Official Selections of the 37th Portland International Film Festival Nominated for Academy Awards

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The recently announced Academy Award nominations include several of the official selections from the Northwest Film Center’s 37th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 37), including one of our Opening Night selections, Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES, nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.  Portland audiences are also invited during the Festival to swoon at the French-produced animated feature, ERNEST AND CELESTINE, also nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.

In the running for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Cambodian director Rithy Panh’s THE MISSING PICTURE, exploring the widespread tragedy of an erased populace during the 1970s reign of the Khmer Rouge, is also one of the more enticing films on offer at PIFF 37.  Additionally, the political thriller OMAR, from director Hany Abu-Assad (PARADISE NOW), represents Palestine in the Oscar race.

Outside of the features categories, there are two shorts present in the annual PIFF Shorts Cuts showcases up for Oscars this year.  Both THAT WASN’T ME by Spanish director Estaban Crespo and DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING? from Finnish director Selma Vihunen are scheduled as part of the Festival’s SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES presentation.

Those who engaged heavily with last year’s Festival might remember that PIFF 36 included the Portland premiere of Thomas Vinterberg’s THE HUNT, starring Danish dynamo Mads Mikkelsen.  As such, the Film Center is pleased to see Vinterberg’s film included in this year’s Best Foreign Language Film category.  Tangentially, anyone looking for an opportunity to see Mikkelsen ply his craft at PIFF 37 should direct their attention to Arnaud des Pallières’ AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, which screens in the Festival on Feb. 8 and 10.

 

 

Screening times:

THE WIND RISES
February 6 – Thursday 6:30p.m. (Cinema 21)
February 6 – Thursday 6:45p.m. (OMSI)
Purchase tickets here.

 

ERNEST & CELESTINE
February 7 – Friday 6:00p.m. (Whitsell Auditorium)
February 11 – Tuesday 6:00p.m. (Fox Tower)
Purchase tickets here.

 

OMAR
February 9 – Sunday 8:00p.m. (Whitsell Auditorium)
February 13 – Monday 6:00p.m. (Cinemagic)
Purchase tickets here.

 

THE MISSING PICTURE
February 7 – Friday 6:00p.m. (World Trade Center Theater)
February 15 – Saturday 6:00p.m. (World Trade Center Theater)
Purchase tickets here.

 

SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES
February 8 – Saturday 1:00p.m. (Whitsell Auditorium)
February 16 – Sunday 12:30p.m. (Whitsell Auditorium)
Purchase tickets here.

AGE OF UPRISING: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL KOHLHAAS
February 8 – Saturday 3:30p.m. (Cinema 21)
February 10 – Monday 8:30p.m. (Fox Tower)
Purchase tickets 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 over 125 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 January 24 at nwfilm.org. Press screenings begin on January 27.

ADVANCE TICKET OUTLET
Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue
Opens January 27 — daily from 12-6 p.m.
Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310
Advance tickets online at nwfilm.org on January 27.

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 36 Posters for Sale: Limited Quantities Available

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The 36th Portland International Film Festival might be over, but we’ve got a way for you to keep flaunting your enthusiasm for it.  There’s a very limited stock of full-size posters hanging around the Film Center.  And, get this, we’re asking a mere $10/a piece for them.  How’s that for a deal?

These posters are absolutely appropriate for framing (a few of our patrons have already told us that they’ve done as much) or tossing directly on the wall of your dorm, rumpus room, man-cave, and/or hobby space.

Posters can be purchased by either stopping by the front desk at the School of Film (934 SW Salmon Ave.) or at our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) before or during any of our screenings.  At only ten smackers, it’s almost like we’re giving ’em away!

AYT #54: War Witches vs. Giant Slayers

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This week, Joe and Erik pack in a lot of topics, starting with thoughts on the Oscars and especially the controversy over the visual effects picketing go on during the ceremony and the fallout for companies making amazing digital effects for the movies. Check out this article by Drew McWeeny over at HitFix for context. Then it’s on to a chat about the new movie Jack the Giant Slayer, which Erik saw and gives his thoughts on, but this also leads to a brief discussion of director Bryan Singer‘s career to date as well as the difference between escapist movie experiences and the often more lasting experience of serious arthouse fare. This leads us to our review of the excellent foreign film War Witch, which we caught at PIFF recently and opens in Portland at the end of March.

New episodes of Adjust Your Tracking are released every Thursday, so make sure to come back and check out what Joe and Erik are discussing every week. We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section, or feel free to email adjustyourtracking@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/adjustyourtrack. We’re on iTunes now, so make sure to subscribe to the show by clicking the link below. Also, leaving reviews and rating the show on iTunes is really helpful in getting more attention and attracting more listeners, so please do so if you like what we do. You can also stream the episode on the embedded player below.

