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Special Screenings


Tue, Aug 31, 2010
at 7 PM

THE YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM PRESENTS LIFE OF YOUTH: PEER-TO-PEER FOR HEALTH & SAFETY
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

How do we reach an audience of ourselves to talk without fear about sexual safety and health? Working with Portland Community Media, young media producers at Outside In, a local agency serving Portland homeless young adults, answered this question by producing a series of funny, personal, and poetic video shorts with messaging designed for their peers through a project called CHATpdx. CHATpdx (Curbing HIV/AIDS Transmission Among High-Risk Minority Youth and Adolescents), is a collaboration between Outside In, Cascade Aids Project, and African-American AIDS Awareness Action Alliance and is funded by the US Office of Minority Health. Tonight we premiere their work and invite audience members to interact with the mediamakers at a reception following the screening.

( 90 min )

FREE ADMISSION


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Fri, Sep 17, 2010
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Sat, Sep 18, 2010
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BREATH MADE VISIBLE: ANNA HALPRIN
DIRECTOR: RUEDI GERBER
SWITZERLAND/US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—For the last seven decades, San Francisco dance pioneer Anna Halprin has redefined modern art by exploring one key question in her work: What is important in life? The search for that answer has ushered in such revolutionary experimentation in theater, music, and performance that its reach extends beyond the arts and into our cultural conscience. Gerber’s rich cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with the late Merce Cunningham and husband, collaborator, and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (Portland’s Forecourt Fountain); archival footage, including her establishment of one of the first multiracial dance companies in the US; and excerpts of recent performances such as “Parades and Changes” at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris. BREATH MADE VISIBLE offers a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important icons in modern dance and avant-garde culture. “A treasure trove of hitherto little-seen archival performance footage going back more than 50 years.”—Variety.

( 80 min )

Anna Halprin will introduce the film at the Saturday screening, joined by a Portland arts writer for a post-film discussion. Halprin will also teach her planetary peace dance workshop, open to all ages and abilities, at Conduit dance on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. For information, e-mail econduit@earthlink.net.


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Mon, Sep 20, 2010
at 7 PM

LA STRADA
DIRECTOR: FEDERICO FELLINI
ITALY, 1954

GUEST PRESENTER: CHRISTOPHER MATTALIANO—Fellini’s film tells the tale of the simple Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), sold into virtual slavery to itinerant strong man Zampano (Anthony Quinn). Although he shows her no kindness and uses her without affection, she remains devotedly at his side as rivalry and murder rear their ugly heads after the pair joins up with a small circus. One of the undisputed classics of post-war Italian cinema, this film of great joy, bleak despair, and delicate heartbreak reveals a profound humanity in the midst of the absurd—a theme that Fellini would continue to explore throughout his career.

( 115 min )

Tonight’s film is co-presented with the Portland Opera, whose Felliniesque reinvention of PAGLIACCI, running September 24–October 2, explores the inner turmoil of a circus clown whose laughter masks the pain of a breaking heart.

Christopher Mattaliano, General Director of the Portland Opera, will introduce the film and discuss their new production.


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Tue, Sep 21, 2010
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING - REMEMBERING JOHN CALLAHAN

John Callahan—author, cartoonist, musician, and Rose City man-about-town—died in July of complications related to his quadriplegia. His internationally celebrated cartoons served as a cultural lightning rod, exploring personal demons while unblinkingly portraying the foibles and absurdities of our times. Tonight we celebrate Callahan’s rich legacy with a program of his animated collaborations, clips from films that captured his singular vision, and remembrances from friends. Along with some new discoveries, the program includes TOUCH ME SOMEPLACE I CAN FEEL (2007), Simone de Vries’ acid portrait of the artist; I THINK I WAS AN ALCOHOLIC (1994) and HOW MUCH IS THAT WINDOW IN THE DOGGIE (1991), Kelley Baker’s cartoon takes on Callahan’s revealing work; KNOWING YOU LIKE I DO (2008), Ivy Lin’s capture of Callahan’s a cappella “Purple Winos in the Rain” above Music Millennium Northwest’s destruction; and the cartoon series PELSWICK (2002), featuring the hijinks of 13-year-old wheelchair-bound Pelswick Eggert, and QUADS (2001), about an adult cast of urban misfits riffing on their differently-abled lives and challenges.

