Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tonight & This Weekend at MBC: ART BASEL 2008!‏

A Walk "Temps sur temps"


A photographic/audio-visual installation


The Rising Tide, a film by ROBERT ADANTO, with ZHANG O

Translations, a sound/video experience by PEARL GLUCK

Speaker Box, a performance in a cube by BELAXIS BUIL

Parallax, a triptych projection by ROSALIND SCHNIEDER


The ongoing HD film festival where you don't just watch, you experience!

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DECEMBER 2008 at a Glance:

04-07: ART BASEL Miami Beach at MBC!

10 WED: Cine-IMPROV! presented by "The Model Citizens"

11, 18, (THU) (& JAN 08, 11) "The Dreams of Aleksandr SUKOROV"

(coinciding with the Russian Dreams exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art)

12 FRI: Louise Bourgeouis, The Spider, The Mistress, and the Tangerine

13 SAT: Wong Kar Wai: Ashes of Time REDUX

14 SUN, & 19, 20: Jiri Menzel: Then and Now

16 TUE & 17 WED: America The Beautiful

SUN 21: "Silents Please": Mark of Zorro with FEDERICO BRITOS!

26-29: A Christmas Story (Un conte de Noel) with Catherine Deneuve

JAN 01: "HD Opera!": Hansel and Gretel: A Modern Opera in Two Acts

ART BASEL Miami Beach

(Dec 04-07)

DEC 04 THU: Opening Night Reception!

8:30-10pm: A Walk “Temps sur temps”


A photographic/audio-visual installation

“Before questioning, I found myself drawn to quite a bleak attraction when meandering between Postdammer Platz and Unter den Linden in Berlin: the "EST" underground stations reopened after twenty nine years in darkness. Mythical places, these were penciled-in on my map until then. High above the vast gloomy no-man's land was the big round Deutsche S-Bahn up on a pole at the entrance, and only the aroma of grilled "bockwurst" from the kiosk nearby uplifted the scene. I was engaged on a path leading to an obsessional quest about signs and tracks of time and the ephemeral traces of man, no doubt inspired by these surroundings where the burden of history had left its marks. It became my territory, without counting how often I would come back from Paris by night train, more often by bus. I remained attentive like the hunter waiting for prey, like the archaeologist seeking new pieces. The swift indifference or aloof respect of passers-by gave me the incentive to pursue with determination a long walk originally never planned.”—Lesly Hamilton

All MBC Art Basel events are complimentary admission.


7:30-8:30pm: A Walk “Temps sur temps”

8:30-11pm: CHINA: The Rising Tide


“Robert Adanto’s The Rising Tide shows the world how China’s contemporary artists are making sense of their crazy “brave new world”, the improbable mash-up of totalitarianism and capitalism gone wild. An often surprising and thought-provoking documentary, the featured artists throw down a collective glove to the rest of the world and declare their Sino-centric Renaissance. The rest of us better make an effort to grasp what their work is about, or get out of the way. An “eye-opener” in every sense of the word, if you are an artist, curator, or teacher be sure to catch this film.”—Mark Lynch, Host of “Inquiry” on WIC. The Rising Tide was shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006 and completed in October of 2007 and was recently part of CHINA NOW in the United Kingdom, as part of Constant Stream: China 08 at the Royal College of Art in London, where it screened with a film by acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke. See two excerpts of the film HERE
The film will be followed by Q&A with director Robert Adanto

and artist Zhang O.

All MBC Art Basel events are complimentary admission.

This one has limited seating.


7:30-8:30pm: A Walk “Temps sur temps”

8:30-9:30pm: Trance

A sound and video experience by PEARL GLUCK

Trance is a multimedia site specific installation which explores a neighborhood from the inside out. Using documentary video and found sound, Trance blurs the boundaries between insider and outsider, past and present, fitting in or being exiled. By partnering with local composers, Pearl Gluck creates a documentary visualscape made up of found images and sounds collected in the specific neighborhoods over the course of one week. Two of the Trance installations will be featured this evening: Trance: plac Z.ydowski, Krakow which visits what’s left on the 200 year old once Jewish market square in Kazimierz, and Trance: Eldridge Street, New York, which visits the Lower East Side’s interconnected and still separate Asian and Jewish communities. In the spirit of ambiguity and confusion, we will also feature another soundscape, a “soundwalk” through Hasidic Williamsburg hosted by Pearl Gluck. . .with separate walks for men and women.

