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03/26/2012 12:28 pm ET Updated May 21, 2012

Miami Indie Cinema Roundup: Arthouse Films March 26-April 1

O Cinema celebrates Rakontur films with a 10-year retrospective that includes cult favorites "Cocaine Cowboys" and "Square Grouper." The filmmakers -- get excited Billy Corben fans -- and cast are scheduled for question and answer sessions about the documentaries and production process.

Meanwhile, Miami's other indie cinemas screen foreign language films that have been hailed at film festivals, including the Iranian "The Separation" and the French Dardenne brothers' "Rosetta."

And if you've missed out on the Kony 2012 debate, be sure to catch a free screening of "Invisible Children" with a presentation by a Ugandan genocide survivor at Cinema Paradiso.

O Cinema

Raw Deal: A Question of Consent
March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general, $11 students, $60 VIP pass for Rakontur week, $55 VIP student pass for Rakontur week

Viewers head to Gainesville for the story of Lisa Gier King, an exotic dancer hired in 1999 by a fraternity at the University of Florida. The morning after a taped sexual encounter, her allegations of rape would start a whirlwind police investigation and a was-she-or-wasn't-she debate that continues to this day.

Cocaine Cowboys Cast Reunion
March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general, $11 students, $60 VIP pass for Rakontur week, $55 VIP student pass for Rakontur week

Fans of the 2006 drug doc "Cocaine Cowboys" will be treated to a Q&A with the cast of the film, as well as viewing clips and previews of the upcoming "Cocaine Cowboys Remix."

The U: Extended Cut
March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general, $11 students, $60 VIP pass for Rakontur week, $55 VIP student pass for Rakontur week

The University of Miami wasn't always "The U" as it's known today. In a city rife with racial tension, unheralded football coach Howard Schnellenberger recruited brash, outspoken players from Miami-Dade's inner cities to create a diverse swagger that the Hurricanes still strut today -- and a controversial attitude and playing style that got the program in hot water while creating legions of devoted fans.

Square Grouper
March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general, $11 students, $60 VIP pass for Rakontur week, $55 VIP student pass for Rakontur week


Cocaine was king in Miami in the '80s, but before that it was all about the little green leaves. With South Florida holding a huge majority of marijuana seizures, the stories of the "godfathers of ganja" are told in this film, including Black Tuna Gang operator Robert Platshorn. He is joined by Mark Potter, Clifton Middleton, and others for this screening.

Juan of the Dead
March 30 at 10:30 p.m., March 31 at 7:45 and 10:30 p.m., April 1 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Recently screened at the Miami International Film Festival, this satirical film by Alejandro Brugues tells the story of post revolutionary Cuba -- where Havana has turned into a city of mindless zombies.

A Conversation with Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman
March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $14 general, $11 students, $60 VIP pass for Rakontur week, $55 VIP student pass for Rakontur week

After watching all the films, catch CBS Miami's Jim DeFede leading a talk with Rakontur filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman.

Addiction Incorporated
March 31 at 3:15 and 5:30 p.m., April 1 at 1 and 3:15 p.m.
Tickets: $10

When Victor DeNoble, a research scientist, was able to prove that nicotine was addictive, his work was locked away from the public. However, in the interest of public health, he released what he knew and started the 1994 Congressional hearings that led to regulation of the tobacco industry.

Miami Beach Cinematheque

A Separation
March 30 at 7 p.m., March 31 and April 1 at 4:40 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $9 seniors and students, $8 members

Set in Iran, Simin is desperate to leave Iran with her husband, Nader, to improve their daughter's future. When he refuses to leave his father with Alzheimer's behind, she sues for divorce. The couple split up and Nader hires a maid to help take care of his father, a lie she tells changes his life. "The Separation" won best picture of the Grand Jury Prize and best actor and actress at the Berlin International Film Festival.

A Trip to the Moon
March 26 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $9 seniors and students, $8 members

This 16-minute long film has been restored for its 100th anniversary. One of the first science fiction films, six brave astronauts travel to the moon and are surprised by what they find on the surface.

