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Trailer: Miss Kiet’s Children

— by BEV QUESTAD — This film gets an A+ and an encore on March 4 at the Portland International Film Festival. A microcosm of the world is captured in Kiet Engels’ primary classroom in a Dutch village. Her focus is on order, getting along, work ethic and overcoming adversity. While the [...]

Trailer: Her Love Boils Bathwater

— by BEV QUESTAD — One of eight films chosen for an encore performance at the 2018 Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), “Her Love Boils Bathwater” is about resilience and fortitude in the face of great challenges. It is also about mothering. Futaba, a single mom, is surrounde[...]

Trailer: Spoor

— by BEV QUESTAD — The environment of this film – its lighting, cinematography, music and woods in lush Polish mountains – reveals the story just as much as the words, expressions and actions of the outstanding cast. A movie especially for members of the NRA, it tells of hunters and [...]

Trailer: For Ahkeem

— by BEV QUESTAD — It’s Missouri, October 2013 to March 2015. Barack Obama is president and a Missouri courtroom has exonerated a policeman of shooting an 18-year old African-American. It is a time of both hope and despair in our country and also in the life of Daje Shelton, a teenage [...]

Trailer: White Sun

— by BEV QUESTAD — In Nepal, the white sun in their flag signifies the fierce resolve of the Nepali people. A well-crafted allegory, this important film is the story of their passionate struggle for democracy. Two brothers of opposing parties must bury their father, the leader of their v[...]

Trailer: Makala

— by BEV QUESTAD — This is the story of Kabwita Kasongo, a poor man living with his beautiful family in a mud brick hut in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Makala is word for the charcoal he makes. Emmanuel Gras, the film’s creator, lets you can walk in Kabwita’s shoes for abo[...]

Trailer: The Rape of Recy Taylor

— by BEV QUESTAD — Oprah Winfrey announced the December death of Recy Taylor during her powerful 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. She let the world know of Taylor’s gang rape by white boys, her courageous accusation, her connection to Rosa Parks and how that [...]

Steven Soderbergh goes mobile with Unsane

— by CRAIG SMITH — Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to the Oscars thanks to his slick Hollywood fare, as fans of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Erin Brockovich” will be quick to tell you. But his latest movie, the horror thriller “Unsane,” was shot entirely on iPhones. What’s more[...]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: First Trailer

— by JASON CULLEN — “Jumanji” (1995), directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, was one of the best-loved family films of the ’90s, and people have fond memories of the safari-themed adventure. Some purists may think that classics such as t[...]

I Am Not Madame Bovary: Official Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — The fabulously diversified Portland International Film Festival has been extended to Feb. 27. An example of one of PIFF’s exquisite foreign films is the picturesque Chinese blockbuster by Feng Xiaogang. Known as China’s Steven Spielberg, he uses a unique screen[...]

Starless Dreams: Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — Award-winning director Mehrdad Oskouei was given access to an incarceration facility for girls 18 and under in Iran. Gently asking them why they were there and what their hopes for the future were, he discovers a greater societal transgression than the girls’ crimes.[...]

Nakom: Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) wins another 10/10 with “Nakom,” a story about a young man, remarkably played by Jacob Ayanaba, with drive, initiative and intelligence who has the choice to take over his father’s farm or proceed on his university [...]

Heidi: Festival Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — With her spunky nature, the title character of Alain Gsponer’s new version of “Heidi” uncannily represents our time. Though picturesquely set in the 1880s, this new rendition of an old classic celebrates the child, curiosity, learning and following dreams – no [...]

The Son of Joseph: Official UK Trailer

— by BEV QUESTAD — Vincent (Victor Ezenfis), a teenage boy consumed with an identity crisis, learns who his father is. Then he has a key made to fit his bio-contributor’s office where he hides under a divan. In revulsion at the immorality he witnesses and in long-burning resentment for[...]