WED, APRIL 01—
THU, APRIL 09
Miami Premiere Engagement
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
WED, APRIL 01 | 7p
“ORSON WELLES AT 100”
Retrospective & Exhibition in Collaboration with MIFF
MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES
A Documentary by Chuck Workman
THU, APRIL 02 | 7p
The Films of Jean Cocteau
Presented with Tigertail
And Supported by the French Embassy
THE BLOOD OF A POET
(Le sang d'un poète)
Directed by Jean Cocteau
FRI, APRIL 03—
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION
A Documentary by Ethan Hawke
THU, APRIL 09 | 8:30p
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
(La belle et la bête)
FRI, APRIL 10—
FRI, APRIL 24
Miami Exclusive Premiere Engagement
“BEST OF CANNES”
(Un Certain Regard Prize Winner)
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó
SAT, APRIL 18 | 2:30p
MIAMI ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
Presented by ECOMB
The Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches
EARTH A NEW WILD - OCEANS
THU, APRIL 23 | 7p
MOVEMENT (R)EVOLUTION AFRICA
A Story of an Art Form in Four Acts
Directed by Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan
THU, APRIL 30 | 7p
TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS
(Le testament d'Orphée)
SAT, APR 25-SAT, MAY 02 at MBC:
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
For info & Tickets visit
THU, APR 30, 7p:
and supported by the French Embassy
Directed by JEAN COCTEAU/1959/France/80mins.
With Jean Cocteau, Edouard Dermithe, Maria Casares,
Jean Marais, Charles Aznavour, Yul Brynner, Pablo Picasso
In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.
(In French with English subtitles).
By BARRON SHERER
Barron presents Cocteau Motif, a new video essay with live elements. The five-minute short explores how Jean Cocteau’s cinema constructions emphasize an identifiable visual poetry and authorship through use of motifs, a unique synthesis of history, previous works and non-cinema disciplines.
FRI, MAY 01, 7p:
Florida Exclusive Premiere Engagement!
MY LIFE DIRECTED BY
NICOLAS WINDING REFN
Documentary directed by LIV CORFIXEN/2014/58mins.
With Liv Corfixen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling,
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kristen Scott Thomas
In the tradition of HEARTS OF DARKNESS, director Liv Corfixen reveals an impossibly personal portrait of her husband, auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, as he struggles to complete the controversial and polarizing ONLY GOD FORGIVES.
“Honesty is hard to come by in the movie industry. With millions of dollars at stake, safe repetition is often the easiest, well-treaded path. My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, a 58-minute documentary about the making of Only God Forgives, challenges the norm and reveals a working director’s latest film and his struggle to figure out how to bring it to life. The film was shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn’s wife, Liv Corfixen, and it gives us intimate, day-by-day access to their life together during the six-month trip to Thailand with their two children and the way Refn tries to blend being an artist and having a family. Challenging and engaging, it’s a documentary that is perhaps more interesting and deep than the film it is about.”-Bill Graham, The Film Stage
“There is no "fourth wall" in modern documentaries -- reality shows have broken our collective spirit, and we know that cameras are everywhere -- yet Jodorowsky's forthright inquiry sets the tone for the movie as a whole: it's awkward, unplanned, and thoroughly intriguing. Starting off as a home movie of sorts, Corfixen intended to document her family's experience in Thailand during the filming of Only God Forgives, featuring her husband Jang, as he's known to friends, and their children. That idea quickly morphed into a behind-the-scenes production documentary, which then morphed into something quite a bit more personal, based on Corfixen's belief that it would be more interesting to tell a more complex story.”-Peter Martin, Twitch Film
FRI, MAY 01, 8:30p:
MBC presents the film that turned the
And don’t miss the continuing films of cinematographer BENOÎT DEBIE in June,
(IRREVERSIBLE June 4,
ENTER THE VOID June 11,
SPRING BREAKERS June 18)
with his visit to MBC for
S P E A K I N G I N C I N E M A
To discuss all the films
on Thursday June 25!
