05/01/2012 12:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Miami Indie Cinema Roundup: Arthouse Films May 1 To May 6

This week, at Miami Beach Cinematheque, there will be a live performance of the one-man show "The Rarest of Birds," looking at the struggles and life of old Hollywood through the eyes of Montgomery Clift. At the same theatre, catch a screening of the comedic drama "We Have A Pope."

Granted the weather lets up, for Cinco de Mayo, enjoy the music of 1940s Cuba with "Chico & Rita" at Cinema Paradiso, along with a courtyard party with burritos and cold cervezas.

Miami Beach Cinematheque

In Darkness
May 4, 5 and 6 at 5:20 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 2011, “In Darkness” tells the true story of sewage worker Leopold Socha who helped hide Jews in a Nazi-occupied Polish city for 14 months. At first he sees it as a business opportunity, accepting money to hide the persecuted in the sewers, but it turns into a mission as the world up top becomes more dangerous and the people around him more suspicious.

The Rarest of Birds
May 4, 5 and 6 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

This is a live one-man play about a actor Montgomery Clift, who is sitting in his dressing room on the set of a movie about psychiatrist Sigmund Freud. As he sits in a slowly waning drunken stupor, he talks about the hidden secrets behind career, drug and alcohol addiction, and homosexuality as well as his Hollywood success and affairs.

We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam)
May 1 and 2 at 9:10 p.m.
Tickets: $8 to $10

Cardinal Melville goes into a panic when he is unexpectedly elected by his peers as the next pope. When he’s about to introduce himself publicly to the waiting masses, he suffers from a panic attack and can’t go through with it. The Vatican calls on a psychologist to discover what is bothering him and to guide him through taking a role he’s not keen on accepting. Italian with English subtitles.

O Cinema

May 3 at 10 p.m., May 4 at 6 and 11 p.m., May 5 and 6 at 7 and 10 p.m.,
Tickets: $7.50 to $10.50

Kevin MacDonald’s “Marley” tells the story of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley, whose music has transcended language, genres, and generations. In the documentary, the Marley family provided videos of Marley at home as well as on the stage performing for fans, and commented on the revolutionary figure.

The First Rasta
May 4 at 9 p.m., May 5 and 6 at 3 and 5 p.m.
Tickets: $7.50 to $10.50

While the world is in love with Bob Marley and his musical legacy, the forerunner of the rasta movement is attributed to Leonard Percival Howell, also known as “Gong,” “The First Rasta” or even the “Black Messiah.” Leaving Jamaica at the end of the 19th century, he traveled the world as a sailor and spread ideas combining Marxism, Christianity and Gandhi's teachings that still have people seeking the promised land. When he returned to his island home, he created the first Rasta community, Pinnacle.

Cinema Paradiso

Chico & Rita
May 4 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10

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. On May 5, Cinco de Mayo, the cinema is hosting a courtyard party with beer and burritos at 1:30 p.m. before the 2 p.m. screening.

See these other films showing at the cinema:

A Separation
May 1 at 6 p.m. and May 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10

In Darkness
May 1 at 8:15 p.m. and May 2 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $6 to $10

Monsieur Lazhar
May 4 at 6 p.m. and May 5 at noon
Tickets: $6 to $10