Catch the 40th Anniversary of the Portland International Film Festival
Every year the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) offers a provocative lineup and this year is no exception. The festival opens on February 9th with "I am Not Your Negro." This film, a major contender for an Oscar, is based on the text of James Baldwin's final unfinished novel "Remember This House.".Utilizing archival footage from the Black Power and civil rights movement, this film examines the tragic relationship between the United States and skin color.
Following this opening night film and party, PIFF takes over downtown and other city spots for a series of screenings that run through February 25th. Included in this mix one can find features, shorts and special events that include submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar and returning masters alongside films by emerging artists. Among the Oscar-nominated features that will receive their Portland premiere include Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea (Italy/France), Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine (Denmark/Germany), and Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland/France). Other highlights include screening of films made by Pacific Northwest filmmakers and a selection of short films.
Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Avenue Portland, Oregon from noon to 6pm or by calling (503) 276-4310. Tickets are $12 General Admission; $11 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; and $9 Silver Screen Club Friends and Supporters, Children. Tickets to the opening night gala are $25 general admission and $20 for Silver Screen Friends and Supporters Those wishing to completely immerse themselves in the festival can purchase a pass for $350.00; $200 for students with a valid ID. Festival passes do not include admission to the Opening Night film and party but allow one to see every other film in the festival.