Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Miami Beach Cinemateque - February 2008 schedule

The on-going film festival where you don't just watch films, you experience them!

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

FEBRUARY 2008 at a Glance:

The Final "F* Is For FELLINI!" And The Ship Sails On (FRI 01)

"The Passion of Amos GITAI" (SAT 02, THU 07, THU 21, SAT 23)

MBC Filmmaking Workshops ("Film as Fine Art" 09, "Screenwriting" 16, "Directing" 17)

Miami Beach Puerto Rican Film Festival preview (FRI 08, SAT 09)

Independent LENS: Iron Ladies of Liberia (WED 13)

VALENTINE'S DAY: Girl Shy with Romantic Film Festival! (THU 14)

"Top Ten 2007": Syndromes and a Century (FRI 15)

Black History Month special screening: Killer Of Sheep (SAT 16)

DOCUSPAIN: The Miracle of Candeal (SUN 17)


The Passion of Amos GITAI (Feb 02, 21, 23)

with support of the Israeli Consulate and the Israeli House

Amos Gitai is Israel's most famous and critically acclaimed filmmaker. He was born

in Haifa in 1950, and studied architecture at Haifa, then Berkeley. Esther,

his first feature film, was presented at Cannes in 1986 and won the first prize at

the Turin Film Festival. From 1992 he has devoted his time to passionate and

intense theatrical features, which have represented the best of Israeli filmmaking.

02 SAT 8:30pm: The Passion of Amos GITAI

Kadosh (Sacred) (1999)

With Yaël Abecassis, Yoram Hattab, Meital Barda.

Set in the Mea Sherim quarter of Jerusalem, an enclave of the ultra-Orthodox,

Kadosh explores a hermetic world almost never seen on the screen. Here, for

ten years, the pious Rivka (Yael Abecassis) has devoted herself to her husband

Meir (Yoram Hattab), but their marriage remains childless. Presumed barren,

she is rejected by her community, which prizes children above all else. The story

that follows relates the harrowing fate of Rivka, and also her beloved sister

Malka (Meital Barda), in love with a young man who has fled the community

to lead a secular life. A huge box office hit in Europe, acclaimed at film festivals

in Cannes, Toronto, New Delhi and Tokyo, Kadosh is both a powerful drama

and an impassioned feminist polemic. As religious fundamentalism achieves new

political significance in many countries around the world, the questions at the

heart of Gitai's compelling drama resonate far beyond the borders of Israel.

Hebrew with English subtitles.

WINNER: National Board of Review Freedom of Spirit Award

British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Film

"The best Israeli film ever! Luminous...A fine film." - Richard Corliss, Time

07 THU 8:30pm: The Passion of Amos GITAI

Kippur (2000)

With Liron Levo, Tomer Russo, Uri Klauzner.

From the director of Kadosh, an official selection at the Cannes, New York and

Toronto Film Festivals, Kippur focuses on the presence of the human spirit in battle.

It is a gut-wrenching journey through beautiful landscapes ravaged by gunfire,

exploding mines, fear and desolation. The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom

Kippur War, in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan

Heights. Although the story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers, the film

is far from being an exercise in propaganda. We are led by Weinraub (Liron Levo)

and his friend Ruso (Tomer Ruso) on a day that begins with quiet city streets, but

ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. It is not a

traditional "blood, guts and glory" war film. There are no men in battle, only the

rescue crews trying to pick up the broken pieces. Kippur is the shell-shocked memoir

of the director Gitai, himself a participant in the conflict, and of the days that changed

his life forever. Hebrew w/English subtitles.

WINNER: Cannes Film Festival François Chalais Award,

Award of the Israeli Film Academy

"Confirms Gitai as the finest filmmaker Israel has ever produced."

- David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor"

09 SAT noon-5pm: (a one day workshop)

MBC Filmmaking Workshop!

With instructor Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez

Film as Fine Art: 16mm Experimental Workshop II

Continuing hands-on exploration of the experimental or “underground” film genre.

A 5-hour artistic exploration with experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist Dinorah

de Jesús Rodriguez, whose 30-year career spans filmmaking, video art, moving image

installation and multimedia performance. In an informal hands-on workshop setting, the

class will view examples of different film and video genres, explore a series of aesthetic

exercises and techniques, and create a collaborative experimental 16mm film from found

footage – to be projected as a promotional trailer for the Cinematheque at upcoming

Cinematheque events. This informal and member-driven workshop will be different each

time that it is offered and participants are encouraged to repeat it, as each session will

explore different aspects, theories and techniques within the experimental film genre.

Open to all interested media makers at any skill level. Participants are

encouraged to bring in their own video cameras, laptops and works-in-progress.

