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 Winter 2014 Season runs January 8-May 7, 2014. All screenings for this season begin at 7:10 p.m. in Forney Hall, Room B124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, on the Purdue University campus. Parking is available in the Northwestern Avenue parking garage.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 23, 2013 - "Computer Chess" (2013)

Computer Chess, 2013
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 92 min

This comedic period piece set before PCs became commonplace centers on a 1980s chess tournament in which human competitors get their first crack at testing their skills against a machine. (from Netflix.com)

U.S. box office: $101,218
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("Applause", three stars)
Steven says: Paprika Steen does a nice job of handling the character of Thea, from onstage "Martha" to rock-bottom alcoholic to manipulative ex-wife. Recovery is never easy, and family estrangement can only make it harder.I wanted Thea to redeem herself, but by the end I realized it may not be possible.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 16, 2014 - "Applause" (2009)

Applause, 2009
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Origin: Denmark
Language: Danish
Running time: 85 min

After a long stint in rehab, legendary actress Thea Barfoed seeks to reconnect with her two young sons in this drama from Denmark. Now, the headstrong Thea must prove to her ex-husband, Christian -- and to herself -- that she's truly reformed. (from Netflix.com)

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

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Review of last week's film (Blancanieves, 5 stars)
Steven says: Blancanieves is unexpected and enchanting. This beautifully rendered black and white film makes you listen to the music, see the entire screen and feel the impact of great cinematography. Who needs dialogue when the visuals tell the story so well? A creative treat.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 9, 2014 - "Blancanieves" (2012)

Blancanieves, 2012
Director: Pablo Berger
Origin: Spain | France | Belgium
Language: Spanish
Running time: 104 min

Shot in black and white and without dialogue, this unusual take on "Snow White" follows the young daughter of a matador who finds fame after escaping the clutches of her evil stepmother to join a band of bullfighting dwarves. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for some violent content and sexuality
U.S. box office: $218,845
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2, 2014 - "The Kings of Summer" (2013)

The Kings of Summer, 2013
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 95 min

Chafing under his widowed father's control, Joe Toy invites a friend and an offbeat new kid to help him build his own house in the nearby woods. Now that the trio is finally free from parents and responsibility, what's next? (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for language and some teen drinking
U.S. box office: $1,290,312
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

March 12, 2014 - "A Simple Life" (2011)

A Simple Life, 2011

Director: Ann Hui
Origin: Hong Kong
Languages: Cantonese | English | Mandarin
Running time: 118 min

After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her in this heartwarming tale inspired by a true story. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

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Review of last week's film (Broken, 4 stars)
Steve says: Don't let the trailer fool you. This seemingly innocent film quickly sucks you in and then puts your emotions through the wringer. Artfully pieced together, "Broken" explores three very different families and how they deal (or not) with adversities. You'll root for Eloise Laurence as Skunk from start to finish.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 5, 2014 - "Broken" (2012)

Netflix surprised us and sent us the March 12 film for March 5.

So, on March 5, we will watch "Broken", from 2012.

Director: Rufus Norris
Origin: UK
Language: English
Running time: 91 min

In this poignant coming-of-age tale, Skunk, a precocious and diabetic 11-year-old, lives happily with her brother and widower father in a suburban English neighborhood until an act of violence initiates her into the often-baffling world of adulthood. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

March 5, 2014 - "A Simple Life" (2011)

A Simple Life, 2011

Director: Ann Hui
Origin: Hong Kong
Languages: Cantonese | English | Mandarin
Running time: 118 min

After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her in this heartwarming tale inspired by a true story. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

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Review of last week's film (Hannah Arendt, 4 stars)
Steve says: Don't watch this by yourself. Watch it with a group of friends and then discuss the philosophy of the "banality of evil" afterward. The movie is a good history lesson, a good philosophy lesson, and a reminder of our constant need for vigilance. Favorite line: "To try to understand is not the same thing as forgiveness."