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Special Screenings


Thu, Sep 8, 2011
at 7 PM

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KEIKO, THE UNTOLD STORY
NORTHWEST TRACKING
DIRECTOR: THERESA DEMAREST
US, 2011

VISITING ARTIST—Torn from his family pod at age two, the killer whale known as Keiko spent 14 years in captivity as a tourist attraction before starring in the 1993 blockbuster FREE WILLY. When his millions of new fans realized he was not free like his on-screen character, an international crusade was launched to have him returned to his native waters off Iceland. Yet today, the question of whether or not the mission to return Keiko succeeded continues to frame the debate regarding the dozens of other orcas still held in captivity around the world. Portland filmmaker Theresa Demarest’s probing film reveals what really happened during the last five years in the life of this international icon, presenting never-before-seen footage of Keiko in the wild and candid accounts of his adaptation by his last two caretakers. The film provides fascinating insight into the unique culture of orcas, their ability to survive once taken from their natural environment, and the controversial issues surrounding the treatment of one of nature’s most magnificent creatures. (75 mins.)

Theresa Demarest will introduce the film.


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Fri, Sep 9, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Sep 10, 2011
at 7 PM

Sun, Sep 11, 2011
at 7 PM

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THE CONFORMIST
DIRECTOR: BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI
ITALY, 1970

“In Mussolini’s Italy, Jean-Louis Trintignant’s repressed haut bourgeois Marcello Clerici, trying to purge memories of a youthful, homosexual episode (and murder), joins the Fascists in a desperate attempt to fit in. As the reluctant Judas motors to his personal Gethsemane (the assassination of his leftist mentor, whose Paris address, in a pointed homage, matched Jean-Luc Godard’s real one), he flashes back to a dance party for the blind; an insane asylum in a stadium; and wife Stefania Sandrelli and lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango in a working-class hall. But those are only a few of the anthology pieces of this political thriller. Others include Trintignant’s honeymoon coupling with Sandrelli in a train compartment as the sun sets outside their window; a bimbo lolling on the desk of a Fascist functionary, glimpsed in the recesses of his cavernous office; and a murder victim’s hands leaving bloody streaks on a limousine parked in a wintry forest. Bertolucci’s masterpiece, adapted from the Alberto Moravia novel, boasts an authentic Art Deco look created by production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti, a score by the great Georges Delerue (CONTEMPT, JULES AND JIM), and eye-popping color cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.”—Film Forum. (108 mins.)

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Wed, Sep 14, 2011
at 7 PM

Thu, Sep 15, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Sep 17, 2011
at 4 PM

RUHR
NWFC & PICA PRESENT: TBA ON SCREEN
DIRECTOR: JAMES BENNING
US/GERMANY, 2009

Over a four-decade career, James Benning’s formally demanding films have contemplated both the passage of time and the interface of humanity with the landscape. RUHR, his first digitally shot film and the first film Benning has shot entirely outside the United States, is a stunning meditation on the notion of terra incognita. Faced with the unfamiliar landscape of Germany’s industrial Ruhr Valley, he turns the film into a process of slow discovery that explores duration in a series of masterfully composed shots: a stark grey concrete tunnel with zigzagging light, a factory where steel tubes hypnotically jostle across the frame, the blasting of graffiti from a Richard Serra sculpture, and trees outlying the Düsseldorf airport as if kneeling in a mosque. The final shot of a monolithic tower belching billows of steam to the sound of a siren invites a host of associations, from Warhol to contemporary catastrophes. Rigorous, radical, and frighteningly beautiful, RUHR assures its place among the cinematic industrial sublime. (121 mins.)

Co-presented with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.


