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, 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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 24, 2014 - "Two Lives" (2012)

Two Lives, 2012
Director: Georg Maas
Origin: Germany | Norway
Languages: German | Norwegian | English | Russian | Danish
Running time: 97 min

As the European communist bloc is collapsing, Katrine's quiet life in Norway is interrupted by questions about her early years in East Germany. With the truth about her past catching up with her, Katrine must try to explain the facts to her family. (from

U.S. box office: $2,311
Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("The Forgiveness of Blood," 4 stars)
Steve says: Director Joshua Marston tried to be as meticulous as possible in understanding the unwritten laws of Albania, ones that force the males of a family to hide when one of them is targeted for revenge. To outsiders, it is almost baffling. The film's themes focus on contrasts, of young and old, tradition and modern times, law and unwritten law, and more. It is an intriguing film.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 17, 2014 - "The Forgiveness of Blood" (2011)

The Forgiveness of Blood, 2011
Director: Joshua Marston
Origin: USA | Albania | Denmark | Italy
Language: Albanian
Running time: 109 min

When an archaic code of justice confines 17-year-old Nik and the male members of his family to their home, his younger sister becomes the breadwinner. But the housebound Nik is so miserable that he's willing to risk his life to end the confinement. (from

U.S. box office: $119,683
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("The Missing Picture", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: How does a director make a film about his life without archival footage? Rithy Panh creates a world from memory, populating it with miniature (and often haunting) figurines, while telling of his oppressed life under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the mid-1970s. It's a mostly effective technique that pairs well with poetic observations of the director.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 10, 2014 - "The Missing Picture" (2013)

The Missing Picture, 2013 (the first-ever documentary we've screened)

Director: Rithy Panh
Origin: Cambodia | France
Language: French
Running time: 92 min

In the film version of his harrowing memoir, director Rithy Panh uses ceramic figures to represent the Cambodian masses murdered in the 1970s. Panh's painful memories include the loss of his parents and sisters in one of history's darkest episodes. (from

U.S. box office: $49,768
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("The Broken Circle Breakdown", 4 stars)
Steven says: I'm a sucker for bluegrass music, especially the harmonies. So when one of the near-final scenes, where the main characters sing on stage and reflect so well what's going on in their troubled lives, shows up, I'm totally behind the film. It is well put together, shaped additionally by bluegrass songs, and overall an engaging experience. (Warning: it is not a happy film.)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September 3, 2014 - "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (2012)

The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Origin: Belgium | Netherlands
Languages: Flemish | English
Running time: 111 min

Elise is a tattoo artist and religiously devout, while Didier is an atheist banjo player in a bluegrass band, but the two fall instantly in love. Years later, when their daughter becomes ill, the crisis brings new challenges to their relationship. (from

U.S. box office: $30,700
Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("Like Father, Like Son", 5 stars)
Steven says: It is so easy to get lost in the story of a Kore-eda film. This one is no different. Great script, great acting, beautiful camera work, many touching scenes. What's not to like?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Announcing the Fall 2014 season

Cinematheque for All - Fall 2014
  • The Fall 2014 Season is August 27 – December 17, 2014.
  • All screenings for this season but one begin at 7 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive, on the Purdue University campus (the Sept. 3 screening starts at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Parking is available in the University Street parking garage.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Like Father, Like Son, 2013; Director: Hirokazu Koreeda; Origin: Japan; Language(s): Japanese; Running time: 121 minutes
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014, The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012; Director: Felix Van Groeningen; Origin:  Belgium | Netherlands; Language(s): Flemish | English; Running time: 111 min (Film starts at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, The Missing Picture, 2013; Director: Rithy Panh; Origin: Cambodia | France; Language(s): French; Running time: 92 min
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, The Forgiveness of Blood, 2011; Director: Joshua Marston; Origin: USA | Albania | Denmark | Italy; Language(s): Albanian; Running time: 109 min
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Two Lives, 2012; Director: Georg Maas; Origin: Germany | Norway; Language(s): German | Norwegian | English | Russian | Danish; Running time: 97 min
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, The Matchmaker, 2010; Director: Avi Nesher; Origin: Israel; Language(s): Hebrew; Running time: 121 minutes
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Sister, 2012; Director: Ursula Meier; Origin: France | Switzerland; Language(s): French | English; Running time: 97 min
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014: NO FILM - YO-YO Ma                   
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Black Butterflies, 2011; Director: Paula van der Oest; Origin: Germany | Netherlands | South Africa; Language(s): English; Running time: 100 min
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, When Father Was Away on Business, 1985; Director: Emir Kusturica; Origin: Yugoslavia; Language(s): Serbian | Hungarian; Running time: 136 min
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Take Out, 2004; Director: Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | Mandarin | Spanish; Running time: 87 min
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Half of a Yellow Sun, 2013; Director: Biyi Bandele; Origin: Nigeria | UK; Language(s): English; Running time: 111 min
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, In a World . . ., 2013; Director: Lake Bell; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; Running time: 93 min
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, NO FILM- Thanksgiving                   
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Omar, 2013; Director: Hany Abu-Assad; Origin: Palestine; Language(s): Arabic | Hebrew; Running time: 96 min
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Night Across the Street, 2012; Director: Raoul Ruiz; Origin: Chile | France; Language(s): Spanish | French; Running time: 110 min
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Restless City, 2011; Director: Andrew Dosunmu; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | French | Wolof | Yoruba; Running time: 80 min

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 27, 2014 - "Like Father, Like Son" (2013)

Like Father, Like Son, 2013
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Running time: 121 minutes

When successful businessman Ryota Nonomiya learns that his 6-year-old son was switched at birth with another child, he and his wife must decide whether to seek out their biological son or choose the boy they've been raising. (from

U.S. box office: $278,442
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of previous film ("Fill the Void", 4 stars)
Steven says: This is a beautiful film that shines a bright light on an orthodox Jewish community, its traditions, and its reaction to a tragic event. You'll learn a lot about this religious community from the inside. And you'll wonder how someone can make such difficult and dutiful decisions.