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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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$9 General
$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
$6 Friends of the Film Center

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THE 10-MINUTE RULE
Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Mad Romance: The Films of Leos Carax

After starting out as a Cahiers du Cinéma critic, Carax, with his first feature at age 23, was immediately proclaimed the “bad boy” and “boy genius” of French cinema. Though he has only made five films in 30 years, each has made its own striking impact on critics, audiences, and filmmakers alike, each film’s release amounting to a riveting cinematic event. Infused with a distinctive romantic fatalism, his characters, like the travails that have limited his filmmaking output, encounter worlds full of alienation, chaos, and tragic love. Indicative of his eccentric passion, Carax, born Alex Christophe Dupont, adopted “Leos Carax” as his nom-de-cinéma—an anagram of Alex, his first name, and Oscar, as in Academy Award. It has also been suggested that “Leos Carax” can be read as “Le Oscar à X,” French for “The Oscar goes to X.” “Carax is a great self-fabulist, something like a mixture of Tarantino and Godard of the ’60s, thoroughly caught up in the melodrama of being a Great Moviemaker.... His best work is burning with a feeling for tragedy and apocalypse.”—David Thompson, THE NEW BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FILM.



Fri, May 23, 2014
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Sat, May 24, 2014
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Sun, May 25, 2014
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BOY MEETS GIRL
DIRECTOR: LEOS CARAX
FRANCE, 1984

Carax’s Nouvelle Vague-inspired first feature was hailed upon its release as the most impressive French debut since Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS. Alex (Denis Lavant) and Mireille (Mireille Perrier) wander the dark side of Paris until they fatefully meet, falling in love and failing in love despite their loneliness. Alternately expressionistic and hauntingly surreal, this droll, moody film of romantic pessimism features beautiful black-and-white cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier and a soundtrack featuring songs by David Bowie, The Dead Kennedys, and Serge Gainsbourg. “Meteoric…. Ecstatic cinema and ecstatic living join together in a pressurized promise of glory and misery.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker. (100 mins.)

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Fri, May 23, 2014
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Sat, May 24, 2014
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Sun, May 25, 2014
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MAUVAIS SANG (BAD BLOOD)
DIRECTOR: LEOS CARAX
FRANCE, 1986

The follow-up to BOY MEETS GIRL, MAUVAIS SANG is an exhilarating mixture of classic French crime thriller and spectacular Vincente Minnelli-like romance. Always on the prowl, Alex (Denis Lavant) joins a gang of thugs to steal the serum for a virus that kills people who “make love without love.” Then, with bold precision, the story shifts from heady pulp fiction to Alex’s insanely charged love affair with Anna (Juliette Binoche), the girlfriend of one of his gang mates. An intoxicating, if melancholy, vision of love in the age of AIDS, Carax’s bittersweet homage is “visually exuberant.... Blows most contemporary movies from any culture out of the water.” —Village Voice. (105 mins.)

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Thu, May 29, 2014
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Sun, Jun 1, 2014
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LES AMANTS DU PONT-NEUF (THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE)
DIRECTOR: LEOS CARAX
FRANCE, 1991

Denis Lavant, Carax’s onscreen alter ego, and Juliette Binoche are young vagrants who meet on Paris’s famed Pont Neuf. Alex is a fire-eating street performer and addict. Michèle is a heartbroken painter who is slowly going blind. Carax’s dazzling, delirious chronicle of their “amour fou” is a vivid, visionary, pyrotechnic valentine to Paris—much of it shot on a life-size replica of the Pont Neuf and its environs, built at budget-busting expense in southern France. “Amazing.... Must be seen on the big screen to savour all its mad Caraxian extravagance.... Drawing on everything from the romantic fatalism of forties French cinema to the gaudy excess of Hollywood musicals, LES AMANTS tops each spectacular set-piece with an even showier one.”—Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto. (125 mins.)

New 35mm print courtesy of the Institut Français and Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Special thanks to Florence Almozini, Hannah Loué, Romain Rancurel, and Gilles Delcourt for their assistance.

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Fri, May 30, 2014
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Sun, Jun 1, 2014
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POLA X
DIRECTOR: LEOS CARAX
FRANCE, 1999

“Herman Melville, Catherine Deneuve, music legend Scott Walker—they’re all part of the mad mix in the intoxicating, incendiary, often sexually explicit POLA X. The film is adapted from PIERRE, OR THE AMBIGUITIES, the mysterious, much-maligned 1852 novel that was Melville’s follow-up to MOBY DICK. Carax’s ravishing, insanely romantic, rock-operatic update is set in present-day Normandy, where Pierre (Guillaume Depardieu), born to wealth and a hit novelist to boot, resides with his mother Marie (Deneuve) and prepares to wed golden girl Lucie (Delphine Chuillot). After meeting a strange, spectral young woman (Yekaterina Golubeva) who may be his half-sister, Pierre throws everything away for a love dreamy, dark, and doomed.” —Pacific Cinematheque. “I am grateful for films that break free of the dismal bonds of formula to cartwheel into overwrought passionate excess.... I would rather see one movie like this than a thousand BRING IT ONs.”—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times. (134 mins.)

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Sat, May 31, 2014
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HOLY MOTORS
DIRECTOR: LEOS CARAX
FRANCE/GERMANY, 2012

“This wild, mythic enigma chronicles a day and a night in the life of the chameleon-like Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant), a kind of avatar in a white stretch limousine who, in the course of his multiple missions, is transformed as a twisted dwarf, an elderly crone, a knife fighter, a hitman, a dying uncle, a forlorn lover, and more. Entrancing beauty and challenging ugliness, mystery, humor, and dread blend in the haunting and haunted streets of Paris, where Mr. Oscar enacts cryptic scenarios, seemingly at the behest of a higher power.”—Gene Siskel Film Center. “A movie about filmmaking and the ecstasy of creation…. It’s cinema reloaded.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. Voted Best Film of 2012 in the Film Comment Critics’ Poll and the Indiewire Critics’ Poll. (115 mins.)

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