View All By Alphabet By Country By Interest By Date Buy Tickets
Welcome
Films & Schedule Program Highlights Festival Parties Visiting Artists Schedule Updates Encore Screenings Audience Awards
Ticket & Pass Info Venues Sponsors Silver Screen Club Film Trailers
Press Volunteers Plan Your PIFF For Filmmakers
About Us Archives Contact

Films & Schedules - New Directors

7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 1:45 PM (CM)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B2)
Buy Tickets

7 DAYS IN SLOW MOTION

DIRECTOR: Umakanth Thumrugoti - INDIA

Set in middle-class India, where the pressure of examinations is the most defining aspect of a parent and child’s lives during school years, 7 Days in Slow Motion follows Ravi, a young boy who lives his life by the pie chart his mother creates and defines for him–60 percent education and only 2.9 percent for fun! When he and his friends chance upon the camera of a visiting American tourist, they decide to make their own Bollywood film. The seven days they allot for the production turn out to be a comic experience, but also one in which Ravi accidentally...

More Details >


THE ARBOR

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2:15 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 8 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

THE ARBOR

DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard - GREAT BRITAIN

British playwright Andrea Dunbar made a name for herself in 1980 with the raw semi-autobiographical play (later a film) “Rita, Sue and Bob Too.” The plot is set in The Arbor, a poor housing project in the English town of Bradford and a hotbed of domestic squabbles, eternally drunk and vulgar fathers, frustrated mothers, and children in trouble with the law. Dunbar had a similarly hard life, dying at age 29 and leaving behind three young children by three different fathers. Over a two-year period, Barnard made recordings of conversations she had with members and acquaintances of the Dunbar family,...

More Details >


BARBERSHOP PUNK

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 1 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

BARBERSHOP PUNK

DIRECTOR: Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield - UNITED STATES

While trying to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet (legally), a software engineer named Robb Tolposki living in Hillsboro, Oregon, found that his uploads were being secretly blocked by his service provider, Comcast. His response soon made him the unlikeliest of heroes in the “net neutrality” debate, compelling the Federal Communications Commission to focus on Comcast’s—and other large media corporations’—efforts to control free expression and, of course, internet profits. Filmmakers Archer and Armfield expertly interweave Tolposki’s—self-described as a “social liberal, fiscal conservative, Republican Libertarian”—inspiring personal battle against censorship with opinions on both sides of...

More Details >


CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

DIRECTOR: Craig McCall - UNITED STATES

Over his 70-year career, Jack Cardiff shot some of the most visually dazzling films in screen history, working for great directors like John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, and Michael Powell and earning equal praise from his leading men (John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston) and his leading ladies (Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn). Craig McCall’s accomplished documentary illuminates the cinematographer’s art and provides a rare insight into the workings of the movie world. With a wealth of interviews and glorious Technicolor film clips—including Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The African Queen, and even Rambo—this passionate tribute and rich film history...

More Details >


THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN

DIRECTOR: Carlos César Arbeláez - COLOMBIA

Arbeláez takes the perspective of children to contrast a world of their innocent playfulness with the absurd, violent world of adults. Manuel and Julian, best friends who live in a small community in the Colombian mountains, accidentally kick their prized soccer ball into a minefield. Their effort to get their precious ball back, an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams, becomes a symbol of colliding worlds, as purity clashes with harshness. Arbaláez cast non-professional actors from the Antioquia region where the film was shot, lending the film a charming authenticity. “Moving, funny, poignant, and insightful...a powerful debut!”—Screen International....

More Details >


CRAB TRAP

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B2)
Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 7 PM (B4)
Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

CRAB TRAP

DIRECTOR: Oscar Ruiz Navia - COLOMBIA

New and old worlds collide in this atmospheric story set in an almost inaccessible jungle village named La Barra on the Colombian Pacific coast. A mysterious man named Daniel arrives, looking to get a boat and leave the country—and perhaps leave behind some tragedy from his past. Forced to wait until the fishermen return, Daniel gets caught up in the local dramas, including a love-triangle-fueled feud between nightclub proprietor Paisa, the only other white man there; the village’s de facto mayor, Cerebro; and local beauty Jazmin. Exploring the nuances of social, racial, and economic relations with striking visual flair and...