All MBC Art Basel events are complimentary admission.

9:40pm, 10:20pm, 11pm: Speaker Box

A performance in a transparent cube by BELAXIS BUIL (showtimes: 15 min. each)

The idea behind "Speaker Box" is to manipulate sound waves into becoming a source of energy or language. In this instance I become a foreign object which is contained within the parameters I know exist. I use the the sounds composed as music to entice the viewer into a mind trip of where I stand within my territory. The speakers that are placed around myself and facing the audience create "voice boxes", that ultimately become sound barriers and lost translations.

All MBC Art Basel events are complimentary admission.

07 SUN:

7:30-8:30pm: A Walk “Temps sur temps”

8:30-10pm: Parallax

A triptych screen projection by ROSALIND SCHNEIDER
1973 16mm 21 min. (transferred to digital format)
Concept, Camera, Editing: Rosalind Schneider
Score: Michael Dreyfuss
Choreography: Edith Stephen
Performance: The Edith Stephen Dance Company

Parallax is a dance film that explores the sensuous flow of the female and male body. Formal relationships achieve a visual extension in space through concave mirror reflection and the juxtaposition of three projections. The dancers separate and come together to abstract each other in strong compositional movement and rich color. Their bodies superimposed in black and white

negative and color create a surrealistic environment that defines the synchronous flow within the three screens. Recipient of the 2008 Women’s Film Preservation Award Grant
"Parallax is at once invitingly sensual and conceptually arresting."-Washington Post
"Pictorially similar to an enormous fresco, Parallax moves its characters through a dance without time and perhaps without end." Anna Canepa, -Art Workers Newsletter
"Parallax is like a Reubens or a Renoir, it is so explicitly voluptuous."
-Holly Beye, Woodstock Times
"It is a beautiful film." -Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice

All MBC Art Basel events are complimentary admission.

10 WED 8:30pm:

“The Model Citizens” present:
A LIVE Comedic Jam served with cinema on the side!

This month’s theme: Russia!

Miami’s hottest improv actors perform unscripted theater based on your suggestions, in the art of “long form improv," rather than the typical comedy you see at the clubs and on TV. Including film dubbing, the "Armando Diaz Experience," and a live improvised "movie" based on the life experiences of one of our audience members, with stylistic parody, edits, comedic characters, and other scenic devices.

Purchase Tickets HERE

11 THU 8:30pm:

“The Dreams of Aleksandr SOKUROV”

Film Retrospective coinciding with the

Russian Dreams Exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art

Mother and Son (Mat i syn/ Мать и сын) (Russia/1997) With Gudrun Geyer and Alexei Ananishnov

Mother and Son is a love story about the deep affection that exists between a Mother and her Son, which Sokurov portrays as the greatest love in the world: primal, life-giving and pure. The Mother and Son are seen within and against a landscape of melancholy beauty, which Sokurov uses like a German Romantic and at times Expressionistic painter, manipulating the aspect ratio of the film for dramatic effect. When the Mother dies, the Son is left entirely alone in a world which offers little comfort. In Russian with English subtitles.

WINNER: Moscow Int. Film Festival Special Jury Prize,

Andrei Tarkovsky Award, Russian Film Critics Award

“ONE OF THE GREAT FILMS OF THE DECADE!...a dreamlike rapturously beautiful gem. . .it’s a surpassingly emotional experience that stands completely alone among recent film”—San Francisco Chronicle



Your ticket is good for discount on the Bass Museum "Russian Dreams" exhibition.

