Church of Film

December 8th, 2019


Sunday, December 8th. 7pm at Psychic! FREE! Police Inspector Glebsky answers an anonymous distress call from a remote mountain hotel, but finds the place untroubled when he arrives. However when an avalanche snows him in, he gets to know the hotel's strange guests a little better, and something—or many things—are not quite right... are they terrorists? Robots? Aliens?! This stylish glam-inflected, spaced-out, sci-fi neo-noir is a weird and wild mystery yarn based on a novel by famed Soviet sci-fi writers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, and features an amazing ambient space-rock soundtrack by Estonian synth pioneer Sven Grunberg! Pyschic, 3560 N Mississippi Ave
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December 9th, 2019


Monday, December 9th. 9:30pm at Century. FREE! Mother Winter saves a young boy from her cousin, Death, and raises him as her immortal child. However, consumed by curiosity and desiring love, the young boy renounces his immortality to become human again! Banned from filmmaking for a decade, Juraj Jakubisko's reputationz grew as film fanatics whispered about a legendary "Slovakian Fellini." Jakubisko proudly endorsed the mantle with a glorious return to form and film, THE FEATHER FAIRY—even casting Fellini's wife, Giullieta Massina (La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits) in the title role! A wondrous, delirious adaptation of the Brother's Grimm tale Mother Hulda, Jakubisko's camera drifts from earth to heaven and spins its way into beautiful carnivalesque folk montages in a joyous celebration of what it means to be human!
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December 10th, 2019


Tuesday, December 10th at the Alberta Abbey! 7pm, $5-8 suggested donation. Our beloved collection, RUSSIAN FAIRY TALE ANIMATION! A collection of wondrous short fairy tale films from the Soviet Union’s best animation studio, Soyuzmultfilm! Given free reign stylistically, and with no profit motive, Soviet animators created one of the most productive and groundbreaking animation studios in the world to rival Walt Disney! While many of the fairy tales echo Disney’s choice of material, Russian animators employed a broader technical diversity and approaches, and often more abstract, beautiful, and phantasmagoric representations. Included will be Ivan Aksenchuk’s breathtaking THE LITTLE MERMAID (1968) and CINDERELLA (1979), work by the great Olga Khodataeva, Vladimir Pekar’s exquisitely designed VASSILISSA THE BEAUTIFUL (1977), and much more! Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
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December 15th, 2019


Sunday, December 15th at Psychic. 7pm, FREE! Through fire, snow, and hail, this swirling, discursive Magic Realist epic follows three generations and thirty years in Slovakian village, and the spirit of the irrepressible beehive that represents them. THE MILLENNIAL BEE is a towering patchwork portrait of sex, labor and death at the turn of the Twentieth Century, leading to the slaughter of the first World War and the birth of Socialist resistance. Told with absurd and psychedelic detours, and director Juraj Jakubisko's signature soaring camerawork, it's often considered the Czechoslovakian New Wave' legend's greatest achievement!
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December 16th, 2019

The Snow Woman at Century

Monday, December 16th at Century. 9:30pm, FREE! A master sculptor and his apprentice, Yosaku, seek out a mystical tree for carving a statue commissioned by a local temple. This angers the ghostly witch of the woods, who takes her revenge on the master, but spares the student. Not long after, the beautiful Yuki appears in the village and falls in love with Yosaku. But through marriage and children, poverty and hardship, both Yuki and Yosaku must keep a dreadful secret… THE SNOW WOMAN is a somber and elegant kaidan, a traditional Japanese ghost story, about love, sacrifice, and compassion, shot with painterly compositions by Kurasawa and Mizoguchi understudy Tokuzo Tanaka, and featuring a haunting score by Akira Ifukube.Century, 930 SE Sandy blvd.
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December 18th, 2019

Santa Claus at the Clinton Street Theater

Wednesday, December 18th. 8pm at Clinton Street Theater! $5-8 suggested donation. Santa Claus awaits the holidays in his celestial kingdom, spying on little children, peering into their very nightmares. Every year he battles the forces of the Devil for the souls of little children, and equipped with magical gadgets of the wizard Merlin, must overcome the obstacles the demons put in his place. Made in Mexico, SANTA CLAUS is a ghastly fever dream of Christmas imagery in absolutely terrifying distortions, and a remarkable marvel of children's programming gone horribly wrong. It's also a bizarre wonderland of amazing set pieces, costumes, and truly unforgettable sequences bursting from a deeply submerged and disturbed psyche.
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December 22nd, 2019

Melody For a Street Organ at Psychic

Sunday, December 22nd at Psychic. 7pm, FREE! It's Christmas in late capitalism, and two orphans are on their own, looking for their long lost father. But in train stations, grocery stores, casinos, and beyond, there is little room for society's least productive members, and least potential consumers: children. Ukrainian genius Kira Muratova's MELODY FOR A STREET ORGAN is a Dickensian reboot for a new era of capitalist depravity, where fairy godmothers are redirected to the home furnishings department, loss prevention security assume the role of trolls under every bridge, stealing is a game for the rich, and history is a nonsensical assemblage of tragic accidents. A wicked carnival of self-involvement and insensitivity to the most vulnerable, it's a comedy so dark and mean that it must be true!
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December 23rd, 2019

The Night Before Christmas at Century

Monday, December 23rd at Century! 9:30pm, FREE! In the Ukrainian village of Dikanka, the blacksmith Vacula has angered the devil with a church painting. So the horned one steals the moon, and plans some nasty pranks beyond! Also, Vacula's mom is a witch, and the woman he loves demands the Tsarina's slippers, so the poor blacksmith has a lot of problems this Christmas Eve! THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (aka Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka) is one of Aleksander Rou's most wondrous fantasies, blending Russian Fairy Tale with Christmas lore in a spectacular banquet of imagination and image! Based on the story by Nikolai Gogol!
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December 30th, 2019

Carnival Night at Century

Monday, December 30th at Century! 9:30pm, FREE! The youthful members of a Soviet House of Culture are preparing a magical New Years Eve party, with a masquerade and a variety show full of song, dance, and performance. However, their director dies and is replaced at the last minute by the glowering apparatchik Comrade Ogurtsov... and he doesn't like of any of it. But the show must go on, and the kids resolve to run the party as planned—with or without Ogurtsov's approval. CARNIVAL NIGHT is a warm, jazzy spectacle and comedy that ushered in the post-Stalin period by taking satirical stabs at grey-faced, finger wagging Party functionaries, and giving a generous bow to the new generation.
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