Neruda – Harris Theater
It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached by President Videla. Police Prefect Óscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding. In the struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau, Neruda sees an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the Prefect, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend. Neruda opens on February 3 at the Harris Theater.
Things to Come – Regent Square Theater
Director Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature follows Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), a philosophy teacher at a Parisian high school. She is deeply passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking to others. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her eccentric mother, leading a life of personal and intellectual fulfillment. Unexpectedly, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With a newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself and establish a new way of living. Things to Come opens on February 3 at Regent Square Theater.
Julieta – Manor Theatre
In the latest feature from filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Xoan, Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer, it drives them apart. When Antía turns 18 she abandons her mother, without a word of explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter. Julieta opens on February 10 at the Manor Theatre.
I Am Not Your Negro – Harris Theater
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter and questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. I Am Not Your Negro opens on February 17 at the Harris Theater.
Toni Erdmann – Manor Theatre
Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann” – Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all. Toni Erdmann opens on February 24 at the Manor Theatre.
Goodnight Brooklyn - The Story of Death By Audio – Hollywood Theater
The feature-length film brings viewers inside the last underground venue for music and art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a neighborhood once defined by its cultural contributions to the city of New York. It chronicles the origins, community-building, influence, and ultimate closure of one of Brooklyn’s best DIY venues, ironically at the hands of a former champion of their efforts. Goodnight Brooklyn - The Story of Death By Audio opens on January 6 at the Hollywood Theater.
Silence – Regent Square Theater
The latest feature from Martin Scorsese tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) — at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life. Silence opens on January 13 at Harris Theater.
20th Century Women – Manor Theatre
Acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills presents a richly multilayered celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in 1979 Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women opens on January 20 at the Manor Theatre.
Elle – Harris Theater
When Michelle (Isabelle Huppert), the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving her 75-year-old sex kitten mother, her imprisoned mass murderer father, her spoiled and immature son, her ex-husband and her lover, all with the same icy equanimity. This is the approach she brings to the situation when it appears that her assailant is not finished with her. As the mysterious stalker hovers in the shadows of her life, taunting her, Michelle cooly stalks him back. What emerges between Michelle and her stalker is a kind of game, a game that soon spirals out of control. Elle opens on January 20 at the Regent Square Theater.
Paterson – Manor Theatre
Paterson (Adam Driver), a New Jersey bus driver, adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him. He writes poetry into a notebook. He walks his dog. He stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. The latest feature from Jim Jarmusch quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Paterson opens on January 27 at the Manor Theatre.
Christine – Regent Square Theater
Rebecca Hall stars in director Antonio Campos’ story of a woman who finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a spiraling personal life and career crisis. Christine, always the smartest person in the room at her local Sarasota, Florida news station, feels like she is destined for bigger things and is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position in a larger market. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings. Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn. Christine opens on November 4th at the Regent Square Theater.
Moonlight – Manor Theatre
Filmmaker Barry Jenkins delivers a groundbreaking exploration of masculinity through the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. Moonlight opens on November 11th at the Manor Theatre.
Certain Women – Regent Square Theater
Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast in this look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Laura Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Michelle Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Kristen Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves. Certain Women opens on November 25th at the Regent Square Theater.
The Eagle Huntress – Harris Theater
Actress Daisy Ridley narrates the story of Aisholpan, a real-life role model on an epic journey in a far away world. Follow this 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl as she battles to become the first female to hunt with a Golden Eagle in 2,000 years of male-dominated history. The Eagle Huntress opens on November 25th at the Harris Theater.
It’s that time of year again, and Pittsburgh has tons of movie events to get you in the Halloween spirit. Scare yourself all month long with festive horror screenings, parties and festivals.
Midnight at the Manor – Manor Theatre
Enjoy a lineup of horror movies at Manor Theatre during the fifth annual Midnight at the Manor. Selections include Green Room on October 1st and It Follows on October 22nd. Keep checking the website for more films and details. All screenings will take place at midnight.
