39th Portland International Film Festival Announces Opening Night Film


The Northwest Film Center recently announced the 39th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 39) dates and Opening Night film.

This year’s festival, running February 11 – 27, will kick off with the Opening Night selection The Fencer, from director Klaus Härö. The Fencer is this year’s Oscar-submission from Finland and tells the story of a Russian asylum seeker whose successful fostering of an Estonian youth fencing team poses a threat to his freedom. The Fencer will screen simultaneously on Opening Night at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum and at Regal Fox Tower 10.

After the screening of The Fencer, attendees are invited to celebrate the opening of this year’s festival with co-hosts Umpqua Bank, the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, the Finlandia Foundation, Voodoo Doughnuts, Montinore Estate, Elk Cove Vineyard, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Opening Night tickets are on sale now at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/openingnight/.

Following Opening Night, PIFF retains a sizable presence downtown and throughout the city with screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located inside the Portland Art Museum, Cinema 21, Regal Fox Tower, World Trade Center, OMSI, Moreland Theater, and Roseway Theater.

Over the last 39 years, the festival has populated its schedule with diverse and innovative films for an audience of more than 40,000 annually from throughout the Northwest. As Oregon’s largest, most culturally diverse film event, the Portland International Film Festival pulls together a multi-faceted experience with over 150 films (97 features and 62 shorts) and special events presenting a full spectrum of features, documentaries, and shorts – and featuring submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by both returning masters and emerging talents.

The full PIFF 39 Program is available online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/.

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