Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Miami Beach Cinemateque - May 2008 schedule

MAY 2008

The on-going film festival where you don't just watch films, you experience them!
512 Espanola Way at Plaza de Espana (305) 67-FILMS (673-4567)

MBC goes “HD”!

An exciting step forward for your art cinema!

“One of Miami’s most beloved cultural institutions just got better!”

-Kevin Craft, “Beyond the Multiplex” on Miami Herald’s

(Read the entire interview HERE)

MBC debuts “high definition” in May, thanks to the dedicated support and

encouragement of the MBC Founding Circle, Members, and community!

From now on, you can enjoy first run art films in the latest state-of-the-art

HD technology, in collaboration with “Emerging Cinemas”, the world’s

leader in digital distribution. . .


"The Best of Cannes in HD!"...

The latest Palm d’Or winner 4 months, 3 weeks, & 2 days (May 03-06),

The latest Camera d’Or Prize (Best First Film) Jellyfish (May 09-12),

The Un Certain Regard Prize winner The Band’s Visit (Jun 06-09),

& the 60th Anniversary Prize, Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (Jun 13-16)

(with LIVE webcast with Director GUS VAN SANT on June 13th!)

The 2008 Cannes Film Festival poster

by Pierre Collier. Photo: David Lynch

ALSO coming soon: more MBC upgrades and improvements!

And many more hot new films and series. . .


MAY at a Glance:

MGLFF screening: Voodoo Woman (May 02 FRI)

"The Best of Cannes in HD!":

4 months, 3 weeks, & 2 days (May 03 SAT, 04 SUN, 05 MON, 06 TUE)

Jellyfish (May 09 FRI, 10 SAT, 11 SUN, 12 MON)

"On The Edge: The Films of DEREK JARMAN" (WED 07, FRI 16, 23)

"MUSIC on FILM" #1: The Ballad of Peter LaFarge (THU 08)

"MUSIC on FILM" #2: Hip Hop Conference: Counting Headz (WED 21)

Independent Lens: New Year Baby (THU 22)

"MUSIC on FILM" #3: Other Side of The Mirror: Bob Dylan (SAT 24)

MGLFF Official Screening:

MAY 02 FRI 10:15pm:

Voodoo Woman

(Documentary/Directed by Carolina Valencia/Canada/Cuba, 2008/ 50 min)
U.S.A Premiere! 2nd screening added!

(8:30pm screening SOLD OUT!)

Independent filmmaker Carlos Valencia has a date with destiny. 

searching for new film ideas, Carlos turns to the Island of Cuba, to

document the underground worlds of hip-hop music and gay life. Shooting

in Cuba he encounters the Afro-Caribbean religion known as Santeria.

Shrouded in secrecy and unaltered centuries-old traditions, Carlos and his

camera enter filmmaker heaven as they gain unprecedented access into the

occult faith's world of animal sacrifices (graphically depicted) and

speaking in tongues. In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Director/subject Carolina Valencia will attend the screening to

discuss the film with the audience.

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May 03 SAT, 04 SUN, 05 MON, 06 TUE:

7:30pm & 9:40pm:

“The Best of Cannes in HD!”

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation

In collaboration with Emerging Cinemas

South Beach Premiere!

Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or Winner 2007:

4 months, 3 weeks, & 2 days

(4 luni, 3 saptamâni, si 2 zile)

(Cristian Mungiu/Romania/2007)

In the most critically acclaimed film of the year, Otilia and Găbiţă share the

same room in a student dormitory. They are colleagues at the University in

this small town in Romania, during the last years of communism. Otilia rents

a room in a cheap hotel. In the afternoon, they are going to meet a certain Mr.

Bebe. Găbiţă is pregnant, abortion is illegal and neither of them have passed

through something like this before.4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days belongs to a

larger project called: Tales from the Golden Age - a subjective history of

communism in Romania told through its urban legends. The project's aim is

to talk about that period with no direct reference to communism but only

through different stories focused on personal options in a time of misfortunes

that people had to live like normal times.4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days is the

first film of the series.

