PIFF After Dark: MAN VS. SNAKE with directors in attendance + short film SLOW CREEP

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In 1983, Tim McVey claimed the highest score ever achieved on a classic video game. The game in question was Nibbler, an obscure title that allows for marathon sessions of 40+ hours. Now in his forties, and with his title bested by another player, Tim undertakes the challenge of reconquering the mountain that is Nibbler. “While MAN VS. SNAKE owes a certain thematic debt to THE KING OF KONG, it is its own film, one whose universal appeal should go beyond the ranks of video-game lovers to anyone who understands that primal need for greatness.” – Matt Singer, Screen Crush (92 mins.)

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SLOW CREEP
Jim Hickcox | US.
It’s movie night for a group of teenaged friends who, despite warnings from a video store clerk, have rented a cursed VHS tape. (13 mins.)

Directors Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy in attendance.

 

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.

MAN VS. SNAKE screens Saturday, February 27 at 11pm at Cinema 21. The film is being presented as part of PIFF After Dark at the 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

PIFF After Dark: THE INVITATION with short film INTRUDERS

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Will and Kira attend a dinner party hosted by Will’s ex-wife Eden in the secluded Hollywood home that they once shared. As the liquor flows, Eden and her new beau begin to proselytize about the new age philosophy they have embraced, leading their guests to assume that they’ve joined a cult. Old wounds are opened, opinions are challenged, and chaos soon ensues. “A serious slow burn that walks a carefully constructed line…and it mesmerizes through its frenzied conclusion.” —Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects (100 mins.)

PRECEDED BY:
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Santiago Menghini | Canada.
A shadowy presence haunts three people in a town where one woman has already perished from its influence. (10 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.

THE INVITATION screens Friday, February 26 at 11pm at Cinema 21. The film is being presented as part of PIFF After Dark at the 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

PIFF After Dark: DEMON with short film TEETH

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Things quickly get out of hand at a Polish wedding when the groom appears to have been possessed by a spirit from the past. Adapted from Piotr Rowicki’s 2008 stage play “Adherence,” Marcin Wrona’s final film is a ghost story that takes the Jewish myth of the dybbuk and commingles it with strong nods to Kubrick’s THE SHINING, including the use of a Penderecki score. “The thematics give DEMON meat, make it a great film, but it’s the filmmaking that makes DEMON a great movie to watch.” – Devin Faraci, Birth. Movies. Death. (94 mins.)

PRECEDED BY:
TEETH
Jennifer Cox | SPAIN, US
A teenage girl has to deal with social awkwardness AND an unusual dental condition. (13 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.

DEMON screens Saturday, February 13 at 11:15pm at Cinema 21. The film is being presented as part of PIFF After Dark at the 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

PIFF After Dark: BASKIN with THE CHICKENING

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While en route to answer distress calls from a rural village, a small group of policemen find themselves diverted to investigate a mysterious figure that skitters out into the road in front of their van. Evrenol takes viewers on a ride to hell as his characters stumble upon a ceremony with dire consequences for all involved. “Baskin has cult midnight written all over it. It’s the kind of art house horror that becomes a household name among genre fans.”– Bloody Disgusting.com (97 mins.)

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THE CHICKENING
Dir. Nick DenBoer, Davy Force | Canada. ?
What if Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining took place in a gigantic chicken processing plant instead of the Overlook Hotel? (5 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.

BASKIN screens Friday, February 12 at 10:30pm at Cinema 21r. The film is being presented as part of PIFF After Dark at the 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

PIFF After Dark: DARKNESS BY DAY

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“In an a old house in a tiny village, Virginia is left alone after her father leaves to check on his ill niece. That is, until her cousin Anabel, who also seems to be under the weather, is brought and left with her. Thankful for another person to talk to, Virginia makes every effort to keep Anabel comfortable and to bond with her. Anabel sleeps most of the day, and at night can be found wandering the woods alone. The radio reports a rabies outbreak in the remote region of Argentina where the women are holed up. In this perpetual shadow of impending doom, Virginia and her cousin are left to face the darkness of things to come.”—Fantastic Fest. Winner, Best Director (horror feature) at Fantastic Fest.

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DARKNESS BY DAY screens Saturday, February 21 at 10:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre 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 After Dark: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

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“Cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus helped to create the modern Israeli film industry. . . . During the ’80s, Golan and Globus set up shop in Hollywood by purchasing The Cannon Group. Dismal titles such as The Apple quickly gained Cannon a reputation as purveyors of rotten movies. Despite the criticism, the pair . . . went on to produce a stunningly eclectic array of films, ranging from straight-up genre (Invasion USA; Death Wish 3) to more esteemed fare (King Lear; Barfly). Hartley expertly weaves together clips from Cannon’s back catalog with an impressive array of interviews with Cannon players. The result is a whiplash-inducing ride through decades of exploitation cinema and high-rolling business deals.”—Fantastic Fest.

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ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS screens Friday, February 20 at 10:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre 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 After Dark: WYRMWOOD

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Routine family life comes to an abrupt end for outback mechanic Barry, who, armed with a nail gun, finds little comfort in having resisted an airborne contagion that’s kicked off an Australian zombie apocalypse. Quickly joining forces with other survivors, he and his merry band of zombie slayers hit the road looking to rescue his punk rock sister from the hands of the sadistic, gas-mask wearing government officials who have kidnapped her. Harvesting more than a smidgeon of that old Mad Max energy, first-time feature director Roache-Turner pushes this tale of the walking dead into audacious new territory, producing a zombie comedy with visual thrills reminiscent of the best early work by Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi.

Sponsored by Yelp!

 

WYRMWOOD screens Saturday, February 14 at 10:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre 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 AFTER DARK: R100

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From the director of Big Man Japan comes this edgy, absurd, and whip-smart dark comedy, featuring the best use of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” since Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Facing down potential familial tragedy, a lonely man named Takafumi explores the edges of his own repressed sexual desire by hiring the services of a secretive S&M club. Without any warning, a leather-clad dominatrix may appear at any time or place and humiliate and beat him to gratification. All the while, our quiet department store clerk struggles to balance fatherhood, work, and the need to not be caught. Writer-director Hitoshi Matsumoto intercuts the action with a hilariously meta, film-within-a-film critique that continually questions our hero’s onscreen choices and the very scenario upon which the plot hangs.

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R100 screens Friday, February 13 at 10:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre 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 After Dark: BACKCOUNTRY at PIFF 38

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What begins as a romantic weekend camping trip deep into the Canadian woods quickly decends into an exercise in abject horror in actor-director Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry. Despite the warnings of a seemingly prescient park ranger, Alex and Jenn venture blindly along the Blackfoot Trail with Alex’s memory their sole compass and only a few supplies on hand. Before long, the couple encounters a multitude of dangers including a menacing backwoods guide with questionable intentions towards each of them, a complete loss of direction, and, most threatening of all, a wild force of nature that stalks them relentlessly. Backcountry “will have you thinking twice about your next camping trip.”—Nick Watson, Black Sheep Reviews.

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BACKCOUNTRY screens Saturday, February 7 at 10:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival’s PIFF After Dark program.

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.

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.