The Indie Cinema Weekend Roundup is a weekly effort to support Miami’s small film houses, which are the only local venues for new, independent film. This week’s roundup was compiled by Denise Castillon.
Title: ‘Carnage’ (French-German-Polish, comedy/drama, 80 minutes, Rated R)
Synopsis: Director Roman Polanski adapted the Tony-Award winning play God of Carnage for the screen with playwright Yasmina Reza. This brutally cutting comedy centers tightly on four parents who attempt a civil resolution to the conflict between their two sons. Carnage features the powerful ensemble cast of Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, and John C. Reilly.
Where: Tower Theater
Showtimes: Friday @ 4:10pm; Saturday @ 6:45pm; Sunday @ 7:35pm
Tickets: $8, $7 (student)
Title: ‘UltraSuede: In Search of Halston’ (USA, documentary, 94 minutes, unrated)
Synopsis: Roy Halston Frowick reigned over the glittering 1970s decade, both as a legendary designer — with his one-of-a-kind signature fabric, ultrasuede — and as the emperor of New York City nightlife, with the fabled Studio 54 as his court. This somewhat amateurish effort by filmmaker Whitney Sudler-Smith chronicles Halston’s rise, fall, and his death through interviews with his best friend, Liza Minnelli; two of his leading models, Anjelica Huston and Pat Cleveland; fellow designers Dianne von Furstenberg and Stephen Burrows; and musicians Billy Joel and Nile Rogers (both of whom used “Halston” as a lyric in hit songs).
Where: O Cinema
Showtimes: Thursday @ 8pm; Friday @ 7:30pm and 10pm; Saturday @ 7:45pm and 10pm; Sunday @ 5:30pm and 7:45pm
Tickets: $10.50, $9 (student/senior), $7.50 (member)
Title: ‘High on Low: What We Can Learn from Low-Budget Films’
Synopsis: Bill Cosford Cinema is presenting a special lecture on forgotten and controversial low-budget films, such as Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda. The event is hosted by Eric Schafer, film historian and author of Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!: A History of Exploitation Films, 1919-1959. The event is open to the public, and there will be a Q&A session after the lecture.
Where: Cosford Theater
Showtime: Thursday @ 7:30pm
Title: ‘Pina’ in 3D (Germany/France, documentary, 102 minutes, Rated PG)
Synopsis: German filmmaker Wim Wenders’ 2012 Best Documentary Oscar-nominated Pina uses 3D to capture the brilliantly inventive contemporary dance world of legendary and controversial choreographer Pina Bausch. This sensual and visually stunning documentary highlights Bausch’s work in her imaginative sets (a gliding monorail, a bare stage covered with chairs, a towering man-made waterfall) and the beauty and sheer physicality of the dances and dancers of her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema
Showtimes: Friday @ 7pm and 10pm (Red Carpet reception at 9 pm); Saturday @ 2:45pm, 5pm, 7:15pm, and 9:30pm; Sunday @ 1:45pm, 5:30pm (panel discussion @4:00pm), and 7:45pm
Tickets: $14, $20 (opening night)
Title: ‘Once Upon A Time In Anatolia’ (Turkey, crime thriller/drama, 157 minutes, unrated)
Synopsis: Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, the winner of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix, is a visually arresting and meditative crime drama that trails a group of men, including a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, and a murder suspect, as they drive together across the serpentine roads of the endless Anatolian country side to search for a buried body. The film is in Turkish, with English subtitles.
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque
Showtimes: Friday and Saturday @ 6:15pm
Tickets: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)