$125 per person, includes limited materials fee ($100 MBC Members)

The second preview of the:

The Miami Beach Puerto Rican Film Festival

At MBC, in association with LATIN CINEMA SHOWCASE

Young Filmmakers from Puerto Rico

08 FRI 8:30pm: Miami Premiere!

Entremedio (A Place Within) (Puerto Rico/Andres Ramirez/2006)

With Oscar H. Guerrero, Jasmin Carratini, Modesto Lacen,

Rene Monclova, and Axel Anderson

Noah, an investigative reporter for his town’s newspaper finds himself in love

with Yin, a girl he has known for many years. Noah feels compelled to finally

declare his love to her. He arranges a dinner where he will finally find the nerve

to declare this secret love to Yin, but because of certain circumstances he was not

able to tell her. The following day Noah wakes up determined to speak with Yin.

As he tries to connect with Yin, he discovers that Yin is nowhere to be found. As

Noah attempts to unfold the mystery of her disappearance, the history of even

her existence is questioned. In Spanish with English Subtitles

09 SAT 8:30pm:

Shut Up and Do It! (Puerto Rico/Bruno Irizarry/2007)

With Bruno Irizarry, Monica Steuer, Pedro Capo, Ed Trucco

Michael is fed up with the portrayal of Latinos in film and TV. With his passion

for acting and self respect hanging in the balance, he decides to take destiny into

his own hands by making a movie. Michael’s dream soon becomes a nightmare as

he encounters the trials of independent filmmaking: dwindling budgets, actor’s egos,

and jealous boyfriends. Michael’s comic and emotional journey leads him to realize

that there might be more to his dreams than just making a movie.

In Spanish with English Subtitles

13 WED 8:30pm: Independent LENS 2007-2008

Florida exclusive previews of award winning documentaries

before they air on PBS...Presented with HANDS ON MIAMI

Iron Ladies Of Liberia

(Henry Ansbacher, Jonathan Stack, & Daniel Junge/2007)

She’s already overcome tremendous obstacles to become the first woman

ever elected president in Africa—now all she has to do is turn around Liberia --

a country devastated by unemployment, debt, corruption, and the legacy of civil

war. Follow Ellen Sirleaf Johnson through her first year in office as she faces

angry mobs, ambitious political rivals, and high-ranking members of the

international community. Her story is inspiring a new generation of leaders

in Africa and around the world.
COMPLIMENTARY Screening (Donations always welcome!)

14 THU 8:30pm: Valentine’s Day!

Join the Romantic Film Festival and MBC on Valentine’s Day

for a Great American Silent Comedy Romance!

Presented with the romantic film festival: “Romance In a Can”

Girl Shy (1924/USA/Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor)

With Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralstan

The other major “silent clown” of the Golden Age of American silent comedies

(besides Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and the lesser known Harry Langdon)

is the masterful, athletic, goofishly handsome “All American” Harold Lloyd.

His films of the 1920’s are rollicking and fast paced, always with romance as an

important part of the mix. Harold Meadows (Lloyd) is a shy, stuttering bachelor

working in a tailor shop, who is writing a guide book for other bashful young men,

"The Secret of Making Love," chapters from which are portrayed as fantasy sequences.

Fate has him meet rich girl Mary (Ralston), and they fall in love. But she is about to

wed an already married man, so our hero embarks upon a hair-raising daredevil

ride to prevent the wedding.

With a reception following the film, featuring an aphrodisiac wine

tasting by ZEN ZEN WINES complimented by chocolates

courtesy of CHOCOLATE Restaurant (next to MBC, for dinner

reservations before or after the film call 786 237-0748),

and a LIVE performance by cellist Andres Vera!

15 FRI 8:30pm: “Top Ten 2007”:

Miami Premiere! The best of international cinema 2007

Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul/Thailand/2007)

INDIEWIRE: “Best Film of the Year 2007” . . ."Syndromes and a Century"

It must sound insufferably pretentious and difficult to the uninitiated: we see two doctors,

a man and a woman, meet in a rural hospital and then go about their daily lives; halfway

through the film, we watch their initial meeting again, except the setting has changed to

something modern, sleek, and urban. Scenes, images, and characters from the first half

of the film continue to recur in its second half, more as echoes than mirror images.

"Syndromes and a Century," like Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul's last film,

"Tropical Malady," is a half-told love story twice told. But if it sounds like a movie only

a critic could love, it plays like something entirely different -- funny, light on its feet, and

delicately human. More a journey for the heart and the senses than a puzzle for the head,

"Syndromes" demands that we let go of our need for everything in a movie to make sense

and surrender ourselves to its sublime, mysterious beauty. In return, this strange and

astonishing art work offers nothing less than the most joyful, rapturous moviegoing

experience of the year.”

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Venice, New York, Toronto, London, Vancouver,

Chicago, and Tokyo Film Festivals.

