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March 7 – March 21, 2019

Drawing an audience of 38,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 140 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences annually. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare.

You have one last chance to catch some of the audience favorites from PIFF 42. Check out our Encore Screenings, March 22-24 at the Whitsell Auditorium.

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3 Faces

Directed by Jafar Panahi

Long banned from making films by the ruling regime in Iran, master filmmaker Panahi has nonetheless defiantly continued to produce

A Family Submerged

Directed by Maria Alché

Argentinian actress Maria Alché (Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl) steps behind the camera with the sensitively-pitched A Family Submerged, one

A Family Tour

Directed by Ying Liang

Based on director Ying Liang’s own story of political exile, A Family Tour follows Chinese-born dissident filmmaker Yang Shu (Nai

Acid Forest

Directed by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

The Curonian Spit, situated on the Baltic Sea on the border between Lithuania and Russia, is one of the world’s

Afghan Cycles

Directed by Sarah Menzies

Following several young Afghan women who have taken up competitive road cycling and joined the national team, Menzies’ eye-opening film


Directed by Gabriela Pichler

In Pichler’s side-splitting and astute sophomore effort, the lightly fictional small town of Lafors, Sweden is potentially due for a

An Elephant Sitting Still

Directed by Hu Bo

A student of Hungarian master Béla Tarr, Hu Bo completed this stunning debut feature at age 29 before taking his

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky

Previously collaborating on 2006’s Manufactured Landscapes— itself a monumental film about human impact—Baichwal, Burtynsky, and de Pencier now turn their

Asako I & II

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Hamaguchi’s feature filmmaking career started with a bang with 2015’s incredible Happy Hour, but his latest is no sophomore slump;

Ash is Purest White

Directed by Jia Zhangke

Jia’s 11th feature is a piercing tale of lost love, following Qiao (Zhao Tao, in one of the year’s fiercest

Birds of Passage

Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

Veteran director Guerra (The Wind Journeys, Embrace of the Serpent) teams up with longtime partner Gallego (herself a veteran producer)

Black Mother

Directed by Khalik Allah

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Khalik Allah returns to Jamaica, his mother’s birthplace, to fashion a multifaceted and highly collaged audio-visual portrait of the

Blind Spot

Directed by Tuva Novotny

Making her feature debut with this immersive single-take family drama, actress-turned-director Novotny delivers one of the year’s most emotionally gripping

Casanova Gene

Directed by Luise Donschen

A shape-shifting exploration into human/animal sexuality and desire, Donschen’s feature debut is wide-ranging, intimate, and unafraid to ask uncomfortable questions.

Central Airport THF

Directed by Karim Aïnouz

Berlin’s Tempelhof airport, built in 1923 but heavily renovated during the Nazi period, was one of Europe’s busiest until its

Chained for Life

Directed by Aaron Schimberg

A conventionally beautiful actress Mabel (Jess Weixler) finds herself starring in a misguided, independent film production alongside a collection of

Crystal Swan

Directed by Darya Zhuk

With a shock of dyed hair and a wildly colored wardrobe to match, 20-something Velya (a breakout role for relative

Dead Pigs

Directed by Cathy Yan

Yan’s playful, compulsively entertaining debut brings several storylines together around an ecological crisis in a mid-sized Chinese city outside Shanghai.


Directed by Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

One of the year’s most out-there conceptual works, Diamantino is an eye-opening and thoroughly hilarious experience. The film tracks the

Djon África

Directed by João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis

Co-scripted by Pedro Pinho (The Nothing Factory, PIFF 41), this intensely colorful and alive fiction debut by documentarians Guerra and


Directed by Matteo Garrone

Winner of the Best Actor award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Matteo Garrone’s (Gomorrah) latest film tells the tale


Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Loznitsa continues his vital explorations of the conflict raging in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, a hotly contested area marked by

First Night Nerves

Directed by Stanley Kwan

Hong Kong’s Stanley Kwan returns to the director’s chair after a six-year hiatus with this soapy theatre-world drama about two


Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Director Smoczynska takes a sharp left turn in her follow up to 2015’s The Lure, abandoning the singing, murderous mermaids


Directed by Denis Do

Denis Do’s deeply personal, exquisitely animated debut feature grapples with the forced exile—and often murder—of millions of Cambodians during the

Hotel by the River

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

While Hong’s often mischievous films are largely an acquired taste, their charms often lie both directly on the surface and

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History As Barbarians

Directed by Radu Jude

Director Jude has already delivered several well-regarded films, including Aferim! (2015) and Scarred Hearts (2016)—work remarkable for its clarity and

In Fabric

Directed by Peter Strickland

Still stinging from her divorce, Shelia (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) seeks out a confidence boost in the form of a new dress,

Infinite Football

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

One of the funniest documentaries of the year, Porumboiu’s (Police Adjective, The Treasure) deceptively simple work follows Laurențiu Ginghină, a

Introduzione All’oscuro

Directed by Gastón Solnicki

When longtime Viennale director Hans Hurch died suddenly in the Summer of 2017, the film world lost an immense figure

