Miami International Film Festival

 

We've got videos, blogging, and all the basics so you can get the most out of this year's fest.

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A scene from "I'm Through With White Girls," screening Sunday at Regal South Beach.
 

What is the Miami International Film Festival?
The annual event in its 25th year includes screenings of 112 international and national feature and short films from 43 countries.

Is that all?
No, it also includes an awards ceremony, a gala, panel discussions and seminars.

Where can I watch the movies?
Screening locations include
The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts (GUS), 174 E. Flagler St., Miami;
Regal South Beach Cinema 18 (REGAL), 1120 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach;
Bill Cosford Cinema (COSFORD), University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables;
Sunrise Intracoastal Cinema (SUNRISE), 3701 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach;
Tower Theater (TOWER), 1508 SW Eighth St., Little Havana;
The Colony Theater (COLONY), 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach;
The Byron Carlyle Theater (CARLYLE), 500 71st St., Miami Beach.

Do I need to know Spanish?
Films are in English unless otherwise stated.

When does this end?
It runs through Sunday

Oh yeah, how much are tickets?
$12, $11 seniors, $10 members, $7students with ID, unless otherwise noted
To get tickets call 305-405-MIFF or go to miamifilmfestival.com.

What should I go watch?

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

California Dreamin' [Endless]: Dark comedy during the war of Kosovo follows a platoon of American Marines that gets stranded in a remote Romanian village. English and Romanian with English subtitles; 9:30 p.m.; COLONY.

My Brother is an Only Child: Two brothers want to change the world in very different ways; Italian with English subtitles; 5 p.m.; COLONY. Also 9:45 p.m. March 9 at REGAL.

Unfinished Sky: Romantic tale about a widowed farmer whose solitary life is interrupted when an Afghan woman arrives to his home bruised and bloodied. In English and Dari with English subtitles; 7 p.m.; COSFORD.

My Sexiest Year: A displaced Brooklyn boy lives on South Beach with his gambling father; 7 p.m. March 8; COLONY. Also 7:30 p.m. March 9 at REGAL.

Blue Eyelids: Comedy about a woman who reconnects with a childhood acquaintance at a beach resort. In Spanish with English subtitles; 4 p.m. at REGAL.

My Time Will Come: A film about a medical examiner portraying the meaning of life and death in Ecuador's capital. In Spanish with English subtitles; 4:15 p.m. at REGAL.

Getting Home: A worker takes his dead friend home to be buried by carrying him on his back. Chinese with English subtitles; 7:15 p.m. at SUNRISE.

Cochochi: Two brothers who are sent on an excursion to deliver medicine get lost. Spanish with English subtitles; 7:30 p.m. at REGAL.

The Secret of the Grain: Social issues between first- and second-generation Magherbi immigrants. French with English subtitles; 4:30 p.m. March 8 at SUNRISE.

The Drummer: A rebellious Hong Kong youth finds peace and purpose with Zen drummers in the mountains of Taiwan. In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles; 7 p.m. at TOWER.

Foul Gesture: A middle-age man takes action after becoming the victim of a road rage accident. In Hebrew with English subtitles; 9 p.m. March 8 at REGAL.

Muay Thai Chaiya: Three impoverished friends leave their southern Thailand village to seek fame in 1970s Bangkok through boxing. In Thai with English subtitles; 7:15 p.m. at REGAL.

Blind: Victorian-era fairy tale about a youth's relationship with an albino. Dutch with English subtitles; 7 p.m. at REGAL.

And Along Came Tourists: A young German is put in charge of an elderly camp survivor to preserve history. English, German and Polish with English subtitles; 9:30 p.m. at REGAL.

Help Me Eros: Black comedy about a desperate stock trader being attracted to a suicide counselor with a thing for eels and a girl with an affinity for liaisons. Chinese with English subtitles; 9:45 p.m. at REGAL.

Slingshot: Film set during Holy Week in a Manila slum portrays a world of drug addicts and thieves. Tagalog with English subtitles; 9:30 p.m. at TOWER.

The Aerial: Imaginative herostory combines fantastical and expressionistic elements and isabout a man who controls sounds people hear and seeks dominion over their minds. In Spanish with English subtitles; 9:15 p.m. at COSFORD.

Iron Ladies of Liberia: Portrait of Liberian "Iron Lady'' Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female leader, and her predominantly female cabinet. In English and Liberian English with English subtitles; 7 p.m. at CARLYLE.

Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordrome: Film follows rap group Public Enemy on their 2002 London tour and examines their legacy and influence on rap. Preceded by Chemical Brothers: Let's Do It Again; 9:15 p.m. at REGAL.

Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountain: A survival story of an Uruguayan rugby team's plane crash in the Andes 35 years ago. In Spanish with English subtitles; 3:45 p.m. at REGAL.

Izaline Calister-Lady Sings the Tambu: A portrait of Izaline Calister, a renowned performer of Curacao's tambu music. In Dutch and Papiamentu with English subtitles. Preceded by Moi Caprice: For once in your life and My Queen; 6:45 p.m. at REGAL.

Awards Ceremony, features a screening of The Unknown Woman, a thriller about a young Ukrainian woman driven by mysterious motives: 7 p.m. ceremony, 9:30 p.m. film at GUSMAN.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

Shorts 1: Human Behavior: series of seven films about human nature through love, sorrow, family, travel and war: noon at COLONY.

Shorts 2: Between the Lines: series of unconventional short films portraying that nothing is ever as it seems; 2 p.m. COLONY.

Shorts 3: The Return to Innocence: series of short films on the painful journey of life; 4 p.m. COLONY.

Live Earth Shorts: film features shorts from directors on Live Earth, which helped to raise awareness for the climate crisis and provide ways for individuals to take action to solve the
problem; 8:30 p.m. COLONY.

One Water: documentary looks at 14 countries where half or more of the water supply is polluted; 6:30 p.m. COSFORD.

The Tree of Ghibet: an 8-year-old joins a gang of child prostitutes and street kids masterminded by Ghibet, a tough older girl who the others believe is possessed. Characters in film are actual homeless children. In French with English subtitles; 9 p.m. REGAL.

Chaos: melodrama about a corrupt policeman obsessed with his neighbor and who has an appetite for torture. Arabic with English subtitles; 9:15 p.m. at REGAL.

Captain Abu Raed: drama about an airport janitor from Jordan who pretends to be a pilot and tells stories of a world he only wishes to experience. Arabic with English subtitles; 4:15 p.m. at REGAL.

Darling: a woman with a troubled childhood hopes to find love through the use of a CB radio. In French with English subtitles; 9:30 p.m. at REGAL.

The Pope's Toilet: Uruguayan film based on a true story about a small-time smuggler who hopes to get rich by cashing in on pilgrims who visit the Pope. In Spanish with English subtitles; 7 p.m. at TOWER.

Scrambled Beer: comedic and fantastical film is a cross between The Odd Couple and Back to the Future, blending the buddy and time-travel genres. In Spanish with English subtitles; 9:30 p.m. at TOWER.

I Am Through With White Girls: about a man who realizes that love does not have to do with race but rather his own problems with commitment; 7 p.m. at REGAL.

Horror Which is Always With You: tragicomedy about a Russian Special Forces unit on a mysterious mission. In Russian with English subtitles; 7 p.m. at REGAL.

Madrigal: a theatrical understudy begins an unlikely courtship with a homely young woman, but the two soon learn that nothing is ever as it seems. In Spanish with English subtitles; 4:30 p.m. at REGAL.

A Working Mom: a Bolivian woman who spent 15 years in Israel working to provide for her family finally returns home but must deal with the fact that time has turned her teenage son and daughter into distant strangers. In Spanish with English subtitles; 3 p.m. at COSFORD.

Paraiso: a portrait of Colombia today, where the characters' past conflicts with the escalating violence in a vulnerable paradise. In Spanish with English subtitles; 3:45 p.m. at REGAL.

The Visitor: widower Walter has lost his passion for life. But after meeting a young immigrant couple, victims of a real-estate scam who are living in his seldom-used Manhattan apartment, he is slowly reawakened to life's possibilities; 7:15 p.m. at SUNRISE.

Me: set in atypically gloomy Majorca is the story of Hans, a German handyman at a wealthy estate who finds himself slowly assuming the identity of his namesake predecessor, an ornery man whose abrupt disappearance remains a mystery. In Spanish, German, Majorcan with English subtitles; 4 p.m. at REGAL.

My Brother is an Only Child: two brothers want to change the world in different ways; Italian with English subtitles; 9:45 p.m. at REGAL.

My Sexiest Year: tale about a displaced Brooklyn boy living on South Beach with his gambling father; 7:30 p.m. at REGAL.

The Little Traitor: a young boy in British Palestine develops an unlikely friendship with the enemy. Hebrew with English subtitles; 6:45 p.m. at REGAL.

Check back here daily for updated schedules.

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