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PIFF 36 Trailer of the Day: Our Homeland

Our Homeland

“Japanese-Korean director Yong-hi Yang, born in Japan but from a North Korean family, tells the story of her brother Son-ho, who after living in North Korea for 25 years after leaving Japan at age 16, is given rare permission to visit his Japanese family and receive specialized medical care. Under the tense surveillance of a North Korean agent, Son-ho must come to grips with whether he has a place in either culture.”  Hit this link to our PIFF 36 microsite for more information about how to see OUR HOMELAND at the 36th Portland International Film Festival.

The 36th Portland International Film Festival is made possible through the kind support of The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, and our many other Festival sponsors.

PIFF 36 Trailer of the Day: Post Tenebras Lux

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“Reygadas’s enigmatic, visually ravishing film presents the occurrences around Juan and Natalia, a wealthy couple living in a stunning house in the lush countryside with their two little children and their pack of dogs. Mundane domestic events are punctuated by a series of disparate, occasionally fantastical subplots within a tableau of overwhelming beauty haunted by mysterious sinister forces.”  Hit this link to our PIFF 36 microsite for more information about how to see POST TENEBRAS LUX at the 36th Portland International Film Festival.

Our PIFF 36 screenings of POST TENEBRAS LUX are sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Portland.

AYT #53: Digital Frustrations, Oscar Predictions

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This week, Joe and Erik discuss who should win, who will win and who was snubbed by the Oscars this year. But before they get to that, it’s time to finally dive in to the digital vs. film discussion. With PIFF 36 seeing a lot of change this year in that area, the hosts discuss their own experiences and how digital cinema can be improved, with just a few simples changes.

New episodes of Adjust Your Tracking are released every Thursday, so make sure to come back and check out what Joe and Erik are discussing every week. We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section, or feel free to email adjustyourtracking@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/adjustyourtrack. We’re on iTunes now, so make sure to subscribe to the show by clicking the link below. Also, leaving reviews and rating the show on iTunes is really helpful in getting more attention and attracting more listeners, so please do so if you like what we do. You can also stream the episode on the embedded player below.

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PIFF 36 Trailer of the Day: The Hunt

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“A provocative, all-too-believable study in mob mentality and the unfailing belief of adults in the innocence of children, The Hunt is a gripping psychological drama with a stellar performance by Mikkelsen, who won the Best Actor Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.”  Hit this link to our PIFF 36 microsite for more information about how to see THE HUNT at the 36th Portland International Film Festival.

Our PIFF 36 screenings of THE HUNT are sponsored by the ScanDesign Foundation and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation.

Breaking News: Encore Screenings Have Been Announced

As we head into the final days of the Festival, we’re pleased to be able to share our PIFF 36 encore screenings schedule.  In past years, these showings have all happened on the Sunday after the Festival.  This year, we’ve scheduled the screenings for Sunday, February 24-Tuesday, February 26.  All details can be found below:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

TIME FILM COUNTRY RUNTIME THEATER
10 a.m. CHINESE TAKE-OUT Argentina 98 mins. WH
12:30 p.m. BARFI! India 151 mins. WH
3:45 p.m. CARMINA OR BLOW UP Spain 70 mins. WH

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

TIME FILM COUNTRY RUNTIME THEATER
6 p.m. BEST OF THE SHORTS Various 90 mins. WH
8:15 p.m. 80 MILLION Poland 102 mins. WH

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

TIME FILM COUNTRY RUNTIME THEATER
6 p.m. THE LAST SHEPHERD Italy 76 mins. WH
8:30 p.m. THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA Germany 90 mins. WH

Please be aware that times and films are subject to change.

Tickets will be made available for purchase later today at our advance ticket outlet (located in the lobby of the Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building), online at our PIFF 36 microsite, and also at the Whitsell Auditorium before each screening.

PIFF 36 Trailer of the Day: Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

“Set in 1990s Montreal, Laurence Anyways narrates the story of Laurence, a handsome high school teacher and writer who is madly in love with his girlfriend, Fred, a film producer. Their joyful life is turned upside down when Laurence announces his transsexuality and his choice to live as a woman.”  Hit this link to our PIFF 36 microsite for more information about how to see LAURENCE ANYWAYS at the 36th Portland International Film Festival.

Many thanks to our Festival sponsor QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Festival.  This year’s edition of QDoc runs from May 16-19.

PIFF 36 Trailer of the Day: In the Fog

In the Fog

“Adapted from the novel by Vasili Bykov, Loznitsa’s film is a sobering meditation on the complicated moral decisions faced by both soldiers and citizens during wartime.”  Hit this link to our PIFF 36 microsite for more information on how to see IN THE FOG at the 36th Portland International Film Festival.

The 36th Portland International Film Festival is made possible through the kind support of The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, and our many other Festival sponsors.