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Pittsburgh Takes Part In National Art House Theater Day


On September 24th, Pittsburgh will participate in the first annual Art House Theater Day, a nationwide event recognizing the important role independent theaters play in bringing the arts and culture to their communities, with screenings at the Hollywood Theater, Row House Cinema, Regent Square Theater and the Harris Theater. See film details and showtimes below:

Time Bandits (1981) – Row House Cinema and Regent Square Theater


Director Terry Gilliam‘s dark, yet fanciful fantasy tale follows a young boy as he embarks on an epic journey through time with a band of dwarves who’ve stolen a magical map. The cult favorite stars John Cleese and Michael Palin of Monty Python, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall and many others. Time Bandits will screen at 12 p.m. at Row House Cinema and at 8 p.m. at Regent Square Theater.

A Town Called Panic (2009) – Hollywood Theater


In this Belgian stop-motion animated feature, plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems too. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures ensue as the trio travel to the center of the Earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone? A Town Called Panic will screen at 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater. Tickets cost $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Danny Says (2016) – Harris Theater


Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. The documentary follows the life and time of Fields from his days as a Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to punk pioneer and beyond. Danny Says will screen at 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater.

Phantasm (1979) – Hollywood Theater


Newly restored by J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot Productions, this imaginative creeper from filmmaker Don Coscarelli pits a young boy against the mysterious Tall Man, an undertaker who enslaves reanimated corpses. The film defies genre conventions with its dreamy, surreal style and bizarre take on the battle between good and evil. Phantasm will screen at 10 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater. Doors open at 9 p.m. The event includes vintage 35mm film trailers, special Phantasm merchandise and a live stream with Coscarelli. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.


Russian Film Symposium Looks At Sequels And Repeats


The University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will present the 18th annual Russian Film Symposium from May 2nd through May 7th. Titled Recycle, Restage, Rewind, the event will interrogate the curiously frequent production of sequels and remakes recently in the Russian film industry. The symposium will also bring well-recognized scholars and critics working in Russian film.

May 2nd

10 a.m.

The Postman’s White Nights (2014)


Directed by Andrei Konchalovskii, and featuring a cast of non-professional actors, this drama produces an elegiac portrait of an isolated Far Northern village where the postman is the only connection to the outside world.

2-ASSA-2 (2009)

2 p.m.


In director Sergei Solovjev‘s sequel to ASSA, the heroine of the original cult film completes her 22-year prison sentence for killing her lover. Once out, she experiences some peculiar twists of fate.

May 3rd

10 a.m.

The Forty First (1956)


Based on the eponymous novel by Boris Lavrenyev, director Grigorii Chukhrai‘s groundbreaking Soviet exploration of sentiment and sexuality tells the story of a tragic romance between a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer.

2 p.m.

Dukhless 2 (2015)


Playboy Max Andreyev tries to turn over a new leaf, living on an island in South-East Asia. But certain circumstances force him to go back home, where he faces a difficult choice.

May 4th

10 a.m.

Elki 2 (2011)


The continuation of a highly popular Russian franchise about people coming together for the holidays follows a little a little girl writing a letter to Santa, a group of teenagers, a evil official and a wealthy businessman.

7:30 p.m.

Forbidden Empire (Viy) (2014)


An 18th century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest.

May 5th

10 a.m.

Vocal Parallels (2005)


A film “tapestry” finely woven from the preserved threads of the Soviet empire. Directed by Rustam Khamdamov.

7:30 p.m.

Angels of Revolution (2014)


Legendary Communist fighter, the beautiful Polina-Revoluzia, is asked by the newborn Soviet government to bring order to the north of the Soviet Union. The shamans of the two native populations, Khanty and Nenets, refuse the new ideology. Polina convinces five of her friends to go with her, former colleagues-in-arms who have now become metropolitan artists: a composer, a sculptor, a theatre director, a Constructivist architect, a famous director. They will have to try and reconcile the culture of the Russian Avant-garde with the Ancient Paganism of the peoples who live in the virgin forest around the great Siberian river Ob. Based on a true story.

May 6th

10 a.m.

Kiss Them All! 2: We Will Live (2014)


A comic battle for control over the usually somber funeral ritual. Directed by Zhora Kryzhovnikov.