Help free the Thai Cinema! Syndromes and a Century was CENSORED by the

Thai Government, so it can not play in its home country. Please help filmmakers in

Thailand by signing the petition HERE concerning the unjust treatment they have received.

For more information visit the director’s MYSPACE page, and read his statement below:

“I, a filmmaker, treat my works as my own sons or my daughters. When I conceived them,

they have their own lives to live. I don't mind if people are fond of them, or despise them,

as long as I created them with my best intentions and efforts. If these offspring of mine

cannot live in their own country for whatever reasons, let them be free. Since there are

other places that warmly welcome them as who they are, there is no reason to mutilate

them from the fear of the system, or from greed. Otherwise there is no reason for one to

continue making art.”—Apichatpong Weerasethakul

16 & 17 SAT & SUN MBC Filmmaking Workshops!



With instructor Harriette Yahr

16 SAT 11am-2pm:

Screenwriting Workshop #1 - "The Basics Part 1"

This workshop is a basic introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting. It consists of

lecture material as well as “hands-on” writing assignments. Topics covered include story

structure, character, tone, dialog, theme, genre, and the nuts and bolts of industry standard

script formatting. We will touch briefly on the business of screenwriting and how to register

and copyright your script, and touch on the steps involved in moving your script into production.

Appropriate for fiction and documentary writers working in film, video, and television.

$65 (or $125 for both Part I & II) (includes limited materials)

($50 or $100 for MBC Members)

16 SAT 3pm-6pm:

Screenwriting Workshop #2- "The Basics Part 2"

This is a continuation of the Workshop #1. Topics include further discussion of character,

dialog, description, proper script format, and new topics such as exposition and screenplay

treatments. "Hands-on" writing assignments combine with lecture material. Additionally, we

will analyze an award-winning short film to understand what makes a good script work. In that

analysis, you will get a brief introduction to cinematic techniques—as they relate to story and

to your writing. We will discuss the business of screenwriting and the steps involved in moving

your script into production in more depth, as well as discuss the avenues of film festivals,

markets and screenplay competitions. Prerequisite: Workshop #1, basic screenwriting

knowledge, or confidence to jump right in.

$65 (or $125 for both Part I & II) (includes limited materials)

($50 or $100 for MBC Members)

17 SUN MBC Filmmaking Workshop!



With instructor Harriette Yahr

11am-2pm & 3pm-6pm:

SO YOU WANNA BE A DIRECTOR? The Basics of Filmmaking 1, 2, 3.

Have a video camera? Want to know how to use it? This course will start off by

analyzing an award-winning short to see what the components of a successful film

are from a director’s standpoint. This is not a screenwriting workshop, but a practical

hands-on filmmaking workshop. You will learn how to breakdown a script to choose

your “coverage” i.e. the shots that will make up your final film. You will learn about

aesthetic choices, and get to know your own style. The basics of Production Design,

Cinematography, Location, Wardrobe, and other elements that show up in your film—

and separate the successful from the also-ran—will be touched upon. This class is made

up of Lecture and Hands-on individual and group exercises.

Highly Recommended: video camera.

$125 per person (includes limited materials), or $100 MBC Members.

16 SAT 8:30pm:

An African American Film Masterpiece for Black History Month:

Miami Premiere!

Killer Of Sheep (Charles Burnett/1977/released 2007)

Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s

through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb

from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Killer of Sheep was shot on

location in Watts in a series of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000. Finished

in 1977 and shown sporadically, its reputation grew and grew until it won a prize at

the 1981 Berlin International Film Festival. Since then, it was declared it a national

treasure as one of the first fifty on the National Film Registry and the National Society

of Film Critics selected it as one of the "100 Essential Films" of all time. However,

due to the expense of the music rights, the film was never shown theatrically or made

available on video. It has only been seen on poor quality 16mm prints at few and far

between museum and festival showings. Now, thirty years after its debut, it has been

brilliantly restored. Milestone's premiere of the restored Killer of Sheep was at the

2007 Berlinale Film Festival and its first USA theatrical release began this year.

WINNER: Berlin International Film Festival Forum of New Cinema & FIPRESCI

Special Award New York Film Critics Circle 2007

"What the Italian neorealists accomplished in the years after World War II...

Burnett— a one-man African-American New Wave—achieved with [Killer of Sheep]:

he gave a culture, a people, a nation new images of themselves."


"Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, Killer of Sheep

is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps hope of artistic

independence alive" --ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


Award winning, provocative documentaries in Spanish,

produced with Spanish support...once a month at MBC!

Presented by MAHOU, and PRAGDA Barcelona/New York,

with support from the Embassy of Spain, the Spain Foreign Cultural Corporation,

the International Documentary Association, and Tapas y Tintos restaurant.

