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Special Screenings


Thu, Jun 1, 2006
at 7 PM

THE PUFFY CHAIR
DIRECTOR: MARK DUPLASS
US
Nominated for two 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, Duplass' clever comedy tells the story of Josh, a failed NYC indie rocker and a failing booking agent. Josh finds hope for a small victory in a really bad idea: he decides to purchase a 1985 Lazy Boy recliner, just like the one his dad had when Josh was a kid. With his neglected girlfriend, Emily, as the co-navigator, he'll drive cross-country to pick the chair up from the eBay seller in North Carolina, staying with his stoner younger brother Rhett along the way. He will then deliver the chair to his father in Atlanta as a surprise birthday gift. But when Rhett ends up coming along for the ride, it's three people and a giant purple puffy chair in a too-small van on a road trip that goes hilariously awry. "A sparkling American indie, the toast of this year's Sundance: a comedy about love, sex, fidelity and upholstery?"-Edinburgh Film Festival.

Director Mark Dupass will introduce his film. Tonight's screening is open to Silver Screen Club members and their guests.
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Fri, Jun 2, 2006
at 8:45 PM

Sat, Jun 3, 2006
at 8:45 PM

THE BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS DIRECTORS
VARIOUS
The Film Center's annual "Best of the Northwest" touring program, highlights from the 32nd Annual Northwest Film & Video Festival, brings some of the most engrossing new media work from around the Northwest to audiences throughout the region, offering a flavor of the outstanding work being done. A lively mixture of animation, documentary, narrative and experimental work, the program includes AMBER, Jen Morgan, Vancouver, BC; DARLING DARLING, Matthew Lessner, Nehalem, OR; INCONVENIENCE, John Penhall, Vancouver, BC; DRIVERS ED, Thom Harp, Seattle; HELLO, THANKS, Andrew Blubaugh, Portland; AT THE QUINTE HOTEL, Bruce Alcock Vancouver BC; (GONE) ONE MOMENT TO THE NEXT, Morgan Hobart, Portland; GEEK LIKE ME, John Vechey, Seattle; DANDELION, Grace Carter, Holly Andres, Portland.

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Fri, Jun 9, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jun 10, 2006
at 7 PM

MONGOLIAN PING PONG
DIRECTOR: DIRECTOR:HAO NING
CHINA
This film is a love-letter to Mongolia and an engaging account of the moment when a young boy's mind opens to a world beyond the one he knows. To most, an ordinary ping-pong ball would be nothing remarkable, but the discovery of this mysterious object in the vast Mongolian steppes becomes the epicenter of a life-changing expedition for nine-year-old Bilike. Sheltered within the timeless traditions of his people's nomadic existence, Bilike and pals begin a quest to solve the ball's mystery, consulting with his grandmother, who believes the ball to be "a glowing pearl from heaven," and the wise Lamas, who haven't the faintest idea, before finally discovering that they have just found the "national ball of China," a misinterpreted bit of information leading to the journey of a lifetime. As much as the story, Hao Ning is interested in ethnography, the spectacular landscape and how folklore, technology and imagination affect a nomadic way of life.

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Sat, Jun 10, 2006
at 2 PM

Sun, Jun 11, 2006
at 2 PM

A LION IN THE HOUSE
DIRECTOR: DIRECTORS: STEVEN BOGNAR, JULIA REICHERT
US
Premiering to standing ovations at this year's Sundance Film Festival, A LION IN THE HOUSE is an intimate, emotional celebration of love, strength and determination. Shortly after Steven Bognar (PERSONAL BELONGINGS) and Julia Reichert's (SEEING RED, UNION MAIDS), daughter won a battle against childhood cancer, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center asked them to consider making a film about childhood cancer to raise national awareness. Six years later, they have emerged with an epic story of five children, their families, and their caregivers as they struggle to beat the disease, using experimental treatments and the power of optimism. Beyond documenting the illness, the film explores the ethical, socioeconomic, and domestic problems that the families must face-a matrix of complex issues that confront everyone concerned with their own heath, family and the health care system. Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert will introduce and talk about their powerful, uplifting film, which was produced for the Independent Television Service.

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert will introduce their film on sunday followed by a panel discussion with local cancer specialists.
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Tue, Jun 13, 2006
at 7 PM

FALLEN ANGEL: GRAM PARSONS
DIRECTOR: GANDULF HENNIG
GERMANY/BRITAIN
Hennig's meticulously researched film traces the former Byrd, Flying Burrito Brother and solo artist's life (1946-1973) from his privileged upbringing to the still-bizarre, controversial (to some) circumstances of his death from an overdose of morphine and tequila in the Joshua Tree Desert. Generally considered to be the pioneer of the alt-country-rock, Parson's groundbreaking style influenced everyone from the Eagles to the Rolling Stones to Wilco. Interviewees include family and numerous former band mates including Chris Hillman and "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, plus Keith Richards, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and notorious "Road Mangler" Phil Kaufman. Highlighted by great music, rare footage and frankly told tales, FALLEN ANGEL is a bittersweet tribute to one of rock and country's most influential musicians.

Gandulf Hennig will introduce his film.SILVER SCREEN MEMBERS PREVIEW
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Wed, Jun 14, 2006
at 7 PM

WORDPLAY
DIRECTOR: PATRICK CREADON
US
WORDPLAY offers an entertaining journey into the world of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times. Known to millions as NPR's "Puzzle Master," Shortz has spent his entire lifetime studying, creating and editing puzzles, and has built a huge following along the way. Meet Shortz's diehard fans-including Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns and the Indigo Girls among others-and discover why over 50 million Americans do crosswords every week. Like the many fine recent films that have explored the Americana of spelling bees, scrabble tournaments, children ballroom dancing and even whistling contests, this clever and engrossing portrait of humanity, intelligence and the competitive drive is at the head of the class.

Tonight's screening is open to Silver Screen members and their guests.
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Thu, Jun 15, 2006
at 7 PM

THE TEA FILM
DIRECTOR: DIRECTORS: LES BLANK, GINA LEIBRECHT
US
THE TEA FILM (a working title for this special work-in-progress screening) follows legendary American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the finest handmade teas in the world. Not since Robert Fortune clandestinely made his way through the tea growing districts of China in 1843 to steal plants and seeds for the British has a westerner gained such access to this hidden world of exotic tea. As the Chinese open their doors to the global marketplace, Hoffman has opened their eyes to their own ancient tradition, one that links all us all, while introducing the West to one of China's finest cultural gems-the artistry and exquisite taste of fine, handmade tea. Among other tea experts featured is James Norwood Pratt, author of "The Tea Lover's Treasury," editor of "Tea Trade-The Magazine of the World Tea Business" and one of the creators of the American Premium Tea Institute. In addition to examining tea culture, the film offers a rare glimpse into life in contemporary rural China and fresh perspective on sustainable agriculture efforts and fair trade practices.

Les Blank and gina Leibrecht will present the film, for which they are still gathering interviews.
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Fri, Jun 16, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jun 17, 2006
at 9 PM

SISTERS IN LAW
DIRECTOR: DIRECTORS: KIM LONGINOTTO, FLORENCE AVISI
BRITAIN
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, resolute prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba are inspiring in their tireless efforts to stand up for the downtrodden victims of family abuse. Six-year-old Manka is covered in scars, and has run away from an abusive aunt; Amina is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal beatings by her husband and pre-teen Sonita has daringly accused her neighbor of rape. In a culture where women have been systematically silenced and men have often abused the balance of power, they fight a brave battle made possible by their joyous support for one another. Longinotto and Avisi's uplifting portrait of true sisterhood is "Upbeat and watchable . . makes the point that there is more to Africa than poverty, misery and injustice."-Variety.

