Portland’s NW International Film Festival moves SE with the addition of the Moreland Theater, 6712 SE Milwaukie Ave., and a couple others close by: the Roseway Theater, 7229 NE Sandy Blvd. and the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland hosts more than 20 annual film fests each year but with 35,000 attendees, The PIFF Festival is billed as Oregon’s largest, most culturally diverse film event, featuring more than 150 films at locations across the city.
The event’s 38th annual kick off is February 5 at Fox Tower downtown featuring Wild Tales, an Argentinian submission for Best Foreign Language Film in the Oscars.
Friday, February 6, the new venue at Moreland Theater features The Lesson from Bulgaria and the “vampumentary” What We Do In The Shadows from New Zealand.
Friday Wednesday, February 11 at the Roseway is Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, a fictional event set in southern Spain while John Lennon was playing a character in Richard Lester’s anti-war movie How I Won the War. Antonio, a schoolteacher and avid Beatles fan, learns Lennon is filming in close by Almeria, and sets out to meet him. He makes friends along the way and Lennon’s words take on different significance in a story set in Franco’s Spain. Winner of four Goya Awards including Best Film and Best Director and the Spanish submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
This year’s Fest includes the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing late night movies like Mark Hartley’s (Not Quite Hollywood) Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films, and Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Big Man Japan. All After Dark shows are scheduled at Hollywood Theatre.
The Festival runs through February 21 and that’s a lot of movies to see. The complete PIFF schedule and more information about venues and times go to: www.nwfilm.org/festivals/piff