Best Limited Releases Coming to Pittsburgh: August Edition

Queen of Versailles – Manor Theater

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, and in terms of lifestyle change, few fell harder than David and Jackie Siegel. The timeshare tycoon and his mega-spoiled wife were in the midst of building the largest house in the country, until the sudden recession left them and their litter of kids in debt and saddled with an extravagant, unsellable property. Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield satisfies the vengeful urges of the 99 percent by showing how the Siegels deal when their fantasy comes crashing down and harsh reality sets in. The rags-to-riches-to-rags story opens at the Manor Theater on August 3rd.

Turn Me On, Dammit! – Harris Theater

Set in a  little town in the hinterlands of Norway, the feature debut from filmmaker Jannicke Systad Jacobsen follows 15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm), a girl consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of her boyfriend Artur, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. At school, she’s ostracized by her peers for indulging her blossoming sexuality. At home, her single mother is overwhelmed and embarrassed by Alma’s extravagant phone sex bills and round-the-clock acts of self-gratification. Laced with warmth and quirky humor, the film is a light-hearted take on a story told so often about boys and so rarely about teenage girls. Turn Me On, Dammit! will open at the Harris Theater on August 3rd.

This Is Not A Film – Melwood Screening Room

This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence – six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking – Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking. This Is Not A Film will show at Melwood Screening Room from August 10th to August 14th.

Ruby Sparks – The Oaks Theater

What would happen if a guy got his perfect dream girl? That’s the question posed in this film from the people behind Little Miss Sunshine. Based on the rom-com convention of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, it stars real life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Based on a screenplay by Kazan, it follows Calvin (Dano), a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person. Ruby Sparks opens at The Oaks Theater this month. Check the website for upcoming show times.

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