SUN, MARCH 01—
THU, MARCH 05
Miami Beach Premiere Engagement
“Cinema Made in Italy”
Directed by Paolo Virzì
THU, MARCH 05 | 6:50p
“ORSON WELLES AT 100”
“Retrospective & Exhibition in Collaboration with MIFF”
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
Directed by Orson Welles
FRI, MARCH 06—
SUN, MARCH 15
“Best of Cannes”
(ICS Grand Prix Winner)
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
(Deux jours, une nuit)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne
SAT, MARCH 14
Oscars 2015 Foreign Language Film Nominee
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
THU, MARCH 12 | 6:50p
Retrospective & Exhibition in Collaboration with MIFF
THU, MARCH 12—
THU, MARCH 19
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
Directed by Peter Strickland
FRI, MARCH 13—
Oscars 2015 Foreign Language Film Winner
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
THU, MARCH 19 | 6:50p
Florida Premiere of the Newly Restored Version
FRI, MARCH 20—
SAT, MARCH 28
Exclusive Miami Premiere Engagement
(Bande de filles)
Directed by Céline Sciamma
THU, MARCH 26 | 6:50p
TOUCH OF EVIL
FRI, MARCH 27—
TUE, MARCH 31
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
FRI, MAR 06, 6:50p:
"Best of Cannes"
(ICS Grand Prix Award)
Oscar Nominee Best Actress
TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT
Directed by JEAN-PIERRE & LUC DARDENNE/Belgium/2014/95mins.
With Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Sallée
After screening all of the Dardennes’ films, MBC is happy to bring you their latest. For the first time, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up with a major international star, Marion Cotillard, to create a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company can operate with one fewer employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go. After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, Sandra races against time over the course of the weekend, often with the help of her husband, to convince each of her fellow employees to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results in this powerful statement on community solidarity. (In French with English subtitles).
International Cinephile Society Awards Grand Prix,
National Society of Film Critics Best Actress
Village Voice Poll Best Actress
Women Film Critics Best Foreign Film About Women
European Film Awards Best Actress
Sydney Film Festival Best Film
“IT’S A DEEPLY LOVABLE FILM, SATISFYING, NOURISHING AND ACCESSIBLE..we were completely immersed in its plain-spoken yet impossibly resonant rhythms practically from the first frame.”-Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
“TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT IS A SMALL MIRACLE OF A MOVIE, a drama so purely humane that it makes most attempts at audience uplift look crass and calculated by comparison.” - A.A. Dowd, AV Club
“The Dardenne brothers… specialize in the drama of the ordinary, and they impart to their characters a dignity that often eludes them in life.”-Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Best of Cannes"
(Best Screenplay Winner)
Golden Globe Winner and Oscar Nominee
Best Foreign Language Film
Directed by ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV/Russia/2014/140mins.
With Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Liadova, Sergey Pokhodaev
The latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the acclaimed director of The Return (Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and Golden Globe nominee). Kolia (Alexey Serebryakov) lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya (Elena Liadova) and his son Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev) from a previous marriage. The town's corrupt mayor Vadim Shelevyat (Roman Madianov) is determined to take away his business, his house, as well as his land. First the Mayor tries buying off Kolia, but Kolia unflinchingly fights as hard as he can so as not to lose everything he owns including the beauty that has surrounded him from the day he was born. Facing resistance, the mayor starts being more aggressive...(In Russian with English subtitles)
WINNER: Best Screenplay
Golden Globe Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film
“★★★★ Written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, Leviathan, which is one of this year’s nominees for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, opens and closes with gorgeous shots of the Barents Sea splashing against the coastline, the waves caressing rocks and jetties with grace and fury, set to a swelling score by Philip Glass. The images impart entirely different meanings once you’ve experienced the pressure-cooker drama in-between.”-Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
“A GRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL DRAMA..At once intimate and enormous”-A.O.Scott, New York Times
“ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Not just masterful but hugely important”-The Playlist
“All the detail and density of a great novel—Sweeping, curious, and bold”-Dave Calhoun, Time Out
SAT, MAR 07, 9p:
SUN, MAR 08, 3:45p:
SUN, MAR 08, 8:15p:
WED, MAR 11, 6:50p:
THU, MAR 12, 6:50p:
“ORSON WELLES at 100”
Retrospective & Exhibition
In collaboration with Miami Int. Film Festival
Directed by ORSON WELLES/1942/87mins.
