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Portland, OR 97205

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Special Screenings


Fri, Jun 29, 2012
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Fri, Jun 29, 2012
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Sat, Jun 30, 2012
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Sat, Jun 30, 2012
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HOW TO GROW A BAND
DIRECTOR: MARK MEATTO
US, 2011

Twenty-six-year-old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended and his platinum-selling bluegrass band Nickel Creek has gone on “indefinite hiatus.” But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who has defied expectations since he learned the mandolin at age five, has a plan. Step 1: Write a 45-minute, four-movement elegy to your failed marriage to be played by a bluegrass quintet. Step 2: Recruit the only musicians around talented enough to play it and crazy enough to sign on. Step 3: Make a record, launch an international tour, and brace yourself. HOW TO GROW A BAND provides a gripping look at the beginnings of one of America’s most promising young bands, The Punch Brothers, and explores the tensions that test young artists: individual talents and group identity, craft and commerce, innocence and wisdom. Featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Sara Watkins, among many others. “Chris Thile is probably a once-in-a-century musician, like Louis Armstrong was a once-in-a-century musician.”—T Bone Burnett (88 mins.)

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Sun, Jul 1, 2012
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Sun, Jul 8, 2012
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THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE
DIRECTOR: SERGE BROMBERG, ERIC LANGE
FRANCE, 2011

The magical Georges Méliès, one of the celebrated heroes of Martin Scorsese’s recent HUGO, was the creator of one of the most unforgettable images in cinema—the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated restorations in film history, the original A TRIP TO THE MOON can thrill audiences once again. This fascinating documentary charts the film’s voyage from production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a color nitrate print in 2003 and its premiere at Cannes in 2011. (60 mins.)

Presented with the complete hand-painted color version of A TRIP TO THE MOON, the first outer space adventure in the history of cinema in which six members of the Astronomers’ Club set off on a lunar expedition, encounter the Selenites and flee their King, and return home to a triumphant parade. (19 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 6, 2012
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Fri, Jul 6, 2012
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Sat, Jul 7, 2012
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Sat, Jul 7, 2012
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Sun, Jul 8, 2012
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EL VELADOR: THE NIGHTWATCHMAN
DIRECTOR: NATALIA ALMADA
MEXICO/US, 2011

In Mexico, the war on drugs has become a literal war, resulting in the bloodiest conflict since the Mexican Revolution. Nearly 35,000 people have been killed since 2007 and the narco-cemetery at the heart of it all has grown to startling dimensions—a mighty necropolis peppered with extravagant mausoleums belonging to the cartel bosses, standing next to the simple graves of the crime lords’ victims. Almada follows Martin, the night watchman of one of the most ornate cemeteries in northern Mexico where drug lords and corrupt cops are laid to rest. Poetic rather than sociological, the striking, surreal images show the end point in a chronic societal tragedy, a place where the poor and living labor day and night for the rich deceased. “An unsettlingly quiet, even lyrical film about a world made and unmade by violence.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times (72 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 13, 2012
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Sun, Jul 15, 2012
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NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING)
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENTS
DIRECTOR: PEDRO COSTA
PORTUGAL/FRANCE, 2009

Pedro Costa’s ninth film is a bit of a change of pace for a director who traditionally concentrates on the marginalized and underserved communities of Lisbon. This time, he turns his camera on French chanteuse/actress Jeanne Balibar in a dreamlike meditation on the process of creating music. Costa situates Balibar and her band, including the great guitar virtuoso Rodolphe Burger, in often-cramped isolation against receding darkness as they work their way through their haunting melodies. Balibar herself appears as one compelled, repeating melodic fragments for minutes at a stretch, encapsulating her experience and memories through song. Less a documentary than an experiment in pure cinema aesthetics, NE CHANGE RIEN takes the time to make space for reflection on what it means to create. “An original, truly contemporary take on the music genre.”—Senses of Cinema (100 mins.)

Introduced by Adam Sekuler, Program Director at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). In addition to its exhibition and education programs, NWFF is active in distributing important new international cinema that has not found commercial distribution. Sekuler will talk about the effort to find American audiences, as well as hold a workshop for filmmakers on alternative distribution, sharing information about adventurous exhibitors throughout the country interested in independent work. Sekuler will not attend Sunday screenings.


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Sat, Jul 14, 2012
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Sun, Jul 15, 2012
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YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM PRESENTS
DIRECTOR: OLIVER LAXE
SPAIN/MOROCCO, 2010

A mysterious, whimsical, and unique creation that won the FIPRESCI Critics Prize at Cannes, YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS calls to mind the films of Abbas Kiarostami and François Truffaut. The film follows a self-described “neo-colonialist” filmmaker, playfully portrayed by Laxe, who goes to Tangier ostensibly to hold a series of workshops for disadvantaged street children. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Laxe’s intention is to turn these children into pawns in his own feature. Unveiled though magnificent black-and-white images of daily life, Laxe explores the problems of filmmaking in the face of global economic realities while blurring the line between fiction and documentary. (79 mins.)