WINNER: Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or (Best Film) 2007, FIPRESCI Prize

European Film Awards Best Film, Best Director

National Society of Film Critics, Chicago, LA Film Critics Best Foreign Film

Cesar Awards, Stockholm, Vancouver, Sofia Film Festivals Best Foreign Film

“The #1 Film of the Year. A Great film.”—A.O. Scott New York Times

“Beautifully realistic, faultlessly made.”—Kenneth Turan LA Times

“A surprising, gripping, startingly good drama. So compelling that it seduces

viewers. . .they simply must know what happens next.”—Richard Corliss TIME

07 WED 8:30pm:

On The Edge: The Films of DEREK JARMAN

Jubilee (1977)

With Nell Campbell (“Little Nell”), Adam Ant, Jenny Runacre, Richard O’Brien

Original music by Brian Eno

Simultaneously ugly and beautiful, Jubilee is not just about punk kids in the UK,

but made by the rebellious and yet intellectual artists who were as anti-establishment

as their subjects. Surreal and fanciful, set to sounds of Brian Eno, in the formative

years of Adam Ant and future Rocky Horror stars, Derek Jarman dares to bring to

the screen both a punk and not-so-punk viewpoint of anti-Thatcher British politics.

Jublilee is an autobiographical street expression...

"In Jubilee all the positives are negated, turned on their heads. Its dream imagery

drifts uncomfortably on the edge of reality. . .Afterwards, the film turned prophetic,

Dr Dee's vision came true - the streets burned in Brixton and Toxteth, Adam was

Top of the Pops and signed up with Margaret Thatcher to sing at the Falklands

Ball. They all sign up one way or another."—Derek Jarman

08 THU 8:30pm: “MUSIC on FILM” #1:

The Ballad of Peter LaFarge

(Docemntary, 32min/Sandra Schulman/2007)

Florida Premiere!

Peter LaFarge was a shooting star -- an unsung hero at the crossroads of folk,

protest music, country, blues and love songs. He was a rodeo cowboy, an actor,

a singer and songwriter. He was a husband, a father, and a drug user. He was a

pioneering folk singer in 1960s Greenwich Village and the first to gain national

prominence singing about the plight of Native Americans. He knew the admiration

and friendship of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. But that wasn't enough to sustain

him. His story is a hard one and a sad one -- a ballad worthy of the traditions he revered.

WINNER: BMI-Woody Guthrie Foundation 2008 Fellowship

Nominated: Best Documentary AIFI San Francisco, Westchester Film Festival
“Discovering that most of the available "facts" about LaFarge were wrong,

Schulman set out making a short film. . ."The Ballad of Peter LaFarge" surveys

the musician's life -- his privileged upbringing as the son of Pulitzer-winning

novelist Oliver LaFarge, his work as an actor and rodeo rider, his meteoric folk

career -- coolly and briskly through a photo montage and narration.”

—Chris Morris, Hollywood Reporter

The Film will be introduced and followed by a Q&A with director

Sandra Schulman, followed by a reception and afterparty

at GEMMA LOUNGE hosted by John Hood.

09 FRI, 10 SAT, 11 SUN, 12 MON

7:30pm & 9:15pm:

“The Best of Cannes in HD!”

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Cinemas

South Beach Premiere!

Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or Prize 2007:

Jellyfish (Meduzot)

(Shira Geffen & Etgar Keret/France/Israel/2007)

With Sarah Adler, Tsipor Aizen, Ma-nenita De Latorre, Noa Knoller

The stories of three disparate women intersect at a Tel Aviv wedding. Newly

single Batiya (Sarah Adler) works with the catering crew; Filipina Joy (Ma-

nenita De Latorre) attends the event as the caregiver of an elderly woman;

and the bride (Noa Knoller) sees her honeymoon dreams go up in smoke.

Directed by the popular Israeli novelist Etger Keret and his screenwriter wife,

Shira Geffen, the film has won international acclaim for its whimsical intimacy,

including the Camera d’Or at Cannes.