With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead
French poster from the MBC Archive on exhibition at MBC in March.
Orson Welles' timeless masterwork is more than a groundbreaking film. Presented here in a magnificent 70th anniversary digital transfer with revitalized digital audio from the highest quality surviving elements, it is also grand entertainment, sharply acted and superbly directed with inspired visual flair. Depicting the controversial life of an influential publishing tycoon, this Best Original Screenplay Academy Award Winner (1941) is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity-the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man's last word: "Rosebud".
Best Film National Board of Review
Academy Award Best Screenplay
National Film Preservation Board
“It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director; a cynical, hard-drinking writer; an innovative cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece. “Citizen Kane” is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound, just as “Birth of a Nation” assembled everything learned at the summit of the silent era, and “2001” pointed the way beyond narrative. These peaks stand above all the others.”-Roger Ebert
THU, MAR 12, 9:15p:
Directed by PETER STRICKLAND/UK/2014/105mins.
With Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eugenia Caruso, Monica Swinn
Dripping with dreamlike imagery, Gothic atmosphere, and a lush chamber pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically-acclaimed, darkly comic erotic fantasia is a seductive feast for the senses. Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and Evelyn her subservient sex slave. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and Cynthia grows increasingly uneasy with Evelyn’s insatiable appetite for punishment, their relationship is pushed to the limit.
“A DELIGHT. VISUALLY RAVISHING, EMOTIONALLY WISE, AND KINKY AS A COILED ROPE.”-Leslie Felpern, Hollywood Reporter
“GRADE A. THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF. Creates a spell that had us hypnotized, immersed, and still awestruck. It’s the kind of movie that has us falling in love with movies all over again.”-Nicola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
“At its core, this is one of the most incisive, penetrating, and empathetic films ever made about what it truly means to love another person, audaciously disguised as salacious midnight-movie fare. NO BETTER PICTURE IS LIKELY TO SURFACE ALL YEAR.”-Mike D’Angelo, AV Club
FRI, MAR 13, 7p:
Directed by PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI/Poland/2014/80mins.
With Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Halina Skoczynska
From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s
Critics' Pick! "ONE OF THE FINEST EUROPEAN FILMS IN RECENT MEMORY."-A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. NOT TO BE MISSED."-George Robinson, The Jewish Week
"A compact gem of perfection. A total marvel." -Dana Stevens, Slate
"Absolutely stunning, one of the year's best films”
-Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist
FRI, MAR 13, 9p:
SAT, MAR 14, 7p:
SAT, MAR 14, 9p:
SUN, MAR 15, 5p:
SUN, MAR 15, 6:45p:
SUN, MAR 15, 8:45p:
WED, MAR 18, 7p:
WED, MAR 18, 9p:
THU, MAR 19, 6:50p:
Directed by ORSON WELLES/1952/restoration 2014/93mins.
With Orson Welles, Micheal Macliammoir, Suzanne Cloutier, Robert Coote
Restored Version poster from the MBC Archive on exhibition at MBC in March.
Soon after the release of Macbeth, in 1948, Orson Welles decided to adapt another Shakespeare play, Othello. The film's shoot was fraught with pitfalls, including the original producer going bankrupt and unforeseen cast changes, leading Welles to suspend filming several times. The result is an astounding and breathtakingly beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy: the actor-director, assisted by renowned production designer Alexandre Trauner, glorifies each shot of his Othello with clever contrasts between shadow and light. Orson Welles exerts his genius with a masterpiece of unique aesthetics, earning a well-deserved Palme d'Or in Cannes in 1952. We are proud to announce the film is finally available in a brand new 2K digital restoration!
The moor Othello, a well-esteemed Venetian general, and the beautiful Desdemona, senator Brabantio's daughter, hold secret nuptials in Venice. At the far end of the church, two men stand in the background: there is Iago, Othello's officer who hides an immeasurable hatred for him, and Roderigo, madly in love with Desdemona. After their union, Othello leaves to fight the Turkish fleet, then meets up with his wife in Cyprus, where he is appointed governor. The deceitful Iago is determined to tear apart the newlyweds' bliss by manipulating their entourage...
