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39th Portland International Film Festival

  • February 11, 2016 — March 1, 2016

Since 1977, the Portland International Film Festival has been the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. Over three weeks in February, through the exhibition of nearly 100 feature films and 60+ short films, PIFF audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats through our celebration of the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles.

Submit a Film

The Portland International Film Festival accepts submissions on a seasonal basis. The submission season opens in June culminating with the Festival each February. Submissions will be open for PIFF40 on June 10, 2016, and close on November 14, 2016.

Submissions have closed for the year.

 

Press & Sponsorship

The Festival is sustained through the encouragement, leadership, and generosity of loyal sponsors who value the diverse perspectives and cultural inclusion that the Festival brings to the community.

For information about 2017 sponsorship opportunities, contact Rachel Record, Development Manager, at 503-221-1156 x17 or rachel@nwfilm.org.

Please direct all press inquiries to Nick Bruno, Publicity and Promotions Manager, at 503-221-1156 x20 or nick@nwfilm.org.

100 Yen Love

Directed by Masaharu Take

“Play video games with your nephew, pick up junk food, and pass out reading manga. Such is the life of

50 Feet from Syria

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

Syria. The word likely resonates for many of us who are following the tragic situation there. But what if it

600 Miles

Directed by Gabriel Ripstein

Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin Film Festival, 600 Miles is a riveting thriller about gun

A Good American

Directed by Friedrich Moser

The explosion of information in the digital age left government agencies like the NSA struggling with bureaucracy and technology to

Above and Below

Directed by Nicholas Steiner

Nicolas Steiner’s sublime exploration of lives lived on the fringe is set in a seemingly apocalyptic world that happens to

Adama

Directed by Simon Rouby

The year is 1916. Adama is 12-years-old and lives in a remote West African village. When his elder brother Samba

Aferim!

Directed by Radu Jude

Jude won Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for this visionary historical epic — a European “Eastern” to an

April and the Extraordinary World

Directed by Christian Desmares, Frank Ekinci

1941. Napoléon V is the ruler of an alternative France, and without modern technology, the world runs on coal and

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, the Restless One

Directed by Miguel Gomes

“An up-to-the minute rethinking of what it means to make a political film today, Gomes’s shape-shifting paean to the art

Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One

Directed by Miguel Gomes

“The middle section of Gomes’s monumental yet light-footed magnum opus shifts into a more subdued and melancholic register. But within

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

Directed by Miguel Gomes

“Gomes’s sui generis epic concludes with arguably its most eccentric—and most enthralling—installment. Scheherazade escapes the king for an interlude of

Baskin

Directed by Can Evrenol

While en route to answer distress calls from a rural village, a small group of policemen find themselves diverted to

Body

Directed by Margorzata Szumowska

“Balancing bleakness and mirth in equal measure, Body chronicles three haunted souls in Warsaw: an icy coroner who suspects his

Cemetery of Splendour

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

A hypnotic cinematic dreamscape unfolds in Thai master Weerasethakul’s new film, in which soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are

Chevalier

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

“While on a fishing trip in the Aegean Sea, six men decide to play Chevalier, a game that measures every

Counting

Directed by Jem Cohen

Cohen (Museum Hours) evokes the fabric of urban life with this richly textured combination of sound and image. A essayistic

Court

Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Tamhane’s film is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of

Coz Ov Moni 2: FOKN Revenge

Directed by King Luu

Ghana’s most popular rap group, the FOKN Bois, star in what’s been called “the world’s 2nd 1st Pidgin musical.” One

Demon

Directed by Marcin Wrona

Things quickly get out of hand at a Polish wedding when the groom appears to have been possessed by a

Dheephan

Directed by Jacques Audiard

Jacques Audiard won the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this gripping tale of three Sri Lankan refugees and their immigrant

Disorder

Directed by Alice Winocour

Afghanistan war vet Vincent is suffering from PTSD. He’s hired as a temp security guard at Maryland, the estate of

Don’t Be Bad

Directed by Claudio Caligari

Set in the mid-1990’s in Ostia on the outskirts of Rome, Vittorio and Cesare, two men in their early twenties,

Dukhtar

Directed by Afia Nathaniel

In the mountains of northern Pakistan, ten-year-old Zainab has been promised to Tor Gul a cruel, aging tribal leader six

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Directed by Peter Greenaway

Greenaway’s lively, provocative film follows the great Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Finnish actor Elmer Bäck) in his travels to the Mexican

Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra

Crosscutting stories set decades apart, Guerra weaves two parallel journeys between a lone Amazonian shaman and western scientists in search of

Evolution

Directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović

After diving below the waves surrounding his coastal village, a young boy claims to have seen the body of another

Eye in the Sky

Directed by Gavin Hood

The goal of British-led Operation Cobra is the capture of Aisha Al Hady, a radicalized British citizen who has joined

Fatima

Directed by Philippe Faucon

A Moroccan immigrant now living in Lyon, Fatima works long hours as a cleaning lady to support her two daughters,

For Grace

Directed by Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski

An in-depth look at what it takes to create and manage one of the world’s greatest restaurants—from concrete box to

Francofonia

Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov

Celebrated for his daring and landmark films—such as Russian Ark (2002,) which was filmed in one sequence in the Russian

From Afar

Directed by Lorenzo Vigas

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, From Afar uncovers common ground between two men divided