( 90 min )

Co-presented with the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, with an introduction by OCHC President David Millholland.


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Thu, Sep 23, 2010
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING - INGREDIENTS
DIRECTOR: ROBERT BATES
US, 2010

INGREDIENTS crisscrosses the country over the course of four growing seasons looking at the people working to reconnect local producers and communities—from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys, to urban food outposts in Harlem, to the kitchens of famed chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman, and Portland’s Greg Higgins. As these heroes of the local food movement share the challenges of realizing their vision for a healthy, sustainable, local food paradigm, a new appreciation for local, small-scale farmers, and for food itself, emerges.

( 73 min )

Presented with support from Slow Food Portland.

Portland connections included in INGREDIENTS:
Greg Higgins (Higgins Restaurant and Bar), Cathy Whims (Nostrana), Deb Accuardi (Gino's), Anthony and Carol Boutard (Ayers Creek Farm), Cory Schreiber (Chef and Oregon Department of Ag.), John Neumeister (Cattail Creek Lamb), John Eveland (Gathering Together Farm), Frank Morton (Wild Garden Seed), Scott Dolich (Park Kitchen), Laura Masterson (47th Ave. Farm), Will Newman (Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust), Pascal Sauton (Carafe), Josh Bergstrom (Bergstrom Winery), Sheldon Marcuvitz and Carole Laity (Your Kitchen Garden), Alan Sprints (Hair of the Dog Brewery), Larry Lev (Oregon State University), Shari Sirkin (Dancing Roots Farm), Judie Hammerstad (Lake Oswego Mayor), Linda Colwell (Slow Food Portland), and Katie Boeh (Sauvie Island Center).


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Fri, Sep 24, 2010
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Sat, Sep 25, 2010
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Sat, Sep 25, 2010
at 7 PM

VISIONARIES: JONAS MEKAS AND THE (MOSTLY) AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE
DIRECTOR: CHICK WORKMAN
US, 2010

Fairly bursting with clips from a wide variety of experimental films, both classic and contemporary, as well as interviews with filmmakers (Kenneth Anger, Ken Jacobs, Robert Downey Sr., and Norman Mailer), critics (Amy Taubin and Fred Camper), and scholars (P. Adams Sitney and Scott MacDonald), VISIONARIES simultaneously acts as a comprehensive primer about the birth of the American avant-garde cinema and a loving portrait of its tireless ringmaster, Jonas Mekas. In the 1960s, New York was the epicenter of an experimental film scene, and in the years following, Mekas’ Anthology Film Archives became the temple and preserve of a diverse cannon. Workman, known for his moving, commemorative Oscar montages (PRECIOUS IMAGES) and such documentaries as SUPERSTAR: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ANDY WARHOL and THE SOURCE, narrates the story of Mekas’ career through anecdotes told by fans, friends, and the filmmakers themselves.

( 90 min )
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Sun, Sep 26, 2010
at 1 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING - 36TH YOUNG PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL: GROWING NEW TALENT
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

The Film Center’s annual Young People’s Film Festival is an opportunity for K-12 film and video makers living in the region to have their work juried by professional media artists and presented to the public. The Festival encourages young people to use film and video to creatively express personal concerns and ideas, explore important social issues, share engaging stories about the world today, and have fun making moving images. This year we’ve divided the winners into two programs, today’s showcasing the work of youth 12 and under. In November, as part of the Northwest Film & Video Festival, outstanding work by teens ages 13-19 will take center screen. Please join us for a fun and entertaining program and help celebrate the hard work, creativity, and determination of the honored young media makers.

