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Miami Film Festival 2019

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O Cinema Miami Beach

500 71st St, Miami Beach (786) 207-1919

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Tickets are available approximately one month before the Festival.

February 1, 2019, tickets go on sale to members of the Miami Film Society.
February 8, 2019, tickets go on sale to the general public.

Standard prices for films are:
• $13 General Admission
• $10 Miami Film Society Members
• $12 Seniors (65+)
• $10 Students with ID
• $10 Veterans with ID

Prices typically range from $30-$100 for special events.

Discounted tickets are available for students, seniors, veterans, and members of the Miami Film Society. To join, learn more here. MFS members also enjoy ordering tickets a full week before general public sales begin.

It’s every film lovers favorite time of the year!

The Miami Film Festival is one of the years most anticipated events for South Florida film lovers. It’s Miami’s cinematic Super Bowl and once again it returns to O Cinema Miami Beach for a week of the best in contemporary world cinema from March 1st–10th.

The full lineup of films being show at O Cinema Miami Beach can be found HERE but peruse our recommendations below of films you absolutely don’t want to miss in this years edition. We’ll see you at the movies!

ASK DR. RUTH – Fri, March 8th @ 6:45pm

Dr. Ruth Westheimer may be 90 years old, but she’s lost none of her energy, humor or candor on sexuality. This delightful documentary traces her remarkable life, keeping up with her current activities as she reflects on her personal history. Growing up a German Jew in the Nazi era, she was saved by the Kindertransport while her parents perished. After the war, she moved to British-controlled Mandatory Palestine where she trained as a sniper with the Jewish paramilitary Haganah. She moved to the U.S. in the 1950s and began her media career in 1980 with the radio show Sexually Speaking.

For decades, Dr Ruth was a fixture on radio and television, dispensing frank sexual advice to a mass audience. The film captures how much her work meant to ordinary people confused about their sexuality and lacking other input. In the film, Dr. Ruth says, “There is no such thing as retiring for me. I have an obligation to live large and make a dent in this world. At 90, still talking about sex from morning to night.”



DOGMAN – Fri, March 8th @ 9:15pm

In the outskirts of a seaside Italian village, the only law seems to be survival of the fittest. Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man whose days consist of working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his young daughter, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of local bully Simoncino. When Simoncino’s abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity, but being inexperienced in acts of passion, Marcello’s deeds bring unintended and shocking consequences.

The excellent performance of Marcello Fonte in the lead role won him the Best Actor Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Based on a true story, Dogman is a visceral and piercing tale of the unbreakable cycle of vengeance begetting vengeance.


ALIEN: 40TH ANNIVERSARY – Fri, March 8th @ 11:59pm

Ridley Scott’s terror-in-space masterpiece, Alien, has captivated the minds of old and new fans ever since its 1979 debut. Now, we celebrate its four decade legacy as one of the most enduring and important cinematic achievements with a special anniversary screening.


THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM – Sat, March 9th @ 1:00pm

Filmmaker John Chester and his wife, Molly, a culinary writer, trade city life to start their own farm on a stretch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles. Part of their inspiration is to offer a better, outdoor life for their rescue dog, Todd. Moreover, they want to live in better harmony with nature. Many of us hold similar dreams, but John and Molly put them into action.

John chronicles their efforts for more than eight years in this sweeping epic of twists and turns related to the creation of Apricot Lane Farms. Teeming with stunningly beautiful images of flora and fauna—and a pregnant hog that will melt your heart—The Biggest Little Farm is a testament to idealism. For urban viewers, it’s a necessary confrontation with how our food is grown. It’s also a family adventure – like a modern-day Little House on the Prairie – full of suspense and emotion that will leave a lump in your throat.


NON-FICTION – Sat, March 9th @ 3:30pm

This witty, resonant and fast-talking comedy of art, adultery and midlife crises from modern master filmmaker Olivier Assayas probes the foibles of a quartet of middle-age friends caught in the throes of a fast-changing world. Non-Fiction is powered by superb performances including another pitch-perfect turn from Juliette Binoche as Selena, an actress in a long-running television show that she despises; her husband Alain (Guillaume Canet), a Parisian book publisher struggling to adapt to the new digital landscape; the moderately successful novelist Léonard (Vincent Macagine), who specializes in auto-fiction (and affairs), and his wife Valérie (Nora Hamzawi), chief-of-staff for a demanding politician. During intense conversations over espresso, wine, smoking, and sex, there is a constant struggle to reconcile the push and pull contradictions of the rise of digital culture and the subsequent decline of everything analog. Assayas engagingly and slyly explores the impact of the fast-changing cultural and technology shift on these fascinating individuals, their discontents and our collective contemporary civilization.

During intense conversations over espresso, wine, smoking, and sex, there is a constant struggle to reconcile the push and pull contradictions of the rise of digital culture and the subsequent decline of everything analog. Assayas engagingly and slyly explores the impact of the fast-changing cultural and technology shift on these fascinating individuals, their discontents and our collective contemporary civilization.