2 p.m.

The Irony of Fate 2 (2016)


The classic 1976 romantic comedy continues when a batch of new characters, all children of the original film’s heroes, finds their fates becoming intertwined.

7:30 p.m.

The Dawns Are Quiet Here (2015)


A remake of a World War II film about a group of young female anti-aircraft gunners. Directed by Renat Davletiarov.

May 7th

7:30 p.m.

The Land of Oz (2015)


Set in the industrial, frozen Urals, this modern interpretation of the classic Oz story is full of incredible events, unexpected meetings, spontaneous confrontations and fairy-tale solutions of emotional conflicts.

Daytime panels and screenings are free and will take place on Pitt’s campus at 1500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall. Evening screenings will take place at Melwood Screening Room and are $8 regular admission, $7 for seniors and students, $4 for Pitt and Art Institute students.

Weekly Movie Roundup: December 7th – December 13th

December 8th

Film Kitchen


Melwood Screening Room will present another edition of their monthly series by highlighting short films and videos from local filmmakers Daniel Luchman, Ross Nugent, and Christy Leonardo. Event will include refreshments from Mellinger’s Beer and Spak Brothers Pizza. A reception will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screenings at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.

December 11th

A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier 


Trash filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) will put his own naughty spin on the holidays with an adult-oriented one-man show at the Carnegie Music Hall. Presented by the Andy Warhol MuseumA John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier will showcase the director’s playfully wicked take on everything from Santa Claus, to rampant consumerism, to his love of exploitation Christmas movies. A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25 and are available for purchase at the Warhol Museum website.

Hayao Miyazaki


The Row House Cinema will celebrate the work of Japanese animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki with a week dedicated to some of his finest films. The selections include My Neighbor TotoroNausicaä of the Valley of the WindPrincess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. The event will run from December 11th through December 17th. See the Row House website for showtimes and tickets.

filmMAKERS fridays


Pittsburgh Filmmakers will open their facilities to the public for making, salons, music, and more. The event includes a Printing & Processing Party, stop-motion animation with magazine cutouts, guided tours, and experimental films in the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Library. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. A set from DJ Kelly C will take place at 7 p.m. followed by a performance from local hip-hop artist Eclypse at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $5, free for PF/PCA members and students. All guests will receive a complimentary beverage.

December 12th

Feminist Film Screening: Vessel


Socialist Alternative, an organization committed to fighting racism, sexism, and inequality, will present a screening of Vessel at BOOM Concepts. The documentary feature follows a young doctor who sails through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on a ship in offshore waters. The event will also include a post-screening discussion. Vessel will take place at 4:30 p.m.

Silent Pooches


The Hollywood Theater will join forces with the Western PA Humane Society for a special canine-centric edition of the theater’s Silents, Please! film series. The event will feature silent film shorts starring animal performers Pete the Pup and Luke the Dog, including The Scarecrow (1920), Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916), and Cat, Dog & Co. (1929).  Musicians Tom Roberts and Dawn Posey will provide live musical accompaniment during the screenings. Guests can also meet animal friends from the Western PA Humane Society and get more information about adoption. Doors open at 2 p.m. Films begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Conflict Kitchen Serves Up Pittsburgh Palestinian Film Festival


Last year, Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant known for its socially conscious cuisine, received national attention for serving Palestinian food. The move, which includes wrappers bearing text from interviews “conducted with Palestinians living in both Palestine and the United States,” sparked controversy and even incited death threats. Undeterred, the establishment has taken its mission of promoting thoughtful public discourse a step further by presenting the Pittsburgh Palestinian Film Festival, a three-day program of contemporary, genre-spanning independent cinema exploring the diversity of the Palestinian experience. The event is co-hosted by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voices for Peace Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, and B 52. See film schedule and details below:

May 14th

8 p.m.

5 Broken Cameras (2011)


The first-ever Palestinian film nominated for an Oscar in Best Documentary Feature, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. The film was shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat – who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel – and co-directed by Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the work follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess. Olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank. 5 Broken Cameras will screen at the Regent Square Theater. Tickets are $10.

May 15th

8 p.m.