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Fri, Jun 16, 2006
at 9:15 PM

Thu, Jun 29, 2006
at 7 PM

2005 ACADEMY NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS DIRECTORS
VARIOUS
As Oscars ballot each year the short film nominees are a mystery to most-heralded films, but still largely unseen before or after the winner takes the stage. For short film lovers, here is the chance to see the films that earned their distinctive recognition. The program includes: OUR TIME IS (Rob Pearlstein, US)-When a therapist finds out he has six weeks to live, he adopts a fresh method of treatment: brutal honesty. THE RUNAWAY (Ulrike Grote, Germany)-A man is confronted by the six-year old son he didn't know he had. A search for the mother ensues, but she's nowhere to be found; THE LAST FARM (Runar Runarsson, Iceland)-In a remote valley, all of the farms except one have been abandoned; SIX SHOOTER (Martin McDonagh, Ireland) On a train journey home through rural Ireland, an older man grieving the loss of his wife encounters a strange young character; CASHBACK (Sean Ellis, UK)-A London college art student's vivid imagination runs wild as he works the late shift at a local supermarket.

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Sat, Jun 17, 2006
at 7 PM

Thu, Jun 29, 2006
at 9 PM

2005 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS DIRECTORS
VARIOUS
THE MOON AND THE SON: AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION (John Canemaker, US)-Canemaker explores the difficult emotional terrain of father/son relationships as seen through the filmmaker's own turbulent relationship with his father; "9" (Shane Acker, US)-In the shadow of urban desolation, a rag doll must face a monster that is hunting his brethren and stealing their souls. BADGERED (Sharon Coleman, UK)-The tale of a grumpy badger who just wants the world to let him sleep; THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO (Anthony Lucas, Australia)-The story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself; ONE MAN BAND (Andrew Jimenez, Mark Andrews/Pixar, US)-With one coin to make a wish at the piazza fountain, a peasant girl encounters two street performers who'd prefer the coin find its way into their tip jars.

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Fri, Jun 23, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jun 24, 2006
at 7 PM

Tue, Jun 27, 2006
at 7 PM

POLICE BEAT
DIRECTOR: ROBINSON DEVOR
US
Devor's deft handling of a variety of subjects and tones, from the touching to the bizarre to the suspenseful and the hilarious, makes his much-heralded film a unique artistic triumph. A Black Muslim immigrant from Senegal, working as a bicycle cop in Seattle, suffers from relationship woes involving his local, but absent, white girlfriend. As he cycles between oddball crime scenes, his mind-which at the outset is a picture of upright morality-gradually devolves into a morass of self-doubt. Visually striking and wittily accentuated by a soundtrack featuring the Aphex Twin, Erik Satie, and other quixotic composers, POLICE BEAT "...is an unusual portrait of an immigrant new to the United States that focuses less on the protagonist's socio-economic difficulties than on his emotional responses to American life."-Robinson Devor. "Dreamily poetic" - Manohla Dargis, NY TIMES; "Sensationally beautiful!"-Todd McCarthy, VARIETY; "Emotionally devastating"-Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE.

Robinson devor will introduce his film on friday evening.
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Sat, Jul 1, 2006
at 10 PM

ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE
DIRECTOR: LES BLANK, SKIP GERSON
US
A celebration of the street life and music of New Orleans as it was back in the 1970s, Blank and Gerson's joyous film captures the spicy variety of the town where the blues was born. The gumbo includes swaggering brass bands, Second-line parades, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest festivity and smoking performances by Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers, Kid Thomas Valentine, Blue Lu Barker and more. Your soul will be satisfied.

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Sun, Jul 2, 2006
at 10 PM

SAM COOKE: LEGEND
DIRECTOR: PETER GURALNICK
US
The release of Peter Guralnick's ("Last Train to Memphis," "Careless Love") new biography "Dream Boogie - The Triumph of Sam Cooke," provides the opportune moment to enjoy his earlier film on the man who invented soul. Cooke went from being the top gospel singer (the legendary Soul Stirrers perform at the Festival) of his day with the Soul Stirrers to pop stardom with "You Send Me," his very first record under his own name. In addition to classic performance clips, Guralnick surveys Cooke's innovative business acumen, friendships and influence with personalities as diverse as Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and the Beatles, and through illuminating interviews with fellow artists Aretha Franklin, Lloyd Price, Bobby Womack, Lou Rawls and family members, captures the talent and drive in a man whose influence continues long after his untimely death in 1964.

