Three Rivers Film Festival to unreel about 80 movies

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The 32nd Three Rivers Film Festival will open with four movies at four locations -- the Waterworks Cinemas joins the fray this year -- on Nov. 8.

Roughly 80 films will be shown by the time the festival concludes Nov. 23. In addition to indie American cinema, sneak previews, documentaries, restored classics, critically acclaimed international films, competitive shorts and a new micro-cinema component, the event will feature visiting filmmakers, informal discussions and live music.

As usual, the opening night films will bring festivalgoers together for a single party at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland starting at 9 p.m. Beer, wine and food will be served.

The four films scheduled to open the festival, with each playing at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 8:

• "Brasslands," a documentary about the world's largest trumpet competition held in a tiny Serbian village, will be shown at Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave. Lungs Face Feet will provide live brass music before and after the movie and will join other roving musicians that night.

• Liev Schreiber and Jeanne Tripplehorn star in the offbeat romantic drama "A Perfect Man," at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Baffled by what women want, he turns to a mysterious and alluring woman by phone, not realizing he knows her -- well.

• Director-writer Bodo Kox will appear at the Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., to introduce his Polish film, "The Girl From the Wardrobe." It's a fable about a webmaster who supports himself and his brother, an "idiot savant," and what happens when an attractive neighborhood woman enters their lives.

• In "The Rocket," a boy believed to bring bad luck leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, he tries to prove he's not cursed by building a giant rocket and entering the most lucrative and dangerous competition of the year, the Rocket Festival.

In Lao with English subtitles, "The Rocket" is Australia's submission for consideration in the foreign language film category for the 86th Academy Awards. It will play at Waterworks Cinemas, 930 Freeport Road.

The festival will conclude Nov. 23 with a rare screening of "He Who Gets Slapped," a melodrama starring Lon Chaney, John Gilbert and Norma Shearer, with a musical performance by Boston's Alloy Orchestra.

Released in 1924 and adapted from Leonid Andreyev's play, it tells the story of a brilliant scientist who is publicly humiliated by his wife and her lover. In this tale of social vanity and moral corruption, he goes to Paris and becomes a circus clown who, as part of his act, is repeatedly slapped.

The orchestra also will perform at a Nov. 23 matinee showing of Buster Keaton's "The General," a 1927 chase film involving a Civil War locomotive and still considered one of the greatest movies of all time.

The full festival schedule with descriptions will go online at on Oct. 21. Tickets also go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 through with remaining tickets available at the door 30 minutes before showtime.

Tickets range from $5 to $15, and a six-pack pass (six regular admissions for $50) can be purchased at the three Filmmakers venues when open or the organization's headquarters during business hours. No phone orders will be taken.

Once again, Filmmakers and Dollar Bank are presenting the annual event, the oldest and largest film festival in the area.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: First Published October 7, 2013 8:00 PM


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