Haunted Oaks Film Festival – Oaks Theater
On October 1st, the Oaks Theater will showcase locally made short films during the second annual Haunted Oaks Film Festival. Selections include Candy by Nelson Vicens, Last Rain by the Carnegie Screenwriters, and Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project winner Daisy. Audience members can also vote for the best films of the festival. A pre-show cocktail hour featuring special $5 drinks begins at 6 p.m. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Auditorium tickets cost $10, $12 for VIP table seating, and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
October Sunday Night Series – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater presents an impressive roster of classic horror movies during their month-long October Sunday Night Series. Selections include Dracula on October 2nd, The Invisible Man on October 9th, The Bride of Frankenstein on October 16th, The Wolf Man on October 23rd and The Creature from the Black Lagoon on October 30th. All screenings take place at 8 p.m.
Halloween Movie Nights – AMC Loews Waterfront
The Classic Movie Nights series at AMC Loews Waterfront takes a spooky turn with Halloween Movie Nights. Selections include Donnie Darko on October 5th, Poltergeist on October 12th, Psycho on October 19th and Halloween on October 26th. All screenings take place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for reserved seating.
October Movie Nights – Mixtape
The Garfield coffee and cocktail bar Mixtape will screen a host of horror movies as part of their weekly October Movie Nights series. On October 6th, it’s the horror comedy The Addams Family followed by Wes Craven’s meta-slasher classic Scream. On October 13th, its Hocus Pocus followed by the 2013 remake of Carrie. On October 20th, it’s Beetlejuice followed by Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake. On October 27th, it’s a special Nightmare Edition with Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas followed by the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Films start at 7 and 9 p.m. Admission is free and includes complimentary popcorn. Guests must be 21 and over.
Halloween Spook-Tacular – Dependable Drive-In
Families and hardcore horror fans alike will find plenty of fun at Dependable Drive-In‘s Halloween Spook-Tacular. On October 14th, the theater will open at 5 p.m. with trunk-or-treat for the kids and contests for the best costume and best-decorated car. A kid-friendly double feature with Hotel Transylvania 2 and Monster House begins at 7:15 p.m. Afterward, adults can enjoy more R-rated frights with Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. There will also be pumpkin funnel cakes and hot apple cider at the concession stand. Admission is $8 for adult, $3 for kids ages 5-11.
Living Dead Weekend – Living Dead Museum
The Living Dead Museum will once again host a weekend of zombie-themed fun for the whole family. From October 14th through October 16th, horror fans can partake in activities such as a George Romero double feature at the Strand Theater and guided Living Dead film location tours. Guests can also enjoy numerous activities in EDCO Park, including discussion panels and meetups with Living Dead cast and crew members, parties, vendors, and more. See the Living Dead Weekend website for a complete schedule, guest list and ticket prices.
Halloween Party with Doug Bradley and The Innocents – Hollywood Theater
On October 15th, horror icon Doug Bradley, star of the Hellraiser series, will stop by the Hollywood Theater for the venue’s annual Halloween party. The event includes a screening of the 1961 film The Innocents. Based on the Henry James novella Turn of the Screw, the British tale stars Deborah Kerr as a governess who believes the two children under her care are being possessed by a malevolent spirit haunting their house. There will also be festive treats, a costume contest with prizes, and photo and autograph opportunities with Bradley. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to 12 at Showclix, $8 for members, $15 at the door. BYOB is prohibited for this event. The theater will sell beer and wine.
Haunted Psychedelic Creep Show Vault – Spirit
On October 21st, the creatures of the night will make some cool music at Spirit when the venue presents a DJ lineup spinning horror movie-inspired disco, as well as synthwave, witch-house and black techno. Headlining the event is Antoni Maiovvi, co-owner of the Euro-horror dance music label Giallo Disco Records. Maiovvi scored the neo-Giallo film Yellow, which screened at Film 4 Frightfest, Sitges 2012, Berlinale and Cannes. The evening begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $7. This is a 21 and over event.
