The 39th Portland International Film Festival: MISS HOKUSAI

Miss Hokusai

In 1814 Edo, an accomplished artist works tirelessly in his studio. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work will come to mesmerize prominent Western artists. But few were aware of the woman who often painted for him while remaining un-credited. Based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, Miss Hokusai is the untold and beautifully animated story of O-Ei, aka Katsushika Oi, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father—her own art is so powerful that it leads to trouble. (93 mins.)

Sponsored by LAIKA and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland.

 

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.

MISS HOKUSAI screens Sunday, February 21 at 7pm at the Roseway Theater and on Wednesday, February 24 at 8:30pm 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: 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: 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.

Get Ready for the 38th Portland International Film Festival – February 5-21, 2015

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The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the 38th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 38) dates and Opening Night film, as well as the first time inclusion of two new PIFF venues. This year’s Festival begins on Thursday, February 5th and will run through the 21st of the month. Our Opening Night selection is Argentinean director Damián Szofrón’s Oscar-nominated film WILD TALES, an anthology of six blackly-comic short stories sharing a common theme of frustration, bestial revenge, and the past coming back to haunt in an escalating fashion. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar, WILD TALES screens at the Regal Fox Tower 10 (846 SW Park Ave), which is also the site of the PIFF 38 Opening Night party.

 

Screening time:

February 5 – Thursday 7p.m. (doors at 6p.m.; show at 7)

 

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
The Northwest Film Center and The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE invite you to join us after the screening of WILD TALES at the Fox Tower to celebrate the opening of this year’s Festival with co-hosts King Estate Winery, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Swank & Swine, and Pearl Catering.

Opening Night Film & Party tickets: $25 General, $20 Silver Screen Club Friend and Portland Art Museum members. The evening, and all other PIFF and regular year-round Film Center screenings—nearly 500 annually— are free for Silver Screen Director, Producer, Benefactor, and Sustainer members. Buy a PIFF pass in the form of a (Director level or above) Silver Screen Club membership now at http://nwfilm.org/donate/silverscreen/. Opening Night tickets go on sale on January 23 at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff38/.

 

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL DETAILS
Following Opening Night, PIFF retains a sizable presence downtown and throughout the city with screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue), Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Avenue), Regal Fox Tower (846 SW Park Avenue), World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon Street, 1st Street, Building 2), the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard) and, for the first time, the Moreland Theater (6712 SE Milwaukie Avenue) and Roseway Theater (7229 NE Sandy Boulevard).


Over the last 38 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 over 150 films (97 features and 60 shorts) 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.
In coordination with Cine-Lit 2015, the eighth International Conference on Hispanic Film & Fiction, co-produced by Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon, in partnership with the Northwest Film Center and Portland International Film Festival, the Festival offers a broad spectrum of new films this year from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
In addition to opening with Damián Szofrón’s WILD TALES, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Festival will host Abderrahmane Sissako’s TIMBUKTU, also nominated in that category. As in past years, the Festival features an abundance of short films. This year’s lineup boasts eight discrete short film programs, including one devoted entirely to films made in Oregon, another built entirely of Spanish-produced content, and an animated shorts program curated by LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro. Among the multitude of shorts on offer, the festival is proud to host Daisy Jacobs’ THE BIGGER PICTURE, nominated for the Short Film – Animated Academy Award, and Matt Kirby’s THE PHONE CALL, nominated in the Short Film – Live Action category.
This year’s Festival includes the return of the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing late night movies like Adam MacDonald’s BACKCOUNTRY, Mark Hartley’s (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS, and Hitoshi Matsumoto’s (BIG MAN JAPAN) R100 for adventurous festival attendees. All PIFF After Dark shows are scheduled to happen at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Boulevard).
Other highlights of PIFF 38 include screenings of Lisandro Alonso’s (LOS MUERTOS) JAUJA, Joshua Oppenheimer’s (THE ACT OF KILLING) THE LOOK OF SILENCE, Pedro Costa’s (COLOSSAL YOUTH) HORSE MONEY, Gabe Polsky’s (THE MOTEL LIFE) RED ARMY, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s (EAGLE VS. SHARK) WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, Najwa Najjar’s (POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH) EYES OF A THIEF, Albert Maysles’ (GIMME SHELTER) IRIS, Olivier Assayas’ (CARLOS) CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker’s I AM BIG BIRD: THE CAROLL SPINNEY STORY, Kornél Mundruczó WHITE GOD, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s THE TRIBE, Chuck Workman’s (EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL) MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES, Sergei Loznitsa’s (MY JOY) MAIDAN, Maria Gamboa’s MATEO, Yȏji Yamada’s (THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI) THE LITTLE HOUSE and Christian Petzold’s (JERICHOW) PHOENIX.