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Fri, Jul 7, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 8, 2006
at 7 PM

Sun, Jul 9, 2006
at 7 PM

LOOK BOTH WAYS
DIRECTOR: SARAH WATT
AUSTRALIA
Winner of the Best Film Prize in Australia and the Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival and numerous festival audience awards, LOOK BOTH WAYS is a charming, darkly comic take on life, love and death. The story follows seven people over a hot weekend in Adelaide as they deal with unexpected tragedy in their lives. Thrown together by fate, fellow-pessimists Meryl (whose hilariously paranoid visions are beautifully animated thought bubbles), and photojournalist Nick, find they may actually have a shot at happiness despite their scares. Around them swirl a cast of eccentric and melancholy friends whose travails remind how grief and happiness can go hand in hand-and how important it is to look both ways for life's surprises. "Wonderful...Watt captures the protean nature of life with dazzling dexterity."-Michael Fitzgerald, TIME Magazine.

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Fri, Jul 14, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 15, 2006
at 7 PM

MY DAD IS 100 YEARS OLD
DIRECTOR: GUY MADDIN
CANADA
Isabella Rossellini remembers her father Roberto (1906-1977) in this moving, funny love letter of nostalgic reflection-told with her poignant words and Maddin's (SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) singular visual panache

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Fri, Jul 14, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 15, 2006
at 7 PM

THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS
DIRECTOR: ROBERTO ROSSELLINI
ITALY
Co-written by Federico Fellini and shot in the neo-realist manner for which Rossellini was famed, with monks from the Nocere Inferiore monastery playing the roles of St. Francis and his disciples, THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS is a timeless and moving portrait of the search for spiritual enlightenment. In a series of simple, joyous vignettes, Rossellini lovingly conveys the universal teachings of humility, compassion, faith, and sacrifice of the People's Saint. "The most beautiful film in the world."-Francois Truffaut.

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Sun, Jul 16, 2006
at 2 PM

30TH ANNUAL YOUNG PEOPLE'S
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS DIRECTORS
US
The YOUNG PEOPLE'S WINNERS Program will be screened before a lively audience of filmmakers, teachers, parents and friends sharing an appreciation of the talent, creativity and vision on display. Many of the young mediamakers will be present in this free public program of shorts, animation and dramas and documentaries recognized for their originality, artistic merit, technical achievement or conviction in investigation of subject matter. The Festival program also includes presentation of the 2006 Service to Young Filmmakers Award and the winner of the Frank Hood Scholarship.

FREE ADMISSION Special thanks to Festival sponsors Comcast, Adams Foundation, King Family Foundation and Willamette Week's Longbaugh Film Festival.
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Fri, Jul 21, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 22, 2006
at 7 PM

THE SYRIAN BRIDE
DIRECTOR: ERAN RIKLIS
ISRAEL/FRANCE/GERMANY
Set in the mountainous Golan Heights located between Syria and Israel, THE SYRIAN BRIDE is an extraordinary social comedy about shifting national borders and timeless family dynamics. Mona's wedding promises to be an event unlike any other-the saddest day of her life. Her extended family arrives in Majdal Shams, her Israeli-occupied Druze village to say farewell forever as she crosses over the Syrian border to meet her husband for the first time. In a day of tense encounters-demonstrations in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Israelis on patrol-the reunited family make their hectic preparations. While the men in the family contend with life under occupation, the women suffer, and challenge, the restrictions of old traditions. Mona, and everyone she loves, must cross a boundary in order to redefine themselves, and at the end of this surprising day each person in this engaging drama faces a new future. Best Film, Montreal World Film Festival.

