Trailer of the Day: AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE

Ai Weiwei The Fake Case

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai has met the full force of the Chinese authorities, who have done everything but eliminate him to stifle his attempts to express himself and organize people through art and social media. Following his 2011 arrest and subsequent solitary confinement, THE FAKE CASE follows Ai Weiwei after his parole and battle with a thwarting suit for tax evasion: a lawsuit that he dubs “the Fake Case.” But the troubles with his enemies only continue to provide inspiration for making new art, the only outlet to vent his frustration. “Picks up where AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2009) left off, serving as not just an update but an even more galvanizing call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.”—Variety. (86 mins.)

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE screens Friday, June 6 at 7pm and Saturday, June 7 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Trailer of the Day: REPO MAN

Repo Man

“Of all the low-budget films to come out of the 1980s, this dark cult comedy about urban sprawl and alien paranoia is one of the best ones. Emilio Estevez stars in one of his earliest roles as Otto Parts, your modern apocalyptic teen up to his armpits in drugs, sex, and parental neglect. He soon finds a way out through Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), an ace repo man who gives him a job and teaches him the ways of the car-repossessing trade. The two wander through the guts of LA in search of a ’64 Chevy Malibu, priced at $50,000, and run into a cast of bizarre street characters: feds, girls in distress, a lobotomized nuclear physicist, and really, really dumb criminals. Cox, who wrote and directed the film, creates a strange but hilarious view of our culture, a brilliant satire on modern society…. Deserves the same respect and attention given to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and THIS IS SPINAL TAP, two films that define the cult category.”—Austin Chronicle. (92 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

 

REPO MAN screens Friday, December 27 at 8:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailer of the Day: LENNY COOKE

Lenny Cooke

In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony. In an era when high school stars were forgoing college hoops in favor of the potential multi-million dollar contracts promised in the NBA draft, Cooke was supposed to be the next superstar. But over a decade later, while his peers are taking home MVP awards and championship trophies, Cooke has never played a minute in the NBA. What went wrong? With incredible access to Cooke’s story as it unfolded over the past decade, the Safdie brothers follow Cooke from his rundown home in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to the New Jersey suburbs where he spent his high school career, through to the present day, with the friends and family who shared in his dreams and aspirations. Lenny Cooke is a quintessentially American story about dreaming big, the fickle nature of sports celebrity, and unfulfilled destiny. (88 mins.)

Directors Benny and Joshua Safdie will be in attendance to introduce their film.
Sponsored by Wieden+Kennedy.

 

LENNY COOKE screens Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailer of the Day: GIDEON’S ARMY

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In 1963, the US Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. The ruling was simple: in felony cases, people who cannot afford a lawyer must be provided one. Most states responded by creating offices for public defenders to defend poor people charged with serious crimes. But Gideon’s promise has not been fulfilled. Too many public defenders are little more than speed bumps on an indigent’s journey to conviction. Every year hundreds of innocent indigents are swept away in the crushing tide of a system strained to the breaking point. The reality is that innocents may spend decades in jail, many who are guilty are not brought to justice, and faith in the fairness and competency of the criminal justice system is ever more questioned. (90 mins.)

GIDEON’S ARMY screens Sunday, October 6 at 7:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailer of the Day: RAN

Ran

One of the late masterpieces of Akira Kurosawa’s career, RAN was inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear and the Japanese legend of daimyo (lord) Mori Motonari. Tatsuya Nakadai plays Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging warrior-lord who decides to abdicate in favor of his three sons, Taro, Jiro, and Saburo. His youngest son Saburo declares that Hidetora is foolish to believe that the three brothers will remain loyal to Hidetora’s wishes once they are in power and finds himself banished for his candor. His words, however, soon prove only too true, as Taro and Jiro conspire to strip their father of his title, his riches, and his army. Featuring Academy Award-winning costumes by Emi Wada and an evocative score by Toru Takemitsu, Kurosawa’s epic tale of greed and revenge remains one of the most highly regarded films in cinema. (162 mins.)

 

Maribeth Graybill, the Portland Art Museum’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, will introduce the film on Sunday, October 13.

 

RAN screens Sunday, October 6 at 4:30pm and Sunday, October 13 at 2pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Samurai Cinema series.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailer of the Day: SALMA

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When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma’s salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet—the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village. Her extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience, based on the hope for a different life for the next generation of girls, but with the knowledge that tradition runs deep and change is slow. (91 mins.)

SALMA screens Thursday, October 3 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailer of the Day: Survival Prayer

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In the past century in Haida Gwaii (British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands), commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices. Compounding this ecological damage is the imminent extinction of the Haida language and loss of traditional knowledge. Naanii Mary Swanson, a last speaker, frames this portrait of age-old traditions at risk. Against the spectacular Pacific coastline, her ancient words set the tone for detailed views of modern life, in which the labor of survival—cutting seaweed fronds, pulling salmon from nets, plucking young spruce tips—speaks to timeless rhythms, sacred ritual, and the power of food and nature to sustain a culture. (70 mins.)

