Northwest Tracking: KOINONIA

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In a post-American, post-civilization era, billions of people have mysteriously vanished. The cities, left in shambles, are now hubs for the ugliest crimes imaginable. Having lost his family, John heads into the woods to find a mythical town called Faraday. Rumors have spread that its residents have technologically adapted themselves beyond normal human capabilities, and he believes they might be able to save him or help him discover where his family has gone. Tortured physically, mentally, and spiritually, and fighting to survive, John discovers the nearly dead Gaby, whom he nurses back to health. As they share stories about how their lives used to be, what they believe happened, and what lies ahead for their survival, belief and memory are put to the test. (94 mins.)

KOINONIA screens Thursday, March 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Italian Style: SUMMERTIME – 35mm print!

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Jane (Katharine Hepburn), a lonely American spinster on vacation in Venice and hoping to find romance, succumbs to a passionate, bittersweet affair with Renato (Rossano Brazzi), a married Italian antique dealer. A visually enchanting valentine to the glories of the city as well as an endearing love story, Jane’s transformation from gloom to joy is echoed in an evolving wardrobe designed by Rosi Gori. A key item is a certain pair of red mules designed by Pompei in 1955 and reproduced in more recent years by Giuseppe Zanotti. “The film had an enormous effect on tourism. I remember the head of a hotel chain coming up to me and saying, ‘We ought to put a monument up to you.’”—David Lean. (102 mins.)

SUMMERTIME screens Sunday, March 15 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Italian Style series.

The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945,” provides the inspiration for this survey of iconic Italian and Italian-set classics from the 1950s and 60s. During this era, Italian fashion, and everything from Italian thought, attitude, and automobiles to food, design, and Vespas, influenced audiences, filmmakers and culture worldwide—especially in the United States. A legacy of alluring films, directors, and stars timelessly endures, still providing inspiration and an unmistakably Italian vision of pop culture cool.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Italian Style: JULIET OF THE SPIRITS – 35mm print!

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The female counterpoint to 8½, Fellini ventures deeply into the surreal as JULIET OF THE SPIRITS explores the repressed desires of a bourgeois housewife, played by Giulietta Masina who stars as a middle-aged woman haunted by hallucinations from her past and subconscious. While her husband philanders, she consults clairvoyants and mediums and escapes into a world of imagination drawn from the “spirits” of her past, present, and future. In an effort to prevent her world from crumbling, she confronts the specters and fantasies that have imprisoned her throughout her life. A lavish and baroque visual spectacle, JULIET boasts Gianni de Venanzo’s brilliant cinematography, a memorable score by Nino Rota, and the opulent fashion designs of Piero Gheradi, who won Oscars for Best Costume Design for LA DOLCE VITA and 8½. Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Picture. (148 mins.)

JULIET OF THE SPIRITS screens Saturday, March 14 at 7pm and Sunday, March 15 at 4pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Italian Style series.

The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945,” provides the inspiration for this survey of iconic Italian and Italian-set classics from the 1950s and 60s. During this era, Italian fashion, and everything from Italian thought, attitude, and automobiles to food, design, and Vespas, influenced audiences, filmmakers and culture worldwide—especially in the United States. A legacy of alluring films, directors, and stars timelessly endures, still providing inspiration and an unmistakably Italian vision of pop culture cool.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Italian Style: L’AVVENTURA – 35mm print!

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Antonioni’s meditation on meaning in modern existence remains an obligatory experience in existential cinema-going. On a yachting trip off Sicily, a woman (Lea Massari) mysteriously disappears during an excursion on a desolate island. Her lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and her friend (Monica Vitti) begin a search, but during the fruitless quest, each slowly becomes enamored with the other and their guilt is soon replaced by passion. L’AVVENTURA is at once a mesmerizing mystery, a thought-provoking study of human behavior—the impermanence of romance, bourgeois boredom, and the ease with which we betray one another—an experiment in the expressive use of landscape, costume, and architecture, and an allegory on the troubled state of postwar Italy. Adriana Berselli’s costumes introduced a modern, understated Italian glamour, blending with the landscape as a key element to understanding the characters and their purposeless lives. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. (143 mins.)

L’AVVENTURA screens Friday, March 13 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Italian Style series.

The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945,” provides the inspiration for this survey of iconic Italian and Italian-set classics from the 1950s and 60s. During this era, Italian fashion, and everything from Italian thought, attitude, and automobiles to food, design, and Vespas, influenced audiences, filmmakers and culture worldwide—especially in the United States. A legacy of alluring films, directors, and stars timelessly endures, still providing inspiration and an unmistakably Italian vision of pop culture cool.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: THE GLOBE AS A GRAPH

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Cotten’s film/music essay examines the average day with the intervention of a little bit of imagination. Through melody, image, color, and natural sound, his film constructs a look at the connecting world we live in—language, growth, time, man, and celebration; city, ocean, discovery, color, and light—in 25 non-linear sections. The music, composed and performed by Cotten, was created simultaneously with the film, underscoring an expression of the intrinsic duality of human perception. Cotten employs a system to create an emotional compass for the viewer using three primary colors: red for dark outlook, yellow for uncertainty, and blue for optimism. (100 mins.)

Director Marcus Cotten will be in attendance.

