The annual 3 Rivers Film Festival presented by the Dollar Bank and Pittsburgh’s Filmmakers runs from November 6th-15th. There are 50 films this year with a range of genre and styles from international films to children films, to indies, everyone can find a film that interests them. The following are a few of the most intriguing trailers of films that will be shown at the festival!
1. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The film is a documentary about the rise and fall of the Black Panther party. The film utilizes archival footage of the police, supporters, and journalists who were there for the change and revolution. The trailer shows interviews and recordings to show the importance of the Black Panthers. It looks like a great film to watch to learn about an important part of American history. The film has a 92% rating on Rotten tomatoes.
Waterworks Cinemas: Sat Nov 7: 1:30pm & Wed Nov 11: 8:45pm
This is a French film that follows a teenage girl through a coming of age story. The trailer shows daily moments of life interspersed with an eerie darkness. A friendship between two teenagers is shown to be something destructive bordering on obsessive in the trailer below. The film has a 93% rating on Rotten tomatoes.
Waterworks Cinemas: Sun Nov 8: 7pm & Wed Nov 11: 2pm
3. Cemetery of Splendour
This film from a Thai director has an intriguing trailer that includes no dialogue. Music plays and people are shown sleeping in various locations with no context given as to what is happening. The officials summary of the film states that the film follows a volunteer Jenjira, who watches over soldiers who were overcome by a mysterious sleeping sickness. The trailer below is melancholy and stands out for its simplicity.
Melwood Screening Room: Sat Nov 7: 3pm & Tue Nov 10: 8pm
4. Everything Will Be Fine
Tomas, played by James Franco, has his life turned upside down one night when he causes a fatal car accident. The trailer follows the life of Tomas and everyone involved for years after the incident. Interestingly, the film will utilize 3D to emphasize the emotional, narrative style of film- making presented in the trailer.
Waterworks Cinemas: Sat Nov 7: 6:30pm & Tue Nov 10: 9:30pm
The film shows a unique portrayal of sisterhood which follows 5 Turkish girls through a coming of age tale. The sisters fight against traditions and their grandmothers prison-like house. The trailer shows the girls free and playful personalities contrasted with the strict rules imposed upon them by their grandmother. The film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Harris Theater: Fri Nov 13: 7pm & Sat Nov 14: 3pm
6. Mountains May Depart
The life of a women named Tao is is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014 and 2025. Tao chooses between two suitors in the trailer and is shown with a newborn baby boy. Years later, she no longer has custody of her son and in the trailer says farewell to him. Once again, fast forwarding in time her son is now a young adult eager to reconnect with his mother. The trailer shows a life encompassing story about the ties of family and the growth of an individual.
Waterworks cinema: Sat Nov 7: 9pm & Harris Theater: Wed Nov 11: 8:30pm
Xenia is Greece’s official entry for Best Foreign language Film for the 2016 Academy Awards. The trailer shows two estranged brothers unite to find their father. The film is a comedy/drama about the bond of siblings and also a coming of age story. Both boys are on journeys to fully understand themselves and find acceptance. The film has an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Waterworks Cinemas: Sat Nov 7: 5:45pm & Mon Nov 9: 7:30pm
The trailer explores three generations of women and is set during the final years of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria. One women, Viktoria is born without an umbilical cord and showered with attention. The film mixes surrealism and absurdist humor to create a political allegory.
Waterworks Cinemas: Sat Nov 7: 4pm & Mon Nov 9: 4:30pm
9. The Summer of Sangaile
Sangaile, a young teenager is fascinated by stunt planes and wishes she lived a more adventuresome and daring life. She meets a Auste, a girl her age who lives a daring life filled with creativity and adventure. The trailer shows a coming of age and love story and is a French film.
Melwood Screening Room: Sat Nov 7: 8pm & Sat Nov 14: 3pm
This documentary is based off of the original recordings from a series of in-depth conversations between Alfred Hitchcock and French director, Francois Truffaut. Film lovers will get behind the scenes insight into the mind of Hitchcock who created iconic films including: Psycho and Vertigo.
Waterworks Cinemas: Sun Nov 8: 5:30pm & Wed Nov 11: 4:15pm
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