Jessica Forever

Directed by Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel

Up-and-coming filmmakers Poggi and Vinel bring us a video-game-influenced, hyper-stylized blast. Led by the mysterious Jessica (Aomi Muyock), a pack

Keep An Eye Out

Directed by Quentin Dupieux

After discovering a body outside his apartment complex one night, Louis (Grégoire Ludig) is brought into the local police station

La Ciénaga

Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Lucrecia Martel’s feature debut heralded the arrival of a major talent on the world cinema circuit; La Ciénaga is a


Directed by Aurel Klimt

Aurel Klimt’s animated feature debut envisions an alternate history of the fate of Laika, the Russian dog used as a

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Directed by Bi Gan

Bi Gan’s sophomore feature is a moody fragmented effort that shatters film noir tropes into a visually dark and spatially

Los Reyes

Directed by Iván Osnovikoff,, Bettina Perut

In the heart of Santiago, Chile, a nondescript skateboarding park abuts a sleepy residential neighborhood—not an unusual situation in most


Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

In this gently-plucked-from-the-headlines, warmly intimate film, war reporter Gabriele (Roman Kolinka) returns to France, along with his colleague Frédéric (ever-reliable


Directed by Gürcan Keltek

Captured during a recent crucial juncture in the Kurdish-Turkish conflict that has raged in Southeast Turkey since 1978, Keltek’s poetic

Miriam Lies

Directed by Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada

Fourteen-year-old biracial Miriam has been anonymously chatting online with Jean-Louis just ahead of her quinceañera while her mother obsesses over

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

Twelve years after her award-winning documentary Hear and Now, director Irene Taylor Brodsky once more turns the camera on her


Directed by Olivier Assayas

Assayas’ (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria) latest is perhaps best explained by its original French title, which roughly translates

Okko’s Inn

Directed by Kitarô Kôsaka

Former assistant to legendary Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki, Kitarô Kôsaka’s latest film (and first in 12 years) is a

One Cut of the Dead

Directed by Shin’ichirô Ueda

A small crew shooting a zombie film finds themselves under attack from actual undead creatures in Ueda’s innovative—and surprisingly affecting—zombie

One Day

Directed by Zsófia Szilágyi

A day (and a half) in the life of a married middle-class mother of three adolescents with a husband and

Our Bodies Our Doctors

Directed by Jan Haaken

Documentarian Jan Haaken’s sixth feature highlights a significant group of individuals in the highly politicized world of women’s reproductive health

Our Time

Directed by Carlos Reygadas

One of contemporary world cinema’s greatest visual poets, with Our Time Carlos Reygadas turns the camera on himself in this


Directed by Wanuri Kahiu

A star-crossed love story between two young women, Kena (Samantha Muatsia) and Zika (Sheila Munyiva), whose fathers are political adversaries

Ray & Liz

Directed by Richard Billingham

Known for his unflinchingly intimate portraits of his family, fine art photographer Billingham turns in one of the year’s most


Directed by Yossi Madmoni, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov

Madmoni and Yacov’s deeply emotional spiritual journey highlights the necessity of family and friends, even if that means painfully coming


Directed by Zhang Yimou

Zhang’s return to the wuxia (martial arts epic) genre also marks an important return to form for the veteran director,

Shorts 1: Documentary Views

Directed by Various

Shorts 2: Animated Worlds

Directed by Various

Programmed by Mark Shapiro, LAIKA Sponsored by LAIKA

Shorts 3: Past, Present, Future

Directed by Various

Shorts 4: Oregon Shorts 1: Documenting the Times

Directed by Various

Sponsored by Oregon Film and Prosper Portland

Shorts 5: Oregon Shorts 2: Dreams of Escape

Directed by Various

Sponsored by Oregon Film and Prosper Portland

Shorts 6: Lost & Found

Directed by Various

Shorts 7: Ways of Seeing

Directed by Various


Directed by Rohena Gera

Shy domestic servant Ratna (Tillotama Shome), having moved to Mumbai from the countryside in search of opportunity, works for wealthy

Still Recording

Directed by Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

The conflict in Syria, under the brutal Assad regime, has raged on for many years with no end in sight;

Stupid Young Heart

Directed by Selma Vilhunen

Kiira (Rosa Honkonen) is pretty, popular, the lead on the high school dance team, and long-time crush of goofy, scrawny


Directed by Wolfgang Fischer

A self-assured doctor (Susanne Wolff) goes on a solo yachting trip in the Atlantic and discovers the limits of her

Suburban Birds

Directed by Qiu Sheng

Youthful land engineer Hao (Mason Lee) and his colleagues are on a job measuring mysterious ground disturbances in an eerily

Supa Modo

Directed by Likarion Wainaina

Sometimes a little escapism is just what the doctor ordered. Equally a superhero flick, a comedy about grief, and a

Ten Years Thailand

Directed by Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The political realities of modern day Thailand are challenged in the four chapters of this omnibus presentation, inspired by the

