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: ‘50/50’ (USA, comedy/drama, 100 minutes, Rated R)
Synopsis: Based on the scriptwriter Will Reiser’s own personal bout with cancer, 50/50 follows both the emotional and humorous journey of a twenty-something (Joseph Gordon-Leavitt) as he copes with his recent cancer diagnosis.
Where: Cosford Theater
Showtimes: Saturday @ 10pm; Sunday @ 8pm
Title: ‘Crazy Horse’ (USA, documentary, 132 minutes, unrated)
Synopsis: Crazy Horse, Paris’ legendary erotic cabaret, prides itself on the beauty of its seemingly flawless women and the humor, fantasy, and old-fashioned glitz of its lavish productions. This doc profiles the show’s choreographer, Philippe Decouflé, as he argues passionately for more time to perfect his new show, Désir. Documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s study of artistic movement and its process evolves in this sex-without-guilt film. Crazy Horse joins Wiseman’s La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and La Comédie-Française Ou L’amour Joué to complete his trilogy on iconic French institutions. This documentary is in English and French with English subtitles.
Where: O Cinema
Showtimes: Thursday @ 8pm; Friday @ 7:45pm and 10:15; Saturday @ 3pm, 5:30pm, 8pm, and 10:30pm; Sunday @ 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm; ‘OMG Dinner and a Movie’ Monday @ 7pm
Tickets: $10.50, $9 (student/senior), $7.50 (member), $30 (‘OMG Dinner and a Movie’, which includes film screening, dinner catered by Harry’s Pizzeria, and special show performance by Shameless Burlesque)
Title: ‘‘Declaration of War’ (France, drama, 100 minutes, unrated)
Synopsis: In Declaration of War (La Guerre est Declaree), Romeo (Jérémie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valérie Donzelli) rally the troops — their friends and family — to help tackle the emotional battle the new couple must face after learning their newborn is gravely ill. Filmmaker/co-star Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkaïm draw on the real life experiences from what they endured during their own son’s illness in this ultimately uplifting drama. Declaration of War is in French with English subtitles.
Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque and Cosford Theater
Showtimes at MBC: Friday and Saturday @ 8:55pm
Tickets at MBC: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)
Showtimes at Cosford: Friday @ 7pm; Saturday @ 2pm, 4pm, and 8pm; Sunday @ 3:30pm
Tickets at Cosford: $9, $7 (student/senior)
Title: ‘Weekend’ (France, comedy/drama, 105 minutes, Rated R)
Synopsis: As part of its Classic Film program series, Cosford Cinema is screening a new 35MM print of Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend (1967). Weekend is a surreally funny and deeply disturbing satire of society in the late-sixties. Despite an endless traffic jam (a cinematically famous single shot take), a bourgeois couple is determined to travel across the French countryside to collect an inheritance from a dying relative. Weekend is in French with English subtitles.
Where: Cosford Theater
Showtimes: Friday @ 9pm; Saturday @ 11:59pm; Sunday @ 5:30pm
Tickets: $9, $7 (student/senior)
Title: ‘I’m Not Gonna Move to LA’ (2nd edition)
Synopsis: Miami’s Indie Film Club presents its second edition of I’m Not Gonna Move to LA, a program of ten short narrative films by local filmmakers who will be competing for the audience’s pick for best short. Among the short films eligible to win via interactive participation by the audience is La Mesa Esta Servida (Dinner is Served), which features a couple, Helena and Pablo, who are hosting a dinner party for their closest friends. As they sit at the table enjoying jokes, wine, and food, Helena leads the conversation in an unexpected direction.
Where: O Cinema
Showtime: Saturday from 12pm to 3pm, with live music by Fernando Perdomo and Jadeau