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Pitt Presents Three Films For Serbian Movie Festival


Santa Maria della Salute

On March 24, the University of Pittsburgh will host the Serbian Movie Festival. Presented by the Serb National Federation, the Center for Russian & East European Studies and the Radio Television of Serbia, the event includes three of the country’s most popular movies from 2016 and 2017. See schedule and details below:

2 p.m.

The Promise (Dir. Zeljko Mirkovic, 2016)


In this documentary from Zeljko Mirkovic, a French family moves to a remote village in the north of Serbia. They believe they have found a promised land for growing grapes and wine-making. But they also face distrusting locals with old habits. A new challenge awaits them back home in France – persuading sommeliers that superior wine can be made in an unknown and problematic region. Can they awake hope and breathe a new life into the old village?

3:30 p.m.

Serbs on Corfu (dir. Sladjana Zaric, 2016)

A documentary by Radio Television of Serbia describing one of the most tragic events faced by the Serbian people – the exile of the entire nation, army, and government of Serbia to the island Corfu, Greece during World War I. In order to avoid a capitulation of their country to the Austro-Hungary Empire, the Serbian Government and army (including the civilian population) decide to leave their own country and cross Albania during the dead of winter to reach the Allies at the Adriatic Sea. This was a unique case in world history that an entire nation immigrated to save their lives.

6 p.m.

Santa Maria della Salute (Dir. Zdravko Sotra, 2016)


A story about the love between beloved Serbian poet Laza Kostic and his friend’s daughter, Lenka Dundjerski. The affair inspired one of the most beautiful love poems of Serbian and European poetry, Santa Maria della Salute. The biopic went on to become one of the most popular movies in Serbia in 2016 and 2017.

All screenings will take place in Room 232 of the Cathedral of Learning. All movies will be shown with English subtitles. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided between the first two films. Admission is free and open to the public.


University Of Pittsburgh Presents Serbian Movie Festival



From March 17-18, the University of Pittsburgh‘s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and the Serbian National Federation will present the Serbian Movie Festival, two days of narrative and documentary films about Serbian history and culture.

See film schedule and details below:

March 17

6 p.m.

Enclave (2015, dir. Goran Radovanovic)


A Christian boy, determined to create a proper community burial for his late grandfather, crosses enemy lines and makes friends among the Muslim majority in deeply divided, war-torn Kosovo.

8 p.m.

Where the Yellow Lemon Blooms (2006, dir. Zdravko Sotra)

A documentary about the suffering of the Serbian people and its army in WWI.

March 18

12 p.m.

We Will Be the World Champions (2015, dir. Darko Bajić)


A film about the founders of the famous Yugoslav Basketball School and the first gold medal at the Championships in Ljubljana in 1970. Based on a true story.

2:30 p.m.

See You in Montevideo (2014, dir. Dragan Bjelogrlić)


A football team from Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, gets a chance to go to the First World Football Championship, but things get complicated along the way.

The Man Who Defended Gavrilo Princip (2014, dir. Srđan Koljević)


The film follows the investigation and trial following the Sarajevo assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which triggered the First World War. The courtroom drama is seen through the eyes of Rudolf Zistler, one of the attorneys appointed by the court to defend the 24 accused members of Young Bosnia and assassin Gavrilo Princip.

The Serbian Movie Festival will take place in Room 232 of the Cathedral of Learning. The event is free and open to the public.

Pitt Screens Dexter Gordon Film As Part Of Annual Jazz Series


From October 31st through November 5th, the University of Pittsburgh‘s annual Jazz Seminar and Concert will feature free lunchtime concerts, on-campus seminars, and an outreach event in the Hill District, all of which culminates with a concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Also included is a screening of ‘Round Midnight, a cinematic tribute to the power of jazz and the talent of legendary musician Dexter Gordon.

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and based on French author Francis Paudras’s memoir/biography Dance of the Infidels, the 1986 American-French music drama stars Gordon as jazzman Dale Turner, a famous tenor saxophone player in 1950s Paris. He’s befriended by Francis (François Cluzet), a struggling film poster designer who idolizes Turner and tries desperately to help him overcome alcohol abuse. As he succeeds, the budding friendship they develop changes their lives forever. The award-winning film features musician Herbie Hancock and a cameo by director Martin Scorsese.

