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.)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December 09, 2016 - "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" (2004)

Friday 7 p.m., December 09, 2016

Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Running time: 100 minutes
Batô is a living cyborg. His whole body, even his arms and legs, are entirely man-made. What only remains are traces of his brain and the memories of a woman. In an era when the boundary between humans and machines has become infinitely vague, Humans have forgotten that they are humans. This is the debauchery of the lonesome ghost of a man, who nevertheless seeks to retain humanity. Innocence... Is what life is.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December 02, 2016 - "Ghost in the Shell" (1995)

Friday 7 p.m., December 02, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Running time: 83 minutes

The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 18, 2016 - "A Brighter Summer Day" (牯岭街少年杀人事件) (1991)

Friday 7 p.m., November 18, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Edward Yang (杨德昌)
Origin: Taiwan
Language: Mandarin
Running time: 3 hours, 56 minutes

A Brighter Summer Day is a 1991 Taiwanese drama film directed by Edward Yang. The film is an extraordinarily large project for a Chinese-language film, not only for its duration of almost four hours, but also for its involvement of more than 100 amateur actors in different roles. The English title is derived from the lyrics of Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?". Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. The film depicts a great array of political and existential themes such as the need of guidance during adolescence, the loss of Taiwan’s cultural identity in favour of the growingly influential Western culture, the unrestrained violence caused by an uneasy socio-political juncture, the desire of migrating towards an expectedly better country, the hardships of parenthood, the awkwardly naive and sometimes dangerous way in which teenagers convey love and sex, the downside of multi-faceted friendship, the strained differences between social classes forced to coexist in the same dismal place, and, especially, the fatal and irreversible consequences of an aimless life and a confused upbringing.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November 11, 2016 - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Friday 7 p.m., November 11, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Origin: USA | UK
Language: English | Russian
Running time: 95 min

In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers' minds, the Cold War at its frostiest, and the hydrogen bomb relatively new and frightening, Stanley Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played the situation for laughs. Dr. Strangelove's jet-black satire (from a script by director Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, and Terry Southern) and a host of superb comic performances (including three from Peter Sellers) have kept the film fresh and entertaining, even as its issues have become (slightly) less timely.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 4, 2016 - " The Baader Meinhof Complex" (2008)

Friday 7 p.m., November 4, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Uli Edel
Origin: Germany | France | Czech Republic
Language: German | English | French | Swedish
Running time: 150 min

Director Uli Edel teams with screenwriter Bernd Eichinger to explore a dark period in German history with this drama detailing the rise and fall of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organization that became increasingly active following World War II. Also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, the Red Army Faction was formed by the radicalized children of the Nazi generation with the intended goal of battling Western imperialism and the West German establishment. Adapted from author Stefan Aust's definitive account of the group that resorted to killing innocent civilians in the name of democracy and justice, The Baader Meinhof Complex stars Moritz Bleibtreu as Andreas Baader and Martina Gedeck as Ulrike Meinhof. Bruno Ganz co-stars as Horst Herold, the head of the German police force faced with the task of bringing the Red Army Faction to justice..

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 28, 2016- Halloween Special- "Dead Snow" (2009)

October 28, 2016 - "Dead Snow" (2009)

Friday 7 p.m., October 28, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Origin: Norway
Language: Norweigian
Running time: 90 min

Several friends take to the mountains and shack-up in the wilderness of back-of-beyond to enjoy a little R & R together, their peace is soon interrupted by a mysterious old man, warning them of a local curse that during the German occupation of the local area that these Nazi invaders were brutal and harsh in their methods of control. Telling of the legend of the villager's revolt that drove them up into the cold, dark mountains where they perished, that is until rumor of their return in the form of zombies, evil Nazi zombies.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 21, 2016 - Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

Friday 7 p.m., October 21, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Frank Pavich
Origin: France | USA
Language: English | French | German | Spanish
Running time: 90 min

Synopsis: In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Jodorowsky's adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 7, 2016 - "Underground" (1995)

Underground (1995) 

Friday 7 p.m., October 7, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Emir Kusturica
Origin: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia | France | Germany | Bulgaria | Czech Republic |Hungary
Language: Serbian | German | French | English | Russian
Running time: 170 min

The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations. A black marketeer who smuggles the weapons to partisans doesn't mention to the workers that the war is over, and they keep producing. Years later, they break out of their underground "shelter" --- only to convince themselves that the war is still going on.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