The Chambermaid

Directed by Lila Avilés

Set entirely inside an opulent, one-percenter Mexico City high-rise hotel, Avilés’ stunning debut follows Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a maid working

The Dead and the Others

Directed by João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora

Directors Salaviza and Messora spent several years living and working with the indigenous Krahô people in Tocantins, a northern Brazil

The Grand Bizarre

Directed by Jodie Mack

Mack’s hypnotic travelogue takes her around the world through the prism of textiles. Always extremely colorful, the film animates production

The Head Hunter

Directed by Jordan Downey

On the edge of a dark wood, a medieval Viking bounty hunter heeds a daily signal to enter the woods

The Headless Woman

Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Lucrecia Martel’s third feature, premiering in competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, divided critics from the start, owing to

The Heiresses

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi

In a relationship for over 30 years, Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun) are settled into a comfortable domestic

The Hidden City

Directed by Victor Moreno

A sensory journey with few parallels this year, Moreno’s (Edificio España) latest investigation into infrastructure plunges us deep underground in

The Hole in the Ground

Directed by Lee Cronin

Hot off its premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, The Hole in the Ground announces the arrival Lee Cronin,

The Holy Girl

Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Set in the confines of a small, modest Salta (northern Argentina) hotel, Martel’s sophomore feature—following her unforgettable debut La Ciénaga—bristles

The Image Book

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

A new film by the legendary Jean-Luc Godard is always cause for celebration, and with The Image Book, the 88-year-old

The Image You Missed

Directed by Donal Foreman

Billed as a “film between Donal Foreman and Arthur McCaig,” The Image You Missed is a powerful excavation of historical

The Load

Directed by Ognjen Glavonic

Opening on a gray landscape in Bosnia are distant explosions from NATO airstrikes, setting the scene for this quietly piercing

The Proposal

Directed by Jill Magid

Renowned New York-based artist Jill Magid rose in the art world with both contempt and praise in 2016 for her

The River

Directed by Emir Baigazin

Five Kazakh brothers, ages five to 16, live with their parents on an extremely spare, dusty steppe in a house

The Silence of Others

Directed by Robert Bahar, Almudena Carracedo

Under General Francisco Franco’s fascist military dictatorship in Spain, lasting from 1939 until his death in 1975, the Spanish people

The Trial

Directed by Maria Ramos

The Brazilian right’s 2016 impeachment (or “soft coup”) of President Dilma Rousseff of the democratic-socialist Workers’ Party (PT) remains one

The Waldheim Waltz

Directed by Ruth Beckermann

Kurt Waldheim, one of Austria’s most notorious and well-known diplomats, was UN Secretary General from 1972 to 1981, eventually running

The Wild Pear Tree

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Continuing in the long-take, deeply intimate and conversational vein of much of his previous work, Ceylan’s latest is one of

The Wolf House

Directed by Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León

Strongly resembling a contemporary version of the early works of Jan Švankmajer, Cociña and León’s feature debut is a harrowing

Theatre of War

Directed by Lola Arias

Today, the Falklands War of 1982 lives on in the collective memories of the Argentinian and British soldiers who fought

Too Late to Die Young

Directed by Dominga Sotomayor

In this angular, sun-faded coming-of-age drama, Sotomayor excavates a certain feeling of youth in a teenage girl on the verge


Directed by Christian Petzold

Adapted from Anna Seghers’ 1944 masterpiece novel, with Transit Petzold transports the story of those fleeing the Nazis during WWII


Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi, Adesh Prasad

A curse visited upon a family member leads a young boy to discover a bottomless treasure tied to Hastar, a

Valley of Shadows

Directed by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen

Six-year-old Aslak (Adam Ekeli) lives in a remote Norwegian village where someone or something has been slaughtering sheep. Much to

Virus Tropical

Directed by Santiago Caicedo, Paola Gaviria

Based on beloved Colombian-Ecuadorian artist Power Paola’s graphic novel of the same name, Virus Tropical is a brilliantly line-drawn, gorgeous

What Is Democracy?

Directed by Astra Taylor

The question posed by the title of Astra Taylor’s (Examined Life, Zizek!) latest documentary is undoubtedly a huge one with

Winter Flies

Directed by Olmo Omerzu

The Slovenian-born Omerzu’s third feature is a charming and deceptively simple comic road movie following two teenage boys as they

Woman at War

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

In Erlingsson’s confident follow up to his 2013 debut Of Horses and Men (PIFF 37), Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir (Metalhead) stars as

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Directed by Arwen Curry

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) is one of America’s finest writers. Early in her career, she sought to break the

Young Solitude

Directed by Claire Simon

Documentary filmmaker Claire Simon returns for a third time to the subject of French school life in her latest feature

Your Face

Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang

Master director Tsai’s latest experiment with heavily stripped down cinema is no less thrilling and enveloping than his earlier quasi-neorealist


Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Appearing on myriad best-of-2018 lists and nearly ten years in the making, Martel’s fourth feature is an adaptation of Antonio

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