As much as I enjoyed rattling around in my house all weekend drinking box wine and making soup, that blizzard business severely fucked up the schedule of cultural stimulation and social interaction I had originally intended to participate in. One of the things I missed out on was the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), which was forced to cancel some of its screenings. Even if it hadn't, though, I'm sure the whole "don't leave your house unless you absolutely have to" warnings probably hurt attendance some, which sucks for them and sucks for... except that they've decided to extend the festival through Wednesday, Feb 26! So turn that frown upside down: Your opportunity to experience fascinating/strange/scary international cinema hasn't been as gravely wounded as it once seemed. (And it seemed especially bad considering how dismal domestic releases are at the moment... I can't believe the new movie I keep getting recommended to is the fucking Lego Movie.) Here's the extension's schedule (all screening are at the Whitsell Auditorium):

Sunday, February 23
10 a.m. - The Zigzag Kid
12:15 p.m. - Ernest & Celestine
2 p.m. - Two Lives
4:15 p.m. - Salvo
6:30 p.m. - Aftermath

Monday, February 24
6 p.m. - The Best of The PIFF37 Short Cuts Programs
8:15 p.m. - Mary Queen Of Scots

Tuesday, February 25
6 p.m. - Finding Vivian Maier
8:15 p.m. - Child’s Pose

Wednesday, February 26
6 p.m. - Le Week-End
8:15 p.m. - Circles

A couple personal recommendations: Ernest and Celestine is a perfectly charming little winner of a film about an interspecies friendship between a mouse and a bear that's great for kids who speak French or read subtitles, and it's pretty great for adults, too. Mary Queen of Scots is dramatized history for goths... you may want to brush up on your history of the doomed royalty in question, since the film isn't fond of spelling things out, plus it's all the better to appreciate her high spirited good intentions at the outset. And Le Week-End was one of my favorites of the festival, a funny and sometimes sad romp featuring a retirement-aged British couple on vacation in Paris—yes, really!