PIFF 36 Opening Night Film

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“While Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar winner, THE ARTIST, was a playful valentine to pre-talkies Hollywood, Spanish writer-director Berger’s inventive Andalusian tale is a love letter to 1920s European silent film, effortlessly mixing humor and melodrama in delightful fashion.”—Hollywood Reporter

(Portland, OR) – Opening this year’s 36th Portland International Film Festival on Thursday, February 7, 2013 is Spain’s submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, BLANCANIEVES, a silent-set reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Snow White,” offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms and full of imagination. Due to scheduling difficulties, THE SAPPHIRES (Australia, director Wayne Blair) will be screening instead on Friday, February 8 and Sunday, February 10.  Over the last 35 years, the Festival has provided diverse and innovative films to an audience of more than 35,000 annually from throughout the Northwest.

One of the region’s most culturally diverse arts events, the Portland International Film Festival offers a broad mix of new international feature films, shorts, documentaries, and visiting artists, including submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by New Directors. The complete list of films will be announced January 24.

BLANCANIEVES director Pablo Berger transports the familiar children’s story to a dark and sensually expressed 1920s Spanish setting.  Rejected at birth by her father, Carmencita (Macarena Garciá) is raised by her grandmother. But when her grandmother dies, the poor dark-haired maiden is sent to the lower depths of her evil stepmother’s villa. Maribel Verdú (Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN) gives an ingeniously smart, campy performance as the villainess, hell-bent on keeping Carmencita from Prince Charming—here a bullfighting dwarf!—and thwarting her dreams of becoming a matador. (90 mins.)

Selected Filmography: TORREMOLINOS 73 (03).

The Northwest Film Center, with support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton, invites you to join us after the screening at the Newmark Theatre for our Opening Night Party, hosted by Stella Artois and King Estate Winery. Opening Night Film & Party tickets: $30 general, $25 Silver Screen Club Friend and Portland Art Museum members. The evening, and all other PIFF and regular year-round Film Center screenings—more than 400 annually— are free for Silver Screen Director, Producer, Benefactor, and Sustainer members. Sign up for the Silver Screen Club or purchase advance Opening Night tickets at nwfilm.org.

Screening time: February 7 – Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmQir83IoBE

After Opening Night, the Festival maintains a strong downtown presence with screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue), the Regal Fox Tower (846 SW Park Avenue), and the World Trade Center Theater (121 SW Salmon Street). Additional PIFF venues include Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Avenue), Cinemagic (2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd.), and the Regal Lloyd Center Cinema (1510 NE Multnomah Street).

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, LAIKA, Wieden + Kennedy, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, James F. Marion Miller Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, KINK.fm, OPB TV, OregonLive.com, Chipotle, Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton, The Safeway Foundation, Stella Artois, King Estate Winery, and many more.

The Festival is produced by the Northwest Film Center, a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they flourish. In addition to the Portland International Film Festival, the Center produces the annual Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Portland Jewish Film Festival, and a variety of year-round film and video exhibition, educational, and information programs serving Oregon and residents of the Northwest.

Festival Schedule: The full PIFF Program is available to the public online January 29 at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff36/. Press screenings begin January 28.

Advance Ticket Outlet:
Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue
Opens January 30 — daily from 12-6 p.m.
Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310
Advance tickets online at http://www.nwfilm.org on January 29.

Admission Prices:
$11 General; $10 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $8 Silver Screen Club Friends, Children
Opening Night: $30 general; $25 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum Members
For Portland International Film Festival high res stills, screeners, or to set-up filmmaker interviews CONTACT: Jessica Lyness | jessica@nwfilm.org | 503-221-1156 x 14 or Nick Bruno | nick@nwfilm.org | 503-221-1156 x 20.


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