US Theatrical Premiere!
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) is one of America’s finest writers. Early in her career, she sought to break the gender barrier in male-dominated science fiction and did so thrillingly, quickly racking up awards and writing a long string of unforgettable novels like The Earthsea Trilogy, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and The Lathe of Heaven.
Through her writing, Le Guin offered readers a glimpse into new forms of life, questioning the dominant narratives of her time (and ours) and offering a staunchly anti-capitalist, utopian view of human, plant, and animal life. Le Guin and her beloved husband Charles lived in Portland since 1958, becoming two of the city’s most cherished residents.
First-time director Arwen Curry’s loving, grounded portrait of Le Guin probes deep into her life and work, offering a primer for the uninitiated and new avenues of interpretation and moments of nostalgic joy for her innumerable longtime fans.
Co-presented with Literary Arts. Director Arwen Curry and other guests (TBA) in attendance for post-film Q&As.
KESH, dir. Vanessa Renwick, 2018, 3 mins.
Half an hour before each show, the two-piece band Street Eaters will perform a special set of original instrumental music inspired by Le Guin's books The Dispossessed and Left Hand of Darkness. These works sonically hint at the vast range of human and otherworldly conditions explored in these books, with instrumentation from live bass guitar, synth, and percussion to field recordings of the oscillating frequencies of planets, comets, the cracking of icebergs, and more.
Prior to the opening night screening on 9/14, there will be a reception in the outdoor courtyard of the Portland Art Museum. All guests with a ticket to the 9/14 screening are invited to attend. The reception begins at 6pm. Please make sure to bring your ticket for admission.