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This year’s Festival has its share of new works by established filmmakers—François Ozon, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Abbas Kiarostami, Pablo Trapero, Carlos Saura, Takeshi Kitano, Jan Hrebejk, and Susanne Bier to name but a few—but discovering brand new voices is part of the Festival’s mission too. If you are looking toward the next generation, these intriguing new works by 25 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: Feo Aladag, Germany—When We Leave; Clio Barnard, Great Britain—The Arbor; Umakanth Thumrugoti, India—7 Days in Slow Motion; Anusha Rizvi, India—Peepli Live; Peter Strickland, Hungary—Katalin Varga; Ken Wardrop, Ireland—His & Hers; Granaz Moussavi, Iran—My Tehran for Sale; Hirohara Satoru, Japan—Good Morning to the World; Michelangelo Frammartino, Italy—The Four Times; Carlos Cesar Arbelaez, Colombia—The Colors of the Mountain; Oscar Ruiz Navia, Colombia—Crab Trap; Hilda Hidalgo, Costa Rica—Of Love and Other Demons; Larysa Kondracki, Canada—The Whistleblower; Kamen Kalev, Bulgaria—Eastern Plays; C. Scott Willis, United States—The Woodmans; Matthew Lessner, United States—The Woods; Marcel Rasquin, Venezuela—Hermano; Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, United States—Louder Than a Bomb; Matt McCormick, United States—Some Days are Better Than Others; Craig McCall, United States—Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff; Sasha Waters Freyer, United States—Chekhov for Children; Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield, United States—Barbershop Punk; Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine—My Joy; Oriol Porta, Spain—A War in Hollywood; Aaron Schock, Mexico—Circo; Marcelino Islas Hernandez, Mexico—Martha; and Giuseppe Capotondi, Italy—The Double Hour.


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This year’s Festival will provide Portland audiences with an early look at six 2011 Oscar Nominees including two films in the Foreign Language Film category (Incendies and In a Better World) and four Short Film nominees including Wish 143, a live action short, and three animated shorts (The Gruffalo, Let's Pollute, and The Lost Thing). Last year’s Portland International Film Festival opened with I Am Love, nominated in the Costume Design category.

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This year’s Festival includes six programs featuring 42 memorable snapshots—animated, live action, documentary, experimental, and narrative—from near and far. Special thanks to LAIKA for supporting these programs.


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To celebrate the return of Portland State University’s Cine-Lit Conference, which explores Hispanic culture and storytelling, this year’s Festival showcases new Spanish language films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Venezuela.

Brother and Sister (Argentina); Carancho (Argentina); The Man Next Door (Argentina); My Life with Carlos (Argentina); Nostalgia for the Light (Chile); The Colors of the Mountain (Colombia); Crab Trap (Colombia); Of Love and Other Demons (Costa Rica); Chicogrande (Mexico); Circo (Mexico); Martha (Mexico); Revolución (Mexico); Even the Rain (Spain); Flamenco, Flamenco (Spain); A War in Hollywood (Spain); The Last Circus (Spain); Lope (Spain); and Hermano (Venezuela).

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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. Films that student audiences might find enriching are 7 Days in Slow Motion (India), about a young boy who finds a filmmaker’s lost camera and sets out to make a film in seven days; Barefoot Dreams (South Korea), about former Korean soccer player Kim Wong-Kang and his journey through East Timor where children play soccer in bare feet because their families have no money for shoes; and Louder Than a Bomb (United States), about Chicago’s “Louder Than a Bomb” youth poetry slam contest and its 600 participants. Teachers interested in bringing groups can call the Film Center office at 503-221-1156.


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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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