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41st Portland International Film Festival

  • February 15 – March 1, 2018

Since 1977, the Portland International Film Festival has been the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. Over two weeks in February, through the exhibition of nearly 90 feature films and 40+ 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. 

You have one last chance to catch some of the audience favorites from PIFF 41. Check out our Encore Screenings, March 2-4 at the Whitsell Auditorium.

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101 Seconds

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald

On December 11th, 2012, a shooter entered Clackamas Town Center Mall near Portland and opened fire with an STAG-15 assault-style

12 Days

Directed by Raymond Depardon

In France over 90,000 people a year are placed under psychiatric care without their consent. These people must appear before

24 Frames

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Three years in the making and Kiarostami’s final film before his death in 2016, each segment in 24 Frames offers

6.9 On the Richter Scale

Directed by Nae Caranfil

When an earthquake hits Bucharest, Tony, an actor, and his wife are shaken out of their sleep, amplifying Tony’s anxiety

A Ciambra

Directed by Jonas Carpignano

Pio, 14, lives in an impoverished Romani community in Calabria in southern Italy. Determined to live up to the outlaw

A Gentle Creature

Directed by Sergey Loznitsa

Inspired by the Dostoevsky short story, A Gentle Creature follows a stoic Russian woman trying to get a care package

A Season in France

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Focusing on the precarious plight of undocumented asylum seekers, Haroun’s soul-searching film portrays the daunting challenges of overcoming a vast

A Taxi Driver

Directed by Hun Jang

A Taxi Driver begins as a comic, period road movie before taking a serious turn to reflect on a critical

Angels Wear White

Directed by Vivian Qu

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. The only witness is


Directed by Sadaf Foroughi

Ava’s life is dictated by rules. Coming of age in Iran, she faces pressure to conform to the expectations of

Bad Genius

Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya

Playing on the Thai obsession with academic achievement and test taking, Bad Genius is a comedic heist thriller that plays

Beauty and the Dogs

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

Unfolding in nine chapters over the course of one night, Ben Hania’s timely drama follows a young woman’s search for

Big Fish and Begonia

Directed by Xuan Liang, Chun Zhan

This beautifully crafted animated adventure, inspired by Chinese myths, takes place in a hidden world ruled by celestial beings. One

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Directed by Alberto Vazquez, Pedro Rivero

Adapted from his graphic novel, Alberto Vázquez’s debut feature, co-directed with Pedro Rivero, tackles themes of climate change, ecological disaster,


Directed by Joseph Kahn

A UC Berkeley grad student whose thesis explores the use of racial slurs in rap battles finds himself drawn into

Claire’s Camera

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

One of three films by Hong Sang-soo in this year’s festival, Claire’s Camera was shot during the Cannes Film Festival


Directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias

“Evangelical Christian Alberto works as a gardener on a wealthy estate in Santo Domingo. When his father is murdered, he

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

Directed by Travis Wilkerson

“An audacious meditation on conscience and responsibility, on race in the American South, as well as a highly personal exhumation

Eating Animals

Directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn

America’s desire for cheaper, more convenient food fueled the demise of traditional agriculture and the birth of the grim reality

El Mar La Mar

Directed by Joshua Bonnetta, J. P. Sniadecki

The Sonoran desert, on the Mexico–US border, is one of the most brutal and hotly contested areasof land on the


Directed by Alain Gomis

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Gomis’s film portrays a life lived on

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Directed by Michael Matthews

A recent parolee returns to his hometown, vowing to turn his back on his criminal ways. Before long he finds

For Ahkeem

Directed by Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest

Daje Shelton, a 17-year- old girl from St. Louis, wants to do the right thing. But growing up in a


Directed by Samuel Maoz

Michael and Daphna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials inform them of the death of their son. Unable to find


Directed by Aaron Katz

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant

Good Luck

Directed by Ben Russell

“Shot on Super16mm, Good Luck is a bifurcated portrait of two mining communities operating on opposite sides of a hostile

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

Directed by Lukas Feigelfeld

In a small Austrian mountain village in the 15th century, a single mother is ostracized by the other residents, who

Her Love Boils Bathwater

Directed by Ryôta Nakano

After her husband disappears with another woman, Futaba, now a single mother, is forced to close the family bathhouse business.

