March 2009, Volume 13, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Gusman Red Carpet

Every evening, the latest films from world-renowned directors and emerging filmmakers will be showcased at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. The Festival will host red carpet parties at several of the Gusman premieres.

Lecture 21, from director Alessandro Baricco

Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Professor Mondrian Killroy (John Hurt), an eccentric yet brilliant English university professor, is adored by his students who still remember his bizarre and inspired lessons. One lesson in particular, Lecture 21, deals entirely with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, paying particular attention to unmasking the Ode to Joy. This is a visually stunning, dreamlike film that navigates between the romantic period and the 21st century.

Berlin Calling, from director Hannes Stoehr

Saturday, March 7, 9:30 p.m.

DJ Ickarus is at the center of Berlin’s underground techno scene, living a hedonistic lifestyle. When he loses control and lands in a Berlin psychiatric clinic, it imperils his relationships with both his girlfriend and his record label. As the main character, real-life musician Paul Kalkbrenner brings a compelling energy to this cautionary tale.

Cachao: Uno más, from director Dikayl Rimmasch

Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Andy García hosts this intimate portrait and celebration of one of Cuba’s most legendary musicians, Israel “Cachao” López, the “Picasso of the bass.” Join Cachao, García and a host of all-star musicians as they reminisce on Cuban music, history and culture while preparing for a performance in 2005.

Machan, from director Uberto Pasolini

Sunday, March 8, 9:30 p.m.

The producer of The Full Monty heads east for this heartwarming tale involving a ragtag group of Sri Lankans who form a phony “national handball team” to get invited to Europe. This feel-good hit of the Venice Film Festival is based on a true story.

Lion’s Den (Leonera), from director Pablo Trapero

Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.

An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Lion’s Den tells the story of young pregnant woman who is wrongfully arrested for murder and must give birth and raise her child in prison. A poignant drama from one of the leading directors of the new Argentine cinema.

8, from directors Abderrahmane Sissako, Gaspar Noé, Gael García Bernal, Mira Nair, Jane Campion, Gus Van Sant, Jan Kounen and Wim Wenders

Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m.

Eight modern masters were given carte blanche in this gentle cinematic reminder of the Millennium Development Goals on world poverty that must be met by 2015. From Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Tiya’s Dream,” to Jane Campion’s imaginative “Water Diary,” this is creatively committed filmmaking.

Galantuomini, from director Edoardo Winspeare

Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Ignazio, a well-respected judge, returns home to investigate the sudden death of his friend Fabio, thereby meeting up with Lucia, his secret childhood love, who happens to work for the Apulian mafia. Galantuomini portrays a somber mix of crime and tragedy, which unfolds into an impossible love affair.

Children’s Small Stories (Petites Historias Das Crianças), from directors Gabriele Salvatores, Fabio Scamoni and Guido Lazzarini

Friday, March 13, 7 p.m.

The InterCampus Project, launched by Milan’s professional soccer team Inter, encourages the development of children affected by war or poverty through playing soccer. The young subjects of this touching documentary, drawn from around the world, share a passion for the game and long to become soccer players.

Máncora, from director Ricardo de Montreuil

Friday, March 13, 9:30 p.m.

After finding out his father committed suicide, Santiago, a 21-year-old boy from Lima, decides to escape and head into the beach town of Máncora. Before departing, Santiago receives the visit of Ximena and Iñigo, his stepsister and her husband, who decide to come along for the wild ride.

For a tickets, screening venues and times, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com.


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