 

THE GLOBE AS A GRAPH screens Thursday, March 5 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Italian Style: VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR

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Shot by Vanity Fair Correspondent Matt Tyrnauer between 2005 and 2007, VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, offers an intimate and engaging, fly-on-the-wall insight into the personal and business life of one of Italy’s most famous fashion designers, Valentino Garavani. With unprecedented levels of access, we’re drawn into a rarified world of haute couture, glamour, and unabashed excess. Then in the twilight of his years, Valentino and his longtime partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, move regally between exotic locations and events worldwide as they prepare for Valentino’s final show. “At turns touchy and catty, a must-see for fashion-lovers and pop culture addicts alike.”—New York Times Magazine. (90 mins.)

VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR screens Sunday, March 8 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Italian Style series.

The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945,” provides the inspiration for this survey of iconic Italian and Italian-set classics from the 1950s and 60s. During this era, Italian fashion, and everything from Italian thought, attitude, and automobiles to food, design, and Vespas, influenced audiences, filmmakers and culture worldwide—especially in the United States. A legacy of alluring films, directors, and stars timelessly endures, still providing inspiration and an unmistakably Italian vision of pop culture cool.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Italian Style: ROMAN HOLIDAY

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The first Hollywood film to be shot and produced on location in Italy, ROMAN HOLIDAY made Audrey Hepburn an enduring international star and fashion icon. Princess Ann (Hepburn), on a visit to Rome, decides to try to escape her stifling royal identity and head out to see the city incognito. She runs into American reporter Gregory Peck, and love blossoms as they discover the charms of the eternal city in a way that stimulated Italian tourism and fashion consciousness like no film before it. The winner of three Academy Awards for Best Screenplay (Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton), Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn), and Best Costume Design (Edith Head) in collaboration with the Fontana Sisters. (117 mins.)

ROMAN HOLIDAY screens Saturday, March 7 at 7pm and Sunday, March 8 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Italian Style series.

The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945,” provides the inspiration for this survey of iconic Italian and Italian-set classics from the 1950s and 60s. During this era, Italian fashion, and everything from Italian thought, attitude, and automobiles to food, design, and Vespas, influenced audiences, filmmakers and culture worldwide—especially in the United States. A legacy of alluring films, directors, and stars timelessly endures, still providing inspiration and an unmistakably Italian vision of pop culture cool.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Italian Style: LA DOLCE VITA

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Fellini’s emotional travelogue of the soul of modern Rome is a seductive meditation on what was truly meaningful (if anything) for the dusk-to-dawn Italian jet set of the era. Marcello Mastroianni was catapulted into superstar status in America as the sensitive (and Brioni-suited) tabloid reporter juggling the affections of several women (voluptuous movie star Anita Ekberg, icy mistress Anouk Aimée, and neurotic girlfriend Magali Noel) while making the rounds of the spirit-destroying nightlife of the Via Veneto. The film’s costumes–which won Piero Gherardi the Academy Award for Best Costume Design–portray a sophisticated, expensively dressed, and sensually alluring Mastroianni, an elegantly feline Aimée wearing black dresses and cat’s-eye sunglasses, and an impossibly glamorous Ekberg. “I feel that decadence is indispensable to rebirth.”—Fellini. (185 mins.)

LA DOLCE VITA screens Friday, March 6 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Italian Style series.
The Portland Art Museum’s exhibition, “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945,” provides the inspiration for this survey of iconic Italian and Italian-set classics from the 1950s and 60s. During this era, Italian fashion, and everything from Italian thought, attitude, and automobiles to food, design, and Vespas, influenced audiences, filmmakers and culture worldwide—especially in the United States. A legacy of alluring films, directors, and stars timelessly endures, still providing inspiration and an unmistakably Italian vision of pop culture cool.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: CHILDHOOD MACHINE with directors Sean and Christof Whiteman in attendance

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Filmmaking siblings the Whiteman brothers’ off-center comedic style takes flight in this story of a brilliant and enigmatic inventor with limited social skills (Christof Whiteman) who spends his days toiling away in his basement workshop. His aim is to build his namesake: a childhood machine. He reluctantly offers counsel to a trio of strangers who earn his attention by virtue of their similarly idiosyncratic pursuits. One, a young man (Sean Whiteman) seeks to distill the essence of John Goodman’s character from ROSEANNE: SEASON ONE in an attempt to find the ideal male role model. Another, a young woman, organizes against the notion of memory in an effort to redefine its influence within her own life. And then there’s the middle-aged man who wants to live the simple life of a squirrel. Will the machine work? Does it matter? (99 mins.)

Directors Sean and Christof Whiteman will be in attendance.

 

CHILDHOOD MACHINE screens Thursday, March 5 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

PIFF After Dark: DARKNESS BY DAY

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“In an a old house in a tiny village, Virginia is left alone after her father leaves to check on his ill niece. That is, until her cousin Anabel, who also seems to be under the weather, is brought and left with her. Thankful for another person to talk to, Virginia makes every effort to keep Anabel comfortable and to bond with her. Anabel sleeps most of the day, and at night can be found wandering the woods alone. The radio reports a rabies outbreak in the remote region of Argentina where the women are holed up. In this perpetual shadow of impending doom, Virginia and her cousin are left to face the darkness of things to come.”—Fantastic Fest. Winner, Best Director (horror feature) at Fantastic Fest.

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DARKNESS BY DAY screens Saturday, February 21 at 10:30pm at the Hollywood Theatre as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.


The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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