WINNER: Palme d’Or
“Orson's bravery – along with his imagination, his selfishness, his generosity, his cruelty, his tolerance, his impatience, his sensitivity, his coarseness, and his vision – is magnificently excessive.”-Micheál MACLIAMMÓIR
“The most visually splendiferous of Welles films”-Film Comment
“Like Welles, his Othello roars for itself”-NY Times
“ONE PART SHAKESPEARE AND THREE PARTS WELLES”-Village Voice
THU, MAR 19, 9p:
Directed by Céline Sciamma/France/2015/112mins.
Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh
Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands. (In French with English subtitles).
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Opening Night
Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight
Women Film Critic’s Circle Awards
Best Unreleased film about Women 2014
“CRITICS' PICK! Radiant... thrilling... powerful!"-Alan Scherstul, Village Voice
“ONE OF THE BEST COMING-OF-AGE FILMS IN YEARS!”-Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“ENERGETIC… HUGELY UPLIFTING”
– Jessica Kiang, Indiewire’s The Playlist
“A MAGNETIC CENTRAL PERFORMANCE FROM STUNNING NEWCOMER KARIDJA TOURÉ”-David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“Céline Sciamma's films are delicate and emotional examinations of, to quote Madonna, "what it feels like for a girl." Sciamma has directed three features thus far…It takes an intuitive and devoted filmmaker like Sciamma to go beneath the surface of "girlhood", to remove the normal trappings, and to look at all of the different forces and influences in play. "Girlhood," her latest, is a powerful and entertaining film about a gang of girls, and what friendship means, the protection it provides.”-Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
DON’T MISS THE STARS OF GIRLHOOD KARIDJA TOURÉ and ASSA SYLLA who will be our special guests for “Speaking in Cinema” on MON March 23!
DON’T MISS THE STARS OF GIRLHOOD KARIDJA TOURÉ and ASSA SYLLA who will be our special guests for “Speaking in Cinema” on MON March 23!
Meet the stars after THIS screening!
Meet the stars BEFORE tonight's screening, at 6:30pm!
MON, MAR 23, 7p:
“S P E A K I N G I N C I N E M A”
A series of events at MBC
celebrating cinema as a art-form!
With Special Guests
Karidja Touré and Assa Sylla The stars of GIRLHOOD
and L.A. Weekly Chief Film Critic
Miami New Times and DtHL Film Critic
Made possible by the generous support of the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,
as part of its Knight Arts Challenge,
with additional support from
The Sagamore Hotel, Nespresso,
and the French Embassy.
with After-Party at the Sagamore Hotel
The SPEAKING IN CINEMA Series presented by the Miami Beach Cinematheque is a series of events giving an in-depth look at the intricacies of the art of filmmaking led by local and visiting film critics. With filmmakers, artists and international specialists as guests, connecting to and supplementing MBC programming, the series is an ongoing and inclusive celebration of the art of cinema, the “Seventh Art”, which brings together all of the other six. SPEAKING IN CINEMA explores cinema’s past, present and future as the medium that encompasses spatial, temporal and visual aspects of art. The series provides a platform for continued engagement with a video library of the events to be released soon on the MBC website.
("Speaking In Cinema" is 7-8:30p at MBC,
the After-Party is 8:45-10:30p at the Sagamore)
Don't Miss the film GIRLHOOD!
*Speaking In Cinema does not include a screening of the film, but it does include clips from the film with discussion.
For showtimes of GIRLHOOD, please visit the March Calendar Page.
THU, MAR 26, 6:50p:
Directed by ORSON WELLES/1958/Revised 1998/95mins.
With Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich
Spanish poster from the MBC Archive on exhibition at MBC in March.
Directed by Orson Welles, Touch of Evil is a film noir masterpiece whose Hollywood backstory is as unforgettable as the movie itself. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Orson Welles, this dark portrait of corruption and morally compromised obsessions tells the story of a crooked police chief who frames a Mexican youth as part of an intricate criminal plot. This is the Reconstructed version based on Orson Welles’ original vision.
“The 1998 revision is more than just another version, it’s an attempt at artistic reclamation by proxy. “(A)n academic example of what Welles intended,” is how revision producer Rick Schmidlin described it in 1998. “There can be no such thing as a restored version,” reminds Bob O’Neil, the head of preservation and restoration at Universal, “because in order for there to be a restored version, there needs to be a version to restore and there never was a Welles version.”-Parallax View
FRI, MAR 27, 7p:
Directed by DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL/2014/100mins.
