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BACK TO 1942

Sun, Feb 16, 2014
at 6:30 PM (OMSI)
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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BACK TO 1942

DIRECTOR: Xiaogang Feng - CHINA

In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million people. Although the primary cause was a severe drought, the situation was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease, Kuomintang government corruption, and the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War. Like his epic Aftershock (PIFF 35), Xiaogang Feng’s sweeping saga is a gut-wrenching account told through the eyes of wealthy landlord Master Fan, forced to flee both famine and advancing troops, and a Time magazine journalist (Adrien Brody) investigating the misery. “Feng Xiaogang has been called China’s...

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BEFORE SNOWFALL

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Tue, Feb 11, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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BEFORE SNOWFALL

DIRECTOR: Hisham Zaman - NORWAY

How far would you go to restore your family’s honor? As the oldest man in his household, Siyar confronts that question after his sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage and he must seek vengeance for the slight. Siyar tracks her from their village in Kurdistan to a world apart in Istanbul. His fateful introduction to Evin, a young girl living on the streets, leads to the first cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes, and he follows her to Germany and Norway on a journey that will forever change his notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. Both a tender...

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BELLE

Thu, Feb 6, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BELLE

DIRECTOR: Amma Asante - GREAT BRITAIN

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...

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BENDS

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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BENDS

DIRECTOR: Flora Lau - HONG KONG

Bends straddles the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and tells the emotionally touching story of Anna, an affluent housewife, and Fai, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the social contradictions and pressures of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Fai is struggling to find a way to bring his pregnant (in violation of the one-child policy) wife Tai over the Hong Kong border from Shenzhen to give birth to their second child, even though he crosses the border easily every day working as Anna’s chauffeur. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep...

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Mon, Feb 24, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell)
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BEST OF THE SHORTS

SHORT CUTS

This program features the best short films from the 37th Portland International Film Festival—as voted by audiences during the festival.

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BORGMAN

Fri, Feb 7, 2014
at 11:45 PM (Cinema 21 - Large Theater)
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BORGMAN

DIRECTOR: Alex van Warmerdam - NETHERLANDS

A dark, mischievous, and unsettling fable about a strange vagabond, Borgman takes the concept of home invasion to captivating new levels. Driven by the authorities from his underground hideout, the enigmatic Camiel Borgman is on the run. Covered in dirt, he arrives at Marina and Richard’s large suburban home asking to use their shower, thus beginning a game of sly calculation as he insinuates himself into their lives. He soon starts to manipulate the family with almost preternatural charisma as his more sinister plans make themselves known in chilling fashion. Filled with nasty humor and demonic imagination, van Warmerdam’s film...

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BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

Tue, Feb 18, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21 - Small Theater)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Fox Tower)
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BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

DIRECTOR: Ektoras Lygizos - GREECE

Based on Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun’s 1890 novel Hunger, Lygizos fashions a confronting, visceral take on contemporary Greece’s stultifying economic and spiritual condition. Yorgos is an educated loner, estranged from his family and friends, keeping counsel only with his pet canary. Unemployed and destitute after being evicted from his decrepit apartment, he seeks to placate his hunger rummaging through dumpsters for scraps. But this is only the beginning of his descent into morally bankrupt and flagrantly indecent levels of desperation. “[So] intensely corporeal that it can be almost painful to watch. An unforgettable experience, Lygizos’s debut feature marks him as...

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THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM

Sat, Feb 8, 2014
at 8:30 PM (OMSI)
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Mon, Feb 10, 2014
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21 (large theater))
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THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM

DIRECTOR: Yilmaz Erdogan - TURKEY

In 1941, with World War II looming, in Zonguldak, an impoverished mining city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, every man in the area is required by law to work in the coal mines. Amidst the poverty, disease, and turmoil are two young poets, Muzaffer and Rustu. Their persevering dream is to have their poetry published. One day they see Suzan, the beautiful daughter of one of the city’s wealthy merchants, and make a bet over the girl: they will both write a poem for her, and whichever she likes, the other will fade from the scene…. As their...

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