This year’s Romanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this subtle and movingly told tale of loss and recovery is reminiscent of the work of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu. Recent floods in rural southern Romania have swept away 80-year-old Costache’s wife and all of their belongings. Now, after a 20-year absence, his estranged son Ticu arrives with his Japanese wife and young son. The unexpected visit forces father and son to relearn how to rebuild their relationship. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his seven-year-old grandson, while Ticu straightens out past mistakes. “A satisfying, unexpectedly upbeat film, superbly played, in which hope is always just about visible through the tragedy.”—The Hollywood Reporter. In Romanian and Japanese with English subtitles.

Sponsored by the Romanian American Society.

THE JAPANESE DOG screens Friday, February 6 at 8:30pm at Regal Fox Tower 10, Wednesday, February 11 at 8:30pm at our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum), and Thursday, February 19 at 6pm at the Moreland Theater as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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