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 2016 Season runs September 2-December 16, 2016. All screenings but one for this season begin at 7:00 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive. Parking is available in the University Street parking garage, on the Purdue University campus. (Screening on September 9 will be in Forney Hall, G124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, parking in Northwestern Avenue garage.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii Origin: Japan Language: Japanese Running time: 100 minutes
Batô is a living cyborg. His whole body, even his arms and legs, are
entirely man-made. What only remains are traces of his brain and the
memories of a woman. In an era when the boundary between humans and
machines has become infinitely vague, Humans have forgotten that they
are humans. This is the debauchery of the lonesome ghost of a man, who
nevertheless seeks to retain humanity. Innocence... Is what life is.
Friday 7 p.m., December 02, 2016 Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239
Director: Mamoru Oshii Origin: Japan Language: Japanese Running time: 83 minutes
The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.
Friday 7 p.m., November 18, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239 Director: Edward Yang (杨德昌) Origin: Taiwan Language: Mandarin Running time: 3 hours, 56 minutes
A Brighter Summer Day is a 1991 Taiwanese drama film directed by Edward Yang.
The film is an extraordinarily large project for a Chinese-language
film, not only for its duration of almost four hours, but also for its
involvement of more than 100 amateur actors in different roles. The
English title is derived from the lyrics of Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a
14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an
unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.
The film depicts a great array of political and existential themes such
as the need of guidance during adolescence, the loss of Taiwan’s
cultural identity in favour of the growingly influential Western
culture, the unrestrained violence caused by an uneasy socio-political
juncture, the desire of migrating towards an expectedly better country,
the hardships of parenthood, the awkwardly naive and sometimes dangerous
way in which teenagers convey love and sex, the downside of
multi-faceted friendship, the strained differences between social
classes forced to coexist in the same dismal place, and, especially, the
fatal and irreversible consequences of an aimless life and a confused
Friday 7 p.m., November 11, 2016 Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239
Director: Stanley Kubrick Origin: USA | UK Language: English | Russian Running time: 95 min
In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold
War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and
frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could
happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the
situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script
by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a
host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers)
have kept the film fresh and entertaining, even as its issues have
become (slightly) less timely.
Friday 7 p.m., November 4, 2016 Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239
Director:Uli Edel Origin: Germany
Czech Republic Language: German
Swedish Running time:150 min
Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore a
dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and
fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that
became increasingly active following World War II. Also known as the
Baader-Meinhof Group, the Red Army Faction was formed by the radicalized
children of the Nazi generation with the intended goal of battling
Western imperialism and the West German establishment. Adapted from
author Stefan Aust's definitive account of the group that resorted to
killing innocent civilians in the name of democracy and justice, The
Baader Meinhof Complex stars Moritz Bleibtreu as Andreas Baader and
Martina Gedeck as Ulrike Meinhof. Bruno Ganz co-stars as Horst Herold,
the head of the German police force faced with the task of bringing the
Red Army Faction to justice..
Friday 7 p.m., October 28, 2016 Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239
Director:Tommy Wirkola Origin: Norway Language: Norweigian Running time:90 min
Several friends take to the mountains and shack-up in the wilderness of
back-of-beyond to enjoy a little R & R together, their peace is soon
interrupted by a mysterious old man, warning them of a local curse that
during the German occupation of the local area that these Nazi invaders
were brutal and harsh in their methods of control. Telling of the
legend of the villager's revolt that drove them up into the cold, dark
mountains where they perished, that is until rumor of their return in
the form of zombies, evil Nazi zombies.
Friday 7 p.m., October 21, 2016 Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239
Director: Frank Pavich Origin: France | USA Language: English | French | German | Spanish Running time: 90 min
Synopsis: In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever.