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Since 1965, Harpur Cinema has been seeking 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.

Lecture Hall 6
7:30pm on Friday and Sunday
$4 Single Admission
*Tickets will be for sale at the door from 7:00pm on the evening of the screening.

Fall 2017 Schedule


Hilarious chaos, investigations of dark realities, intimate encounters, spiritual explorations, or defiance of earthly boundaries, in some of the latest groundbreaking cinema from around the world.

Programmers: Tomonari Nishikawa & Chantal Rodais

SEP. 29 & OCT. 1 – Hail, Caesar! – Joel & Ethan Coen – USA – 2016 – 106 min.

As they revisit the Hollywood industry of the early 50s, the Coen brothers create a delirious comedy, which at once pays tribute to this era of cinema and offers a satirical critique. A studio fixer with moral issues (Josh Brolin), an aquatic musical star, hardboiled and tough-talking mermaid (Scarlett Johansson), a B-western singing cowboy (Alden Ehrenreich) cast as a romantic lead, a hyper-refined British director (Ralph Fiennes), identical twins and rival gossip columnists (Tilda Swinton), a popular song-and-dance sailor (Channing Tatum), a major star in full Roman consul costume (George Clooney) kidnapped by a mysterious group of Communist screenwriters. "The Coen brothers conjure up nostalgic joy from this hilarious knockabout homage to the golden age of film" (The Guardian).

Nominated: Academy Awards – BAFTA Awards – Art Directors Guild – International Cinephile Society Awards.

OCT. 6 & 8 – The Nile Hilton Incident – Tarik Saleh – Sweden/Denmark – 2017 – 106 min.

Even though his superiors are eager to label it a suicide, Noredin, a police detective in Cairo, feels compelled to investigate the case of a murdered woman, a crime that leads him deeper into a dark world of corruption where justice is hard to find. Set days before the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Saleh's film is "a true Film Noir, that develops and mediates a precise vision of a contemporary reality" (Le Monde) and presents the city of Cairo "as a fugue-like dystopian wasteland littered with the bodies of innocents and the broken shards of the laws intended to protect them" (Variety).

Won: Sundance Film Festival 2017, Grand Jury Prize – Beaune International Thriller Film Festival.
Nominated: Seattle International Film Festival – Art Film Festival.

OCT. 20 & 22 – Kaili Blues – Bi Gan – China – 2015 – 113 min.

Bi Gan's debut feature follows a medical practitioner working in a clinic in the village of Kaili, in Guizhou Province, Southwest China, who decides to fulfill his mother's wish – looking for his brother's abandoned child. The film focuses on poetry and a specific location, while presenting issues in contemporary Chinese culture. The viewers travel through the narrative and reality, past and present for the duration of the movie, including a 41-minute-long handheld shot, "and we're everywhere, unbounded, set free to wander in a single shot, in a dream without limits" (Shelly Kraicer, Cinema Scope).

Won: Locarno Film Festival, Best Emerging Director Prize & Special Mention for the First Feature Award – Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize.

OCT. 27 & 29 – Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson – USA/France – 2015 – 75 min.

Directed and narrated by multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, perfect phrasing, and warm tone, Heart of a Dog is a tender and provocative meditation on love and loss, on telling, remembering, and forgetting, centered around her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, and her late husband Lou Reed. At once narratively straightforward and playfully experimental, funny, light, and heavy, the film strolls between multiple forms, with tender images of Lolabelle, references to Tibetan Buddhism, or post 9/11 America, shots of trees or a beach, a nod to Kierkegaard or Wittgenstein. "In numerous ways, it is structured like a dog's journey through life, sniffing around at what interests it in the moment. Deeply reflective and one of the most invigorating and alive films" (Brian Tallerico).

Won: Venice Film Festival, Lina Mangiacapre Award – Cine Eye Honors Award – International Cinephile Society Award (Best documentary) – Tromsø International Film Festival.
Nominated: Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion – Chicago International Film Festival – Independent Spirit Awards.

NOV. 3 & 5 – Funeral Parade of Roses – Toshio Matsumoto – Japan – 1969 – 107 min.

Directed by Toshio Matsumoto, possibly the most prominent Japanese avant-garde filmmaker who died recently, Funeral Parade of Roses features a drag queen Peter (as Eddie, a hostess at a gay bar in Tokyo) and retells the Athenian tragedy, Oedipus Rex. The film had been unavailable in the U.S. for decades, and it was restored for re-release in 2017. It is "one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara" (Cinelicious Pics and Cinefamily).

NOV. 10 & 12 – The Death of Louis XIV – Albert Serra – France/Spain – 2016 – 115 min.

Albert Serra takes his audience through a historical event, the final days of Louis XIV, in 1715 in Versailles, placing us by the royal deathbed where the extravagantly wigged Sun King lies, surrounded by his devoted servants, favorite pets, and hopeless physicians. "Serra has crafted a ravishing, darkly witty evocation of 18th-century aristocracy and a neoclassical period piece" (Film Comment). Filled with entrancing candlelit images, exquisite cinematography and costumes, and painstaking details, "the film is as darkly funny as it is moving" (Film Society Lincoln Center), and fuses two great myths: Louis XIV as myth of Power, and Jean-Pierre Léaud -icon of the French New Wave immortalized in the final freeze-frame of Truffaut's The 400 Blows - as myth of Cinema.

Won: Lumière Award – Prix Jean Vigo – Jerusalem Film Festival Award – Prix Louis Delluc – International Cinephile Society Award – Gaudí Award.

NOV. 17 & 19 – Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade – Germany/Austria – 2016 – 162 min.

A divorced, recently retired father with a prankish sense of humor, and prone to assuming absurd and outrageous invented personas, decides to reconnect with his career-obsessed daughter. The attempt throws her ordered life into chaos at times, and leads to profound revelations, transformations, and many surprises for the characters as well as the viewers. At once hilarious comedy, intimate story, powerful social commentary, existential protest against the standardization of life, and supported by fearless performances, "the film wants to shake its audience out of habits of complacency and compromise, to alter our perceptions and renew our sense of what is possible. There are things you will look at differently after seeing Toni Erdmann" (The New York Times).

Won: Cannes Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize – Ernst Lubitsch Award – European Film Awards (Best Director/Film/Actress/Actor/Script) – International Cinephile Society Awards – Palm Spring & San Sebastian International Film Festivals.
Nominated: Academy Awards 2017 – Golden Globes 2017 – BAFTA Awards 2017 – Cannes Film Festival, Palme d'Or – César Awards.

Last Updated: 9/30/19