Portland, OR. Northwest Film Center Director Bill Foster kicked off the XL Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) at a party in the Portland Art Museum’s Schnitzer Sculpture Court. The celebration on February 9th followed the opening night screening of Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro. Over three weeks in February, at various theatres in the area, fans choose from nearly 100 feature films and 60+ short films; some star big names like Kristen Steward and Cynthia Nixon. PIFF continues through February 25th. (Photo credit, Jason Quigley)
Here’s the trailer for one of the featured films to pique your interest. It’s called, The Olive Tree.
Personal Shopper is a thriller by Olivier Assayas starring Kristen Steward.A Quiet Passion is the life story of the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon), from her youth as a headstrong schoolgirl through to her reclusive adulthood, where poetry was solace.
Since 1977, the Portland International Film Festival has been the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. There are a host of different film categories from which to choose, including the following:
Exciting new works from some of the leading voices of national and world cinema—filmmakers whose singular bodies of work makes each new film a cause for special anticipation.
While this year’s Festival is rich with new works by established masters, discovering the work of emerging talents is part of the discovery, too. These debuts and second features indicate that new cinema talents are thriving worldwide and hold great promise.
This year’s non-fiction showcase offers fresh perspective on the world we live in and the fascinating people and stories that surround us. Some are masters, some emerging, but they share a passion to tell entertaining and enlightening stories from fascinating places.
Capturing the imagination and praise of audiences world-wide, these compelling films tell stories that resonate beyond their borders, while offering insight into the unique cultures from which they emerge. A showcase of festival prizewinners, submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and the critically acclaimed for cinema lovers of all persuasions.
PIFF AFTER DARK
Our late night series at the Bagdad Theater offers special treats for adventurous devotees of genre, and genre-bending films that provocatively push boundaries. The late-night thrills for those that think they’ve see it all start at 10:30 pm and may keep you up even later.
WAYS OF SEEING
Bold, original, and aesthetically inventive new works pushing against the borders of cinematic expression, which in the process challenge our assumptions about the possibilities of image and sound, form and narrative.
Animated features and shorts that have charmed audiences world-wide.
FILMS FOR FAMILIES
Film lovers of all ages will be entertained by these films suitable for younger viewers.
Short programs featuring over 50 memorable snapshots from around the world and here in Oregon.