The Miracle Of Candeal (El milagro de Candeal)

(Fernando Trueba/Spain/2005)

Candeal is a marginal area in the heart of Salvador, the capital of Bahia and home

of Grammy award winning musician Carlinhos Brown. The film is a stunning parable

of how a notorious slum transformed itself into a model community through the power

of music, pushed along by Brown’s commitment to the local youth.

Every DOCUSPAIN film will be followed by an afterparty at Tapas y Tintos,

featuring LIVE Flamenco, complimentary tapas and MAHOU beer for filmgoers!

21 THU 8:30pm:

Closing Night of the Romantic Film Festival:

“Romance in a Can”

with support of the Israeli Consulate and the Israeli House

The Passion of Amos GITAI

Yom Yom (Day After Day) (1998)

With Moshe Ivgy, Hanna Meron, Juliano Mer.

In Yom Yom, the second film in Amos Gitai's celebrated "City Trilogy," Israel's

preeminent writer-director weaves, "a darkly comic tale of characters driven by

divided loyalties and neurotic inhibitions" (The Village Voice) in the mixed

nationality Mediterranean port city of Haifa. In spite of blood ties to both Haifa's

Jewish and Arab populations, Moshe (Ivgy) leads a rootless existence. Moshe

becomes entangled in the hidden connections between friend, wife, lover, parent,

Arab and Jew. Underneath its deadpan surface, Yom Yom is a film of incisiveness

and energy that places an individual face on a city's divided identity, and reveals

the heart beneath anonymous modern ennui. Hebrew with English subtitles.

WINNER: Jerusalem Film Festival Best Israili Screenplay, Wolgin Award

"Lighted by...sparks of formal bravado that recall the old radicalism of the

French New Wave." - A. O. Scott, The New York Times

23 SAT 8:30pm: The Passion of Amos GITAI

Alila (2003)

With Yaël Abecassis, Hana Laszlo, Uri Klauzner.

Amos Gitai’s Alila intertwines the stories of over

a dozen distinct characters who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown

neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Holocaust survivor Schwartz (Yosef Carmon) has enjoyed

a peaceful existence living in his small apartment with Linda (Lyn Shiao Zamir), a

young Filipino who comes regularly to give him medication and company. One of the

many obtrusive men audible to Schwartz is Hezi (Amos Lavie). He recently rented one

of the nearby apartments in the building for a secret rendezvous with a beautiful and

self-deprecating woman named Gabi (Yael Abelcassis). Their intense, unequal and

often-violent love affair turns Gabi’s life into a public and dissonant garble of

psychological pain and physical pleasure.

Hebrew with English subtitles.

Official Selection: Venice Film Festival, Award of the Israeli Academy

"An engaging subtly arresting drama. Captures the rhythms of the

community with humor and humane spirit." - Time Out

With Gitai’s short film from:

11’09”01 – September 11 (2003)

Eleven directors, eleven films, one story.

Eleven of the world’s best modern directors including Amos Gitai were gathered

together by French producer Alain Brigand to each present a short film about 9/11.

The only artistic restraint was that each film’s length must be exactly eleven

minutes, nine seconds, plus one frame. The result of the collection is world cinema’s

unique and varied response to the tragic event.

WINNER: UNESCO and FIPRESCI Awards at the Venice Film Festival

24 SUN 6:30pm: Oscar Night® America 2008

At Hotel Victor on South Beach!

Join us on the Red Carpet Sunday, February 24th at 6:30pm,

And experience the Oscars® in Celebrity Style!

Come celebrate at Miami’s ONLY Oscar Night Party officially sanctioned by the

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, presented by HOTEL VICTOR,

and benefiting (for the seventh year in a row!), The Miami Beach Cinematheque!

6:30pm: Red Carpet arrivals and cocktails

8pm: Live telecast of the 80th annual Academy Awards® on WPLG-Channel 10

with Master of Ceremonies Laurie Jennings.

Enjoy select fine wines provided by Libation, The Love of Wine, a selection of

Ultimate Martinis provided by Ketel One Vodka and Ketel One Citroen, and

Gourmet Supper-By-The-Bite, plus a live auction by Diva Extraordinaire

Elaine Lancaster!

ADVANCE TICKETS are available at

Tickets are $150 per person (or $125 for MBC Members) and include all of the

above, plus the official Oscar® souvenir program, tax, gratuity, and a fabulous gift bag!

(Optional valet parking is $20 . . .the best price on Ocean Drive!)

Black Tie Optional.


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




FILMS: $10 or $6 MBC Members & Students

MBC Filmmaking Workshops: $125 ($100 MBC Members)

VALENTINE's DAY: $15 or $12 MBC Members

Independent LENS: complimentary

OSCAR NIGHT® : $150 or $125 MBC Members

Doors open 1/2 hour before screenings

COMING in March!...


A Retrospective in 92 1/2 Parts"

MBC is supported by the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural

Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners

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