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Among the surprises in PIFF every year is finding exciting new cinematic voices. While this year’s Festival has its share of new works by established masters—Ann Hui, Alain Resnais, Ken Loach, Jan Troell, Margarethe von Trotta, Fatih Akin, Sally Potter, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Jan Hrebejk, Pablo Trapero, Thomas Vinterberg, Kim Ki-duk, Olivier Assayas, and Werner Herzog to name but a few—and new films by bright talents like Carlos Reygadas, Cate Shortland, Ulrich Seidl, Xavier Dolan, Cristian Mungiu, Pablo Larraín, Sophie Fiennes, Ben Wheatley, and Marco Tullio Giordana, discovering new directors is part of the Festival’s delight too. Looking toward the next generation, the intriguing new works by 21 first-time directors reveal a wealth of new international talent.

Among the 21 filmmakers and films eligible for this year’s New Director Audience Award are: Benjamín Ávila, Clandestine Childhood (Argentina); Wayne Blair, The Sapphires (Australia); Song Fang, Memories Look At Me (China); William Vega, La Sirga (Colombia); Tomáš Lunák, Alois Nebel (Czech Republic); Rusudan Chkonia, Keep Smiling (Georgia); Marten Persiel, This Ain’t California (Germany); Gauri Shinde, English Vinglish (India); Andrea Segre, Shun Li and the Poet (Italy); Marco Bonfanti, The Last Shepherd (Italy); David Tosh Gitonga, Nairobi Half Life (Kenya); Michel Franco, After Lucia (Mexico); Antonio Méndez Esparza, Here and There (Mexico); Bouewijn Koole, Kauwboy (Netherlands); Patrik Eklund, Flicker (Sweden); Hsu Chao-Jen, Together (Taiwan); Ben Rivers, Two Years At Sea (Great Britain); Rowan Athale, Wasteland (Great Britain); Mark Kendall, La Camioneta (US); Jaime Roos and Yamandu Roos, 3 Million (Uruguay). Our thanks to Wieden+Kennedy for their support of this New Directors showcase.



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This year’s Festival features the Portland premieres of 21 films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including: Clandestine Childhood (Argentina), Lore (Australia), Our Children (Belgium), War Witch (Canada), No (Chile), In the Shadow (Czech Republic), Purge (Finland), Keep Smiling (Georgia), Unfair World (Greece), A Simple Life (Hong Kong), Just the Wind (Hungary), Barfi! (India), Caesar Must Die (Italy), Our Homeland ( Japan), Kon-Tiki (Norway), 80 Million (Poland), Blood of My Blood (Portugal), Beyond the Hills (Romania), White Tiger (Russia), Blancanieves (Spain), and Pieta (South Korea). Our thanks go to The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation for their support of these films.



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This year’s Festival features five programs featuring 40 memorable snapshots—animated, live-action, documentary, experimental, and narrative—from across the world, including one program highlighting the outstanding short work of Oregon filmmakers. Thanks to Red Giant for supporting these programs.




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Thanks to Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines for helping to bring our guests and to our hotel partners—Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Modera, and Heathman Hotel—for their hospitality in providing guest accommodations.



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This year’s Festival boasts 18 perspectives on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us. This year’s nonfiction selections include: The End of Time (Canada); Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (Germany); Polluting Paradise (Germany); This Ain’t California (Germany); Men At Lunch (Ireland); The Gatekeepers (Israel); Caesar Must Die (Italy); The Last Shepherd (Italy); More Than Honey (Switzerland); The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Great Britain); Two Years At Sea (Great Britain); Alien Boy (US); American Winter (US); A Fierce Green Fire (US); La Camioneta (US/Mexico); Love, Marilyn (US); and Leviathan (US/France). Our thanks go to The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for their support of these films.



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In addition to the many award-winning animated films in the Short Cuts programs, this year’s Festival includes four animated features that have charmed audiences worldwide. The selections include Tomáš Lunák’s Alois Nebel (Czech Republic), Jean-François Laguionie’s The Painting (France), Hiroyuki Okiura’s A Letter to Momo ( Japan), and Ignacio Ferreras’s Wrinkles (Spain). Our thanks to LAIKA for their support of these films.



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The Festival’s Global Classroom program is a point of introduction for the next generation of cinema lovers. With support from The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Chipotle, and others, the Festival will screen a number of this year’s selections for high school students and teachers at special weekday times in the Whitsell Auditorium. For information on the films or to make reservations for these free screenings, visit the complete Global Listings page here. Our thanks go to Chipotle for their support of these films.



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Film lovers from nine to 90 will be charmed by these award-winning films suitable for younger viewers depending on subject interest and subtitle reading ability. Family-friendly Festival films include: Old Dog (China), The Painting (France), Barfi! (India), English Vinglish (India), A Letter to Momo ( Japan), The Last Shepherd (Italy), Kauwboy (Netherlands), La Pirogue (Senegal), and 3 Million (Uruguay). Thanks to The Safeway Foundation for supporting this programing.




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The Festival and Portland audiences have long had an abiding interest in Hispanic films and filmmakers. This year’s program has 18 diverse new films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and the United States that include works by both emerging and established talents. Our thanks to the many cultural partners who have helped bring these films to Portland.



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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, with Audience Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best New Director, and other special recognitions. We also welcome your feedback on your PIFF experience and how we can make next year’s Festival better.



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