Miami Indie Film Guide

Compiled by Denise Castillon, the Miami Indie Film Guide provides a preview of the movies playing at Miami’s small film houses.

Title: ‘The Turin Horse’ (Hungary, drama, 146 minutes, not rated)

Synopsis: In 1889, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse by a cab driver, while traveling in Turin, Italy. An outraged Nietzsche tossed his arms around the horse’s neck to protect it, then he collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that would make him bed-ridden and speechless for the next eleven years until his death. Announced as his last film, director Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse follows up with a fictionalized story depicting the fate of the horse and the cab driver. Selected by Miami Beach Cinematheque for its “Cinephile Choice” series, The Turin Horse is in Hungarian with English subtitles.

Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque
Showtimes: Thursday (3/22) @ 8pm
Tickets: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)


Title: ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ (United Kingdom, drama/romance, 98 minutes, rated R)

Synopsis: Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, The House of Mirth) directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. Hester Collyer (Weisz) is the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated.

Where: Cosford Theater and Miami Beach Cinematheque
Showtimes at Cosford: Friday (3/23) @ 7pm; Saturday (3/24) @ 1:30pm and 5:45pm; Sunday (3/25) @ 3:30pm
Tickets at Cosford: $9, $7 (student/senior)
Showtimes at MBC: Friday (3/23) – Monday (3/26) @ 8:40pm
Tickets at MBC: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)


Title: ‘A Trip To The Moon’ (France, fantasy/adventure, 16 minutes, not rated) and ‘The Extraordinary Voyage’ (France, making-of documentary, 63 minutes, not rated)

Synopsis: Debuting some of the earliest special effects techniques, Georges Méliès’ musical montage stitches together scenes that tell an adventure story about a team of astronomers who construct a cannon-like rocket that propels them to the Moon. They actually land in the Moon’s eye, then take shelter inside a crater, where they are attacked by moon men. The astronomers manage to escape back to Earth to be hailed as heroes. This restored 1902 short film is silent, but has been modernized with a new musical score by the French band, AIR.

The Extraordinary Voyage chronicles the journey of A Trip To The Moon, from the fantastical Méliès production in 1902 to the rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The documentary is in English and French with English subtitles.

Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque
Showtimes: Saturday (3/24) @ 7pm
Tickets: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)


Title: ‘Hands To The Sky’ (USA, music documentary, 55 minutes, not rated)

Synopsis: With footage from various outdoor parties in Coney Island and Harlem over a two year period, Hands To The Sky explores the history, culture, and exuberance of House music. There will be a Q&A session with director Angelo Boyke and a DJ set by Young Starr following the screening.

Where: Miami Beach Cinematheque
Showtimes: Saturday (3/24) and Sunday (3/25) @ 4:30pm
Tickets: $10, $9 (student/senior), $8 (member)


Title: ‘The Comedy of Errors’ (United Kingdom, comedy, 195 minutes w/ intermission, not rated)

Synopsis: This filmed play is directed by Dominic Cooke, director of the celebrated Royal Court Theatre in London. Starring Lenny Henry, one of Britain’s most respected comedians, it is an ingenious take on Shakespeare’s classic slapstick comedy of mistaken identity.

Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema
Showtimes: Saturday (3/24) and Sunday (3/25) @ 1pm
Tickets: $20, $18 (student/senior) $16 (member)


Title: ‘Rakontur: 10 Year Retrospective’

Synopsis: From Monday, March 26, to Thursday, March 29, O Cinema will spotlight four Florida-centric documentaries produced by local filmmakers Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben through their Miami-based production company, Rakontur. Before each screening, there will be a reception with food trucks and cash bars. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion with interview subjects and local personalities. The week-long event will conclude with “A Conversation with Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman”, hosted by CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede, on Friday, March 30. Here’s the schedule:

— Monday, March 26: ‘Raw Deal: A Question of Consent’ (98 minutes, unrated)
— Tuesday, March 27: ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ (118 minutes, rated R)
— Wednesday, March 28: ‘The U: Extended Cut’ (126 minutes, not rated)
— Thursday, March 29: ‘Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja’ (100 minutes, rated R)
— Friday, March 30: ‘A Conversation with Billy Corben & Alfred Spellman’

Showtimes: Each event starts at 7:30pm
Tickets: $14, $11 (student/senior), VIP week pass $60, $55 (student)

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