THE NIGHTINGALE – Sat, March 9th @ 6:00pm

With The Babadook, Jennifer Kent brought us an instant horror classic that used a storybook monster as a vessel to explore the repression of grief and the horrors of motherhood.

In her highly anticipated follow-up The Nightingale, Kent once again explores the traumas the change us in her brutal tale of revenge. Taking place in 1825 Tasmania, Clare is a young convict who finds her world shattered after a British officer (Sam Claflin) commits a shocking act of brutality against her family. With the help of an Aboriginal tracker whose life has also been touched by extreme violence, the two set out on a journey through the Tasmanian wilderness hell-bent on vengeance.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Kent’s latest uses a feminist lens for a no-holds-barred look at violence, and the reverberating impact it has on the world.


ROJO – Sat, March 9th @ 9:00pm

Claudio and Susana live a tranquil, middle-class life in provincial Argentina. They are respected in their community and successful in their work, managing to live a more or less normal life despite the distressful events taking part at the moment: it’s the 1970s, and Argentina’s Dirty War is taking the lives of thousands around the country. In the midst of all this, a series of seemingly unrelated occurrences all hit Claudio and Susana’s picture-perfect family at once, starting with a stranger attacking the couple on a night out in town for no discernible reason, the sudden appearance of an old family friend, and the incessant, invasive questions of a Chilean private detective. Thus begins the slow unraveling of a net of lies and secrets that will change everything in its wake.

A sense of unavoidable doom underlies Benjamín Naishtat’s Rojo, translating the intense paranoia of the times onto the screen in foreboding, unnerving images of a deceptively peaceful life far away from the horrors of war. With tensions quietly rising, everything might implode sooner than anyone could have predicted. A subtle and visually astounding comment on a horrifying epoch of Argentine history, Rojo will keep you on the edge of your seat.


AMAZING GRACE – Sun, March 10th @ 3:45 PM

In January 1972, Aretha Franklin gave two days of gospel performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, recording what would become her best selling album, Amazing Grace. The sessions were captured by a film crew led by Sydney Pollack, but the footage wound up shelved in a vault and has remained one of the lost cinematic treasures of twentieth-century music. Before Pollack’s death in 2008, he expressed a wish for the film to be completed, and producer Alan Elliott took it up with a team of supporters as a passion project. Amazing Grace lets the events unfold on film without imposing present-day interviews.

Key figures behind this album had strong Miami ties including producer Jerry Wexler (who died in 2008) and sound mixer Jimmy Douglass, who today runs the acclaimed recording studio Magic Mix Room. In a New York Times rave review of the film, critic Wesley Morris said, “It feels like an act of worship and a trip to the moon….Everybody deserves to have Aretha Franklin take them to the moon.”

YULI – Sun, March 10th @ 6:30pm

Yuli is the life story of ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, told from three distinct vantage points. As the 11th of 11 children in his low-income family, Yuli (as his father Pedro calls him), demonstrates great physical gifts but rebels against any kind of disciplinary studies, preferring to test his survival skills on Havana’s tough streets. Pedro eventually prevails and enrolls Yuli in the Cuban National Ballet School. Despite his initial hesitation, Yuli is quickly swept up in the world of dance and as a teenager begins to forge his own legend. By the time he was 25, he joined the prestigious Royal Ballet in London, where he became an international star, and the Royal Ballet’s first black artist to dance the part of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. At every turn, Yuli’s explosive personal temperament is inseparable from the passion of his artistry.

Interwoven through the story are incredible set pieces of original choreography from a new show that Acosta is directing to tell his own personal story. The breathtaking dance numbers reinforce Acosta’s otherworldly, magnificent talents and anchor the film in a visceral appreciation of his artistry. As it follows the magnificent dancer on his way through school, his first on stage appearances and as London’s Royal Ballet’s principal dancer for 17 years, Yuli proves to be a vibrant biopic not to be missed.


KNIFE+HEART – Sun, March 10th @ 9:45pm

It’s the summer of 1979 and in the streets of Paris, France, a serial killer is on the loose. But Anne — played by radiant French pop superstar Vanessa Paradis — isn’t aware of this yet. Instead, she is sulking over her breakup with Loïs, her lover and the editor of the third-rate gay porn Anne produces. In an attempt to win her back, she decides to shoot her most ambitious film yet, with the full support of her flamboyant best friend Archibald. But Anne gets more than she bargained for when one of her actors is brutally murdered and she gets caught up in a bizarre investigation.

Making her way through dimly lit streets, busy sets, and sweaty clubs to do the job of the ineffectual investigators, Anne is accompanied by a killer retro score composed by French electronic band M83, only one of the many aesthetic details director Yann Gonzalez carefully chose for his vibrant ode to ’70s horror cult classics. As an exciting addition to the screening, the feature will be preceded by “Les vacances continuent,” a neon-lit, blood-soaked music video directed by Gonzalez for the French artist PEREZ.