Hispanic movies get prominent spot in international event

The upcoming Portland International Film Festival will have some state of Oregon flavor, with several films by local filmmakers to be screened.

The 34th annual festival goes from Feb. 10 to Feb. 26 at various Portland theaters. It starts Feb. 10 at the Newmark Theater, 1111 S.W. Broadway, with the French lighthearted comedy film 'Potiche,' from director Francois Ozon and starring two of France's biggest names, Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. Following the screening, an opening night party will take place at Nel Centro, 1408 S.W. Sixth Ave.

Among the Oregon films:

• Peter D. Richardson's Sundance Film Festival-acclaimed documentary 'How to Die in Oregon.'

• Aaron Katz's Portland valentine 'Cold Weather.'

• The Portland premiere of Matt McCormick's first feature film, 'Some Days are Better Than Others.'

• A program of 'Made in Portland' short films will feature the works of Jim Blashfield, Joanna Priestley and more.

The festival has always had diverse and innovative films, and 130 new films from more than 35 countries will be shown to an estimated total audience of 35,000 or more. Films include Oscar submissions, works by new directors and films for families and students.

The festival will shine a large light on Hispanic films this year. In partnership with Cine-Lit, a conference organized by the Oregon State University, University of Oregon and Portland State University, a Spanish-language showcase will feature new films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela.

The 'PIFF AFTER DARK' series focuses on films that push the cinematic boundaries.

Festival screening locations are: Regal Broadway Metroplex, 1000 S.W. Broadway; Cinema 21, 616 N.W. 21st Ave.; Cinemagic, 2021 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.; Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway; Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Advance tickets are available starting Feb. 2 by visiting the Mark Building/Portland Art Museum, 1119 S.W. Park Ave.; or by phone at 503-276-4310. Prices per screening are $10 for general admission and $9 for Portland Art Museum members, students and seniors.

The full festival lineup, with times, dates and locations, can be found at starting Jan. 28.

- Jason Vondersmith

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