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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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Special Screenings


Sat, Apr 10, 2010
at 4:30 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010
at 4:30 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010
at 7 PM

SWEETGRASS
DIRECTOR: ILISA BARBASH, LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR
US, 2009

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, who teaches in Harvard’s Visual Anthropology department, and Ilisa Barbash, of Harvard’s Peabody Museum, describe themselves as “recordists” rather than filmmakers, as they capture a family and their animals in their final season herding sheep in Montana’s spectacular Absaroka-Beartooth mountain range. The herders work like cowboys out of the old West, but unlike cattle, stubborn sheep can be hilarious to watch. From the cockeyed sight of a massive sheep drive down a small town’s empty main drag, to a herder pouring his heart out on a cell phone at the top of a monumental vista, Castaing-Taylor and Barbash sharpen their sense of humor as well as their all-embracing lens to create an unforgettable cinematic experience. “A really intimate, beautifully shot examination of the connection between man and beast.”—The New York Times. (105 mins.)

WATCH THE TRAILER

PRECEDED BY

EL CERCO
DIRECTORS: RICARDO ÍSCAR, NACHO MARTÍN
Spain, 2005
(12 min.)


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Fri, Apr 23, 2010
at 6:30 PM

AN EVENING WITH BARBARA HAMMER

VISITING ARTIST—Over four decades, pioneering artist Barbara Hammer has fashioned a body of ground-breaking lesbian/feminist experimental films, which deal with women’s issues such as gender roles and relationships, aging, health, and family. As she puts it, “To discover and uncover the invisible images . . . all my work is about revealing, showing, expressing, uncovering that which has not been seen before. I try to give voice and image to those who have been denied personal expression.” Tonight Hammer, on tour with her first book “HAMMER! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life,” will present a selection of her short films including her most recent, A HORSE IS NOT A METAPHOR (2008), about her survival of ovarian cancer. She will also read short passages from her new book. Other films in the program include MENSES (1974), OPTIC NERVE (1985), STILL POINT (1989), and SANCTUS (1990). “The short films by Hammer are accessible, sexually explicit, loaded with attitude, and hilarious.”—Holland Cotter, New York Times.

( 80 min )

Sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art and QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival.


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Fri, Apr 23, 2010
at 8:30 PM

MIGHTY UKE
DIRECTOR: TONY COLEMAN
CANADA, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitars, and kitschy lyrics. But far from a mere Hawaiian novelty item, the ukulele is a dynamic instrument with a rich history, and has profoundly influenced music around the world. At the dawn of the radio age, ukulele music owned the airwaves. Broadway produced ukulele musicals and Hollywood produced ukulele movie stars. The instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the “uke” was the most popular instrument in the American home. Over the next thirty years, the uke was number one; but then, with the rise of the rock and roll guitar, it faded into nerdy obscurity. Until now. The ukulele is making a comeback. Clubs and ensembles are sprouting up around the world (Portland too), and a new generation is pulling their grandparents’ ukes out of the closet. MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages, and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and connect with each other.

( 85 min )

Live uke too!


WATCH THE TRAILER


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Mon, Apr 26, 2010
at 6 PM

37TH ANNUAL STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS REGIONAL FINALS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Each year the Northwest Film Center conducts the jurying for the Western States' entries to the annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® Student Academy Awards. Students from accredited colleges, universities, and art schools in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming vie for a regional award this evening, which will secure a spot in the national competition in Los Angeles judged by Academy members. Assess for yourself the top animated, narrative, documentary, and alternative films—the latest from some of the top talents and film schools in the nation—as a panel of distinguished judges in our audience picks the winners.

FREE ADMISSION


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Tue, Apr 27, 2010
at 7 PM

THE EYE OF THE DAY
DIRECTOR: LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH
INDONESIA / NETHERLANDS, 2001

Against the backdrop of growing opposition to Indonesian dictator Suharto and the elections that will bring Megawati to power, THE EYE OF THE DAY follows the daily lives of Rumidjah, a 62-year-old widow, and her children and grandchildren in a working-class section of Jakarta. Moving from life in Rumidjah's living room to the political confrontations in the streets to the nightly labor of scavengers at a massive garbage dump, Helmrich's patient camera captures the drama and complexities of life in one of the most populous nations on earth. “Documentarian Helmrich shoots simply, his camera an extension of his hand. At the same time, he displays incredible virtuosity . . . improvising apparatus that enable his camera to move smoothly, seeming to float. Helmrich dubs this method 'single-shot cinema.'"—Harvard Film Archive.

( 94 min )

Co-presented with Cinema Project.

Leonard Retel Helmrich will be in attendance.


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Wed, Apr 28, 2010
at 7 PM

SHAPE OF THE MOON
DIRECTOR: LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH
INDONESIA / NETHERLANDS, 2004

The end of the Suharto regime ushered in an era of rapid sociopolitical change in Indonesia. Following up on THE EYE OF THE DAY, SHAPE OF THE MOON observes the effect of those changes on the aging Christian matriarch Rumidjah, whose son Bakti converts to Islam to marry a Muslim woman. Tired of the chaos of Jakarta and deeply stressed, Rumidjah longs to return to her village, but knows that the countryside holds little promise for her 11-year-old granddaughter. Juxtaposing family drama against the rise of fundamentalist Islam and societal uncertainty, Helmrich’s visually striking documentary captures the turmoil of a country in constant transition.

( 92 min )

World Documentary Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival.

Co-presented with Cinema Project.

Leonard Retel Helmrich will be in attendance.


