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Film Gems Return to Miami Dade College’s Historic Tower Theater March 29

MDC’s Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th Street, Miami
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A scene from Hateship Loveship

Miami, March 26, 2014 - Films return to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) historic Tower Theater Saturday, March 29, with an international offering of new movies.

The three films premiering include The Missing Picture. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film this year and winner of the Caméra d’or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Cambodia/France co-production explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's quest to create the missing images under Khmer Rouge’s rule over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Panh uses intricately-detailed clay figurines intercut with archival footage to relay what is indelibly recorded in his memory, creating the missing pictures of what does not exist in photograph or film. The Florida premiere will be presented at 6:45 p.m.

German film Two Lives will also make its Florida premiere, at 9:15 p.m. Shortlisted for this year’s foreign-language Oscar, the film – by Georg Mass – takes place in 1990s Europe, right after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Katrine (Juliane Koehler), raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child" - the result of a romance between a Norwegian woman (Liv Ullmann) and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her family. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealments and secrecy is unveiled, until Katrine is faced with losing everything.

The third film premiering, Hateship Loveship (USA), will make its U.S. premiere at 6:40 p.m. Starring Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig, Nick Nolte, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, and Christine Lahti, the film, based on a story by celebrated Canadian author Alice Munro (2013 Nobel Prize winner for literature), was produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) is a profoundly shy, unadorned woman who is hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) as a housekeeper and a primary caregiver to his granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, complicated by the circumstances of that death for which her grandfather still blames her father, Ken (Guy Pearce), a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha uses technology to foster a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father, never dreaming of the potential harm to either party. Sabitha doesn't understand that Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase "still waters run deep" could have been coined. The young girl's interference provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own.

Also on schedule for Saturday, March 29, is Il Sorpasso, part of Cinema Italia and co-sponsored by Societa Dante Alighieri and the Miami Italian Film Festival. The classic Italian comedy has been re-mastered from the original film negatives. The movie, directed by Dino Risi (Woman’s Perfume) stars Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant. The screening will take place at 9:10 p.m.

After March 30, the Tower Theater will showcase Nymphomaniac Volume 1, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shea Laboeuf, Stellan Skarsgard, Christian Slater, and Uma Thurman.

First opened in 1926, the Tower Theater at MDC has been dubbed as one of the “10 great places to see a movie in splendor” by USA Today.  The Tower Theater experience, which is at the center of Little Havana’s cultural renaissance, is a must for film and art lovers. It is located at 1508 SW 8th Street. 

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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