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OPENING NIGHT FILMS
Often missing from the gorgeous settings, romances, and sophisticated language of English period dramas is the institution at the foundation of that refined life: slavery. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) lineage—the illegitimate, biracial daughter of a Royal Navy admiral in 18th-century Britain—affords her wealth and certain privileges, but the color of her skin keeps her on the outside looking in. Left to wonder if she will ever find love or acceptance, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England—and end her question, “How may I be too high in rank to dine with the servants but too low to dine with my family?” (105 mins.)
Selected Filmography: A Way of Life (04)
Showtime: 2/6, 7 p.m. | Whitsell Auditorium
THE WIND RISES
Miyazaki, co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, eschewing his typically fictional characters ensconced in a fantasy world, instead brings to life the story of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one of history’s most beautiful airplanes—the prototype for the Zero WWII fighter. Adapted from Miyazaki’s own serialized manga, which was itself inspired by Tatsuo Hori’s 1937 story of the same name, this epic tale of love, invention, and hope spans decades, sweeping through great historical moments of 20th-century Japan. In what he has said is his last film, the winner of dozens of international awards, Miyazaki dazzles with his usual beautifully rendered flourishes, but this time exploring a grounded, evolved, and sophisticated nostalgia that is a fitting final celebration of art, science, and the impulse to create. (126 mins.)
Filmography: Castle in the Sky (86), Princess Mononoke (97), Spirited Away (01), Howl’s Moving Castle (04), Ponyo (08).
Sponsored by the Consular Offic of Japan in Portland.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
The Northwest Film Center and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, with support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, invite you to join us after the films at OMSI’s Theory Eatery with co-hosts Ninkasi Brewing, King Estate Winery, and Bon Appetit.
Opening Night Film & Party tickets: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Club Friend, Portland Art Museum, and OMSI 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.