by Al Hoff
The Three Rivers Film Festival runs through Sat., Nov. 23. We haven’t seen these films but here are some playing over the next couple of days that look like interesting picks. For the complete schedule and more info, see www.3rff.com.
SATURDAY, NOV. 9
Grave of the Fireflies. Isao Takahata’s 1988 animated film follows two Japanese children during the final days of World War II. Beautiful, affirming and devastating, a must-see of Japanese anime. 2:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9; also 8 p.m. Tue., Nov. 12 (Regent Square)
A Fierce Green Fire. A new documentary looks at 50 years of the environmental movement, from saving the Grand Canyon through the toxic Love Canal and current concerns over climate change. 3:45 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9; also 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 13. (Waterworks)
Art of Life. Kyle Holbrook, known locally for his murals throughout Pittsburgh, makes his directorial debut with this documentary about the transformative power of art in the lives of troubled teens. 4:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9 (Melwood)
Prince Avalanche. From director David Gordon Green (All the Real Girls) comes this new offbeat comedy about two men (Emile Hirsch, Paul Rudd) repainting highway lines.
4:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9; also 7:15 p.m. Thu., Nov. 14 (Waterworks)
Philomena. See a sneak of this drama starring Judi Dench, as an Irish woman who, with the help of a journalist (Steve Coogan), attempts to track down the child she gave up nearly 50 years earlier. 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9 (Regent Square); also 7 p.m. Tue., Nov. 12 (Waterworks)
Go For Sisters. Catch the latest from indie stalwart John Sayles, a drama about a missing child set on the U.S./Mexican border. 6:45 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9; also 9:30 p.m. Tue., Nov. 12 (Waterworks)
Eurocrime! A fun-looking documentary about Italian crime films of the 1970s, that were sort of rip-offs of American hits and sort of critiques of Italy’s own pervasive violence (Mafia, terrorists). 8:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9; also 1:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 10 (Melwood)
SUNDAY, NOV. 10
Animated Films of Jean Michel Kibushi. These rarely screened short, family-friendly animated films are drawn from Congolese folk tales, and feature a variety of animation styles: drawing, cut-outs, models and claymation. 2:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 10; also 6 p.m. Thu., Nov. 14 (Harris)
Oxyana. This doc looks at the effects of the prescription-pill abuse, particularly that of Oxycontin, in the small coal-mining town of Oceana, a.k.a. “Oxyana.” 2:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 10; also 9 p.m. Wed., Nov. 13 (Waterworks)
The Servant. Joseph Losey’s 1963 moody-but-Mod tale of the destabilization of a wealthy Londoner’s home after he gets a new butler (Dirk Bogarde). Adapted from playwright Harold Pinter’s work. 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 10; also 9:15 p.m. Thu., Nov. 14. (Waterworks)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Catch a sneak peak of this Nelson Mandela bio-pic before it opens theatrically. Idris Elba stars as famed South African activist, prisoner and eventual president. 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 10; also 6:15 p.m. Mon., Nov. 11 (Waterworks)
For reviews of other films screening this weekend, click here.