WATCH THE TRAILER


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Fri, Apr 30, 2010
at 7 PM

Sat, May 1, 2010
at 9 PM

Sun, May 2, 2010
at 4:30 PM

MUSIC ON HOLD
DIRECTOR: HERNAN A. GOLDFRID
ARGENTINA, 2009

Ezequiel, a nearly broke film music composer, has 20 days to deliver a score. He’s just not hearing it. One day he calls his bank, and listening to muzak while on hold for Paula, an executive he’s never met, he hears a song that inspires a breakthrough. How to find that song again, among the hundreds of inane on-hold tunes? Paula, meanwhile, has not told her very conservative mother that, though she is pregnant, she is no longer with her boyfriend. When mother and composer both wind up in her office, she impulsively introduces Ezequiel as the father. They each have something the other needs, and though they are not even acquaintances, Ezequiel and Paula soon enter into a strange partnership. A witty romantic comedy that has been a sensation in Argentina and a hit at this year’s Portland International Film Festival, Hernán Goldfrid’s breezy film features a stellar cast that includes Norma Aleandro, Diego Peretti, and Natalia Oreiro.

( 106 min )

WATCH THE TRAILER


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Sat, May 1, 2010
at 6:45 PM

Sun, May 2, 2010
at 7 PM

CLOSE-UP
DIRECTOR: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI
IRAN, 1990

"Werner Herzog calls this 'the greatest documentary on filmmaking I have ever seen.' Much stranger than fiction, CLOSE-UP recounts the bizarre case of Hossein Sabzian, a frustrated film buff who pretended to be well-known Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf (THE PEDDLER, GABBEH, A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE). Under the guise of preparing a new project, the imposter wormed his way into the home and hearts of the well-to-do but naive Ahankhans family. His ruse, however, was soon discovered by a magazine reporter. Kiarostami (THE TASTE OF CHERRY, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES, AND LIFE GOES ON) read a newspaper article about the incident, obtained permission to film Sabzian's trial, and afterwards persuaded all involved (except the journalist) to recreate the events. Poignant, compelling, and frequently humorous, CLOSE-UP works on many levels. It documents the vulnerable nature of the human ego, highlighting every person's need for recognition and self-esteem. Its mix of cinéma vérité and reenactment underscores the subjective nature of 'filmed truth.' Ironically, it also fulfills the dreams of both Sabzian and the family he duped, allowing them to be in the movies at last."—Alissa Simon.

( 100 min )

Newly restored 35mm print.


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Fri, May 28, 2010
at 7 PM

WOMAN ON THE BEACH
DIRECTOR: HONG SANG-SOO
SOUTH KOREA, 2006

As in his latest LIKE YOU KNOW IT ALL, which screened in this year’s Portland International Film Festival, Hong Sang-soo’s earlier film explores, in the words of Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman, his preoccupations with “karmic irony, self-deceived desire, squandered second chances, and unforeseen abandonment.” A filmmaker struggling with a new screenplay sets off on a wintry retreat to a desolate seaside town in search of inspiration…or perhaps just to procrastinate. Either way, he winds up wooing his production designer’s girlfriend and even a local girl who looks just like her. “One of recent cinema’s deepest portraits of an artist.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

( 127 min )
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Sat, May 29, 2010
at 7 PM

NIGHT AND DAY
DIRECTOR: HONG SANG-SOO
SOUTH KOREA, 2008

In self-imposed exile from his native Seoul, Sung-nam, a 40ish, married photorealist painter, wanders the streets of Paris. But a roundelay of chance meetings in the City of Lights entangles him in the emotional lives of two Korean women. Hong’s lucid film wryly observes one man’s confused attempt to savor a footloose year—even if it is 20 years too late. “One of Hong’s lightest and most easily digestible metaphysical meals to date.”—Variety. “An international critic’s favorite! Thoughtful, ruminative, sexy romances set in South Korea’s upper-bohemian scene.”—New York Magazine.

( 145 min )
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Fri, Jun 4, 2010
at 7 PM

HEAD-ON
DIRECTOR: FATIH AKIN
GERMANY, 2004

After a night of heavy drinking, 40-year-old Cahit, on a path of self-destruction, drives his car head-on into a building in Hamburg. Sent to a psychiatric clinic, he is approached by the young, somewhat carefree Sibel, who impulsively asks him to marry her. Desperate to escape the constraints of her fanatic Muslim-Turkish-German family, Sibel sees a culturally acceptable marriage as her only means to freedom. Reluctantly, Cahit agrees to the union and the two move in together. Against the odds, the mismatch works; with regular meals and a clean apartment, Cahit starts to clean up his act, while Sibel relishes her new life, going clubbing and picking up guys as she wishes. But convenience and friendship soon turn to love, a complication that sends Cahit towards destruction, Sibel to Istanbul, and the relationship onto the rocks. “An intense, romantic, funny-sad, sometimes harrowing, always moving portrait of cultural estrangement and the power of love.”—Hollywood Reporter.

( 123 min )

Winner of the European Film Award for Best Film and German Film Awards for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography.


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Sat, Jun 5, 2010
at 7 PM

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
DIRECTOR: FATIH AKIN
GERMANY, 2007

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN is an intricate, moving humanist drama in which six lives intersect in a never-ending search for love across the cultural lines that connect and distance Germany and Turkey. Ali, a lonely Turkish immigrant in Germany, falls in love with Yeter, a Turkish prostitute. Ali invites Yeter to live with him, despite the objections of his son Nejat, a college professor. When a tragic accident befalls Ali and Yeter, Nejat embarks on a journey to Turkey to find Yeter’s daughter, a young woman he feels has been wronged. His quest is full of surprising twists and turns, and raises many questions about family, homeland, and sexuality.

( 120 min )

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival and numerous German Film Awards including a nomination for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.


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