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, 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