Directed by RYAN GOSLING/2015/104mins.
With Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes,
Matt Smith, Barbara Steele
Cinematography by Benoît Debie, Score by Johnny Jewel
Lost River weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.
“WHEN A HOLLYWOOD A-LISTER’S FIRST FILM REACHES FOR THE STARS BUT LANDS ON THE MOON, IT’S…WORTH BEING GRATEFUL. Ryan Gosling wanted to make an art film and…pretty much succeeded. There’s more to him than “look at my muscles.”-Jonathan Hoffman, Film.com
“Having sat at the feet of some brilliant directors, Gosling is unabashed at making their influence felt. Benoît Debie's (Spring Breakers, Irreversible) cinematography provides us with some Terrence Malick-inspired magic hours, Nicolas Winding Refn-shaded neon colour schemes and over it booms an industrial score by Johnny Jewel. However, the influence most obvious here is that of David Lynch, filtered through the art of Edward Hopper…His actors give larger-than-life performances…Perhaps on account of its superstar director, Lost River has received a fairly rough ride from critics, but THIS IS THE KIND OF ODDBALL MIDNIGHT MOVIE THAT COULD EASILY GAIN A CULT FOLLOWING AND THERE ARE DELIGHTS TO BE HAD IN THE MIDST.”
“Every once in a while, prominent actors of the crazy stripe entice producers to back a weirdo project. In 1971 Dennis Hopper, fresh off Easy Rider, made a nutsy-greatsy modern western called The Last Movie. Johnny Depp, in 1977, came to Cannes with The Brave, a good-looking antimasterpiece about an American Indian who agrees to die in a snuff film for the pleasure of Marlon Brando. The movies were insane but never boring…Gosling’s movie is in that funhouse ballpark. SOMETIMES IT’S A TONIC FOR AN ACTOR TO GET A CRAZY MOVIE IDEA OUT OF HIS SYSTEM, AND MAYBE INTO OUR’S.”-Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
FRI, MAY 01, 10:30p:
And don’t miss the continuing films of
cinematographer BENOÎT DEBIE in June,
SAT, MAY 02, 7p:
Skype Q&A with director
on Saturday, May 02!
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THU, MAY 07, 7p:
Of Albert & David Maysles
THE BEATLES IN THE USA
Directed by DAVID & ALBERT MAYSLES/1964/81mins.
Featuring The Beatles and Company
A humorous, freewheeling and candid account of The Beatles arrival in America in February 1964. The Maysles follow the Fab Four for five days, from the crazed JFK airport reception to unguarded moments inside the Plaza Hotel in preparation for their landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance to their equally frenzied homecoming. Inspiring Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night (1964), What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A. was subsequently rereleased by Apple Corps. in an edited version as The Beatles: The First US Visit (1999).
THU, MAY 07, 8:45p:
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Documentary directed by ALBERT MAYSLES/2014/83mins.
Featuring Iris Apfel and Company
IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris' dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middles-class Queens up bringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
“MUST SEE…FABULOUSLY ENTERTAINING!”-Paper Magazine
“Frankly it's hard not to like someone as engaging as Iris who comes out with such plums as 'my mother worshipped at the altar of the accessory.' By the end of the movie you may not want to actually worship at the altar of Apfel, but you will be very sorely tempted.”-Roger Walker-Dack
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Directed by DAVID & ALBERT MAYSLES,
ELLEN HOVDE and MUFFIE MEYER/1976/94mins.
Featuring Mrs. Edith Bouvier Beale and Edie Beale
WINNER: Cinema Eye Honors and Legacy Awards
“To my mother and me, Grey Gardens is a breakthrough to something beautiful and precious called life."-Edie Beale, 1974
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DIOR AND I
Documentary directed by FRÉDÉRIC TCHENG/France/2015
Featuring Raf Simmons, Marion Cotillard, Anna Wintour,
Jennifer Lawrence, Sharon Stone
Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as its new artistic director-a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.
