The Three Rivers Film Festival, presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank, opens Friday with a robust, diverse mix of movies.
It continues through Nov. 21 at three locations: Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood; Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown; and Melwood Screening Room at Filmmakers' headquarters, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland.
For a full schedule, go to www.3RFF.com. Opening- and closing-night tickets are $15, most others $8. If available, single tickets will be sold at theaters 30 minutes before showtime.
Tickets in advance: 412-394-3353 or www.proartstickets.org.
7 p.m.: "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" -- Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale, starring Christopher Plummer as a sideshow magician who sends audience members through a magic mirror into another world. With Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.
7 p.m.: "Precious" -- See review Page W-14.
MELWOOD SCREENING ROOM
7 p.m.: "If It Ain't Broke, Break It" -- Feel-good comedy, made in Pittsburgh by Dr. Ravi Godse, about a dying man who tries to improve the lives of a half-dozen people, only to see his efforts backfire.
8:30 p.m.: Artist reception.
9 p.m.: Festival gala.
2:30 p.m.: "Cloud 9" -- See review Page W-14..
5 p.m.: "Araya" -- Restored print of Margot Benacerraf's tone poem about salt workers and fishermen on the Araya peninsula in Venezuela.
7:15 p.m.: "The Young Victoria" -- See review Page W-14.
9:30 p.m.: "Thirst" -- A selfless priest, given tainted blood, becomes a vampire in this film from director Park Chan-wook ("Old Boy") that was a box-office hit in Korea.
3:30 p.m.: "We Live in Public" -- Ten years in the making and culled from 5,000 hours of footage, it shows the effect the Web is having on society through Internet pioneer Josh Harris, who lived under 24-hour electronic surveillance.
5:45 p.m.: "Terribly Happy" -- See review Page W-14.
8 p.m.: "Cafe Society" -- A rocking documentary about the history and development of cafe racer motorcycles, which blasted onto the streets of England in the 1950s. (See Pittsburgh Rides, page W-24).
1 p.m.: Artist talk with Makiko Miyamoto.
2 p.m.: "Egon & Donci" -- See review, Page W-17.
4 p.m.: "Exploding Girl" -- Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of legendary director Elia Kazan, is a cherubic college student who has epilepsy in this restrained indie film.
6:15 p.m.: "Stay the Same Never Change" -- Controversial video artist Laurel Nakadate goes to Kansas City to explore teen girls' longing and search for identity.
8:30 p.m.: "A Woman in Berlin" -- Set in 1945 during the Red Army invasion of Berlin when women are victims of rape and degradation and one, in particular, looks for a protector.
REGENT SQUARE THEATER
1:45 p.m.: "Case Unknown" -- See review at left.
4 p.m.: "Cloud 9"
7:30 p.m.: "His People" -- Philip Carli returns with live piano music accompanying this 1925 silent film about the sons of Russian-Jewish pushcart peddlers.
2 p.m.: "North Face" -- See review Page W-17.
4:30 p.m.: "We Live in Public"
2 p.m.: "A Woman in Berlin"
4:30 p.m.: "Exploding Girl"
7 p.m.: "Araya"
9 p.m.: "Case Unknown"
7:30 p.m.: "We Live in Public"
7 p.m.: "The Yes Men Fix the World" -- The trouble-making Yes Men set their sights on man-made disasters from Katrina to Bhopal.
9:15 p.m.: "Stay the Same Never Change"
7:30 p.m.: "Little Moscow" -- A look at the Soviet army's occupation of Poland, which won five Eagles (Poland's top film honors).
7 p.m.: "Terribly Happy"
9 p.m.: "North Face"
7 p.m.: "Egon & Donci"
9 p.m.: "The Yes Men Fix the World"
7 p.m.: "Little Moscow"
9:30 p.m.: "Bronson" -- A true story inspired this drama about the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most dangerous prisoner, with the borrowed name of Charles Bronson. Tom Hardy, recently in Pittsburgh for "Warrior," stars.
7:30 p.m.: "Freedom House: Street Saviors" -- Documentary about pioneering paramedics, recruited from Pittsburgh neighborhoods as early as 1967 and trained in such life-saving techniques as CPR.
7:30 p.m.: Abina Manning, director of Video Data Bank, presents highlights of new releases from the Chicago media art center.