Purchase Tickets HERE

12 FRI 7:45pm & 9:30pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider,

the Mistress, and the Tangerine

(Camille Guichard/France/2008)

Louise Bourgeois is one of the most provocative artists of her and our time. She is 98 years old. Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of this extraordinary icon of modern art, produced by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 1982, at the age of 71, she became the first woman to be honored with a major retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a comprehensive and dramatic documentary of creativity and revelation.

In French and English with English subtitles.


“Fascintating Stuff!”-New Yorker Magazine

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13 SAT 7:45pm & 9:30pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

One Night Only for the Miami Encore screening!

Wong Kar Wai: Ashes of Time Redux

(Wong Kar Wai/1993/re-edited 2008)

With Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Li Bai

Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, and new music by Yo-Yo Ma.

Two years after forming his own production company, Jet Tone, Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai released Ashes of Time, a martial-arts epic based on THE EAGLE-SHOOTING HEROES. The film was set in jianghu, an imaginary world with its own views of good and evil. In 2008, unhappy with the many alternate versions of Ashes of Time available, Wong reedited and restored the film, working with the original negative and soundtrack, which were in severe disrepair. The new version is a breathtaking example of Wong's masterly storytelling technique, combined with the stunning cinematography of Christopher Doyle and gorgeous new cello solos recorded by Yo-Yo Ma. In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.

Official Special Selection: 2008 Cannes Film Festival

“ELLIPTICAL, SWEEPING, LOVELY, and thoroughly confusing, Ashes of Time is not a film to rent. It’s well worth paying to see on the big screen!”

-San Francisco Chronicle

Purchase Tickets HERE

14 SUN 8pm:

Jirí Menzel: “Then and Now”: (THEN)

Closely Watched Trains

(Ostre sledované vlaky) (Czechoslovakia/1966)

With Václav Neckár, Josev Somr, Vlastmil Brodsky, Vladimír Valenta

One of the pinnacles of the Czech New Wave of the 1960's (cut short by the Soviet invasion during the "Prague Spring" of 1968), director Jiri Menzel's Closely Watched Trains is one of Europe's most beloved cinematatic treasures. At a village railway staion in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispacher's apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Wry and tender, Academy Award winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation. (Don't miss Menzel's latest film at MBC on December 19th and 20th).

In Czech with English subtitles.

WINNER: Academy Award Best Foreign Film 1966

Bafta Awards Best Film 1966, Heidelberg Int. Film Festival Grand Prize

“A QUIET, CHARMING, VERY HUMAN FILM. . .and isn’t pushy like those big American movies. It will not force its point of view on you, or sweep you up in a tide of emotions. . .It requires and audience at peace with itself.”—Roger Ebert

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16 TUE & 17 WED 7:30 & 9:40pm:

America The Beautiful

Is America obsessed with beauty?

From the producers of Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Colombine

The USA is known for being one of the wealthiest nations on the planet with the most opportunities for its citizens. In 2004 alone, Americans spent $12.4 billion (yes, billion!) on cosmetic surgery. Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a two year journey to examine America’s new obsession; physical perfection. In America the Beautiful, we learn secrets, confessions, and strikingly harsh realities as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation’s quest for physical perfection. Follow Darryl as he asks Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Julianne Moore, Michael Beach, Mena Suvari, Martin Short, and other celebrities and experts in cosmetics, fashion, media, and self-esteem the major question at hand. . .Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?

Director Darryl Roberts will introduce the film and be present

for Q&A after the film

See Darryl’s latest press on the film at these links:

The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Roger Ebert

Purchase Tickets HERE

18 THU 8:30pm:

“The Dreams of Aleksandr SOKUROV”

Film Retrospective coinciding with the

Russian Dreams Exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art

Father and Son (Otets i syn/ Отец и сын) (Russia/2003) With Andrei Shchetinin and Aleksei Nejmyshev

Father and Son won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival with the following note from the critics who gave the award: “For brilliant images and the director’s original way of depicting the powerful bond that unites a father and a son.” The film is part of a trilogy begun with Mother and Son, and will end with the planned Two Brothers and a Sister. With one of the most poetic films ever made, Sokorov shows that intensity of emotions and imagery associated with human intimacy does not need to be associated with sexuality (which some critics read into to the film’s premise, incorrectly, according to the director himself).

