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Three Rivers Film Festival

The 30th annual event continues through Sunday

The 30 th annual Three Rivers Film Festival, presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, continues through Sun., Nov. 19. Below are some films screening during the remainder of the festival:


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)

click to enlarge Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

ECO-PIRATE: THE STORY OF PAUL WATSON. Trish Dolman's documentary has three intertwined narratives. One documents the early years of Greenpeace, founded in 1971 in Vancouver, as a hybrid of the peace and ecology movements. The group quickly gained international fame for high-profile protests against whaling and the killing of baby seals. (Warning: graphic footage.) The second thread profiles Paul Watson, who broke away from Greenpeace to found Sea Shepherds, an anti-whaling group that adopted a more aggressive style. (Watson infamously sunk a whaler.) Lastly, the film crew rides along on a recent voyage as the Sea Shepherds try to catch Japanese whalers operating near Antarctica. Throughout, Eco-Pirate wrestles with the dichotomy of Watson, whose unrepentant intensity for saving whales often undoes his personal, and occasionally professional, life. (9:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 17, Melwood)


Also of note: Melancholia, Lars von Trier's new drama about a runaway bride and the end of the world (8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 17, Harris), and the Competitive Shorts Program (7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18, and 3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19, Melwood).

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).

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