SOLSC19 10/31: Portland International Film Festival

It’s March and the Slice of Life Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing space for writers.

Last year I started attending the Portland International Film Festival(PIFF).  I went with a friend and we saw  The House By The Sea, Directed by Robert Guédiguian.  It was an incredible movie and reminded me how fun it is to see films from foreign countries.

Last night, we went to dinner with our husbands and then saw The Load, Directed by Ognjen Glavonic. Taking place in Bosnia during the NATO air raids, it’s about the day in the life of a man who’s driving a trunk with an unspecified load. (I hoped beyond hope it wasn’t what it was).  To say the movie was bleak is an understatement.

PIFF’s tagline is “Empathy has no ethnicity.” The Load pulls at your empathy and gives you away to see with new eyes how people outside of the United States live.  Hell does exist on earth in situations as portrayed in this movie.

It, too, is an incredible movie for different reasons than last year’s movie.  The cinematography captures the mood of the movie.

On Tuesday, I will see a movie from Korea, Hotel by the River, Directed by Hong Sang-soo which promises to be a lighter film.  And I hope to attend another one next weekend.

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1 Response to SOLSC19 10/31: Portland International Film Festival

  1. cvarsalona says:

    What an interesting way to spend your time, Jone. I must admit that I have a hard time watching international films. I tried to watch Roma and could not attend to it for long. What’s the stick with it trick?

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