Divine Intervention (2002)


In this darkly comic masterpiece, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman utilizes irreverence, wit, mysticism, and insight to craft an intense, hallucinogenic, and extremely adept exploration of the dreams and nightmares of Palestinians and Israelis living in uncertain times. Subtitled A Chronicle of Love and Pain, Divine Intervention follows ES, a character played by and clearly based upon the filmmaker himself. ES is burdened with a sick father, a stalled screenplay, and an unrequited love affair with a beautiful Palestinian woman (Manal Khader) living in Ramallah. An Israeli checkpoint on the Nazareth-Ramallah road forces the couple to rendezvous in an adjacent parking lot. Their relationship and the absurd situations around them serve as metaphors for the lunacy of larger cultural problems. The result is a palpable rage that is both personal and political. Divine Intervention will screen at the Melwood Screening Room. Admission is a $10 suggested donation.

May 16th

8 p.m.

The Dinner (2012)

The 20-minute short – one of four works included in the omnibus documentary feature Family Albums – focuses on its director Mais Darwazeh, who lives alone. In Amman, a city of uprooted people, her father telling of his memories of Palestine, people longing for places not easily remembered. She creates her own identity by gathering around her table close friends, chosen ingredients, and old recipes. A discussion with Darwazeh will follow the screening.

When I Saw You (2012)


The feature film from director Annemarie Jacir takes place in 1967 Jordan. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in “temporary” refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives.

The Dinner and When I Saw You are free and will screen in Schenley Plaza. Conflict Kitchen will provide food until 9 p.m.


2015 Russian Film Symposium Revisits Key Moments Of Soviet Past


The University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will present the 17th annual Russian Film Symposium from May 4th through May 9th. Under the title Red Empire Reloaded, the event promises to examine how, over the past 25 years, Russian cinema has been marked by the dominance of feature films, many of which are dramatic interpretations of the major events of Soviet rule. The symposium will also bring well-recognized scholars and critics working in Russian film. See schedule and details below:

May 4th

10 a.m.

Cuckoo (2002)


As the Nazis prepare to pull out of Finland, a young Finnish conscript is left chained to a rock in Lapland, instructed to kill as many Russian soldiers as he can before he dies. Freeing himself, he makes his way to a farm where a widowed Lapp woman is nursing an injured Russian officer back to health. Despite the lack of a common language between any of them, the two men form an uneasy trust for each other and a strong shared attraction for their unlikely caregiver.

2 p.m.

First on the Moon (2005)


Director Aleksei Fedorchenko‘s mockumentary follows a group of journalists who uncover a sensational story: that even before the Second World War, in 1938, the first rocket was made in the USSR and Soviet scientists were planning to send an orbiter to the moon and back.

May 5th

10 a.m.

Star (2002)


Director Nikolai Lebedev’s Star is the second film adaptation of the eponymous short story by Emmanuil Kazakevich about a group of Soviet scouts working behind German lines during World War II.

2 p.m.

Harvest Time (2003)


The debut feature film by Marina Razbezhkina tells the story of Antonina, a combine operator in a small Russian village who supports her amputee husband and their two small boys. Her family begins to fall apart, however, when Antonina receives a special award for her work.

May 6th

10 a.m.

Franz + Polina (2006)


Set in 1943, Mikhail Segal‘s romantic war drama tells the story of Franz, an SS soldier who deserts, and Polina, a Belarusian woman whose village is massacred.

2:30 p.m.

Round table discussion featuring Russian film scholars Nancy Condee and Anton Dolin.

7:30 p.m.

Fragment of an Empire (1929)


Director Fridrikh Ermler‘s silent Soviet film follows a man who loses his memory during the Russian Revolution and regains it 10 years later in St. Petersburg. The screening will feature live musical accompaniment.

May 7th

10 a.m.

Stalingrad (2013)


Director Fedor Bondarchuk‘s WWII epic follows a band of Russian soldiers who fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and, in the process, become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. Stalingrad is noted for being the highest grossing Russian film of all time and the first one shot in 3D.

7:30 p.m.

Test (2014)


The story surrounding the first nuclear bomb test conducted in Semipalatinsk in 1949 follows a girl named Dina who lives with her father, Tolgat, in an isolated house in the Central Asian steppe.

May 8th

10 a.m.