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Fri, Jul 28, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 29, 2006
at 9 PM

THREE TIMES
DIRECTOR: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN
TAIWAN
"Three exquisite tales are braided together in perfect harmony in Hou Hsiao-hsien's newest masterpiece. The film follows a timeless couple in love, enacted by the same performers, as they take on different identities through three separate periods. Weaving contrasting cinematic syntaxes and poignant fragments of time into a highly evocative narrative, Hou plays with the idea of reincarnation-the characters bear not only a consistent physical appearance but also the memories of other lives."-TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL. "A masterpiece. This is why cinema exists."-A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES "His films are, for me, among the most inspiring of the past thirty years." -Jim Jarmusch

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Sat, Jul 29, 2006
at 7 PM

INTERKOSMOS
DIRECTOR: JIM FINN
US
"Jim Finn's INTERKOSMOS, a retro gust of Communist utopianism, is set to open the New York Underground Film Festival. A cosmonaut romance set aboard a 1970s East German space mission to colonize the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, INTERKOSMOS weaves together lovingly faked archival footage, charmingly under-motivated musical numbers, propagandistic maxims ("Capitalism is like a kindergarten of boneless children"), stop-motion animation (of a suitably crude GDR-era level), a Teutonic (and vaguely Herzogian) voiceover, and a superb garage-y Kraut-rock score (by Jim Becker and Colleen Burke). Finn's deadpan is immaculately bone-dry, and his antiquarian fastidiousness is worthy of Guy Maddin."-Dennis Lim, THE VILLAGE VOICE. How can you miss it?

Jim Finn will introduce his film.
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Wed, Aug 2, 2006
at 7 PM

EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION: AN EVENING WITH RICK RAXLEN
DIRECTOR: RICK RAXLEN
CANADA
A self-described "beacon of avant-garde filmmaking in the tiny English-like village of Victoria, B.C.," frequent Northwest Film & Video Festival honoree Rick Raxlen's works combine original animation and found materials, multiple animation techniques and absurdist humor to fashion short experimental, but not necessarily abstract, films with engaging energy and an intellectually whimsical tone. Raxlen has worked at the National Film Board of Canada, taught at Concordia University, and his many award-winning works have been screened at festivals around the world and are in the archival collections of the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal and Pacific Cinémathèque in Vancouver, BC. Tonight's program will include his new film WE MAMMALS PUSHY (2006); KANGA VS. WEREWOLF (2005); ACADEMY STRIPPER (2005); CHINESE SERIES STAN BRAKHAGE (2004); BRAND NEW TRIATHLON (2003); SEAHORSES AND FLYING FISH (2003): RUDE ROLL (2001); DEADPAN (2000); THE LITTLE FOREST (2001); THE GEOMETRY OF BEWARE (1998); THE DIVINE RIGHT (1985); AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL JUVENILIA (1983); and 21-87 A.LIPSETT (1984).

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Fri, Aug 4, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Aug 5, 2006
at 7 PM

CROSSING THE BRIDGE: THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL
DIRECTOR: FATIH AIKIN
GERMANY/TURKEY
Aikin takes us on a fascinating journey through the music and cultural scene in modern Istanbul, where East and West meet and past, present and futures converge. Our travel guide is composer and musician Alexander Hacke, whose interest was sparked when he worked on Aikin's previous film, the remarkable HEAD ON. Hacke sets up his mobile recording studio to capture everything from classical Arabesque to indie rock, rap and hip-hop, and teases out some fascinating impressions of the city and its people. Among the featured artists are the hugely popular Sezen Aksu and Orhan Gencebay, maverick rocker Erkin Koray, Kurdish singer Anyar, alongside newer generations of musicians such as fusion DJ Orient Express, digital maestro Mercan Dede, and bands including Duman and Replikas. Don't expect to know much going in, but be prepared to come away with a deep appreciation for the sights and sounds of an endlessly fascinating city and musical melting pot.

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Thu, Aug 10, 2006
at 7 PM

THE ILLUSIONIST
DIRECTOR: NEIL BURGER
US
One of the hits at this year's Sundance Film Festival, THE ILLUSIONIST is a romantic thriller set in 1900 Vienna. The story follows Eisenheim (Edward Norton), a brilliant stage magician who can mesmerize crowds, and his struggle against the power-hungry Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) and the shrewd Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti). Between Eisenheim and the Prince is the woman they both desire, the Duchess Sophie von Teschen (Jessica Biel). When Sophie is discovered murdered, Eisenheim summons his extraordinary powers in a desperate attempt to overcome Uhl, prove the Prince guilty, and bring down the monarchy before it destroys him. Enhanced by a magnificent score by Philip Glass and superb art direction, magic, romance and deception fashion a hypnotic saga.

