The 39th Portland International Film Festival: SIVAS

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Sivas is set in remote, eastern Anatolia, where Aslan, a troubled 11-year-old boy, rescues and adopts a shepherd dog who has been injured and left to die after a vicious, illegal dog fight. Sivas is at first just an impressive weapon in Aslan’s fight for the affection of his classmate Ay?e, but the potential for the animal to return to a more brutal and cruelly competitive world is always simmering below the surface. Müjdeci doesn’t try to make a comment about the macho culture of fighting dogs, but instead paints a portrait of a boy trying to make his way into manhood despite societal constraints and the harsh Anatolian landscape. (97 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.

SIVAS screens Friday, February 26 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: CRACKS IN CONCRETE

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After a decade in prison for second-degree murder, hardened but broken 35-year-old Ertan is intent on making a new start by staying away from the criminal world, but nobody really believes him. Returning to the grim streets of Vienna, he seeks out his son Mikail, now a teenager and unaware that his father even exists. Mikail dreams of being a rapper, but has turned to drug dealing and stealing to get his career started. To try and save his son from the life that ruined his own, Ertan works his way into his son’s quickly spiraling world without letting on who he really is. But what will happen when the inevitable truth is bound to come out? In German and Turkish with English subtitles.

CRACKS IN CONCRETE screens Sunday, February 8 at 3:30pm at Regal Fox Tower 10 and Saturday, February 14 at 8:30pm 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 38: GIOVANNI’S ISLAND

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After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the lives of brothers Junpei and Kanta are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies their small island of Shikotan, and they must work to keep their family together while struggling to understand an unfamiliar culture. Their new friend Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother, but it’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from their home. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a beautifully animated story about the importance of familial bonds and persevering through the greatest of hardships. In Japanese and Russian with English subtitles.

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

GIOVANNI’S ISLAND screens Sunday, February 8 at 3:15pm at the Moreland Theater and Tuesday, February 10 at 6pm at Cinema 21 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: CORN ISLAND

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The Inguri River forms Georgia’s border with the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, and tensions between the nations run high. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land. An old Abkhaz farmer and his teenage granddaughter build a hut on one of the islands, plowing the earth to sow corn. When the corn has shot up, the girl, herself blossoming, finds a wounded Georgian soldier hiding among the stalks as border patrol boats look for trouble in a no-man’s land. “An astonishing feat of cinema presented with the utmost modesty . . . an unparalleled big screen experience.”—Variety. Winner of the Best Film Prize, Karlovy Vary Film Festival and this year’s Georgian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

CORN ISLAND screens Saturday, February 7 at 9pm at Regal Fox Tower 10 and Saturday, February 14 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 38: THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

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Based on a bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this delightful comedy tells the unbelievable story of former dynamite expert Allan Karlsson, the titular 100-year-old man, who isn’t ready to stop life’s party. Fleeing his nursing home, Allan boards a bus and accidentally picks up a skinhead’s suitcase filled with 50 million kronor. On the run from the cops and the skinheads, the droll fugitive centenarian is accompanied by his many memories; in Zelig- and Forrest Gump-like fashion, it turns out he has brushed shoulders with the likes of Franco, Truman, Stalin, and Reagan over the years—all remembered in richly absurd flashbacks. The top-grossing film in Sweden last year, Herngen’s zany romp won the national audience vote for Best Film at the Swedish Guldbagge (Academy) Awards.

Sponsored by Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society.

 

THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED screens Saturday, February 7 at 9pm at the Moreland Theater and Monday, February 9 at 8:30pm in our 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: THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

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This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and the winner of the Best Director award at the Montreal World Film Festival, O’s film is set in the grittiest fringes of Hokkaido, a port town in a permanent polluted haze. The traumatized Tatsuo spends his days drifting aimlessly and his nights drinking to oblivion. At a smoke-filled pachinko bar, he meets Takuji, a brash blonde teen parolee, who impulsively invites him to the seaside hovel she shares with her bedridden father, careworn mother, and world-weary older sister Chinatsu. As Tatsuo and Chinatsu take tentative steps towards a relationship, a ray of light in their hopeless world, the happy go lucky Takuji latches on to Tatsuo with unforeseen consequences.

Sponsored by the Consular Office of Japan in Portland and Shigezo Restaurant.

 

THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE screens Friday, February 6 at 7pm at the Roseway Theater and Sunday, February 8 at 8:30pm 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.