‘Round Midnight will screen on November 2nd at 6 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. An introduction by Gordon’s widow, Maxine Gordon, will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton For ‘Seasons In Quincy’


On April 19th, actress Tilda Swinton will stop by the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) to introduce a sneak preview of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, a documentary about the prominent art critic, novelist, painter and poet. The event marks the beginning of a new collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh’s film program and CMOA.

Presented in four vignettes, the film presents a portrait of Berger who, in 1973, abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it. Berger’s trilogy Into their Labours chronicles the peasant life of this Alpine village and its surrounding countryside.

The film is the result of an eight-year project by Swinton and University of Pittsburgh Professor of English and Film, Colin MacCabe. Swinton served as executive producer and directed the Harvest segment. MacCabe produced the film with the Derek Jarman Lab in London, directed the first segment Ways of Listening, and co-directed A Song for Politics with Bartek Dziadosz.


The Seasons of Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger sneak preview will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Swinton and MacCabe will both make an appearance at the screening. Ticket cost $35, $30 for members, $25 for students with valid ID, and are available for purchase on the CMOA website.

Weekly Movie Roundup: March 28th – April 3rd

March 29th

Bad Movie Bingo: Bad Taste – Smiling Moose


Neo Trash Video will pay tribute to Peter Jackson‘s early career with the Bad Taste edition of Bad Movie Bingo at The Smiling Moose. The gory 1987 cult favorite pits a small New Zealand town against alien invaders who harvest human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. The event begins at 9 p.m. and includes drink specials, awards and giveaways.

March 31st

Omar – University of Pittsburgh


In honor of anti-apartheid week, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh BDS Coalition will present director Hany Abu-Assad‘s film Omar. The tense, gripping thriller follows a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girlfriend. By night, he’s ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game – is he playing his Israeli handler or will he really betray his cause? The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, Room 602. A discussion will follow.

April 1st

Dr. Who Party & 50th Anniversary Screening – Hollywood Theater


The Hollywood Theater will celebrate one of the longest running sci-fi properties of all time with their second annual Dr. Who Party. The event includes prizes for the best Doctor Who-inspired costumes, goodies, and a screening of a new digital transfer of the 1966 film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Doors open at 7 p.m. followed by the film at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

April 2nd

BANFF Mountain Film Festival – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall


The BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour stops in Pittsburgh to showcase two days of films at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Presented by Venture Outdoors, the event will feature 17 films inspired by mountaineering, surfing, kayaking, and an overall love and appreciation for nature’s wonders. Tickets are available for purchase at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall website.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hollywood Theater


The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players return for another Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast screening at the Hollywood Theater. The show begins at 11:45 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

University Of Pittsburgh Says Ciao To Italian Film Festival USA


From April 1st through April 16th, the University of Pittsburgh will once again host Italian Film Festival USA, a traveling event dedicated to promoting new Italian cinema in cities across the country. From the story of an anti-Mafia worker trying to help a farm cooperative to a documentary about Italian emigrants searching for better futures, the seven featured films were chosen to display the range and vitality of contemporary Italian filmmaking. See the festival schedule and details below:

April 1st

7 p.m.

An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio)


The extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona are expecting. At a dinner with Betta and Sandro, the refined and literate couple, and Claudio, the eccentric musician, one question will lead to an argument that will shake up the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s son. An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 2nd

7 p.m.

Mafia and Tomatoes (La nostra terra)


Nicola Sansone is the proprietor of a farm in Southern Italy that is confiscated by the government and assigned to a cooperative. As the cooperative is not successful, Filippo, who works in the anti-Mafia offices in the North, is sent to help. An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 7th

7 p.m.

Emergency Exit: Young Italians Abroad


Anna, Mauro, Milena, and the others do not know each other, but they all have something in common: they left Italy, transferring abroad and betting on the opportunity for a better future. This documentary reports what the young Italians living abroad do, think and dream, and relays whether they will remain or return and if leaving is really the emergency exit to change their uncertain future. Emergency Exit: Young Italians Abroad will screen in the Cathedral of Learning, Room G24 .

