Hello and welcome to The Rain Falls Down on Portlandtown, a multi-topic blog focusing mainly on cinema but also on art, life and more in the little big city that is PDX, Oregon.
I've been toying with the idea of blogging for about a year now, mostly due to wanting an outlet for writing about film. This February, I'll be working the door at one of the six screening venues for the 34th annual Portland International Film Festival (PIFF). The gig translates, for me, as access to press screenings, etc. and it seemed like the perfect excuse/opportunity to force myself into (blogging) action. No time like the present, eh?
The full festival schedule won't be announced until February 1st. However, the following films have been confirmed by various local media outlets such as The Oregonian, Willamette Week and The Portland Mercury:
Certified Copy dir. Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, Close-Up)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives dir. Apichatapong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century, Tropical Malady)
Some Days Are Better Than Others dir. Matt McCormick (The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal)
When We Leave dir. Feo Aladag
Honey dir. Semih Kaplanoglu
How to Die in Oregon dir. Peter Richardson (Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon)
Son of Babylon dir. Mohamed Al Daradji (Dreams)
Outrage dir. "Beat" Takeshi Kitano (Fireworks, Sonatine)
Potiche dir. Francois Ozon (Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Swimming Pool)
In a Better World dir. Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Brothers)
The Revenant dir. D. Kerry Prior (Roadkill)
The Princess of Montpensier dir. Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de Torchon, The Clockmaker)
Of Gods and Men dir. Xavier Beauvois (Le Petit Lieutenant)
Cold Weather dir. Aaron Katz
Flamenco, Flamenco dir. Carlos Saura (Tango, Carmen)
Mutant Girls Squad dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura (Suicide Club) and Noburu Iguchi (The Machine Girl)
Passione dir. John Turturro (Romance & Cigarettes)
Rubber dir. Quentin Dupieux
The festival begins on the 10th and comes to a close on the 27th of February. I'll be sure to post again as soon as the official schedule appears online. Plus, I'll spend some time talking about films as I see them. Thanks for taking the time to peruse this post. Press screenings begin on Monday, so keep an eye out for updates. And, who knows, I might find something else to blather on about before then...