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.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 24, 2017 - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Tuesday 7 p.m., January 24, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Ang Lee
Origin: Taiwan | USA
Language: Mandarin | French
Running time: 124 minutes

The setting is 1990s contemporary Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Chu, a widower who is a master Chinese chef, has three unmarried daughters, each of whom challenges any narrow definition of traditional Chinese culture. Each Sunday Mr. Chu makes a glorious banquet for his daughters, but the dinner table is also the family forum, or perhaps “torture chamber,” to which each daughter brings “announcements” as they negotiate the transition from traditional “father knows best” style to a new tradition which encompasses old values in new forms. As the film progresses, each daughter encounters new men. When these new relationships blossom, their roles are broken and the living situation within the family changes. The father eventually brings the greatest surprise to the audience at the end of the story.

The title is a quote from the Book of Rites, one of the Confucian classics, referring to the basic human desires and accepting them as natural. The beginning of the quote reads as follows: “The things which men greatly desire are comprehended in meat and drink and sexual pleasure; […]” (Translation by James Legge), Chinese: 「飲食男女,人之大欲存焉」. (From Wikipedia.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 17, 2017 - "Swiss Army Man" (2016)

Tuesday 7 p.m., January 17, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 97 minutes

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Announcing the Spring 2017 season!

The Spring 2017 Season is January 17 - April 25, 2017 (14 films). All screenings but three begin at 7 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239 (“The Attorney” on February 7 and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” on April 4 will be screened in Forney Hall, Room G124. “Youth” on February 21 will be screened in Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry 104).

Stanley Coulter Hall: 640 Oval Drive on the Purdue University campus
Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry: 560 Oval Dr, West Lafayette on the Purdue University campus
Forney Hall: 480 Stadium Mall Drive on the Purdue University campus

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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Swiss Army Man (2016), Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; 97 min
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Director: Ang Lee; Origin: Taiwan | USA; Language(s): Mandarin | French; 124 min
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017, The lobster (2015), Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Origin: Greece | Ireland | Netherlands | UK | France; Language(s): English | French; 119 min
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017, The Attorney (2013), Director: Woo-seok Yang; Origin: South Korea; Language(s): Korean; 127 min
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Director: Jim Jarmusch; Origin: Germany | UK; Language(s): English; 122 min
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Youth (2015), Director: Paolo Sorrentino; Origin: Italy | France | UK | Switzerland; Language(s): English | Spanish | Swiss German; 124 min
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017, About Elly (2009), Director: Asghar Farhadi; Origin: Iran | France; Language(s): Persian | German; 119 min
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, The Sacrifice (1986), Director: Andrei Tarkovsky; Origin: Sweden | UK | France; Language(s): Swedish | French | English; 149 min
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, NO screening
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, A Single Man (2009), Director: Tom Ford; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | Spanish; 99 min
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, The Lunchbox (2013), Director: Ritesh Batra; Origin: India; Language(s): Hindi | English; 104 min
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Director: Mamoru Hosoda; Origin: Japan; Language(s): Japanese; 98 min
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Director: Juan José Campanella; Origin: Argentina | Spain; Language(s): Spanish; 129 min
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Toni Erdmann (2016), Director: Maren Ade; Origin: Germany | Austria | Romania; Language(s): German | English | Romanian; 162 min
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Twin Peaks: Fire, Walk with me (1992), Director: David Lynch; Origin: USA | France; Language(s): English; 135 min

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 09, 2016 - "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" (2004)

Friday 7 p.m., December 09, 2016

Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December 02, 2016 - "Ghost in the Shell" (1995)

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 18, 2016 - "A Brighter Summer Day" (牯岭街少年杀人事件) (1991)

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 upbringing.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November 11, 2016 - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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.