Pittsburgh's annual Three Rivers Film Festival continues to receive big films for their opening night reception. Last year, Silver Lining's Playbook was the center of the festivities, and the year before I attended the opening night gala and saw David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. I couldn't even get close to nabbing tickets in 2009 when Precious opening the festival. The line-up was announed late last night, and there are some films I really want to see this year.
The two biggest films (or most high-profile) are Philomena and Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom. Normally, one of these would play on the Friday opening night, but, for some reason, they are playing the following day. No need to quibble, though. I think I would be too distracted during Mandela. Idris Elba is so effing gorgeous that I will be thinking that he needs to take his shirt off the entire time. I don't think I need to think of Nelson Mandela that way. Right?
In addition to Philomena, I am most interested in Prince Avalanche and Stranger by the Lake. I could watch Avalanche on demand, but I would rather see it on the big screen. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as two highway road workers in 1988. Misadventures and comedic squabbles ensure. I love Rudd--he's national treasure status for me, and I love when Hirsch does comedy. There's an unpredictable quality to him. Director David Gordon Green helmed Pinapple Express and Snow Angels.
On the flipside, Stranger is a gay cruising thriller drama from France. I was a little surprised that it didn't play at the recent gay and lesbian film festival a few weeks back. I don't know that much about it, and I want to keep it that way. The trailer is all mystersious and gay and features some naked behind, so I'm there.
I really need to go through the line-up and pick other flicks I want to see. The Three Rivers Film Festival runs November 8-23 at various theaters around the city. Head over to 3rff.com for more information or click here for a complete list of films.
In the meantime, however, check out the trailer for Stranger!