The 39th Portland International Film Festival: MY GOLDEN DAYS

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An intoxicating ode to romance and youthful coming-of-age, My Golden Days is a prequel to Desplechin’s debut, My Sex Life… Or How I Got into an Argument (1996). When Paul Dédalus returns to France after living in Tajikistan for several years, he is detained at the airport and questioned by the police. It transpires that a Russian with the same name died in Australia. This news provokes a recollection of three memories from Paul’s youth—his childhood with his eccentric mother who died young and his apathetic father; an eventful school trip to Russia with a secret; and, most passionately, his first love, Esther—all which resonate with the present. (123 mins.)

Sponsored by TV5MONDE.

 

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.

MY GOLDEN DAYS screens Thursday, February 25 at 5:45pm at Cinema 21 and also on Saturday, February 27 at 5:45pm 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.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival: DHEEPAN

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Director Jacques Audiard won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this gripping tale of three Sri Lankan refugees and their immigrant struggle. Escaping the Civil War, a couple and a girl—all complete strangers—pose as a family and seek refuge in France. Supporting each other like a real family, Dheepan, the father, finds work as a custodian; Yalini, the mother, gets a job as a caregiver; and the daughter, Illayaal, adjusts to school life. Unfortunately, the place they’ve chosen as a home is in the middle of a gangland, and the family must cope with the threat. In Tamil, English, and French with English subtitles. (115 mins.)
Sponsored by TV5MONDE and the French American Cultural Society.

 

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.

DHEEPAN screens Thursday, February 25 at 5:45pm at the Empirical Theater at OMSI and also on Friday, February 26 at 5:45pm 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.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival: FATIMA

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A Moroccan immigrant now living in Lyon, Fatima works long hours as a cleaning lady to support her two daughters, Nesrine, 18 and a promising pre-med student, and Souad, 15 and rebellious. Her relationship with her younger daughter is especially tense, with the two often bickering as Souad seems too easy to abandon her ethnic heritage for assimilation while Fatima’s poor grasp of French is a constant source of embarrassment. Faucon finds gentle humor in the confusions of assimilation that Fatima experiences, while also revealing the harsh realities of life as an immigrant in France. (79 mins.)

 

Sponsored by TV5MONDE.

 

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.

FATIMA screens Tuesday, February 16 at 6:15pm at the Moreland Theater and on Thursday, February 25 at 6:15pm at the Regal Fox Tower. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival: ADAMA

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The year is 1916. Adama is 12-years-old and lives in a remote West African village. When his elder brother Samba suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. He is accompanied by a griot (a mysterious bard) called Abdou. They travel by car, ship, and train, finally reaching war-torn Europe where they learn Samba is a rifleman with the French army and has been sent to the front line. Adama follows him to a small town in north-eastern France: Verdun. A vibrantly animated journey of initiation for a boy guided by love for his elder brother. (82 mins.)

 Sponsored by LAIKA and TV5MONDE.

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.

ADAMA screens Sunday, February 14 at 1pm at Regal Fox Tower and on Saturday, February 20 at 3:30pm at Cinema 21. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival: MARGUERITE

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“Imagine a collaboration between Vladimir Nabokov and Billy Wilder and you will have some idea of the riches provided by this tragicomedy from writer-director Xavier Giannoli and co-writer Marcia Romano. A 1920’s French would-be opera diva (Catherine Frot), of great wealth and zero singing talent, finds her intricate fantasy of artistic accomplishment enabled by Madelbos (Denis Mpunga), a butler with his own aesthetic strivings. Meanwhile, her long-suffering husband (André Marcon) remains terrified of telling his wife the truth, and perhaps most memorably, her financially needy singing-coach, spouts his self-serving euphemism, ‘sublimity and the ridiculous are never far apart,’ a phrase that distills Marguerite’s ironic, anguished wisdom.” —Telluride Film Festival. (129 mins.)

Sponsored by TV5MONDE and Alliance Française.

 

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.

MARGUERITE screens Saturday, February 13 at 8:45pm at the Moreland Theater and on Thursday, February 18 at 5:45pm at Regal Fox Tower. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival: APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

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1941. Napoléon V is the ruler of an alternative France, and without modern technology, the world runs on coal and steam. Scholars keep mysteriously disappearing, and a young girl named April goes off in search of her scientist parents who vanished. Accompanied by her talking cat Darwin and a young rogue named Julius, she braves mysteries and danger in order to discover the truth. Winner of the Crystal for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Annecy Animation Festival, April and the Extraordinary World is a visually striking, original, and dynamic animated sci-fi adventure based on a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi. (105 mins.)
Sponsored by LAIKA and the French American Cultural Society.

 

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.

APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD screens Saturday, February 13 at 1:15pm at Regal Fox Tower and on Wednesday, February 17 at 6pm at Regal Fox Tower. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

PIFF 38: ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL

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Plisson’s César-winning documentary extols the true worth of getting, and getting to, an education. Shot in Kenya, Patagonia, Morocco, and the Bay of Bengal, the film follows the perilous journeys of four children on their ways to school: Jackson crosses the savannah on foot, avoiding elephants; Carlito rides on horseback across lonely plains and rushing rivers; Zahira treks over treacherous Atlas Mountain passes; Samuel, in his antediluvian wheelchair, is pushed by his brothers over sand dunes and through swamps. While the breathtaking cinematography reveals the splendor of their homelands and the dangers of these voyages keep you on the edge of your seat, at the heart is the children’s resilience and their unstoppable yearning to learn and improve their lives. Ages 10+.

