ACTS OF CONSCIENCE, ACTS
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DIRECTORS
With courage and insight, the 14 films premiering in ACTS OF CONSCIENCE, ACTS OF LOVE deal in the most moving of terms with such themes as human rights, personal and political oppression, family ties that bind and often unwind, gender roles, memory and healing. These award-winning works from Austria, Guatemala, India, Israel, Korea, Morocco, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and the United States each stretch the boundaries of the medium as they inform, enlighten and encourage new understandings of universal issues.
JUNE 10 11 THUR 10 7:30 P.M. FRI 11 7:30 P.M.
IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE
DIRECTOR: FATIMA JEBLI OUAZZANI Fleeing the strict Moroccan gender roles that demand she remain a virgin until an arranged marriage takes place, director Fatima Jebli Ouazzani left her homeland at 18 and settled in the Netherlands—right after her father divorced her mother and married a 17-year-old girl. Her departure dissolved her relationship with her father and her later sexual awakening left her viewed as "spoiled fruit" by those in her native Islamic culture. Now she returns to Morocco to confront those traditions, her own family and herself as she examines the impact arranged marriages have had on her grandmother and mother and what the future holds for Naima, a young Netherlands-born Moslem woman who has chosen to follow the traditional rules for her upcoming marriage. Lyrical and profoundly moving, Ouazzani mixes dramatic elements and interviews with shots of Morocco and its rituals to provide a rare glimpse into the sexual and social politics of the Islamic world. (67 mins.)
SEARCHING FOR GO-HYANG
DIRECTOR: TAMMY TOLLE Korean born Tammy Tolle explores the delicate bonds of family as she follows two Korean sisters who were given up for adoption for a better life in the United States. Now, 14 years later, they return to their homeland ("Go-Hyang") to reunite with their biological parents and siblings, and find themselves caught between two cultures and the barriers of language. This homecoming, like those for many other girls who have been brought to the U.S., touches deeply on issues of dislocation, kinship and national identity. Tolle (Chu Dong Soo) who left Seoul, Korea for the U.S. at age 8 has created a haunting and highly personal film. (32 mins.)
JUNE 12 13 16
SAT 12 7 & 9 P.M. SUN 13 7 P.M., WED 16 7 P.M.
DOING TIME, DOING VIPASSANA
DIRECTORS: ELIONA ARIEL & AYELET MENAHEMI When a strong-willed woman named Kiran Bedi became Inspector General of Prisons in New Dehli, India and took over the notorious Tihar Prison, change was imminent. Given unique access to the inmates and jailers, Eilona Ariel and Ayelet Menahemi's award-winning film looks at Bedi's dramatic efforts to move away from punishment to a true form of rehabilitation by drawing upon the ancient meditation technique of Vipassana which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel their energy for the good. The effects were profound, leading Bedi to offer training to the guards as well. Seen through the perspective of prisoners from Australia, Africa and Britain as well as India, this challenging film subtly suggests how not only India's prisons, but the world's, can undergo reforms that heal instead of maim, rejuvenate instead of incarcerate. (55 mins).
SATYA: A PRAYER FOR THE ENEMY
DIRECTOR: ELLEN BRUNO As poetic as it is thoughtful, Ellen Bruno's SATYA explores the plight of Tibetan refugees forced into exile by China since 1949. First-person accounts by Buddhist nuns combine with one captivating image after another to contrast the peaceful customs and traditions of a people who face unwarranted hardships. Besides indoctrination through books and propaganda films, imprisonment, forced sterilization, and disappearances are a few of the civil rights violations facing those who call for freedom and independence. The personal testimonies and arresting images Bruno has recorded will leave no one unmoved. (28 mins.)
JUNE 17 18 19 20 THUR 17 7:30 P.M.
FRI 18 7:30 P.M. SAT 19 7:30 P.M. SUN 20 5 P.M.
PORTLAND PREMIERE VISITING ARTIST
DIRECTOR: DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON The Film Center welcomes Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (A FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: THE SAKHALIN KOREANS) as she premieres SILENCE BROKEN, the stories of Korean women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. At once heartbreaking and empowering, the women share their painful stories as they seek justice for the "crimes against humanity" committed against them. Sent from their homes to far-flung Japanese military bases, these "comfort women" endured enslavement, abandonment by their own country, and a Japanese government which for years refused to acknowledge its actions. Archival footage, interviews and dramatic re-enactments call forth difficult memories, Kim-Gibson not only preserves the voices of the women, now aged and in ill health, but makes certain they can never be silenced again. (88 mins.)
DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON PRESENTS A WORKSHOP, LIVING WITNESS: PRODUCING THE HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY, ON SATURDAY, JUNE 19 FROM 1 TO 3 P.M. SEE CLASS INSERT FOR DETAILS.
JUNE 20 21 SUN 20 7 P.M. MON 21 7 P.M.
SPEAK TO ME SISTERS...
SWEDEN/SOUTH AFRICA 1998
DIRECTOR: MAJ WECHSELMANN SPEAK TO ME SISTERS OF THE STRUGGLE AGAINST APARTHEID brings alive the voices of 25 women, ages 86 to 18, from across the length and breadth of South Africa who candidly speak of their fight against apartheid. Weaving together interviews with rare archival footage canvassing South Africa's turbulent past, Wechselmann also touches on the arrival of the young Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba in 1893 who came to Durban after Ghandi completed his law studies in London. Discovering that more than 100,000 Indians had been lured to South Africa under false pretenses and forced into slavery, Ghandi soon became the political leader who founded the Indian National Congress, the model for the African National Congress. SPEAK TO ME SISTERS gives voice to black, Indian and white women whose courageous actions against oppression led to long-awaited freedom and independence. Winner of the Olof Palme Award for Free Speech. (60 mins.)
OKAY BYE BYE
DIRECTOR: REBECCA BARON Rebecca Baron's first person documentary, inspired by the memory of an old friend and the chance discovery of a roll of film on a San Diego sidewalk is a beautifully constructed, enigmatic and probing essay on the recent history and representation of Cambodia. Winner, Golden Spire, 1999 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (39 min.)
JUNE 22 23 TUES 22 7 P.M. WED 23 7 P.M.
