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Special Screenings


Fri, Apr 5, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, Apr 6, 2013
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 7, 2013
at 5 PM

Sun, Apr 7, 2013
at 7 PM

THE BEST OF THE OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Celebrating its 36th anniversary this year, Ottawa is one of the world’s premier showcases for new animation. The entertaining “Best of Ottawa” program presents 11 festival award winners, audience favorites, and other innovative entries in a wide variety of genres and forms. The program includes: BALLPIT (Kyle Mowat, Canada), A MORNING STROLL (Grant Orchard, Great Britain), THE GREAT RABBIT (Atsushi Wada, France/Japan), SUNNY AFTERNOON (Thomas Renoldner, Austria), NIGHTINGALES IN DECEMBER (Theodore Ushev, Canada), THUNDER RIVER (Pierre Hébert, Canada), I AM TOM MOODY (Ainslie Henderson, Great Britain), GUM (Noam Sussman, Canada), PRIMUS “LEE VAN CLEEF” (Chris Smith, US), JUNKYARD (Hisko Hulsing, Netherlands/Belgium), and UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA (Carlo Vogele, Luxembourg/US). (75 mins.)

Content not appropriate for children.

Sponsored by LAIKA and ASIFA Northwest.


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Fri, Apr 5, 2013
at 8:45 PM

Sat, Apr 6, 2013
at 8:45 PM

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THALE
DIRECTOR: ALEKSANDER L. NORDAAS
NORWAY, 2012

The witty and entertaining THALE is based on a mythical female character in Nordic folklore called the “huldra”—a beautiful creature living deep in the woods that seduces men with her songs and is recognizable by her long flowing hair and cow’s tail. According to legend, it’s best not to make a huldra mad. In Nordaas’s imaginative turn on the tale, Elvis and Leo are childhood friends who work together cleaning macabre crime scenes and removing the human remains left behind. Sent to a remote house in the woods to collect the body of an old man who was apparently torn apart by wolves, the pair discover a hidden door and a wild, frightened young woman named Thale, the secret captive of her deceased guardian. They soon discover that others are interested in Thale too … “A nutty Norwegian mash-up of drollery, myth, and jolts to the nervous system, THALE does a deft dance between gross-out comedy and horror fantasy.”—Variety (76 mins.)

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Mon, Apr 15, 2013
at 7 PM

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RECONVERSÃO
DIRECTOR: THOM ANDERSEN
PORTUGAL, 2012

The Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2011 and one of Portugal’s most famous contemporary artists, is the subject of Andersen’s latest documentary work—a film which puts forth a dialectic of time and space through both subject and investigative means, combining the techniques of Eadweard Muybridge with hyperreal digital imagery. A commission for the Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival in northern Portugal, RECONVERSÃO finds Andersen working digitally for the first time in his career, in collaboration with cinematographer and filmmaker Peter Bo Rappmund (PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY, TECTONICS), a former protégé from CalArts where Andersen teaches. RECOVERSÃO also features voiceover narration of Souto de Moura’s writings by frequent collaborator Encke King (LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF). “Andersen’s formal confluence with his subject has the perhaps unintended effect of pointing up the one place where this movie, like all others, must split with architecture: it can never become a ruin, can never become just another piece of the natural world. But if cinema remains outside this cycle, it nonetheless offers the possibility for the purest realization of Souto de Moura’s supposition that framing might redeem even the most abject aspects of reality; in the movies, as in built spaces, as in life, it’s the awareness of looking—from where, at what—that defines a moment’s richness.”—Phil Coldiron, Moving Image Source (70 mins.)

Co-presented with Yale Union as the final screening in YU’s survey of the films of Thom Andersen and Morgan Fisher, which runs March 30 to April 15. Thanks to Robert Snowden and Lucas Quigley, co-curators of the series.


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Tue, Apr 16, 2013
at 7:30 PM

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THE BURNING PLAIN
DIRECTOR: GUILLERMO ARRIAGA
US, 2008

VISITING ARTIST—In his debut feature as director, Arriaga—who will present the film tonight as part of a series of Oregon screenings organized by the Cinema Pacific Film Festival—builds on the multi-faceted approach to storytelling he brought to his celebrated scripts for AMORES PERROS, 21 GRAMS, BABEL, and THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA. Shot in part in Portland and Coos Bay, THE BURNING PLAIN is an ensemble drama following several characters in different times and places: an Oregon woman trying to reconcile with her mother after a traumatic childhood, two teenagers trying to save their parents in a New Mexico border town, a young girl on a journey of redemption, and a couple dealing with their extramarital affair. Sylvia (Charlize Theron), Mariana (18-year-old Jennifer Lawrence in her first starring role), and Gina (Kim Basinger) are the central female characters who suffer from damaged pasts. Beautifully shot by the great cinematographer Robert Elswit (THERE WILL BE BLOOD), Arriaga’s intricate writing weaves together the intercut storylines in continuously dramatic fashion. (107 mins.)

Co-presented with the Cinema Pacific Film Festival in Eugene, April 17-20, with support from the Consulate General of Mexico in Portland.


