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 2016 Season runs January 13-May 11, 2016. All but three screenings 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. (Screenings on March 9, April 6 and April 27 will be in Forney Hall, B124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, parking in Northwestern Avenue garage.)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

February 10, 2016 - "The Farewell Party" (2015)

The Farewell Party, 2015Wednesday, February 10, 2016
7 p.m., Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

This is the second of two films we are screening that involve director Sharon Maymon.

Directors: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit
Origin: Israel | Germany
Language: Hebrew
Running time: 95 min

Inventor Yehezkel lives at a facility for the elderly, where he comes up with gadgets to assist his fellow seniors. When neighbor Max asks him to build a machine that will enable Max to take his own life, Yehezkel must decide whether to oblige. (from Netflix.com)

U.S. box office: $171,963
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("A Matter of Size", 3 stars)
Steve says: This creative look at obesity in Israel (can you say, "Sumo"?) asks viewers to understand the broader perspectives of discrimination (real or imagined), insecurities and social norms. It is funny and has a message, even as it furthers some other stereotypes.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 3, 2016 - "A Matter of Size" (2009)

A Matter of Size, 2009
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
7 p.m., Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

This is the first of two films we are screening that involve director Sharon Maymon.

Directors: Sharon Maymon, Erez Tadmor
Origin: Israel | Germany | France
Languages: Hebrew | English | Japanese
Running time: 90 min

Fed up with their fruitless attempts to lose weight, Herzl (Itzik Cohen) and his three heavyset friends decide to give up their tortuous diets and try their luck in the girth-friendly arena of sumo wrestling. Led by Japan native Kitano (Togo Igawa), Herzl and crew discover that there are places in the world where oversized waistlines are appreciated. Dvir Benedek and Shmulik Cohen also star in this lighthearted comedy. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

January 27, 2016 - "The Standford Prison Experiment" (2015)

The Stanford Prison Experiment, 2015
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7 p.m., Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 122 min

Conducting a study on the psychology of incarceration, a Stanford professor assigns prisoner and guard roles to 24 male test subjects in a mock jail. Authority quickly escalates to abuse of power, which is allowed to continue in the name of research. (from Netflix.com)

MPAA rating: Rated R for language including abusive behavior and some sexual references
U.S. box office: $643,557
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("About Elly", 4 stars)Steven says: Lies, lies and more lies keep the viewer guessing (and frustrated) as this mystery unfolds.Try to watch it with someone from Iran (or at least discuss it afterward with that person) to gain a fuller understanding of why certain things happen. Artfully created.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

January 20, 2016 - "About Elly" (2009)

About Elly, made in 2009, released in 2015
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
7 p.m., Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Origin: Iran | France
Languages: Persian | German
Running time: 119 min

After years abroad, Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini) returns to his native Iran to recover from his recent divorce, where he joins some old pals on a trip to the Caspian Sea. His friend also invites Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young teacher who may be the cure for Ahmad's broken heart. But when Elly mysteriously disappears, the group is forced to review their actions to figure out what happened to her in this thoughtful Iranian drama. (from Netflix.com)
U.S. box office: $106,662
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

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Review of last week's film ("1001 Gram", 3.5 stars)Steven says: Writer and director Bent Hamer has concocted a sweet and thought-provoking meditation on the measure of one's life using the "weights and measures" community as a backdrop. It may help you rethink how you measure your own self-worth.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Announcing the Winter 2016 season

Introducing the 17-film Winter 2016 season.
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 1001 Grams, 2015; Director: Bent Hamer; Origin: Norway | Germany; Language: Norwegian | French | English; 93 min
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016, About Elly, 2015; Director: Asghar Farhadi; Origin: Iran | France; Language: Persian | German; 119 min
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016, The Stanford Prison Experiment, 2015; Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez; Origin: USA; Language: English; 122 min
Two from Israeli co-director Sharon Maymon
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016, A Matter of Size, 2009; Directors: Sharon Maymon, Erez Tadmor; Origin: Israel | Germany | France; Language: Hebrew | English | Japanese; 90 min
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016, The Farewell Party, 2015; Directors: Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit; Origin: Israel | Germany; Language: Hebrew; 95 min
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Cirkus Columbia, 2010; Director: Danis Tanovic; Origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina | France | UK | Germany | Slovenia | Belgium | Serbia; Language: Bosnian | Serbian | Croatian; 113 min
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Runoff, 2015; Director: Kimberly Levin; Origin: USA; Language: English; 90 min
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Blind, 2015; Director: Eskil Vogt; Origin: Norway | Netherlands; Language: Norwegian; 96 min
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7 Boxes, 2012; Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori; Origin: Paraguay | Spain; Language: Spanish | Guarani | Korean; 105 min
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016, NO SCREENING                    
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Tangerine, 2015; Director: Sean Baker; Origin: USA; Language: English; 88 min
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Memories of Murder, 2003; Director: Joon-ho Bong; Origin: South Korea; Language: Korean | English; 132 min
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Udaan, 2010; Director: Vikramaditya Motwane; Origin: India; Language: Hindi | English; 134 min
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016, The Assassin, 2015; Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou; Origin: Taiwan | China | Hong Kong | France; Language: Mandarin; 105 min
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Tu dors Nicole, 2015; Director: Stéphane Lafleur; Origin: Canada; Language: French; 93 min
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Mongolian Ping-Pong, 2005; Director: Hao Ning; Origin: China; Language: Mongolian; 102 min
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015; Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; Origin: USA; Language: English; 105 min
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, 2015; Director: David Trueba; Origin: Spain; Language: Spanish; 108 min

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 13, 2016 - "1001 Grams" (2015)

1001 Grams, 2015

This is the first screening of the Winter 2016 season.

Director: Bent Hamer
Origin: Norway | Germany
Languages: Norwegian | French | English
Running time: 93 minutes

When newly divorced scientist Marie Ernst is tasked with transporting a perfect kilogram weight from Norway to a seminar in France, she soon finds herself being nudged out of her meticulously structured existence. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

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Review of previous film ("Nora's Will", 3.5 stars) 
Steven says: Here is a look at a different slice of Mexican life - the Jewish culture. Creative, funny, and telling, the movie's title character thought of nearly everything to bring family members from near and far together.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 16, 2015 - "Nora's Will" (2010)

Nora's Will, 2010 (Original title: Five Days without Nora)
Director: Mariana Chenillo
Origin: Mexico
Languages: Spanish | Hebrew
Running time: 92 minutes

This award-winning black comedy follows the family of Nora (Silvia Mariscal), who carefully plans her suicide so that her assortment of estranged relatives, including ex-husband José (Fernando Luján), will have to celebrate Passover together and hopefully achieve a reconciliation. As José battles with unsympathetic cemeteries, a fractious rabbi and his devoted assistant, and his own son (Ari Brickman), he realizes how deeply he still loved Nora. (from Netflix.com)

Watch the trailer on Trailer Addict.

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Review of last week's film (Philomena, 4 stars)
Steven says: A good script and an excellent Judi Dench make this a worthwhile watch. It's not hard-hitting or heavy drama, but it is a story well told, and we have a dearth of those. "I didn't see that coming. Not in a million years."