Admission open to Silver Screen members&their guests.
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Fri, Aug 11, 2006
at 9 PM

Sat, Aug 12, 2006
at 7 PM

Sun, Aug 13, 2006
at 7 PM

SUITE HAVANA
DIRECTOR: FERNANDO PEREZ
CUBA/SPAIN
A critical and popular hit in Havana and Cuba's official Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Fernando Perez' lyrical documentary covers 24 hours in the life of the city by interweaving portraits of a dozen ordinary "habaneros." Using music and natural sounds (no dialogue), Perez constructs a poetic and loving tapestry of a people who, despite hard lives, still have room for dreams. Edited like a musical composition, the film oscillates between documentary and fiction, its characters representing the social diversity in a magnetic, mysterious metropolis. "A lyrical, meticulously crafted and unexpectedly melancholy homage to the battered but resilient inhabitants of a battered but resilient city," -VARIETY. "A beautiful tone poem on film."-THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Thu, Aug 17, 2006
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
If you have a new work you'd like to share, send an email with the title, running time, format and brief description to lena@nwfilm.org and we'll put you in the program. It is a first-come, first-screened evening. Admission is free and you never know what you might see!

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Fri, Aug 18, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Aug 19, 2006
at 7 PM

BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING
DIRECTOR: JEAN RENOIR
FRANCE
Jean Renoir's comic poem to anarchy. Michel Simon, co-producer of the film, plays a "loveable" wastrel rescued from a suicidal jump into the Seine by Lestingois, a very bourgeois antiquarian bookseller. Boudu insists that his rescuer is now responsible for him and proceeds to move into his house. All order is supplanted by havoc and in short order he seduces Lestingois' wife and maid, marries the maid, then accidentally falls into the river, whereupon rediscovering his liberty, returns to his wanderings. "A beautifully rhythmed film that makes one nostalgic for the period when it was made."-THE NEW YORKER.

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Thu, Aug 24, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Aug 26, 2006
at 9 PM

Sun, Aug 27, 2006
at 7 PM

THE PHOTOGRAPHER, HIS WIFE, HER LOVER
DIRECTOR: PAUL YULE
US/BRITAIN
"In 1990, Yule made a film about photographer O. Winston Link. Then 76, Link was famous for his photographs from the 1950s featuring the last steam trains. In 1983, Link married Conchita, who became his agent, and from then on his reputation, and prices, soared. Soon after Yule's film came out, a lurid art-world scandal erupted: Conchita had allegedly had a secret affair and stolen work worth millions. Divorced from Link, she was convicted and sentenced to prison. After Link's death in 2001, stolen prints suddenly began to surface. At that point, Yule decided to make a second film, interviewing Conchita, Link's brother and son, and the lawyers of both parties. Was Conchita a cold-hearted money-grubber who took advantage of a sick old man, or was the woman who brought Link fame cruelly framed by her senile, violence-prone husband and his lawyers? -FILM FORUM.

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Fri, Aug 25, 2006
at 7 PM

Sat, Aug 26, 2006
at 7 PM

BE WITH ME
DIRECTOR: ERIC KHOO
SINGAPORE
Weaving three intersecting fictional story lines-a shopkeeper haunted by his wife's ghost, a lonely security guard who sometimes stalks a glamorous woman who works in his building, and a teenager who finds first love through an Internet chat room-and connecting them through the true story (via subtitles) of Theresa Chan, a deaf-and-blind woman who overcame her handicaps, Khoo meditates on the isolation and longing found in the most crowded of environments. Singapore auteur Eric Khoo (MEE POK MAN, 12 STOREYS), frequently mentioned in the same breath as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wong Kar Wai, makes minimalist films that rely more on stunningly beautiful images and careful structure. Here, his biography-drama is almost entirely without dialogue, using rhythm, imagery, body language and embedded text to convey his stories. "Recommended! "Absorbing...This elliptical, poetic movie is filled with yearning, humor, and warmth."-CHICAGO READER.

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