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Sat, Apr 20, 2013
at 12 PM

Sun, Apr 21, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE LITTLE FUGITIVE
DIRECTOR: RAY ASHLEY, MORRIS ENGEL
US, 1953

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Story and winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, THE LITTLE FUGITIVE follows a seven-year-old Brooklyn boy named Joey (Richie Andrusco) who runs away to Coney Island after being tricked into thinking he has killed his older brother Lennie (Richard Brewster). Joey’s adventures and Lennie’s search for his lost little brother make for a charming, colorful adventure that chronicles 1950s New York in perfect detail. From the view under the boardwalk to a summer storm that clears the beach, Engel’s camera never fails to register magical, atmospheric moments. Praised by John Cassavetes and François Truffaut—the latter of whom said, “Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn’t been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with his fine movie”—this overlooked independent landmark has been newly restored on 35mm by the Museum of Modern Art with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Film Foundation, and the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Fund. (80 mins.)

Richard Andrusco, star of the film, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A session.


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Sat, Apr 20, 2013
at 8 PM

LIVE WIRE! GOES TO THE MOVIES
Food for Thought Festival Special Event

The Northwest Film Center is pleased to host this special evening produced by the Food For Thought Festival to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. Film, from script to screen, is the focus as OPB Radio variety show Live Wire! brings its unique, lively approach to an eclectic evening for film lovers. Tonight’s guests include Portland screenwriter Mike Rich (FINDING FORRESTER, THE ROOKIE, SECRETARIAT); Amy Ephron, Columbia Pictures production alumna and director of the short film CHLOE@3AM; Yael Kohen, author of WE KILLED: THE RISE OF WOMEN IN AMERICAN COMEDY; and composer Mark Orton (THE GOOD GIRL, SWEET LAND, BUCK), who will show how a film’s music can make or break a scene. This is a live show only and will not be taped for broadcast. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank!

Admission: $12

Tickets and updated program information available at www.foodforthoughtpdx.org.


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Sun, Apr 21, 2013
at 4 PM

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IMITATION OF LIFE
DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS SIRK
US, 1959

Based on Fannie Hurst’s best-selling novel about race, gender, and materialism in 1950s America, Sirk’s IMITATION OF LIFE is high studio melodrama with a capital “M” and was also the inspiration for Todd Haynes’s style homage FAR FROM HEAVEN. Two mothers discover that success is not necessarily the key to happiness, particularly when it comes between a mother and her child. Actress Lora Meredith (Lana Turner in an all-out performance) claws her way to stardom only to realize that the daughter (Sandra Dee) she has neglected for years is now a stranger to her and, painfully, her rival for the love of a younger man (John Gavin). At the same time, her loyal African-American housekeeper/de facto nanny (Juanita Moore) finds herself rejected by her own light-skinned daughter (Susan Kohner) who struggles to pass for white. “I tried to make it into a picture of social consciousness—not only of a white social consciousness but of a Negro one too. Both white and black are leading imitated lives.”—Douglas Sirk (125 mins.)

At 2 p.m., prior to the screening, Singaporean media artist Ming Wong will do a live performance and artist talk at the University of Oregon’s White Stag Block via Skype to complement his two-city exhibition “Emotion Pictures,” on view at the White Box Gallery and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene. Wong’s performance will play off his installation “Life of Imitation,” inspired by the film.

Co-sponsored by the White Box Gallery and the University of Oregon’s Cinema Pacific Film Festival.


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Wed, Apr 24, 2013
at 6 PM

40TH ANNUAL STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS: REGION ONE FINALS

Each year the Northwest Film Center conducts the regional jurying of entries submitted for the annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® Student Academy Awards. Region one (of three) includes students from colleges and universities in the Western states vying for a regional award, thereby qualifying for advancement to the national finalists’ competition in Los Angeles juried by Academy members. This open screening is a unique opportunity to assess the quality of work—narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental—out of the top film schools on the West Coast. Whether you’re a prospective film school student, parent, filmmaker, or film lover, the night is always full of surprises and discovery. (180 mins.)

Free admission.


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Fri, Apr 26, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, Apr 27, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE SHINING
DIRECTOR: STANLEY KUBRICK
US/GREAT BRITAIN, 1980

Adapting Stephen King’s best-selling horror novel, Kubrick cast Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, an out-of-work teacher who accepts employment as the winter caretaker of the haunted Overlook Hotel. After settling in with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd), Jack slowly discovers that the hotel has its own terrifying agenda. Jack’s degeneration from begrudging husband/father to murderous animal allows Kubrick to deftly subvert preconceptions of masculinity and patrimony while crafting one of the scariest films ever made. (119 mins.)

From April 12-18, Cinema 21 is playing the new documentary ROOM 237, a dive into the world of THE SHINING’s ardent fans and scholars and their divergent claims of having decoded the film’s hidden symbolism and secret messages—genocide, government conspiracies, dark hidden history, and more. Perhaps time to take a fresh look at a Kubrick classic!


