Barely a month -- or, sometimes, a week -- goes by without a film festival on the calendar but the 32nd Three Rivers Film Festival remains the oldest and largest.
This year, it's adding a fourth venue, offering sneak previews of movies that will open later this month or next and striving to celebrate "all the things that 'film' can be" and to present a little something for everyone Friday through Nov. 23 courtesy of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank.
Movies will be shown at four venues: Regent Square Theater (RS), 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood; Harris Theater (HT), 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown; Melwood Screening Room (MSR), 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland; and, new this year, Waterworks Cinemas (WC), 930 Freeport Road near Fox Chapel and Aspinwall.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through ShowClix.com up until two hours before showtime and, if seats remain, at the door.
Guest appearances and the full lineup can be found at www.3RFF.com but here are the first week's selections.
7:15 p.m.: "Girl From the Wardrobe" -- Surreal fable from Poland about two brothers and a mysterious woman, each alienated in some way. RS.
7:15 p.m.: "A Perfect Man" -- Liev Schreiber is a philandering husband who unknowingly falls back in love with his wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn) when she pretends to be another woman. HT.
7:15 p.m.: "Brasslands" -- Documentary about the world's largest trumpet competition held in a tiny Serbian village. MSR.
7:15 p.m.: "The Rocket" -- Spirited drama about a scrappy 10-year-old and his family escaping the Laotian outback in search of a new home. WC.
1:30 p.m.: "Evocateur" -- Documentary about abrasive talker Morton Downey Jr. WC.
2 p.m.: "My Neighbor Totoro" -- Gentle but exuberant animated classic from Hayao Miyazaki about two young sisters who move to the country and find sprites, spirits and a giant creature resembling a teddy bear with claws and Cheshire Cat smile. WC.
2 p.m.: "Little Red" -- Coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old girl who sets out from Milwaukee for Cumberland Island, Ga., home to wild horses. MSR.
2:30 p.m.: "Grave of the Fireflies" -- Animated film, first released in 1988, about two orphaned siblings struggling to survive in war-torn Japan. RS.
3:30 p.m.: "Loving" -- Polish drama, based on a well-known case in Olszytn, about what happens to a young married couple after the pregnant wife is raped by her boss, the mayor. HT.
3:45 p.m.: "Fierce Green Fire" -- Robert Redford and Meryl Streep are among the narrators of this expansive look at the environmental movement. WC.
4:30 p.m.: "Prince Avalanche" -- Offbeat comedy, loosely adapted from Icelandic film, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. WC.
4:30 p.m.: "Art of Life" -- Story of a young man and woman, challenged by drugs, gangs and family dysfunction, who find a mural art project allowing them to see a different future. MSR.
5 p.m.: "Philomena" -- Judi Dench stars in this true story of an Irish-Catholic looking for the son she was forced to give up decades earlier as a young unmarried woman. RS.
6 p.m.: "Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer" -- Portrait of street photographer who documented the emerging hip-hop culture. HT.
6:15 p.m.: "A Touch of Sin" -- China provides backdrop for four outcasts who channel their underclass rage into a bloody rampage. WC.
6:45 p.m.: "Go for Sisters" -- From John Sayles, story of onetime best friends who are now a recovering addict fresh from jail and her new parole officer. WC.
8 p.m.: "Bethlehem" -- Story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. RS.
8:30 p.m.: "Bastards" -- Modern film noir from Paris-based filmmaker Claire Denis about murder and revenge, with twists, turns and secrets. HT.
8:30 p.m.: "Eurocrime!" -- Documentary about the Italian cop and gangster films that ruled Europe in 1970s. MSR.
9 p.m.: "2 Autumns, 3 Winters" -- Offbeat French indie about ennui and the transformative power of calamity. WC.
9:30 p.m.: "A Field in England" -- Mushrooms, madness and gold contribute to dark deeds in Civil War-era rural England, courtesy of filmmaker Ben Wheatley. WC.
1:30 p.m.: "Eurocrime!" MSR.
2 p.m.: "Ilo Ilo" -- As Teresa, a live-in Filipino maid in Singapore, becomes an unspoken part of the Lim family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the family's new normal in this Oscar entry. WC.
2 p.m.: "My Neighbor Totoro," RS.
