Harpur  Cinema

Spring 2017

A collection of some of the latest ground-breaking cinema from around the world.  Screening great cinema since 1965.


The Roads Traveled

Escapes, pursuits, migrations, journeys of the mind, or existential wanderings, in some of the latest groundbreaking cinema from around the world.

Harpur Cinema seeks to bring to campus a range of significant films that in most cases would not be available to local audiences.  Our program is international in scope, emphasizing foreign and independent films, as well as important films from the historical archive.  All foreign films are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

Where:  Lecture Hall 6

When: Fri and Sun @ 7:30PM

$4 Single Admission

Tickets will be at the door from 7:00PM on the evening of the screening. 

For more Info call 607-777-4998

Programmers: Tomonari Nishikawa & Chantal Rodais


Feb. 10 & 12  –  American Honey,   Andrea Arnold

UK/USA - 2016 -163 min.

Desperate to escape her harsh home life, 18-year-old Star joins a band of unruly young people (Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf) who travel through the American heartland. The British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, “a maverick with a social conscience” (The Guardian) offers an astounding evocation of contemporary outsiderness and youthful motion. “Part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical” (Guy Lodge), and with breathtaking cinematography, her film recalls the great American Road Movies of the early 70s, while capturing the moods and struggles of a certain youth culture in the 21st century.

Won: Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2016 – British Independent Film Awards 2016.

Nominated: BAFTA Awards 2017. 



Feb. 17th & 19th - On the Edge,  Leila Kilani

Morocco - 2011 - 110 min

In her first feature-length film, Leila Kilani explores the existence of young women factory workers living “on the edge” in modern Tangier’s Free Zone. Caught in the ruthless industrial city, Badia, Imane, Nawal and Asma transform from victims into warriors who live by their own rules and take their rights by force. Blending heist and gangster film genre with intense realist drama, “Kilani dynamically moves female characters from the margins of the narrative and into pole position in an energizing move away from the existing crime films formulas” (Rebecca Ellis).


Won: FIPRESCI Prize, Oslo Film Festival – Abu Dhabi Film Festival Award – Special Jury Prize, Brussels International Independent Film Festival – Jury Award, Paris Cinema.


Feb. 24th & 26th– Down by Law,  Jim Jarmusch 

USA - 1986 - 107 min

Zack (Tom Waits), the unemployed DJ, comes to share a cell with a hustler pimp, Jack (John Lurie), and an eccentric Italian tourist, Bob (Roberto Benigni). The three men eventually begin an awkward journey together. In what he describes a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Jarmusch’s unique style captures the beauty and dreamlike emptiness of New Orleans and the eerie landscapes of the Louisiana bayous in which the characters wander. A classic of American Independent cinema, Down by Law is a cult film, “effortlessly laidback, superbly elegant, a delight, right down to the unexpected last scene” (Peter Bradshaw).

Won: Silver Ribbon, Italy – National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA.

Nominated: Golden Palm, Cannes Film Festival – Independent Spirit Awards.


March 10th & 12th – Neruda, Pablo Larrain 

Chile - 2016 - 107 min.

 “Pablo Larraín’s semifantastical biopic is a warmhearted film about a hot-blooded man that is nonetheless troubled by a subtle, perceptible chill. Blending fact with invention, it tells the story of a confrontation between an artist, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and an emerging dictatorship, and more generally illuminates the endless struggle between political authority and the creative imagination” (The New York Times). The pursuit of the poet (Luis Gnecco) by a melancholy but ruthless police inspector (Gael García Bernal) seems to be inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Sellers Pink Panther films with a touch of Fellini’s exuberance and of Latin American Magic Realism.   


Won: Cine Latino Award, Palm Spring International Film Festival – Premio Fenix (Best Film).

Nominated: Golden Globe (Best Motion Picture) – Chicago, London, Munich Film Festivals.


March 17th & 19th – Cemetery of Splendor,

Apichatpong Weerasethakul -  Thailand - 2015 - 122 min

The acclaimed Thai film director and artist, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, portrays a group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand, who are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness. The film was premiered at Cannes Film Festival, where it won Un Certain Regard Award, and received Best Film Award at London Film Festival.


March 24th & 26th – No Home Movie,  Chantal Ackerman Belgium / France - 2015 -115 min.

Harpur Cinema pays tribute to the groundbreaking auteur Chantal Akerman with the screening of her final film released a few weeks before her death in 2015. In this poignant documentary, Akerman develops an immensely moving portrayal of her mother, Natalia, an Auschwitz survivor born in Poland, and their intensely close relationship. “In its stillness and mystery, and its infinitely careful transcription of the textures of a life” (The Guardian), No Home Movie is a magnificent, tender and haunting work of overwhelming power.

Screened at Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, the film won Best Feature at Jerusalem Film Festival and Seville European Film Festival, among others.


March 31st & April 2nd –  Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One,  Miguel Gomes  – Portugal / France / Germany /

Switzerland – 2015 – 125 min.

This is the first part of a 3-part film directed by the Portuguese filmmaker, Miguel Gomes, based on tales from One Thousand and One Nights and inspired by recent shipyard closures and Portuguese government austerity measures. It was premiered at Cannes Film Festival and screened at Toronto International Film Festival, among others.




Last Updated: 2/16/17