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Mon, Apr 29, 2013
at 7 PM

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB
DIRECTOR: GREG JACOBS, JON SISKEL
US, 2011

VISITING ARTIST—Chicago's "Louder than a Bomb" (LTAB) draws more than 600 high school students from 60 schools from all over the city's diverse neighborhoods to compete in what is now the largest youth poetry slam competition in the world. Rather than emphasizing individual performances, however, LTAB is unique in judging teams, not individuals, forcing participants to work collaboratively with their peers. For many kids, being a part of such an environment is life-changing. In the tradition of SPELLBOUND and WORDPLAY, this irresistibly gripping film gives us an inside look at four teams (and their star "slammers") as they compete for the top prize. But behind the engrossing competitive fervor lies the film's true spirit: a warm celebration of a group of talented young poets finding their voice as they pour their angst, frustrations, hopes, and insecurities out through raw, unfiltered words. (99 mins.)

Content is suitable for ages 13 and up.

Slam poet Lamar Jorden, the star of the film and charismatic organizer of Chicago's Louder Than a Bomb festival, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A session.


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Sat, May 18, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, May 18, 2013
at 9 PM

Sun, May 19, 2013
at 7 PM

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TRISTANA
DIRECTOR: LUIS BUÑUEL
SPAIN/FRANCE/ITALY, 1970

Buñuel employs the beautiful Catherine Deneuve in a chilling surrealist horror story of individuals destroyed by the moral codes of a corrupt society. Set in Toledo, Spain in the 1920s, an innocent orphan girl is seduced by the aristocratic Don Lope, her Mephistophelean old guardian (Fernando Ray), whom she eventually comes to surpass in cynicism and perversity. Full of Freudian imagery and dark, outrageous humor, TRISTANA is “nothing less than the quintessential Buñuel film of all time ... Never before has Deneuve’s beauty seemed more precise and enigmatic.”—Vincent Canby, The New York Times. “[The] scenes have an almost hypnotic power because Buñuel himself finds their images so fascinating … He is having at our subconscious like a surgeon.”—Roger Ebert (95 mins.)

Newly restored to its original glory by the Cohen Film Collection and Filmoteca Española, Madrid.


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Thu, May 23, 2013
at 7 PM

Fri, May 24, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, May 25, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
DIRECTOR: RAOUL WALSH
US, 1924

One of the most thrilling epics of the silent era and Douglas Fairbanks’s personal favorite, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD shows him at the top of his charming, acrobatic game. Adapted from ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, the story revolves around a thief (Fairbanks) who falls in love with the daughter (Julanne Johnston) of the Caliph of Bagdad. So overcome with love that he refuses to be deceptive about his true identity, Fairbanks’s thief still has the chance to win the fair maiden by bringing back the world’s rarest treasures. Thus begins a rousing fantasy replete with flying carpets, winged horses, and underwater sea monsters. Exquisite camerawork and lavish sets by William Cameron Menzies support early special effects to make a wildly entertaining spectacle. Inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996 and voted one of the top ten classic American films by the American Film Institute in 2008, the film’s new digital restoration and score by Carl Davis (NAPOLEON) make it look like yesterday. (149 mins.)

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Thu, May 30, 2013
at 7 PM

Sun, Jun 2, 2013
at 4:45 PM

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BEL BORBA AQUI
DIRECTOR: BURT SUN, ANDRE COSTANTINI
BRAZIL, 2012

He’s known fondly as “The People’s Picasso.” For the past 35 years, Bel Borba has been transforming his 500-year-old hometown of Salvador, Brazil with an amazing and vast array of works of public art. Using paint, sand, tiles, clay, metal, wood, and just about anything else he comes across, Bel Borba makes art that is a natural extension of his exuberantly theatrical personality. He remakes an abandoned building by using its steel beams to fashion a façade of faces. An airplane makes a surface on which to paint a plane-sized fish. Coke bottles are fashioned into a huge charming dog, and unsuspecting, unadorned surfaces are canvases crying out for transformation. Set to the rhythms of Brazil, BEL BORBA AQUI introduces a one-man force who breathes new life into the city he loves through his art. “Not unlike an urban Andy Goldsworthy, Borba speaks with keen perspicacity about embracing Bahian folklore.”—Time Out New York (95 mins.)

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Fri, May 31, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, Jun 1, 2013
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Sun, Jun 2, 2013
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BECOMING TRAVIATA
DIRECTOR: PHILIPPE BÉZIAT
FRANCE, 2012

“The title of Philippe Béziat’s lovely film about the staging of Verdi’s masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France could be said to have a double meaning. On the one hand, it refers to Met Opera favorite Natalie Dessay as she hones her articulation, gestures, and movements on her way to incarnating Violetta, Verdi’s tragic courtesan. On the other, it captures the wonder that opera is: the way in which so many elements—musical, vocal, dramatic, choreographic, scenographic—come together to create a single aesthetic experience. Much more than a backstage look at the contemporary staging of a classic, the film captures the highly detailed work of director Jean-François Sivadier and musical director Louis Langrée, lingering over notes and lyrics, trying to get the expression of their meaning to be as precise as possible, and the efforts by the singers to integrate their own performances into the production’s overall vision.”—New York Film Festival (120 mins.)

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