( 60 min )

FREE ADMISSION


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Sun, Sep 26, 2010
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Mon, Sep 27, 2010
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LETTER TO ELIA
DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE, KENT JONES
US, 2010

LETTER TO ELIA is Scorsese’s intensely personal and deeply moving tribute to the films of director Elia Kazan. Kazan’s body of work—including such classics as A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, ON THE WATERFRONT, and EAST OF EDEN—captivated Scorsese as a young man, mirroring his life story and inspiring him to become a filmmaker. Co-directed by film critic and programmer Kent Jones, co-writer of Scorsese’s epic documentary on Italian cinema, MY VOYAGE TO ITALY, this latest Valentine to cinema, rich with conversation, clips, and history, will be followed by a screening of Kazan’s EAST OF EDEN. (60 mins.)

Sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

FOLLOWED BY

EAST OF EDEN
DIRECTOR: ELIA KAZAN
US, 1955

Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and adapted for the screen by Paul Osborn, Kazan’s 20th century allegory of the Cain and Abel story is set in California in 1917. James Dean (in his debut) and Richard Davalos star as the two sons, one good and one bad, competing for the love of their patriarchal father (Raymond Massey). Typical of Kazan’s films, EDEN features classic performances, here set against a strikingly atmospheric cinemascope landscape and a sure sense of the period. The film also features Jo Van Fleet, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her portrayal as the brothel madame, and Burl Ives as the local sheriff. (115 mins.)

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Sun, Sep 26, 2010
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING - AN EVENING OF LANCE BANGS

Portland filmmaker Lance Bangs is among the world’s busiest directors and cinematographers. Best known for his music videos for such bands as Pavement, The Shins, Sonic Youth, White Stripes, and more, Bangs also makes, often with collaborator Spike Jonze, compelling documentary portraits. Tonight’s program samples some of Bangs’ recent projects, including THE LAZARUS EFFECT (2009), which illustrates the transformative effect of life-saving antiretroviral medicine through the stories of HIV-positive people in Zambia; TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: A PORTRAIT OF MAURICE SENDAK (2009), made in conjunction with the production of Spike Jonze’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and an affectionate and intimate portrait of the author behind the original book; MAURICE AT THE WORLD’S FAIR (2010), a humorous take on a story from author/illustrator Sendak, produced for his 80th birthday; and FAMILY PORTRAIT (2009), a lively chronicle of an amazing group of artists, musicians, and all-around creative powerhouses that surround the Family Bookstore in LA—including curator and cartoonist Sammy Harkham, David Jacob Kramer, bands No Age and Lavender Diamond, artist Mike Mills, and other surprises.

( 100 min )

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Fri, Oct 1, 2010
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Fri, Oct 1, 2010
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Sat, Oct 2, 2010
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Sat, Oct 2, 2010
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HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO
DIRECTOR: SERGE BROMBERG, RUXANDRA MEDREA
FRANCE, 2010

In 1964, legendary French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (LES DIABOLIQUES, THE WAGES OF FEAR) started work on a cherished project, INFERNO. A study of jealousy, it was to star Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani and to fashion a new visual and psychological cinematic language. Influenced by op art, Clouzot created a dazzling array of proto-psychedelic images, but despite an almost unlimited budget and Kubrick-like preproduction, the project started to unravel on set—a total, unrealized catastrophe. Now, directors Bromberg and Medrea have pieced together the remains of Clouzot’s material—rushes, test shots, and location imagery—and combined it with interviews and contemporary actors reading key scenes. The result weaves together a fascinating document that offers a partial reconstruction of INFERNO while chronicling the visionary production’s disintegration. For anyone interested in French cinema and/or the perils of creative reach: “A dazzling evocation of what may be one of the greatest films never made.”—Sight and Sound.

( 94 min )

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Sat, Oct 16, 2010
at 6:30 PM

WHISKEY WITH VODKA
DIRECTOR: ANDREAS DRESDEN
GERMANY, 2009

A “melancholy comedy” that mixes Woody Allen’s instinct with François Truffaut’s DAY FOR NIGHT themes, Dresden’s “film-within-a-film” is a spirited, knowingly old school celebration of thespian eccentricity and the volatile chemistry of moviemaking. A celebrated actor of a certain age (Henry Hubchen) has become a liability on the set of his new film, a sex farce set in the 1920s. The film’s producer, wanting to protect his investment, insists the director hire a younger actor to re-shoot all the scenes made with the older actor–just in case. But the lead actress was once the older actor’s mistress and is now married to the film’s director. In the complications that ensue as egos duel, no one wants to be the loser, everyone loves the truth, and everybody lies.

