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Feb 11: Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Explores "Faces of Realism"

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Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
Explores "Faces of Realism," Feb. 26–March 8

Forbidden LiesPITTSBURGH—The Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University presents its 2009 International Film Festival, "Faces of Realism," Feb 26–March 8 at venues throughout Pittsburgh.
    
"Faces of Realism" encourages audiences to examine how reality is portrayed through nine feature and documentary films from six different countries. Films will be accompanied by a short work.
    
"These are contemporary films of incredible artistic merit and social commentary that would never be found on mainstream screens," said Jolanta Lion, festival director and Humanities Center assistant director. "The festival challenges its theme this year by opening up the screening to audience commentary through Q&As and workshops with directors Antonio Campos, Azazel Jacobs and cinematographer Arthur Reinhart as well as the chance for discourse during post-screening receptions."
    
Opening night, Thursday, Feb. 26, includes a 7:30 p.m. screening of "Il Divo" at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room followed by a reception. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is a character study of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti. Tony Buba, an internationally acclaimed director from Braddock, Pa., will introduce the film.
    
Another festival highlight is the screening of "Bomb It!" at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 1 at the Future Tenant Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh. This Jon Reiss documentary focuses on the history and culture of graffiti. Audience members will have an opportunity to test their own "tagging" skills on gallery walls while enjoying refreshments from local restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops.
    
Additional film festival venues include the SouthSide Works Cinema and Carnegie Mellon University's McConomy Auditorium.  General admission tickets for each film are $7 for the public and $3 for students. Tickets for the opening night reception and film screening are $10 for general admission and $7 for students. A full access festival pass can be purchased for $35 ($15 for students). For a complete schedule, film descriptions and ticket reservation, visit the festival Web site at http://www.cmu.edu/faces/.
    
Carnegie Mellon's Humanities Center, Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program at the Heinz College, School of Art, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Humanities Scholars Program, Department of English and Department of Modern Languages are sponsoring the festival. Additional sponsors include Einhorn Design, Robert Morris University's Documentary Center, Chatham University's Film and Digital Technology Programs, The Sprout Fund, Polish Consulate (New York), Duquesne University's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Adamba Imports International Inc., Point Park University's Cinema and Digital Arts Department, Morning Glory Inn, University of Pittsburgh's Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Czech Center (New York), Institute of International Art and Languages, Imagine Environmental Charter School, Allegro Hearth Bakery, East End Food Co-op, Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh City Paper, SouthSide Works Cinema, WPTS-FM, WYEP-FM and Big Dog Coffee.

Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 26

Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland
7:30 p.m., opening night reception and "Il Divo" (Italy 2008)
Tony Bubba of Braddock, Pa., will introduce the film.

Friday, Feb. 27

Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland
7:30 p.m., "Afterschool" (United States of America 2008)
"Afterschool" director Antonio Campos is scheduled to appear.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland
5 p.m. "Forbidden Lie$" (Australia 2007)
7:30 p.m. "Time to Die" (Poland 2007)
"Time to Die" cinematographer Arthur Reinhart is scheduled to appear.

Sunday, March 1
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon's University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave.
4 p.m., "It's a Free World" (England 2008)

Future Tenant Gallery, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown
5 p.m., "Bomb It!" (United States of America 2007)

Wednesday, March 4
McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon's University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave.
8 p.m., "The Mother" (Switzerland/Russia 2007)

Thursday, March 5

SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Drive, Southside
7:30 p.m., "It's a Free World" (England 2008)

Friday, March 6
SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Drive, Southside
7:30 p.m., "Momma's Man" (United States of America 2008)
"Momma's Man" director Azazel Jacobs is scheduled to appear.

Saturday, March 7

SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Drive, Southside
5 p.m., "Il Divo" (Italy 2008)

Sunday, March 8
SouthSide Works Cinema, 425 Cinema Drive, Southside
3 p.m., "Marcela" (Czech Republic 2007)

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Pictured above is a still from "Forbidden Lie$," directed by Anna Broinowski, Australia, 2007.