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Three Rivers Film Festival

The 30th annual film festival continues at area theaters.

The 30th annual Three Rivers Film Festival, presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, continues through Nov. 19. The program includes foreign-language works, American independents, documentaries, shorts, local works and experimental cinema. 

Review of selected films screening during the remainder of the festival:

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The Other F Word

THE OTHER F WORD. Aging pop-punk stars including Fat Mike, Lars Fredericksen and Mark Hoppus discuss how "fatherhood changes everything." It's predictable and sometimes eye-roll-inducing, but ultimately, Andrea Blaugrund Nevins' documentary is a touching look at what happens when the boys who never intended to grow up do just that. 8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 10. Melwood (Margaret Welsh)

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Karen Cries on the Bus

KAREN CRIES ON THE BUS. Housewife Karen (Angela Carrizosa) leaves her husband to "repaint" her life in Bogotá, Colombia. Her transformation doesn't come easy: She begins with begging. But with the help of a young hairdresser, she finds her path in life. Gabriel Rojas Vera's drama starts slow, but soon finds its groove. In Spanish, with subtitles. 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11, and 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13. Harris (Lauren Daley)

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Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975

BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975. A fascinating collection of footage shot by Swedish journalists, documenting America's black-power movement. The film includes interviews with leaders Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis, as well as the man in the street, plus scenes of Black Panther schoolrooms and pre-gentrified Harlem. Contemporary scholars and entertainers provide voice-over commentary. In English, and some Swedish, with subtitles. 9:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11, and 4:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12. Harris (Al Hoff)


INNI. Fans of Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros will love Vincent Morisset's documentary, mostly live footage with a little behind-the-scenes stuff thrown in. The best moments are those when the filmmaker takes liberties visually; the simple black-and-white concert footage feels anti-climactic at times. Great music, though, and worth seeing. In English, and Icelandic, with subtitles. 9:15 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11. Melwood (Andy Mulkerin)

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The Woman With Five Elephants

THE WOMAN WITH FIVE ELEPHANTS. Vadim Jendreyko's exquisitely sensitive documentary makes the life of 85-year-old Svetlana Geier as novelistically dense as one of the Dostoyevsky classics (the "five elephants") she famously translated into German. The poignant centerpiece is Geier's return trip to Kiev -- the city she and her mother fled during World War II. 3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, and 7 p.m. Mon., Nov. 14. Regent Square (Bill O'Driscoll)

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Battle for Brooklyn

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN. Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's documentary recounts the seven-year struggle of residents to save their property and community from a developer's plan to build a multi-block sports-arena complex at Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards. It's a bitter David-vs.-Goliath struggle that pits business and political heavyweights against ordinary citizens, while also exposing tensions along race and class lines. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12. Harris (AH)

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Mr. Rogers & Me

MISTER ROGERS & ME. Filmmaker Benjamin Wagner was once a real-life neighbor of Mr. Rogers. Inspired by that experience, Mister Rogers and Me is a series of interviews with people who knew Rogers personally. It's a sweet effort, but the pacing is painfully slow -- even for a Mr. Rogers fan -- and Wagner reveals nothing new. 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12 Melwood (MW)


INTO ETERNITY. A documentary about Onkalo, a Finnish nuclear-waste depository designed to protect radioactive material from the elements -- and from ourselves -- for 100,000 years. Once he drops the distracting arthouse pretensions, director Michael Madsen provocatively grapples with Original Sin: Humans unlocked the atom's deadly peril; can they be prevented from unlocking Onkalo? In English, and various languages, with subtitles. 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13. Harris (Chris Potter)

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Corpo Celeste

CORPO CELESTE. In this quiet but sharp coming-of-age dramedy from Alice Rohrwacher, 13-year-old Marta (an expressive Yle Vianello) is enrolled in a confirmation class at the local parish. But the real-life lessons she learns about the fallibility of the church and the grim banality of pre-celestial life are well outside the catechism. In Italian, with subtitles. 7 p.m. Thu., Nov. 17, and 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18. Regent Square (AH)


Also of note: The Encore of Tony Duran, about a down-and-out singer trying to find his way back, and starring Pittsburgh native Gene Pietragallo (8:45 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, Regent Square, $15); Competitive Shorts Program (7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18, and 3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Melwood); and Melancholia, Lars von Trier's new drama about a runaway bride and the end of the world (8 p.m., Nov. 17, Harris).

Two programs of silent films will be accompanied by Boston's Alloy Orchestra: Not Just for Kids, a slate of comedy shorts (4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Regent Square); and From Morning to Midnight, a recently rediscovered 1920 German Expressionist avant-garde drama about men and money (8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Regent Square, $15).



The 30th Annual Three Rivers Film Festival
Through Sat., Nov. 19.
Regent Square, Harris and Melwood Screening Room
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