View All By Alphabet By Country By Interest By Date Buy Tickets
Welcome
Films & Schedule Program Highlights Opening Night Shorts PIFF After Dark Global Classroom Visiting Artists Encore Screenings Schedule Updates Audience Awards Online Ballot Credits
Ticket & Pass Info Venues Sponsors Silver Screen Club
Festival Trailer Film Trailers
Newsroom Volunteers Plan Your Stay
About Us Archives Contact PIFF Guide PDF

Films & Schedules - Saturday, February 7, 2015

THE BOY AND THE WORLD

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1 PM (Moreland Theater)
Buy Tickets

THE BOY AND THE WORLD

DIRECTOR: ALÊ ABREU - BRAZIL

Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s whimsical, exquisitely-rendered, animated film views contemporary society through the eyes of a child. Cuca, a small boy growing up in the rainforest, finds his serene life thrown upside down when his father leaves to work in the industrialized city, prompting an adventurous journey to find him. Along the way he uncovers a whole new, modern world dominated by animal machines and a variety of strange characters that are a far cry from the natural environment they came from. Melding mesmerizing sound design with uniquely original hand-drawn visuals, a samba and hip-hop score by some of...

More Details >


MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1 PM (ROSEWAY THEATER)
Buy Tickets

MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLS

DIRECTOR: CHUCK WORKMAN - UNITED STATES

“Oscar-winner Chuck Workman’s (famed for his Academy Award clip montages and iconic trailers) impressive, comprehensive documentary tells the tragic, extraordinary story of Orson Welles, a great filmmaking genius whose masterpieces were interspersed with films compromised by studio intervention or never completed at all. Workman tells Welles’s story through a wealth of interviews with the director and actor, an impressive assortment of clips, and testimonies by luminaries including Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, George Lucas, Walter Murch, and Steven Spielberg.”—Telluride Film Festival.

More Details >


HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Fox Tower)
Buy Tickets

HOTEL NUEVA ISLA

DIRECTOR: IRENE GUTIÉRREZ, JAVIER LABRADOR - CUBA

The formerly luxurious Hotel Nueva Isla in Old Havana is now in ruins, but it is home to people living on the fringes of society, like the retired public servant Jorge. Abandoned by his wife and children, Jorge’s only motivation, like a Don Quixote forgotten and gone astray, is to continue a quest he’s followed for years: dig among the dangerous ruins of the hotel, where he is convinced that the former owners hid valuable objects before fleeing the Cuban Revolution. With a keen eye that is both highly stylized and intimate, Gutiérrez captures Jorge’s life spent doing rudimentary...

More Details >


Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
Buy Tickets

SHORT CUTS 1: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

More Details >


TU DORS NICOLE

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Cinema 21)
Buy Tickets

TU DORS NICOLE

DIRECTOR: STÉPHANE LAFLEUR - CANADA

Infused with absurdist humor and a sense of ennui, Lafleur’s film hones in on young adults at existential crossroads. Twenty-something Nicole is adrift after college, working a dead-end summer job in her small Quebec hometown and spending evenings with her best pal, Véronique. When her older brother Remi unexpectedly returns with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls’ wheel-spinning summer, it becomes clear to Nicole that something must—and will—change. Shot in luminous black and white and infused with a sultry melancholy, Tu Dors Nicole captures that liminal stage where the fading yet familiar attachments of youth still seem far more...

More Details >


THE DARK VALLEY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 3:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
Buy Tickets

THE DARK VALLEY

DIRECTOR: ANDREAS PROCHASKA - AUSTRIA

Greider, a lone traveler, arrives in a small village in the Alps. Initially, no one wants him to stay, especially Brenner, who keeps the community under tight control with his threatening ways. But a few gold coins sway the townsfolk, and they opt to shelter Greider for the winter. Soon a tragic accident leads to the death of one of Brenner’s beloved sons. But when a second son is mysteriously killed, it seems evident that more than coincidence is at play. “The hills are alive with the sound of gunfire in this alpine revenge drama, a superior genre piece...

More Details >


HUMAN CAPITAL

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
Buy Tickets

HUMAN CAPITAL

DIRECTOR: PAOLO VIRZÌ - ITALY

Winner of all the top Italian film awards, this stylish ensemble piece offers a powerful commentary on Italian social class, privilege, and the value of human life in a crucible. A cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the privileged and detached Bernaschi family intertwine with the Rovellis, who struggle to keep up appearances and their comfortable middle-class life. A taut character study that observes the transformative events from each character’s perspective, the result is a nuanced account of desire and greed...