After his acclaimed film The Myth of the American Sleepover, director David Robert Mitchell takes on horror with one of the most artistic examples of “the New Horror” wave in American independent cinema, IT FOLLOWS, an immediate cult-like hit at the Cannes Critic’s Week. For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.
WINNER: Best Film Gérardmer Film Festival
WINNER: Best Film Austin Fantastic Fest
WINNER: International Critics Award and Youth Prize
Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival
“ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING AMERICAN HORROR FILMS IN YEARS”-The Dissolve
“Despite borrowing cleverly from the best, It Follows still manages to feel like no other example in recent years–TENDER, REMARKABLY INGENIOUS AND SCALP-PRICKINGLY SCARY.”-The Telegraph
“CREEPY, SUSPENSEFUL and SUSTAINED, THIS SKILLFULLY MADE LO-FI HORROR MOVIE PLAYS KNOWINGLY WITH GENRE TROPES and yet never winks at the audience, giving it a refreshing face-value earnestness that makes it all the more gripping.”-David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“..through David Robert Mitchell’s writing and direction IT FOLLOWS IS ONE FUN, LEAN HORROR MACHINE.”-Way Too Indie
For It Follows, you decided to switch to a horror film while retaining the DNA of The Myth Of American Sleepover (Detroit, the teenagers, the mood, etc). How did you come to this idea?
I had the idea for the film for years. When I was a kid I had nightmares about being followed by monsters and vampires. I had trouble sleeping - these dreams were so scary. It probably started there. The fact that it has similarities to Myth happened pretty naturally. I wondered what it would be like if the kids from Myth were thrown into a more supernatural world. After reading the script, my friend and editor Julio Perez told me that it seemed like a very dark sequel to Myth. That seemed pretty funny to me, but I think it might be somewhat true. It wasn’t intentional, but I can understand people seeing it that way. While Myth suggests a gentle kindness and hope, this film is filled with fear and dread.
I remember this scene in The Myth Of American Sleepover involving a Ouija board to summon spirits... It Follows is your own take on horror genre. How would you describe it?
This film is certainly inspired by a strange mixture of John Carpenter, Lynch, Philip Kaufman, Kubrick, Polanski, Jacques Tourneur, Jean Rollin, Cronenberg, Dario Argento and many other filmmakers who have made some pretty wonderful horror films.
The Myth Of American Sleepover showed that adolescence and youth were moody and beautiful. It Follows shows an uglier side: fear of sex, angry parents... Are you planning a trilogy?
I’m not planning a third film to fit with this pair, but that doesn’t mean I won’t make one accidentally. I have a few other scripts and some ideas that could easily fit within this world. The similarities will probably happen naturally. There’s one in particular that I’m excited about. It’s an adventure/mystery with a bit of comedy - plus it’s centred on adults. We’ll see which one I’m able to make next.
Interview by Léo Soesanto
FRI, MAR 27, 9p:
FRI, MAR 27, 10:50p:
SAT, MAR 28, 3p:
SAT, MAR 28, 5p:
OF ORSON WELLES
Documentary directed by CHUCK WORKMAN/2014/95mins.
Featuring Orson Welles, Peter Bogdonovich, Richard Linklater,
John Houseman, Steven Spielberg, Jeanne Moreau,
Martin Scorsese, Anthony Perkins, Costa-Gavras, and more…
“If you want a happy ending, that depends on where you end your story”-Orson Welles
Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman brings a new work on Orson Welles to the screen! Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker.
North American Premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival
“A lively and fresh retelling of the protean artist's eventful life.”-Hollywood Reporter
“This valuable documentary is the easiest, and in some cases only, way to appreciate the work of one of the medium's most accomplished artists.”
SAT, MAR 28, 9p:
SAT, MAR 28, 10:50p:
SUN, MAR 29, 5:15p:
SUN, MAR 29, 7p:
SUN, MAR 29, 9p:
MON, MAR 30, 7p:
MON, MAR 30, 9p:
TUE, MAR 31, 7p:
TUE, MAR 31, 9p:
“Despite borrowing cleverly from the best, It Follows still manages to feel like no other example in recent years–TENDER, REMA