Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This week at MBC: Say g'bye to "W" MON, discover a new you WED, Australia with wine THU!‏

Say goodbye to "W" on Monday!
The Florida Premiere of Crawford
“A BREAKTHROUGH FILM! A must-see of this year's docs.”-Hollywood Reporter

And discover a new you Wednesday,
or Australian Film & Wine on Thursday!


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

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JANUARY (& early FEBRUARY) at a Glance:

19: The Florida Premiere screening of Crawford (say goodbye to "W"!)

21: “Cine-Kink”: The Films of Richard Kern

22: Australian Film Showcase: The Home Song Stories

23-29: Steven SODERBERGH's CHE (Parts I & II)

30, 31: Let The Right One In

Feb 01: Carlos REYGADAS: Silent Light

Feb 05: Marian Marzynski's The Americanization of Young Kimoto

Feb 06, 07: Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

Feb 08: The debut of "PLEASURES and LOVES Via Max Opüls": La Ronde

19 MON 8:30pm:

Say goodbye to “W”

At the official FLORIDA Premiere screening of


A new documentary being screened in every state of the union.

“Small Town Values” big time politics' winning slogan. But does the political machine,

so desirous of this wholesome image, actually value the small town itself?

In 1999, then Governor George W. Bush bought a ranch in the one-stoplight town of Crawford, Texas, calling it “home” just in time to set his sights on the White House. Having invented Bush's “folksy image,” the campaign's victory thrusts Crawford onto the world stage and an insular community of barely 700 explodes overnight. While the high school band plays the inauguration and the Baptist pastor declares a miracle, Crawfordites sell souvenirs hand over fist, finding themselves nearly trampled under the heels of the international press corps, patriotic tourists and boomtown opportunists. Then, four and a half years into Bush's tenure, Cindy Sheehan and her peace movement arrive at the doorstep of the “Western White House.” Crawford takes center stage. Left to deal with the aftermath, the real people of Crawford are changed forever. Now comes CRAWFORD, an often funny, deeply human story told by unforgettable characters. As witness to one man's (and his spin doctor's) decision to intertwine his life with the real small town America, the film ultimately becomes a microcosm of a nation in flux — a unique and poignant reflection on the Bush era.

MBC Members FREE (otherwise, $5 for this special screening).

Your ticket is also a chance to win a set of “W” shot glasses, to toast his return to his now very different “home town”!

Buy tickets HERE

21 WED 8:30pm: “Cine-Kink”

A new series for mature audiences (only).

The Short Films of Richard Kern

MBC's “Cine-Kink” night, a new semi-monthly tribute to the artistic side of kinky subjects, opens with a compilation of short films by the bad boy of underground film: Richard Kern. Mr. Kern, a photographer, filmmaker, and general mood enhancer, depending on your mood to be enhanced, became famous in the Ronald Reagan 1980's for his explicit but artistic visions of S&M, gothic romps, and related rough around the edges topics. His films are occupied by characters such as Lung Leg and Lydia Lunch, the prolific recording and spoken word artist, who he made an acting legend of the NYC underground scene with this collection of short films starring her. Warning: these are experimental, alternative, explicit creations, and not for sissies. Coming soon: Kinky classics, with surprise shorts! You must be 18 or older to be admitted.

“Have fun.”—Richard Kern

Your MBC Ticket is good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!

(across the street at 437 Española Way)

Tonight's event features a LIVE performance

by BELAXIS BUIL in a cube.

For tickets click HERE

22 THU 8pm:

Emerging Pictures and Screen Australia present the


New Films From Australia

with Australian wine tasting!

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

Australia's official 2009 Oscar® entry

The Home Song Stories (Tony Ayres/Australia/2008)

How far do you have to journey to find your home?

With Joan Chen, Qi Yuwu, Joel Lok, Irene Chen, Steven Vidler

Starring Joan Chen (“The Last Emperor”), Australia's 2008 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film charts the lives of a young family trying desperately to hold itself together in an increasingly complex world. The Home Song Stories is an epic, unforgettable tale of beauty, tragedy, and childhood lost.