More Details >


EASTERN PLAYS

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B4)
Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 9 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 9 PM (CM)
Buy Tickets

EASTERN PLAYS

DIRECTOR: Kamen Kalev - BULGARIA

The challenges of life for youth in Bulgaria and many Eastern European countries in the post-Soviet era—high unemployment, lack of direction and opportunity, and rising nationalism—movingly surface in Kalev’s debut film. Disaffected and impressionable teen Georgi falls in with a gang of skinheads in Sofia. When the gang hassles a Turkish family on the street, the man who comes to their aid turns out to be Georgi’s estranged older brother Christo, nicknamed Itso. An artist and recovering drug addict, Itso is surprised to discover newfound motivation after this incident, reconnecting with his brother and bonding with the beautiful Isil (Saadet...

More Details >


THE FOUR TIMES (LE QUATTRO VOLTE)

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

THE FOUR TIMES (LE QUATTRO VOLTE)

DIRECTOR: Michelangelo Frammartino - ITALY

Vivid and colorful, Frammartino’s four-part meditation on man and nature traces the cycle of life through the humble daily rituals of rural existence in the southern Italian region of Calabria. “An elderly shepherd ingests the dust from a church floor to treat his cough; a baby goat from his flock tentatively ventures out to pasture; a majestic fir tree is felled and repurposed as the centerpiece of a village celebration; finally, its logs are transformed into wood charcoal through the ancient methods of the local workers. Connecting the dots among animal, vegetable, mineral, and dust, the film is both concrete...

More Details >


GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 3:30 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 7:45 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

GOOD MORNING TO THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: Hirohara Satoru - JAPAN

High school boy Takahashi Yuta is effectively bringing himself up alone. His father is long gone, and his mother is constantly off on trips, leaving him notes and modest amounts of cash to keep himself fed. Not surprisingly, he’s a bit of a loner at school. But he’s fascinated by (identifies with?) the vagrant man who sleeps in a road tunnel near his home, and when that man is killed—apparently by a gang of local delinquents—he sets off on a quest to find the dead man’s family and friends, following clues in the man’s bag. “This debut feature from Hirohara...

More Details >


HIS & HERS

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 5:45 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

HIS & HERS

DIRECTOR: Ken Wardrop - IRELAND

Inspired by his own mother’s life, Wardrop has crafted a charming cinematic mosaic that tells a 90-year-old love story through the collective voice of 70 Irish ladies at different stages of their lives. The hallways, living rooms, and kitchens of the Irish Midlands become the canvas for the film’s rich portrayal of female characters. Unfolding sequentially from young to old, their unabashed and unique stories of life and love with the men closest to them—whether it be fathers, boyfriends, husbands, or sons—offer a delightful and sometimes heartbreaking array of personal ruminations. His & Hers celebrates the spectrum of ordinary moments...

More Details >


KATALIN VARGA

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 1:30 PM (B4)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 6:30 PM (B4)
Buy Tickets

Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 7 PM (B4)
Buy Tickets

KATALIN VARGA

DIRECTOR: Peter Strickland - HUNGARY

When her husband discovers that their 11-year-old son Orbán is not his, he banishes his wife Katalin and the boy, sending them to Katalin’s home village in Transylvania, intent on wreaking vengeance on the real father. Equal parts road movie, character drama, and revenge thriller, Strickland’s film is ultimately a rumination on the nature of forgiveness and justice. Though contemporary in setting, the primitive, seemingly medieval conditions in the country, combined with Katalin’s single-minded pursuit of revenge, imbue the story with a timeless, mythic quality. (84 mins.)

More Details >


LOUDER THAN A BOMB

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

LOUDER THAN A BOMB

DIRECTOR: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel - UNITED STATES

Chicago’s “Louder than a Bomb” (LTAB) draws more than 600 high school students from 60 schools from all over the city’s diverse neighborhoods to compete in what is now the largest youth poetry slam competition in the world. Rather than emphasizing individual performances, however, LTAB is unique in judging teams, not individuals, forcing participants to work collaboratively with their peers. For many kids, being a part of such an environment is life-changing. In the tradition of Spellbound and Wordplay, this irresistibly gripping film gives us an inside look at four teams (and their star “slammers”) as they compete for the...

More Details >


OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 9 PM (C21)
Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 2:30 PM (C21)
Buy Tickets

OF LOVE AND OTHER DEMONS

DIRECTOR: Hilda Hidalgo - COSTA RICA

Based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez, this dreamlike tale of desire and faith is set in colonial Colombia. Sierva, 13, lives a well-cared-for existence as the daughter of a nobleman in a seaside town. Her idyll abruptly ends with a bite from a rabid dog. Falling ill, the town’s bishop, convinced she is possessed by demons, sends her to a young priest for routine exorcism. Suspecting that her sickness is more psychological than demonological, he and the dogmatic bishop clash in scientific-religious debate, complicated by his concern for the girl turning into tormented love. Hidalgo suffuses her erotically...