JULIETTE OF THE HERBS
DIRECTOR: TISH STREETEN Throughout her life, world-renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy steered away from conventional wisdom. This author and pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine (she has raised generations of Afghans) led a nomadic life for 60 of her 85 years, travelling with European gypsies to learn their healing ways and connection to the earth. She also continued to make her own discoveries about the power of plants. Seven years in the making, Tish Streeten's JULIETTE OF THE HERBS follows Levy throughout Greece, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, England and the U.S. to bring forth the story of an inspirational woman. Through interviews, speaking appearances and through Levy's own remarkable collection of photographs "Streeten conveys a real sense of the woman and her work."—VARIETY (75 mins.)
DIRECTOR: ROSE BOND A beautifully envisioned rendering of an ancient Celtic myth which tells how aWelsh woman receives the gift of prophesy and poetry by Portland animator Rose Bond. (9 mins.)
JUNE 24 25 THUR 24 7:30 P.M. FRI 25 7:30 P.M.
DIRECTORS: LAURIE COLBERT & DOMINIQUE CARDONA MY FEMINISM, a fertile treatise on the past, present and future of the women's movement (made by the directors of THANK GOD I'M A LESBIAN) spans issues that unite, encourage and renew debates about equality, social backlash and political extremism. Featuring interviews with such feminist leaders as Gloria Steinem, Urbashi Vaid, bell hooks and others, this look at one of the most important acts of social change in the 20th century is a powerful primer or reminder, depending on one's vantage point. As Gloria Steinem states: "feminism is not a public relations campaign, it's a revolution we're still tired of the misunderstanding that still pervades our culture." "With amazing clarity, MY FEMINISM links equality, gender, race, reproductive rights, sexualities, women's health, abortion, parenting, breast cancer, poverty and power as interlocking planks of the feminist global agenda."—Patricia Zimmerman (55 mins.)
DIRECTOR: CLAIRE SIMONSON While Mattel accountants can supply facts about Barbie, the truth about Barbie can only be told by those who treasured and often hated this plastic goddess. Adding to the Barbie mythology, Simonson has fashioned a first-rate film noir, a low-low-budget work with a lead character that rivals Robert Mitchum and Humphrey Bogart. In the vein of Todd Haynes' KAREN CARPENTER: SUPERSTAR, BARBIE NOIRE enters familiar territory with its own clever twist. (15 mins.)
JUNE 27 28 29 SUN 27 7 P.M., MON 28 7 P.M., TUE 29 7 P.M.
DIRECTOR: PATRICIA GOUDVIS Truth is an elusive commodity—especially when dealing with governments that seem to abide by self-serving rules and morals. Like Robert Richter's FATHER ROY: INSIDE THE SCHOOL OF ASSASSINS, Patricia Goudvis' DIRTY SECRETS: JENNIFER, EVERARDO & THE CIA IN GUATEMALA exposes the interlocking lies of the CIA and the Guatemalan government. Tracing the story of lawyer Jennifer Harbury whose courageous search for her missing husband Everardo—a Mayan rebel leader—led to the forming of a truth commission by President Clinton, Goudvis weaves a story of love and solidarity paralleled by lies and deceit. Featuring rare interviews with Everardo's family, fellow guerrilla soldiers, government officials and witnesses alongside declassified U.S. government documents, DIRTY SECRETS is at once a disturbing look at human rights violations and the fortitude and commitment of a singular citizen. Narrated by Jane Alexander. (56 mins.)
THERESIENSTADT LOOKS LIKE A SPA RESORT
DIRECTOR: NADJA SEELICH & BERND NEUBERGER Women of strength come in many forms. Without the freedoms afforded Jennifer Harbury in DIRTY SECRETS, concentration camp survivor Losefa Stibitzova fought a battle to survive her own way. In 1948, three years after the war when her memories were still possessed by an immediacy and clarity, Losefa's husband made recordings of her experiences. Now some fifty years later, the husband hands over the three audio tapes to his daughter, director Nadja Seelich, and says: "perhaps you can use them." The result is a haunting look at days inside the camps and the choices Losefa had to make to survive. With these interviews at the heart of the film along with skillfully integrated archive footage, photographs and a supporting soundtrack, Seelich has crafted an unforgettable look at the war and the absurdity of the so-called "Endlosung." (50 mins.)
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DIRECTOR: MAGGIE HADLEIGH-WEST Filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West takes the battle of the sexes straight to the streets. WAR ZONE is a non-stop attack on men whose verbal and visual assualts are exercised on women pursuing their own solitary activities on our city streets. This is a battleground where the male seeks sexual power regardless of a woman's sense of security. Just what do catcalls, leers and lewd comments mean to women and why do some men engage in a pastime that should not see the light of day? Hadleigh-West turns her camera on these men, and in her own confrontational way, seeks out answers to their behavior. At times funny, often explosive, the conversations that ensue provide a telling look at the world of harassment that will leave no viewer complacent. "WAR ZONE is 76 charged minutes that asks the questions on the mind of every woman who knows the anger and frustration of not being able to walk down the street undisturbed."—LA WEEKLY (76 mins.)
THE INDIGENOUS AMERICAS FILM
Premiering recent films and videos produced by or about Indigenous people from North, South and Central America, THE INDIGENOUS AMERICAS FILM FESTIVAL celebrates the diversity of Native communities as it reflects on distinct histories and cultural traditions of specific Nations. These works bring to life personal histories, the stories of elders, artistic triumphs and also canvas the changes brought about by historical events over the past two centuries. The Festival also looks at images mass media has manufactured as it attempts to provide new insights and ways to bridge cultural misconceptions. From the Artic, the Great Plains of Canada, Vancouver, Alaska to New Mexico, Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil, the Festival looks at the creative, spiritual and historical legacies of the Tlingit, Hopi, Apache, Wintu, Pueblo, Zuni, Tuscacora, Eskimo, Yaqui, Cree, Cherokee, Iroquois, Ojibwa, Salish, Mayan, Aztec and Toltecs and others whose rich traditions need to be honored and preserved. A special thanks to Rennard Strickland, Bob Miller, Bill and Lawretta Ray, the Canadian Consulate, Heather Rae at the Sundance Film Festival and the Museum of the American Indian for their support
JULY 15 THUR 15 7 P.M.
IN SEARCH OF SELF:
HOLLYWOOD MOGULS & NATIVE FILMMAKERS
TELLING THE INDIAN STORY
The Film Center welcomes Rennard Strickland (Osage, Cherokee), author of TONTO'S REVENGE and Dean and Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, as he explores the different approaches, motivations and techniques of historic and contemporary filmmakers in telling the story of Native peoples. The cinematic Indian has been seen as a "mirror" in which the problems of mainstream society are reflected. In what ways do Native filmmakers hold up their own mirrors and reflect back Hollywood images and Native realities? In an age of new technology, what are special opportunities and challenges in creating a truly "native cinema"? These are a few of the concerns to be discussed.