Silent Horror Classics Marathon – Row House Cinema
On October 23rd, Row House Cinema will go quiet for a full day of silent horror cinema. The event includes screenings of Vampyr (1932), Nosferatu (1922), Faust (1926) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). The Silent Horror Classics Marathon begins at 1:15 p.m. Showtimes and tickets are available at the Row House website.
Midnight Radio’s Night of the Living Dead N’at – Bricolage
From October 27th through November 12th, Bricolage some adds levity to the zombie apocalypse with Midnight Radio‘s horror comedy show Night of the Living Dead N’at. The twisted, 1940s radio-style take on George Romero’s definitive 1968 film Night of the Living Dead comes complete with live foley work, commercial spoofs and performers juggling multiple roles, as well as live musical accompaniment by Cello Fury. Audience members can also enjoy a special pre-show happy hour with free drinks and activities. Tickets cost $35, $25 for students with valid ID, and are available for purchase at the Bricolage website.
Girl Asleep – Regent Square Theater
The world is closing in on Australian teen Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning 15 she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. She floats in a bubble of loserdom with her only friend Elliott, until her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and she’s flung into a parallel place; a world that’s weirdly erotic, a little bit violent and thoroughly ludicrous – only there can she find herself. Girl Asleep opens on October 7th at Regent Square Theater.
The Greasy Strangler – Hollywood Theater
Helmed by first-time feature director Jim Hosking, the surreal, Los Angeles-set midnight-horror comedy follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attention. It also signals the appearance of The Greasy Strangler, an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent. The Greasy Strangler screens on October 7th and 8th at the Hollywood Theater. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
Phantasm: Ravager – Hollywood Theater
Directed by Emmy-nominated animator David Hartman, the final chapter of Don Coscarelli’s mind-bending Phantasm series finds ex-ice cream vendor Reggie (Phantasm regular Reggie Bannister) in pursuit of his nemesis, the Tall Man (the late horror icon Angus Scrimm). Phantasm: Ravager opens on October 7th at the Hollywood Theater. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
Life, Animated – Hollywood Theater
Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Life, Animated opens on August 5th at the Hollywood Theater.
Cosmos – Harris Theater
The late Andrzej Zulawski’s final film, a literary adaptation suffused with his trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz’s novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire. Witold who has just failed the bar, and his companion Fuchs, who has recently quit his fashion job, are staying at a guesthouse run by the intermittently paralytic Madame Woytis. Upon discovering a sparrow hanged in the woods near the house, Witold’s reality mutates into a whirlwind of tension, histrionics, foreboding omens, and surrealistic logic as he becomes obsessed with Madame Woytis’s daughter Lena, newly married to Lucien. Cosmos opens on August 12th at the Harris Theater.
Indignation – Manor Theatre
Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test. Indignation opens on August 12th at the Manor Theatre.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World – Regent Square Theater
Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships. (It’s worth mentioning that Herzog shot some of the film in Pittsburgh, where he spoke with robotics and tech experts at Carnegie Mellon University.) Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World opens on August 19th at the Regent Square Theater.
The Lobster – Manor Theatre
A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man (Colin Farrell) escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules. The Lobster opens on June 3rd at the Manor Theatre.
Franocofonia – Regent Square Theater
Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. Franocofonia opens on June 10th at the Regent Square Theater.
Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made – Harris Theater
Thirty-five years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a years-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. They finished every scene except one – the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, the film chronicles the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision—mixed in with some movie magic—to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic. Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will open on June 23rd at the Harris Theater.
Dough – Manor Theatre
An old Jewish baker’s failing business gets an unexpected boost when his young Muslim apprentice, also a part-time cannabis dealer, accidentally drops a load of dope in the dough, and the customers suddenly can’t get enough of his bread. Stars Jonathan Pryce, Ian Hart, Jerome Holder and Pauline Collins. Dough will screen at the Manor Theatre through May 26th.
