Three Rivers Film festival schedule -- week 2

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Three Rivers Film Festival tickets, $10 for most movies, are on sale through (or 1-888-71tickets). If tickets remain, they will be sold at the door 30 minutes before showtime.

A six-pack pass, $50, good for six admissions excluding special events, is available only through the front desk at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Oakland or its three theaters: Melwood Screening Room (MSR in listings that follow), 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland; Regent Square Theater (RS), 1035 S. Braddock Ave.; and Harris Theater (HT), 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

For more details, including receptions, filmmaker appearances and accompanying short films, see

Here is the announced lineup for the festival presented by Filmmakers and Dollar Bank through Nov. 17:


7 p.m.: "The House I Live In" -- Director Eugene Jarecki examines America's war on drugs in a thoughtful, even-measured manner. HT.

7 p.m.: "The Promised Land" -- Not to be confused with Gus Van Sant's new film, this is a 1975 Polish epic by Andrzej Wajda. MSR

8 p.m.: Film Kitchen -- Evening of special episodes of Web series "Greg & Donny," about two buddies from Johnstown. Reception at 7 p.m. RS.

9:15 p.m.: "Mekong Hotel" -- Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's follow-up to "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," exploring the theme of reincarnation. HT.


7 p.m.: "We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital" -- See review, Page W-17. RS.

7 p.m.: "Now, Forager" -- Tale about organic food lovers whose nomadic foraging for wild mushrooms (which they sell to restaurants) strains their marriage. MSR.

7 p.m.: "17 Girls" -- See review at left. HT.

9 p.m.: "The Comedy" -- Scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse. HT.

9:15 p.m.: "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters" -- Profile of the artist whose photographs are elaborately staged narratives compressed into a single large-scale image, set in small towns or meticulously re-created interior spaces. MSR.

9:30 p.m.: "Clandestine Childhood" -- Set in 1979, a 12-year-old boy and his family return to Argentina with fake identities and learn about the perils of attachment while leading undercover lives. RS.

11 p.m.: "Wake in Fright" -- Restored 1971 thriller about a British school teacher stranded in the Australian Outback with drunken, deranged derelicts. The New York Observer's Rex Reed recently wrote: "Urged on by renowned Australian director Peter Weir ... one undeterred editor tracked the film to Dublin, then to London and the U.S. Miraculously, after years of detective work, the original negative was found in a Dumpster outside a film lab in Pittsburgh marked 'For Destruction.' " Assume that was the former WRS Motion Picture and Video Laboratory in Crafton, which closed suddenly in August 2001. MSR.


1:30 p.m.: "Tales of the Night" -- Six animated fables, woven together by Michel Ocelot. MSR.

2 p.m.: "Arrugas" -- See review at left. RS.

3:15 p.m.: "Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters." MSR.

4 p.m.: "My Name Is Ki" -- Polish film exploring the choices -- not all promising -- contemporary women face. HT.

4:15 p.m.: "The Law in These Parts" -- Nonfiction film tackling the topic of justice and if it can be served in the Occupied Territories. RS.

6 p.m.: "Mekong Hotel." HT.

6 p.m.: "Kid-Thing" -- A troubled tomboy, whose days are filled with mischief and petty crime, hears an old woman's call for help coming from an abandoned well in the woods and must decide what to do. MSR.

6:45 p.m.: "Leviathan" -- Documentary about the commercial fishing industry in the North Atlantic. RS.

8 p.m.: "Caesar Must Die" -- Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome move from auditions to rehearsals and the performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" in this Italian film. HT.

8:30 p.m.: "Green" -- A friendship between two women dissolves as they are drawn into a destructive spiral of jealousy and paranoid fantasy. MSR.

8:45 p.m.: "Barbara" -- Spy/love story about a talented young doctor transferred from a prestigious medical post in East Berlin and sent to an underfunded rural hospital where she encounters questions of love, loyalty and freedom. RS.


1 p.m.: "The Law in These Parts." RS.

2 p.m.: "Caesar Must Die." HT.

2 p.m.: "The Promised Land." MSR.

3:30 p.m.: "Maxo Vanka's Masterpiece: The Murals at St. Nicholas Church" -- Kenneth Love explores the significance of the murals and their impact on art historians, parishioners and the public. With narration by Bishop David Zubik. RS.

4:45 p.m.: "Shun Li and the Poet" -- Gossip threatens the innocent friendship between a Chinese woman working as a bartender in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon and a local fisherman nicknamed "The Poet." HT.

5 p.m.: "Tales of the Night." MSR.

5:30 p.m.: "Clandestine Childhood." RS.

7 p.m.: "The Comedy" -- HT.

7:30 p.m.: "Wine & Dust" -- See review, Page W-17. MSR.

8 p.m.: "The Connection" -- Restored print of Shirley Clarke's 1962 adaptation of an off-Broadway play about heroin addicts waiting in a seedy apartment for their dealer. RS.


7 p.m.: "Arrugas." RS.

9 p.m.: "Barbara." RS.


7 p.m.: "My Name Is Ki." HT.

8 p.m.: "Vampyr" -- Steven Severin, one of the founding members of Siouxsie and the Banshees, will perform a live score of dark electronic music to Carl Dreyer's seminal horror film. RS.

8 p.m.: "Night Across the Street" -- An elderly office worker relives both real and imagined memories from his life in this final film from Chilean director Raul Ruiz. MSR.


7 p.m.: "80 Million" -- Set in autumn 1981, this suspenseful drama was chosen as Poland's entry for the 2012 Academy Awards. RS.

7 p.m.: Films of Lillian Schwartz -- Ten shorts, all 16mm, from Ms. Schwartz's early days at Bell Laboratories (circa 1970-75), along with a short documentary about her and Q&A via Skype. MSR.

7:30 p.m.: "Holy Motors" -- Denis Lavant is Monsieur Oscar, who, over the course of a single day, takes on 10 other guises, ranging from a gangster and an aging millionaire to a troubled parent and an anarchic tramp. HT.

9:15 p.m.: "Leviathan." RS



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