Introduced by Adam Sekuler, Program Director at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (NWFF). In addition to its exhibition and education programs, NWFF is active in distributing important new international cinema that has not found commercial distribution. Sekuler will talk about the effort to find American audiences, as well as hold a workshop for filmmakers on alternative distribution, sharing information about adventurous exhibitors throughout the country interested in independent work. Sekuler will not attend Sunday screenings.


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Wed, Jul 18, 2012
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AN EVENING WITH BILL PLYMPTON

VISITING ARTIST—New York’s (and Portland’s) own Bill Plympton is a unique icon in the world of independent animation. His wacked-out humor and astonishing productivity (he incredibly hand-draws every frame of his work) are singularly his own, earning him two Oscar nominations (GUARD DOG and YOUR FACE), top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (PUSH COMES TO SHOVE) and Annecy International Animation Festival (MUTANT ALIENS and I MARRIED A STRANGE PERSON!), among dozens of recognitions, and praise that ranges from The New York Times’ “mischievous, mordant, analytical, and ceaselessly imaginative” to simply “God” by “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. Tonight we welcome the animated animator for an evening of recent shorts and new surprises, the chance to own your own original Plympton drawing, and maybe more. (90 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 20, 2012
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Sat, Jul 21, 2012
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Sun, Jul 22, 2012
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HIPSTERS
DIRECTOR: VALERIY TODOROVSKIY
RUSSIA, 2008

Moscow, 1955. In the midst of strict Cold War Soviet conformity nothing can stop a group of young “hipsters” from donning outrageous threads, adopting American nicknames, puffing up their pompadours, throwing back martinis, and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Youth Party member Mels finds these brazen renegades shocking until he falls under the spell of a pretty one and joins the new revolution. Soon he’s cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous do, and wailing on the saxophone—all in an exuberant musical that delves into a chapter of Russian history little known to outsiders. Music and the common dream of America become a manifestation of freedom. The winner of four Nika Awards (Russia’s Oscar) including Best Film, HIPSTERS is universal in its celebration of self-expression and spirited opposition to conformity. (125 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 27, 2012
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Sat, Jul 28, 2012
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EXTRATERRESTRIAL
DIRECTOR: NACHO VIGALONDO
SPAIN, 2011

One of the audience favorites at this year’s PIFF, “Nacho Vigalondo’s second feature solidifies his status as one of the most creative and exciting young filmmakers around. His first feature TIMECRIMES told the story of a man who stumbles into a time machine and the improbable events that followed. Vigalondo’s new film takes a similarly high concept premise but veers into wildly different territory. EXTRATERRESTRIAL begins by announcing the arrival of massive alien spaceships above modern-day Madrid. But instead of a sci-fi space opera, we are treated to a fanciful romantic comedy. The alien invasion is only the catalyst for human deception, betrayal, and suspicion on an intergalactic scale. Glowing with incredible chemistry between lead actors Julián Villagrán and Michelle Jenner, this may be the best comic romance to feature motherships ever made.”—Lane Kneedler (90 mins.)

Special thanks to Tugg.com, a web platform that enables individuals and organizations to choose films to play in their local theaters.


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Fri, Jul 27, 2012
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Sat, Jul 28, 2012
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Sun, Jul 29, 2012
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LOST BOHEMIA
DIRECTOR: JOSEF ASTOR
US, 2010

For more than 100 years, numerous artists and performers—including Marilyn Monroe, Isadora Duncan, Enrico Caruso, Leonard Bernstein, Barnett Newman, Norman Mailer, Marlon Brando, George Balanchine, and Bill Cunningham among the more well-known—lived and worked in 165 studios and apartments atop New York City’s Carnegie Hall. But in 2001, the Carnegie Hall Corporation began evicting the artists (some in residence for more than 40 years), converting the spaces into offices. Alarmed by the situation, photographer Josef Astor, a resident of the Carnegie Hall Studios for more than 20 years, began to film his neighbors: a ballet school, drama classes, dancers, singers, photographers, sculptors, painters, and writers. LOST BOHEMIA is his intimate, affectionate portrait of these extraordinary witnesses to decades of artistic history as they battled to save their apartments and their rich history. “A sad and spirited elegy. ... It is staggering to contemplate how much of New York’s cultural history is contained in the square feet Mr. Astor surveys.”—A.O. Scott, The New York Times (77 mins.)