Escape from Afghanistan (1994)


Loosely based on the so-called Badaber Uprising, the film from Timur Bekmambetov and Gennadii Kaiumov – which was originally titled The Peshawar Waltz – follows several Soviet and Afghan POWs who revolt and take over a military fortress.

2 p.m.

The Thief (1997)


The harsh realities of a post-WWII Soviet Union are seen through the eyes of Sania, a six-year-old boy whose widowed mother falls in love with a charming criminal.

7:30 p.m.

 Ordered to Forget (2014)


Banned at the 2014 Moscow International Film Festival, the film follows a young couple who witness a horrifying war crime during Stalin’s mass deportation of Chechen and Ingush people in 1944.

May 9th

11 a.m.

Roundtable discussion featuring Russian film scholars Vladimir Padunov and Valeriia Gorelova.

7:30 p.m.

The Hope Factory (2013/14)


The debut film from director Nataliia Meshchaninova tells the story of 17-year-old Svetlana, who dreams of leaving her bleak hometown of Norilsk.

Daytime panels and screenings are free and will take place on Pitt’s campus at 1500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall. Evening screenings will take place at Melwood Screening Room and are $8 regular admission, $7 for seniors and students, $4 for Pitt and Art Institute students.

2014 Three Rivers Film Festival Details And Highlights


The 2014 Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) will present 15 days of features, shorts, and animated works from around the world, including Pittsburgh. The event kicks off on Nov. 7th with four film screenings at venues throughout the city. The evening includes the local premieres of Foxcatcher, the highly anticipated bio-drama from director Bennett Miller (Regent Square Theater), the gas boom documentary The Overnighters (Harris Theater), Jean-Luc Godard‘s experimental 3D film Goodbye to Language (Waterworks Cinema), and the locally filmed, award-winning indie Homemakers (Melwood Screening Room). An Opening Night Party will take place at 9 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and will include a live performance by Union Rye, music from DJ Tricky Powers, and refreshments courtesy of Great Lakes Brewery, Spak Brothers, SaludPgh, and more.


Among the films representing Pittsburgh is the JFK assassination conspiracy drama The Umbrella Man, the Steeltown Film Factory winner Franksgiving, and a tribute to local artist Emmett Frisbee. The festival will also showcase microcinema with the curated exhibition jORGONEson Presents, the local music and video collaboration Mind Cure Records Presents, and the skateboard documentary and shorts collection Scumco and Sons Presents.


3RFF will also host some of the year’s most talked about films, including two star-studded selections, the dark comedy Listen Up Philip and the WWII code-breaking thriller The Imitation Game. From abroad comes The Tribe, Ukraine’s brutal illustration of power structure at a boarding school for the deaf; the 2013 Venice Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Stray Dogs; and the Dutch coming-of-age drama Supernova. A diverse array of thought-provoking documentaries will also take center stage, including Cowboy ChristmasH.D. Motyl‘s intimate portrait of rodeo life; The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a last look inside the legendary Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli; and the Oscar-nominated Dirty Wars.


In addition, the festival will highlight animation with Hayao Miyazaki‘s imaginative fairy tale Spirited Away, the Japanese anime Welcome to the Space Show, and French animator Paul Grimault‘s restored classic The King and the Mockingbird. Also featured is Latvia’s 2015 Animated Feature Oscar entry Rocks in my Pockets, a trio of personal stories told through director Signe Baumane‘s combination of papier-mache, stop-motion, and hand-drawn animation.


The festival runs from Nov. 7th to Nov. 22rd. Screenings will take place at Waterworks Cinema, Regent Square Theater, Harris Theater, Melwood Screening Room, Brillobox, Gooski’s, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, and Brillobox. For more information, please visit the 3RFF website, where you’ll find a complete schedule and details on additional films, discussions, live music events, and other festival happenings. Tickets for all 3RFF screenings are available for purchase at Showclix.

‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ Rides In For Rooftop Shindig Screening


I know you are, but what am I? Well, if you’re a Pee-Wee Herman fan, you’re heading downtown to see Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. On August 13th, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Bike Pittsburgh will present a special Rooftop Shindig screening of the 1985 cult comedy.

