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.)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

May 2, 2012 - "A Somewhat Gentle Man" (2010)

A Somewhat Gentle Man, 2010
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Origin: Norway
Language: Norwegian
Running time: 105 min

With revenge on his mind, a gangster (Stellan SkarsgÄrd) who spent 12 years in prison for murder sets out to kill the man (Henrik Mestad) who put him there. But the promise of a normal life -- and news that he's on the brink of becoming a grandfather -- proves a tempting distraction. Suddenly, seeking vengeance doesn't seem nearly as important. Hans Petter Moland directs this Norwegian drama about sons and second chances. (from

U.S. box office: $37,543

Watch the trailer on Netflix.

Review of last week's film ("The City of Your Final Destination", four stars)
Steven says: Directed by James Ivory, starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Ginsbourg -- that's all you have to say to make this a must-see film. The actors do not disappoint, and the story, though farfetched, is realistically told. The characters are fully developed, even as we wonder about their motivations and pasts (which makes me want to read the book). I wholeheartedly recommend this film.

Read more about the book upon which the movie is based.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 25, 2012 - "The City of Your Final Destination" (2009)

The City of your Final Destination, 2009
Director: James Ivory
Origin: USA
Languages: English | Spanish | French
Running time: 117 min

After duping school officials into awarding him a grant to write a biography on novelist Jules Gund, grad student Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) must travel to Uruguay to get legitimate authorization from the late author's three executors. James Ivory (A Room with a View) directs this moving adaptation of author Peter Cameron's novel of the same name. Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg also star. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for a brief sexual situation with partial nudity

Watch the trailer at

Review of last week's movie, "The Trip" (four stars)
Steven says: I think the Rotten Tomatoes write-up says it best: Amiable, funny and sometimes insightful, The Trip works as both a showcase for the enduring chemistry between stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and an unexpected perusal of men entering mid-life crises.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 18, 2012 - "The Trip" (2010)

The Trip, 2010
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Origin: UK
Language: English
Running time: 107 min

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, the stars of the 2005 comedy Tristram Shandy, reunite with director Michael Winterbottom for this mockumentary about a pair of actors -- handily named Steve and Rob -- who embark on a foodie road trip across England. Mostly improvised and highlighting the duo's penchant for dueling impressions of famous actors, the film follows them as they test their friendship while sampling the best restaurants in Northern England. (from

U.S. box office: $2,014,922

Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film (The Keys to the House, 3.5 stars)
Steven says: A great look at parents (new or not) of children with disabilities. Honest portrayals, interesting insights, and great scenes between father and son. Worth a viewing.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 11, 2012 - "The Keys to the House" (2004)

The Keys to the House, 2004
Director: Gianni Amelio
Origin: Italy | Germany | France
Languages: Italian | German | French | English
Running time: 105 min

After his wife dies giving birth to their mentally and physically handicapped son, Paolo (Andrea Rossi), Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) finds he's unable to cope with his duties as a father. Fifteen years later, he returns to mend his fractured relationship with his son. Rebuilding a bond won't be easy, but Gianni's friendship with the mother of a disabled child provides the support he's been looking for and the tools he needs to make amends. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("Roads to Koktebel", 3 stars)
Steven says: A road movie, from Moscow to Koktebel, told in vignettes. It's a hard life brought on by death and alcoholism, and we see the aftermath of those events unfold. The wishful thinking of the child only proves to create more disappointment. Simply told, creatively shot and open to several interpretations.