The 39th Portland International Film Festival: SWORN VIRGIN

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A memorable telling of a fascinating and little-known Albanian custom, Sworn Virgin features a remarkable performance by Alba Rohrwacher as a woman who lives her life as a man. While still a girl, Hana decides to escape fate as a wife and servant in the mountains. She takes an oath of eternal virginity, which gives women the chance to pick up a rifle and live free as a man. For everybody in the village Hana becomes Mark, a ‘sworn virgin’. But as years of solitude pass, Mark begins to question his choice and sets out on a journey of discovery, exchanging Albania for Italy, past for present, masculine for feminine. New Director Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival. In Albanian and Italian with English subtitles. (90 mins.)

The 39th Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Delta Airlines, LAIKA, Willamette Week, Regal Entertainment Group, Travel Portland, Umpqua Bank, The Autzen Foundation, Amtrak Cascades, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Eastund, Voodoo Doughnut, TV5Monde, and many others.

SWORN VIRGIN screens Friday, February 26 at 8:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

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