DIRECTOR: VICTOR MASAYEVSA Hopi artist and filmmaker Victor Masayevsa looks squarely at Hollywood and the Native American experience in IMAGINING INDIANS, a provocative and far-reaching look at the appropriation and depiction of Native American images, objects and rituals. Combining interviews, archival photographs and film clips, Masayesva examines both Hollywood's caricatures of this country's Indigenous peoples and the commodification of their arts and crafts. "I have come to believe that the sacred aspects of our existence that encourage the continuity and vitality of Native peoples are being manipulated by an aesthetics in which money is the most important qualification. This contradicts values intrinsic to what is sacred and may destroy our substance. I am concerned about a tribal and community future which is reflected in my film and I hope this challenges the viewer to overcome glamorized Hollywood views of the Native American, which obscure the difficult demands of walking the spiritual road of our ancestors."—Victor Masayevsa. (90 mins.)
JULY 16 17 FRI 16 7 P.M., SAT 17 5 P.M.
SINGING OUR STORIES
DIRECTOR: ANNE FRAZIER HENRY
"It is said that the creator first gave the drum to a woman. Men sing and dance to acquire power while women already have it."
A celebration of tradition and song, SINGING OUR STORIES is a touching and joyous journey through the landscape of Native North American song. Featuring profiles and performances by many of the great "First Ladies" of indigenous music, Henry's odyssey takes us from the Northwest Coast of Vancouver Island to the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, from the Great Plains of Southern Alberta to the mesas of New Mexico. Among those who generously share their music as well as their spirit are the a cappella trio Ulali (Tuscarora, Apache, Yaqui and Mayan Nations) whose voices and drums were featured in SMOKE SIGNALS; the Monk-Sanders Family Singers (Tuscarora Nation), four generations of singing daughters who give an impromptu performance on their porch; Olivia Tailfeathers (Blood Nation), a singer of traditional songs of the Great Plains; the Zuñi Olla Maidens (Zuni Nation) whose traditional songs are accompanied by women who perform the Pottery (olla) Dance; and Walela (Cherokee Nation), which showcases the talents of rock icon Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla and niece, Laura Satterfield. Henry's musical tapestry is also interwoven with rare historical footage and commentary by ethnomusicologist Judith Gray. (56 mins.)
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY:
REMEMBERING CHIEF DAN GEORGE
DIRECTOR: LORETTA TODD "This remarkable film, which is visually evocative and emotionally up-lifting, goes to the very soul of Chief Dan George. It tells the story of an unassuming Native Indian man who became an actor in his sixties, yet he would change forever the very image of Aboriginal people in cinema. Using a deft combination of family stories, film clips and poignant re-creations, TODAY IS A GOOD DAY takes the viewer inside the life of Chief Dan George. Interviews with Dustin Hoffman and Arthur Penn (LITTLE BIG MAN) underscore how important Dan was to the profound shift in the portrayal of Native Americans in film. Loretta Todd's (Cree, Métis, Iroquois) narrative examines the whole man, from his deep and abiding love for his wife, Amy, to his determination to provide for his family no matter what, and his sense of humor that saw him through bad times. Through it all, Chief Dan George was a man who was proud of who he was as an Aboriginal person. He was an ordinary man with an uncommon passion to restore truth and dignity to a culture trammeled by centuries of colonial repression."—AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL. (46 mins.)
JULY 17 21 SAT 17 7P.M., WED 21 8 P.M.
DIRECTOR: NICK KURZON Part mystery-thriller, part political drama, Nick Kurzon's SUPER CHIEF has the intimacy and tension of BROTHER'S KEEPER along with the charm of ROGER AND ME. In Minnesota, on the White Earth Ojibwa Reservation, tribal leader Darrell "Chip" Wadena, who calls himself Super Chief, runs the prosperous Shooting Star casino, the Reservation's main employer. But the millions of dollars the casino pulls in hasn't found its way to other members of the tribe, many who live in sub-poverty. Enter filmmaker Nick Kurzon, invited by tribal activist Erma to follow the upcoming election for tribal chief, a position Wadena has held for 20 years. Many think his lasting power derives from kickbacks, favoritism, fraud and intimidation. Running against him are two determined candidates, Lowell Bellenger, a semi-retired welder who fishes in his backyard for dinner and Eugene "Bugger" McArthur, an earnest family man who has already lost three elections to Wadena. What unfolds in the election process are truths stranger than fictions with plot twists galore as we come to know the quality of character each possesses. Throughout, Kurzon's documentary eye reveals the sharp contrasts of the land and its people. (75 mins.)
YUXWELUPTUN: MAN OF MASKS
DIRECTOR: DANA CLAXTON This portrait of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, a Salish artist, is an up-close look at a man whose colorful paintings blend the modern and traditional. As if Salvador Dali interpreted the realists, Yuxweluptun re-envisions the history and realities of First Nation communities with his profound and unforgettable images. (22 mins.)
JULY 16 21 FRI 16 9 P.M., WED 21 6 P.M.
IF ONLY I WERE AN INDIAN...
DIRECTOR: JOHN PASKIEVICH Imagine a countryside in Czechoslovakia in the 1990s, where teepees are gracefully set up near hillsides and people, dressed in loincloths, feathers and moccasins, engage in traditional Native American practices and traditions. But these people are Czech and Slovak. In 1992, Joseph Young and his wife Irene, Cree from northern Manitoba, and Barbara Daniels, an Ojibway from Winnipeg, flew to the former Czechoslovakia to meet this group with an extraordinary interest in Native American culture. What starts like a down-to-earth episode of THE X-FILES or Alice stepping through the looking glass, quickly gives way to complex emotions by Joseph, Irene and Barbara—are they to laugh, cry or seethe at this radical form of cultural appropriation. Within this framework, director John Paskievich looks at a European people inspired by romanticized visions of the Wild West envisioned by turn-of-the-century writers Karl May and Ernest Thompson Seton, people who have sought refuge and meaning by appropriating a 19th-century utopia to avoid living in the moral and spiritual decay of modern Europe. " John Paskievich has crafted a humorous, destabilizing and complex journey across continents, cultures and history. A subtle and beguiling work, IF ONLY I WERE AN INDIAN coils seductively through such diverse issues as radical environmentalism, cultural appropriation, colonialism and over-identification with the Other, subverting accepted wisdoms with wit, sincerity and respect."—TORONTO FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS (80 mins.)