Spend the Summer with Us: Download Our June/July/August Schedule!

Summer’s on the horizon and with it comes a brand new NW Film Center schedule!

Between Top Down: Rooftop Cinema, summer classes at the School of Film, the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival, New Czech Cinema and our always popular Film Camp for Kids + Teens, we’re bursting at the seams with amazing things for you to enjoy this summer.  Want a peek inside what you’re summer’s going to look like?

Just click on the image below to download a .pdf version of our June/July/August schedule.  And, if you’re in the mood for summer savings, why not take part in our just launched membership drive?  Click here to lock in a limited time discount on membership in the Silver Screen Club and enjoy reduced or free admission to films all year round, including PIFF, Top Down, Reel Music, and our many other festival offerings!

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PIFF 36: Get Ready for Oregon’s Biggest Film Event

PIFF 36 Opening Night film: THE SAPPHIRES

PIFF 36 Opening Night film: THE SAPPHIRES

We’ve just leaked our first big festival news for next year’s 36th Portland International Film Festival.  The festival runs from February 7-23, 2013 and will bring more than 125 features, documentaries, and short films to the Portland area.  Audiences can expect to thrill over cinematic treats from around the world, as well as films made in our own backyard by members of Portland’s thriving filmmaking community.

Among the titles revealed is our opening night presentation, the hit Australian film THE SAPPHIRES, a period piece set in the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll girl groups starring Chris O’Dowd (BRIDESMAIDS, THE IT CROWD).  Check out the other titles we’ve announced by reading the Oregonian article here.  And, of course, keep your eyes on the Newsroom for any future announcements concerning PIFF 36, the School of Film, and our year-round programming.

You’re probably wondering when and where you’ll be able to purchase tickets for next year’s festival.  Festival tickets don’t go on sale until end of January but you can get your PIFF Pass early and beat the crowds! A PIFF pass is a Director Level membership at the NW Film Center. In addition to the benefits of not waiting in Festival lines and getting in free to the Opening Party, you can enjoy cinema year-round and get exclusive invites. Buy your pass today and mark your calendar: http://www.nwfilm.org/donate/silverscreen/join.

Adjust Your Tracking #6: Midnight Marauders

Adjust Your Tracking is the podcast produced through the facilities of the Northwest Film Center Newsroom. The show is hosted by Joe von Appen and Erik McClanahan, and is produced by Jessica Lyness and Laurel Degutis. Opinions expressed are that of the hosts, and not necessarily of the Northwest Film Center. In episode 6, Joe and Erik conclude their coverage of the 35th Portland International Film Festival with three segments, starting things off by digging deep in to a topic that’s near and dear to our black little desensitized hearts, cult fandom and midnight movies. In the second act we review and highly recommend you seek out the British genre mashup shocker “Kill List,” which screens this Friday at 11:30 at Cinema 21, as part of PIFF After Dark. We also have a bonus spoiler section of our chat on this film, which can be found here below the regular episode. After you’ve seen it make sure to come back and give that a listen to hear our thoughts on what actually happens in this insane film. In the last segment, Erik interviews Michael Roskam, the writer/director of the Oscar nominated Beglian film, “Bullhead.”

Don’t forget PIFF ends this Sunday, February 26, the encore screening day. Head to the Film Center Web site for all information on the films and how to purchase tickets in advance. New episodes of AYT 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. You can download the podcast by right-clicking the link below and selecting ‘Save Link As…’ Once saved, the show can be played in iTunes or any other mp3 player. Or stream it on the embedded player.

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(**Spoilers Below**) Do not listen until you’ve seen “Kill List.” Or if you don’t care and wan’t to know our interpretation of the film, mainly what the ending means, click on the player below. If you agree or disagree with us, please leave a comment.

PIFF Recommendation: “Elena”

A review by Adjust Your Tracking co-host Erik McClanahan, previously published at The Playlist on Indiewire.

There are fewer things in cinema more satisfying than a filmmaker in total control of their story. Sure, we love the visceral thrill of a well-choreographed, impeccably staged action sequence as much as the next red-blooded human being. And there’s the perfect combination of song/score over moving images, blissful moments heightened through all the tools available in the medium. But those rare moments when a film has just begun, and the feeling sets in immediately that you’re in good hands; that no matter what happens in this film, you can trust the filmmaker has thought everything through and knows what he or she is doing.  It’s a good feeling. Comforting even. But it’s rare.

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