Film Series

Best of Recent Cinema (Spring 2017)

All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus and will be preceded by a ten-minute introduction by a visiting director or member of the Notre Dame community. 

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit

A limited number of free tickets are available the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at 211 Brownson Hall.



Toni Erdmann


Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Introduced by 

William Donahue, John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C. Professor of the Humanities and Chair, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature

About the Film

Winfried doesn't see much of his daughter, Ines, as she pursues her straight-laced career as a corporate strategist in Bucharest.  Disguised as hs smooth-talking alter ego, Winfried barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach.  In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

Written and directed by Maren Ade/ 162 minutes / German and English / Rated R.


Microbe and Gasoline


Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Introduced by 

Olivier Morel, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures and Film, Television, and Theatre; and Associate Director of Ph.D. in Literature

About the Film

Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a like-minded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France.

Written and directed by Michel Gondry / 103 minutes / French with English subtitles / Rated PG-13


Once Upon A Time There Lived a Simple Woman

Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Free Dinner
Complimentary pizza will be available in the lobby at 6:00 p.m for students attending the film while supplies last. Student ID required.

About the Film
The story of the life of an illiterate Russian peasant woman between 1909 and 1921, focusing on her life and suffering under both Tsarist and Bolshevik regimes. 

Directed by Andrey Smirnov / Russian with English Subtitles / 150 minutes / Not Rated (Due to sexual violence, it is not recommended for children under 18 years old to attend.)


Lost and Beautiful

Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Introduced by 

Alberto LoPinto, Ph.D. candidate in Italian, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

About the Film: A film involving two servants, man and beast, embark upon a long fable-like quest through Italy, at the end of which they will not find quite what they had expected. Shot on expired 16mm stock, Lost and Beautiful is a ravishing work that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new filmmaker.  

Directed by Pietro Marcello / Italian with English subtitles / 87 minutes / Not Rated