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 29, 2013

June 5, 2013 - "The Pope's Toilet" (2007)

The Pope's Toilet, 2007
Directors: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández
Origin: Uruguay
Language: Spanish
Running time: 90 minutes

While others in his small Uruguayan border town rush to prepare food in anticipation of the pope's arrival, Beto (César Troncoso) turns his attention to scatological matters: After all, if tourists turn up to eat, they'll also need a place to relieve themselves. But as Beto embarks on his mission to build a public toilet that's fit for the masses, he runs into a series of problems that threaten to derail his dreams. (from

Watch the trailer on Netflix.

Review of last week's film ("We Have a Pope", three stars)
Steven says: Amid the worldwide spectacle and canonical pomp of choosing a pope, we find a very human conclave of cardinals. In this imagining, the gathered cardinals pray to not be chosen, and the chosen one panics and then escapes to have a chance to reflect on his new reality. The worlds of the now anonymous pontiff and the cardinals are vastly different, and that affects the outcome of the film. While it is choppy and unmoored, much like the main character, the film is a welcome chance to wonder "what if?".

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 29, 2013 - "We Have a Pope" (2011)

We Have a Pope, 2011
Director: Nanni Moretti
Origin: Italy
Languages: Italian | German | Latin | English | Spanish | Polish | French
Running time: 102 minutes

The pope has died, and the congress of cardinals has chosen his successor. But what happens if the newly elected pontiff doesn't want the job? This comedy follows the Vatican's travails as it strives to make one cardinal accept his destiny. (from

U.S. box office: $480,926
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film ("Duck Season", 4.5 stars)
Steven says: We've all been there - a lazy, Sunday with no plans and limitless possibilities. What do you do? Two 14-year-old boys take us on their apartment-centered adventure, populated by an overqualified pizza delivery man and a baking-challenged 16-year-old neighbor. It's funny, astute, captivating, revealing and almost perfect. A great debut from the director, Fernando Eimbcke.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 22, 2013 - "Duck Season" (2006)

Duck Season, 2006
Director: Fernando Eimbcke
Origin: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Running time: 90 minutes

What begins as another ordinary, quiet Sunday spirals into a chaotic adventure for two teens left home alone. Equipped with their usual video games, best friends Flama (Daniel Miranda) and Moko (Diego Catano) settle in for a pleasant, if predictable, afternoon. But an unexpected encounter with an alluring adolescent neighbor and the intrusion of an idiosyncratic pizza deliveryman conspire to make the day a memorable occasion. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for language and some drug content
U.S. box office: $146,694
Watch the trailer on Netflix.

Review of last week's film ("Chicken with Plums," 4.5 stars)
Steven says: You can't help but be enchanted by the story-telling techniques of this film based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis). With allusions to Iran's changing culture in the 1950s, the story centers on a disillusioned and depressed violinist and his family. It delights with humor (via lines and scenes) and expands your perspective with animation and surprising revelations. Providing details only muddies the expectations, and they would not serve to prepare one for viewing this treat.

Monday, May 13, 2013

May 15, 2013 - "Chicken with Plums" (2011)

Chicken with Plums, 2011
Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Origin: France | Germany | Belgium
Languages: French | English
Running time: 93 minutes

From the Oscar-nominated filmmakers of Persepolis comes a captivating live-action fairytale set in 1950s Tehran. After the destruction of his favorite violin, a renowned musician loses all taste for life and teeters on the edge of oblivion. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for some drug content, violent images, sensuality and smoking.

U.S. box office: $253,705

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Announcing the Summer 2013 season

The Summer 2013 Season is May 15 – August 7, 2013.
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.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Chicken with Plums, 2011; Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi; Origin: France | Germany | Belgium; Languages: French | English; Running time: 93 minutes
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Duck Season, 2006; Director: Fernando Eimbcke; Origin: Mexico; Language: Spanish; Running time: 90 minutes
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013, We Have a Pope, 2011; Director: Nanni Moretti; Origin: Italy; Languages: Italian | German | Latin | English | Spanish | Polish | French; Running time: 102 minutes
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2013, The Pope's Toilet, 2007; Directors: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández; Origin: Uruguay; Language: Spanish; Running time: 90 minutes
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013, The Pool, 2007; Director: Chris Smith; Origin: USA | UK; Language: Hindi; Running time: 98 minutes
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013, The Well-Digger's Daughter, 2011; Director: Daniel Auetiel; Origin: France; Language: French; Running time: 107 minutes
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Alice's House, 2007; Director: Chico Teixeira; Origin: Brazil; Language: Portuguese; Running time: 92 minutes
  • Wednesday, July 3, 2013, The Kid with a Bike, 2011; Directors: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne; Origin: Belgium | France | Italy; Language: French; Running time: 87 minutes
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Abel, 2011; Director: Diego Luna; Origin: Mexico; Language: Spanish; Running time: 82 minutes
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Be With Me, 2005; Director: Eric Khoo; Origin: Singapore;  Language: Cantonese | English | Hokkien | Mandarin; Running time: 93 minutes
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Found Memories, 2011; Director: Júlia Murat; Origin: Brazil | Argentina | France; Language: Portuguese; Running time: 98 minutes
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013, I Wish, 2011; Director: Hirokazu Koreeda; Origin: Japan; Language: Japanese; Running time: 128 minutes
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Starlet, 2012; Director: Sean Barker; Origin: USA; Language: English; Running time: 103 minutes