DIRECTOR: PAT FERRARO Pat Ferraro's (HEARTS AND HANDS) look at Iroquois metalworkers who help build city skyscrapers. Her aerial cinematography will leave you breathless. (11 mins.)
JULY 17 SAT 8:45 P.M.
DIRECTOR: SYLVIO BACK "OUR INDIANS is a collage of hundreds of Brazilian films and films from other countries—features, newsreels and documentaries—that show how the film industry has seen and heard Brazilian Indians, since they were filmed in 1912 for the first time. The surprising images are surrounded by music and poetry that inaugurate the viewers in the universe of Brazilian Indians, that is alternately idealized and prejudiced, religious and militaristic, cruel and magic. The director presents this rich film under the motto of the documentary-maker Richard Leacock: 'The only good Indian is a filmed Indian'. Sylvio Back: 'The film archives in Brazil are a treasure chest of material that can help us find out more about our existence. By discovering more and more about history, we are able to see the judgments and prejudices about our country in a different light.'"—Rotterdam Film Festival. (70 mins.)
JULY 18 SUN 5 P.M.
DIRECTOR: DIANE NGUI-YEN In the remote regions of the Arctic, above the timberline and living in the harshest of environments, three First Nation women artists, Ovilu Tunillie, Okpik Pitseolak and Elsie Klengenberg create delicate and detailed sculptures out of hard rock. For each it is an art form that not only lets them feed their families, but overcome the misfortunes of suicide, divorce and alcoholism. Traversing their own environment and the world of art, each successfully create lasting legacies of their culture with modern power chisels, careful hands and expressive hearts. (45 mins.)
PICTURING A PEOPLE: GEORGE JOHNSTON:
DIRECTOR: CAROL GEDDES As director Carol Geddes, a relative of Tlingit photographer George Johnston, says, "His legacy was to help us dream the future as much as to remember the past." In this eloquent portrait of Johnston, we discover a man who at 16 trekked hundreds of miles of coastal Alaska to seek out the history of his people, speak to his elders and learn first-hand about the Tlingit religion, its songs and dances. Yet it was when he ordered a camera from a mail-order catalog and taught himself darkroom techniques that his images—of special moments and everyday occasions shot between 1920 and 1945—would become a beacon to the young and a testament to the golden times of the Tlingit people. Predating a generation of Indian and Inuit photographers, Johnston is only now gaining the international recognition he surely deserves. (58 mins.)
JULY 19 MON 7 P.M.
DIRECTOR: JESSE LERNER Jesse Lerner's (FRONTIERLAND) RUINS is an extraordinary pastiche of found footage, newsreels, propaganda and educational films, home movies and more, seamlessly woven to form a fake documentary about the life and history of the Mayan people. It is a mockumentary for good reason—within the footage he has gleaned are works of faulty archeology, mistaken anthropology, curious ways of luring tourists to the lands of the Mayans, Aztecs and Toltecs, and of course, the misguided opinions of outsiders looking in. Comic and surprising at every turn, Lerner inventively intertwines truths and fictions as he explores a Mayan history corrupted from the outside. From architecture to authentic and replicated art works, from rituals for sacrificial virgins to causes of social revolution, RUINS speaks to the faulty ways people and the past can be viewed. Lerner's tour de force even uncovers footage of Rockefeller as he takes off from a Mexican air strip with his plane overloaded with art and artifacts—and like other scenes, it is a potent metaphor for the misguided attempts to "know" another culture. (90 mins.)
USUAL AND ACCUSTOMED PLACES
DIRECTOR: SANDRA OSAWA Showcased in this year's Northwest Film & Video Festival, this remarkable documentary is a collection of profiles in courage: the indigenous peoples of the Northwest and their more than 100-year battle to retain treaty-protected fishing sites. It is a story that reaches far into family histories, as Osawa personalizes a political struggle with testimony and photographs from those who remember. Osawa's portrait is bravely complete, including rare documentation of Native affluence, as families prospered through the fishing industry—just part of the cycle of history in which Native Americans, seeking to retain their rights, consistently prevailed in the federal courts, but lost politically at the state and local level. (48 mins.)
JULY 20 TUES 7 P.M.
DIRECTOR: AMY HAPP A haunting memoir of the relationship of the filmmaker to Vyola, her loving stepmother, an Alaska Eskimo woman who finds herself living in white middle America. Exploring shifting definitions of family, the effects of racism and Vyola's struggles with sobriety, this lyrical short is both tender and brave. (14 mins.)
CARVED FROM THE HEART
DIRECTOR: ELLEN FRANKENSTEIN Revealing the transformative power of art to heal, CARVED FROM THE HEART is a portrait of Tshimsian Native Stan Marsden and Craig, Alaska, a community of Native and non-Natives with one of the highest rates of suicide, drug addiction and violence in Alaska. A master carver by trade, Marsden grief-stricken by the drug overdose and death of his son, set out to carve a 46-foot, two ton totem—the first totem to be raised in the community for close to 100 years. Dubbed The Healing Heart Totem, it marks a return to tradition and the process, traced by director Ellen Frankenstein, illuminates a fragmented community as they come together. (30 mins.)
A THOUSAND YEARS OF CEREMONY
DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER MCLEOD Elder Florence Jones, now in her eighties, the spiritual leader and healer of her Wintu people in Northern California, has consistently fought off the invasion of New Age practitioners, recreational mountain climbers and skiers in an effort to protect and preserve the land the Wintu live on at the base of Mt. Shasta. A THOUSAND YEARS OF CEREMONY: FLORENCE JONES & THE STRUGGLE FOR MT. SHASTA tells her story of strength and fortitude, good humor and struggles to deal with the U.S. Forest Service who oversee the Wintu land. Central to this land is a sacred spring which is showing the ravages of intruders. Eloquent and forthright, McLeod's portrait of Jones and her descendants is an intimate and compelling argument for the need to protect sacred sites, language, healing traditions and the inalienable right to practice one's religion. (39 mins.)