More Details >


UNDERDOG

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Fox Tower)
Buy Tickets

UNDERDOG

DIRECTOR: RONNIE SANDAHL - SWEDEN

Dino, a young Swedish girl, has fled Sweden’s mass unemployment for better fortune in Oslo. But like many other young immigrant Swedes, she finds herself an outcast and barely surviving on irregular work and hard partying. When she lands a job as a housekeeper in an upper middle-class Norwegian household she is thrown into a life very far from her own. During a few sultry summer weeks she ends up in the center of an odd love triangle and an unpredictable struggle for affection and dominance. Underdog is both a tender story of privilege and longing and a humorous recognition...

More Details >


A WOLF AT THE DOOR

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 4 PM (Cinema 21)
Buy Tickets

A WOLF AT THE DOOR

DIRECTOR: FERNANDO COIMBRA - BRAZIL

Set in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, A Wolf at the Door opens with a mother arriving to pick up her young daughter at school, only to learn that the girl already left with another woman. A parent’s worst nightmare takes increasingly sinister turns as it delves into the events that led to the girl’s kidnapping, the story morphing into an intense psychological drama of lust, betrayal, and revenge told through flashbacks revealing a marriage on the verge of crumbling and a secret, erotic affair. Director Fernando Coimbra has described his inventive, neo-noir thriller as a modern-day variation on...

More Details >


MR. KAPLAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 5 PM (Roseway Theater)
Buy Tickets

MR. KAPLAN

DIRECTOR: ÁLVARO BRECHNER - URUGUAY

Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America during World War II. But now turning 76, he’s become grumpy and fed up with his life, community, and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. When a quiet, elderly German raises Mr. Kaplan’s suspicions of being a runaway Nazi, he ignores his family’s concerns and secretly recruits Contreras, a former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking...

More Details >


THE FAREWELL PARTY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
Buy Tickets

THE FAREWELL PARTY

DIRECTOR: TAL GRANIT, SHARON MAYMON - ISRAEL

The question “Who has the right to play God?” is at the center of this comedic tale of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal. With a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense, and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue, this compassionate film doesn’t belabor the ethics of assisted suicide but instead treats this tricky topic with rare sensitivity. “A provocative issue is addressed with wisdom, sensitivity, and a welcome strain of humor. Anyone ever touched by the inexorable...

More Details >


THE GAMBLER

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Fox Tower)
Buy Tickets

THE GAMBLER

DIRECTOR: IGNAS JONYNAS - LITHUANIA

A celebrated paramedic, Vincentas has a dangerous addiction: gambling. Desperate to hit it big and pay off his mounting debts, he’s quick to place a bet on just about anything. In over his head, he ups the ante by betting on the odds of his own patients’ survival. This twisted game, played with his fellow paramedics, soon becomes a major enterprise after the hospital’s doctors and nurses want in on the action, and Vincentas finds himself becoming a big-time bookie. Jonynas’ gimlet-eyed black comedy is this year’s Lithuanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

More Details >


SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Cinema 21)
Buy Tickets

SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

DIRECTOR: MARAH STRAUCH - UNITED STATES

After graduating from USC and a stint as an engineer, Carl Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths). He and his wife Jean became the prime movers in BASE jumping—the act of leaping from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (i.e., sheer cliffs) before hopefully saving yourself from a bad ending with a parachute. To some, the idea is madness if not suicide, but for the Boenishes it was about the essence of life, of freedom, and the experience of defying gravity. Strauch’s exhilarating film tells their incredible story, not only in words, but in breathtaking...

More Details >


TIMBUKTU

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
Buy Tickets

TIMBUKTU

DIRECTOR: ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO - MAURITANIA

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, mild-mannered herdsman Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife and daughter. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists; music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences, and when Kidane accidentally kills a neighbor, he is forced to confront the chaos head on. Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, Sissako’s drama delivers a warm and often humorous condemnation of religious intolerance. This year’s...

