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Opening Night


Salmon Fishing in the YemenBLANCANIEVES
DIRECTOR: Pablo Berger - SPAIN

“While Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar winner, 'The Artist,' was a playful valentine to pre-talkies Hollywood, Spanish writer-director Berger’s inventive Andalusian tale is a love letter to 1920s European silent film, effortlessly mixing humor and melodrama in delightful fashion.”—Hollywood Reporter

This year’s Spanish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a 1920s, silent-set reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Snow White,” offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms and full of imagination. Rejected at birth by her father, Carmencita (Macarena Garciá) is raised by her grandmother. But when her grandmother dies, the poor dark-haired maiden is sent to the lower depths of her evil stepmother’s villa. Maribel Verdú ("Y Tu Mamá También") gives an ingeniously smart, campy performance as the villainess, hell-bent on keeping Carmencita from Prince Charming—here a bullfighting dwarf!—and thwarting her dreams of becoming a matador. (90 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Torremolinos 73 (03)

Showtime: 2/7, 7:30 p.m. | Newmark Theatre


The Northwest Film Center, with support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton, invites you to join us after the screening at the Newmark Theatre for our Opening Night Party, hosted by Stella Artois and King Estate Winery.

Opening Night Film & Party tickets: $30 general, $25 Silver Screen Club Friend and Portland Art Museum members. The evening, and all other PIFF and regular year-round Film Center screenings—more than 400 annually—are free for Silver Screen Director, Producer, Benefactor, and Sustainer members. Sign up for the Silver Screen Club or purchase advance Opening Night tickets now.



In between Opening Night and Closing Night, join us every night at our 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 9-23, Sunday-Thursday 4-11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 4 p.m.-12 a.m. We've heard the PIFFtini is pretty good ...

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