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Tilda Swinton founds strangest film festival ever.

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07082008_tildaswinton.jpgTilda Swinton is starting a small festival in her hometown of Nairn in north-east Scotland. She’s passed up what I feel is a key opportunity to capitalize on her recent Hollywood role by calling her event “Nairnia” or the like, instead going with “The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams.” Tickets to films will cost £3 or a tray of baked goods, and everyone will sit on beanbags to take in “films with highly coloured, dreamlike elements,” according to the Guardian.

Part of the impetus behind the festival is Swinton and [co-organiser Mark] Cousins’ idea that “Money dictates the festival circuit too much, and fogs the pure, romantic obsession with film.” He added: “There are too many film festivals all trying to do the same kind of thing – what is there if you pare away all the frocks and the fuss? It amuses me that Tilda Swinton, who has been up all the red carpets, wants to do this – there’s a degree of punk about it.”

The festival, which is set to take place in August, sounds equal parts twee and incredible, with this piece of news certainly falling under the latter category: Joel Coen will be programming two nights, and though his selections have been kept a secret, Cousins promises that “They are as daft as a brush. If you went through 5,000 films, you would never guess them.”

The festival will run from August 15 to the 23rd.

[Photo: Swinton in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Buena Vista Pictures, 2005]

+ Tilda Swinton: Forget Cannes, take the high road to Nairn (Guardian)

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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