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Miami Indie Cinema Roundup: Arthouse Films March 5-11

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With the Miami International Film Festival still in town, there’s a million more films running the gamut to check out this week at our independent film houses. Also, dig your beret out of the closet because in Fort Lauderdale, the French Film Festival is in full swing. Check out the following screenings, both with the festival or a part of the theatre's regularly scheduled movies.

CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA

First Position
Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

Six young ballet hopefuls from around the world converge in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix with dreams of finally making it big. Besides moving their dance careers forward, they tell their stories of being a male dancer, escaping from war in Africa, and saying good bye to family in South America to follow dreams.

Ben Lee: Catch My Disease
Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

Travel back to the ‘90s in this film that chronicles Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee’s life at the top.

The Sleeping Voice
Monday, March 5 at 9:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT

A woman fights back against the Franco regime in Spain, leading fighters through the mountains in 1940.

The Imposter
Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

Frédéric Bourdin, known as “The Imposter,” travels from Europe to Texas posing as a missing American and alludes capture from both Interpol and the FBI.

Annalisa
Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

A young bride, Annalisa, is rescued by firemen in southern Italy when she threatens to jump to her death. Fascinated by her, two youngsters vie for her affection.

About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now
Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

A candid look at both the beauty and brains of supermodels, with insight from Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley, China Machado and more.

Calvet
Wednesday, March 7 at 9:30 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

Jean Marc Calvet didn’t start out as a French painter, and this movie follows his journey from bodyguard at Cannes, time with the Miami mob, to hiding out in Nicaragua. Today, he is defined by his work for which people pay tens of thousands.

UFO In Her Eyes
Thursday, March 8 at 9 p.m.
$12 adult, $11 seniors, members free

A rural Chinese farmer finds herself getting into all sorts of trouble after starting an affair with a married school principal, landing her in the middle of a UFO encounter.

MIAMI BEACH CINEMATHEQUE

Bullhead
March 5, 6 and 7 at 6:40 and 9 p.m.
$10 adult, $8 members and seniors

Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film, “Bullhead” is director Michael R. Roskam’s international debut that has gotten the cinematic world talking. Jacky, a steroid-obsessed farmer, makes a deal with a questionable meat trader, and his life unravels with the killing of an investigator and the return of a woman from a past he’d rather forget.

Carnage
March 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m.
$10 adult, $8 members and seniors

Roman Polanski’s film gets people thinking with the story of two couples, whose sons got into a fight at school, meeting for dinner to discuss and debate the incident.

The Conquest: The Man Behind the Woman Behind the Man
March 9, 10 and 11 at 8:45 p.m.
$10 adult, $8 members and seniors

This French film takes viewers behind the scenes of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ascent to power and the roadblocks that threatened it.

Oscar Shorts 2012: Live Action
March 10 and 11 at 5 p.m.
$10 adult, $8 members and seniors

Check out all the Oscar-nominated live action shorts.

O CINEMA

Born and Raised
Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
$12 general, $11 seniors

The world premiere of small town Florida panhandle native, Young Bubbs, who has never had a desire to leave the comforts of home. However, his views change when his girlfriend takes off for Tampa with her new boyfriend, he hears the stories of travelers coming through the marina, and he finds love in his best friend’s sister. Filmed in Panama City and featuring a Miami actress, the movie is truly a piece of Florida.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
$12 general, $11 seniors

Director Alison Klayman follows Chinese art phenom and controversial free-speech proponent for three years in China.

The Woman in the Fifth
Friday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m.
$12 general, $11 seniors

Ethan Hawke plays an American lost in Paris while he tries to make up with his ex-wife. Pulling his life into order doesn't come as easily as he hopes.

About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now
Saturday, March 10 at 9:30 p.m.
$12 general, $11 seniors

A candid look at both the beauty and brains of supermodels, with insight from Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley, China Machado and more.

Unfinished Spaces
Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.
$12 general, $11 seniors

In 1961, Fidel Castro’s dream of creating a place to honor the arts comes under political attack and abandoned, now dilapidated and forgotten in the Cuban jungle.

Baracoa, Where Cuba Began
March 11 at 5 p.m.
TIckets: SOLD OUT

A look at the untouched Cuban city of Baracoa, which celebrated 500 years on the island.

Underground Hip Hop in China
Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
$12 general, $11 seniors

Under the strict overtones of Chinese communism is a blossoming subculture of creativity. This film focuses on influential Chinese rapper Weber and the hip hop movement in the country.

CINEMA PARADISO

This week at the Fort Lauderdale movie house is its very own French Film Festival, showing 14 French language movies and celebrating the country’s cinema with six parties. Below, you will also find the cinema’s normal line up.

L’Illusion Comique
Tuesday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
$10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 or free for members

A modern take on the 1635 play by Pierre Corneille, actors from Comedie Francais speaking in poetic alexandrines create the story of a man searching for his son who left years before. To find him, he hires a magician. The film travels between the present and past to tell the story of what the son as been up to.

Perfect Sense
Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m.
$10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 or free for members

Ewan McGregor and Eva Green play strangers in a world where people are slowly losing all their senses.

Bullhead
Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 at 8:45 p.m.
$10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 or free for members

Jacky, a steroid-obsessed farmer, makes a deal with a questionable meat trader. His life then unravels with the killing of an investigator and the return of a woman from a past he’d rather forget.

The Pill
Saturday, March 10 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
$10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 or free for members

New Yorker Fred wakes up after a one-night stand to discover the woman he’s next to in bed doesn’t use birth control. He spends the rest of the day with Mindy and realizes he might actually like her.