( 108 min )

Co-sponsored by the German American Society of Portland as part of October's German Kulturfest Activities.

Following the screening, join us in the Portland Art Museum plaza (below the sculpture gardens) for a free reception with food, refreshments, and live music by Chervona.

Thanks to Goethe Institute, San Francisco.


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Wed, Oct 20, 2010
at 7 PM

THE HORSE BOY
DIRECTOR: MICHEL ORION SCOTT
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—How far would you travel to heal someone you love? THE HORSE BOY follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him. When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, sought the best medical care, but traditional therapies had little effect. Then he and his wife discovered that Rowan had a profound affinity for animals—particularly horses—and the family set off on a Shaman-quest that would change their lives forever. The filmic companion to Isaacson’s best-selling book of the same name, this visually ravishing odyssey suggests that even in life’s most challenging moments, one can still discover a gateway to the possibilities of joy and wonder. “A lyrical, heartbreaking, and deeply stirring meditation on the nature of autism.”—Entertainment Weekly.

( 93 min )

Author Rupert Isaacson will introduce the film.

A Q&A session and book signing will follow the film.


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Fri, Oct 22, 2010
at 7 PM

Sat, Oct 23, 2010
at 3 PM

OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST
DIRECTOR: MIGUEL GOMES
PORTUGAL, 2008

“Music inspires the rich emotional range and unusual structure of Gomes’ second feature and its intricate mosaic portrait of the late summer concerts and celebrations that unite the remote Portuguese town of Argantil. Playfully interweaving multiple documentary strands—including one featuring Gomes himself struggling with his producer and crew—the film only eventually discovers the extended family band that takes center stage and whose secret desires and fears are channeled deep into their musical performances. Gomes’ fascination with the music and landscape of northern Portugal gives way to a mode of cinematic regionalism that insists on the deep-rooted-ness of its stories within the local customs and culture.”—Harvard Film Archive. “Truly ‘between documentary and fiction,’ sometimes an essay-film, sometimes a family melodrama. What is brilliant is its slippery status, how it slides, without announcing it, from one pole (documentary) to the other (fiction)...”—San Francisco International Film Festival.

( 147 min )

Special thanks to Cristina Garza, FiGa Films; Harvard Film Archive; and Northwest Film Forum.

Sponsored by David Machado, Lauro Kitchen.


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Sat, Oct 23, 2010
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Sun, Oct 24, 2010
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THE FACE YOU DESERVE
DIRECTOR: MIGUEL GOMES
PORTUGAL, 2004

“In his first film, Gomes unleashes a hyperactive and circular search for lost youth that spirals around a group of almost middle-aged Peter Pan men devoted to obscurely ceremonial games with wild, fantastical rules. Sequestered in a cottage deep in the woods, the friends care as intensely for one another as they do for the games that keep them detached from the rest of the world. Gomes’ talent at using music to guide and reinvent narrative and movement within the frame is revealed by the storybook tableaux that recur throughout his delightful film.”—Harvard Film Archive. “The title is derived from the expression, ‘Until the age of thirty, you have the face that God gave you; after that, you have the face you deserve.’ The seven characters are like Snow White’s seven dwarfs. But they are also seven childish sides of Francisco’s character. He shall have to settle up with them one by one to grow up.”—MG. (107 mins.)

PRECEDED BY (Saturday only)

MEANWHILE
DIRECTOR: MIGUEL GOMES
PORTUGAL, 1999

One of Gomes’ most stylistically accomplished early shorts, MEANWHILE is a quirky portrait of a ménage a trois between two soccer teammates and a sultry gamin. Making playful use of off-screen space and a lively soundtrack, romantic comedy is animated by the deadpan humor of delayed reaction. (25 mins.)

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CANTICLE OF ALL CREATURES
DIRECTOR: MIGUEL GOMES
PORTUGAL, 2006

In this humorous yet ardently sincere religious music video about Saint Francis, Gomes fuses the bright kitsch tableaux with the plastic sincerity of a glow-in-the-dark rosary. (24 mins.)