CASTING A HUMAN SPELL:
THE FILMS OF FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT
Truffaut, his name is synonymous with auteur. At the center of the French New Wave, Truffaut (1932-1984), a romantic humanist, created a body of work known for as much for its autobiographical approach as its recognition of the masters of the medium. The Film Center is pleased to present newly restored 35mm prints of 16 of his films along with the documentary FRANCOIS TRUFAUT: STOLEN PORTRAITS. "I believe he is practically the only man in the whole world who knows how to make use of the large screen. In a Truffaut picture you never have the feeling that the film is the work of several people; it is the product of one man alone and that man looks with an equal eye on the problems of the actors, the sound system, the camera. There are no small problems, no great problems. There is only a film. For Hindus the world is one; for Truffaut the film is one."—Jean Renoir
CO-SPONSORED BY TRILOGY VIDEO
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JULES AND JIM
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT One of the French New Wave's great period pieces, JULES AND JIM is one of Truffaut's greatest love stories, a nostalgic look at a menage a trois that begins before the first World War and concludes with the outbreak of Nazism. But it is in between these historical events that this magical adaptation of the Henri-Pierre Roche novel takes shape. This story of two men who share a romantic relationship with the same woman is based on Truffaut's premise that ''the couple is not a satisfying concept, but is there an alternative?" Starring Oskar Werner, Henri Serre and Jeanne Moreau, Truffaut invokes the Iyricism of Jean Vigo and Jean Renoir's careful detailing of character to celebrate life at its most passionate. "On first seeing JULES AND JIM one was struck by its zest and vigor of narration, and the heady lilt of George Delerue's music. Reviewing years later, one still warms to its romantic agony, to the impudent optimism of its technique, and above all to Jeanne Moreau."—PETER COWIE (105 mins.)
THUR 5 9 P.M., FRI 6 9 P.M., SAT 7 9 P.M., SUN 8 9 P.M.
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Now 22, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) is struggling to transform the scars of his childhood into a mature acceptance of the world. Booted out of the military, he returns to Paris to confront the affairs of the heart. In search of himself, Antoine is torn between the love of two women and sees himself moving through a variety of odd jobs—hotel clerk, private detective, TV repairman and shoe salesman. Paying homage to the romantic comedies of the 30's and 40's, STOLEN KISSES is "a movie so full of love that to define it may make it sound like a religious experience, which, of course, it is, but in a wonderfully unorthodox, cockeyed way."—Vincent Canby, THE NEW YORK TIMES. Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Film. (91 mins.)
AUGUST 9 10 11 MON 9 7 P.M., TUES 10 7 P.M., WED 11 7 P.M.
TWO ENGLISH GIRLS
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT The emotional flipside of Truffaut's earlier adaptation of a novel by Henri-Pierre Roche, JULES AND JIM, TWO ENGLISH GIRLS was one of Truffaut's favorite films. This version of a love triangle has at its center serious undercurrents as it traces Claude's (Jean-Pierre Leaud) summer relationship with two chaste, yet passionate sisters modeled after the Bronte sisters. Anne is a sculptress who yearns to taste life while Muriel desires time alone to write in her diary. This tale of innocence lost "may be Truffaut's richest and most complex film. One of the underlying tensions of TWO ENGLISH GIRLS is literature versus sculpture, or language versus flesh and clay, or Muriel versus Anne—with Claude caught between them all."— Annette Insdorf. (108 mins.)
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BED AND BOARD
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT The Doniel Cycle—with the earlier ANTOINE AND COLLETTE and THE 400 BLOWS and later LOVE ON THE RUN, reached maturity with BED AND BOARD. Antoine Doinel, now married to his longtime girlfriend Christine (Claude Jade), has lost some of his youthful charm. Self-centered and unable to face the responsibilities of adulthood and fatherhood, Antoine veers from the nest and takes off with a Japanese woman. Reconciliation soon follows, but not as easily as he had hoped. In this wry comedy of errors, marital and otherwise, Truffaut creates a-running series of jokes and sight gags, with the help of the great cinematographer Nestor Almendros, as he examines the difficulty of communication. As Antoine spouts ludicrous English phrases to a potential American employer or tries to reach the impassive Kyoko, or simply relates to those in his Parisian courtyard, Truffaut infuses the film with profound ironies and delightful surprises—one can even catch a glimpse of Jacques Tati's befuddled Mr. Hulot. (95 mins.)
AUGUST 12 13 14 15 THUR 12 7 P.M., FRI 13 7 P.M., SAT 14 7 P.M., SUN 15 7 P.M.
THE LAST METRO
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT THE LAST METRO is a superb ensemble piece that works on two different levels—the sad drama of wartime and the immediate drama faced by a small theater company in Montmarte. It's 1942 and the Jewish manager (Heinz Bennett) of the theater is forced to go underground. His wife (Catherine Deneuve) takes over the company for a production called, appropriately enough, "The Disappearance." Gerard Depardieu won a Cesar (the French Oscar) for Best Actor for his portrayal as a key actor in the company and a member of the Resistance who also risked arrest by the Nazis. Nestor Alemendros' muted cinematography captures the color and climate of the occupation as Truffaut thoughtfully deals with lives and artistry in crisis. (131 mins.)
THUR 12 9:15 P.M., FRI 13 9:15 P.M., SAT 14 9:15 P.M., SUN 15 9:15 P.M.
DAY FOR NIGHT
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Francois Truffaut's homage to movies is fiction within fiction as Truffaut stars as a Truffaut-like director. A celebration to the magic of actors, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jaqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Aumont give stellar performances as performers surrounded by all the sets and booms and costumed fantasies of the never-never land of celluloid. This loving and whimsical look at moviemaking, acting, directing, and merely coping in the world Truffaut himself helped to create is a pure delight. (100 mins.)
AUGUST 16 17 18 MON 16 7 P.M., TUE 17 7 P.M., WED 7 P.M.
FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT: STOLEN PORTRAITS
DIRECTORS: SERGE TOUBIANA AND MICHEL PASCAL Truffaut blurred the line between his and the cinematic worlds. His films moved between autobiography and literature, self and social psychology. In this revealing documentary portrait of the filmmaker, family members, friends and fellow directors speak about the man behind the camera, providing insights to his life and work. Among those who share their candid opinions are such other New Wave directors as Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Bertrand Tavernier, actors Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant, Marcel Ophuls and Truffaut's daughter and ex-wife. Taken as a whole, along side clips from many of his films, they provided a multi-faceted view of one of the 20th century's most gifted filmmakers. (93 mins.)
