Portland International Film Festival: Blancanieves
As much as we love acting locally, we depend on the Portland International Film Festival (along with other fests like this month’s PDX Jazz Festival) to keep us thinking globally. With 125 films from more than three dozen countries, it offers two-plus weeks of stories about the world outside our verdant valley.
Blancanieves, the festival's opening-night film, is a Spanish-inflected, The Artist–reminiscent silent treatment of the Snow White fairy tale. It is Spain's submission for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Other 2013 PIFF highlights include The Sapphires, a true-life Australian movie about a musical girl group made up of young Aborigines that stars Chris O’Dowd (Kristin Wiig’s charming cop suitor in Bridesmaids); the 2012 Cannes Film Fest’s best director winner, Carlos Reygadas’s Post Tenebras Lux; and the documentary Love, Marilyn, with celebrities reading from the blonde bombshell’s recently discovered diaries. Of course, there are also two Portland premieres, including Brian Lindstrom’s much anticipated documentary, Alien Boy: The Death and Life of James Chasse. For full schedule, visit website after January 29.