Hochelaga, Land of Souls

Directed by François Girard

On a summer night a sinkhole opens during a game in a downtown Montreal stadium, revealing long-buried artifacts. Mohawk archeologist


Directed by Can Evrenol

A woman who experienced a tragic loss as a child comes under the spell of a mysterious and charismatic cult

I Am Not a Witch

Directed by Rungano Nyoni

Following an incident in her Zambian village, nine-year-old Shula is denounced as a witch and exiled to a state-run witch

Ice Mother

Directed by Bohdan Sláma

Sláma’s charming, romantic drama centers on themes of familial conflict and the possibility of rebirth at any age. After her

Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc

Directed by Bruno Dumont

France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, 8-year-old Jeannette looks after her sheep in the small village

Le fort des fous

Directed by Narimane Mari

In a film that walks a thin line between fact and fiction, Mari’s disparately linked narratives grapple with the legacy

Lean on Pete

Directed by Andrew Haigh

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) wants some stability: a home, food on the table, and a high school he can

Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer

British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, whose site-specific sculptures and land art redeploy nature’s resources in startling and harmonious

Let the Corpses Tan

Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

A gang of ne'er-do-wells rob an armored truck, getting away with the gold bars. Hiding out, trouble ensues when unexpected

Let the Sun Shine In

Directed by Claire Denis

Living alone in Paris, Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a divorced artist in her 50s, hopes that romantic hope springs eternal. But

Lots of Kids, A Monkey and A Castle

Directed by Gustavo Salmerón

Julita Salmerón wanted three things in life: to have lots of children, to own a monkey, and to live in

Lover for a Day

Directed by Philippe Garrel

Crashing at her philosophy professor father’s apartment in the wake of a painful break-up, 23-year-old Jeanne discovers that he has

Lu Over the Wall

Directed by Masaaki Yuasa

Winner of the top prize at this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, Lu Over the Wall is a visually ravishing

Mad World

Directed by Chun Wong

This year’s Hong Kong submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Mad World thoughtfully attempts to de-stigmatize mental illness


Directed by Emmanuel Gras

Winner of the Critic’s Week Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival, Makala is a riveting piece of documentary observation and

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Directed by Mouly Surya

The bad guys come to rape, pillage, and murder, but they are not prepared for the calm wrath of Marlina.


Directed by Valérie Massadian

Milla (Séverine Jonckeere) and Léo (Luc Chessel), 17 years old and in love, set off to the north of France

Miss Kiet’s Children

Directed by Peter Lataster, Petra Lataster-Czisch

Miss Kiet teaches children of asylum seekers in a Dutch elementary school. Coming from countries like Syria and Iraq, her

Napping Princess

Directed by Kenji Kamayama

In the year 2020, high school senior Kokone is stuck between reality and her own dream world full of fantastic


Directed by Amit Masurkar

As the world’s largest democracy prepares for a national election, idealistic civil service newcomer Newton Kumar must ensure free and


Directed by Neïl Beloufa

The stylish, side-splitting Occidental packs all of a broadly rendered Europe into a kitschy, cheap hotel while rioting on the

Oh Lucy!

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi

Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), an aging and depressed office drone in Tokyo, doesn’t have much to look forward to until her

On Body and Soul

Directed by Ildikó Enyedi

Unfolding in a slaughterhouse in Budapest, Ildikó Enyedi’s eccentric and beautiful love story strikingly mixes realism and dreams. The introverted

On the Beach at Night Alone

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

“Hong Sang-soo’s movies have always invited autobiographical readings, and this is perhaps his most achingly personal film yet, a steel-nerved,

Our Time Will Come

Directed by Ann Hui

Inspired by the exploits of the Hong Kong resistance during World War II, Our Time Will Come tells the story


Directed by Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj

Bursting with dazzling dance sequences, this arresting tale of self-discovery charts a young woman’s journey to find her place in


Directed by Matan Yair

Seventeen-year-old Asher always has been an impulsive troublemaker at school. Although his strict, Sephardic father sees his strapping son as

Science Fair

Directed by Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Every year, over 1,700 students from 75 countries compete in the annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a highly

Shorts 1: Animated Worlds

Directed by Various

Shorts 3: Distant Tales

Directed by Various

Shorts 5: Ways of Seeing

Directed by Various

Shorts 6: Family Ties

Directed by Various

Shorts 8: Chaplin Classics

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s singular blend of slapstick, pathos, and social satire made him one of the cinema’s great artists and his


Directed by Thomas A. Morgan

After spending her entire life in the Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp near Beirut, Mariam Shaar decided to change her life.