The Deep Blue Sea
March 26 at 8:40 p.m., March 27 and 28 at 6:20 and 8:40 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $9 seniors and students, $8 members

Based on the 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, Rachel Weisz plays a lonely woman in a loveless marriage to a judge in post-war England. When she meets a former Royal Air Force pilot, she discovers a world of both overwhelming erotic love and isolation. Released in 2011 for the 100th anniversary of Rattigan's birth, this film has its audience wondering if stability or love is the goal.

Rosetta
March 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $9 seniors and students, $8 members

The Dardenne brothers at back are the cinematheque with their film that won the top prize at Cannes in 1999. Emilie Deguenne plays a young girl caught in the middle of an unstable family and unsure economic future. In French with English subtitles.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
March 30, 31 and April 1 at 9:15 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $9 seniors and students, $8 members

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

Pina
March 31 and April 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $9 seniors and students, $8 members

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.

Coral Gables Art Cinema

Chico & Rita
March 26 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., March 27 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., March 28 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., March 29 at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets:$11 adults, $9 seniors and students, $7 members, $6 children

This illustrated 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.

Cinema Paradiso

13 Dici a Tavola
March 28 at 6 p.m. and March 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $12 general, seniors and students, $8 FLIFF members, free for superstars

Giulio heads back to his family's villa in Tuscany to oversee its sale with his family. However, as they start to reminisce about their days in the villa, he decides to buy it and move back. Cooking demonstration (and tasting!) at 6:30 p.m. with film beginning at 7:30 p.m. Italian with English subtitles.

The Matchmaker
March 28 at 6 p.m. and March 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 FLIFF members, free for superstars

It's the summer of 1968 in Israel and a mystery-loving teen, Arik, finds a job working for a matchmaker who survived the Holocaust. Just like the detectives in his favorite novels, Arik becomes a spy for the matchmaker, but he ends up learning a bit about love and lust along the way.

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
March 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 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 but struggles to lead them to the body. Turkish with English subtitles.

Invisible Children
March 29 at 6 p.m.
Free

With all the internet controversy of Kony 2012, watch the original film that started it all. "Invisible Children," produced by the nonprofit by the same name, tells the story of three travelers to Uganda as they witness the longest war in Africa. The film asks, "How do you tell a story you can't believe?" with the atrocities of child soldiers, a trail of rape, and never ending genocide. At the end of the screening, hear a presentation by a survivor of the genocide in Uganda.

Detachment
March 30 at 6 p.m. and March 31 at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 FLIFF members, free for superstars

In "American History X" director Tony Kaye's film, Adrien Brody plays a substitute teacher who makes all efforts to never bond with his students or fellow teachers. However, at a new school, he is encountered with frustrated teachers and students and eventually becomes a role model to a runaway student.

Open Reel Night
March 30 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $5, including filmmakers

See South Florida's filmmaker talent and vote on these independent films. A pre-party starts at 7 p.m. Read submission guidelines here as the rules have changed.

Global Harmony Conference
March 31 at 11 a.m.
Tickets: $20 general, seniors and students, $18 FLIFF members and superstars

Watch "Globalized Soul" and engage in a dialogue about interfaith and intercultural issues and steps to achieve peace in our world. The conference also includes food, music and other thought provoking conversation.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
March 31 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 FLIFF members, free for superstars

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

Invisible Bands
March 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 FLIFF members, free for superstars

A documentary chronicling the South Florida punk and new wave scene in the '70s and '80s. After the film, there will be a two-hour concert with bands covering local legends like The Eat, The Reactions, The Front, The Cichlids, Gay Cowboys in Bondage, Myron & The 2 Wotz, Spanish Dogs, and The Essentials. Proceeds benefit the Stranahan High School music department, in honor of alumni Pete Moss.

Romeo & Juliet
April 1 at 1 p.m.
Tickets: $10 general, $8 seniors and students, $6 FLIFF members, free for superstars

A cinematic performance of the Shakespeare classic love story performance by the Royal Ballet of London.

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