More Details >


MY JOY

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 8 PM (B1)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2 PM (CM)
Buy Tickets

MY JOY

DIRECTOR: Sergei Loznitsa - UKRAINE

A road movie through the dark side of rural Russia, My Joy posits a violence-filled former Soviet Union absent the most basic humanity. Georg leaves his hometown with a truckload of goods for the market. A wrong turn leads him down back roads where brutal local police, mysterious passengers, hostile locals, and a teenage prostitute he picks up at an endless traffic jam all offer their own picture of a surreal and oddly timeless hidden society. Here, the scars of the past are ever in the present. As Georg descends into the wilds, it seems a matter of time before...

More Details >


MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

DIRECTOR: Granaz Moussavi - IRAN

Filmed in secret, renowned poet Moussavi’s bold first feature crafts a timely story of a generation living double lives in their own country. Marzieh, a young actress in Tehran, chafes under the pressure of government authorities who want to suppress her theater work. When she meets Saman at an underground rave, the Iranian-born Australian citizen offers her a way out of Iran and the possibility of a livelihood without fear. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving underground art, music, and theater scene and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, Moussavi acutely registers the trials of...

More Details >


SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:30 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

DIRECTOR: Matt McCormick - UNITED STATES

“Delicately weaving together the lives of three lonely strangers, the story explores the elusiveness of personal fulfillment as McCormick’s characters bump up against the discarded—from a kind-eyed shelter dog to the ownerless urn of a little girl’s ashes—and are forced to confront their own impermanence and need for human connection. Subtle, convincing performances by musicians James Mercer (The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and lyrical cinematography reveal McCormick’s finely-tuned directorial eye. As a silent main character, the city of Portland is the common thread—a reminder that, as bleak as things may seem, in small, unexpected moments around unlikely corners, the...

More Details >


WHEN WE LEAVE

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 8 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

WHEN WE LEAVE

DIRECTOR: Feo Aladag - GERMANY

Confronting the realities of female oppression and the identity conflicts of many second-generation immigrants, When We Leave tells a tragic, all-too-common story. Umay (Sibel Kekilli) is an ethnically Turkish German citizen living with her husband and his family in the Istanbul suburbs. Suffering horrible abuse at the hands of her husband, she escapes with her young son and flees to her family in Berlin, who, instead of comforting her, are horrified and shamed at her actions. If she won’t return, their only choice is to send her son back to his father, salvaging at least some of their reputation. Aladag’s...

More Details >


THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6:15 PM (CM)
Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (B3)
Buy Tickets

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (CM)
Buy Tickets

THE WHISTLEBLOWER

DIRECTOR: Larysa Kondracki - CANADA

Set in 1999, The Whistleblower is a harrowing political thriller chronicling the true story of a former Nebraska police officer named Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) as she tackles a job as a peacekeeper working for the United Nations in Sarajevo. Arriving in post-war Bosnia expecting a well-organized international effort, she instead finds chaos and cynicism. Working for the UN’s Gender Office, which is assigned to investigate sexual assaults, she quickly stumbles into the grim realities of sex trafficking, discovering that the very people supposedly helping battle injustice and human rights abuse are, in fact, their facilitators. As she works to...

More Details >


THE WOODMANS

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
Buy Tickets

THE WOODMANS

DIRECTOR: C. Scott Willis - UNITED STATES

“Francesca Woodman’s haunting black and white images, many of them nude self-portraits, now reside in the pantheon of great photography from the late 20th century. The daughter of artists Betty and George Woodman (she a ceramicist and he a painter/photographer), Francesca came to New York with the intention of setting the art world on fire. But in 1981, at 22, she committed suicide. Beautifully interweaving Francesca’s work with interviews with her parents, who have nurtured her reputation while continuing to make art of their own, the film grapples with disturbing issues such as parent-child competition and the toxic level of...

More Details >


Follow usFollow us Become a fanBecome a fan View our photostreamView our photostream Visit our NewsroomVisit our Newsroom Broadcast yourselfBroadcast yourself
© 2016 Northwest Film Center Portland Art Museum nwFilmCenter.org School of Film Kids & Teens A•VIBE Web Development