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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 22, 2014 - "Black Butterflies" (2011)

Black Butterflies, 2011
Director: Paula van der Oest
Origin: Germany | Netherlands | South Africa
Language: English
Running time: 100 min

This passionate biopic profiles South African poet Ingrid Jonker, whose exuberant nature is destroyed by her repeated betrayals of her supportive lover and her complex relationship with her disapproving father, the minister of censorship. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Reveiw of the previous film (Sister, 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Surprising things are revealed in this film that promises mostly coming-of-age antics and teenage thievery. It will make you question relationships, how they were formed, and how they continue. It's a good film with lingering questions.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 8, 2014 - "Sister" (2012)

Sister, 2012
Director: Ursula Meier
Origin: France | Switzerland
Languages: French | English
Running time: 97 min

Every day, impoverished 12-year-old Simon sneaks into a posh Swiss ski resort, where he helps himself to the gear of wealthy tourists. Benefiting from his thievery is his lazy older sister, Louise, who refuses to live up to her responsibilities. (from

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Review of last week's film (The Matchmaker, 3.5 stars)
Stevens say: Set in 1968, this is a lighthearted Israeli film is infused with a smidgen of mystery and built on the difficult memories of the Holocaust. The teenaged protagonist learns about love ("why do Americans protest 'make love not war'. Wasn't there more important things than love?", he asks.) from a matchmaker and a free-spirited girl visiting for the summer.

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

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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?