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.
- Toby Froud’s New Puppet Film Returns Us to the Magical World of ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’
- Three Women Transforming Ranching in Eastern Oregon
- A Native Portlander Returns to Find Her Hometown Radically Transformed
- Writer and Private Investigator Rene Denfeld on Portland Sexism
- 10 Amazing Oregon Women Breaking Barriers, Kicking Ass, and Inspiring Us All
- 3 Things You Must Eat in Portland This March
- Portland's Mayor Says the Future is Bright—If Anyone Can Still Afford to Live Here
- Toby, the Baby from Labyrinth, Grows Up to Be a Goblin King—in Portland