September 30, 2016 - "Before the Rain" (1994)

Before the Rain (1994) 

Friday 7 p.m., September 30, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Origin: Republic of Macedonia | France | UK
Language: Macedonian | English | Albanian | French
Running time: 115 min

The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Republic of Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her protection. In London, a photographic editor who's pregnant needs to talk it out with her estranged husband and chooses a toney restaurant. She wants permanence with her lover, a prize-winning Macedonian photographer just back from Bosnia, changed by the violence. He leaves abruptly for his village; he's not visited it in 16 years. There he tries to ignore bitter divisions between his Orthodox brethren and local Albanians, then tries to transcend them.Written by <>

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 23, 2016 - "Children of Men" (2006)

Children of Men (2006)

Friday 7 p.m., September 23, 2016

Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Origin: USA | UK
Language: English | German | Italian | Romanian | Spanish | Arabic | Georgian | Russian | Serbian
Running time: 109 min

A futuristic society faces extinction when the human race loses the ability to reproduce. England has descended into chaos, until an iron-handed warden is brought in to institute martial law. The warden's ability to keep order is threatened when a woman finds that she is pregnant with what would be the first child born in 27 years (From Rotten Tomatoes).

MPAA rating: Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 16, 2016 - "Nostalghia" (1983)

Nostalghia, 1983

Friday 7 p.m., September 16, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Andrey Tarkovsky
Origin: Italy | Soviet Union
Language: Italian | Russian
Running time: 125 min

The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had imprisoned his own family in his house for seven years to save them from the evils of the world. Seeing some deep truth in Domenico's act, Andrei becomes drawn to him. In a series of dreams, the poet's nostalgia for his homeland and his longing for his wife, his ambivalent feelings for Eugenia and Italy, and his sense of kinship with Domenico become intertwined. Written by Anonymous and Brian McInnis (from IMDb)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 9, 2016 - "The Grandmaster" (2013)

The Grandmaster, 2013

Friday 7 p.m., September 9, 2016
Forney Hall, Room G124

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Origin: China
Language: Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese
Running time: 122 min

Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San. Written by Immanuel Ambhara (from IMDb)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September 2, 2016 - "City of God" (Cidade de Deus) (2002)

City of God (Cidade de Deus), 2002

Friday 7 p.m., September 2, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Origin: Brazil | France
Language: Portuguese
Running time: 130 min

2002 Toronto International Film Festival
Visions Award

2003 Golden Globes
Best Foreign Language Film

2004 Academy Awards
Best Screenplay - Adaptation
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Director

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. | Written by Jeff Mellinger <> (from IMDb)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Announcing the Fall 2016 season

Facebook page: Cinematheque for All
Instagram: cinemathequeforall

The Fall 2016 Season is September 2 - December 16, 2016 (15 films). All screenings but one begins at 7 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, 640 Oval Drive, on the Purdue University campus. Parking is available in the Northwestern Avenue parking garage. (“The Final Master” on September 9 will be screened in Forney Hall, Room G124)

  • Friday, September 9, 2016, The Grandaster (2013) | Director: Kar-Wai Wong; Origin: China; Language: Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese; 122 min

  • Friday, October 14, 2016, Zendegi va digar hichAnd Life Goes on...(1992)  | Directors: Abbas Kiarostami; Origin: Iran; Language: Persian; 95 min

  • Friday, October 28, 2016, Dead Snow (2009) | Directors: Tommy Wirkola; Origin: Norway; Language: Norwegian; 90 min

  • Friday, November 25, 2016, Thanksgiving Break

  • Friday, December 2, 2016, Ghost in the Shell (1995)  | Directors: Mamoru Oshii; Origin: Japan; Language: Japanese; 83 min

Sunday, May 8, 2016

May 11, 2016 - "Living is Easy with Eyes Closed" (2015)

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, 2015
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: David Trueba
Origin: Spain
Language: Spanish
Running time: 108 min

Setting off to meet rock colossus John Lennon after learning that he's making a movie in Almeria, superfan Antonio picks up a pair of disaffected young hitchhikers en route, giving rise to an unlikely friendship. (from

U.S. box office: $11,600
Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 4, 2016 - "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (2015)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 105 min

