The 33rd annual Three Rivers Film Festival, presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, opens Fri., Nov. 7, with four new films and a party. First-nighters can choose between: Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller's docudrama about a 1996 murder at John duPont's wrestling camp (7 p.m. Regent Square, Edgewood; sold out); The Overnighters, Jesse Moss' devastating documentary about a small North Dakota town overwhelmed by gas-industry job-seekers (7:15 p.m. Harris Theater, Downtown); the locally produced comedy Homemakers (see preview at right); and Goodbye to Language, an "experimental cinema poem" from French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, presented in 3-D (7:15 p.m. Waterworks Cinema, Aspinwall). Filmmakers' Oakland facility will host the post-screening opening-night party, with food, drink and music ($5 with ticket; $10 walk-in)
The festival continues through Nov. 22, with 64 films and programs, spanning sneak previews (The Imitation Game, Escobar), microcinema presentations, world cinema, films made by Pittsburghers, documentaries, Polish films, animation, family-friendly features and even a 30th-anniversary screening of Spinal Tap. Plus the Boston Alloy Orchestra returns to provide live accompaniment to two silent films: The Lost World (with dinosaurs) and The Son of the Sheik (with Rudy Valentino), on Nov. 22.
Tickets are available in advance at www.showclix.com. Most regular screenings are $9; opening- and closing-night films are $15. A six-ticket pass to regular screenings is available for $50, and may be purchased at the theaters or Filmmakers' offices. To purchase tickets and to view the complete festival schedule, see www.3rff.com.
Some of the first-week films are previewed on the following pages. Follow CP's Blogh for continuing coverage of the film festival at www.pghcitypaper.com/blogh