(In English, French & Italian with English subtitles)
"RIVITING AND INTIMATE"-V Magazine
★★★★ "Fascinating"-Total Film
"Beautifully crafted... Multilayered, meticulously woven and a model of its kind."-Variety
"A fashion doc with both a sense of history and a feel for the energy of a work in progress"-The Hollywood Reporter
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Directed by DAVID & ALBERT MAYSLES
and CHARLOTTE ZWERIN/1970/90mins.
Featuring the Rolling Stones & Company
December 6, 1969: the day the Sixties died.
The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969. Only four months earlier, Woodstock defined the Love Generation; now it lay in ruins on a desolate racetrack six miles outside of San Francisco. Before an estimated crowd of 300,000 people, the Stones headlined a free concert featuring Tina Turner, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and others. Concerned about security, members of outlaw biker gang The Hell's Angels were asked to help maintain order. Instead, an atmosphere of fear and dread arose, leading ultimately to the stabbing death of a fan. What began as a flower-power love-in had degenerated into a near riot; frightened, confused faces wondering how the Love Generation could, in one swift, cold-blooded slash, became a generation of disillusionment and disappointment.
“ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL FILMS EVER MADE. I can only implore you to see it.”-Morning Telegraph, 1970
FRI, MAY 22, 7p:
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Directed by ABDERAHMANE SISSAKO/Mauritania/France/2015/97mins.
With Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film! Not far fram Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in
Oscar Nominee Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography
Lumiere Awards Best Film
“BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL”-Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Not just a timely movie, a great one…Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential”-A.O. Scott, New York Times
“AN EXTRAORDINARY FILM”-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
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Directed by ALBERT & DAVID MAYSLES
& CHARLOTTE ZWERIN/1986/57mins.
Featuring Christo and Jeanne-Claude
For two brief weeks in May of 1983, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Surrounded Islands blossomed on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Eleven scrub-pine islands were surrounded by 6.5 million square feet of bright pink fabric. A three-year struggle, a work of art; a political drama interwoven with two other projects-in-progress; the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin. This film goes beyond art. In each one of their projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude fuse country, culture, and economics. Instead of museums, their mammoth 'sculptures' need space...and people. Their works are collective efforts, designed to evolve with community input. From raucous public debates with Miami officials to a private tour of Christo's studio with politico Willy Brandt; from intimate discussions with Jacques Chirac, the Mayor of Paris, to frantic boat rides between islands during the final unfurling. The artists are at work, probing, politicking, debating the meaning of art-- creating the social impact that gives each project its strength.
“Surrounded Islands did a number on the senses. Islands, a wryly funny and ultimately beautiful film · SPLENDID"-Bill Cosford, Miami Herald
THU, MAY 28, 8:30p:
FRI, MAY 29, 7p:
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
Directed by OLIVIER ASSAYAS/France/2014/124mins.
With Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.
WINNER: Cesar Best Supporting Actress Kristen Stewart
“Binoche delivers one of her greatest performances”-Film Comment
‘★★★★ FEARLESSLY INTELLIGENT. BRILLIANT. Kristin Stewart shines in her best role to date”-Robbie Collin, Telegraph
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Perfect is Often Imperfect:
The Cinematography of BENOÎT DEBIE
Don’t miss his other films & his visit to MBC for
S P E A K I N G I N C I N E M A
on Thursday June 25! Info/Tickets HERE
Directed by GASPAR NOÉ, France/2002/97mins.
With Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Phillippe Nahon
Cinematography by Benoît Debie and Gaspar Noé
Gaspar Noé's Irreversible utilizes the same storytelling technique used by Christopher Nolan in Memento and Harold Pinter in Betrayal. Consisting of about a dozen scenes, all shot in single takes, Irreversible charts a disturbing night in the life of Marcus (Vincent Cassel), but presents the events in reverse chronological order. The audience eventually learns how the beautiful Alex (Cassel's real-life partner Monica Bellucci) is involved. The film opens with a violent altercation at a gay sex club and works backward to explain how and why the violence occurred. The actors improvised the vast majority of the dialogue starting from a four-page story outline.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Film Festival
CinEuphoria Awards Top Films of the Decade
Stockholm Film Festival Best Director Gaspar Noé
Boston Society of Film Critics Cinematography Award
“It would be easy and convenient to dismiss Irreversible as blatant sensationalism. But Noe's bruising film is too artfully crafted to write off as exploitation.”-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“The fact is, the reverse chronology makes Irreversible a film that structurally argues against rape and violence, while ordinary chronology would lead us down a seductive narrative path toward a shocking, exploitative payoff.”-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
FRI, JUNE 05, 7p:
“Best of Cannes”
(WINNER: FIPRESCI Prize)
Exclusive Florida Premiere Engagement!
Directed by LISANDRO ALONSO/Argentina/Denmark/2014/109mins.
With Viggo Mortensen, Diego Roman, Ghita Nørby
An astonishingly beautiful and gripping Western starring Viggo Mortensen, JAUJA (pronounced how-ha) begins in a remote outpost in Patagonia during the late 1800s.
Captain Gunnar Dinesen has come from abroad with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. Being the only female in the area, Ingeborg creates quite a stir among the men. She falls in love with a young soldier, and one night they run away together. When Dinesen realizes what has happened, he decides to venture into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the young couple. Featuring a superb performance from Mortensen, JAUJA (the name suggests a fabled city of riches sought by European explorers) is the story of a man’s desperate search for his daughter, a solitary quest that takes him to a place beyond time, where the past vanishes and the future has no meaning.
(In Spanish and Danish with English subtitles)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes, Toronto, New York Film Festivals
WINNER: FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival
“A WORK OF TREMENDOUS BEAUTY AND CONTINUAL SURPRISE”-ArtForum
“STAGGERINGLY GORGEOUS”-Village Voice
“Viggo Mortensen is superb”-Variety
Tsai Ming-liang’s cult classic finally
gets US Theatrical release!
REBELS OF THE NEON GOD
Directed by TSAI MING-LIANG/Taiwan/1992/2015/106mins.
With Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg
Tsai Ming-liang emerged on the world cinema scene in 1992 with his groundbreaking first feature, REBELS OF THE NEON GOD. It is a remarkably impressive first film that hints at the promise of its director: a talent confirmed by Tsai’s equally stunning second feature, VIVE L’AMOUR (Golden Lion, Venice), and continuing to his most recent film, STRAY DOGS, which ranked high on many “best of” lists last year. Though showing such diverse influences as the French New Wave, Wong Kar-wai’s early films—and, yes, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE—Tsai’s film is most remarkable for introducing his startlingly unique vision to world cinema.
The loosely structured plot involves Hsiao-kang, a despondent cram school student, who becomes obsessed with young petty thief Ah-tze, after Ah-tze smashes the rearview mirror of a taxi driven by Hsiao-kang’s father. Hsiao-kang stalks Ah-tze and his buddy Ah-ping as they hang out in the film’s iconic arcade (featuring a telling poster of James Dean on the wall) and other locales around Taipei, and ultimately takes his revenge. (In Mandarin with English subtitles)
WINNER: Bronze Horse Best Film Tokyo Int. Film Festival
Torino Int. Film Festival Best Film
Nantes Film Festival Best First Film
"BRILLIANTLY OBSERVED...as tender as a Lou Reed elegy."- Time Out
“No director since Fassbinder has such insight into the lives of lost young men in crumbling inner cities as Tsai Ming-Liang delivers in this devastating first feature. Brilliantly observed...as tender as a Lou Reed elegy.”-Tony Rayns, Time Out London
"A near-masterpiece, and one of the most assured and accomplished debuts of the 1990s."-Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Chicago Reader
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