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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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Special Screenings


Tue, Nov 16, 2010
at 7 PM

DDR/DDR
DIRECTOR: AMIE SIEGEL
US, 2008

VISITING ARTIST—A graduate of Bard and the Art Institute of Chicago, Siegel is a professor in Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Her compelling installations and single screen works, which she refers to as “cine constellations,” examine the nature of objectivity and historical memory. DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), her most recent film essay, is a multi-layered and disarmingly beautiful mosaic on the Republic and its dissolution, which left many of its former citizens adrift in their newfound freedom. Featured at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, it weaves together mundane Stasi surveillance footage, interviews with psychoanalysts, and lolling shots of derelict state radio stations as it meditates on history, memory, and the shared technologies of state control and art. Siegel’s search for a lost country reveals the lingering ghosts of the past to be still very much in the minds of both the older and younger generations living in the now-unified nation. (135 mins.)

Amie Siegel will introduce her film.


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Fri, Nov 19, 2010
at 6 PM

Sat, Nov 20, 2010
at 4 PM

Sun, Nov 21, 2010
at 4 PM

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CARLOS
DIRECTOR: OLIVIER ASSAYAS
FRANCE / GERMANY, 2010

Based on the audacious, real-life 1975 kidnapping of OPEC oil ministers by the notorious revolutionary terrorist popularly known as Carlos the Jackal, Assayas (SUMMER HOURS) has crafted one of the film events of the year—an engrossing, skillfully nerve-racking immersion into the world of high stakes politics and stealthy intrigue. Edgar Ramirez (CHE) inhabits the title role with disarming charisma, while Assayas’ creative vision unfolds in striking sequences set in more than a dozen countries. A sensation at the Cannes Film Festival (an edited, 2-1/2 hour version of the film will also be released), the uncut version (5-1/2 hours) is a truly immersive experience. “An astonishing film ... It takes on biography, international politics, terrorism, history, religion, sex, and much more, and handles all the issues with staggering dexterity, intelligence, and skill. It’s terrific.”—Todd McCarthy, indieWIRE. (319 mins. with short intermission)

In French, English, Spanish, German, and Arabic.


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Fri, Dec 3, 2010
at 7 PM

Sat, Dec 4, 2010
at 7 PM

Sun, Dec 5, 2010
at 7 PM

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DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR
DIRECTOR: JAAK KILMI
ESTONIA / FINLAND, 2009

Disco was accused of a lot during its brief reign, but did it cause the collapse of the Soviet Union? Kilmi’s witty and original film posits that American soap operas and disco dancing had as much to do with the Soviet Union’s demise as did any political movement. For young Estonians growing up under the repressive thumb of Soviet ideology in the 1970s and ’80s, the only images of the West they saw came in the form of pirated television signals from powerful transmitters in Finland. But the impact of these images was life-changing. Once Estonians beheld “Dallas,” disco, racy soft porn, and “Knight Rider,” not to mention supermarkets full of goods unavailable to them, there was no turning back. DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR playfully tells the story of a strange, subversive information war where totalitarian control met easy defeat against the heroes and insidious pleasures of capitalist popular culture. (80 mins.)

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Wed, Dec 8, 2010
at 7 PM

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THE EXILES
DIRECTOR: KENT MACKENZIE
US, 1961

FACULTY PRESENTER: BRIAN LINDSTROM—Tonight we welcome School of Film instructor and filmmaker Brian Lindstrom (FINDING NORMAL, ALIEN BOY) to introduce one of his favorite films, recently restored for release by author Sherman Alexie and filmmaker Charles Burnett. “THE EXILES is a long-talked about but little seen documentary that proudly carries on the tradition, practiced so well by Lionel Rogosin in ON THE BOWERY, of using real people as actors in stories based on the vivid, personal details of their own lives. In 1957, Mackenzie began interviewing Native Americans in the once glorious, but by then decaying, Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. The interviewees transformed their experiences first into a screenplay and then onto the screen itself as they portrayed themselves in re-enacted scenes from their lives. ‘I always wanted to go someplace where somebody will make me feel different, make me feel happy,’ says a young woman in the film. Says a young man: ‘We want to get out there and just be free.’ These raw, big-hearted searches for home, freedom, and self infuse THE EXILES with a haunted and poignant magic reminiscent of Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans.’”—BL. (72 mins.)

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Sat, Dec 11, 2010
at 4 PM

Sun, Dec 12, 2010
at 4 PM

Wed, Dec 15, 2010
at 7 PM

Thu, Dec 16, 2010
at 7 PM

Sat, Dec 18, 2010
at 4 PM

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2010 BRITISH ADVERTISING AWARDS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
GREAT BRITAIN, 2009-2010

The British Television Advertising Awards’ annual collection of television and cinema commercials showcases what many in advertising and film consider the best work in this field in the world. This year’s eclectic mix of dry British comedy, cinematic and digital bravura, hard-hitting PSAs, and new twists on long-running campaigns reveals again that humor and innovation in advertising go on unabated. Thanks again to BTAA, London, for this always entertaining crash course on the marriage of advertising and film, art and commerce. (90 mins.)

