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, January 29, 2014

February 5, 2014 - "Museum Hours" (2012)

Museum Hours, 2012
Director: Jem Cohen
Origin: Austria | USA
Languages: German | English
Running time: 107 min

When Anne arrives in Vienna to visit an ailing relative, she takes refuge in the Kunsthistorisches Museum and befriends Johann, a guard. Director Jem Cohen blends fiction and documentary in this meditation on how art and the world shape each other. (from

U.S. box office: $83,725
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (The Makioka Sisters, 3 stars)
Steven says: Comparisons to Jane Austen stories or Downton Abbey are not far off for this 1983 Japanese melodrama. Appearances are everything to this family, though the changing cultural (and war) landscape in 1938 helps them see things from a different perspective.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 29, 2014 - "The Makioka Sisters" (1983)

The Makioka Sisters, 1983

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Running time: 140 min

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Kon Ichikawa's epic is set in the 1930s and centers on four privileged sisters from Osaka, Japan, whose war-torn, enmeshed lives intersect as they seek both traditional and modern marriages. Based on Junichiro Tanizaki's novel of the same name, Ichikawa's tale, which unfolds against a lavish background of wealth and cultural customs, stars Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga and Yûko Kotegawa. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("The Hunt" 4 stars)
Steven says: From the mouths of babes come cuteness and, in this film, debilitating accusations. It's hard to fathom how quickly someone's existence can implode when faced with damning testimony, no matter how erroneous. And it's even worse to know that life can never really go back to normal. The tribal nature of humans can be comforting in times of need; it can also be be scary when it clicks into protection mode.

On with the show (Jan. 22, 2014)

Tuesday was a sad day at Purdue. Different people and groups will respond to the campus shooting in different ways.

Despite the cancellation of Wednesday classes, Karrie and I have decided to move forward with our regularly scheduled screening Wednesday evening. It is one small way we feel we can foster community and feel like there is some normalcy in the world.

We understand if you choose to stay away from campus. If you do, "The Hunt" is available from Netflix for both DVD and online streaming customers.

If you choose to join us in Forney B124, we'll welcome you warmly and share our love of film with you starting at 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 22, 2014 - "The Hunt" (2012)

The Hunt, 2012
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Origin: Denmark | Sweden
Languages: Danish | English | Polish
Running time: 115 min

Lucas is rebuilding his life after a bitter divorce: He has a new job and a girlfriend, and is working on his relationship with his teenage son. But an unfounded accusation of pedophilia changes everything as his community turns against him. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual content including a graphic image, violence and language
U.S. box office: $610,968

Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Review of last week's film (Frances Ha, 3.5 stars)
Steven says: When is it time to grow up? How does growing up affect really close friendships? Frances Ha answers these questions for its title character, providing a plethora of entertaining scenes, touching observations, and fairly real glimpses into the lives of today's 20-somethings. The black-and-white presentation enhances the film's artsy-yet-approachable feel.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 15, 2014 - "Frances Ha" (2012)

Frances Ha, 2012
Director: Noah Baumbach
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 86 min

Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, Frances pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. The rest of the time, she and her sardonic best friend, Sophie, put off growing up for as long as they can. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual references and language
U.S. box office: $4,063,238
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Kon-Tiki", 3.5 stars)
Steven says: With faith, science, and sheer will, the Kon-Tiki team floated 5,000 miles to prove it was possible for Peruvians to settle Polynesia. The story set-up is fast and so is the viewer's heart rate after several close calls. The film serves as a great reminder of the historic voyage and should help others investigate the full story for the first time. The film maker tried to pack so much into the film that there are some lose ends, suggesting small story lines could have been deleted without hurting the film.

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 8, 2014 - "Kon-Tiki" (2012)

Kon-Tiki, 2012
Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Origin: UK | Norway | Denmark | Germany | Sweden
Languages: Norwegian | English | French | Swedish
Running time: 118 min

With five loyal friends in tow, explorer Thor Heyerdal sails a fragile balsa wood raft along an ancient path some 4,300 miles across the Pacific. Along the way, they're attacked by tidal waves, sharks and all the dangers the ocean can muster. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for a disturbing violent sequence
U.S. box office: $1,511,798
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Announcing the Winter 2014 season

Cinematheque for All – Winter 2014

The Winter 2014 Season is January 8 – May 7, 2014.

All screenings for this season begin at 7:10 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, January 8, 2014, Kon-Tiki, 2012; Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg; Origin: UK | Norway | Denmark | Germany | Sweden; Language(s): Norwegian | English | French | Swedish; Running time: 118 min
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Frances Ha, 2012; Director: Noah Baumbach; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; Running time: 86 min
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014, The Hunt, 2012; Director: Thomas Vinterberg; Origin: Denmark | Sweden; Language(s): Danish | English | Polish; Running time: 115 min
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014, The Makioka Sisters, 1983; Director: Kon Ichikawa; Origin: Japan; Language(s): Japanese; Running time: 140 min
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Museum Hours, 2012; Director: Jem Cohen; Origin: Austria | USA; Language(s): German | English; Running time: 107 min
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Moscow, Belgium, 2008; Director: Christophe Van Rompaey; Origin: Belgium; Language(s): Flemish | Dutch; Running time: 102 min
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014, FREE
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Hannah Arendt, 2012; Director: Margarethe von Trotta; Origin: Germany | Luxembourg | France; Language(s): German | French | English | Hebrew | Latin; Running time: 113 min
  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014, A Simple Life, 2011; Director: Ann Hui; Origin: Hong Kong; Language(s): Cantonese | English | Mandarin; Running time: 118 min
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014, Broken, 2012; Director: Rufus Norris; Origin: UK; Language(s): English; Running time: 91 min
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014, FREE
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014, FREE
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014, The Kings of Summer, 2013; Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; Running time: 95 min
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Blancanieves, 2012; Director: Pablo Berger; Origin: Spain | France | Belgium; Language(s): Spanish; Running time: 104 min
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Applause, 2009; Director: Martin Zandvliet; Origin: Denmark; Language(s): Danish; Running time: 85 min
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Computer Chess, 2013; Director: Andrew Bujalski; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; Running time: 92 min
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Barbara, 2012; Director: Christian Petzold; Origin: Germany; Language(s): German; Running time: 105 min
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, What Maisie Knew, 2013; Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; Running time: 93 min