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1219 SW Park Avenue
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Special Screenings


Sat, Nov 2, 2013
at 4:30 PM

Sat, Nov 2, 2013
at 7 PM

M
DIRECTOR: FRITZ LANG
GERMANY, 1931

Featuring a new digital restoration by the Munich Film Archive, M is one of the most influential films in the thriller genre. Fritz Lang’s first sound film is a haunting, terrifying dive into an urban underworld where the lines between good and evil are disturbingly murky. Hans Beckert—Peter Lorre in an indelible performance—is a child murderer tracked by both the police and his criminal colleagues. “In the rigor of its construction where theme, style, and mood all express a kind of entrapment that is at once psychological and based in reality, M is a precursor not only to Lang’s American films but to American film noir in general. Sound is used ingeniously, with music limited to the Peer Gynt theme, which both torments the murderer and hauntingly announces his presence in place of the image. Few films have so successfully fused atmosphere with plot, image with sound, and expressed gestures with those unexpressed but felt.”—British Film Institute. (111 mins.)

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Sun, Nov 3, 2013
at 7:30 PM

CERTIFIABLY YOURS: NEW FILMS FROM THE SCHOOL OF FILM

Join us as we screen and celebrate the achievements of this year’s matriculating School of Film Certificate Program students. Each filmmaker will present the short narrative film that they have created as the culminating effort of their studies. Lev Yarborough’s PERFORMING LIVES reveals the lives and talents of gifted young performance artists, Geoff Peterson’s MANGO follows a confident psychic who challenges a skeptical non-believer, Josh Westra’s INBOUND follows a call center employee who is stalked by incoming calls, and Alex Maroney’s POWERS THAT BE shows a man who loses his best friend to powers from the beyond. These final projects showcase the skill and voice that each individual has developed through class exercises, visiting artist sessions, group projects, faculty advising, and extracurricular pursuits. (90 mins.)

A reception honoring the filmmakers begins at 6:30 PM in the Andrée Stevens Room. Free admission. See page 20 for more information on the School of Film Certificate Program.


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Wed, Nov 6, 2013
at 7 PM

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LENNY COOKE
DIRECTOR: BENNY SAFDIE, JOSHUA SAFDIE
US, 2012

VISITING ARTISTS—In 2001, Lenny Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony. In an era when high school stars were forgoing college hoops in favor of the potential multi-million dollar contracts promised in the NBA draft, Cooke was supposed to be the next superstar. But over a decade later, while his peers are taking home MVP awards and championship trophies, Cooke has never played a minute in the NBA. What went wrong? With incredible access to Cooke’s story as it unfolded over the past decade, the Safdie brothers follow Cooke from his rundown home in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to the New Jersey suburbs where he spent his high school career, through to the present day, with the friends and family who shared in his dreams and aspirations. Lenny Cooke is a quintessentially American story about dreaming big, the fickle nature of sports celebrity, and unfulfilled destiny. (88 mins.)

Directors Benny and Joshua Safdie will be in attendance to introduce their film. Sponsored by Wieden+Kennedy.


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Thu, Nov 7, 2013
at 7 PM

FORBIDDEN VOICES
DIRECTOR: BARBARA MILLER
SWITZERLAND, 2012

Miller’s film features three brave women who—had they not been born in Iran, Cuba, or China—could have led ordinary, peaceful lives. However, for various reasons, they have decided to speak out, standing up to dictatorship. Yoani Sánchez, the first Cuban female blogger, faces persecution and death threats for criticizing the country’s regime. Chinese human rights activist Zeng Jinyan has been under house arrest for four years. Farnaz Seifi was forced to leave her native Iran and blogs under a pseudonym. Seeing their information monopolies erode, their countries’ regimes attempt to censor and silence the voices of these brave women who, via social networking sites, bear witness to life under dictatorship. (95 mins.)

