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Jun
14
Fri
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“[O]ne of the most brilliant and provocative films to emerge from Iran recently… simple and daring.”

— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

77 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami. In Persian and English with English subtitles. DCP.

Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

Official Website


PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“[O]ne of the most brilliant and provocative films to emerge from Iran recently… simple and daring.”

— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

77 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami. In Persian and English with English subtitles. DCP.

Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

Official Website


RENT at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square
Jun 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
RENT at One Longfellow Square @ One Longfellow Square | Portland | Maine | United States

In New York City’s gritty East Village, a group of bohemians strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.

 

Jun
15
Sat
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“[O]ne of the most brilliant and provocative films to emerge from Iran recently… simple and daring.”

— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

77 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami. In Persian and English with English subtitles. DCP.

Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

Official Website


PMA Films: “The Talk of the Town”: News from Home (1977) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
PMA Films: "The Talk of the Town": News from Home (1977) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“This is one of the best depictions of the alienation of exile that I know.”

— Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

88 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Chantal Akerman. In French with English subtitles.

Note: This screening is part of a series, “The Talk of the Town,” inspired by the upcoming exhibit “Peggy Bacon: Biting, never Bitter.” Each film in this series concerns a female artist navigating their ambitions in a big city. Films in “The Talk of the Town” series will screen at 3 pm on Saturdays throughout June.

Letters from Chantal Akerman’s mother are read over a series of elegantly composed shots of 1976 New York, where our (unseen) filmmaker and protagonist has relocated. Akerman’s unforgettable time capsule of the city is also a gorgeous meditation on urban alienation and personal and familial disconnection.

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Jun
16
Sun
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“[O]ne of the most brilliant and provocative films to emerge from Iran recently… simple and daring.”

— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

77 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami. In Persian and English with English subtitles. DCP.

Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

Official Website


PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
PMA Films: Terrestrial Verses at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“[O]ne of the most brilliant and provocative films to emerge from Iran recently… simple and daring.”

— Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

77 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Ali Asgari and Alireza Khatami. In Persian and English with English subtitles. DCP.

Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.

Official Website


Jun
21
Fri
PMA Films: 20,000 Species of Bees (Pride Month screening) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:10 pm
PMA Films: 20,000 Species of Bees (Pride Month screening) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“Extraordinary for its sensitivity and perception, Estibollz Urresolo Sologuren’s story of an 8-year-old girl’s growing discomfort with being perceived as a boy is a landmark in the filmic discussion of gender, sexuality and identity.”

— Deborah Young, The Film Verdict

128 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren. In Spanish, Basque, and French with English subtitles. DCP.

In a small, sleepy village in the Basque Country, a sculptor named Ane and her three children arrive at her mother Lita’s home for summer vacation where they are surrounded by extended family and nosy neighbors. Ane and her mother’s relationship is strained — Lita disapproves of her daughter’s frayed marriage, career as an artist, and the way she parents her obstinate and mischievous children. Chief among them is eight-year-old Aitor, nicknamed Coco after it becomes clear that being referred to by the Aitor elicits feelings of distress in the child. Born biologically male, neither birth name nor the genderless nickname feel quite right, and Ane’s concern for her child grows as Coco becomes more withdrawn. The child’s only respite lies in the Basque hills, where Ane’s aunt Lourdes tends to the family’s beekeeping farm. Among the peaceful humming of bees and Lourdes’ open-minded guardianship, Coco slowly begins to confide in family and friends her discomfort in her body, eventually voicing a desire to be treated as a girl. As Coco explores her own developing identity over the summer, Ane and the rest of her family in turn must learn to accept the child as she is.

Basque director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s assured debut feature is a wonderfully sensitive work carried by the Berlinale Silver Bear winning lead performance of newcomer Sofía Otero. An authentic and heart-wrenching story of transition, 20,000 Species of Bees is “a landmark in the filmic discussion of gender, sexuality and identity,” (The Film Verdict).

Official Website


Jun
22
Sat
PMA Films: 20,000 Species of Bees (Pride Month screening) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm
PMA Films: 20,000 Species of Bees (Pride Month screening) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“Extraordinary for its sensitivity and perception, Estibollz Urresolo Sologuren’s story of an 8-year-old girl’s growing discomfort with being perceived as a boy is a landmark in the filmic discussion of gender, sexuality and identity.”

— Deborah Young, The Film Verdict

128 minutes. Not Rated. Directed by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren. In Spanish, Basque, and French with English subtitles. DCP.

In a small, sleepy village in the Basque Country, a sculptor named Ane and her three children arrive at her mother Lita’s home for summer vacation where they are surrounded by extended family and nosy neighbors. Ane and her mother’s relationship is strained — Lita disapproves of her daughter’s frayed marriage, career as an artist, and the way she parents her obstinate and mischievous children. Chief among them is eight-year-old Aitor, nicknamed Coco after it becomes clear that being referred to by the Aitor elicits feelings of distress in the child. Born biologically male, neither birth name nor the genderless nickname feel quite right, and Ane’s concern for her child grows as Coco becomes more withdrawn. The child’s only respite lies in the Basque hills, where Ane’s aunt Lourdes tends to the family’s beekeeping farm. Among the peaceful humming of bees and Lourdes’ open-minded guardianship, Coco slowly begins to confide in family and friends her discomfort in her body, eventually voicing a desire to be treated as a girl. As Coco explores her own developing identity over the summer, Ane and the rest of her family in turn must learn to accept the child as she is.

Basque director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s assured debut feature is a wonderfully sensitive work carried by the Berlinale Silver Bear winning lead performance of newcomer Sofía Otero. An authentic and heart-wrenching story of transition, 20,000 Species of Bees is “a landmark in the filmic discussion of gender, sexuality and identity,” (The Film Verdict).

Official Website


PMA Films: “The Talk of the Town”: Drylongso (1998) (Free Juneteenth screening) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
PMA Films: "The Talk of the Town": Drylongso (1998) (Free Juneteenth screening) at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

“Low-key yet capacious, Drylongso is an affectionate art-school razz; a study of female friendship; a reflection on gender, race, & violence; a murder mystery; and a portrait of Oakland.”

— Melissa Anderson, 4 Columns

86 minutes. Rated R. Directed by Cauleen Smith. In English. DCP.

Note: This screening is part of a series, “The Talk of the Town,” inspired by the upcoming exhibit “Peggy Bacon: Biting, never Bitter.” Each film in this series concerns a female artist navigating their ambitions in a big city. Films in “The Talk of the Town” series will screen at 3 pm on Saturdays throughout June.

A lost treasure of 1990s DIY filmmaking, Cauleen Smith’s Drylongso embeds an incisive look at racial injustice within a lovingly handmade buddy movie/murder mystery/ romance. Alarmed by the rate at which the young Black men around her are dying—indeed, “becoming extinct,” as she sees it—brash Oakland art student Pica (Toby Smith) attempts to preserve their existence in Polaroid snapshots, along the way forging a friendship with a woman in an abusive relationship (April Barnett), experiencing love and loss, and being drawn into the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Capturing the vibrant community spirit of Oakland in the nineties, Smith crafts both a rare cinematic celebration of Black female creativity and a moving elegy for a generation of lost African American men.

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