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.)
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.
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.
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
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.
Friday 7 p.m., November 4, 2016 Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239
Director:Uli Edel Origin: Germany
Czech Republic Language: German
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 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.
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.
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.
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 <email@example.com>
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
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)
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)
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 WON Visions Award
2003 Golden Globes NOMINATED Best Foreign Language Film
2004 Academy Awards NOMINATED 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> (from IMDb)
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)
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 Netflix.com)
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 Netflix.com)
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.
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 Netflix.com)
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 Netflix.com)
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 Netflix.com)
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.
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 Netflix.com)
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 Netflix.com)
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.
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 Netflix.com)
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!
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 Netflix.com)
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.