With support from the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


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Tue, Nov 19, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
Silver Screen Club Members’ Preview
DIRECTOR: FELIX VAN GROENINGEN
BELGIUM, 2012

Elise and Didier’s relationship is wild and passionate. She owns a tattoo shop in a little Belgian town and uses her body as a canvas, each tattoo covering up a little memento of a past lover. He plays the banjo in a bluegrass band and idealizes America. They meet, fall in love, and have a daughter. But when little Maybelle becomes seriously sick, their relationship starts unraveling. In this perfectly constructed drama, flashbacks and flash-forwards are intertwined with a fluid juxtaposition of the ups and downs of Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier’s (Johan Heldenbergh) love story. Beyond the fine script and performances is the rousing bluegrass soundtrack, composed by Bjorn Eriksson, which turns a poignant story into a truly haunting film. Winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Awards and Best Screenplay and Actress Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival. (111 mins.)

Admission to this preview screening is open to Silver Screen Club members and guests only. Thanks to Tribeca Films.


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Wed, Nov 20, 2013
at 7 PM

Thu, Nov 21, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, Nov 23, 2013
at 5 PM

2013 BRITISH ARROW AWARDS
UNITED KINGDOM, 2012-2013

This annual juried survey (37th edition), formerly called the British Television Advertising Awards, never fails to deliver an entertaining mix of commercial creativity of the highest order. Drawn from submissions across the UK’s multimedia advertising platforms—from traditional broadcast and cinema to new online mediums—trademark British wit and gleeful innovation shine through. Whether touching drama or high-tech dazzle, low-budget invention or mind-boggling production, this eclectic collection of prizewinners does have something in common: they are all delightfully short and inspired. Thanks to the British Arrows, London, for this creative crash course on the marriage of advertising and film, art and commerce. (80 mins.)

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Mon, Nov 25, 2013
at 7:30 PM

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NWFC and Cinema Project Present: DIFFERENTLY, MOLUSSIA
DIRECTOR: NICOLAS REY
FRANCE, 2012

VISITING ARTIST—We welcome Parisian filmmaker Nicolas Rey for the first of two nights of extraordinary cinematic experiences. DIFFERENTLY, MOLUSSIA is an ethereal and expansive hand-processed film based on fragments from the 1930s anti-fascist novel THE MOLUSSIAN CATACOMB by Günther Anders (who was married to philosopher and political scientist Hannah Arendt). As prisoners sit in the cells of the imaginary fascist state of Molussia, they tell stories about the outside world and ruminate on economics and politics in the form of a series of philosophical fables. Prior to each screening, a random ordering of the “baby blue,” “pink,” and “canary” 16mm film reels/chapters is determined so that in total, there are 362,880 combinations from which the projection can be assembled. As much about visual texture as philosophy, tonight’s version will be unique, each part comprising “[a] visual course, a sound atmosphere, and a text: an unlikely classicism…. I wanted to make a film based on a novel that I couldn’t read, since it was written in a language that I don’t understand, and there’s no translation. Strange idea, you might say. But it’s a matter of trust.”—Nicolas Rey. (81 mins.)

In German with English subtitles. Nicolas Rey will be in attendance to introduce his film.


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Tue, Nov 26, 2013
at 7:30 PM

NWFC and Cinema Project Present: SOVIETS PLUS ELECTRICITY
DIRECTOR: NICOLAS REY
FRANCE, 2002

VISITING ARTIST—A travelogue of sorts filmed on Super-8mm stock blown up to 16mm, SOVIETS recounts Rey’s epic journey across Russia that ends deep in Siberia at the port town of Magadan—in Soviet times, a place synonymous with deportation. As Boris Lehman writes, “The final product is a three-stage, three-hour cinematic journey on the trail of condemned prisoners dragged to the furthest ends of Siberia.... Nicolas not only realizes his dream and undertakes this impossible, unimaginable journey. He also captures it cinematically as images and sounds, movement, light, color, black leaders, and intertitles.” (175 mins.)

Nicolas Rey will be in attendance to introduce his film.