April 8th

7 p.m.

Me, Myself, and Her (Io e lei)


Marina and Federica have lived together for several years, but their love story is now at a crossroads. Just when Marina thinks that they can consider themselves a couple, Federica endures a series of events that causes her to have an identity crisis. Me, Myself, and Her (Io e lei) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 14th

7 p.m.



The city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, is home to the oldest horse race in the world: The Palio. This documentary captures the intensity of the event and the beauty of Siena. It creates a fascinating portrayal of this secular tradition and recounts the dramatic story of a young jockey, Tittia, who, in search of glory, challenges his shrewd mentor, Trecciolino. Palio will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 15th

7 p.m.

Una storia sbagliata (Another South)


Stefania is a nurse from Gela, Sicily, who takes part in a humanitarian mission to Iraq during the second Gulf War. There she finds a world that is much different than what she imagined and heard. For Stefania, it is primarily a trip of self-discovery of her past, love for Roberto, and prior life. Una storia sbagliata (Another South) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.

April 16th

7 p.m.

I, Harlequin (Io, Arlecchino)


Paolo Milesi, host of a famous television program, is forced to return to his hometown to take care of his father, a well-known actor and interpreter of the Harlequin character. The old wounds of their difficult relationship are reopened, while Paolo slowly rediscovers the fascinating world of the Commedia Dell’Arte—a world that will make him question his own superficial existence. I, Harlequin (Io, Arlecchino) will screen in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. A closing-night reception in the Frick Fine Arts Cloisters will follow.

Festival attendees will be invited to partake in an audience competition by rating films on a scale of one to five stars. Ballots will be tallied from all screenings on the national tour, and the film with the highest score will receive the Best Film Award. The movies will be shown in their original filming languages with English subtitles when necessary. The screening schedule follows. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Weekly Movie Roundup: March 21st – March 27th

March 22nd

Kings on the Hill: Baseball’s Forgotten Men – University of Pittsburgh


The University of Pittsburgh will host an Engaging August Wilson’s Fences presentation of the Negro League baseball documentary Kings on the Hill: Baseball’s Forgotten Men. The screening will take place in 3106 Wesley W. Posvar Hall at 2 p.m. and includes a faculty-led discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Science on Screen: Babette’s Feast – Regent Square Theater


As part of a national Science on Screen program, a three-part series that pairs feature films with expert scientific insight, the Regent Square Theater will present a screening and analysis of Babette’s Feast. Directed by Gabriel Axel, the Oscar-winning film focuses on a French housekeepeer whose cooking changes the lives of a group of pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a demonstration on various food preservation techniques from Susan Marquesen, a Penn State Master Gardener and Food Preserver, and member of the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange. The screening will follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

March 24th

Brew Cinema Part XIII: The Frighteners – Hollywood Theater


Things will get spooky at the Hollywood Theater when Cinema 412 returns for a special Brew Cinema screening of The Frighteners. Directed by Peter Jackson, the 1996 horror comedy stars Michael J. Fox as a psychic con man who must stop a demonic spirit from killing the living and the dead. The event begins at 8 p.m. and includes a screenprinted poster reveal by artist Dave Perillo and alcoholic libations from Fat Head’s Brewery. Tickets cost $10 to $50 and are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Hollywood Theater.

March 25th

Babe: Pig in the City – Hollywood Theater


The Hollywood Theater will go on a whimsical adventure with the 1998 film Babe: Pig in the City. Directed by George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), the offbeat sequel follows the lovable Hoggett pig as he travels to the big city to help save his master’s farm, only to wind up helping a group of homeless animals. Showtimes will continue through March 27th. Tickets cost $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Film Noir – Row House Cinema


The Row House Cinema will present a week of stylish crime dramas representing the best in film noir and neo-noir. The selections include the 1941 genre-defining classic The Maltese Falcon, the 1958 Orson Welles production Touch of Evil, the 1974 Roman Polanski masterpiece Chinatown, and the 2005 hardboiled high school mystery Brick. Showtimes and ticket prices are available on the Row House website.

