Portland International Film Festival
February 18-21, 2014

Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum

The opportunity to teach the world through film is available FREE to you and your students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participation is by advanced reservation only. Please preview the film you intend to see, and take advantage of the background materials provided to optimize curriculum integration.

Films and Showtimes:

Tuesday, February 18
10:00am ERNEST & CELESTINE (France)
12:30pm MAIDENTRIP (Netherlands)

Wednesday, February 19
10:00am MAIDENTRIP (Netherlands)
12:30pm THE GOLDEN DREAM (Mexico)

Thursday, February 20
10:00am VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Great Britain)
12:30pm MAIDENTRIP (Netherlands)

Friday, February 21
10:00am THE GOLDEN DREAM (Mexico)
12:30pm ERNEST & CELESTINE (France)


Information about visiting the Whitsell Auditorium (map)

Questions? Contact Anna Crandall, (503) 221-1156 x25

Festival screenings are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 18 at 10:00am
Friday, February 21 at 12:45pm
In French with English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner

Animation- 80 mins.
Ernest and Celestine is the winner of France’s Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous other festival prizes. Tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears that live aboveground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for burly troubadour Ernest, the pair forms an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny, and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde create “a delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, a just-about-perfect hand-drawn animated feature.”—Screen Daily.

Sponsored by the French American International School and TV5Monde.

MAIDENTRIP (Netherlands, 2013)
Tuesday, February 18 at 12:30pm
Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00am
Thursday, February 20 at 12:30pm
In Dutch and English with English subtitles
Themes: personal courage, first person storytelling, carrying out a journey, family relationships

Director: Jillian Schlesinger
Documentary – 82 mins.
“At just 14 years old, Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage ‘to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.’ While the Dutch teen’s announcement spurs a highly publicized custody battle with the Child Welfare Office, Schlesinger focuses on the real heart of the story, a fiercely independent girl and her audacious dream. Schlesinger films Laura at her many exotic ports of call, but it’s the young captain herself who shoots all the footage at sea in journal-like conversations with the camera. Far from scrutiny and land, she’s visibly free and speaks so confidently and honestly about her desires, fears, and vulnerability, you forget you’re watching a teenager. It’s clear this old soul is captaining not only her beloved boat Guppy, but also her future, of which she’s already in full command.”—Hot Docs.

Sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill and the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Thursday February 20th at 10:00am
In North American Indian (Greenlandic) and English with English subtitles
Topics: indigenous cultural traditions, coming of age, perspectives on environmentalism, narrative structure in documentary

Directors: Sarah Gavron, David Katznelson
Documentary – 82 mins.
This rich, real-life human drama, full of humor and hope, follows the lives of the 59 villagers who inhabit the Inuit village of Niaqornat, one of the most remote human habitations on Earth in spectacular northern Greenland.  With stunning cinematography and disarming interaction with their subjects, the filmmakers follow the life of the community for an entire year, as it grapples with many of the same challenges as other small communities around the world: a dwindling population, a lack of industry and jobs, the traditional giving way to modernity.  The film focuses on a number of interesting townsfolk—Ilanngauq, the adaptable outsider who moved to Niaqornat after meeting his wife online; Annie, the elder who remembers the ways of the shamans and a time when the lights were fueled by seal blubber, and Karl, the huntsman and village leader who hatches a plan to revitalize the economy which unfolds over the course of the story.  The most compelling character is Lars—the village’s only teenager, who lives with his grandparents and connects with the world via Facebook and Google Earth while dreaming of another life as he nears 18.  Against the backdrop of steadily melting ice that portends larger ecological changes for the whole planet, he too faces his own future and gathers the strength to move forward.

Sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

THE GOLDEN DREAM (Mexico, 2013)
Wednesday, February 19 at 12:30pm
Friday, February 21 at 9:45am
In Spanish with English subtitles
Topics: immigration, struggle and perseverance, friendship and loyalty

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez
Narrative – 102 mins.
Quemada-Díez brings a gritty realism and social conscience to a story about the excitement and horror young Central American migrants regularly face in trying to make it to the United States. Sara, a Guatemalan teenager, chops her hair off and disguises herself as a boy. She’s joined by her friends Juan and Samuel on a thrilling and brutal journey north, hopping freight trains heading for Los Angeles. As the group faces life-and-death challenges from bandits and corrupt law enforcement, they learn crucial life lessons about friendship and loyalty. This poetic thriller was inspired by the true stories unfolding daily along unnamed railroad tracks, and the remarkable cast of untrained actors won a special prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. “A very substantial movie, with great compassion and urgency.”—The Guardian, London.

Sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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