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This year’s Festival has its share of new works by established masters—Alain Resnais, Ken Loach, Peter Greenaway, Marco Bellochio, Chen Kaige, Jan Hrebejk, Catherine Brelliat, and Hong Sang-soo to name but a few—and new films by up-and-coming talents like Sarah Watt, Lu Chan, Marie Ade, Corneliu Porumboiu, and Andrea Arnold, whose first works make us eager to see their next. But discovering brand new voices is part of the Festival’s mission too, and if you are looking toward the next generation, these intriguing new works by 16 first-time feature filmmakers reveal a wealth of new international talent. Our thanks to Wieden+Kennedy for supporting this program.

Among the filmmakers and films eligible for this year’s New Director Audience Award are: Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt—Heliopolis; Urzula Antoniak, Netherlands—Nothing Personal; Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Belgium—A Town Called Panic; Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, U.S—Sweetgrass; Alvaro Brechner, Uruguay—Bad Day To Go Fishing; Alexandre Franchi, Canada—The Wild Hunt; Don Hahn, U.S.—Waking Sleeping Beauty; Christo Georgiou, Cyprus—Small Crime; Hernán A. Goldfrid, Argentina—Music on Hold; Andre Khrzhanovsky, Russia—Room and a Half; Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri, U.S.—October Country; Gerald Peary, U.S.—For the Love of Movies; and Ben Wheatley, Great Britain—Down Terrace.


This year’s Festival features the Portland premieres of 17 films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including: About Elly (Iran), Ajami (Israel), Bad Day to Go Fishing (Uruguay), Chameleon (Hungary), Dawson Isla 10 (Chile), Forever Enthralled (China), Home (Switzerland), The Misfortunates (Belgium), Mother (South Korea), Nobody to Watch Over Me (Japan), Police, Adjective (Romania), A Prophet (France), Protector (Czech Republic), Reykjavik-Rotterdam (Iceland), Terribly Happy (Denmark), Ward No. 6 (Russia), and The Wind Journeys (Colombia).


This year’s Festival includes five programs featuring 38 memorable snapshots—animated, live action, documentary, experimental, and narrative—from near and far. Special thanks to LAIKA for supporting these programs.


Thanks to Alaska Airlines for helping to bring our guests.

Friday, February 12, the Festival welcomes the director of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev, and Tina Pehme, the producer of A Shine Of Rainbows.

Saturday, February 13, director Don Argott will introduce his documentary, The Art of the Steal, the complicated story of the Barnes collection.

Sunday, February 14, the Festival presents For The Love Of Movies, directed by Boston Phoenix film critic Gerald Perry. After the film, Perry will host a film discussion along with local film critics including Shawn Levy, D.K. Holm, Aaron Mesh, Erik Henriksen, and Eric Snider.

Thursday, February 18, the Festival presents Charlie Haden: Ramblin Boy, the charming documentary about Charlie Haden including his collaborations with Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. Director Reto Caduff will be in attendance.

Friday, February 19 features a screening of Passenger Side, a quirky, comic road movie about two brothers. Director Matthew Bissonnette will be in attendance.

Saturday, February 20, the Festival presents Short Cuts III: Made In Portland, with shorts from local directors including Vanessa Renwick, Sal Strom, Joanna Priestley, Sean Whiteman, Karl Lind, Kyle Bell, Brian Libby, Vance Malone, Shelley Jordon, Jarratt Taylor, John Waller, and Jeff Guay. Various directors will be in attendance.


Seventeen fresh perspectives on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us. Our thanks to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for their support.

The Art of the Steal, U.S.; Cooking History, Czech Republic; Garbage Dreams, Egypt; The Inheritors, Mexico; Learning from Light: The Vision of I.M. Pei, U.S.; October Country, U.S.; Charlie Haden: Ramblin Boy, Switzerland; Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, Netherlands; Reporter, U.S.; Sons of Cuba, Great Britain; Shock Doctrine, Great Britain; Strongman, U.S.; Sweetgrass, U.S.; The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, New Zealand; Videocracy, Sweden; and Waking Sleeping Beauty, U.S.


This year’s Festival offers a wide spectrum of films from China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand—reflecting lively national cinemas, perspectives on rapidly changing ways of life in Asia, and universal perspectives on the immigrant experience.

Accident (Hong Kong); City of Life and Death (China); Forever Enthralled (China); The Good, the Bad, the Weird (South Korea); Like You Know It All (South Korea); Mother (South Korea); My Year Without Sex (Australia); No One to Watch Over Me (Japan); The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (New Zealand); and Yang Yang (Taiwan).


Film lovers from nine to 90 will be charmed by the award-winning films in our family matinee series—Letter to the King (Netherlands), Moomin and Midsummer Madness (Finland), A Shine of Rainbows (Canada/Ireland), A Town Called Panic (Belgium) and Through a Glass, Darkly (Norway).


The Northwest Film Center hopes the Festival’s diverse programs serve as a point of introduction for the next generation of cinema lovers. We invite teachers and students throughout the community to attend public screenings or arrange to attend special screenings of select films chosen to enrich classroom experience and broaden understanding of our world. In addition to the all-ages films in the Family series, other films that student audiences might find enriching are: The Wind Journeys (Colombia), Garbage Dreams (Egypt), Heiran (Iran), The Inheritors (Mexico), Reporter (U.S.), Sons of Cuba (Great Britain), Sweetgrass (U.S.), Learning from Light (U.S.), Waking Sleeping Beauty (U.S.), and the Short Cuts programs. Teachers interested in bringing groups can call the Film Center office at 503-221-1156.


As always, you get to be the judge. Let us know your opinions about the films in this year’s Festival. Ballots will be available at the screenings for you to rate and comment on the films. At the conclusion of the Festival, the results of the balloting will be announced at the Closing Party, with awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best New Director, and other special recognitions.

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