Speak Up

Directed by Stephane De Freitas

Every year, hundreds of college students from the Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis face off in Eloquentia, a contest to crown

Spell Reel

Directed by Filipa César

Amílcar Cabral, Guinea-Bissau’s liberation leader who was assassinated in 1973, left behind a major archive of film and audio work,


Directed by Agnieszka Holland

Drawing inspiration from local fairy tales, Spoor dissects political corruption and environmental activism in a small Polish town. Janina is

Summer 1993

Directed by Carla Simón

Simón’s evocative autobiographical film won the Best First Feature prize at the Berlin Film Festival and is this year’s Spanish

Sweet Country

Directed by Warwick Thornton

Combining elements of classic period Westerns and courtroom drama, Sweet Country is set in the Australian outback of the late

Tehran Taboo

Directed by Ali Soozandeh

In Tehran, a city laden with restrictions and religious laws of patriarchy, modesty, and family honor, transgressions can lead to


Directed by Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo’s poetic film is a meditation on the notion of “impunidad,” the unaccountability of those in power, whether the

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Directed by Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert

Following up on the much-loved Ernest & Celestine, these warm, funny hand-drawn tales about life on an animal farm are

The Charmer

Directed by Milad Alami

Milad Alami’s debut feature mixes psychological thriller and erotic drama in a complex tale of isolation, identity, and the desperate

The China Hustle

Directed by Jed Rothstein

Executive produced by Alex Gibney and Mark Cuban, Rothstein’s investigative film explores the need for transparency in an increasingly deregulated

The Day After

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

Once again plumbing affairs of the heart and the foibles of weak, confused men with his sly humor, Hong Sang-Soo’s

The Death of Stalin

Directed by Armando Iannucci

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci. Moscow, 1953:

The Endless

Directed by Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

After receiving a cryptic video in the mail, two brothers return to the Southern California cult they left a decade

The Eternal Road

Directed by Antti-Jussi Annila

Based on Antti Tuuri's bestselling novel, The Eternal Road tells the untold story of the many thousands of Communist Americans

The Great Buddha+

Directed by Hsin-yao Huang

Two working-class friends discover the dark secret of their millionaire boss in this black comedy about class status and corruption.

The House By The Sea

Directed by Robert Guédiguian

In a little cove near Marseille, Angèle, Joseph, and Armand return to their elderly father’s picturesque villa. Angèle is an

The Nothing Factory

Directed by Pedro Pinho

Based on the true story of Lisbon workers taking over an elevator factory threatened with closure, Pinho’s fiction debut is

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Directed by Nancy Buirski

In September 1944, six young white men abducted and raped 24-year- old mother Recy Taylor in Abbeville, Alabama. Despite threats

The Rider

Directed by Chloé Zhao

Zhao’s enthralling portrait of America’s cowboy culture provides an archetypal story of a man redefining his hopes and ambitions. Once

The Third Murder

Directed by Hirozaku Kore-eda

This moving story of a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his own faith in the law is


Directed by Cory Finley

“Two teenage girls reignite a childhood friendship to deliciously dark ends, in this witty contemporary noir. Lily and Amanda are

Under the Tree

Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Equal parts family drama, absurdist black comedy, and unconventional thriller, Under the Tree follows two warring households locked in a


Directed by Daniela Thomas

Upon returning to Brazil in 1821 from a trading expedition, Antonio discovers that his wife has died in labor. Confined


Directed by Annemarie Jacir

Shadi, an architect in Rome, returns to his paternal home for the first time in years to honor the Nazareth


Directed by Valeska Grisebach

In this tense, slow-burning thriller, a group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in

What Will People Say?

Directed by Iram Haq

Sixteen year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but when

White Sun

Directed by Deepak Rauniyar

This year’s Nepali submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar sensitively explores the damage done to the fabric of

Winter Brothers

Directed by Hylnur Pálmason

Punctuated with bursts of surrealism and bouts of dark humor, Pálmason’s compelling feature dives into the frozen world and striking

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Directed by Morgan Neville

“With his gentle voice and heartfelt words of wisdom, Fred Rogers served as a compassionate surrogate father for generations of


Directed by Feng Xiaogang

Starting out in the 1970s, Feng Xiaogang’s film chronicles the joys and travails of a provincial military-arts troupe, People’s Liberation


Directed by Lucrecia Martel

“Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio