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Closing Night Party Tickets: $15 general; $10 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum members (available in advance or at the door).
Updating a popular boulevard farce and employing a shrewd sense of its vintage camp elements, Ozon and his stellar cast poke fun at the foibles of French society and the war between the sexes. Set in the late 1970s in the provincial town of Sainte-Guenole, Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve) lives a bourgeois life dutifully waiting on her philandering husband Robert (Fabrice Luchini), who seems to be managing the family umbrella factory into bankruptcy. Everyone thinks that Madame Pujol is just “une potiche”—a trophy housewife—but when labor troubles break out at the factory and her husband has a heart attack, Madame has to take over the business. Aided by her Communist ex-lover Babin (Gérard Depardieu), she quickly proves that she’s more than mere decoration, setting in motion a suitably complicated power struggle for control of the business. (93 mins.)
Selected Filmography: Regarde la mer (97), Sitcom (98), Les Amants criminels (99), Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes (00), Sous le sable (00), 8 Femmes (02), Swimming Pool (03), 5 x 2 (04), Le Temps qui reste (05), Angel (07), Ricky (09), La Refuge (09).
Showtime: 2/10, 7:30 p.m. NT.
Sponsored by TV5Monde, and with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Opening Night Tickets: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum members.
There is a $3 PCPA service fee for Opening Night Tickets. Online purchases are will call only.
THE FESTIVAL SCENE
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In between Opening Night and Closing Night, join us every night at our new social hub, the PIFF Lounge at Nel Centro. Grab a quick bite before or after a screening, chat up your fellow film lovers (flash your schedule, then your smile), check the Festival's update board, and enjoy featured drink specials from our sponsors. The PIFF Lounge is open February 11-26, Sunday-Thursday 4-11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.-12 a.m. We've heard the PIFFtini is pretty good...
On the East Side? Drop into our pop-up space, the PIFFbar (located across the street from new Festival venue Cinemagic) before your movie and see who else thinks Indian food, Chilean film, and Belgian lagers make for a perfect evening. The PIFFbar is open February 18-24, 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily.
In between movies, beers, and great food, stay connected through PIFF's social media outlets. Schedule updates, visiting artist information, party details, and discussion threads can all be found on the Northwest Film Center website and Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages.