Monday, April 13, 2009

This Week at MBC: (April 13-19) The SICILIAN Film Festival!‏

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

512 Española Way at Plaza España, (305) 67-FILMS (673-567)


APRIL 2009 at a Glance:

13-19: Sicilian Film Festival

19: Miami Latin Gay Film Festival: MARISOL in Tombola!

21: High-Def HITCH: Topaz

22: "Cine-IMPROV"

23, 24: Examined Life

25, 26: Wendy and Lucy

30: High-Def HITCH: Frenzy

May 02-03 MGLFF: Annul Victory, "Dark, Twisted, and Experimental",

and "UNDERWATERS" (Three Films by John Waters)

Sicilian Film Festival (April 13-19)

13 MON 6pm: SFF Opening Ceremony with wines of Sicily

followed by 7pm: The Viceroys (I Vicere') by Roberto Faenza

$20 opening ceremony and film

8:45pm: La baronessa di Carini by Umberto Marino

14 TUE 7pm: La baronessa di Carini by Umberto Marino

8:45pm: The Viceroys (I Vicere') by Roberto Faenza

10:30pm: If You Close Your Eyes (Se chiudi gli occhi) by Lisa Romano

15 WED 6pm: The Island Inside: A Journey With Vincenzo Consolo (L'isola in me: in viaggio con Vincenzo Consolo) by Ludovica Tortora De Falco

7:15pm: Taormina Shorts in cooperation with Taormina Film Festival

Our Sea (Mare nostro) by Andrea D'Asaro 20', Maradona Baby by Nino Sabella 10', Sgangsters by Mario Cosentino, 17', The Door of Forgiveness (Bab al Samah – La porta del perdono) by Francesco Sperandeo 15', The Nude Life (La vita nuda) by Dino Santoro 21', The Hallway (Il corridoio) by Gaia Bonsignore 6'

9pm: Homage to the Sicilian Producer George Litto

Dressed to Kill by Brian Di Palma

16 THU 6pm: Documentaries From Sulfur To Coal (Dallo zolfo al carbone)

by Luca Vullo 30', The Magic of Acitrezza (La malia di Acitrezza) by Paolo Brunatto 29'

7pm: Conference: Being a Sicilian Producer by Augusto Allegra

with Cover Boy by Carmine Amoroso

$15 (conference and films)

9:00pm: A Gide's Love (Un amore di Gide) by Diego Ronsisvalle

17 FRI 6:30pm: Short films: Party Night (Amiche) by Massimo Natale 14', Original Talents (Originali talenti) by Manolo Cristian Abbondati 20', A Scrooge Meets Cinderella Story (Cenerentola e lo sfruttatore) by Andria Litto 17', Faida 2 - The return (Faida 2 - Il ritorno) by Giorgio Galieti 10', A Heart Inside The Sea (Un cuore dentro al mare) by Claudia Labianca 20', The Fishing Light (La Lampara) by Giovanni Sinopoli 13', Being Handy (Mi chiamo Handy) by Vincenzo Cosentino 7'

8:45pm: The Sicilian Girl (La siciliana ribelle) by Marco Amenta

18 SAT 7pm: Documentaries Black Vessel (Il mare come il vino) by Luigi Valente 22'; Vara by Joseph Gardella 35'; Easter in Sicily (Pasqua in Sicilia) by Sigal Bujman 50'

8:40pm: Detective Montalbano: Paper Moon (Il Commissario Montalbano:

la luna di carta) by Alberto Sironi TV Series

10:30pm: SFF Afterparty at The Forge, 432 41st Street, Miami Beach

with host Juan Carlos Perez Complimentary Champagne until 12.

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19 SUN 6pm: Documentaries: Street Food Palermo by Laura Ravaioli 22'; Prince Alliata's Sweet Life (Il tonno, il corvo, la granita, Francesco Alliata, una vita dolce)

by Alfredo Antonaros 29'

7pm: Helen (Elena) by Salvo Bitonti 15'

and A Breath Of Life (Diceria dell'untore) by Beppe Cino 97'

With special guest Franco Nero


9pm: SFF Fundraising Party

with concert by Kelly J. Roberts, and the official SFF Awards

and Italian Buffet Dinner with Wines of Sicily

Villa Viscuso, 8300 Hawthorne Ave, Miami Beach

Call (305) 710-4593 for reservations and info.

benefiting the not-for-profit “Sicilian Cultural and Film Festival”


For SFF Tickets and details on films visit

(Events are $10 each, or $7 MBC Members, unless otherwise noted).

Miami Latin Gay Film Festival

19 SUN 2pm:

A Sing-Along matinee with. . .

¡MARISOL in Tómbola!

Hosted by ADORA!


(Directed by Luis Lucia/1962)

Just in time for Gay Pride Weekend and the Miami Latin Gay Film Festival!

Who do you get when you cross Julie Andrews, Haley Mills, and Shirley Temple with Charo, and Jennifer Lopez? MARISOL. . .that's who! Marisol was Spain's colorful answer to wholesome entertainment during the grey General Franco dictatorship. Her young and flamboyant vitality was also a secret symbol of leftie liberation, and that includes, of course, being a gay icon for all the colorful boys (and girls) yearning to be just like her, or yearning to, at least, sing just like her, which brings us to YOU. If you speak or sing or, at least, read Spanish, now is your single rare chance to relive or live for the first time your Spanish heritage and childhood, singing your heart out with MARISOL (on screen) in her classic film Tómbola (which is about. . .um, Marisol being fabulous!).

“Her figure and her grace fill the screen from the beginning till the last sequence, and the feature's festive and sentimental rhythm never declines.” Olé! Olé! Olé!

-La Vanguardia 1962

In Spanish with Spanish lyrics provided for singing along!

Join us afterwards for Sangria and home-made Spanish omelette,

included in your price! $12 or $10 MBC Members

For advance tickets visit

21 TUE 8pm:

“High-Def HITCH!”

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL presentation

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami HD Theatrical Premiere!


(Directed by Alfred Hitchcock/1969)

With Frederick Stafford, Karin Dor, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret

Filmed on locations ranging from Denmark to the Universal backlot, Hitchcock's Topaz is based on a novel by Leon Uris. Frederick Stafford is cast as Andre Devereaux, a French secret agent assigned to snoop around Cuba in the months prior to the 1962 missile crisis. Someone is supplying castro--and, by extension, Moscow -- with NATO secrets; it is up to Devereaux to liquidate the "mole." Aiding Devereaux is CIA agent Nordstrom (John Forsythe) and aristocratic anti-Castro Cuban Juanita (Karin Dor), who happens to be the girlfriend of pro-castroite Rico Parra (John Vernon).

"The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture."-Alfred Hitchcock

For tickets click HERE

22 WED 8:30pm: “Cine-IMPROV!”
A LIVE Comedic Jam presented by “the Model Citizens”

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.

This month's theme: Let's DANCE!

“The Cine-Improv troupe works at a higher level than even the pros you see on Comedy Central, late-night TV, and at clubs. Their improvised take on film removes the middleman and leaves him (rolling) on the cut-up room floor (in this case that's the Miami Beach Cinematheque).”--Greg Baker New Times

For tickets click HERE

23 THU & 24 FRI

7pm and 8:45pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL presentation

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

Examined Life

Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms,

and puts it back on the streets...

Directed by Astra Taylor/Canada/2009

Featuring Cornel West, Peter Singer, Kwarne Anthony Appiah, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor

In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas. Slavoj Zizek questions current beliefs about the environment while sifting through a garbage dump. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Francisco's Mission District questioning our culture's fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West—perhaps America's best-known public intellectual—compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating a life of the mind can be. Offering privileged moments with great thinkers, Examined Life reveals philosophy's power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place in it.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”—Socrates
For tickets click HERE

25 SAT & 26 SUN

7pm and 8:35pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL presentation

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

Wendy and Lucy

Directed by Kelly Reichardt/USA/2009

With Michelle Williams

Wendy Carroll is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people's duty to each other in tough time.

“A PITCH PERFECT TRIUMPH!—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“What may emerge as THE BEST PERFORMANCE of the YEAR!”—Film Comment

"What will happen to her? The strength of this short, simple, perfect story of a young woman and her dog is that this does not seem, by the end, to be an idle or trivial question. What happens to Wendy -- and to Lucy -- matters a lot, which is to say that Wendy and Lucy, for all its modesty, matters a lot too."--A.O. Scott New York Times

For tickets click HERE

30 THU 8:30pm:

“High-Def HITCH!”

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL presentation

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami HD Theatrical Premiere!


(Directed by Alfred Hitchcock/1972)

With Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Frenzy marked Hitchcock's return not only to England for the first time in twenty years but also to the subject matter with which he'd started his career in thrillers back in 1926 - murder, and a hunt for a serial killer in London. As the latest female victim of the "Necktie Murderer" is found in the Thames, raped and strangled, we meet Richard Blaney (Jon Finch), a bitter, belligerent ex-Royal Air Force officer who can't seem to find his way in life. We also meet his girlfriend, a barmaid (Anna Massey); his ex-wife, a professional matchmaker (Barbara Leigh-Hunt); and his best friend. Their connection to the necktie murders will be clear to us in the first thirty minutes, as Chief Inspector Oxford (Alec McCowan) and his men tighten a circle around the wrong man, who rapidly runs out of options and allies.
"Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table."-Alfred Hitchcock

For tickets click HERE

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival at MBC

(May 02-03)

02 SAT 1pm: Annul Victory

The World Premiere of the doc on Prop 8

Directed by Cheryl Riley, US, 67min, video, 2009

If when you woke up the day after elections and your elation about Barak Obama's groundbreaking victory was tinged with sadness because of the passing of Proposition 8 in California, then ‘Annul Victory, is a film for you. Through the use of stunning news footage and eloquent and articulate interviews, the movie brings us up to the present day as we now await the California Courts ruling on whether Proposition 8 is against the State's constituent or not. This is unquestionably the singular most important issue facing our community today. This is fight for our basic civil rights, and to quote one of the movie's participants, “we should no longer just ask for them, but demand them and settle for nothing less”.–Roger Walker-Dack

For tickets for the 1pm or 3pm screenings visit

3pm: “Dark, Twisted, and Experimental”

An MGLFF shorts compilation

For the first time at the MGLFF, we've decided to push the envelope by providing to audiences a fresh and different shorts program. These films are not for the faint at heart, but if you like Tarantino and can stand the sight of a little blood, you'll love the sick and sticky stories in here. They are chock full of meaning, intellect and (albeit bizarre) beauty.

Toybox, Dir. Wrik Mead, Canada, 2007, video, 10 min. U.S. PREMIERE. Simultaneously creepy and playful, this animated short is a no holds bar articulation of the role of the penis in men's sexual lives.

Boy, Dir. Wrik Mead, Canada, 2009, video, 3 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. Invisibility, the inner vs. outer world, truth as opposed to necessary fictions: this short is a quietly constructed meditation on the consequences of being yourself.

Marti & I, Dir. Juan Carlos Zaldivar, US, 2008, video, 3 min. EAST COAST PREMIERE. Tearing the symbolism and power of the iconic figure away from the intractable reality of machismo in Latin culture.

3 Stories About Evil, Dir. Michael Frost, US, 2008, video, 22 min. FLORIDA PREMIERE. Shot almost entirely with still photographs and starring cult favorite Mink Stole, this film tells three macabre stories about family, media and the horror of children's beauty pageants.

Weak Species, Dir. Dan Faltz, US, 2009, video, 35 min. WORLD PREMIERE. Two high school boys have vastly different experiences at home and at school, but an important tie binds them. -Kade Crockford

For tickets for the 1pm or 3pm screenings visit

02 SAT


Three early films directed by JOHN WATERS!

7pm: Female Trouble

(Directed by John Waters/1974)

With Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pierce, Mink Stole

John Waters' outrageous fascination with womanhood follows the life and times of Dawn Davenport (Divine, just after her illustrious debut in Pink Flamingos), showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother and a criminal as well as a glamorous model, before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair...

For Waters tickets click HERE

9pm: Desperate Living

(Directed by John Waters/1977)

With Liz Reney, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe, Edith Massey

In John Waters' follow-up to the outrageously tacky Female Trouble, he continues the insanity of his take on Baltimore inspired women with an even more outrageously tacky story of a rich housewife who murders her husband. With the assistance of her maid, she sets out on the run, ending up in a refuge for criminals-Mortville, where she eventually comes face to face with the ruler of town-Queen Carlotta. . .

For Waters tickets click HERE

03 SUN 8pm: Polyester


(Directed by John Waters/1981)

“Smelling is Believing”

With Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, Mink Stole

The favorite John Waters leading lady, Divine, plays Francine Fishpaw, a dissatisfied suburban housewife who is looking for a little lovin', surrounded by a pitiful life with problematic children, to say the least, and various other (stinky) issues. Finally salvation arrives in the form of Prince Charming (with an agenda), Tod Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), who somehow finds a way to ‘fall in love” with Francine, when he really, obviously, has his mind on other things. Filmed in the miracle of “Odorama”, MBC has resurrected collector scratch n' sniff cards for the screening. Experience this John Waters classic the way it was meant to be seen (and smelled!).

“John Waters broke new boundaries of bad taste with this hilariously trashy tale of suburban misadventure.” -Cinematical

(with “scratch and sniff cards” available!)

$12 or $10 MBC or MGLFF members

($16 or $14 Members with collector's Scratch ‘n Sniff card. *Limited quantity).

Order in advance at


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

Sicilian Film Festival opening Night $20

SFF Conference Being a Sicilian Producer $15

SFF Evening with Franco Nero $30

Polyester $12 or $10 Members, or $16 and $14 with Scratch n' Sniff card

(Doors open fifteen minutes before screenings)


16th Street between Collins and Washington (covered lot),

or 16th Street and Drexel Avenue (open lot),

or Valet Parking on weekends at Plaza de España (Drexel and Española Way)

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!

512 Española Way at Plaza España (305) 67-FILMS (673-4567)




Original Scratch n' Sniff cards available for your ODORAMA experience!

(Purchase Polyester tics and cards in advance at

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