Cruising through his senior year, high schooler Greg Gaines spends his free time making parody versions of famous films with his pal Earl. But when Greg's mother asks him to befriend Rachel, a leukemia patient, his blithe outlook begins to change. (from

MPAA rating: Rated PG - 13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements
U.S. box office: $6,743,776
Watch the trailer on IMDB.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 27, 2016 - "Mongolian Ping Pong" (2005)

Mongolian Ping Pong, 2005

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Forney Hall, B124, 480 Stadium Mall Drive

Director: Hao Ning
Origin: China
Language: Mongolian
Running time: 102 min

After the arrival of an ordinary ping-pong ball in a small Mongolian village, Bilike and his friends attempt to decipher the mysterious origin of the object, traveling to distant lands in search of the ball's source. Their journey eventually leads them to Beijing, China, a far cry from their remote homeland. Director Hao Ning's charming comedy -- filled with wonder and discovery -- transports viewers to the eternal landscape of the endless steppe. (from

U.S. box office: $71,223
Watch the trailer.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 20, 2016 - "Tu dors Nicole" (2015)

Tu dors Nicole, 20157 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Stéphane Lafleur
Origin: Canada
Language: French
Running time: 93 min

After her parents leave her at home while they embark on a summer holiday, 22-year-old Nicole is enjoying a peaceful and aimless life when her rocker brother, Remi, and his mates arrive with plans to turn the house into a recording studio. (from

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 13, 2016 - "The Assassin" (2015)

The Assassin, 2015
7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Hsiao-hsien Hou
Origin: Taiwan | China | Hong Kong | France
Language: Mandarin
Running time: 105 min

In this action epic set in 9th-century China, Nie Yinniang is abducted at age 10 and trained to become an assassin who uses her skills to get rid of corrupt public officials -- until she's ordered to kill her beloved cousin. (from

U.S. box office: $613,556
Watch the trailer on YouTube.


Review of last week's film ("Udaan", 3 stars)
Steven says: The best part of the film is its look at life in an industrial Indian city. We learn a lot about the country that is not seen in traditional American media. It also reminds us that many struggles we face are universal.

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 6, 2016 - "Udaan" (2010)

Udaan, 2010
7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Forney Hall, Room B124

Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Origin: India
Languages: Hindi | English
Running time: 134 min

After spending eight years in a boarding school, Rohan returns to his hometown, where he must decide whether to follow his dreams or acquiesce to his father's plans for his future. As he ponders becoming a writer, Rohan bonds with his half-brother. (from

U.S. box office: $7,461
Watch the trailer.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 30, 2016 - "Memories of Murder" (2003)

Memories of Murder, 2003
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Origin: South Korea
Languages: Korean | English
Running time: 132 min

Two rural cops take on the case of Korea's first serial killer, who has raped and murdered 10 women. Working without precedent or advanced forensic technology, they must rely on primitive methods to piece together the clues. (from

U.S. box office: $14,131
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Tangerine", 3.5 stars)
Steve says: Searching for acceptance and a place in the world, three Los Angeles residents help illuminate a seedier side of the city and the humanity that still resides there.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March 23, 2016 - "Tangerine" (2015)

Tangerine, 2015
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Sean Baker
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 88 min

Back on the streets on Christmas Eve after serving a month in jail, transgender prostitute Sin-Dee Rella launches a vengeful search across Los Angeles for her unfaithful pimp boyfriend, Chester, and his new squeeze. (from

MPAA rating: Rated R for strong and disturbing sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, and drug use
U.S. box office: $701,837
Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("7 Boxes", 4.5 stars)
Steven says: Several of us made a connection between this film and those from America's Coen brothers. It is a black comedy with serious side notes about relationships, trust and capitalism. Check it out!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 16, 2016 - "7 Boxes" (2012)

7 Boxes, 2012
Screening at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori
Origin: Paraguay | Spain
Languages: Spanish | Guarani | Korean
Running time: 105 min

In an outdoor Paraguayan market, a butcher offers a 17-year-old delivery boy $100 to transport seven sealed boxes to a drop-off point -- a task that seems simple until he finds himself pursued by a rival and his gang, thieves and the cops. (from

Watch the trailer on IMDB.


Review of last week's film ("Blind", 4 stars)
Steve says: Insecurity and imagination are mashed together when Ingrid loses her sight. Creatively told and a powerful visual depiction of our imaginations, "Blind" will keep you intrigued and guessing throughout.