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.)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September 3, 2014 - "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (2012)

The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Origin: Belgium | Netherlands
Languages: Flemish | English
Running time: 111 min

Elise is a tattoo artist and religiously devout, while Didier is an atheist banjo player in a bluegrass band, but the two fall instantly in love. Years later, when their daughter becomes ill, the crisis brings new challenges to their relationship. (from

U.S. box office: $30,700
Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("Like Father, Like Son", 5 stars)
Steven says: It is so easy to get lost in the story of a Kore-eda film. This one is no different. Great script, great acting, beautiful camera work, many touching scenes. What's not to like?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Announcing the Fall 2014 season

Cinematheque for All - Fall 2014
  • The Fall 2014 Season is August 27 – December 17, 2014.
  • All screenings for this season but one begin at 7 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive, on the Purdue University campus (the Sept. 3 screening starts at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Parking is available in the University Street parking garage.
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Like Father, Like Son, 2013; Director: Hirokazu Koreeda; Origin: Japan; Language(s): Japanese; Running time: 121 minutes
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014, The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012; Director: Felix Van Groeningen; Origin:  Belgium | Netherlands; Language(s): Flemish | English; Running time: 111 min (Film starts at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, The Missing Picture, 2013; Director: Rithy Panh; Origin: Cambodia | France; Language(s): French; Running time: 92 min
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, The Forgiveness of Blood, 2011; Director: Joshua Marston; Origin: USA | Albania | Denmark | Italy; Language(s): Albanian; Running time: 109 min
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Two Lives, 2012; Director: Georg Maas; Origin: Germany | Norway; Language(s): German | Norwegian | English | Russian | Danish; Running time: 97 min
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014, The Matchmaker, 2010; Director: Avi Nesher; Origin: Israel; Language(s): Hebrew; Running time: 121 minutes
  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Sister, 2012; Director: Ursula Meier; Origin: France | Switzerland; Language(s): French | English; Running time: 97 min
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014: NO FILM - YO-YO Ma                   
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Black Butterflies, 2011; Director: Paula van der Oest; Origin: Germany | Netherlands | South Africa; Language(s): English; Running time: 100 min
  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014, When Father Was Away on Business, 1985; Director: Emir Kusturica; Origin: Yugoslavia; Language(s): Serbian | Hungarian; Running time: 136 min
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Take Out, 2004; Director: Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | Mandarin | Spanish; Running time: 87 min
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Half of a Yellow Sun, 2013; Director: Biyi Bandele; Origin: Nigeria | UK; Language(s): English; Running time: 111 min
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014, In a World . . ., 2013; Director: Lake Bell; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; Running time: 93 min
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014, NO FILM- Thanksgiving                   
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Omar, 2013; Director: Hany Abu-Assad; Origin: Palestine; Language(s): Arabic | Hebrew; Running time: 96 min
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Night Across the Street, 2012; Director: Raoul Ruiz; Origin: Chile | France; Language(s): Spanish | French; Running time: 110 min
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Restless City, 2011; Director: Andrew Dosunmu; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | French | Wolof | Yoruba; Running time: 80 min

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August 27, 2014 - "Like Father, Like Son" (2013)

Like Father, Like Son, 2013
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Running time: 121 minutes

When successful businessman Ryota Nonomiya learns that his 6-year-old son was switched at birth with another child, he and his wife must decide whether to seek out their biological son or choose the boy they've been raising. (from

U.S. box office: $278,442
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of previous film ("Fill the Void", 4 stars)
Steven says: This is a beautiful film that shines a bright light on an orthodox Jewish community, its traditions, and its reaction to a tragic event. You'll learn a lot about this religious community from the inside. And you'll wonder how someone can make such difficult and dutiful decisions.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 13, 2014 - "Fill the Void" (2012)

Fill the Void, 2012
Director: Rama Burshtein
Origin: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Running time: 90 min

Eighteen-year-old Shira is thrilled that the marriage arranged for her within her Orthodox Jewish community is with a boy she likes. But when her sister dies in childbirth, Shira's hopes for her future are thrown into turmoil by her grieving mother. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
U.S. box office: $1,774,639
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("The Past", 4 stars)
Steven says: Asghar Farhadi has mastered films that tell realistic and deliberate stories. He understands that life is complicated, and none of his characters in "The Past" is spared chaos or mistrust. He does a wonderful job of incorporating the set into the story line, reflecting emotions and realities among inanimate objects. I can't wait to see what he does next.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August 6, 2014 - "The Past" (2013)

The Past, 2013
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Origin: France | Italy
Languages: French | Persian
Running time: 130 min

When Iranian Ahmad returns to France after a four-year separation from his French wife, Marie, he discovers that she now has a boyfriend -- and that behind her difficult relationship with their daughter lies a secret from the past. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
U.S. box office: $1,330,596
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Mother of George", 4 stars)
Steven says: This is a a very visually appealing film backed by a script full of hard choices and consequences. A Nigerian immigrant family finds deceit and discord as they try to mesh their culture with American culture and medical system.