MON 16 8:45 P.M., TUE 17 8:45 P.M., WED 18 8:45 P.M.
GREAT BRITAIN 1966
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Moving far from intimate stories about heated relationships, Truffaut adapted Ray Bradbury's classic science fiction novel about a future world where all texts, the forbidden fruit of ideas, are burned. Taking its title from the temperature at which books burn, the story revolves around a hedonistic society, seduced by television, and the fireman who secretly saves books from the ashes. Metaphorically rich and filled with imaginative visuals, Truffaut's only film made in Britain stars Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack. (111 mins.)
AUGUST 19 20 21 22 THUR 19 7 P.M., FRI 20 7 P.M., SAT 21 7 P.M., SUN 22 7 P.M.
THE WILD CHILD
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Based on a true story, THE WILD CHILD embraces Truffaut's keen interest in the lives and development of children. Following an 18th century doctor's attempts to educate and civilize a feral boy found in the woods, Truffaut himself plays Dr. Itard in this confrontation between Western rationalism and Rousseau's noble savage. As in many of his films, Truffaut draws upon classic cinematic devices. In THE WILD CHILD, he reinvents the conventions of 1930's scientific biographies, shooting in black and white and irising in and out of beautifully realized tableaus to show the painstaking growth of the child as he slowly acquires language. A spellbinding tale told with a remarkable purity of style. (85 mins.)
THUR 19 8:45 P.M., FRI 20 8:45 P.M., SAT 21 8:45 P.M., SUN 22 8:45 P.M.
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Set in a small provincial town, Truffaut's Iyrical and episodic tribute to the resiliency of children traces the adventures of about a dozen children as the school year draws to a close and summer vacation begins. Drawing natural performances from his cast, this gentle film has a casual and fleeting charm that mirrors the lives of its young characters. "Truffaut's series of sketches on the general theme of the resilience of children turns out to be that rarity—a poetic comedy that's really funny."—Pauline Kael (105 mins.)
AUGUST 23 24 25 MON 23 7 P.M., TUE 24 7 P.M., WED 25 7 P.M.
THE 400 BLOWS
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Francois Truffaut’s first feature is still considered by many to be his best film and most autobiographical. Drawing upon his early years as an orphan, Truffaut gives subtle and realistic meaning to the Chinese proverb about the 400 blows of childhood. Jean-Pierre Leaud plays Antoine Doniel, a neglected 12-year-old who rebels against school and escapes to freedom. The second of five films in the Antoine Doniel cycle, this early French New Wave milestone is one of the most poignant and moving studies of childhood ever put on film. (98 mins.)
LES MISTONS (1957) &
ANTOINE AND COLLETTE (1964)
Two early works of Truffaut, LES MISTONS (The Mischief Makers) is a children's comedy (23 mins) and ANTOINE AND COLLETTE (a chapter LOVE AT 20) traces the romance between Jean-Pierre Leaud (Antoine Doniel) and Marie-France Pisier (Collette). (20 mins.)
MON 23 9:30 P.M., TUE 24 9:30 P.M., WED 25 9:30 P.M.
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Francois Truffaut’s second film is a respectful pastiche of the Hollywood B-film, involving rapid shifts of mood and action. A concert pianist played with doleful empathy by Charles Aznavour loses his wife to suicide and tries to hide from his past by playing piano in a bar. fate dogs him as he becomes involved in a murder and tries to free his brother from the grip of a pair of bungling gangsters. An engrossing example of the French New Wave preoccupation with American crime films. "Charlie (Charles Aznavour) is a shy, self-effacing pianist whose actions and thoughts are fragmentary, astonishingly perceptive, and lurch from one crisis to the next in tragi-comic confusion. His emotions are depicted by Truffaut with balletic skill, from the sickening burst of awareness that his wife has committed suicide (the camera races past him to the window and zooms down towards her body on the sidewalk a la Ophuls), to the long, poetic vision of Lena, his love, swirling down a snowy slope after being shot by gangsters."—PETER COWIE (80 mins.)
AUGUST 26 27 28 THUR 26 7 P.M., FRI 27 7 P.M., SAT 7 P.M.
THE SOFT SKIN
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Francois Truffaut's investigation of a marriage that crumbles when the husband attempts to establish a relationship with a stewardess stars Jean Desailly, Francoise Dorleac and Nelly Bendetti. "This is no longer the world of JULES AND JIM in which a triangle is connected by warmth, friendship and a panning camera that sustains and encloses deep emotions. Truffaut moves instead into a story of contemporary adultery that depends upon Hitchcockian principles of editing and visual storytelling to portray its sense of fragmentation."—Annette Insdorf. (115 mins.)
THUR 26 9 P.M., FRI 27 9 P.M., SAT 28 9 P.M.
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT Eight years after their passions flamed out, ex-lovers Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant find themselves, now married and both with children named Thomas, living next door to one another. In Francois Truffaut's finely detailed study of love and romantic obsession, one discovers two people who cannot live together nor apart and witnesses the rise and fall of mercurial emotions played out in a tragedy tinged with comic edges. Truffaut's clever understanding of complex feelings, excellent performances by Depardieu and Ardant and a tone-setting score by Georges Delerue make for a compelling misadventure. "I have not been so moved by a Truffaut film since SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER."—Andrew Sarris. (106 mins.)
AUGUST 29 30 31 SUN 29 7 P.M., MON 30 7 P.M., TUES 31 7 P.M.
LOVE ON THE RUN
DIRECTOR: FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT The final chapter in Truffaut's Antoine Doniel cycle finds the unpredictable protagonist Antoine, now a man of 34 and in love with Sabine, on the day he is to divorce his wife Christine (Claudine Jade, BED AND BOARD). It is also the day he will run into his first love, Collette (Marie-France Pisier). Truffaut traces Antoine's trajectory of love and lovers as the present mingles with the past through clips from such past films as THE 400 BLOWS, STOLEN KISSES, BED AND BOARD. Joined by cinematographer Nestor Almendros and composer Georges Delerue, this affectionate look at Truffaut's alter-ego is a delicate examination of the long rite-of-passage which is at once poised and messy, uncertain and determined, promising and often disillusioning, in a nutshell—life. (94 mins.)
JUNE 3 4 6
THUR 3 7 P.M., FRI 4 7 P.M., SUN 6 7 P.M.
IRRATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS PORTLAND PREMIERE
DIRECTOR: MARK LEWIS
In his previous CANE TOADS and THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DOGS, Mark Lewis displayed a genuine knack for uncovering the comic and quizzical relationships that exist between people and creatures great and small. While television currently offers up a bevy of "amazing" videos, Lewis has been collecting tales of animal and human interactions that truly border on the bizarre. The most recent result is ANIMALICIOUS, a wry account of how people's lives have been affected by encounters with other species— a bomb-diving duck, a squirrel which thinks it's landed on Normandy Beach, a hawk that could easily work for a hair-growth pharmaceutical company, a parakeet, and a hungry snake and one small dog. Masterfully coaxing finely tuned performances from the non-actors whose experiences shape the film, Lewis has created his own surreal version of "When Animals Attack."
DIRECTOR: MARK LEWIS RAT turns its attention to the metropolis of New York and the tensions that exist between people and the irascible rodents who invade their lives. In what just may be the first film to include actual rat dramatic recreations, Lewis goes from borough to borough, interviewing citizens and members of the Bureau of Pest Control about their strange encounters with this long-tailed creature with attitude. Moving through the sewers, basements, attics and subway tunnels, Lewis' fluid camera accompanies these vermin in amusing fashion as their territorial battle with the city's citizens ensue. As James Cagney says, "I smell a rat." (57 mins.)
JUNE 9 WED 8 P.M.
ARTISTS OF THE AVANT GARDE VISITING ARTIST
U.S., CZECHOSLOVAKIA, IRELAND 1998-99
DIRECTORS: VARIOUS The Film Center welcomes Antero Alli (THE DRIVETIME) and his NOMAD VIDEOFILM FESTIVAL for an evening of experimental media that draw their inspiration from poetic texts and narratives. The 16 short works being shown, drawn from over 100 entries, offer independent visions sparked by the writings of Sylvia Plath, Baudelaire, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ani Difranco and others as they explore meditation, myth, ritual and even e-mail. From beautifully realized animation techniques, digital and live action pieces, the intersection of word and image enter an ephemeral and kinetic world each under12 minutes long. Add to that a Nomad Mystery Performer and you have the makings of a truly alternative night at the movies. For more information, visit the NOMAD VIDEOFILM FESTIVAL website. (85 mins.)
JUNE 19 SAT 19 2 P.M.
THE 23RD ANNUAL YOUNG PEOPLE'S
FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
DIRECTORS: YOUNG & VARIOUS This afternoon we are pleased to present the winning entries from our 23RD ANNUAL YOUNG PEOPLE'S FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL—an impressive selection of new short works produced throughout the Northwest by media makers in grades K-12. The program was selected by a panel of professional media artists and provides a fascinating glimpse of the world seen through the eyes of young people.
JUNE 26 SAT 7 & 9 P.M.
THE NORTHTWEST FILM CENTER AND PICA PRESENT
STRETCH YOUR HEAD CINEMA
AN EVENING OF NEW IDEAS
IN EXPERIMENTAL FILM
DIRECTORS: VARIOUS 1997-99
CURATED BY: JOANNA PRIESTLEY Joanna Priestley has been instrumental in the growth and success of Portland's media arts community and has been its winning, if unofficial, ambassador around the world. Tonight she screens a selection of works that reflect new visions and new ways to approach the medium. And as with any show by Priestley, there are sure to be a few surprises. Among the works to be screened are SURGE by Jan Otto Ertesvag (Norway), FIREHOUSE by Barbel Neubauer (Germany), ALONE, LIFE WASTES ANDY HARDY by Martin Arnold (Germany), IMMER ZU by Janie Geiser (US), FEELING MY WAY by Jonathan Hodgson (Great Britain), UNDERGROUND by Mati Kutt (Estonia), BUSBY by Anna Henckel-Doninersmarck (Germany), DIRT by Portlander Chel White and UTOPIA PARKWAY by Joanna Priestley. (80 mins.)
SPECIAL ADMISSION: $8 GENERAL; $6 PAM AND PICA MEMBERS
JUNE 30 WED 7 P.M.
THE 31ST ANNUAL ASIFA-EAST ANIMATION FESTIVAL
The only annual competition devoted to animation in the United States, ASIFA-East's annual contest spans the field as it includes entertainment films, independent work, sponsored films, commercials and works by students. The national competition took place in April and the Film Center is pleased to present the winning program tonight. The 24 works being shown include such stellar animators as Karen Aqua and Bill Plympton, J.J. Sedelmaier whose cartoons grace SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and Chris Wedge's 1999 Academy-Award winning animated short, BLUE SKY. (Approximately 90 mins.)
CO-SPONSORED BY ASIFA/NW. Special thanks to Linda Simensky, Rose Bond and Laura Di Trapani.
R E E L B L U E S
"The blues is just a funny feelin', yet some folks calls it a mighty bad disease." - Lightnin' Hopkins
Join us for two very special outdoor screenings at the OREGONIAN A&E's Front Porch Stage at this year's Waterfront Blues Festival. Admission to the Festival is free, but a $3 donation and cans of food to donate to The Oregon Food Bank are most appreciated. Special thanks to In Focus Systems.
JULY 2 FRI 10 P.M.
CURTIS SALGADO'S BLUES FAVORITES
Portland blues and soul master Curtis Salgado returns with another ace compilation of musical rarities drawn from his personal video collection of blues greats. Tonight he'll introduce vintage performance clips featuring Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Big Walter Hornton, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy, Johnny Shines, Amos Milburn and many, many more. As those who enjoyed Salgado's program in our January REEL MUSIC series will attest, this is a special treat. (80 mins.)
Note Location: Waterfront Park.
JULY 3 SAT 10 P.M.
LES BLANK PRESENTS
THE BLUES ACCORDIN' TO LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS and
Tonight Bay-area filmmaker Les Blank is here to present two of his classic films. In his own words and in his "own own" music, the late, great Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins (1975) reveals the genius of his special boogie and the roots of the deep power in country blues. (31 mins.) Blank's HOT PEPPER (1978) provides an intoxicating journey into the bayous and byways of southwestern Lousiana and the potent mix of rock and blues that was unique to the king of Zydeco, accordionist Clifton Chenier. Totally hot stuff. (54 mins.)
Note Location: Waterfront Park.
JULY 7 8 9 10 11
WED 7 7 P.M., THUR 8 7 P.M., FRI 9 7 P.M., SAT 10 7 P.M., SUN 11 7 P.M.