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Fri, Sep 16, 2011
at 7 PM

Fri, Sep 16, 2011
at 9 PM

Sat, Sep 17, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Sep 17, 2011
at 9 PM

Sun, Sep 18, 2011
at 7 PM

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BLANK CITY
DIRECTOR: CELINE DANHIER
US, 2010

In the late 1970s, New York City’s East Village was a hotbed of collaboration between “underground” filmmakers, experimental musicians, and ground-breaking performance artists. Working with virtually no budgets in a city embroiled in economic recession and street-level stress, they created some of the most daring work of their generation. Stark hole-in-the-wall screening rooms abounded, manifestos circulated, and Jim Jarmusch, Nick Zedd, and Amos Poe debuted their early works in the short-lived but profoundly influential “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements. Danhier’s energetic and encyclopedic film chronicles the history of this rich but gritty era with key film clips and interviews with such luminaries as Jarmusch, Zedd, Poe, John Waters, Steve Buscemi, Lydia Lunch, Lizzie Borden, Eric Mitchell, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Bette Gordon, Glenn O’Brien, and John Lurie. It offers a look back to life in a time and a place lost to gentrification and commercialization in the ’80s but which lives on in a still-thriving tradition of avant-garde art. (94 mins.)

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Thu, Sep 22, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Sep 24, 2011
at 4:30 PM

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BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD
DIRECTOR: LIZ GARBUS
US, 2011

Considered by many to be the world’s greatest chess player, Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) personified the link between genius and madness. His trajectory propelled him from child prodigy to world chess champion at age 29 and then into a nosedive of delusions and paranoia. Fischer was a recluse for decades before resurfacing for a bizarre final chapter as a fugitive. A loner with no familial support, Fischer had to defend his title while representing his country against intimidating Russians during the Cold War and equally intimidating media attention for which he was ill-equipped. The final project of late, Portland-born film editor Karen Schmeer, Errol Morris’ longtime collaborator, Garbus’ film exposes the disturbingly high price Fischer paid to achieve his legendary success. (93 mins.)

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Fri, Sep 23, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Sep 24, 2011
at 7 PM

Sun, Sep 25, 2011
at 4:30 PM

Mon, Sep 26, 2011
at 6:30 PM

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WORLD ON A WIRE
DIRECTOR: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER
GERMANY, 1973/2010

Virtually unseen since its original broadcast in Germany due to copyright issues, Fassbinder’s prescient cyberpunk vision is an adaptation of Daniel F. Galouye’s 1964 American novel “Simulacron-3,” also known as “The Counterfeit World.” Concerned with the illusory nature of reality and the subjectivity of perception, the story follows scientist Fred Stiller who becomes enmeshed in an enormous computer simulation project made up of “identity units” with human thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, created in order to predict the real-world needs of the future. In Fassbinder’s words, WORLD ON A WIRE is “a very beautiful story that depicts a world where one is able to make projections of people using a computer. And of course this leads to the uncertainty of whether someone himself is a projection, since in the virtual world projections resemble reality. Perhaps another, larger world has made us as a virtual one? In this sense, it deals with the old philosophical model, which here takes on a certain horror.” With its dazzling reflected, refracted, and fragmented images (shot by Michael Ballhaus), Fassbinder “subverts the material with characteristic elements of camp, pastiche, and Sirkian melodrama, lending the film his distinctive sensibility ... a beguilingly eccentric fusion of styles as well as a breathtaking visual achievement.”—Tribeca Film Festival. “Deliciously entertaining and laconically unsettling, a visual and visionary Platonic puzzle with a devious master puppeteer at the strings.”—Cinematheque Ontario. (205 mins. + 15 mins.)

Digitally restored by the Museum of Modern Art.


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Thu, Sep 29, 2011
at 7 PM

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WINDS OF HEAVEN
NORTHWEST TRACKING
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL OSTROFF
CANADA, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—Canadian painter Emily Carr (1871-1945) was one of Canada’s great artists, heavily influenced by the indigenous peoples of the Northwest coast and the power of the forests and landscapes of British Columbia. Ostroff’s filmic journey explores the deep, brooding mystery and inner beauty of Carr’s post-impressionist work and offers a lyrical, entertaining portrait of an influential life, time, and spirit which today lives on through the renowned Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. “Carr struggled to be accepted at a time when few women painted. The film smartly tackles the many-layered issues that arise from Carr’s appreciation of native culture and her own artistic approach to it, including the issue of appropriation. An inspiring story of an artist who struggled and fought hard not to give in to dismay and disappointment … a lovely reminder about the importance of stepping away from the politics of culture and just looking at the art.”—Globe and Mail, Toronto. (87 mins.)

Michael Ostroff will introduce the film.