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Fri, Nov 29, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, Nov 30, 2013
at 5 PM

FRESH FRENCH SHORTS
FRANCE, 2012-2013

Our annual compilation of recent shorts by emerging French directors offers an eclectic selection of narrative, documentary, and animated international prizewinners that give voice to the diversity of French culture and fresh new talents. (90 mins.)


MADEMOISELLE KIKI ET LES MONTPARNOS
(Kiki of Montparnasse)
Director: Amelie Harrault
Kiki, a famous model, actress and muse during the early decades of the 20th century, crossed paths with some of the most influential artists and writers of the day. Her story is recounted here in a gorgeous, animated autobiographical overview of her life. (14 mins.)

SHUNPO
Director: Steven Briand
Escape everyday life with one lightning step: the Shunpo. (4-1/2 mins.)

CE N’EST PAS UN FILM DE COWBOY (It's Not a Cowboy Movie)
Director: Benjamin Parent
Vincent has just watched BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and, completely shattered. tries to describe the film in touching fashion to his classmate, Moussa. Jessica also deeply moved by the film, bombards her best friend Nadia with awkward questions about her gay father. (12 mins.)

TRAM
Director: Michaela Pavlatova
A woman drives a streetcar as passengers get in and out. Soon the tram transforms itself into a fantasy streetcar named desire.... (7 mins.)

LES LÉZARDS (The Lizards)
Director: Vincent Mariette
Léon is supposed to have a date in a sauna with a girl he has just met online. He brings his pal along to document the anticipated conquest. (15 mins.)

FRANK-ÉTIENNE VERS LA BÉATITUDE (Frank-Étienne)  
Director: Constance Meyer
It is Frank-Étienne 's first day as a door-to-door salesman... Nothing happens as planned. (12 mins.)

SATURDAY GIRLS
Director: Emilie Cherpitel
Eva wakes up alone in an unknown apartment. Her boyfriend from the night before has disappeared, but Leon—his little brother—is there and she is left to spend the day with him. (15 mins.)

LE CRI DU HOMARD (The Lobster’s Cry)
Director: Nicolas Guiot
Six-year-old Natalia waits impatiently for her brother to return from the war in Chechnya. But when he does arrive she hardly recognizes the man standing before her. (30 mins.)


Co-presented with the Alliance Française de Portland. Program notes will be available at the screenings.


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Thu, Dec 5, 2013
at 7 PM

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LE JOLI MAI
DIRECTOR: CHRIS MARKER, PIERRE LHOMME
FRANCE, 1963

“The restoration of Marker’s legendary portrait of Paris in May 1962 premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, exactly half a century after the original won the International Critics Prize there. Meticulously restored by the film’s cinematographer and co-director, Pierre Lhomme, LE JOLI MAI emerges as one of the director’s most poignant and important works. Characteristically witty and generous, Marker’s epic ‘direct cinema’ inquiry into the possibility of happiness during France’s first springtime of peace in many years (following the recently signed ceasefire that marked the end of the Algerian War) is structured in two parts. ‘A Prayer from the Eiffel Tower’ orchestrates a heady polyphony of Parisians—a nervous clothing salesman who is happy only in his car or when his till is full, a besotted couple that know they are unique in their bliss—offering acerbic and sometimes hilarious observations on the state of the nation and often dodging the obvious. ‘The Return of Fantômas’ broadens the film’s scope to examine the social and political history of Paris, including recent street demonstrations, racial tensions, and—the future always contiguous with the past in Marker’s cinema—technological revolution. ‘Is this the most beautiful city in the world?’ Marker muses. ‘One would like to see it for the first time.’ In its philosophical and poetic profusion, LE JOLI MAI allows us that virginal vantage.”—TIFF Cinematheque. (165 mins.)

