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 Forney Hall, Room B124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive, on the Purdue University campus. Parking is available in the Northwestern Avenue parking garage.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 18, 2015 - " '71" (2015)

'71, 2015
Director: Yann Demange
Origin: UK
Language: English
Running time: 99 min

When a young British soldier is separated from his unit in Belfast at the height of Northern Ireland's Troubles, he must survive the night alone in a city that's swarming with would-be enemies. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and language throughout
U.S. box office: $1,268,760
Watch the trailer on IMDB.
Nominations and awards.


Review of two previous films ("Life, Above All", 4 stars; "Zero Motivation", 3 stars)
Steven says

Life, Above All: The contrast of AIDS-related films from the U.S. and Africa is stark. Because of the epidemic in South Africa, the fear of and animosity toward those infected creates dire living conditions and outright ostracism. This film provides a glimmer of hope through education, compassion and sheer will.

Zero Motivation: Non-Israelis may not understand everything that goes on here, but it does paint a different picture of the experiences women have during their compulsory military service in Israel. It's funny, series, odd, and not at all kind to powers that be.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 11, 2015 - "Life, Above All" (2010)

Life, Above All, 2010
Director: Oliver Schmitz
Origin: South Africa | Germany
Language: Southern Sotho
Running time: 100 min

In a tiny village near Johannesburg, 12-year-old Chanda is left to care for two younger siblings when her infant sister dies and her mother becomes gravely ill. But this isn't the only challenge she faces; the town has turned against her. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and some sexual content
U.S. box office: $132,960
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("The Amazing Catfish", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: With the feel of an American indie film, The Amazing Catfish offers a realistic look into the lives of one Mexican family trying to survive as their single mother fights a terminal illness. They invite an young woman with no family to be part of their tribe. Interesting observations abound.


*** We had a malfunctioning machine last week, so we screened an upcoming film that was streamable. "Zero Motivation" was shown last week, we will move "Life, Above All" to this week, and " ’71" will screen Nov. 18. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 28, 2015 - "The Amazing Catfish" (2013)

The Amazing Catfish, 2013

Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Origin: Mexico | France
Language: Spanish
Running time: 89 min

Claudia carries on a solo life as a supermarket product demonstrator until a sudden bout of appendicitis lands her in a hospital bed next to Martha. As the older woman's life begins to ebb, Claudia volunteers to help Martha care for her children. (from

U.S. box office: $11,278
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, 4 stars)Steven says: Modern beliefs and practices conflict with traditional proceedings in this film that takes place almost entirely in a small courtroom. Great acting, camera work and scripting keep the story flowing.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 21, 2015 - "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" (2015)

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, 2015
Directors: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz
Origin: Israel | France | Germany
Languages: Hebrew | French | Arabic
Running time: 115 min

In this intense courtroom drama, Viviane Amsalem faces an uphill five-year battle as she seeks a divorce from her intractable spouse, who opposes the dissolution of the marriage -- and holds all the cards under Israeli law. (from

U.S. box office: $987,830
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("Leviathan", 4 stars)
Steven says: Mostly bleak with a little humor thrown in, this film shows Russian government in a deplorable light. It features lots of beautiful scenes mixed with corruption, vodka and deception at all levels.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 14, 2015 - "Leviathan" (2014)

Leviathan, 2014

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Origin: Russia
Language: Russian
Running time: 140 min

Living with his family in a village on Russia's northern fringe, auto-shop owner Kolya finds himself in a jam when the corrupt mayor insists on acquiring his property. Loath to concede defeat, Kolya secures an attorney, and a battle of wills ensues. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for language and some sexuality/graphic nudity
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Tangerines", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: This film depicts the effects of war on those who are doing their best to survive without being part of the fighting. Sometimes poignant and sometimes revolting, it's a story that asks difficult questions about warfare.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October 7, 2015 - "Tangerines" (2015)

Tangerines, 2015
Director: Zaza Urushadze
Origin: Estonia | Georgia
Languages: Estonian | Russian | Georgian
Running time: 87 min

During the vicious Georgian-Abkhazian conflict of the 1990s, two Estonian tangerine farmers refuse to leave their homes as the fighting grows ever closer. After each one rescues a wounded soldier from the opposite side, a very personal battle ensues. (from

U.S. box office: $112,818
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 30, 2015 - "Two Days, One Night" (2014)

Two Days, One Night, 2014
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Origin: Belgium | France | Italy
Languages: French | Arabic | English
Running time: 95 min

On the verge of losing her job, Sandra comes up with a last-ditch strategy: get her workmates to give up their bonuses so that she can stay on. With a single weekend to make it work, Sandra and her husband take her crusade for sympathy all over town. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements
U.S. box office: $1,333,900
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Slow West", 3 stars)
Steven says: This is a new take on the Western film, bringing immigrants into the mix of the lawless West. Kill or be killed seems to be the winning strategy as a wealthy British teen searches for this true love in a convoluted quest.