With community support from Portland Advertising Federation.


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Fri, Dec 17, 2010
at 7 PM

Fri, Dec 17, 2010
at 9 PM

Sat, Dec 18, 2010
at 7 PM

Sat, Dec 18, 2010
at 9 PM

Sun, Dec 19, 2010
at 5 PM

Sun, Dec 19, 2010
at 7 PM

Mon, Dec 20, 2010
at 7 PM

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EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF
DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD
FRANCE / SWITZERLAND, 1979

Love, sex, work (capitalism), and the nature of cinema are complexly intertwined in a visually stunning work which Godard considered his “second first film” after taking most of the decade off to work on non-narrative video experiments. It charts the intertwined lives of three characters wrestling with their own wistful existential crises: Paul Godard (Jacques Dutronc), a filmmaker whose marriage is on the rocks; his ex-girlfriend Denise Rimbaud (Nathalie Baye), who wants to escape to the country; and Isabelle Rivière (Isabelle Huppert), a prostitute who sells her body to lead a free life. Constructed like a piece of music—an arrangement of rhythms, motifs, sounds, and images—the result is “a stunning, original work ... breathtakingly beautiful and often very funny.”—Vincent Canby, New York Times. “A masterpiece of contemporary aimlessness in furious motion. Every image is suffused with such elegant and exquisite insights into what makes the medium interact with its material that the total effect is intoxicating.”—Andrew Sarris, Village Voice. (87 mins.)

Dr. Lee Shershow of Oregon Psychoanalytic Center will introduce the showing on Sunday at 7 p.m., and facilitate a Q&A session.


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Wed, Dec 22, 2010
at 7 PM

Thu, Dec 23, 2010
at 7 PM

Sun, Dec 26, 2010
at 4:30 PM

Sun, Dec 26, 2010
at 7 PM

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BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO
DIRECTOR: JESSICA ORECK
US, 2009

In most of the Western world, bugs engender fear and avoidance, but in Japan, they are the object of deep fascination and honor. Oreck’s (an entomologist at the Museum of Natural History in New York) engaging film ponders the Japanese’s philosophic reverence for insects and their unique place in the culture. Along with capturing fireflies appearing on schedule at tourist sites, bug-hunters as they trap exotic species, insect fairs, and children delighting in newfound pets and vending machine toy replicas, Oreck explores Japanese history and aesthetics—textiles, architecture, gardening, brush painting, and haiku—reflecting centuries of highly refined appreciation for the tiny and the transient. An alternate perspective on beauty, nature, and life, BEETLE QUEEN is “splendid, enthralling, and fascinating ... a striking, utterly wonderful micro-masterpiece.”—The Austin Chronicle. (90 mins.)

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Wed, Dec 29, 2010
at 7 PM

Thu, Dec 30, 2010
at 9 PM

48TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAM—PROGRAM I
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

America’s oldest and most prestigious festival of independent film is held each year in Ann Arbor, MI. The Festival’s annual touring program offers a wide-ranging compilation of prize-winning experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative films that continue a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema. The first of two programs includes: WEDNESDAY MORNING TWO AM, Lewis Klahr; ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS FROM NEBULA, Chema García Ibarra; MISSED ACHES, Joanna Priestley; FROM THE ARCHIVES OF AN INVENTOR, Stephen Wetzel; PLEASE SAY SOMETHING, David O’Reilly; BLACK RAIN, Semiconductor; TRAVELING FIELDS, Inger Lise Hansen; PORTRAIT #3: HOUSE OF SOUND, Vanessa Renwick; FANTASY SUITE, Kent Lambert; and BEAUTY PLUS PITY, Duke & Battersby. (91 mins.)

Complete film descriptions available at the screening and in advance at www.aafilmfest.org/tour-program.


SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with 48TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAM—PROGRAM II)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Wed, Dec 29, 2010
at 9 PM

Thu, Dec 30, 2010
at 7 PM

48TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAM—PROGRAM II
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

The second half of the program, equally balanced with festival prize winners, includes: FORGOTTEN MECHANISM, Juan Gonzalez; SCENE 32, Shambhavi Kaul; TRIUMPH OF THE WILD, Martha Colburn; SONGS FROM THE SHED, Melika Bass; SLEEPING BEAR, Jack Cronin; TWIST OF FATE, Karen Aqua; VINELAND, Laura Kraning; STILL RAINING, STILL DREAMING, Phil Solomon; and TREES OF SYNTAX, LEAVES OF AXIS, Daichi Saito. (92 mins.)

Complete film descriptions available at the screening and in advance at www.aafilmfest.org/tour-program.


SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with 48TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAM—PROGRAM I)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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