MARTIN SCORCESE AND FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA PRESENT
THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT
DIRECTOR: WOJCIECH HAS Mixing the macabre, surreal, romantic and the comic, Wojciech Has' THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT, the favorite film of The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, is an elliptical odyssey set at the end of the Napoleonic era where events super shadow plot. Based on a 19th century novel by Jan Potocki, this epic adventure follows the exploits of Belgian Captain Alphonse van Worden (played by Zbigniew Cybulski, the James Dean of Poland) whose discovery of a manuscript in Spain leads him on a transforming journey into his past. These fantastic adventures come about as two half-naked princesses test his worthiness to woo them. Mixing stories within stories, narration within narration, the film's colorful characters disclose van Worden's history as his spiritual journey proceeds, unabated by the constraints of a conservative narrative. Newly restored in 35mm to its original length (a shorter version once toured the U.S.), THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT, shot in glorious black and white cinemascope by Miecyslaw Jahoda, is originality unspooled. (180 mins.)
JULY 18 SUN 7:30 P.M.
RICHTER, THE ENIGMA
DIRECTOR: BRUNO MONSAINGEON "When Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) died last year—shortly after the completion of this prize-winning film—it has been said that the great age of Russian pianist classicism came to an end. Director Bruno Monsaingeon (THE GLEN GOULD CYCLE; YEHUDI MENUHIN, THE VIOLIN OF THE CENTURY) has made a film appropriate to both the singularity of its subject and to the complexity of his milieu. Dominating the proceedings with his still-striking good looks and an often piercing, self-deprecating wit, Richter narrates the events of his life with a combination of candor and canniness. Illustrated with well-chosen archival and performance footage (much of it in impossibly saturated Mosfilm color), the pianist's journey from provincial obscurity to international stardom emerges with breadth and clarity."—1998 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (144 mins.) PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY'S PIANO RECITAL SERIES.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 725-5400.
JULY 22 THUR 8 P.M.
VISITING ARTIST PORTLAND PREMIERES
A CITY SYMPHONY
DIRECTOR: DOMINIC ANGERAME The Film Center welcomes experimental filmmaker and longtime director of the independent collaborative Canyon Cinema as he presents A CITY SYMPHONY, his collection of five distinct films that each revolve around the flux of urban landscapes, city environments and human cycles of destruction and construction. CONTINUUM (1987), like a constructivist poem, engages itself in the science of motion within the streets and buildings of the city. DECONSTRUCTION SIGHT (1990) uses time-lapse cinematography to explore the impact the industrial revolution has had on our ideologies and realizations. PREMONITION embraces an innocence as the filmmaker watches the Embarcadero Freeway come to life, a premonition of San Francisco's 1989 earthquake. IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS (1997) is the exquisite depiction of the very same freeway's demolition. As a coda to the program, Angerame screens LINE OF FIRE (1997) which weaves two events, the filmmaker's own open heart surgery with a fire he escaped that burnt down his apartment. As Angerame well nows, the ephemeral, as in cinema, is all that survives. "To see the city through the eyes of Dominic Angerame is to see an organic beast of concrete that sifts and breathes in rich shades of black and white."—Silke Tudor, SF WEEKLY. (70 mins.)
JULY 23 FRI 8 P.M.
VISITING ARTIST PORTLAND PREMIERES
CANYON CINEMA - A CELEBRATION
Tonight Dominic Angerame, Director of Canyon Cinema, helps us celebrate one of the first and most influential alternative media distribution organizations. Founded in 1966 and run by and for independent filmmakers, it is a mutual base of support for such pioneering filmmakers as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Peggy Ahwesh, Bruce Baille, James Broughton, Shirley Clarke, Bruce Conner, Su Freidrich, Bette Gordon, Leighton Pierce, Jay Rosenblatt and others. Canyon Cinema's existence is a mirror of our own. So join us for a special evening of works spanning three decades and devoted as much to viewers as to makers. (2 hrs.)
JULY 24 25 26 27 28
SAT 24 7 & 9 P.M., SUN 25 5 & 7 P.M., MON 26 7 P.M., TUE 27 7 P.M., WED 28 7 P.M.
DIRECTOR: CLAUDE CHABROL Off all the New Wave directors, it is Claude Chabrol who has taken on the Hitchcockean role of looking at human foibles through the lens of sleek and understated thrillers. In THE SWINDLE, his 50th film, the great French director has fashioned a delectable comedy-mystery around the superb talents of actors Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault. Seductive con artists, the two play a clever cat and mouse game with their targets. But what sets these two apart from other petty criminals is the puzzling relationship the two have. With suspense and humor, their enigmatic relationship, like a Rubric's cube, is one of the charming puzzles for the viewer to toy with as their heists unfold. When they ultimately reach a Swiss resort, is their next victim, Maurice (Francois Cluzet), a handsome businessman, part of what plan serving whom? "The performances are so winkingly adroit that THE SWINDLE becomes as much a character study as a caper story. Thanks to the sleek, psychologically astute direction that has been Chabrol's hallmark, it glides gracefully as both."—Janet Maslin, THE NEW YORK TIMES. (105 mins.)
JULY 29 30 31 AUGUST 1 2 3 4 THUR 29 7:30 P.M., FRI 30 7 & 9 P.M., SAT 31 7 & 9 P.M., SUN 1 7 P.M., MON 2 7 P.M. TUE 3 7 P.M., WED 4 7 P.M.
PORTLAND PREMIERE ITALIAN DREAMS
DIRECTOR: EDOARDO WINSPEARE Frequently compared to IL POSTINO, Edoardo Winspeare's PIZZICATA clearly defines its own stirring landscape. The title derives from two words, pizzia (the dance of joy and love) and tarantata (the dance of death). When an American bomber is shot down over Salentino, the only survivor, Toni Morciano, the son of local Pugliese emigrants, is taken in and brought back to health by a widowed father and his three daughters. Soon he takes on role of distant cousin and immerses himself in the local traditions, ones lost to him in America. When a powerful love develops between Toni and one of the daughters, jealousy and fury follow. Bubbling over with the music and dance of the region, PIZZICATA..."recalls the early pictures of the Taviani Brothers but with more visual and emotional warmth. Winspeare...makes plentiful use of local color, especially music and dance, but never loses sight of the emotional arcs that give the gently simmering relationships their depth."—VARIETY. (96 mins.)