March 26th

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hollywood Theater


The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players return for another Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast screening at the Hollywood Theater. The show begins at 11:45 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Weekly Movie Roundup: February 15th – February 21st

February 18th

Wylie Avenue Days – University of Pittsburgh


The University of Pittsburgh will host a screening of the PBS documentary Wylie Avenue Days, a look at the city’s once thriving Hill District. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the Hill District was a center for music, art and literature, and one of the most prosperous and influential Black neighborhoods in America. Since the Civic Arena replaced the Lower Hill and the Upper Hill in the 1960s, the area has struggled to renew itself. This film from producer Chris Moore and Doug Bolin explores the many facets of the Hill District’s golden era, including its jazz clubs, Negro League baseball teams, family businesses, and social life. The screening will take place at 3 p.m. in the Thornburgh Room of the Hillman Library. The event is free and open to the public.

February 19th

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister! – Hollywood Theater


The Hollywood Theater will spotlight one of the hair metal era’s most outrageous groups when they present We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!. The documentary from director Andrew Horn traces the never-before-told story of the 10 grueling years leading up to Twisted Sister’s legendary career, recounted directly by the band members, their managers, and their biggest fans. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix. Showtimes will continue through February 22nd.

February 20th

Inside Out Kids Party – Row House Cinema


Kids and parents can enjoy a fun-filled day at Row House Cinema when the theater presents a special Inside Out screening event. The hit Pixar film follows 11-year-old Riley, whose struggle to adjust a new life in San Francisco causes turmoil among her emotions, mainly between ebullient Joy (Amy Poehler) and gloomy Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Guests can also partake in cupcake decorating, face painting, and $3 kiddie concession specials. The Inside Out Kids Party activities begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the screening at 1 p.m. Event tickets cost $10 and must be purchased in advance at the Row House website. Film-only tickets cost $6.50 and are available on the website or at the door. All kids ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a kid.

(T)ERROR – Carnegie Library – Homewood


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood will present a screening of the award-winning documentary (T)ERROR. Shot in Pittsburgh, the film goes undercover to investigate the FBI sting operation of a Wilkinsburg terror suspect. Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a counterterrorism informant for more than two decades, takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI and invites filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist – without informing his superiors. As surprising revelations emerge, not only about Torres’ past, but also about the increasingly murky ethical grounds of his present mission, the film explores just how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there. Doors open at 1 p.m. followed by the screening at 2 p.m. A Q&A with the film’s directors, Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, will follow. Tickets are $6 and are available for purchase at Eventbrite.

Pitt Says Oh, Hi To Cult Screening Of ‘The Room’


Are you a fan of uncomfortably long lovemaking scenes? Do you enjoy throwing silverware? Do chroma keyed cityscapes fill you with glee? Then you should head to the University of Pittsburgh on November 18th for an exclusive screening of The Room.

Hosted by Pitt professor Dana Och‘s Special Topics in Film: Cult class, the event will showcase one of today’s most widely celebrated bad movies. Directed by the enigmatic, ambiguously European Tommy Wiseau, The Room debuted in 2004, and quickly became a cultural phenomenon with its warped take on relationships, American masculinity, and filmmaking in general. The surreal melodrama stars Wiseau as Johnny, a San Francisco banker whose life falls apart when he finds out his fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is having an affair with his best friend, Mark (Greg Sestero). Described as a dark comedy – most likely because of the way it was received – the film became a hit with audiences amused by disconnected sub-plots, quotable dialogue (“You are tearing me apart, Lisa!”), and amateurish production.

The Special Topics in Film screening of The Room will take place at 8 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning (Room G24). Guests will receive goodie bags, and are encouraged partake in all the yelling, throwing, and other rituals enjoyed by Room fans (those unfamiliar with the practices can reference this handy guide). In recognition of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the organizers are also asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks. The event is free and open to the public (due to explicit content, only those age 18 and over are permitted).