The feature film debut from director Tim Burton stars Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, a whimsical eccentric who sets off on a journey across the country in search of his stolen bike. Along the way, he befriends an escaped convict, a lonely waitress, a train-hopping hobo, and a biker gang, all of whom aid Herman in his quest. The lighthearted road movie jump started Burton’s career and led to the creation of Reubens’ popular TV show, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

Rooftop Shindig will take place on the top level of Theater Square Garage. The event includes a live musical performance by Grand Piano, plus handcrafted food, cocktails, and beer. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the film starting at sundown. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring a chair or buy an inflatable seat. The screening is presented as part of BikeFest!, so please feel free to ride your own two-wheeled friend to the event.

Highlights For The 2013 Three Rivers Film Festival


For over three decades, the annual Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) has brought fringe films to the Pittsburgh region. Presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank, the 2013 event will feature 15 days of documentaries, experimental works, restored classics, animated features, and narrative films.

The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Party at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Nov. 8th. The gala begins at 7:15 p.m. with a screening of Brasslands, a kinetic, character-driven feature documentary about  the world’s largest trumpet festival. The celebration continues at 9 p.m. with beer and refreshments, music from the band Lungs Face Feet, and a dance party with DJ/VJ Mike Bonello.


The schedule continues with a number of local, national, and international fare. Among the films representing Pittsburgh and Western PA is the French-produced Braddock, America, writer-director Jeff Monahan‘s Corpsing, Cryptic Pictures‘ horror doc Mortal Remains, and the Sundance award-winner Blood Brother. The area’s microcinema scene will also be showcased with a night of experimental shorts from Pittsburgh Extreme Radical Video (PERV) and an alternative film exhibition from the Pittsburgh-based publication INCITE.


3RFF will also play host to some of the country’s most talked about films, including the star-studded indies Prince Avalanche and Drinking Buddies, the underground hit Zero Charisma, and the family drama I Used to be Darker. From abroad, France contributes the most new titles, among them the humorous 2 Autumns, 3 WintersClaire Denis‘ dark tale Bastards, and the biopic Camille Claudel 1915, as well as the lost 1972 masterpiece Cousin Jules. Other notable foreign film selections include UK director Ben Wheatley‘s trippy historical thriller A Field in England, Israel’s Oscar entry Bethlehem, and the Polish hit The Closed Circuit.


The festival will also highlight animation with old and new releases from around the world, including anime master Hayao Miyazaki‘s classic film My Neighbor Totoro, the heartbreaking World War II drama Grave of the Fireflies, and the French fantasy Moon Man. Also featured is artist Jean Michel Kibushi‘s Animated Film Program from the Congo, a collection of works rarely shown in the US. The one-of-a-kind Kibushi uses drawings, cutouts, models, and claymation to tell his stories, which are inspired by traditional Congolese folktales.


The festival runs from Nov. 8th to Nov. 23rd. Screenings will take place at Waterworks Cinema, Regent Square Theater, Harris Theater, Melwood Screening Room, Brillobox, The New Bohemian, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, and The Shop. For more information, please visit the 3RFF website, where you’ll find a complete schedule and details on additional films, discussions, live music events, and other festival happenings. Single tickets are $10 at the door, $9 if purchased through Showclix. Special events (includes opening and closing night screenings) are $15. Guests can also purchase a Six-Pack Pass for $50 (good for six regular admissions) at participating theaters or at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers office. Additional ticket prices are available at the festival website.

Film Kitchen Presents Pittsburgh Extreme Radical Video


The Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Kitchen series continues to highlight regional, independently-made film and video this month with a special show by the micro-cinema group, Pittsburgh Extreme Radical Video (PERV).

Founded in 2012 by Kyle Vannoy, Gena Salorino and Michael J. Maraden, PERV meets on the last Saturday of every month to showcase locally-made short films and videos, all of which run under ten minutes. On May 14thFilm Kitchen hosts a retrospective of the group’s best works so far in the Melwood Screening Room. The event will feature selections from Scott WhitemanJosh RievelStu SteimerTy Tonelli  and Chris Kibler, and Justin Crimone, as well as showings from Vannoy, Salorino and Maraden. Filmmakers Sarah Chamizo and Tim Israel will also present.

The reception for Film Kitchen begins at 7 p.m., followed by the screenings at 8 p.m. Admission is $5, and includes free pizza from Spak Brothers and free beer from Mellinger’s.