Mission: Impossible – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1996 action thriller Mission: Impossible as part of their Classic Movies Night series. Directed by Brian De Palma, the first film in the successful MI franchise stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, a government operative who goes on the run after he’s blamed for the death of his mentor (Jon Voight). He then recruits a hacker (Ving Rhames) and maverick pilot (Jean Reno) to help him retrieve a confidential CIA computer file that will prove his innocence. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.
Deuce Comes to Dormont: Velvet Smooth – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will present a Deuce Comes to Dormont screening of the 1976 blaxploitation film Velvet Smooth. Filled with plenty of action and martial arts, it stars Johnnie Hill as a female detective hired by a crime lord to figure out who’s taking his business. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cot $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Alfred Hitchcock Week – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will honor the master of suspense with a week of Alfred Hitchcock films. The selections include Sabotage (1936), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Strangers on a Train (1951) and Psycho (1960). Showtimes will continue through June 2nd.
Pink Floyd: The Wall – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will present a screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall. Based on the album of the same name, and written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters, the 1982 film combines surreal live-action and animated sequences to depict the downfall of a rocker driven to insanity by various forces. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
The 2016 JFilm Festival will present the Pittsburgh premieres of 21 films representing Jewish culture around the world. The festivities begin on April 7th with an opening night event dedicated to the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You. The festival will close on April 17th with a screening of Natalie Portman‘s directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness. The festival will also include film-related talks, food presentations, and special guest appearances. See the JFilm schedule and details below:
Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You
From Archie Bunker to George Jefferson, Norman Lear created television’s most iconic characters of the 1970s; yet none are more memorable than Lear himself. Now in his 90s, Lear candidly reflects on his life growing up as a poor Jewish kid, his career creating provocative sitcom hits, and his later years as an activist for social equality –using laughter every step of the way. Featuring interviews with George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Rob Reiner, and others, this film tells the entertaining, nostalgic, and insightful story of one of America’s most influential figures.
The latest film from director Atom Egoyan tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss, who receives a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award winner Martin Landau), containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families—a guard who, after the war, escaped Germany and has since been living in the U.S. under an assumed identity. Max is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties; with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to finally bring justice to the man who destroyed both their lives. Remember will screen at 5:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Frank vs. God
God has been tough on David Frank (Henry Ian Cusick). Devastated by the recent loss of his wife and a tornado that ruins his house and takes his beloved dog, Frank is fed up with these “acts of God,” and—as any good lawyer would do—serves God his papers. This delightful film brings levity to the heaviest questions of faith and spirituality as Frank calls on representatives of the world’s religions to help defend God’s actions. Frank vs. God will screen at 4:45 p.m. at the Manor Theatre.
A down-on-his-luck detective reluctantly accepts a case that revolves around the mysterious murder of an 80-year-old man found with multiple stab wounds in a river. Moving between past and present, Fire Birds envelopes us in the man’s world of loneliness, desire and rejection. Starring the legendary Gila Almagor with a turn by Miriam Zohar as an aging cabaret singer who still has her pipes, Fire Birds mixes intrigue with humor, romance and melancholy. Fire Birds will screen at 7 p.m. at the Manor Theatre.
How did the Louvre survive the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II while the rest of Europe was destroyed? In this docudrama, famed Russian director and auteur Alexander Sokurov explores the noted museum’s precarious journey through that time by examining the relationship between the Louvre’s head, Jacques Jaujard, and German officer Count Franziskus Wolff Metternich, tasked with overseeing one of the world’s best-known collections of art treasures for the Nazi conquerors. Sokurov cuts between present and past in this “art” film, which is a love story to not only the Louvre itself, but to art and its impact on civilization. In French, German and Russian with subtitles. Francofonia will screen at 9:20 p.m. at the Manor Theatre.
