34th Portland International Film Festival


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34th Portland International Film Festival

February 10-26, 2011

Official Web site: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff34/


The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the Northwest Film Center’s 34th annual showcase of new world cinema.  Through its presentation of 129 films from over 40 countries, the Festival seeks to unite our community through the medium of film—bringing together culturally diverse audiences, a remarkable cross-section of cinematic voices, and visiting filmmakers, hosted in a number of screening and social venues across the city.

PIFF 34 highlights include late-night screenings; new documentaries; special student and family programming; submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; award-winning local and international shorts; a spotlight on new works by Oregon filmmakers; and a Hispanic Film Showcase, presented in honor of Cine-Lit 2011, the seventh International Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature.


The Festival opens Thursday, February 10, at the Newmark Theater with the French film Potiche from director François Ozon.  This light-hearted, sharp-tongued comedy stars two of the most acclaimed and beloved French actors of all time, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.  Following the screening, the Opening Night Party takes place at Nel Centro. Buy tickets now.




Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (B3)
Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)

Armadillo (Documentary)


Armadillo is the name of a heavily fortified UK-Danish army base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In 2009, Metz and crew followed a group of young Danish recruits as they adjusted to the grim realities of conflict, inside and outside their secure camp. The result is one of the most harrowing reports on the war and a vivid portrait of the impact of boredom and battle on mind and body. Get tickets now.


Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 1 PM (B3)
Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)

Barbershop Punk (Documentary)

DIRECTOR: Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield - UNITED STATES

While trying to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet (legally), a software engineer named Robb Tolposki living in Hillsboro, Oregon, found that his uploads were being secretly blocked by his service provider, Comcast. His response soon made him the unlikeliest of heroes in the “net neutrality” debate, compelling the Federal Communications Commission to focus on Comcast’s—and other large media corporations’—efforts to control free expression and, of course, internet profits. Get tickets now.

For the full program, more information, and to buy tickets, visit the official PIFF 34 website: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff34/.

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