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Looking for something new to watch? We welcome everyone who loves art in all its forms, a great story well told, or is longing for connection to join us in exploring new ways of seeing the world through cinema unbound.

From Amy Dotson, Director of NWFC:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
dir.  Céline Sciamma, France, 2019
Streaming on Hulu.
I’ve always been a sucker for a great period drama. And if they happen to be set internationally, all the better. I think I spent half my childhood watching them with my Mom on rainy days and being transported to another time, another place, another world where things simmer under the surface. And now that I’m a mom myself, the reward of digging into a great film after the kids go to bed is all the sweeter. Check out this Cannes 2019 stunner and go in without much context – just know that this story of a passionate affair between a portrait artist and her subject will keep you glued to your couch and cheering for more from masterful director Celine Sciamma and the incredible lead performance from Adèle Haenel.

From Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager:
dir. Gaspar Noé, France, 2018
Streaming on Amazon Prime
The climax in any story is the point at which everything comes to a heightened point before cresting downwards into resolution. What might it look like then to tell a story riding the climax, or in which a gradual rise to this point is very sudden? French director Gaspar Noé’s 5th feature film is a good example of how this might play out by using long single takes filled with stunning choreography, wrapped in a cinematic vehicle designed to keep one on their toes as a dance troupe full of youthful swagger and skill gets tricked into taking acid.

From Morgen Ruff, Exhibition Program Manager & Programmer:
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes 
dir. Brett Story
Canada/US, 2016.
Available on Amazon Prime 
During this time of crisis, it’s important to remember the millions of incarcerated individuals in the US, confined to tiny cells or placed in tightly-packed prison populations with little/no access to the sanitary infrastructure that’s crucial to keeping this pandemic contained. In fact, as of April 1, Rikers Island in New York has the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 infections (by far) in the country. Story’s film has always been essential viewing, detailing the place of the prison in American society — all the unseen ways mass incarceration is just beneath the surface of our daily lives. The Film Center screened this exceptional work over a weekend in early 2017, cut short by an ice storm that stopped the city in its tracks. As we’re stopped again, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with one of the great documentaries of the last decade.

From Micah Vanderhoof, Theater Manager:
dir. Annette Haywood-Carter, US, 1996.
Streaming on Hulu.
Annette Haywood-Carter directs this modernized-to-1996 adaptation which follows a girl gang led by “Legs” (Angelina Jolie), and new-to-school “Maddie” (Hedy Burress) as they band together to fend off the sexism surrounding them at school and life all set against the backdrop of grungy 90’s Portland.  Heavily featuring Jefferson High School and with some stunning sequences on the Broadway Bridge, this essential 90s grungy girl-gang film should scratch that itch you’ve got to run wild in the streets of Portland.


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.