 

Special thanks to Cristina Garza, FiGa Films; Harvard Film Archive; and Northwest Film Forum.

Sponsored by David Machado, Lauro Kitchen.


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Sun, Oct 24, 2010
at 7 PM

CERTIFIABLY YOURS: NEW FILMS FROM THE SCHOOL OF FILM
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Join us as we screen and celebrate the achievements of this year’s matriculating School of Film Certificate Program students and acknowledge the faculty, staff, family, and friends who have supported them. Advised by faculty members Bushra Azzouz and Sue Arbuthnot, the filmmakers will present the short films created as the culminating effort of their studies in the School of Film. The works include Luke Zettler’s THE PROJECTIONISTS, a documentary of today’s film exhibitors as they become the obsolete milkmen of tomorrow; Liz Lewis’ JOANNE & ALLAN, a story of love and abortion; Evan Stroum’s ASTRAY, about the unintended effects of GPS navigation; Diane Michael’s TEACHER TIME, a meditation on teachers’ relation to the demands of time; Jared Liebenau’s FLOATERS, a story of life changes after a bad case of vision spots; Jeffrey Richardson’s DRILL, a documentary about the Oregon National Guard preparing for the unimaginable, one weekend per month; Scott Braucht’s MEL & KATE, a story of letting go and starting over again; and Charles Calabria’s MOMENT TO MOMENT, the profile of a concentration camp survivor and his antidote for hard times.

( 100 min )

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Thu, Oct 28, 2010
at 7 PM

TRIBUTE TO GABRIEL FIGUEROA: THE PEARL
DIRECTOR: EMILIO FERNÁNDEZ
MEXICO, 1947

“John Steinbeck adapted his novel ‘The Pearl’ for the screen prior to its publication in the United States. He knew that Emilio Fernández and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa were the only team that could convey the emotional power hidden between the lines of the calculatedly simplistic dialogue of this story, which recounts a traditional legend of Mexico’s West Coast. A desperately poor Indian fisherman (Pedro Armendáriz) finds an enormous pearl, which he imagines will completely change his life and those of his wife and little son. It does, but not for the better. Rather, the wondrous pearl brings out the greed of his fellow townspeople, setting evil afoot. A black-and-white film in every sense, THE PEARL is a classic tale of a man drawn toward an inexorable fate. Armendáriz is a model, an idea, perhaps, rather than a character, and his ‘simple’ dignity is extraordinarily well used against Figueroa’s haunting skies. This is Figueroa’s, more than Steinbeck’s, pearl.”—Pacific Film Archive.

( 85 min )

Sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico, Portland, in conjunction with the exhibition "Gabriel Figueroa: Cinematographer" at the Oregon Historical Society, on view through October.

Special thanks to Filmoteca de la Unam and Fundacion Televisa.


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Fri, Oct 29, 2010
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Sat, Oct 30, 2010
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FRESH FRENCH SHORTS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
FRANCE, 2009-2010

Our third annual compilation of recent shorts by emerging French directors offers an eclectic selection of narrative, documentary, and animated international prizewinners. Cinema occupies an especially important place in French culture, with a tradition of major government support underwriting production, distribution, and exhibition both inside and outside the country. While established directors find funding for ambitious new feature films, significant investment also goes into short films by new, risk-taking talents that give voice to the diversity of French society and collectively offer both unique insight into French life and opportunity to the next generation of French filmmakers.

( 100 min )

Co-presented with the Alliance Française de Portland.

Join us Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Portland Art Museum’s Andree Stevens room for a pre-film reception sponsored by the Alliance Française de Portland and Le Happy.


Click here for the complete 2010 program, including film titles and descriptions.