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Sun, Oct 9, 2011
at 7 PM

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ALLEN GINSBERG
DIRECTOR: JERRY ARONSON
US, 1994

VISITING ARTIST—Jerry Aronson spent ten years accumulating more than 120 hours of film to fashion his comprehensive, award-winning portrait of Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), the visionary poet and founding father of the Beat generation. A key inspiration of the American counterculture of the second half of the 20th century with groundbreaking poems such as “Howl” and “Kaddish,” Ginsberg was a spiritually and sexually liberated ambassador for tolerance and enlightenment, energetically using his poetry for both personal expression and in his fight for a more interesting and open society. (100 mins.)

Jerry Aronson will introduce the film and will also appear at Wordstock on October 8.


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Fri, Oct 28, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Oct 29, 2011
at 2 PM

FRESH FRENCH SHORTS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
FRANCE, 2010-2011

Our 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 offer unique insight into French life. (100 mins.)

Click here for the complete 2011 program, including film titles and descriptions.

Join us Friday, October 28 at 6 p.m. in the Portland Art Museum’s Andrée Stevens Room for a pre-film reception sponsored by the Alliance Française de Portland and Le Happy.

Co-presented with the Alliance Française de Portland.


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Sat, Oct 29, 2011
at 6:30 PM

Sun, Oct 30, 2011
at 5 PM

THE RULES OF THE GAME
DIRECTOR: JEAN RENOIR
FRANCE, 1939

The “game” is life: Renoir and cinematographer Henri Cartier-Bresson paint a broad, satiric canvas taking as the subject the foibles of bourgeois French society. At a weekend hunting party on the eve of World War II, amorous and foolish escapades abound among the aristocratic guests and the servants in a Gallic “Upstairs, Downstairs.” The refusal of one guest to play by society’s rules sparks a chain of events that ends in tragedy, providing, in Renoir’s words, a “dramatic fantasy” of “a rich, complex society ... dancing on a volcano.” (106 mins.)

New 35mm print.


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Sat, Oct 29, 2011
at 9 PM

Sun, Oct 30, 2011
at 7:15 PM

FILM SOCIALISME
DIRECTOR: JEAN-LUC GODARD
FRANCE, 2010

Godard’s latest film provocation addresses the decline of Western civilization—and its Babel-like confluence of cultures and languages—within the contexts of a polyglot cruise liner traversing the Mediterranean and a family that runs a service station in provincial France. Divided into three discrete parts, Godard weaves together philosophical texts, documentary footage, and scenes from classic films to fashion a dissonant, non-narrative meditation open to any number of interpretations. And interpret you must. As in all of his films, social, political, economic, and cinematic history coalesce and collide with sparks intended to rattle, if not impassion. “I was impressed not only by the film’s singularly fresh, daring, and often beautiful employments of sound and image, but also by its tenderness towards virtually all the contemporary characters and figures in the film (including the many animals).”—Jonathan Rosenbaum. (101 mins.)

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Sun, Nov 6, 2011
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, visiting artists, staff, family, and friends who have supported them. Each filmmaker will present the short film that they have created as the culminating effort of their studies. These “final projects” showcase the skill and voice that each individual has developed over the years through class exercises, visiting artist sessions, group projects, and extra-curricular pursuits. Advised by faculty member Andy Blubaugh, the filmmakers have also received the counsel of visiting artists Phoebe Owens, Erin Donovan, and Holly Brix in crafting their works.

Works include YES by Thomas B. O'Cain, INTERMEDIATE by Taylor Johnston, MINOR CONCESSIONS by Brooks Nelson, A PIECE OF WORK by Noah Hale, UNREQUITED by Andrew Price, ROSSUM  by Michael Roberson, CENTURY FARM  by Melissa Gregory Rue, CONNECTEDNESS DISCONNECTEDNESS by Laura Shepherd, TAZ AND CAVE MAN by Rale Sidebottom, THE NEW DEBUTANTES by Jarratt Taylor, and THIN ROOFTOPS by Alvaro Torres. (100 mins.)

FREE ADMISSION

Join us at 6 p.m. in the Portland Art Museum’s Andrée Stevens Room for a reception honoring the filmmakers.


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