FULL SCHEDULE
The full PIFF 38 Program is available in printed form to the public now. The schedule is also available digitally via ISSUU:

 

ADVANCE TICKET OUTLET

Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue

Opens January 26 — daily from 12-6 p.m. (through February 22)

Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310

 

Advance tickets available online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff38/


Admission Prices: 

$12 General; $11 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $9 Silver Screen Club Friends, Children

Opening Night: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum Members

 

 

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.

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival – November 7-15

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This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (NWFest41) presents 45+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Christopher Rauschenberg, much lauded photographer and co-founder of Portland’s trailblazing Blue Sky Gallery. Festival film highlights include Vera Brenner-Sung’s “meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West,” BELLA VISTA; John Gussman and Jessica Plumb’s ecologically-minded documentary RETURN OF THE RIVER, concerning water and tribal rights on the Elwha River; Beth Harrington’s THE WINDING STREAM, an examination of the enduring impact of the original Carter Family on the musical landscape; and Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm’s family farming doc, DRYLAND.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I— a collection of films from makers based in Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA, Edmonds, WA, Belgrade, MT, Livingston, MT, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II and Shorts III are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction. All three shorts programs will screen twice during the Festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker. Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.

Additionally, NWFest41 will cater to makers via two participatory workshops. On Sunday, November 9 from 2-4pm, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky (HEAR AND NOW) will lead an intensive on “Developing the Doc-Maker’s Ear for Story,” which will be followed immediately after by a 4:30pm screening of her film ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES): THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP. Saturday, November 15 at 10am-3pm, musician/composer Mark Orton (NEBRASKA, BOXTROLLS) will enlighten in a workshop entitled “Inside the World of Film Composing.” Both workshops will take place at the Northwest Film Center’s School of Film, located at 934 SW Salmon Street.

Download the full NWFest41 schedule via ISSUU:

This year’s Opening Night party, sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and North by Northwest Winery, will be held at the Film Center’s School of Film, 934 SW Salmon Street. Festival screenings will take place at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

 

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

PIFF 37: THE APOSTLE

THE APOSTLE

Ramon, a convict who has escaped from jail, arrives in a remote Galician mountain village searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What at first appears to be a deserted town in which only a few old people live turns out to be a village under a mysterious curse that has existed for over 600 years. He soon finds himself in a nightmarish world in which the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. This adult fairy tale—a beguiling mix of stop-motion, 3D animation, and motion capture, steeped in a dark, gothic visual style and accompanied by a haunting soundtrack composed by Philip Glass—won the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. (80 mins.)

Sponsored by LAIKA.

 

THE APOSTLE screens Wednesday, February 19 at 8:30pm at Cinema 21 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.

PIFF 37: THE DAY OF THE CROWS

The Day of the Crows

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.

PIFF 37: MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL

My Mommy is in America

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale full of moments of sheer, simple, childish joy. Six-year-old Jean is starting first grade. He looks forward to learning to read and write so he won’t need Michelle, the girl next door, to read the postcards he gets from his mysteriously absent mother, who writes from around the world about her wild adventures. Even though they seem far-fetched at times, with his father so busy, the postcards bring comfort. A bittersweet, joyous, and thought-provoking tale about childhood loss and the need even for adults to hide from the truth at times. (75 mins.)

Recommended for animation lovers ages 8+.

Sponsored by LAIKA and TV5Monde.

 

MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL screens Sunday, February 16 at 1pm at Cinemagic 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.

Animated Worlds: PIFF 37 Showcases Animation from Around the Globe

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The Northwest Film Center’s 37th Portland International Film Festival kicked off last week with Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song THE WIND RISES on two of the three Opening Night screens.  But the animated programming at PIFF 37 doesn’t stop there!  In addition to THE WIND RISES, this year’s Festival boasts seven animated features sourced from cutting edge directors around the globe.  From the Oscar-nominated, French film ERNEST AND CELESTINE to Israeli director Ari Folman’s psychedelic, metaphysical thriller THE CONGRESS, PIFF 37 offers up a multitude of animated pleasures for viewers of all ages and tastes.

Thanks to LAIKA for supporting these animated Festival films.

Complete PIFF 37 animation listings:

February 19 – Wednesday 8:30p.m.
THE APOSTLE (Dir. Fernando Cortizo)


Ramon, a convict who has escaped from jail, arrives in a remote Galician mountain village searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What at first appears to be a deserted town in which only a few old people live turns out to be a village under a mysterious curse that has existed for over 600 years. He soon finds himself in a nightmarish world in which the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. This adult fairy tale—a beguiling mix of stop-motion, 3D animation, and motion capture, steeped in a dark, gothic visual style and accompanied by a haunting soundtrack composed by Philip Glass—won the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. (80 mins.)

Purchase tickets now!

