Wes’s World: François Truffaut’s JULES AND JIM on 35mm!

Jules and Jim

One of the French New Wave’s great period pieces and one of Truffaut’s greatest love stories, JULES AND JIM offers a nostalgic look at a ménage à trois that begins before World War I and concludes with the outbreak of National Socialism. In between these landmark historical events, this magical adaptation of the Henri-Pierre Roche novel takes shape. The story of two men who share a romantic relationship with the same woman is based on Truffaut’s reflection that “the couple is not a satisfying concept, but is there an alternative?” Starring Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, and Jeanne Moreau, the film is a lyrical character study that celebrates freedom, love, loyalty, and life at its most passionate and tragic. (105 mins.)

JULES AND JIM screens Sunday, July 13 in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Wes’s World: RUSHMORE on 35mm – w/ special guest Shawn Levy at the 7/12 screening!

Rushmore pic

RUSHMORE was Anderson’s first commercial and critical breakthrough, earning its place as one of the key works of the American independent film movement of the 1990s. The memorable protagonist is extracurricular overachiever but academic underachiever Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a clever yet bumbling student at the prestigious, private Rushmore Academy. As Max attempts to romance Ms. Cross (Olivia Williams), a recently widowed teacher at Rushmore, he falls in with tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and the three find themselves embarking on one of the most ill-fated love triangles ever put to film. While Max begins as a confident, know-it-all teen, the film’s examination of youthful alienation, misplaced desire, and subsequent growth ushers him into something more closely resembling adulthood. (93 mins.)

Shawn Levy, author and film critic for KGW, will introduce the film on Saturday evening.

 

RUSHMORE screens Saturday, July 12 at 7pm and Sunday, July 13 at 4:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Wes’s World: HAROLD AND MAUDE on 35mm!

Harold-and-Maude

A classic of the much-mythologized New American Cinema of the 1970s, HAROLD AND MAUDE follows Harold (Bud Cort), a moneyed yet death-obsessed 19-year-old, and Maude (Ruth Gordon), a lively 79-year-old, who fall in love after meeting at a stranger’s funeral. Harold can’t enjoy life; his mother (Vivian Pickles) forces him into dates with women his own age, but he finds increasingly creative ways to shrug them off. Through a series of off-the-wall teachings, Maude shows Harold what it means to be happy and how to make the most of life. But as this unconventional relationship blooms and Harold announces his intention to marry Maude, one of her firmly held beliefs threatens to cut short their time together. (91 mins.)

HAROLD AND MAUDE screens Saturday, July 12 at 4:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: AN EVENING WITH ORLAND NUTT w/ Orland Nutt in attendance

Orland Nutt

Portland’s Orland Nutt is a prolific filmmaker whose uniquely accessible experimental short works burst with an otherworldly sprightliness, humor, and charm. Tonight, Nutt will share selections from over a decade of work and premiere his latest, BEAR OF HEAVEN (2014), which features stop-motion animation, a miniature paper set, a choreographed performance of a poem, and contributions from many Portland friends. Among the older highlights are: ESCALATOR MEDITATION (2003), an early abstract work; video letter movies from his DEAR PETER (2008-2012) series, which intimately share his worldview; and selections from his visually ornate poetry series including I AM INTO YOUR FIRE (2011), where odd characters perform poems in fantastical settings. (90 mins.)

Director Orland Nutt will introduce the films.

 

AN EVENING WITH ORLAND NUTT screens Thursday, July 10 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.

Kaleidoscopic Visions: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES – Brand New DCP Restoration!

Grave of the Fireflies

Helmed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES ranks among the greatest achievements of Japanese anime. The story follows two young siblings as they travel through the war-ravaged Japanese countryside searching for shelter after the bombing of their home and demise of their mother, in a supremely mournful film that calls into question what is sacrificed when nations clash. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert championed the film, calling it “an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation” and adding it to his running list of “The Great Movies.” (89 mins.)