More Details >


DUKE OF BURGUNDY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Roseway Theater)
Buy Tickets

DUKE OF BURGUNDY

DIRECTOR: PETER STRICKLAND - UNITED KINGDOM

“Strickland’s latest reconfigures the vintage erotic melodrama into something altogether deeper and darker. Taking its title from a rare species of butterfly, The Duke of Burgundy chronicles the increasingly intimate relationship between wealthy amateur lepidopterist Cynthia and her newly hired housekeeper Evelyn. As Cynthia’s demands begin to betray a sadomasochistic streak, Evelyn becomes less a domestic servant than an outright sex slave, submitting to her progressively extreme humiliations with a surprising relish. Strickland demonstrates a marvelous gift for modulating tone, pitching the tenor of his film in a strange, beguiling register somewhere between Buñuel’s Belle de Jour and Losey’s...

More Details >


THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Moreland Theater)
Buy Tickets

THE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

DIRECTOR: FELIX HERNGREN - SWEDEN

Based on a bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this delightful comedy tells the unbelievable story of former dynamite expert Allan Karlsson, the titular 100-year-old man, who isn’t ready to stop life’s party. Fleeing his nursing home, Allan boards a bus and accidentally picks up a skinhead’s suitcase filled with 50 million kronor. On the run from the cops and the skinheads, the droll fugitive centenarian is accompanied by his many memories; in Zelig- and Forrest Gump-like fashion, it turns out he has brushed shoulders with the likes of Franco, Truman, Stalin, and Reagan over the years—all remembered in richly absurd...

More Details >


CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
Buy Tickets

CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

DIRECTOR: OLIVIER ASSAYAS - FRANCE

“Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is a middle-aged actress who soared to stardom in her twenties in a play called Maloja Snake, in which she created the role of a ruthless young woman named Sigrid who engages in a power game with her older boss. Now an established international actress, Maria is considering the role of the older woman in a heavily promoted revival, with an infamous young superstar (Chloë Grace Moretz) as Sigrid. What begins as a chronicle of an actress going through the paces of celebrity culture (fashion shoots, official dinners, interviews, Internet rumors) gradually develops into something...

More Details >


CORN ISLAND

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9 PM (Fox Tower)
Buy Tickets

CORN ISLAND

DIRECTOR: GEORGE OVASHVILI - GEORGIA

The Inguri River forms Georgia’s border with the breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, and tensions between the nations run high. Every spring the river brings fertile soil from the Caucasus, creating tiny islands: small clusters of no man’s land. An old Abkhaz farmer and his teenage granddaughter build a hut on one of the islands, plowing the earth to sow corn. When the corn has shot up, the girl, herself blossoming, finds a wounded Georgian soldier hiding among the stalks as border patrol boats look for trouble in a no-man’s land. “An astonishing feat of cinema presented with the utmost...

More Details >


ALLÉLUIA

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 9:30 PM (Cinema 21)
Buy Tickets

ALLÉLUIA

DIRECTOR: FABRICE DU WELZ - BELGIUM

Updated for the Internet era, Du Welz’s remake of the classic The Honeymoon Killers is based on the true story of ’60s serial killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, who met women through personal ads, moved in, and then murdered them. Here, lonely Gloria meets conman Michel through an online dating service and quickly falls for his charms. When she discovers he’s swindled both her heart and her wallet, she agrees to help him seduce other women just so she can be with him. Gloria’s obsession with Michel turns their relatively innocent hustle into something much darker when she jealously...

More Details >


BACKCOUNTRY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 10:30 PM (Hollywood Theatre)
Buy Tickets

BACKCOUNTRY

DIRECTOR: ADAM MACDONALD - CANADA

What begins as a romantic weekend camping trip deep into the Canadian woods quickly decends into an exercise in abject horror in actor-director Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry. Despite the warnings of a seemingly prescient park ranger, Alex and Jenn venture blindly along the Blackfoot Trail with Alex’s memory their sole compass and only a few supplies on hand. Before long, the couple encounters a multitude of dangers including a menacing backwoods guide with questionable intentions towards each of them, a complete loss of direction, and, most threatening of all, a wild force of nature that stalks them relentlessly. Backcountry “will...

More Details >


Follow usFollow us Become a fanBecome a fan View our photostreamView our photostream Visit our NewsroomVisit our Newsroom Broadcast yourselfBroadcast yourself
© 2017 Northwest Film Center Portland Art Museum nwFilmCenter.org School of Film Kids & Teens A•VIBE Web Development