PIFF 2014: No Whimpering

The Portland International Film Festival ends with stage blood, suicide bombings and sled dogs.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s the home stretch of the Portland International Film Festival, and judging by the final crop of movies, it’s going to be a cruel push to the finish line. That’s not to say there’s noth   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

PIFF By The Numbers*

A graphical breakdown of this year’s Portland International Film Festival.

Movie Reviews & Stories
* To the best of our hazy, hung-over recollection. 2 In Ernest & Celestine (France), a mouse and a bear become lifelong friends. 3 In It’s All So Quiet (The Netherlands), this involves lots of   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

PIFF 2014: Shovel-Ready

The Portland International Film Festival digs itself out from beneath the snowbank.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s normal to feel behind at this point in the Portland International Film Festival. During a normal year, it’s impossible to keep up with all the mummified dictators and decapitated royals a   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 WW Staff

PIFF Into Darkness

The Portland International Film Festival embraces its sinister side.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It’s a dismal time of year. February is a dark, soggy slog—especially at the multiplex. It’s a perfect time, though, for snuggling into a seat in a cozy arthouse theater to watch something d   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Staff

Road To Nowhere

PIFF ends with horrors and prostitutes.

Movie Reviews & Stories
  WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22 EternityCritic’s Score: 67[THAILAND] Though it is at some level a ghost story, Eternity is much more about absence than presence: The spirit in question is a lone rid   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

Oh, The Places We’ve Been!

Mapping the terrain of a land called PIFF.

Movie Reviews & Stories
No festival is an island. They’re regional importers, which is why the Portland International Film Festival shares so many titles with its sisters in Seattle, San Francisco and the Film Society    More

Licking PIFF

Don’t Let the Portland International Film festival get you down. WW's guide to week two.

Movie Reviews & Stories
After a certain point—we’re going to say it’s this Saturday, Feb. 18—the trickiest part of navigating the Portland International Film Festival is summoning the will to get out of bed.    More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

PIFF Improvement

Helping the Portland International Film Festival get better, one movie at a time.

Movie Reviews & Stories
We live in a difficult world. If you were not aware of how difficult it is, the Portland International Film Festival is here to remind you.   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 WW MOVIE STAFF

The It List: The Top 10 Things in Portland and the World


Each week our culture scientists rank their 10 favorite things in the universe. The resulting list is infallible. The list is perfect. If you don't agree with the list, you are wrong. Some items may stay atop the list for weeks, others may only make a brief appearance. Some items are Portland-centric, but only because Portland is at the center of the universe. Please do not write to us, asking ...   More
Monday, January 30, 2012 WW Arts And Culture Staff

Uncle Kryza Who Can Recall His Past Festivals

The Best and Worst of PIFF


Movies & Television
The Portland International Film Festival is rocketing toward the end of its 18 days and 71 features (it climaxes over the next three nights with mutant Japanese schoolgirls and undead soldiers). But we on WW's crack squad of reviewers can't cope with our Post-PIFF Stress Disorder (PPIFFSD, in the medical community) without taking a look back on the landscape of international cinema we traversed, pointing ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 AARON MESH


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