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, July 26, 2015

July 29, 2015 - "Shun Li and the Poet" (2011)

Shun Li and the Poet, 2011
Director: Andrea Segre
Origin: Italy | France
Languages: Italian | Mandarin
Running time: 98 min

An unlikely friendship forms in a Venetian pub between a Chinese immigrant working as a bartender and a transplanted Yugoslavian known as The Poet. But the local fishermen who like to drink there aren't nearly as accepting of their differences. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Review of last week's film ("The Strange Little Cat", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Strange, indeed, if all the human characters represent the title's cat. The plot stays at the fringe while everyday life is front and center. Astutely observed, this film challenges the notion of what a film can and should be.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 22, 2015 - "The Strange Little Cat" (2014)

The Strange Little Cat, 2014
Director: Ramon Zürcher
Origin: Germany
Language: German
Running time: 72 min

In this quirky drama, three generations of a middle-class clan gather in a Berlin flat during the course of a day. A series of unspectacular moments, as the family cat comes and goes, sheds light on the world of a typical family. (from

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Review of last week's film ("Mommy", 4 stars)
Steven says: What is normal, and what will help you feel it? Family tragedies, mental health issues, and everyday life combine in this highly intense film about coping with loss and finding yourself amidst the grief. This film pops with great performances and creative film-making.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

July 15, 2015 - "Mommy" (2014)

Mommy, 2014

Director: Xavier Dolan
Origin: Canada
Languages: French | English
Running time: 139 min

Diane Després is a flamboyant middle-aged widow and mother to Steve, an adolescent with severe emotional and behavioral problems. As Diane struggles with Steve's radical mood swings, she begins receiving help from a solicitous new neighbor. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for language throughout, sexual references and some violence
U.S. box office: $3,492,754
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Dear White People", 4 stars)
Steven says: Gather some friends and watch this film and then talk about the issues afterward. "It's complicated" just about sums it up. From four perspectives, it addresses a variety of topics that just may help you see racial attitudes differently.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 8, 2015 - "Dear White People" (2014)

Dear White People, 2014
Director: Justin Simien
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 108 min

A satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use
U.S. box office: $4,404,154
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("Lilting", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: A first-time director/screenwriter does a fine job navigating two disparate lives affected by the death of a man they both love. While the characters turn to translation to complete their verbal communication, we learn how much emotion and non-verbal cues are even more important.

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

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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.