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SAWAKO DECIDES

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 2 PM (B4)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6 PM (CM)
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SAWAKO DECIDES

DIRECTOR: Ishii Yuya - JAPAN

Sawako has been in Tokyo for five years and is currently on her fifth temp job and her fifth boyfriend. When her dad becomes ill, she returns to her hometown and takes over his freshwater clam-packing business—everyone’s dream job. An insanely deadpan ode to misfits and female empowerment, Yuya celebrates people who are pulled in unexpected directions and make the most of it. “Straight outta Japan and right into your frozen seafood section, Sawako is the most cracked coming-of-age tale you’ll ever see, complete with a rollicking company anthem celebrating the ‘lower-middle’ of society and advocating the overthrow of the...

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SEEDS OF THE FALL

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

SEEDS OF THE FALL

DIRECTOR: Patrik Eklund - SWEDEN

When a middle-aged married couple’s bedtime is interrupted by a tractor sailing through their bedroom wall and the sudden arrival of neighbors with a very unorthdox proposition, all bets are off. (17 mins.)

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SENSOLOGY

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

SENSOLOGY

DIRECTOR: Michel Gagné - CANADA

An intense synesthetic animation inspired by the music of Paul Plimley. (6 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS I: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes The Gold Mine, The Silence Beneath the Bark, Glen Owen Dodds, Let's Pollute (Oscar nominee), The Gruffalo (Oscar nominee), and Seeds of the Fall.

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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS II: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger, Aquarium, Lipsett Diaries, All Flowers in Time, Off Season, and Wish 143 (Oscar nominee),

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS III: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes Incident by a Bank, The Accordion, The Wonder Hospital, The Kiss, Flawed, The Six Dollar Fifty Man, and Little Children, Big Words.

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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES

SHORT CUTS

Includes Ormie, Angry Man, Tussilago, Day Trip, The Lost Thing (Oscar nominee), Urs, and Sensology.

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN PORTLAND

SHORT CUTS

Includes Vanity, Motor Away, Eye Liner, Stage Two, The Curio, Peeved, Summer Snapshot, Breathe, Rummel, Breathe, Stumble Then Rise on Some Akward Morning, and The Poodle Trainer.

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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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SHORT CUTS VI: EVERYWHERE WAS THE SAME

SHORT CUTS

A program of short avant-garde work presented by Cinema Project and the Northwest Film Center.

Includes My White Baby, Atlantiques, Everywhere was the Same, Long Shadows, Mamori, April Snow, and Cry When it Happens.

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THE SILENCE BENEATH THE BARK

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

THE SILENCE BENEATH THE BARK

DIRECTOR: Joanna Lurie - FRANCE

Two creatures are wakened from their sleep beneath layers of snow and earth by the falling of a tree. Lurie’s painterly yet graphic film follows them as they explore the surface and its mysteries. (11 mins.)

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SILENT SOULS

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 4:45 PM (WH)
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SILENT SOULS

DIRECTOR: Aleksei Fedorchenko - RUSSIA

The rites and rituals of the Merja people, an ethnic minority in a former Finnish enclave that became part of Russia under Ivan the Terrible, form the backbone of this lyrical, dreamlike movie about love and loss. After his beloved wife Tanja dies, Miron, the head of a paper factory in the town of Myra, calls on his best friend, Aist, to aid him on a journey to take Tanja to her final ritual farewell. As their road trip unfolds, it becomes apparent that Aist and Tanja were once more than friends. Along the way, the Merja myths and traditions...

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Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 12 PM (WH)

THE SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN

DIRECTOR: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland - NEW ZEALAND

Andy lives in a make-believe superhero world, circa 1970s New Zealand. Retreating into his imagination allows him to deal with playground bullies, but the real world—and his only friend Mary—needs Andy to count on himself instead. (15 mins.)

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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

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

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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:15 PM (B3)
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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B2)
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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN

DIRECTOR: Hans Petter Moland - NORWAY

Released from prison after doing time for murder, laconic Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) struggles to stay on the straight and narrow in a world that won’t believe he has changed. His ex mob boss, a quirky ex-wife, staccato-speaking garage owner/boss, an estranged son, a crazily libidinous landlady—trouble lurks at nearly every turn. An oddball mix of eccentric characters, bawdy behavior, and Nordic minimalism, the sensibility of Moland’s off-kilter tragicomedy has been compared to that of the Coen Brothers and Aki Kaurismaki—dark in tone but light in spirit. “A Somewhat Gentle Man is a film about our painful shortcomings, a tribute to...

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SON OF BABYLON

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B4)
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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B2)
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SON OF BABYLON

DIRECTOR: Mohamed Al-Daradji - IRAQ

A son’s search for his father and a mother’s search for her son form the centerpiece for an exploration of the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Set in 2003, just after Hussein’s downfall, young Ahmed and his determined grandmother journey across Iraq in search of his father, Ibrahim, a soldier missing in action since 1991. Focusing on forgiveness and people’s ability to overcome rather than on the many atrocities of the regime, Son of Babylon offers a poignant, eye-opening take on post-war Iraq, telling the story of two as the story of many. “Chases a poetic answer for the crimes...

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

STAGE TWO

DIRECTOR: Lara Jean Gallagher - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

In addition to the usual teenage traumas, mop-topped Max deals with his mother’s hair loss, her illness, and making a buck or two selling her meds. (16 mins.)

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STEAM OF LIFE

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 8:30 PM (WH)
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 27, 2011
at 12:30 PM (WH)
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STEAM OF LIFE

DIRECTOR: Mika Hotakainen, Joonas Berghäll - FINLAND

Men in general, and especially Finnish men, are notorious for keeping their feelings bottled up. But in the almost dreamlike environment of a steam-filled sauna, Finnish men’s deepest feelings about life, love, and family are easily liberated. Steam of Life allows the viewer to become a fly on the wall as it listens in on (naked) men talking to each other and sharing like girls in the sanctuary of the country’s ubiquitous saunas. From the rusted interior of an old converted camper to beautifully appointed wooden steam rooms and even a roadside phone booth fashioned into an impromptu hotbox, the...

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

STUMBLE THEN RISE ON SOME AWKWARD MORNING

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This organic, dreamlike journey spirals from life to death. (6 mins.)

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SUMMER SNAPSHOT

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

SUMMER SNAPSHOT

DIRECTOR: Ian McCluskey - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

The blurred line between memory and actual events is explored through the tropes of 1970s home movies. (11 mins.)

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