The Northwest Film Center is poised to yet again unleash PIFF excitement on film audiences of the Portland Metro area. The Opening Night presentation of the 36th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) hits on Thursday, February 7th at the Newmark Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) with this year’s Spanish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, BLANCANIEVES, a 1920s, silent- set reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Snow White,” offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms and full of imagination.
Beginning Friday, February 8th, PIFF expands to take over a clutch of venues across town, including the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum, Cinema 21, Cinemagic, Regal Fox Tower, World Trade Center, and Regal Lloyd Center 10. From there, the festival runs through Friday, February 23rd and contains such highlights as Carlos Reygadas’ award-winning POST TENEBRAS LUX, a new documentary about Marilyn Monroe (LOVE, MARILYN), and a subversive new film from Portuguese director Miguel Gomes (TABU). A complete list of films will be announced late January.
Regularly drawing in an audience in excess of 35,000, PIFF is the largest annual film event in Oregon, showcasing new trends and emerging artists, as well as a returning crop of popular and important international talent from around the world. The festival packs over 125 features, documentaries, and shorts into a winter celebration of contemporary global perspectives in film.
Festival tickets don’t go on sale until end of January, but the purchase of a Silver Screen Club director level membership serves as a PIFF pass, as well as providing admission to Film Center events throughout the year.
Schedule updates, visiting artist information, party details, and discussion threads can all be found on the Northwest Film Center website and Newsroom Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
OPENING NIGHT FILM TICKETS & PARTY: $30, $25 Silver Screen Club Friend and Portland Art Museum members
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: $11
Festival microsite: festivals.nwfilm.org/piff36/updates