WINNER: L'Oreal Paris AFI Awards for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Production Design.

“A finely chiseled drama about an unstable Chinese mother struggling to reconcile her desires with her children's needs in early '70s Australia, The Home Song Stories speaks bittersweet truths about life in the Chinese diaspora.”–Variety

After the film (included in your ticket price):

WINE AUSTRALIA TASTING at Cavas Wine Tasting Room!

For tickets click HERE

23-29 FRI-THU: Premiere One week run!

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Exclusive Miami Beach Theatrical Premiere!

Best Actor 2008 Cannes Film Festival!

Steven Soderbergh's CHE

(In two parts/ USA/Spain/France/2008)

With Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichar, Santiago Cabrera, Carlos Bardem,

Julia Ormond, Joaquim De Almeida, Yul Vasquez

The Argentine (Part One) 7pm nightly

PART ONE: 2hrs 17min.
On November 26, 1956, Fidel Castro sails to Cuba with eighty rebels. One of those rebels is Ernesto “Che” Guevara, an Argentine doctor who shares a common goal with Fidel Castro - to overthrow the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Che proves indispensable as a fighter, and quickly grasps the art of guerrilla warfare. As he throws himself into the struggle, Che is embraced by his comrades and the Cuban people. This film tracks Che's rise in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero.

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

For tickets click HERE

Guerilla (Part Two) 9:30pm nightly

PART TWO: 2hrs 10min.
After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and of guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Benicio Del Toro

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"CHE IS NOTHING LESS THAN THE FILM EVENT OF THE YEAR! By giving us the rise and fall of one of the great icons of history, Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro, who gives an incredible soulful performance, have given audiences around the world something that will be discussed for years to come."

—Jonathan Sehring IFC

Click HERE for an interview with Director Steven Soderbergh

At the New York Film Festival

Click HERE for the Cannes Film Festival Press Conference Audio File

ADMISSION: $10 or $7 MBC Members (for each part, separately)

Optional snack box available between shows $15.

Your MBC Ticket is good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!

(across the street at 437 Española Way)

30 FRI & 31 SAT 7:30pm & 9:40pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)

(Tomas Alfredson/Sweden/2008)

With Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragner

Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire. Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson weaves friendship, rejection, and loyalty into a disturbing, darkly atmospheric, yet unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. The sleeper hit of the year, already scheduled for a Hollywood makeover due to its popularity. But we know, the originals, like this one, are always better than the remakes!

In Swedish with English subtitles.

WINNER: Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Feature

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus Award

Fant-Asia Film Festival Best Film, Best Director, Best Photography

Gotenberg Film Festival Best Film, Best Cinematography

Woodstock Film Festival Audience Award

“A GENRE MASTERPIECE! Absolutely one of the most brilliant narratives I have had the pleasure to see in the last decade.”–Variety

“ONE OF THE STANDOUT ORIGINALS OF 2008”—Hollywood Elsewhere

“This is a vampire movie like no other. MEZMERIZING”-David Jansen Newsweek

“SENSATIONAL! The horror elements are kick ass!”—Paper Magazine

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(across the street at 437 Española Way)

For tickets click HERE

FEB 01 SUN 8pm: One Night Only!

Miami Theatrical Premiere!

"The Brilliant Light of Carlos REYGADAS"

Silent Light (Stellet licht)


With Cornelio Wall, Maria Pankratz, Mirium Toews, Peter Wall

Johan and his family are Mennonites from the north of Mexico.

Against the law of God and man, Johan falls in love with another woman.

In Plautdietsch and Spanish with English subtitles.

WINNER: Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival

Best Direction, Best Cinematography Ariel Awards Mexico

Best Film Chicago Int. Film Festival

First Prize, Best Director, Best Cinematography Havana Film Festival

Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film

FIPRESCI Prize Rio de Janeiro Film Festival

“THE BEST FILM OF 2007”-Dana Keith, Director, Miami Beach Cinematheque


Your MBC Ticket is good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!