Russian Film Symposium Gets To The Bottom Of The Middle Class


From April 29th to May 4th, the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers will present the 15th Annual Russian Film Symposium, an event that showcases new Russian films and features internationally recognized scholars in Film Studies and Slavic. This year’s theme, Re-Imagining Class: Recent Russian Cinema, will focus on the contradictions between the actual living conditions of the post-Soviet middle class (especially in major cities) and how these lives are represented in Russian cinema of the past decade.

April 29th

Chapiteau-Show I (2011) and Chapiteau-Show II (2011)

Chapiteau-Show I, a surreal cabaret comedy from director Sergei Loban, examines a Crimean resort town’s debilitating effect on basic human relationships in four intersecting episodes, each about a different kind of love between people. The film will be introduced by Terrence Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Pitt. Screening takes place at 9 a.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.

Chapiteau-Show II examines personal relationship, featuring a father-and-son story and an impersonator of Soviet musician Viktor Tsoi. The film will be introduced by Ana Olenina, assistant professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. A response from Trevor Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Pitt, will follow the film. Screening takes place at 2 p.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.

April 30th

Generation P (2011)

Adapted from a novel by Viktor Pelevin, Generation P uses the story of an advertising copywriter to explore themes of post-Soviet Russian life. The film will be introduced by Barbara Wurm, with a response from Irina Anisimova, PhD candidate in Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, to follow the film. Screening takes place at 9 a.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.


Dukhless (2012)

This consumer love story tells the story of hedonistic Max as he begins to reexamine his life. The film will be introduced by Masha Salazkina, and followed by a response from Olga Mukhortova, Ph.D. candidate in Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Screening takes place at 2 p.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.

May 1st

White Moor (2011)

Directed by Dmitrii Fiks, White Moor follows the troubled personal lives of three professionally successful men in a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. The film will be introduced by Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Pitt. A response from Theodora Kelly Trimble, Ph.D. candidate in Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will follow the film. Screening takes place at 9 a.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.

Kokoko (2012)

Director Avdotya Smirnova‘s Kokoko tells the story of the friendship between Vika, a woman from the provinces, and the more worldly Liza, who met by chance in a train compartment on the way to St. Petersburg. The film will be introduced by Barbara Wurm. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

May 2nd

An Office Romance: Our Time (2011)

Remake of the classic 1977 Soviet comedy Office Romance. The film will be introduced by Inna Khatkovskaya, lecturer at the Department of Media at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Natalia Ryabchikova, Ph.D. candidate in Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will provide a response to the film. Screening takes place at 9 a.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.

Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (2012)

This art-house chick flick from director Renata Litvinova tells the story of terminally ill Rita and her caretaker, Tania, the angel of death in disguise. The film will be introduced by Natascha Drubek. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.


May 3rd

Twilight Portrait (2011)

A rape-revenge melodrama, Twilight Portrait deals with a range of issues affecting contemporary Russia, including sexual violence, dysfunctional families, child abuse, and police brutality. The film will be introduced by Greg Dolgopolov and a response from Kiun Hwang, Ph.D. candidate in Pitt’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will follow the film. Screening takes place at 9 a.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.

Elena (2011)

A meditation on morality, history, and social relationships, director Andrei Zviagintsev‘s film depicts the social and cultural divisions among inhabitants of an exclusive Moscow apartment. The film will be introduced by Natascha Drubek, with a response from Gerald McCausland, director of Pitt’s Russian language program. Screening takes place at 2 p.m. in Room 106 of David Lawrence Hall.


Gromozeka (2011)

Gromozeka traces the reunion of three high school friends and former bandmates, exploring the lives they’ve made. The film will be introduced by Greg Dolgopolov. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

May 4th

Short Stories (2012)

Director Mikhail Segal‘s cinematographic mosaic of Russian literary identity presents a fiction manuscript that influences the lives of those who come in contact with it. The film will be introduced by Gerald Mccausland. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.


All films are in Russian with English subtitles. Films shown on Pitt’s campus are free and open to the public. Admission to the Pittsburgh Filmmaker screenings is $4 for Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University, and Art Institute of Pittsburgh students, $7 for students from other institutions, and $8 for non-students.