Carnegie Mellon University's International Film Festival 2013 opens tonight with "The We and the I" at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room.
The event, sponsored by the Humanities Center, has a theme this year of "Faces of Media" and will present films from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Romania, Austria, Finland, Spain, Poland, the Ukraine, Congo, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and the United States.
The selections are designed to provoke questions -- and conversations -- about how global media impacts society and vice versa.
Opening night tickets, including reception, are $10 for seniors and students, $15 for all others. Admission for other films, $5 for seniors and students, $8 for others.
A full-access festival pass, excludes opening night, $25 for seniors and students, $50 for others. Free pass to shorts film screening with purchase of ticket to any feature film.
Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at www.cmu.edu/faces/ where you can also find more information about shorts, receptions and moderated discussions. Here is the lineup:
"The We and the I" -- From Michel Gondry, the Oscar-winning writer of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," an imaginative look at the last day of the school year with a group of Bronx students on a city bus. 7:15 p.m. today, Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland.
"Crocodile in the Yangtze" -- Director Porter Erisman, who will attend, provides a front-row seat to the social, political and economic changes and conflicts that arose when the Internet brought China face to face with the West. 7 p.m. Friday, CMU University Center, McConomy Auditorium.
"Suspiciously in Love" -- Farcical comedy of errors, from Polish director and writer Slawomir Krynski, about a couple looking for love online who pose as someone else and maintain their facade until their first date in real life -- when they each send an attractive replacement to act on their behalf. 5 p.m. Saturday, Melwood.
"InContact" -- A love triangle unfolds through an online platform called "InContact," a hybrid of Facebook and reality TV, giving users a constant live video feed from their friends' computers. Every user is both a viewer and a performer in this film from Israeli-born multimedia artist and director Ann Oren, who will attend. 7 p.m. Saturday, Melwood.
"Tahrir -- Liberation Square" -- Called a "must-see account of the Egyptian uprising," from Italian director Stefano Savona, who had gone to Cairo almost every year for two decades and never expected the revolutionary events of early 2011 he documented with a very small camera and sound recorder. 3 p.m. Sunday, Melwood.
"Sushi: The Global Catch" -- A look at the tradition, growth and future of the simple, elegant food once sold by Tokyo street vendors but now in restaurants and supermarkets. The hunger for sushi has led to the depletion of apex predators in the ocean to such a degree that it might upset the ecological balance of the world's oceans, leading to a collapse of all fish species. 5:30 p.m. Sunday, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"Blood in the Mobile" -- Documentary about the connection between mobile phones and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen gained access to Congo's largest tin mine, controlled by different armed groups, where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones. 7 p.m. April 3, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"Gaamer" -- Coming-of-age drama from Ukraine, shot in semi-documentary style by first-time director Oleg Sentsov about a young gamer who has a gap between his virtual life and his real one. 7 p.m. April 4, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
Short Film Competition -- 7 p.m. April 5, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"Fame High" -- Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, who will attend, follows a group of students from the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts as they encounter adversity, heartache, growth, and triumph. 7 p.m. April 6, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"Fragments of a Revolution" -- An anonymous filmmaker living virtually in Iran tells the story of the 2009-2010 election protests by sharing personal archives of YouTube videos, tweets, emails, and other brief snapshots of chaos authorities would prefer to stay hidden. 2 p.m. April 7, Melwood.
"Hello! How Are You?" -- A take on the humorously unpredictable nature of love, relationships, and life in which a couple in a dull marriage use online chatrooms to generate excitement -- not realizing they're talking to each other. 5 p.m. April 7, Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave.
"Abendland" -- Nikolaus Geyrhalter ("Our Daily Bread") takes moviegoers behind the scenes of European nightlife -- into a multitude of nighttime settings from a rave and hospital to porn shoot and airport bathroom. Europe is presented as a fragmented yet cohesive whole, bound together by machine technology. 5 p.m. April 10, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"You've Been Trumped" -- As in Donald Trump, who bought a Scottish estate in 2006 to build golf courses, luxury apartments and a grand hotel. When the local council rejected his proposal, citing a threat to the ecosystem, the government overturned the decision, a controversy examined in this documentary. 7 p.m. April 10, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"The Punk Syndrome" -- Film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band whose members may be mentally handicapped but who play with attitude and pride. Story follows them from obscurity to popularity and everything that comes along the way, from fighting to falling in love. 7 p.m. April 11, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" -- Documentary about performance artists Genesis P-Orridge who began a series of sex reassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye (nee Jacqueline Breyer), who remained his wife and artistic partner for nearly 15 years.7 p.m. April 12, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"Back to the Square" -- Documentary examining citizens' continuing struggles after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Roughly six months after the "Facebook Revolution," director Petr Lom explores the lives of five seemingly unrelated people and, doing so, addresses larger issues plaguing the nation. 7 p.m. April 13, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.