attempts to communicate are first met with distrust. Richard hires Vann, a young translator, who helps piece together the tender memories of the man they both loved. (from

U.S. box office: $21,068
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of our previous screening ("The Retrieval," 3.5 stars)
Steven says: This is an intense look at the lives of two black people - one freed and in the North, one freed and perilously close to slavery -- toward the end of the Civil War. They both are affected by their relationship to each other, even as outside forces threaten their safety and their future.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 17, 2015 - "The Retrieval" (2013)

The Retrieval, 2013
Director: Chris Eska
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 92 min

1864: As war ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the Civil War, it is business as usual for slave-owners and traders. The Retrieval follows Will (Ashton Sanders), a fatherless thirteen-year-old boy who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang. They send him to earn the trust of runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the south. On a dangerous mission into the free north to find Nate (Tishuan Scott), a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for some violence
U.S. box office: $50,257
Watch the trailer on IMDB.
See "The Retrieval"'s many festival awards

Review of last week's film ("Girlhood", 3.5 stars) 
Steven says: While the script and female bonding seemed to resonate more with the women in the audience, the story highlights, once again, the challenges and systemic roadblocks that exist for families stuck in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. Fresh talent and perspective make this worthy of your time.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 10, 2015 - "Girlhood" (2015)

Girlhood, 2015
Director: Céline Sciamma
Origin: France
Language: French
Running time: 113 min

Set amid the projects of Paris, this absorbing depiction of a disaffected 16-year-old girl chronicles the transformation of her social identity after she falls in with a gang of female dropouts. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film (Force Majeure, 4 stars)
Steve says: For once, I agree with the new title for audiences outside of Sweden. This is an engrossing study of relationships after a traumatic experience for one family at a ski resort.  Beautiful acting and scenery, funky shots thrown in to keep the viewer off -kilter, and several questions to keep one discussing the film long after it is over. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

June 3, 2015 - "Force Majeure" (2014)

Force Majeure, 2014
Director: Ruben Östlund
Origin: Sweden | France | Norway | Denmark
Languages: Swedish | English | French | Norwegian
Running time: 120 min

At a ski resort in the Alps, the sudden and terrifying approach of an avalanche opens a deep fissure in the lives of a vacationing Swedish family when the patriarch flees to save himself instead of protecting his wife and children. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for some language and brief nudity
U.S. box office: $1,358,561

Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of the previous screening (Gabrielle, 3 stars)Steve says: An interesting look into the lives of developmentally challenged adults, from obstacles to creative outlets, as well as their family dynamics.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Announcing the Summer 2015 season

Cinematheque for All – Summer 2015 season
  • The Summer 2015 Season is June 3 – August 12, 2015 (nine films in total).
  • All screenings for this season begin at 7 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.
  • No screening June 23 or August 5
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015, Force Majeure, 2014; Director: Ruben Östlund; Origin: Sweden | France | Norway | Denmark; Language: Swedish | English | French | Norwegian; Running time: 120 min
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Girlhood, 2015; Director: Céline Sciamma; Origin: France; Language: French; Running time: 113 min
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015, The Retrieval, 2013; Director: Chris Eska; Origin: USA; Language: English; Running time: 92 min
  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Lilting, 2014; Director: Hong Khaou; Origin: UK; Languages: English | Mandarin; Running time: 86 min
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Dear White People, 2014; Director: Justin Simien; Origin: USA; Language: English; Running time: 108 min
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015, Mommy, 2014; Director: Xavier Dolan; Origin: Canada; Languages: French | English; Running time: 139 min
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015, The Strange Little Cat, 2014; Director: Ramon Zürcher; Origin: Germany; Language: German; Running time: 72 min
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Shun Li and the Poet, 2011; Director: Andrea Segre; Origin:  Italy | France; Language: Italian | Mandarin; Running time: 98 min
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Calvary, 2014; Director: John Michael McDonagh; Origin: Ireland | UK; Language: English; Running time: 102 min

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 6, 2015 - "Gabrielle" (2013)

Gabrielle, 2013
Director: Louise Archambault
Origin: Canada
Languages: French | English
Running time: 104 minutes

Musicians Gabrielle and Martin fall in love and want to begin a relationship, which is against the rules at the home for the disabled where they live. Refusing to part with Martin, Gabrielle is determined to prove that she can live independently. (from

MPAA rating
: Rated R for some sexuality
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Land Ho!", 3.5 stars)Steven says: A mix between "The Trip" and "Sideways," this film offers a mini-travelogue of Iceland through the eyes of two retirees. Where else can two lonely old men find a cure for loneliness than this intriguing isolated island nation?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 29, 2015 - "Land Ho!" (2014)

Land Ho!, 2014
Directors: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens
Origin: Iceland | USA
Language: English
Running time: 95 minutes

In a bid to gain life perspective, retired Mitch persuades his ex-brother-in-law to join him on a journey through the frigid landscapes of Iceland. This freewheeling road comedy follows the pair through a series of encounters that changes them both. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for some language, sexual references and drug use
U.S. box office: $727,430
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Siddarth", 3.5 stars)
Steve says: As a father begins a quest to find his missing son, we see him change from slightly concerned to near obsessive. His story is told over the backdrop of poverty and child labor in India.