Director Benjamin Greené will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

 

SURVIVAL PRAYER Trailer from benjamin greené on Vimeo.

SURVIVAL PRAYER screens Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Trailer of the Day: The Solitude Trilogy – Stromboli, Europa ’51, & Voyage to Italy

Stromboli

The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the return of Roberto Rossellini’s 1950s triptych, THE SOLITUDE TRILOGY, featuring the great Italian director’s three film collaboration with iconic screen actress Ingrid Bergman.  Both STROMBOLI and VOYAGE TO ITALY will be presented in beautifully restored editions.  For EUROPA ’51, long unavailable for exhibition, the Film Center will be screening a print sourced from a private collector.

As the film where Rossellini fatefully met Bergman, STROMBOLI—like their later VOYAGE TO ITALY—is a semi-autobiographical portrait of its star’s stranger-in-a-strange-land predicament. Bergman plays a Lithuanian war refugee who marries a fisherman on the remote Sicilian island of Stromboli in order to escape an internment camp. Moving from the environmental reality that characterized his earlier neo-realist films to a psychological realism foreshadowing Antonioni’s L’AVENTURRA (1960), Rossellini’s film contrasts the island’s desolate, volcanic landscapes with its leading lady’s emotional turmoil. The barren, sulfurous rock proves a formidable and unpredictable rival for Bergman’s ferocious will.

EUROPA ’51, the second collaboration between Rossellini and Bergman, chronicles the life of a wealthy American woman living in Rome who is thrown into turmoil when her young son commits suicide over what he perceived to be her lack of affection for him. The woman’s grief leads her to the realization that she has been living a shallow, bourgeois existence and propels her to change her ways. As if on a spiritual quest, she begins devoting her life to helping the less fortunate—a sick prostitute, an unwed mother with numerous children, and a young boy—all of which disturbs her husband in tragic reaction. While the film has been viewed as Rossellini’s vision of the state of the world in all its confusion, many also read it as an exploration of Ingrid Bergman’s personal struggle.

In VOYAGE TO ITALY (alternately titled JOURNEY TO ITALY), a reserved British couple (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) take a break from the chaos of London and retreat to the rugged landscape of Naples, only to find that outside of the structure of their everyday lives, the tedium of their marriage begins to emerge. Under the glistening surface of its minimal plot, Rossellini’s film amasses subtle details and small moments that build towards one of postwar cinema’s most enigmatically poignant conclusions. Again, Rossellini’s use of the environment as a relevant character is a precursor to Antonioni’s bleak industrial landscapes, serving as a link between neo-realism and the subjective, psychological cinema of the 1960s.

 

July 5 – Friday 7 p.m.
July 7 – Sunday 7 p.m.
STROMBOLI

July 6 – Saturday 6:30 p.m.
July 7 – Sunday 5:45 p.m.
EUROPA ‘51

July 6 – Saturday 8:45 p.m.
July 7 – Sunday 8 p.m.
July 8 – Monday 7 p.m.
VOYAGE TO ITALY

PJFF 21 Trailers of the Day: Policeman & Portrait of Wally

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“A boldly conceived drama pivoting on the initially unrelated activities of an elite anti-terrorist police unit and some wealthy young anarchists, POLICEMAN is a striking and controversial debut feature from writer-director Nadav Lapid. Provocatively timely in light of recent unrest tied to social and economic inequities in Israel, this is a powerfully physical film in its depiction of the muscular, borderline sensual way the macho cops relate to one another, as well as for the emphatic style with which the opposing societal forces are contrasted and finally pitted against one another. Although the youthful revolutionaries come off as petulant and spoiled, their point about the growing gap between the Israeli haves and have-nots cannot be ignored, even by the policemen sent on a rare mission to engage their fellow countrymen. An experiment in tone that posits a new direction for Israeli cinema, POLICEMAN is bathed in cool emotional detachment deliberately juxtaposed against its operatic story.”—New York Film Festival. (105 mins.)

POLICEMAN is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

 

Portrait of Wally

“Portrait of Wally,” Egon Schiele’s portrait of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years, the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. Shea’s film traces the history of this iconic image—from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life; to the postwar confusion and subterfuge that evoke THE THIRD MAN; to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art and the legal battle that followed. “Fascinating… By showing how difficult and problematic righting a wrong can turn out to be, PORTRAIT OF WALLY does itself proud.”—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times. (90 mins.)

PORTRAIT OF WALLY is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at 4:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: The Other Son

The Other Son

Joseph, an 18-year-old preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in Tel Aviv with his parents. A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he’s not their biological son. During the Gulf War, Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby, and the pair was accidentally switched. While Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Silbergs, their actual Jewish son Yacine was brought to the West Bank by an Arab couple, Said and Leila. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs. (105 mins.)

THE OTHER SON is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, June 29 at 8p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.