Portland International Film Festival 2010 : 02/19-02/21 Weekend Round-Up

This weekend’s recommended picks! Go to the website for the Portland International Film Festival for more details.

A Town Called Panic

An insane surreal stop-motion animated fantasy film featuring toy figurines doing all sorts of things in all sorts of settings.

Sat, Feb. 20 @ 3:45pm (B3)
Sun, Feb. 21 @ 7:45pm (B1)


This Hungarian film follows a Gábor, an office cleaner who thoroughly analyzes the garbage of those he works for. Using garbage as a guide, he carefully targets vulnerable women to take advantage of, but has a conflict when he finally falls in love with one of them.

Sun, Feb. 21 @ 6:45pm (B4)
Tue, Feb. 23 @ 6:15pm (B3)
Wed, Feb. 24 @ 7:15p (B4)

City Of Life And Death

A brutal recreation of the “Rape Of Nanking,” in which more than 300,000 Chinese civilians were massacred by the Japanese army during the late 1930s.

Sun, Feb. 21 @ 7:30pm (WH)
Mon, Feb. 22 @ 8:15pm (B1)

Dawson Isla 10

After Chile’s military coup in 1973, President Salvador Allende’s most trustworthy collaborators are locked up in a concentration camp on Dawson Island. Thirty years later, they return to the island to see how time has healed their wounds.

Sat, Feb. 20 @ 8:15pm (B4)
Mon, Feb. 22 @ 6:45pm (B2)
Wed, Feb. 24 @ 8:45pm (B3)


World-traveling investigative New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof takes us into his world, which is full of situations we can never imagine from the comfort of our homes.

Mon, Feb. 15 @ 4:30pm (B3)
Sun, Feb. 21 @ 2:30pm (B1)


Elderly women in many countries are majorly tough cookies who engage in manual labor and really know how to fight for what they believe is right. Mother is a psychological drama about the mother of a mentally-handicapped young adult, and what she’s willing to do to prove that he is innocent of the crime he’s convicted of.

Fri, Feb. 19 @ 9:15pm (B1)
Tue, Feb. 23 @ 6:00pm (WH)

Passenger Side

From Los Angeles to the surrounding desert of the Inland Empire, Passenger Side follows the story of two siblings who embark on a common road trip, with uncommon results.

Fri, Feb. 19 @ 8:30pm (B3)
Wed, Feb. 24 @ 7:00pm (B2)

The Shock Doctrine

Let’s quote Sundance Film Festival, shall we? They’ve summed it up well: “Based on the best-selling book by Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine seeks to explain the rise of disaster capitalism: the exploitation of moments of crisis in vulnerable countries by governments and big business.”

Sat, Feb. 20 @ 6:45pm (B2)
Sat, Feb. 20 @ 9:15pm (B2)
Sun, Feb. 21 @ 1:00pm (B2)


Seen through the eyes of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s first wife, the Australian aristocrat, Ida Dalser, Vincere explores what happens to Dalser after Mussolini rejects both her and her newborn son.

Fri, Feb 19 @ 8:45pm (WH)
Sun, Feb. 21 @ 4:45pm (B1)

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Disney might not be what they used to be, but they’re still a household name. This behind-the-scenes documentary explores Disney’s past, from the mid-1980s until now.

Sat, Feb. 20 @ 1:30pm (B3)
Mon, Feb 22 @ 9:30pm (B2)


This French film follows the lives of illegal immigrants who are trying to flee their homelands to reach England, serving as an extremely memorable look into young immigrants and what their experiences as they try to make new lives for themselves.

Wed, Feb. 17 @ 8:45pm (B1)
Fri, Feb. 19 @ 8:15pm (B2)
Sat, Feb. 20 @ 6:15pm (B3)

The Wind Journeys

A film shot in the countrysides of Northern Columbia, The Wind Journeys follows Ignacio Carrillo, an accordion player who goes on one last trip to return his accordion to the man who gave it to him. When a young teenager with dreams of becoming a nomadic musician, the former tries to convince the boy that the lifestyle can only lead to solitude and sadness.

Sat, Feb. 18 @ 6:00pm (WH)
Sat, Feb. 20 @ 12:00pm (B1)

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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