The screening is supported in part by the Russian Film Symposium and The Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Peter the 3rd
Growing old is not easy, but when a group of lifelong friends meet each day in a coffee shop to solve the world’s problems and laugh at each other’s foibles, they find the support they need to get by. In pursuit of a better pension, one of the friends, Peter, decides to run for the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) with the help of the feisty—and much younger—waitress, Alona. Gathering signatures for his newly formed Widows and Widowers Party, Peter and Alona develop an unlikely friendship that reveals that loneliness and unrealized dreams can hinder us all—at any age. In Hebrew with subtitles. Peter the 3rd will screen at 2 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
The Three Hikers
An innocent hike through Northern Iraqi territory turns into a 2+ year international incident when three American civilians mistakenly cross into Iran. This documentary chronicles the fate of those three—Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, son of an Israeli citizen—as they are first captured and then imprisoned for what seems like an indeterminate amount of time. Falsely charged with spying, the three hikers endure inhumane conditions, trumped up charges and the American government’s apparent disinterest in their circumstances. Working almost exclusively from interviews with the three captives, director Natalie Avital tells the story of their imprisonment, the impact on their families back home and the ramifications of the Iranian action on American-Iranian relations. The Three Hikers will screen at 3:45 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
A conversation with hiker Joshua Fattal will follow. The film is shown in collaboration with the World Affairs Council.
A Grain of Truth
Polish Academy Award-winning actor Robert Więckiewicz plays Teodor Szacki, a maverick prosecutor who digs deep into Poland’s anti-Semitic past in this stylish detective thriller. Set in southeast Poland, the newly arrived Szacki is met with suspicion by the close-knit community when he is enlisted to solve a string of murders gripping the small town. As the killer remains on the run, tempers flare and rumors run rampant among some of the locals who believe that these are ritual killings by Jews. In Polish with subtitles. A Grain of Truth will screen at 7 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Guests are welcome to join Film Schmooze after the screening. The film is shown in collaboration with Three Rivers Film Festival.
Thrown together at Auschwitz, three friends reconnect 15 years after their release at a sunny resort in the north of France. Overcome with both good and bad memories, the women open up about their lives as their noble attempt at forging ahead ebbs and flows like the nearby seaside. Based on his own mother’s story, director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann lovingly portrays the women, as well as the men in their lives, as flawed but real people. In French with subtitles. To Life will screen at 5 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Guests are welcome to join Film Schmooze after the screening.
Baba Joon is a story about fathers and sons set in a Persian-immigrant farming community in the Negev during the early 1980s. Yitzhak (Navid Negahban) runs the turkey farm that his father built after emigrating from Iran to Israel. Now it is time to teach his son, Moti, the family business, but the 13-year-old is not interested and would rather build and fix things. The struggle escalates when Yitzhak’s absent brother visits from America, giving Moti the courage to stand up for himself. In Farsi and Hebrew with subtitles. Baba Joon will screen at 7 p.m. in Carmike 10 – South Hills Village.
This screening is supported in part by the South Hills Community Engagement
Since the 1990s, the Israel Football League has been adding teams and players while battling more popular sports like soccer and basketball for attention. With a recent infusion of funds from the Kraft Family (owners of the New England Patriots), the League has grown steadily. Touchdown Israel appeals to everyone who loves Israel (if not football) and shows how the gridiron sport is bringing diverse communities together in the Holy Land. In English and Hebrew with subtitles. Touchdown Israel will screen at 7:15 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
A conversation with former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke.will follow. The screening is supported in part by the Zionist Organization of America-Pittsburgh District.