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Fri, Aug 3, 2012
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RARE FILMS FROM THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
DAVE FILIPI PRESENTS

Sure to delight baseball fans and cinephiles alike, tonight’s program is introduced by Dave Filipi, Curator of Film/Video at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The list of clips is long and includes such treasures as DUGOUT CHATTER (1959), with Bob Wolff, featuring Rocky Colavito and Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians; TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME commercials (1955), featuring Ford Frick, Humphrey Bogart, William Frawley, and Bob Hope; an excerpt of footage from 1958’s Congressional Hearings on Baseball’s Anti-Trust Status featuring Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams; 1970s television commercials featuring Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Pete Rose, the New York Mets, and Tom Seaver; a 1952 newsreel featuring Emmett Ashford, the first African-American umpire in organized baseball; 1945 footage of Jackie Robinson by Look Magazine; an excerpt of a 1961 Minnesota Twins highlight film; early films produced by the Edison Company including THE BALL GAME (1898) and CASEY AT THE BAT (1899); an excerpt of a 1940s film on the American League featuring Bob Feller; 1936 Cincinnati Reds newsreels; and DIAMOND DEMON (1947), featuring trick pitcher Johnny Price. (120 mins.)

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Thu, Sep 6, 2012
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THE 10TH VICTIM
MOVIES & MOONLIGHT AT THE HOTEL MODERA
DIRECTOR: ELIO PETRI
ITALY, 1965

Mingle with friends on a balmy summer night beside the lush living wall in the courtyard of the Hotel Modera and settle in for this classic Italian futuristic comedy. “One of the countless films inspired, officially or unofficially, by Richard Connell’s 1924 short story ‘The Most Dangerous Game,’ Petri’s black comedy imagines the hunting of humans as a government-sanctioned, globally televised sport, a gladiatorial combat meant to relieve tension and settle conflicts in an otherwise anesthetized world devoted to mindless consumption. THE 10TH VICTIM amusingly remains a classic ‘commedia all’italiana’ of the 1960s, with Marcello Mastroianni in his archetypical role as the castrated Casanova struggling to maintain his inbred macho poise as he is assaulted not only by Ursula Andress’s gun-toting Amazon but by a mercenary wife (Luce Bonifassy) and an impatient mistress (Elsa Martinelli), who have joined forces against him.”—The New York Times (92 mins.)

Location: Hotel Modera, SW 6th and Clay Street

Advance tickets are $25 for this special outdoor benefit screening featuring a Soléna Vineyards wine tasting. The screening begins at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) with seating, moonlight, and ambience provided. Please, no outside food, drink, or pets. Proceeds to support the Portland International Film Festival.


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Fri, Sep 7, 2012
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Sat, Sep 8, 2012
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MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
DIRECTOR: MATTHEW AKERS
US, 2011

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Serbian-born Marina Abramovic has been redefining performance art for nearly 40 years. Using her body as a medium and pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, “the grandmother of performance art” creates emotionally provocative work that transgresses boundaries and expands consciousness. Tracking Abramovic as she prepares for her celebrated 2010 MOMA retrospective, THE ARTIST IS PRESENT is both an intimate portrait and an experiential encounter with an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art. “Akers humanizes a woman who defies age as easily as stereotypes. The film befits its subject: it’s a sleek, unerring look in the eye of an extraordinary artist.”—Tribeca Film Festival (105 mins.)

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival.


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Sat, Sep 8, 2012
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Sun, Sep 9, 2012
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PICKPOCKET
DIRECTOR: ROBERT BRESSON
FRANCE, 1959

For many, Bresson’s masterpiece, PICKPOCKET, famously echoes the dark salvation of Dostoevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Michael, a petty thief turned master pickpocket, haunts the racetrack and busy Paris metro, dispassionately drawn to his own depravity. Bresson’s ability to isolate his characters from the world they inhabit is masterfully realized in this, his first film shot in Paris. The chaos of hands, wallets, watches, and the empty gazes of strangers follow Michael toward “what may be the most moving, startling, simple gesture in all of cinema. ... In a watershed year of French cinema, 1959, merely the most contemporary film ever made.”—Pacific Film Archive (75 mins.)

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Sun, Sep 9, 2012
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Mon, Sep 10, 2012
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THE DEVIL, PROBABLY
DIRECTOR: ROBERT BRESSON
FRANCE, 1977

The most controversial film of Bresson’s career, Truffaut lauded it as his “most voluptuous” film and Fassbinder made illusions to it throughout THE THIRD GENERATION. This dark tale of an arrogant young man sent into despair by modern society and searching for the meaning of death was feared to cause teen suicides and thus given the French equivalent of an “R” rating at its release. Rarely in Bresson’s work has a sinner been left so bereft of salvation. “Even though Bresson has painted a dark picture of wasted youth and beauty, one comes out of the film with a sense of exultation. When a civilization can produce a work of art as perfectly achieved as this, it’s hard to believe that there is no hope for it.”—Richard Roud (93 mins.)

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