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.

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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 22, 2015 - "Siddarth" (2013)

Siddarth, 2013
Director: Richie Mehta
Origin: Canada | India
Language: Hindi
Running time: 96 minutes

After sending his 12-year-old son away to work, impoverished street merchant Mahendra Saini launches a search for the boy when he doesn't return on the expected date. But Mahendra has no money and no picture of his child, hampering the hunt. (from

U.S. box office: $59,808
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (The Selfish Giant, 4 stars)
Steven says: The British have a knack for depicting the poor and downtrodden. Poverty affects lives in ways most people will never understand, which is how the main characters end up in a dangerous situation. This is a well-told story that is both raw and eye-opening.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 15, 2015 - "The Selfish Giant" (2013)

The Selfish Giant, 2013
Director: Clio Barnard
Origin: UK
Language: English
Running time: 91 minutes

Two teenage boys band together to steal copper wire from power stations and railway lines to sell to a local scrap dealer in this dour drama. Their friendship sours when Kitten, the scrap dealer, begins to favor one of the boys over the other. (from

U.S. box office: $10,531
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Information about the film's Cannes Award.


Review of last week's film ("24 City", 4 stars)
Steven says: Don't go looking for a plot. Instead, embrace this variety of stories from Chengdu, China, residents (real and imagined). In a world where we learn life lessons from "Humans of New York" and TED Talks, the experiences of the film's characters have mass appeal and poignancy.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 8, 2015 - "24 City" (2008)

24 City, 2008
Director: Zhang Ke Jia
Origin: China | Hong Kong | Japan
Languages: Mandarin | Shanghainese
Running time: 112 minutes

From director Zhang Ke Jia comes this drama about changing times in Chengdu, China, where state-owned factory 420 is closed by the government to make way for a high-end apartment complex called 24 City. The film tells the story through the lens of several distinctive characters, from factory workers to executives to the newly monied, who are all affected in different ways by the newfound dynamism and economic growth of their nation. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("Miele", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Here is a look at relationships, colored by the controversial topic of euthanasia. Miele's secret career highlights her detached nature until one client breaks through her tough exterior. Caring for and loving people is hard work, no matter what form it takes.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

April 1, 2015 - "Miele" (2015)

Miele, 2013
Director: Valeria Golino
Origin: Italy | France
Language: Italian
Running time: 96 minutes

In her debut as a director, actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man) has made a powerful drama about an unusual job. Irene (Jasmine Trinca) lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she's a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of "Honey" her clandestine job is to help terminally ill people die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new client named Grimaldi (Carlo Cecchi) with a fatal dose, only to find out he's perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this point on, Irene and Grimaldi are unwillingly locked in an intense and moving relationship which will change Irene's life forever. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("We are the Best!", 4 stars)
Steven says: This film paints a pretty realistic picture of the lives of middle school girls, regardless of era or country of origin. The scenario makes their antics more entertaining for sure, and you come away with a feeling of admiration for the girls' ability to assest themselves and their independence.