Winner: Camera d’Or (Best First Film) Cannes Film Festival

Semaine de la Critique Best Film, Jury Prize

Awards of the Israeli Academy Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress nominations

Bratislava Int. Film Festival Jury Prize and Special Mention

“This is a movie about the gulf between parents and children, between lovers,

between friends and even between adults and the children they wish they could

still be. But it is also about the irreducible oddness of being alive. . .It is not about

politics or war or national identity, which for a movie from Israel is a surprise and

also something of a relief. Not that Mr. Keret and Ms. Geffen seem at all disengaged

from the world and its troubles. They are, rather, concerned with a stranger,

but also more intimately familiar, set of problems.”—A.O Scott New York Times

16 FRI 8:30pm:

On The Edge: The Films of DEREK JARMAN

Edward II (1991)

“A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love”

With Steven Waddington, Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton

Cameo by Annie Lennox, costume design by Sandy Powell

Bringing an Elizabethan drama of 1592 (based on a Christoper Marlowe play)

into the present is no simple task, but if anyone can do it Derek Jarman can,

and he felt it his duty. Edward II covers the controversial and “out” king’s life

in all its glory, and his fall from grace, complete with period language, but in a

modern setting. Tilda Swinton once again plays the female that gets in the way

of a successful career of being gay, as Princess Isabella to Steven Waddington’s

King Edward. Elegant and minimalist in a shoestring budget realm of art,

Jarman’s visual aesthetic is at its best, and most accessible.

WINNER: Berlin Int. Film Festival Best Feature Film and FIPRESCI Prize

Venice Int. Film Festival Best Actress

Evening Standard Film Award: Sandy Powell, Best Technical/Artistic Achievement

“Stylish and Unconventional”—New York Post

“MUSIC on FILM” #2:

FIU Dept of African New World Studies presents

The 1st Annual Hip Hop Conference in Miami:

21 WED 8pm:

Counting Headz: South Africa’s Sisters in Hip Hop

(Erin Offer/South Africa/2007)

Counting Headz, South Africa's Sistaz in Hip Hop, is

a labor of love showing the "love-hate-relationship" a lot of women have with hip

hop due to the fact "that most people still aren't over that a woman can do stuff

as well." It portrays DJs, writers and MCs/singers based in South Africa and gives

them the opportunity to talk about their struggle with stereotypes - as one of the

interviewees puts it "if the whole network is male it gets hard for a woman to enter

the industry". Hard doesn't mean impossible, though, with some fighting skills and

a lot of dedication, quite a few women still stick to their mission. The documentary

shows them in action but also tries to portray their more personal sides and opinions

on religion and family. All in all: a must see.

With introduction and Q&A with Keynote Speaker P. Frank Williams.
P. Frank is an Emmy winning TV producer and writer, journalist, author and commentator.

He is a producer for BET’s award winning documentary series American Gangster and

recently won a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Celebration of Gospel.

Complimentary admission (Donations always welcome!)

22 THU 8:30pm: Independent LENS 2008

Florida exclusive previews of award winning documentaries

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

New Year Baby (Socheata Poeuv/2007)
Born in a Thai refugee camp on
Cambodian New Year, filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States
never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In
NEW YEAR BABY, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth
and why her family's history had been buried in secrecy for so long.
WINNER: AFI Dallas Int. Film Festival Best Documentary

Asian American Int. Film Fest Audience Award, Special Jury Prize Documentary

San Francisco Asian American Int. Film Festival Jury Award

23 FRI 8:30pm:

“On The Edge: The Films of DEREK JARMAN”

Wittgenstein (1993)

With Clancey Chassay, Karl Johnson, Sally Dexter, Tilda Swinton

Costume Design by Sandy Powell

Derek Jarman’s world on film is always somewhere between theatre and cinema,

and the philosophies of one of the 20th century’s most influential minds is right at

home in that format. Wittgenstein the philosopher, the self-tortured eccentric, who

preferred detective fiction and the musicals of Carmen Miranda to Aristotle, is a

fitting subject for Jarman’s irreverent imagination. With childhood memories defining

the playschool characters that make up a tempera painted world in Wittgenstein,

Jarman mixes a playful mood with the outrageous intellectualism, in a stunning,

minimalist (pre-Dogville), and profound work about modern philosophy and the

dark genius that revolutionized it.

WINNER: Berlin Int. Film Festival Best Feature Film

“WONDERFUL. . .a remarkably entertaining portrait. . .leaves the audiences

hungering for more”—Philadelphia Enquirer

24 SAT 8:30pm: “MUSIC on FILM” #3:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Cinemas

South Beach HD Premiere!

(Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!)