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Mon, Dec 16, 2013
at 7 PM

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LATE FOR MY MOTHER’S FUNERAL
FRANCE/ALGERIA/MOROCCO, 2013

Former Portland director Penny Allen’s (PROPERTY, PAYDIRT) new film is the intimate, turbulent portrait of a French-Algerian-Moroccan family residing in Algeria and adrift following the death of their mother, Zineb, a notorious smuggler of gold and jewels. Filmed over the course of three years, the film finds its own space between documentary and fiction as the family’s story brings to life the complexities of cross-border identities, the influence of political context on individual lives, and the importance of the mother figure in Arab/Islamic cultures. “In this human comedy, questions of identity, origins, and evolutions come out of life itself. And we are amazed that the camera has captured the profound humanity behind fleeting images.”—Maghreb Films, Paris. (78 mins.)

Director Penny Allen will be in attendance to introduce her film.


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Thu, Dec 26, 2013
at 7 PM

Fri, Dec 27, 2013
at 7 PM

Sat, Dec 28, 2013
at 5 PM

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HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION
DIRECTOR: SOPHIE HUBER
SWITZERLAND, 2012

From ALIEN to PARIS, TEXAS, REPO MAN to WILD AT HEART, Harry Dean Stanton’s filmography (250 films) includes some of the best and most important films of the last five decades. His gaunt figure carrying a rare combination of poignancy and hidden depths, he remains one of the most charismatic of actors. But what lies beneath this figure? Sophie Huber’s absorbing documentary turns the camera onto Stanton, but what follows is far removed from any conventional star biography. Stanton, always enigmatic, offers some secrets, and directors Wim Wenders and David Lynch, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson, and writer Sam Shepard help to paint a bigger picture. But the strength of this portrait is the presence of Stanton himself. Occasionally wry, sometimes wounded, and always charismatic, he presents a guarded front until he starts singing heartbreaking and tender folk songs. “It’s a near-perfect portrait of an actor who never became a household name and yet has earned the admiration of generations of filmmakers.”—Film Threat. (77 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Dec. 27 double feature with REPO MAN)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Fri, Dec 27, 2013
at 8:45 PM

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REPO MAN
DIRECTOR: ALEX COX
US, 1984

“Of all the low-budget films to come out of the 1980s, this dark cult comedy about urban sprawl and alien paranoia is one of the best ones. Emilio Estevez stars in one of his earliest roles as Otto Parts, your modern apocalyptic teen up to his armpits in drugs, sex, and parental neglect. He soon finds a way out through Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), an ace repo man who gives him a job and teaches him the ways of the car-repossessing trade. The two wander through the guts of LA in search of a ’64 Chevy Malibu, priced at $50,000, and run into a cast of bizarre street characters: feds, girls in distress, a lobotomized nuclear physicist, and really, really dumb criminals. Cox, who wrote and directed the film, creates a strange but hilarious view of our culture, a brilliant satire on modern society.... Deserves the same respect and attention given to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and THIS IS SPINAL TAP, two films that define the cult category.”—Austin Chronicle. (92 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sat, Dec 28, 2013
at 7 PM

Sun, Dec 29, 2013
at 2 PM

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AT BERKELEY
DIRECTOR: FREDERICK WISEMAN
US, 2013

“From 1967 to the present, Frederick Wiseman has built one of the most formidable bodies of work in cinema. His masterfully constructed documentaries (Wiseman has a sense of structure and of character to rival that of any fiction filmmaker) have examined the inner workings of institutions, undertakings, and ways of life great (WELFARE) and small (BOXING GYM), joyous (LA DANCE) and harsh (NEAR DEATH). In his new film, he looks at the University of California, Berkeley, as always from multiple angles—the administrators as they try to reconcile the school’s storied past with its fiscally grim present, the students as they try to reconcile their ideals with the realities of their world, the maintenance staff, the local shops and restaurants—in order to arrive at a portrait that is rich in detail and epic in scope. Wiseman, now a very youthful 83, is one of our most vigorous filmmakers. He is also one of our greatest.”—New York Film Festival. (244 mins.)

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