The Portland International Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center, has chosen its opening night film for its 36th edition. Cannes entry "The Sapphires," Wayne Blair's Vietnam era true story about an Aboriginal singing group and their manager (Chris O'Dowd), will open the festival on February 7, and will be followed by an opening night party at Portland Center for the Performing Arts’ Newmark Theatre. The festival closes February 23.
The complete lineup, which will be announced January 24 and available to the public here January 31, includes over 125 films from three dozen countries. The festival screens films in downtown Portland at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum, Cinema 21 and Cinemagic.
Crowd-pleaser "The Sapphires" also opened the Hawaii Film Festival. Synopsis below:
SAPPHIRES is an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late 60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Plucked from obscurity, the four spirited women are given the opportunity to entertain American troops in Vietnam. Catapulted onto the world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes, their journey of discovery offers them not only the chance to show off their musical skills, but find love and togetherness, experience loss and grow as women.