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May 4, 2018 – May 26, 2018

Foreign and independent film distribution is a perilous business, surviving as it does in the space between art and commerce. Most companies don’t make it for long, so it is worth a moment of celebration to salute Oscilloscope Pictures, which over the last decade has brought nearly 100 American and foreign films to American screens, introduced nearly as many filmmakers to new audiences, and found success with interesting, adventurous choices. This year’s Portland International Film Festival featured three of their films—Summer 1993, Polina, and Beauty and the Dogs—and here we present seven more that hint at a library worth exploring. Here’s to another decade of success.

Brimstone & Glory

Directed by Viktor Jakovleski

Every year, residents of the Mexican city of Tultepec – “the fireworks capital of the world”—hold a pair of events

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


Directed by Ceyda Torun

Cats (“kedi”) have an exalted status in Turkish culture, and caring for them is both a social and religious obligation,

Lost in Paris

Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon

Fiona, a hapless Canadian librarian, visits Paris for the first time after receiving a letter of distress from her 88-year-old


Directed by Ron Fricke

Samsara is a Tibetan/Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life.” For Ron Fricke (Chronos, Baraka) it is

The Love Witch

Directed by Anna Biller

Shot on 35mm film, Anna Biller's vivid tribute to ’60s Technicolor thrillers explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological

Wendy & Lucy

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

Based on a story by Portland writer Jon Raymond and shot here in Oregon, Reichardt’s (Old Joy, Meek’s Cutoff) film

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.