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A SECOND CHANCE—SCREENINGS CANCELED, TO BE RESCHEDULED

A SECOND CHANCE—SCREENINGS CANCELED, TO BE RESCHEDULED

DIRECTOR: SUSANNE BIER - DENMARK

On what initially appears to be a routine police raid, partners Andreas and Simon encounter low-life junkie Tristan. Knowing his history of domestic violence, Andreas is understandably unsettled to find Tristan living with another vulnerable woman. Fears worsen when he discovers their young baby locked away in a cupboard, crying and clearly neglected. A recent father himself, Andreas becomes fixated on safeguarding the child. It soon borders on obsession, dangerously blinding him to very real problems within his own family life. “A Second Chance is an intense personal drama about what happens when vulnerable people are forced into circumstances beyond...

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SECRETS OF WAR

Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 18, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SECRETS OF WAR

DIRECTOR: DENNIS BOTS - NETHERLANDS

During World War II, everyone had to keep secrets to survive, but at what price? Lambert and Tuur, two 12-year-old boys living in a small village in Nazi-occupied Holland, share a strong friendship. But even this bond is put at risk with the arrival of a lively young girl named Maartje, carrying with her a heavy secret about her past. As Tuur and Maartje become close, the estranged Lambert grows increasingly jealous and acts irrationally, exposing Maartje’s secret with far-reaching consequences that are beyond his understanding. The danger and the humanity of wartime friendships asks three children to find maturity...

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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 11, 2015
at 5:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION

DIRECTOR: ETHAN HAWKE - UNITED STATES

This intimate portrait of classical pianist, composer, author, teacher, and sage Seymour Bernstein offers a wise and charismatic reflection on art and life. The question “why make art?” winds its way through the film in conversations with accomplished friends such as art critic Michael Kimmelman and religious scholar Andrew Harvey. Seymour also reflects on the careers of such pianists Glenn Gould and Clifford Curzon, seen in archival footage, and his deep love of piano music proves infectious. “Calling to mind My Dinner With Andre, his film is full of urbane conversation and infused with the sophisticated rhythms of New York...

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Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 1:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 1: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 2: MADE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 3: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 4: FRESH FRENCH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Sun, Feb 15, 2015
at 1 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 5: ANIMATED WORLDS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

This selection of new international animation is selected by LAIKA’S Mark Shapiro from visits to animation festivals worldwide. He will be on-hand to talk about the films.

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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 3:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 6: INTERNATIONAL TIES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 8:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDIOTORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 7: SHE NEVER DREAMS OF PLACES

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS

This program of experimental cinema, programmed and introduced by Cinema Project, delves into personal, familial, and cultural pasts, revealing the difficulty in going back to or moving between physical and psychic spaces.

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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 4:15 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORT CUTS 8: NEW SPANISH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORT CUTS (SPAIN)

These films are selected from the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, a larger touring program, curated and organized by Pragda and Spain arts&culture. Supported by Accion Cultural Española (AC/E), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport. Special thanks to Marvin & Wayne and Cinelandia.

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Fri, Feb 20, 2015
at 4:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 21, 2015
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS 8: NEW SPANISH SHORTS

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SPAIN

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Mon, Feb 23, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORT CUTS: BEST OF THE SHORTS

DIRECTOR: Various - SHORT CUTS (Various)

This program features the best short films from the 38th Portland International Film Festival—as voted by audiences during the festival.

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SORROW AND JOY

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
at 4 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Tue, Feb 17, 2015
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SORROW AND JOY

DIRECTOR: NILS MALMROS - DENMARK

In Malmros’s moving autobiographical film, a meditation on the limits of human law and the infinite possibilities of kindness, Johannes, a filmmaker, is married to Signe, a schoolteacher. Together, they experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. When Johannes returns from a trip, he discovers that Signe—not out of spite or hate but out of a sense of despair and loneliness and psychosis—has killed their infant child during a psychotic fit. Johannes doesn’t judge her but tries to come to grip with all the ways he has failed her without ever meaning any harm. Her students and...

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 9 PM (Roseway Theater)
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS

DIRECTOR: DIETRICH BRÜGGEMANN - GERMANY

Devout teenager Maria and her family belong to the ultra-conservative Society of St. Paul. Maria is intent on walking a godly path, and yet she has questions. Why would God give her brother a learning disability? Why does her mother forbid her from seeing a boy from a different church? As the contradictions of devout faith and modern life multiply, Maria eschews the easy way out and chooses to follow the hardest road of all—that of the savior, with all the pain and sacrifice it may entail. Told in single-shot tableaux that parallel Christ’s journey to his own crucifixion, Brüggemann’s...

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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

Fri, Feb 13, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 16, 2015
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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STOP THE POUNDING HEART

DIRECTOR: ROBERTO MINERVINI - UNITED STATES

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Italian director Roberto Minervini’s absorbing film is a portrait of adolescence as experienced by a sheltered girl in a conservative farm family in rural Texas. Without condescension or judgment, we see life through the eyes of 14-year-old Sarah, who is homeschooled alongside her 11 other siblings by her loving mother but destined for a life of serving her husband as prescribed in the Bible. As she falls for a boy from a vastly different background, an intimate drama unfolds revealing Sara’s turmoil about her place in a faith where women are subservient. A...

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SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

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

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