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.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 18, 2017 - Toni Erdmann (2016)

Tuesday 7 p.m., April 18, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Maren Ade
Origin: Germany | Austria | Switzerland | Romania
Language: German | English | Romanian
Running time: 162 minutes

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' work circle, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried doesn't hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life. Written by Official site

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Monday, April 10, 2017

April 11, 2017 - The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

Tuesday 7 p.m., April 11, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Juan José Campanella
Origin: Argentina | Spain
Language: Spanish
Running time: 129 min

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to ...Written by Huggo

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Friday, March 31, 2017

April 4, 2017 - "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" (2006)

Tuesday 7 p.m., April 4, 2017
Forney Hall, Room B124

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese
Running time: 98 minutes

When a typical young high school girl discovers that she has the unique ability to traverse space and time, her efforts to use the power as a means of preserving the relationships she shares with her closest friends reveals the perpetually shifting nature of personal relationships in Digimon: The Movie director Mamoru Hosoda's warmhearted fantasy.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 21, 2017 - A Single Man (2009)

Tuesday 7 p.m., March 21, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Tom Ford
Origin: USA
Language: English | Spanish
Running time: 99 minutes

In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately lead him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 7, 2017 - "The Sacrifice" (1986)

Tuesday 7 p.m., March 7, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director:  Andrei Tarkovsky
Origin: Sweden | UK | France
Language: Swedish | French | English
Running time: 149 minutes

The Sacrifice, director Andrei Tarkovsky's final film, begins in Bergmanesque fashion on a small, remote island, where friends and family gather for drama critic Alexander's (Erland Josephson) birthday celebration. The revelry is interrupted by a radio announcement: World War III has begun, and Mankind is only hours away from utter annihilation. Each of the guests reacts differently to the news: the most dramatic response is Alexander's, who promises God that he'll give up everything he holds dear--including his beloved 6-year-old son -- if war is averted. Allan Edwall, a local mailman with purported mystical powers, offers to intervene with the Creator on Josephson's behalf.

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 28, 2017 - About Elly (2009)

Tuesday 7 p.m., February 28, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Origin:  Iran | France
Language: Persian | German
Running time: 119 minutes

A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been recently submitted to hospital for heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. Out of the blue, Sepideh's daughter calls to some men playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. After rescuing the little boy they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran. What has happened to Elly? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 21, 2017 - Youth (2015)

Tuesday 7 p.m., February 21, 2017
Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry 104

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Origin: Italy | France | UK | Switzerland
Language: English | Spanish | Swiss German
Running time: 124 minutes

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. Written by Anonymous Love Revolver
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Day Special Screening - Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Tuesday 7 p.m., February 14, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Origin: Germany | UK
Language: English
Running time: 122 minutes

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? (c) Sony Classics

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 7, 2017 - "The Attorney" (2013)

Tuesday 7 p.m., February 7, 2017
Forney Hall, Room G124

Director: Woo-seok Yang
Origin: South Korea
Language: Korean
Running time: 127 minutes

SONG Woo-seok has no clients, connections, or even a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money turn him into one of the most successful lawyers in town. But right at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, SONG changes the course of his life, and takes on the case no one else will. This story is based on true events. (c) Well Go USA

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 31, 2017 - "The Lobster" (2015)

Tuesday 7 p.m., January 31, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Origin: Greece | Ireland | Netherlands | UK | France
Language: English | French
Running time: 119 minutes

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods. Written by R. Byma

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 24, 2017 - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Tuesday 7 p.m., January 24, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Ang Lee
Origin: Taiwan | USA
Language: Mandarin | French
Running time: 124 minutes

The setting is 1990s contemporary Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Chu, a widower who is a master Chinese chef, has three unmarried daughters, each of whom challenges any narrow definition of traditional Chinese culture. Each Sunday Mr. Chu makes a glorious banquet for his daughters, but the dinner table is also the family forum, or perhaps “torture chamber,” to which each daughter brings “announcements” as they negotiate the transition from traditional “father knows best” style to a new tradition which encompasses old values in new forms. As the film progresses, each daughter encounters new men. When these new relationships blossom, their roles are broken and the living situation within the family changes. The father eventually brings the greatest surprise to the audience at the end of the story.

The title is a quote from the Book of Rites, one of the Confucian classics, referring to the basic human desires and accepting them as natural. The beginning of the quote reads as follows: “The things which men greatly desire are comprehended in meat and drink and sexual pleasure; […]” (Translation by James Legge), Chinese: 「飲食男女,人之大欲存焉」. (From Wikipedia.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 17, 2017 - "Swiss Army Man" (2016)

Tuesday 7 p.m., January 17, 2017
Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239

Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Origin: USA
Language: English
Running time: 97 minutes

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.Written by highlandpercussion (

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Announcing the Spring 2017 season!

The Spring 2017 Season is January 17 - April 25, 2017 (14 films). All screenings but three begin at 7 p.m. in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239 (“The Attorney” on February 7 and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” on April 4 will be screened in Forney Hall, Room B124. “Youth” on February 21 will be screened in Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry 104).

Stanley Coulter Hall: 640 Oval Drive on the Purdue University campus
Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry: 560 Oval Dr, West Lafayette on the Purdue University campus
Forney Hall: 480 Stadium Mall Drive on the Purdue University campus

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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Swiss Army Man (2016), Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert; Origin: USA; Language(s): English; 97 min
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Director: Ang Lee; Origin: Taiwan | USA; Language(s): Mandarin | French; 124 min
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017, The lobster (2015), Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Origin: Greece | Ireland | Netherlands | UK | France; Language(s): English | French; 119 min
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017, The Attorney (2013), Director: Woo-seok Yang; Origin: South Korea; Language(s): Korean; 127 min
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Director: Jim Jarmusch; Origin: Germany | UK; Language(s): English; 122 min
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Youth (2015), Director: Paolo Sorrentino; Origin: Italy | France | UK | Switzerland; Language(s): English | Spanish | Swiss German; 124 min
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017, About Elly (2009), Director: Asghar Farhadi; Origin: Iran | France; Language(s): Persian | German; 119 min
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, The Sacrifice (1986), Director: Andrei Tarkovsky; Origin: Sweden | UK | France; Language(s): Swedish | French | English; 149 min
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, NO screening
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, A Single Man (2009), Director: Tom Ford; Origin: USA; Language(s): English | Spanish; 99 min
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, The Lunchbox (2013), Director: Ritesh Batra; Origin: India; Language(s): Hindi | English; 104 min
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Director: Mamoru Hosoda; Origin: Japan; Language(s): Japanese; 98 min
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017, The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Director: Juan José Campanella; Origin: Argentina | Spain; Language(s): Spanish; 129 min
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Toni Erdmann (2016), Director: Maren Ade; Origin: Germany | Austria | Romania; Language(s): German | English | Romanian; 162 min
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Twin Peaks: Fire, Walk with me (1992), Director: David Lynch; Origin: USA | France; Language(s): English; 135 min