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Miami Indie Cinema Roundup: Arthouse Films March 12-18

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Although the Miami International Film Festival is over, the line up for this week's movie houses are just as eclectic. Also, some special events are planned for some of the films: Help benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation when you watch "Forks Over Knives" or schedule a night out on the town Havana style with the South Florida premiere of "Chico and Rita."

Whether you're into documentaries, rom coms, murder mysteries or foreign language films (or a mix of any of the above), and you'll find exactly what you're itching for this week.

Miami Beach Cinematheque

Pina
March 16 at 6:45 and March 17 and 18 at 4:50 and 6:45 p.m.
Tickets: $8 member, $10 adult nonmember, $8 seniors

Nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards, Wim Wenders carefully crafted this tribute to choreographer Pina Baush, who died in 2009. Watch dance unlike any you’ve seen before, where dancers take to the busy streets, beaches, mountains of Germany -- anywhere -- and break into dance. As Pina said, “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”

Carnage
March 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $8 member, $10 adult nonmember, $8 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 12, 13 and 14 at 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $8 member, $10 adult nonmember, $8 seniors

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

La Promesse
March 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $8 member, $10 adult nonmember, $8 seniors

A part of a series paying tribute to the Dardenne brothers, this award-winning film follows Igor and his 15-year-old son Roger as they rent out apartments to illegal immigrants in Belgium.

Porfirio
March 16, 17 and 18 at 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $8 member, $10 adult nonmember, $8 seniors

Based on the true story of Colombian police officer Porfirio Ramirez, who becomes paralyzed after a failed police mission. When the courts fail to help him, he hijacks a plane to talk to the president about it. Director Alejandro Landes will be conducting a question-and-answer session with the audience following all three screenings.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Chico & Rita
Red Carpet film debt on March 16 at 7 and 10 p.m.
Tickets: $20 members, $25 general

Regular screenings begin March 17 at 3, 7, and 9:30 p.m. and March 18 at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $11 adult, $6 child, $7 members, $9 seniors and students

This illustration film tells the story of jazz pianist Chico and the beautiful singer Rita. When they come together in 1940s Havana, their love takes them to the United States and back to Cuba in time for the revolution. During the film debut on March 16, guests will be treated to a Q&A with director Fernando Trueba, as well as a movie premiere experience with music by Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz musician Federico Britos and a reception from 9 to 10 p.m. with food from Havana Harry's, Cibo Wine Bar, Seasons 52, Bacardi open bar and hand-rolled cigars from Sabor Havana. An extended Q&A with the director will be on March 17 at 5 p.m.

Pina
March 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 4:30, 6:45 and 9 p.m.
Tickets: $14 adults, $12 seniors and students, $10 members, $9 children

Nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards, Wim Wenders carefully crafted this tribute to choreographer Pina Baush, who died in 2009. Watch dance unlike any you’ve seen before, where dancers take to the busy streets, beaches, mountains of Germany -- anywhere -- and break into dance. As Pina said, “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”

O Cinema

We Need to Talk About Kevin
March 15 at 8 p.m., March 16 at 7:45 and 10 p.m., March 17 at 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10 p.m., and March 18 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.
Tickets: $10.50 general, $9 seniors and students.

Based on the book by the same name, every mother’s worst nightmare comes true in this creepy film. Tilda Swinton plays Eva, mother to Kevin (Ezra Miler), who fights for years to shake the feeling that her son is the manifestation of evil. Everyone else thinks she’s just seeing things, and her husband, played by John C. Reilly, comforts her with “He’s just a sweet little boy.”

Cinema Paradiso

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
March 16 at 8 p.m., March 17 at 7 p.m., March 18 at 5 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $8 FLIFF members, free for superstars

A murder mystery appears to be on the brink of being solved, only to become even more complicated. In the Turkish countryside, a man comes forward and confesses to a murder. However, he struggles to lead them to the body and their conversations as they search for it makes it clear this is no ordinary murder. This Turkish film debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival and was the co-winner of the Grand Prix.

The Pill
March 13 at 6 p.m. and March 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $8 FLIFF members, free for superstars

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.

Perfect Sense
March 13 at 8 p.m. and March 15 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $8 FLIFF members, free for superstars

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

Forks Over Knives
March 14 at 6:30 p.m. followed by after party
Tickets: $35 to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

This film explores the idea that degenerative diseases can be controlled and even reversed if one cuts out all animal and processed foods from their diets. Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn travel the world on the same mission, though they don’t know it yet, discovering trends in food and medicine.

Pina
March 16 at 6 p.m., March 17 at 4:30 p.m. and March 18 at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $8 FLIFF members, free for superstars

Nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards, Wim Wender’s tribute to choreographer Pina Baush, who died in 2009. Watch dance unlike any you’ve seen before, where dancers take to the busy streets, beaches, mountains of Germany -- anywhere, and break into dance. As Pina said, “Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost.”

Le Corsaire -- The Bolshoi Ballet
March 18 at 1 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $8 FLIFF members, free for superstars

Greek slave girl Medora is captured by the pirate Conrad, and when the two fall in love, complications arise with Medora’s owner.