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Our second year in collaboration with Literary Arts presents Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival—November 5 at the Portland Art Museum—features four screenings with nationally-renowned writers discussing films that have influenced their work over the years and represents a diverse array of cinematic styles and literary concerns. All screenings will feature an introduction by the author and be followed by a wide-ranging dialogue with a member of the literary community.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm
Gas Food Lodging, US, 1992
dir. Allison Anders (101 mins., Drama, 35mm)
Selected by novelist Alexis Smith (Marrow Island) in conversation with Fiona McCann. Small-town New Mexico daughters Shade (Fairuza Balk) and Trudi (Ione Skye) long to escape the day-to-day drudgery, but doing so is tougher than either of them realize—for very different reasons.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 pm
Dead Ringers, Canada, 1988
dir. David Cronenberg (116 mins., Thriller, 35mm)
Selected by novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem (A Gambler’s Anatomy) in conversation with Casey Jarman. No director is better with body horror than Cronenberg, and Dead Ringers is one of his most effective creations. Here, Jeremy Irons plays twin female fertility doctors who engage in nefarious partner-swapping, with disastrous results.

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 pm
Close-Up, Iran, 1990
dir. Abbas Kiarostami (98 mins., Drama, 35mm)
Selected by poet Solmaz Sharif (Look) in conversation with John Freeman. Kiarostami’s path-breaking, true-or-false examination of an average Iranian man who impersonates a famous film director, intruding on a family’s solitude.

Sunday, November 6, 7 pm
Contact, US, 1997
dir. Robert Zemeckis (149 mins., Sci-Fi, 35mm)
Selected by novelist Lily Brooks-Dalton (Good Morning, Midnight) in conversation with Dan DeWeese. Jodie Foster memorably stars as an extraterrestrial researcher thrust into space—terrifyingly alone—when alien life forms contact Earth and provide instructions for an initial meeting.
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