Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces March 2013 Programming

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2013

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces March 2013 Programming

(Pittsburgh, PA) - The following are descriptions of Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Film Exhibition program for March 2013. The films are screened at Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue (Downtown), the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue (in North Oakland) and the Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Avenue (in Edgewood). For admission prices and current showtimes call 412-682-4111 or visit us at theaters.pittsburgharts.org. All titles and dates are subject to change, due to film availability.         

The Harris Theater - 809 Liberty Ave.

Opens Mar. 8: 56 Up
This acclaimed British series has gained cult status among those who've been following this fascinating group of people since the original 7 Up was first broadcast in 1964. Inspired by the Jesuit saying, "Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man," and Britain's rigid class system, this groundbreaking series features children from widely different social backgrounds sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. It set out to discover how far our lives are pre-determined by our background. 56 Upreturns to visit the group whose lives have been publicly tracked since they were seven, and sees more of the original line-up taking part than ever before, with one participant, Peter, deciding to re-join the series after almost 30 years. (Michael Apted; UK; 2012; 144 min)
Mar. 15: Rust and Bone - back from the festival!
"...marvelous movie, gorgeous, thoughtful and deeply felt." - NPR
Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) star in this emotionally raw love story. It's about a broke, homeless, and drifting young dad who scrambles to make a living for himself and his young son and moves to the French Riviera as a back-alley boxer. Taking work as a nightclub bouncer, he crosses paths with Stéphanie, who works as a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park. After she suffers a terrible accident, the unlikely pair falls into a tender, tentative courtship. With subtitles. (Jacques Audiard; France/Belgium; 2012; 120 min)
Mar. 22: Barbara - back from the festival!
This spy/love story, set a decade before the fall of the Berlin Wall, is a seductive, slow-burning pleasure. Barbara is a pediatric surgeon transferred for disciplinary reasons from the city to a post in a tiny country hospital. But this community is beset with paranoia and citizen surveillance, like the East Berlin from The Lives of Others. The superb German actress Nina Hoss casts a spell in the lead role. Barbara seems to have an elaborate protective coating, but eventually draws us behind the mask into a world of clandestine plans and secret hopes. Gorgeous film with plenty of twists and political intrigue. With subtitles. (Christian Petzold; Germany; 2012; 105 min)

Regent Square Theater - 1035 South Braddock Ave.

through March 28: Amour
Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Globe, the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and the National Society of Film Critics Best Film, it's a bittersweet love story of retired music teachers Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) living a quiet life in Paris. When Anne suffers a stroke and her condition deteriorates she exacts a promise from her husband. Powered by beautiful acting and an uncharacteristically tender script by Michael Haneke, it co-stars Isabelle Huppert. With subtitles. (Michael Haneke; Austria; 2012; 127 min)
Opens Mar 29: On The Road
This new adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 landmark novel is made fresh by director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries). The handsome young cast, that includes Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Garret Hedlund and Tom Sturridge, perfectly captures the restless mood of the Beat Generation. We follow Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty as they criss cross the country from New York to Denver to San Francisco and back again, fueled by Benzedrine-laced tea, hot barroom jazz, and the futile desire for more and more sensory pleasures. (Walter Salles; USA; 2012; 137 min)
Sunday Night Series: Hitchcock's Ladies
Much has been written, rumored and disputed about Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies. All we know is that these remarkable actresses have given us some of the most memorable performances in all of film history. Here are five favorites featuring famous females from Hitchcock's color period - presented in crisp DCP.
March 3: To Catch a Thief with Grace Kelly
The French Riviera is the gorgeous backdrop for this chic and elegant caper with Cary Grant as a reformed cat burglar suspected in new batch of jewel robberies. The romance smolders between these seductive stars, which includes Kelly asking Grant if he'd like a leg or a breast - she means chicken of course. (1955; 106 min)
March 10: The Man Who Knew Too Much with Doris Day
A family vacationing in Paris takes a side trip to Morocco. Turns out to be a bad idea when they stumble upon an assassination plot and the bad guys threaten the kill their son if they interfere. This version starring Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day (she gets to sing!) is a remake - in widescreen and Technicolor - of Hitch's original 1934 film. (1956; 120 min)
March 17: Vertigo with Kim Novak
One of Hitch's most debated films, this psychological mystery has actually gained more acclaim over the years. In a stunning performance Jimmy Stewart plays San Francisco detective Scott Ferguson, who's hired by a friend to trail his beautiful wife (Novak). But after Scottie rescues her, he starts to fall in love with her. Some of the 50s styles are a hoot, but overall, it's a beautiful film. (1958; 128 min)
March 24: North By Northwest with Eva Marie Saint
It's not just the cleverly written script about mistaken identity, the suspenseful climb over Mt. Rushmore, or the thrilling Bernard Herrmann score that helps make this a favorite Hitchcock film - it's the smoldering the chemistry between Cary Grant, as a New York ad exec, and Eva Marie Saint as an icy blonde double agent. (1959; 136 min)
March 31: Marnie with Tippi Hedren
In this psychological thriller, Hedren plays a compulsive thief who can't stand to be touched by any man, or the sight of the color red. Her boss (Sean Connery) blackmails her into marriage when he stumbles onto her breaking into his safe. Features a mesmerizing flashback sequence about (what else?) a bad mother. The film is buoyed by the driving musical score of Bernard Herrmann - his last for Hitchcock. (1964; 130 min)

Melwood Screening Room - 477 Melwood Ave.

Mar. 12: Film Kitchen
Held the second Tuesday of every month, this series highlights regional, independently-made short films and videos. This month features work by Scott Whiteman, Ross Nugent, and Bob Buncher. Reception at 7:00; films at 8:00. Co-sponsored by Mellinger's Beer and Spak Brothers Pizza.
Mar. 20: Essential Cinema: Run Lola Run
This heart-pounding film is about love, death, and timing. Lola has an important deadline to meet - involving her boyfriend, gangsters and lots of money. As the seconds tick down, the tiniest choices become life altering, that fine line between fate and fortune. With subtitles. (Tom Tykwer; Germany; 1999; 81 min) The local dollar theaters may be extinct, but our new monthly series of essential cinema might just fill the void. All seats $2 -- and our popcorn is affordable too!
Mar. 21 - 24: Faces of Media - Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
For a complete schedule visit:www.cmu.edu/faces/