Raise the Roof
With only a few black and white photographs to guide them, an international team of artists embark on the ambitious endeavor to reconstruct one of the world’s greatest wooden synagogues, built in Gwozdziec, Poland during the 18th century. Its distinct architecture inspired over 200 synagogues that dotted the Polish countryside for more than two centuries, until Nazis burned them to the ground during World War II. Teaching artists Rick and Laura Brown discover the history of these architectural marvels and set out to rebuild the landmark Gwozdziec synagogue using only hand tools, artisanal techniques, and the skills and labor of over 300 volunteers. After ten years this improbable dream is realized, and Poland is once again home to this great synagogue of the past. In English and Polish with subtitles. Raise the Roof will screen at 5:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Guests are welcome to join Film Schmooze after the screening. The screening is shown in In collaboration with the Polish Cultural Council of Pittsburgh.
The Kind Words
In the wake of their mother’s death, three Israeli siblings have reason to doubt the identity of their father, leading them to embark on a journey in search of a mysterious Muslim man from their mother’s past. The discovery of their mother’s deep secrets affects each one in different ways, but it is the sister, Donora, who seems to bear the most pain as she yearns to be a mother herself with husband Ricky (played by Tsahi Halevi of the 2015 film Bethlehem). The latest box-office hit from Israeli writer director Shemi Zarhin uses wry humor and relatable characters to reflect on parenthood, love and identity in our modern world. In French and Hebrew with subtitles. The Kind Words will screen at 7:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
The Midnight Orchestra
Like many Jews who fled Morocco during the rising racial tension spurred by the Yom Kippur War, Michael Abitbol left Casablanca as a child and never looked back. Estranged from his father, a once famous Jewish musician, Michael reluctantly returns to his boyhood home years later. With the help of a comical Muslim cab driver and the eccentric members of his father’s former orchestra, the legacy of his father is revealed to him along with a story of his past that was long ago buried. In Arabic, English & French with subtitles. The Midnight Orchestra will screen at 5 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Frank vs God will screen at 7 p.m. in Carmike 10 – South Hills Village. The screening is supported in part by the South Hills Community Engagement Initiative.
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Join the Israeli-born, Pittsburgh-raised chef Michael Solomonov as he travels throughout Israel feeding his curiosity and appetite for the diverse foods of his native country. Solomonov’s journey reaffirms that Israeli cuisine is a beautiful and delicious reflection of the country’s unique diversity. Exhilarated by the eclectic melding of traditions and tastes, he’s sure to return to his trendy Philadelphia restaurant Zahav inspired by what he’s learned. In Search of Israeli Cuisine will screen at 7:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
A conversation with Chef Michael Solomonov will follow.
Fire Birds will screen at 4:30 p.m. at the Manor Theatre.
Legendary Sephardic composer and musician Flory Jagoda delights contemporary audiences with ancestral songs and lyrics that stretch back centuries. Born in Sarajevo to a musical family, Flory became the family’s only Holocaust survivor. She now shares with the world the songs that were lovingly passed on to her before World War II,bringing to life a part of Sephardic Jewish culture that is seldom still heard. This film weaves Flory’s compelling personal story, warmly told by Flory and her family, with selections from her highly acclaimed concert at the Library of Congress in 2014. In Croatian, English and Ladino with subtitles. Flory’s Flame will screen at 7 p.m. in the Rodef Shalom Congregation.
A post-screening performance by Jagoda and her band will follow. Special ticket prices apply.
Frank vs. God will screen at 7 p.m. in the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center. The screening is supported in part by Seton Hill University’s National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education.
The Israel/Iran nuclear conflict takes center stage in this hilarious farce by the director of Israel’s cult hit, Operation Grandma. On a small army base in the Israeli desert, two teens accidentally come across secret codes that could blow up the world, specifically Iran, where their Facebook friend lives. The film boasts a wild cast of characters including an eye-patched commander, a widowed activist who sells falafel from a food truck and an allergic German nuclear inspector (Alexander Fehling) who breaks out in hives around enriched uranium, as well as a catchy soundtrack including indie rock, Iranian rap and folk tunes. With verbal and visual humor that holds nothing sacred, be prepared to hold your belly. In English, Farsi and Hebrew with subtitles. Atomic Falafel will screen at 7:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
The screening is supported in part by the Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.