Heavenly Nomadic

Directed by Mirlan Abdykalykov

A family of horse-herding nomads lives in the remote high mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Tabyldy is the head of the household;

Home Care

Directed by Slávek Horák

Writer-director Slávek Horák’s mother, a home care nurse, inspired the central character of this insightful feature debut. Working in the

I Saw the Light

Directed by Marc Abraham

British actor Tom Hiddleston inhabits the role of legendary singer/songwriter Hank Williams, an artist who revolutionized country music with his

In the Shadow of Women

Directed by Philippe Garrel

Philippe Garrel’s romantic drama is an examination of marital infidelity and a freewheeling riff on life, art, and the never

In Transit

Directed by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker III, David Usui, Benjamin Wu

The final, fitting film of documentary legend Albert Maysles, In Transit, journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers

Iraqi Odyssey

Directed by Samir

Bombs, war, angry bearded men, shrouded sobbing women, shattered cities: Iraq, as seen through the eyes of the Western media

King Georges

Directed by Erika Frankel

Fiery French chef Georges Perrier is on a crusade to save his world-renowned 40-year-old Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin from closing.

Klown Forever

Directed by Mikkel Nørgaard

Five years have passed since their camping antics in Klown [PIFF 35] and Casper and Frank are standing at a

L’Atessa

Directed by Piero Messina

Anna (Juliet Binoche) sits alone in an old country house in Sicily. Her son Giuseppe has just died and there

Lamb

Directed by Yared Zeleke

Set against the magnificent mountains of southern Ethiopia, Lamb is heartwarming and visually stunning coming-of-age fable about a boy learning

Land and Shade

Directed by César Agusto Acevedo

“A poetic and devastating statement on how environmental issues impact every aspect of life, César Augusto Acevedo’s Camera d’Or–winning (Best

Landfill Harmonic

Directed by Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley

A testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit, Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled

Last Cab to Darwin

Directed by Jeremy Sims

Rex, a stubborn cab driver, has lived his entire life in the small, outback town of Broken Hill. When he

Let Them Come

Directed by Salim Brahimi

Up to 200,000 Algerians are thought to have perished in clashes between the government and fundamentalist Islamist rebels in the

Little Big Master

Directed by Adrian Kwan

Faced with a broken education system and misguided parents and school board, headmistress Lui Wai-hung resigns her post at a

Liza the Fox-Fairy

Directed by Károly Ujj Mészáros

Liza’s a lonely nurse whose search for a companion always ends in the same way— with the death of her

Magallanes

Directed by Salvador Del Solar

In this engrossing thriller, Magallanes works as a psychologically scarred taxi driver in the streets of Lima. But he has

Man vs. Snake

Directed by Andrew Seklir, Tim Kinzy

In 1983, Tim McVey claimed the highest score ever achieved on a classic video game. The game in question was

Marguerite

Directed by Xavier Giannoli

“Imagine a collaboration between Vladimir Nabokov and Billy Wilder and you will have some idea of the riches provided by

Marshland

Directed by Alberto Rodriguez

Winner of ten Goya Awards, including best film, director, actor, and screenplay, Marshland is a taut neo-noir set in 1980

Men & Chicken

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen

“The title might hint at where this brilliant new black comedy from the outrageous mind of Anders Thomas Jensen is going to

Mia Madre

Directed by Nanni Moretti

Moretti revisits themes of life, cinema, family ties, and guilt through the eyes of Marghertita, a besieged middle-aged director. She

Miss Hokusai

Directed by Keiichi Hara

In 1814 Edo, an accomplished artist works tirelessly in his studio. His name is Katsushika Hokusai and decades later his work will

My Golden Days

Directed by Arnaud Desplechin

An intoxicating ode to romance and youthful coming-of-age, My Golden Days is a prequel to Desplechin’s debut, My Sex Life…

Nahid

Directed by Ida Panahandeh

Panahandeh depicts the near impossibility of finding security and happiness within Iran’s strictures of socially enforced respectability. Nahid, an impoverished

Nawara

Directed by Hala Khalil

Nawara works as a housemaid for a family closely linked to the Mubarak regime. On the eve of the 2011

No Home Movie

Directed by Chantal Akerman

"At the center of Akerman’s enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a

Office

Directed by Johnnie To

A nimble takedown of corporate corruption and greed, Office tells its story as a witty musical extravaganza. Featuring superstars Chow

The Clan

Directed by Pablo Trapero

The Clan tells the true story of a middle-class family pulled into a world of kidnapping, ransom, and murder by

The Club

Directed by Pablo Larraín

A meditation on justice and the Catholic Church, Larraín’s darkly comic, but no less angry, film presents the moral dramas

The Fencer

Directed by Klaus Härö

Fleeing from Russian secret police in early 1950’s, a young Baltic dissident leaves Leningrad to settle in the small coastal

The Forbidden Room

Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson

A film that “has more ideas in ten minutes than most filmmakers have in their entire oeuvres” (Sight and Sound),

The Idol

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

The Idol maps the true story of Palestine’s first pop celebrity, Mohammed Assaf, and his stellar rise to fame following

The Invitation

Directed by Karen Kusama

Will and Kira attend a dinner party hosted by Will’s ex-wife Eden in the secluded Hollywood home that they once

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

The Lobster is a love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of “The

The Meddler

Directed by Lorene Scafaria

“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Scafaria’s film stars the magnificent Susan Sarandon in one of