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, May 30, 2012

June 6, 2012 - "The Human Resources Manager" (2010)

The Human Resources Manager, 2010
Director: Eran Riklis
Origin: Israel | Germany | France | Romania
Languages: Hebrew | English | Romanian | French
Running time: 103 min

This beautifully shot film combines comedy and tragedy in the tale of a workaholic human resources manager (Mark Ivanir) who neglects his family to further his career. But when an employee at his bakery is killed, he begins an odd journey toward self-realization. Offering to escort the woman's body from Israel back to her Eastern European homeland, the manager is puzzled by eccentric characters along the way but begins to understand the importance of family. (from

U.S. box office: $63,709

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (The Skin I live In, 3.5 stars)
Steven says
: Pedro Almodovar is such a name in European cinema, he no longer has to use his first name. After a misfire with his previous film, he returns to form with his newest offering, with a pretty wacko twist. The film was painstakingly made (the sets and props are great), and the imagery is top notch. The story is over the top but can generate lots of discussion about personality labels, the skin you are comfortable in, and the value of outward appearances.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 30, 2012 - "The Skin I Live In" (2011)

The Skin I Live In, 2011
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Origin: Spain
Language: Spanish
Running time: 117 min

Brilliant plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard seeks to overcome the grief of his late wife's disfigurement in a fiery car crash by inventing skin that's impervious to injury. But his experiments on a living woman hasten his descent into madness. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language
U.S. box office: $3,185,193


(Review of last week's film: Beginners, 5 stars)
Steven says: A perfect exploration of grief through the eyes of a 38-year-old man who has relationship issues of his own. It feels realistic from beginning to end -- nothing too far-fetched or melodramatic, just day-to-day life that resonates. We are all beginners through several stages of our lives. Sometimes we're forced to start something that we've never tried before. Other times, we choose, finally, to do something differently, creating our own beginnings.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 23, 2012 - "Beginners" (2010)

Beginners, 2010
Director: Mike Mills
Origin: USA
Languages: English | French
Running time: 105 min

Based on indie director Mike Mills's relationship with his father, this intriguing drama tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a graphic artist coming to grips with the imminent death of his father (Christopher Plummer), who, at 75, has one last secret: He's gay. Both inspired and confused by his father's determination to find true love at last, Oliver tentatively pursues a romance with commitment-shy French actress Anna (Mélanie Laurent). (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for language and some sexual content
U.S. box office: $5,790,894

Review of last week's film ("The Wave", 3 stars)
Steven says: This offering was a little too overt for my taste, but the main theme of the film speaks volumes. What does it take to mold a group of unconnected students into a community that believes that the group is better than the individual, and who wants to be a force for something. Anything. A teacher finds out in a classroom project that goes beyond the classroom.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Announcing the Summer 2012 season . . .

Cinematheque for All – Summer 2012
The Summer 2012 Season is May 16 – August 8, 2012. All screenings for this season begin at 7:00 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.

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2012, The Wave, 2008, directed by Dennis Gansel; Origin: German; Language(s): German; Running time: 107 min   
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Beginners, 2010, directed by Mike Mills; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | French; Running time: 105 min
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2012, The Skin I Live In, 2011,directed by Pedro Almodovar; Origin: Spain; Language(s): Spanish; Running time: 117 min
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012, The Human Resources Manager, 2010, directed by Eran Riklis; Origin: Israel | Germany | France | Romania; Language(s): Hebrew | English | Romanian | French; Running time: 103 min   
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012, The Way I Spent the End of the World, 2006, directed by Catalin Mitulescu; Origin: Romania | France; Language(s): Romanian; Running time: 106 min
  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Martha Marcy May Marline, 2011, directed by T. Sean Durkin; Origin: USA; Language(s): English ; Running time: 102 min
  • Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Electric Shadows, 2005, directed by Jiang Xiao; Origin: China; Language(s): Mandarin ; Running time: 93 min
  • Wednesday, July 4,2 012, NO SCREENING
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Happy Happy, 2010, directed by Anne Sewitsky; Origin: Norway; Language(s): Norwegian | Danish | German; Running time: 85 min   
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Something Like Happiness, 2005, directed by Bohdan Slama; Origin: Czech Republic; Language(s): Czech; Running time: 102 min
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Yi Yi, 2000, directed by Edward Yang; Origin: Taiwan | Japan; Language(s): Mandarin | Hokkien; Running time: 173 min
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2012, The Tree, 2010, directed by Julie Bertuccelli; Origin: France | Australia | Germany | Italy; Language(s): English; Running time: 100 min
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2012, The Time That Remains, 2011, directed by Elia Suleiman; Origin: UK; Language(s): Arabic | Hebrew | English; Running time: 109 min

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May 16, 2012 - "The Way I Spent the End of the World" (2006)

"The Way I Spent the End of the World" (2006)
Director: Catalin Mitulescu
Origin: Romania | France
Language: Romanian
Running time: 106 min

In 1989 Romania, plucky 17-year-old Eva Matei (Doroteea Petre) comes of age as she schemes to escape the country's tyranny with help from her recalcitrant neighbor (Cristian Vararu). Meanwhile, as her parents endure the brutal dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, Eva's 7-year-old brother (Timotei Duma) plots to kill the despot. Writer-director Catalin Mitulescu's powerful, astute feature debut also stars Ionut Becheru and Mircea Diaconu. (from