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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, December 12, 2012

End of season and mini-review of "Le Havre"

We have reached the end of the Fall 2012 season. Thanks for your attendance, your input and your willingness to explore films with us.

We will return with the Winter 2013 season starting January 9, 2013. As soon as the season is set, you will be the first to know.

Merry Christmas!

Review of last week's film ("Le Havre", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: Director Aki Kaurismaki has a unique vision. His films evoke the past while set squarely in the present. The colors are deliberate, as is the acting. And yet, the story unfolds innocently and naturally, painting a great picture of French solidarity and community. He claims this is the first of a trilogy, and we look forward to more of his take on life and society.

Film Comment magazine published an an interview with Aki Kaurismaki that will help explain his vision for the film and answer some of the questions our viewers had.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 12, 2012 - "Le Havre" (2011)

Le Havre, 2011
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Origin: Finland | France | Germany
Language: French
Running time: 93 min

This comedic drama relates the poignant tale of a young immigrant African boy arriving destitute in the French port of Le Havre, where he's eventually taken under the wing of a former Bohemian writer who now chooses to shine shoes for a living. (from

U.S. box office: $611,709
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("How I Ended the Summer", 3.5 stars)

Steven says: Beautifully and starkly shot, this film about isolation and generational differences keeps the viewer tightly wound without all the sound and special effects of other modern thrillers. Two simple decisions, one from each character, start a chain reaction of events that eventually lead the script a little too far astray. But the point is still clear: misunderstandings can lead to fear, which can lead us to do some pretty stupid and messed up things. And it all starts from a omission of information.