Sponsored by The World Affairs Council of Oregon, the Consulate General of France and French American Cultural Society, San Francisco, and TV5Monde.

 

ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL screens Sunday, February 8 at 4pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) and Saturday, February 14 at 4pm at the World Trade Center 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.

PIFF 38: BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

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Set during World War II in the French Alps, Belle and Sebastian is based on a beloved 1960s French TV series featuring resourceful young Sebastian and the giant mountain sheepdog he calls Belle. Sebastian is a lonely six-year-old boy who dreams of the day his mother will return from America—the place that his adoptive grandfather tells him she’s gone. He finds needed companionship with “the beast” that local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep—an enormous sheepdog that quickly proves anything but dangerous, instead becoming the boy’s best friend and protector. With Nazis rooting out the Resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian soon prove their courage.

Sponsored by TV5Monde and the French American International School.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN screens Sunday, February 8 at 12:30pm at the Moreland Theater, Friday, February 13 at 6pm at the Moreland Theater, and Monday, February 16 at 12:30pm at the Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) 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.

PIFF 38: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

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“Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is a middle-aged actress who soared to stardom in her twenties in a play called Maloja Snake, in which she created the role of a ruthless young woman named Sigrid who engages in a power game with her older boss. Now an established international actress, Maria is considering the role of the older woman in a heavily promoted revival, with an infamous young superstar (Chloë Grace Moretz) as Sigrid. What begins as a chronicle of an actress going through the paces of celebrity culture (fashion shoots, official dinners, interviews, Internet rumors) gradually develops into something more powerfully mysterious: a close meditation on time and how one comes to terms with its passage.”—Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Sponsored by TV5Monde.

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA screens Saturday, February 7 at 9pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) and Monday, February 9 at 5:45pm at Regal Fox Tower 10 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.

PIFF 37: THE DAY OF THE CROWS

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Filled with charming, gorgeous animation, The Day of the Crows is a delightful family film. A father raises his son Courge in the wild and warns him never to venture beyond the forest. One day the boy’s father is injured, and the son must leave the woods in search of help. Entering a neighboring village, he befriends a young girl and experiences the wonders civilization offers—and the truth about his family’s past. Exploring the blurred lines between animal and human, nature and civilization, and the realms of the living and of spirits, underneath is a simple story of a father’s lost love and a boy’s brave struggle to recapture it. (95 mins.)

Recommended for ages 7+.

Sponsored by LAIKA and TV5Monde.

 

THE DAY OF THE CROWS screens Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm at Cinemagic and Saturday, February 22 at 12pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 37th Portland International Film Festival.
Tickets can be purchased online here.

 

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL DETAILS
The 37th Portland International Film Festival hosts screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue), the Empirical Theater at OMSI (1945 SE Water Avenue), Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Avenue), Cinemagic (2021 SE Hawthorne Boulevard), World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon Street, 1st Street, Building 2), and Regal Fox Tower (846 SW Park Avenue).

Over the last 37 years, the Festival has populated its schedule with diverse and innovative films for an audience of more than 38,000 annually from throughout the Northwest.  As Oregon’s largest, most culturally diverse film event, the Portland International Film Festival pulls together a multi-faceted experience with 128 films and special events presenting a full spectrum of features, documentaries, shorts, and visiting artists – and featuring submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by both returning masters and emerging talents.

This year’s Festival includes the return of the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing midnight movies like Ti West’s (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) THE SACRAMENT and Ari Folman’s (WALTZ WITH BASHIR) THE CONGRESS for adventurous festival attendees.  Contained within the PIFF 37 lineup is a sizable animation block with seven animated features on offer, including THE APOSTLE, MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL, and the latest film by Portland-born animator Bill Plympton, CHEATIN’.

Other highlights of PIFF 37 include screenings of Tsai Ming-Liang’s (WHAT TIME IS IT OVER THERE?) STRAY DOGS, Rithy Panh’s THE MISSING PICTURE, Doug Pray’s (HYPE!) LEVITATED MASS, François Ozon’s (SWIMMING POOL) YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL, Jillian Schlesinger’s MAIDENTRIP, Alain Guiraudie’s STRANGER BY THE LAKE, Anthony Chen’s ILO ILO and Claude Lanzmann’s (SHOAH) THE LAST OF THE UNJUST.

FULL SCHEDULE
The full PIFF 37 Program is available to the public online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff37/.

ADVANCE TICKET OUTLET – Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue
Daily from 12-6 p.m.
Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310
Advance tickets online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff37/.

Admission Prices:
$11 General; $10 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $8 Silver Screen Club Friends, Children
Opening Night: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum and OMSI Members

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, LAIKA, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Wieden+Kennedy, Delta Airlines, James F. Marion Miller Foundation, and many others.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit http://www.nwfilm.org.