(across the street at 437 Española Way)

For tickets click HERE


FEB 05 THU 8pm:

An evening with Marian Marzynski

World Premiere advance screening!

The Americanization of Young Kimoto

Marian Marzynski, a veteran documentary filmmaker with roots in the European "cinema verite" movement and a film teacher who educated many of the American prominent filmmakers like

Gus Van Sant, Jean de Segonzac, Oren Jacoby, Bill Richardson and others, has been using documentary aesthetics and techniques to tell fiction-like stories. In "The Americanization of Young Kimoto" he is following one his film students at the Rhode Island School of Design

through his post-graduate career and to Japan from where he escaped to become an American filmmaker, but failed.

After the screening the director will engage the viewers in a critical

analysis of the film to help him make the final cuts he envisions.

Your MBC Ticket is good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!

(across the street at 437 Española Way)

For tickets click HERE

FEB 06 FRI, 07 SAT 7pm & 9:15pm:

An MBC Premiere HD DIGITAL Presentation!

In collaboration with Emerging Pictures

Encore Miami Screenings!

Synecdoche, New York

(Charlie Kaufman/2008)

With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Williams,

Tom Noonan, Emily Watson and Dianne Wiest.

For theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), life catering to suburban blue-

hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife

(Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin. His therapist (Hope Davis) is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty.

"To say that Charlie Kaufman's 'Synecdoche, New York' is one of the best films of the year or even one closest to my heart is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I might as well pack it in right now."-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Your MBC Ticket is good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!

(across the street at 437 Española Way)

For tickets click HERE

FEB 08 SUN 8pm:

The debut of:


Ah. . .Paris in the 1950s. Or any decade for that matter. There is no city more romantic. And capturing pleasures and loves in Paris is what no director did better in the 1950's as Max Ophüls, not a Frenchman at all, but born in Saarbrücken, Germany. His most famous “mature period” work after a decade in Hollywood, with its lyrical, magical display of sweeping black and white and finally color tracking shot cinematography, and stunning monumental production design, which seems to caress the characters that inhabit within, is best displayed in the trio of films at MBC this month: the beautifully restored versions of La Ronde, Le Plaisir, and Lola Montès. He was an icon of romance with a twist, and his films are now finally “mounted on canvas” properly again, in newly restored versions, half a century after his untimely death in 1957.

“Everyone in the world has two fatherlands: his own and Paris”- Max Ophüls

Miami Theatrical Premiere!


La Ronde (Roundabout)


“A Wonderful Merry-Go-Round of Love With Eleven Stars”

With Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, Serge Regianni, Simone Simon,

Daniel Gélin, Danielle Darrieux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Gérard Phillippe

Literally speaking, La Ronde is a ride in an amusement park. Colloquially, it can also apply to a dance, where the couples, well, they spin around. Ophüls' film is based on a play of the same name, which was about class and the spreading of syphilis through a series of “rencontres sexuelles”. Ophüls drops the disease, and most of the class issues in his interpretation of the work. Instead he opts to examine the intricacies, and the false-shallowness of relationships. In his world, even what may seem to be the most meaningless sexual encounter leaves a mark on those involved, and in a sense everyone else they touch. –Cinematical

In French with English subtitles.

WINNER: “Best Film From Any Source” BAFTA Awards

Your MBC Ticket is good for 25% off wine tasting at CAVAS Wines!

(across the street at 437 Española Way)

For tickets click HERE

Coming in FEB: more "PLEASURES and LOVES"

Le Plaisir (Pleasure) (THU Feb 19)

Lola Montès (THU Feb 26)


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

Parking: 16th St. between Collins and Washington (covered lot)

or 16th St and Drexel Avenue (open lot)

Doors open fifteen minutes before screenings

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Silent Light by Carlos Reygadas

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