2:30 p.m.: Animated films by Jean Michel Kibushi -- Vision of Congo using drawings, cutouts, models and claymation. HT.
2:30 p.m.: "Oxyana" -- Portrait of Oceana, W.Va., an old coal mining town that has become the epicenter of the Oxycontin epidemic. WC.
4:30 p.m.: "The Animal Project" -- An unorthodox acting teacher attempts to push young performers out of their comfort zones, while struggling at home with his teenage son. HT.
4:30 p.m: "The Italian Connection" -- Restored 1972 classic about missing heroin, a small-time pimp in Milan framed for the theft and New York hit men dispatched to find him. MSR.
4:30 p.m.: "The Truth About Emanuel" -- A troubled girl becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina and Kaya Scodelario star. WC.
5 p.m.: "The Servant" -- New restoration of 1963 Joseph Losey film with Dirk Bogarde. WC.
5 p.m.: "Bethlehem," RS.
7 p.m.: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- Idris Elba plays the title role in an adaptation of the autobiography of South African President Nelson Mandela. WC.
7:30 p.m.: "Evocateur," WC.
8 p.m.: "Camille Claudel 1915" -- Juliette Binoche plays the sculptress, protege (and, later, mistress) of Auguste Rodin who was confined to a remote, church-run asylum for the mentally ill near Avignon. RS.
7 p.m.: "Loving," HT.
7 p.m.: "Sobre las Olas" -- Story of flamenco in the United States. MSR.
4 p.m.: "The Deflowering of Eva van End" -- From the Netherlands. A dysfunctional family gets turned on its head when an exchange student moves in. WC.
4:30 p.m.: "Cuba: An African Odyssey" -- Jihan El-Tahri's 2007 documentary about Cuban support for African revolutionary movements. WC.
6:15 p.m.: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," WC.
6:45 p.m.: "Camille Claudel 1915," WC.
7 p.m.: Steeltown Film Factory Event -- Premiere of "My Date With Adam" and kickoff for 2014 Film Factory competition awarding $30,000, chance to make a short film and go to Hollywood and connect with industry professionals. RS.
8 p.m.: "PERV" -- Pittsburgh Extreme Radical Video (Kyle Van Noy, Gena Salorino, Michael Maraden, Scott Whiteman) makes movies and shows them to small crowds. Microcinema at The Shop, 4314 Main St., Bloomfield.
9 p.m.: "Fateful Findings" -- "The Dead Zone" meets WikiLeaks in a low-budget, sci-fi indie. WC.
9:30 p.m.: "Drinking Buddies" -- Comedy about beer with Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson. WC.
4 p.m.: "No Horizon Anymore: A Year Long Journey at the South Pole" -- Keith Reimink, who normally works as a sous chef in Pittsburgh, traveled to the South Pole station during the austral winter and lived to tell about it. WC.
4:30 p.m.: "The Broken Circle Breakdown" -- Tearjerker and official Oscar entry from Belgium about a couple -- she runs a tattoo shop, he's a bluegrass banjo player -- and their gravely ill daughter. WC.
6:30 p.m.: "Bluebird" -- When a school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, she fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus, and what happens next shatters the tranquility of her logging town in the northern reaches of Maine. MSR.
6:30 p.m.: "A Touch of Sin," WC.
7 p.m.: "Philomena," WC.
7:30 p.m.: "The Animal Project," HT.
8 p.m.: "Grave of the Fireflies," RS.
9 p.m.: "Sobre las Olas," MSR.
9 p.m.: "Cuba: An African Odyssey," WC.
9:30 p.m.: "Go for Sisters," WC.
4:30 p.m.: "Fateful Findings," WC.
4:45 p.m.: "Ilo, Ilo," WC.
6:45 p.m.: "The Deflowering of Eva van End," WC.
7 p.m.: "Fierce Green Fire," WC.
8 p.m.: "A Field in England," RS.
7:30 p.m.: "The Punk Singer" -- A look at Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. HT.
6:30 p.m.: "Closed Circuit" -- One of the highest grossing films of the year in Poland, this political thriller is about three young entrepreneurs accused of money laundering by corrupt government officials. MSR.
9 p.m.: "Bluebird," MSR.
9 p.m.: "Oxyana," WC.
9:30 p.m.: "The Truth About Emanuel," WC.