Frank vs. God will screen at 5:30 p.m. at the Manor Theatre.
Peter the 3rd will screen at 5 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Baba Joon will screen at 7 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Presenting Princess Shaw
An internet sensation who goes by the name Kutiman is an experimental composer living in Israel who creates video mash ups from clips he finds on YouTube. He discovers Samantha Montgomery, a soulful singer in New Orleans, who cares for the elderly by day and becomes her alter ego—Princess Shaw—by night, performing at open mics and uploading her songs to the internet in hopes of being discovered. A star is born in this crowd-pleasing documentary, which also examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age, where showbiz dreams remain but a mouse-click away for the lucky and talented few. In English and Hebrew with subtitles. Presenting Princess Shaw will screen at 9 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
The screening is presented in collaboration with Repair the World and the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish
Years before DIY and working with recyclables became the rage, Jerry Barrish started collecting discarded plastic and repurposing it into sculptures. Now retired from 50+ years as a bail bondsman, the gruff sculptor focuses entirely on his whimsical, evocative art. Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish will screen at 12:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Barrish and producer Janis Plotkin will join local artists Clayton Merrell and Carin Mincemoyer for a conversation after the screening. In addition, artists from I Made It! Market will sell goods made with reused and recycled materials in the lobby.
Flory’s Flame will screen at 3 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Last year’s attack on cartoonists at France’s satirical journal, Charlie Hebdo, proved that cartoons can provoke powerful responses. Featuring 12 talented cartoonists from the far reaches of the globe, including a Belgian-Israeli cartoonist and one from Palestine, this compelling documentary draws on the power of political cartooning—and the unusual artists who inhabit this world. The film includes footage from cartoonists who practice under extreme censorship, risking their lives to defend democracy and practice their craft, and proving that cartooning is a resilient and universally provocative form of art. In Arabic, Danish, English and French with subtitles. Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy will screen at 4:30 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
A conversation with Rob Rogers, editorial cartoonist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will follow. The screening is presented in collaboration with the ToonSeum.
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Academy Award-winning actor Natalie Portman makes her writing and directing debut in this stunning adaptation of the highly acclaimed memoir by Israeli author Amos Oz. Told through the eyes of the young Amos, the story revolves around his troubled yet adoring mother who was raised in privilege in her native Poland, but struggles to adjust to her life as a poor newcomer in the fledgling nation of Israel. In Hebrew with subtitles. A Tale of Love and Darkness will screen at 7:15 p.m. in the Manor Theatre.
Tickets are available for purchase at the JFilm Festival website. Advance tickets for the opening night film and reception cost $65, $18 for full-time students (26 and under) if purchased by or before 12 p.m. on April 1st. Regular tickets cost $80 online or at the door.
Tickets for all other screenings cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Youth (18 and under) tickets cost $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Advance tickets for groups of 12 or more cost $8 each. $15 limited reserved seats are also available for purchase. Late seating may be reserved for those observing Shabbat by calling (412) 992-5203.
Tickets for the Flory’s Flame concert event cost $15 in advance, $17 at the door.
45 Years – Manor Theatre
Written and directed by Andrew Haigh, 45 Years is based on a short story by David Constantine and follows Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) in the week leading up to a party to celebrate their 45th anniversary. But when the body of Geoff’s first love, Katya, is found in a Swiss glacier where he lost her 50 years earlier, it brings up some long buried insecurities about the foundation of their relationship. 45 Years opens on February 5th at the Manor Theatre.
Janis: Little Girl Blue – Harris Theater
Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) examines Joplin’s story for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Janis: Little Girl Blue opens on February 5th at the Harris Theater.
Son of Saul – Regent Square Theater
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish, and offer the boy a proper burial. Son of Saul opens on February 12th at the Regent Square Theater.
Aferim! – Harris Theater
Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble’s wife. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over. Aferim! will open on February 26th at the Harris Theater.