The Limits of Control IS BACK!

18 06 2009

In several recent posts, I’ve waxed lyrically about THE LIMITS OF CONTROL (Jim Jarmusch, U.S., 2009), Jarmsuch’s career masterpiece and one of the best films of the year, albeit a poorly reviewed one.  And then the film poofed out of Portland.  Well, The Laurelhurst is bringing it back!


By any means necessary, pleeeeeeeeeeease come out to see this hypnotic, minimal, sensual and smart film.  Leave your expectations behind about what you feel a film should be and see something totally new and mesmerizing.  THE LIMITS OF CONTROL returns to Portland on Friday at 4:30pm and plays all weekend at that time and 9:10pm and the rest of the week at 9:40pm.  I recommend the later shows.  It’s more dreamlike that way.

Cinema Project wraps up their Spring line-up of experimental films with The Films of Amar Kanwar.

Recipient of the 1st Edvard Munch Award for Contemporary Art from Norway; Kanwar’s films have shown in galleries and festivals all over the world. In the mid eighties Kanwar became interested in filmmaking as a way to explore issues of justice. Emerging from the Indian sub continent, Kanwar’s films are complex, contemporary narratives that connect intimate personal spheres of existence to larger social political processes. The films exist at the crossroads of documentary, visual poetry and philosophical meditation; linking legends and ritual objects to new symbols and public events, which trigger emotional and intellectual disturbances in the viewer. Finding a contextual relationship with diverse audiences, Kanwar’s work maps a journey of exploration revealing our relationship with the politics of power, violence, ecology, sexuality and justice.

Plays Thursday only at 7:30pm.  Cinema Project is located at 11 NW 13th Ave on the 4th floor.

One of the most poetic films which played at this year’s Portland International Film Festival starts this Friday at The Hollywood Theatre, TREELESS MOUNTAIN (So Yong Kim, U.S./South Korea, 2008). This is her follow up film to her debut, In Between Days, which was more complex in story structure but less emotionally involving as TREELESS.


TREELESS MOUNTAIN evokes the innocence and struggle found in the films of Indian master, Satyajit Ray, as it tells the story of two very little girls who must look after one another after their mother leaves them to search for their estranged father.  More optimistic than Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows, TREELESS MOUNTAIN puts us in the perspective of the sisters as they adapt to change and instability.

Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Award at this year’s Berlin Int’l Film Festival, TREELESS MOUNTAIN is that rare film which captures youth in a way that’s universal and earnest.  DO NOT MISS.

TREELESS MOUNTAIN starts Friday at The Hollywood Theatre.

Also of interest at The Hollywood, a book signing of Theatres of Portland, which includes 217 rare and historic photos covering the entire spectrum of Portland’s rich movie theater history. The authors culled the archives and private collections to obtain many photographs that are being published for the first time in 80 years. Theatres of Portland is the first book to explore Portland’s rich movie theater past, complete with the events and architecture that made movie-going one of the city’s greatest forms of entertainment.

The event witll include a screening of the classic British comedy THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH (Basil Dearden, U.K., 1957) starring Peter Sellers which tells the tale of a couple that inherits an old dilapidated movie theater and their struggles to bring it back to life.  PLEASE NOTE:  It is unconfirmed if the film will be a 35mm print or DVD.  For the sake of integrity, it better be film, doncha think?


Theatres of Portland book signing and screening at The Hollywood Theatre is Sunday, June 21st at 1PM only.

This next one makes me grumble a little bit.  Here’s the deal:  The NW Film Center is presenting THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929). If that was all, that would be enough.  Dziga Vertov was a goddamn genius who is still being mimicked today.  The film is being accompanied by a band calling themselves The Alloy Orchestra, but The Alloy Orchestra is NOT an orchestra, it’s three guys.  Additionally, I am HIGHLY skeptical that NWFC will be screening a 35mm film print of THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA as The Alloy Orchestra released a DVD of the film with their original score.  See picture:


The problem I have with these kinds of screenings is that the screening is more about the musicians than it is about the film.  At the end, people applaud and what they applaud are musicians and not the film.  Also this weekend, and in the same vein, are a series of short Surrealist films accompanied by live music at The Clinton St. (being billed as Opera: Dada, which is rather different than Surrealism, but never mind).  Both events are about the music and not about the film.  You do not NEED a new score for Vertov’s THE MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA because it is perfect in its original silent form.

At any rate, it’s playing Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm at The Whitsell Auditorium, if that’s your bag.  I’ll be bringing earplugs.

Lastly, this Saturday, a confirmed film print presented by Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque of Portland’s own, Todd Haynes’ VELVET GOLDMINE (U.K., 1998) starring Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a glam rock lip lock between Iggy Pop and David Bowie (kinda sorta)!  Yummy!  Also starring Christian Bale, Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard!


Doors open at 10pm with a costume contest at 10:45pm, film at 11pm.  I can’t think of a more Portlandly kind of film because everyone wants to be glam in this city…if they only knew how.

Anyway, that’s about it.  REVANCHE, if you missed it last week, moved to The Hollywood Theatre, also one of the best from PIFF this year.

And don’t forget this:

COMING SOON from PDXFilm:  A special Independence Day screening at Cinema 21!  That’s right!  I finally get to start programming!  IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE!






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