February 15 – Saturday 3:30p.m.
February 17 – Monday 12:15p.m.
AYA OF YOP CITY (Dir. Clément Oubrerie, Marguerite Abouet)


Based on the series of young adult graphic novels, this vibrant animated tale unfolds in a colorful, working-class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Life is good in Yop City: its sun-soaked markets, open air bars, and quirky cafés are the perfect backdrop for 19-year-old Aya and her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou. While the bookish Aya hopes to get a degree in medicine, the ambitions of Adjoua and Bintou lean more toward the degree to which they can attract young men. In this upbeat, gentle weave of modern urban Africa, the three girls navigate nosy neighbors, meddling relatives, young romance, and old traditions, all complicated by the unexpected pregnancy of Adjoua. Aya of Yop City presents us with a picture of African life too seldom seen in the West—lighthearted, warm, and universal. (84 mins.)

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February 12 – Wednesday 8:30p.m.
February 16 – Sunday 5:30p.m.
CHEATIN’ (Dir. Bill Plympton)


An adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder—infused with Plympton’s surreal sense of humor—Cheatin’ takes its inspiration from the work of such James M. Cain noir classics as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine,” Ella takes the form of Jake’s numerous lovers, fighting malfunction and deceit to reclaim their destiny. Plympton’s seventh animated feature is his first done in a hand-painted style, with over 40,000 drawings colored by a studio team of just 10 people. (76 mins.)
Director Bill Plympton in attendance at the 2/12 screening.
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February 14 – Friday 11:45p.m. (screening begins at midnight)
THE CONGRESS (Dir. Ari Folman)
“Folman’s follow-up to his strikingly rotoscoped Waltz with Bashir is a bold, metaphysical sci-fi satire: a live-action set-up that goes down the rabbit hole of loony animation partway through. Based on a novel by Solaris author Stanislaw Lem, The Congress sees Robin Wright playing Robin Wright, an actress with diminishing options in a savage and surreal movie business. When her agent (Harvey Keitel) delivers an ultimatum, Wright’s only choice is to sell her very identity. Plunged into a lurid Orwellian future, she must rediscover herself with the help of her personal animator (Jon Hamm) and human doctor (Paul Giamatti).”—London Film Festival. “[A] visionary work…it’s lyrical and mysterious, contemplating age-old sci-fi questions (of artificial intelligence, of perception versus reality) while grafting them onto a commentary about the changing nature of movies.”—RogerEbert.com. (120 mins.)

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February 19 – Wednesday 6p.m.
February 22 – Saturday 12p.m.
THE DAY OF THE CROWS (Dir. Jean-Christophe Dessaint)


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.)

Purchase tickets now!

February 11 – Tuesday 6p.m.
ERNEST AND CELESTINE (Dir. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner)


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. (80 mins.)
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February 16 – Sunday 1p.m.
MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL (Dir. Marc Boréal, Thibaut Chatel)
Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this winner of the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival is a beautifully moving tale full of moments of sheer, simple, childish joy. Six-year-old Jean is starting first grade. He looks forward to learning to read and write so he won’t need Michelle, the girl next door, to read the postcards he gets from his mysteriously absent mother, who writes from around the world about her wild adventures. Even though they seem far-fetched at times, with his father so busy, the postcards bring comfort. A bittersweet, joyous, and thought-provoking tale about childhood loss and the need even for adults to hide from the truth at times. (75 mins.)

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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.

It’s FINALLY here! Download a Copy of the PIFF 37 Schedule Right Now.

With less than three weeks until the opening of Oregon’s biggest annual film event, requests for a peek inside our 37th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 37) have reached a fever pitch.  Well, ask and ye shall receive!  Our handsome PIFF 37 programs will be hitting the streets beginning next week.  But, until then, we’re delighted to be able to offer up a downloadable digital edition of the full schedule below.

Keep your eyes on our website at nwfilm.org because the PIFF 37 Festival microsite will go live on Friday, January 24th with tickets going on sale on Monday, January 27th.  Our Advanced Ticket Office (ATO) will also open on the 27th.  The ATO is located in the lobby of the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building (1119 SW Park Avenue).  Ticket are also available via phone at (503) 276-4310 beginning on the January 27th.

If you’d like to purchase a PIFF 37 pass, our Silver Screen Club memberships (Director level and above) function as both an all-access PIFF 37 pass and your ticket to all of our regularly priced programming throughout the year.  Memberships purchased at the Silver Screen Club Friend level receive discounts on both PIFF 37 programs and all of our regularly priced programming for a full year.  To join the Silver Screen club, click here or call our Membership Coordinator Sophia MacKenzie at (503) 221-1156 x19.

 

Want to grab the digital edition of the PIFF 37 schedule now?  Click the image below to download it:

PIFF 37 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 Northwest Film Center’s 37th Portland International Film Festival will host 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).

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 www.nwfilm.org.