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Sat, Oct 30, 2010
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Sat, Oct 30, 2010
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010
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KINGS OF PASTRY
DIRECTOR: D.A. PENNEBAKER, CHRIS HEGEDUS
US, 2010

Sixteen of France’s top pastry chefs compete for the ultimate accolade—the collar of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France—in this delicious, mouth-watering film from esteemed documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (DON’T LOOK BACK, THE WAR ROOM). Taking place every four years, the M.O.F. competition has candidates concoct more than 40 different recipes over the course of three days in a race against the clock. Working side by side in an immaculate Lyon test kitchen, chefs produce everything from perfect cream puffs to immense and immensely fragile sugar sculptures, all under the scrutiny of judges who rate them for taste and artistry, as well as the neatness of their workstation. “Gripping, even for non-foodies. It’s not revealing too much to say that a disaster precipitates some of the pic’s most affecting moments.”—Variety.

In English and French.

( 84 min )

Sponsored by Saint Honore Boulangerie.


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Sun, Oct 31, 2010
at 2:30 PM

HERB AND DOROTHY
DIRECTOR: MEGUMI SASAKI
US, 2008

Two of the best-known and most unusual collectors on the contemporary art scene are Dorothy and Herb Vogel, who assembled one of the largest and most important private collections of minimalist and conceptual art in the world. Limited to their modest salaries as librarian and postal worker, they followed their three cardinal rules of art acquisition: they bought what they liked, what they could afford, and what could fit into their low-ceilinged, one-bedroom, rent-controlled Manhattan apartment. In an age of the commodification of art by wealthy “investors,” Herb and Dorothy offer a rare and uplifting example of people for whom art is about love, not profit. Over five decades the couple has collected 4,000+ works of art (valued in the millions) and developed close friendships with numerous artists—Sol LeWitt, Robert and Sylvia Mangold, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Pat Steir, Lucio Pozzi, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, among many others—all of whom speak thoughtfully and fondly of these passionate patrons. The Portland Art Museum is one of 50 museums in 50 states receiving a selection of 50 works from their collection, which will be on view.

( 91 min )

Dr. Annette Dixon, curator of prints and drawings at the Portland Art Museum, will talk about the exhibition and introduce the film.


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Mon, Nov 1, 2010
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BABETTE’S FEAST
DIRECTOR: GABRIEL AXEL
DENMARK, 1984

GUEST PRESENTER: CHRISTOPHER MATTALIANO—In a remote Danish fishing village in the late 19th century, two aging sisters, Filippa and Martine, devotees of a strict Christian sect, take in Babette, a French woman escaping war in Paris, as their housekeeper and cook. One day, after 14 years of service, Babette wins the lottery and asks to prepare a sumptuous feast for the sisters and their fellow parishioners in gratitude for their kindness. The thought of such decadence makes the faithful fear for their souls, and though they accept Babette’s invitation, they vow not to show any pleasure. But in one of the great sensory sequences captured on film, their resolve fades as they are presented with course after course of gastronomical delights. Through Babette’s transcendent culinary artistry, they discover that food is more than mere sustenance and reestablish their bonds of love and fellowship.

( 102 min )

Tonight’s film is co-presented with the Portland Opera, whose production of HANSEL AND GRETEL, running November 5–13, reinterprets these themes into a deliciously twisted tale.

Christopher Mattaliano, General Director of the Portland Opera, will introduce the film and discuss their new production.


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Tue, Nov 2, 2010
at 7 PM

Tue, Nov 2, 2010
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Wed, Nov 3, 2010
at 7 PM

Wed, Nov 3, 2010
at 9 PM

AROUND A SMALL MOUNTAIN
DIRECTOR: JACQUES RIVETTE
FRANCE, 2009

Rivette’s witty comedy-drama begins with a chance encounter between an Englishwoman, Kate (Jane Birkin), and an Italian traveler, Vittorio (Sergio Castellitto). Learning that Kate is in the Languedoc region to rejoin her family’s traveling circus troupe, Vittorio decides to hang around and discover the delights of the Big Top for himself. When he discovers that Kate—who has just rejoined after a long absence—used to walk the high wire but now fears even entering the ring, he determines to uncover the reason for her stage fright and see her perform again. Long enamored by the theatre (here the performances of clowns and acrobats), Rivette’s airy film “shares a lot of qualities with the director’s best work: a heady sense of play, an air of mystery, and a preoccupation with improvisation as a way for characters to create meaning and shape their own narratives.”—Slant Magazine. “As transporting and graceful as a ride in a balloon.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times.

( 84 min )

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