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES screens Sunday, July 6 at 4:30pm and Wednesday, July 9 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Kaleidoscopic Visions: Animation Classics series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Kaleidoscopic Visions: AKIRA

Akira

Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s influential work reinvigorated Western interest in Japanese anime and still feels cutting-edge to this day. Adapting the voluminous cyberpunk manga series of the same name, AKIRA depicts a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo on the brink of destruction once again. Set against this backdrop, motorcycle gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda find themselves ensnared in a conspiracy much deeper than their nightly skirmishes with a rival gang of biker clowns, one that threatens to transform their friendship, Neo-Tokyo, and Tetsuo forever. (124 mins.)

AKIRA screens Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Kaleidoscopic Visions: Animation Classics series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Join Us Friday, July 11 for the Northwest Film Center Community Open House!

OpenHouse_facebook1

Have you ever wondered what the Northwest Film Center is all about?  Are you interested in becoming more involved with us?  Here’s your chance to get the behind-the-scenes scoop about the Film Center and Portland’s film scene!  Join us for an evening of food, drink and on-site specials (including raffle prizes!).  Mix and mingle with friendly Film Center staff and tour our facility.  Space is limited and RSVP is encouraged.  First 25 RSVPs will receive complimentary tickets for a movie on us!

For more details or to RSVP, contact Sophia Mackenzie at sophia@nwfilm.org.  Event is on Friday, July 11, 5:30-7p.m.  Location: 934 SW Salmon Street.

NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? w/ director Rick Prelinger in attendance

No More Road Trips

The latest film from archivist and filmmaker Rick Prelinger (PANORAMA EPHEMERA, 2004) explores the highways and byways of a period in American history that may well be in our rearview mirror. A journey from the Atlantic to California made from a collection of 9,000 home movies, NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? reveals hidden histories embedded in the landscape and seeks to blend the pleasures and compulsions of nomadic travel with premonitions of its end. Focusing on road culture and postulating on the idea of “peak travel,” the film is a participatory experience that depends upon audiences to provide the soundtrack and narration. A perpetual work-in-progress, it’s a piece that cannot be completed until you, the audience, lend your invigorating voice to the images of this one-of-a-kind interactive social-cinema experience. (79 mins.)

Director Rick Prelinger will introduce the film.

 

NO MORE ROAD TRIPS? screens Friday, June 27 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).
Tickets are available online or at the door.

The 22nd Portland Jewish Film Festival: THE GREEN PRINCE

The Green Prince

“Such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction, if only somebody had the audacity to invent it. A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he’s interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas’s ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization’s escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: ‘operating’ the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas. Based on Yousef’s memoir SON OF HAMAS, THE GREEN PRINCE is a story of two men, spy and handler, whom history insists must be adversaries. Embroidering a tangled web of intrigue, terror, and betrayal, Schirman builds superb tension throughout a surprisingly emotional journey.”—Sundance Film Festival, where the film won the Audience Award for World Documentary. (99 mins.)

THE GREEN PRINCE screens Thursday, June 26 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of The 22nd Portland Jewish Film Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Special thanks to Festival sponsors: Cedar Sinai Park; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; the Diane Solomon Family Fund; the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; Hasson Realty; Higgins Restaurant; Honest Tea; the Institute for Judaic Studies; the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Joan and Paul Sher; J Street Portland; the Leonard and Lois Schnitzer Supporting Foundation of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; the Oregon Israel Business Alliance; the Oregon Israel Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation; Oregon Jewish Life; Portland Jewish Academy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

The 22nd Portland Jewish Film Festival: THE JEWISH CARDINAL

The Jewish Cardinal

THE JEWISH CARDINAL tells the gripping, amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007), son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to France, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris in 1981 by Pope John Paul II and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him friends and enemies from both groups. Lustiger’s split allegiance is tested when a group of Carmelite nuns decide to build a monastery on the edge of Auschwitz. Where will Lustiger stand? (96 mins.)

THE JEWISH CARDINAL screens Thursday, June 19 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of The 22nd Portland Jewish Film Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Special thanks to Festival sponsors: Cedar Sinai Park; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; the Diane Solomon Family Fund; the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; Hasson Realty; Higgins Restaurant; Honest Tea; the Institute for Judaic Studies; the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Joan and Paul Sher; J Street Portland; the Leonard and Lois Schnitzer Supporting Foundation of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; the Oregon Israel Business Alliance; the Oregon Israel Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation; Oregon Jewish Life; Portland Jewish Academy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 86 other followers