In Russian with English subtitles.

WINNER: Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize

Russian Guild of Film Critics Golden Aries for Art Direction

“LIKE A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM. Its images and emotions are vivid.”

—New York Times

Your ticket is good for discount on the Bass Museum "Russian Dreams" exhibition.

Purchase Tickets HERE

19 FRI, 20 SAT, 7:30pm & 9:40pm:

Jirí Menzel: “Then and Now”: (NOW)

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

WINNER: 2007 Berlin Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize

I Served The King of England

(Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále)

(Jiri Menzel/Czech Republic/2007)

With Ivan Barnov, Oldrich Kaiser, Julia Jentsch, Martin Huba

In Czech New Wave master filmmaker Jirí Menzel’s latest film (and sixth adaptation of a Bohumil Hrabal novel), which was ten years in the making, the wryly cynical and comedic screenplay focuses on two parallel stories. The first follows the youthful exploits and gradual maturing of an ambitious little man before the War and during the German occupation. The second story, interlinked with the first, concerns a period in his later life when he seeks peace and solitude in an abandoned German village whose inhabitants were expelled after the war.

In Czech and German with English subtitles

WINNER: Berlin Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize

Czech Lions Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematograpohy

Peñsicola Comedy Film Festival Best Film

Sofia Int. Film Festival Audience Award


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A series of classic silent films with LIVE accompaniment!

Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo/Douglas Fairbanks/1920)

With Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Berry, Claire McDowell

With the decision that would form his career, legendary silent film star Douglas Fairbanks, who remains the most famous of the Zorros, made this mix of comedy and derring-do reluctantly, as a change-of-pace from his modern-dress playboy roles. The Mark of Zorro is the swashbuckling story of a nineteenth century Robin Hood intent on freeing his beloved San Juan Capistrano from an evil Governor and his lecherous Captain.

With LIVE violin accompaniment. . .

by Grammy Award Winner FEDERICO BRITOS!

$20 or $18 MBC Members for this special event!

Purchase Tickets HERE

26 FRI, 27 SAT, 28 SUN, 29 MON

6:55pm & 9:35pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

Special Jury Prize for CATHERINE DENEUVE,

Cannes Film Festival 2008!

A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël)

(A film by Arnaud Desplechin/2008)

With Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud,

Anne Cosigny, Chiara Mastroianni, Laurent Capelluto

Abel and Junon had two children, Joseph and Elizabeth. Victim of a rare genetic condition, Joseph's only hope was a bone marrow transplant. As they and Elizabeth were incompatible, his parents conceived a third child in the hope of saving their son. But little Henri too was unable to help his brother, and Joseph died at the age of seven. The Vuillard family has never recovered. Masterfully directed and acted, by turns savage, bittersweet, darkly comic and unbearably moving, A Christmas Tale shows internationally acclaimed Desplechin at the height of his powers. In French with English subtitles.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Film Festival 2008, Toronto Int. Film Festival 2008, New York Int. Film Festival 2008

“CINEMATIC MAGIC. Denueve gets her best role in years, while Amalric proves that he is one of the finest working actors in the world. Alternately cathartic, dysfunctional and it out!”—Matt Mazur, Pop Matters

Purchase Tickets HERE


ART BASEL events: complimentary

FILMS: $10 or $7 MBC Members / Students / Seniors

SILENTS...PLEASE! $20 or $18 MBC Members / Students / Seniors

Cine-IMPROV! $12 or $10 MBC Members / Students / Seniors

HD OPERA! $18 and $16 MBC Members

Doors open fifteen minutes before screenings

T H E M I A M I B E A C H C I N E M A T H E Q U E The ongoing HD film festival where you don't just watch, you experience!

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