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan

Live at the Newport Folk Festival
(Murray Lerner/USA/2007) 80 minutes

With Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger

Academy Award winning filmmaker Murray Lerner captured the spirit of the era

at the Newport Folk Festival, as well as the extraordinary music produced on its

stage, in his woefully neglected Festival! (1967). Now Lerner has gone back to

his Newport footage and crafted a revealing portrait of the young Bob Dylan during

the crucial period of 1963-65, as he grows progressively darker and more withdrawn

and he and his band take their first steps toward rock and roll. The film features

stirring versions of some of his most famous songs, including some legendary duets

with Joan Baez. A great document of an extraordinary artist!

“If you were not at the Newport Folk Festival in the ’60s — or, for that matter,

if you were — “The Other Side of the Mirror” places you in perfect seats, out

of the sun and wind and without any extraneous contextualization. It’s a

remarkably pure and powerful documentary, partly because it’s so simple.

The sound mix is crisp, the black-and-white photography is lovely, and the

songs, above all, can be heard in all their earnest, enigmatic glory, performed

by an artist whose gifts are at once mysterious and self-evident.”

—A.O Scott, New York Times

and coming in JUNE:

Brazilian Film Festival of Miami (May 31-June 05)

June 06 FRI, 07 SAT, 08 SUN, 09 MON

7:30pm & 9:20pm:

“The Best of Cannes in HD!”

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation

In collaboration with Emerging Cinemas

South Beach Premiere!

Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Prize 2007:

The Band’s Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret)

(Eran Kolirin Israel/France/2007)

Once-not long ago-a small Egyptian police band arrived in Israel. They came to play

at an initiation ceremony, but, due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason,

they were left stranded at the airport. They tried to manage on their own, only to find

themselves in a desolate, almost forgotten small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart

of the desert. A lost band in a lost town. Not many remember this...It wasn't that important.

WINNER: Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

Israeli Film Academy Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress

European Film Awards Discovery of the Year Eran Kolirin

Montreal Film Festival Best Feature Film

Tokyo Film Festival Garnd Prize

“Sweet, Funny, and Hopeful. . .”—Entertainment Weekly

“One of the best foreign films of the year”—National Board of Review

June 13 FRI 8:30pm:

“The Best of Cannes in HD!”

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Cinemas

South Beach Premiere!

(Premiere with LIVE webcast Q&A

with Director GUS VAN SANT*)

and 14 SAT, 15 SUN, 16 MON

7:30pm & 9:20pm:

Cannes Film Festival 60th Anniversary Prize 2007:

Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant/2007)

With Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Lauren McKinney

Cinematography by Christopher Doyle

An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local

high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal

with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions.

With Christopher Doyle (Wong Kar Wai films) as cinematographer, Gus Van Sant uses

8mm and a square format to capture the realism and grittiness of the skateboarder’s

world, in his most successfully realized independent film since the roots of his career.

Winner: 60th Anniversary Prize Cannes Film Festival

Independent Spirit Awards Producers Award

Bodil Awards Best American Film

“What strikes me the hardest about Paranoid Park is the intimacy, the love—

carnal, paternal, human—of Mr. Van Sant’s expansive, embracing vision.

No one is really ready for Paranoid Park, but neither do we have to go there alone”

—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“*****! UNFORGETTABLE. Bursting with incredible visuals. Van Sant has

created his most compassionate film about a lost boy since My Own Private Idaho.”

-- Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York

*FRI 13 8:30pm PREMIERE Includes LIVE webcast

Q&A discussion with Director GUS VAN SANT

(interviewed from MBC by his former film teacher

at Rhode Island School of Design, Marian Marzynski)

AND...preceeding the feature film:

Gus Van Sant's rarely seen student films

2 1/2 Minutes

Little Johnny

Late Morning Start

Prices: FRI 13: $20 or $14 MBC Members & Students

SAT, SUN, MON: $10 or $7 Members/Students

For Gus Van Sant’s MYSPACE Page Click Here

For Gus Van Sant’s MYSPACE Page for Paranoid Park Click Here


FILMS: $10 or $7 MBC Members & Students

Paranoid Park Premiere with Director GUS VAN SANT: $20 and $14 Members

Independent LENS: complimentary

Doors open fifteen minutes before screenings

Exhibition: complimentary


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