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Before Night Falls

Directed by: Julian Schnabel | 2000 |

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SCREENING 11/8 @ 7pm
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O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (786) 471-3269

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• General Admission – $10.00
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• General Admission – $25.00 + Free Small Popcorn
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Javier Bardem, with his distinctive and charismatic screen presence, has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal fan base over his expansive acting career. His versatility in portraying a range of complex characters in films spanning different genres showcases his profound understanding of the human experience, enabling him to resonate with audiences globally. Bardem’s meticulous preparation for roles exhibits his unwavering dedication to his craft. His ability to immerse himself fully into his characters, coupled with a nuanced and compelling delivery, has earned him numerous accolades, including an Academy Award. Moreover, Bardem’s choice of roles often reflects a willingness to tackle challenging and thought-provoking material, further cementing his status as an actor of great depth and substance. Through his profound performances, Bardem continues to contribute significantly to the cinematic arts, leaving an indelible mark on audiences and the industry alike.

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BEFORE NIGHT FALLS is a gripping and poignant biographical drama that follows the life of the Cuban writer and dissident Reinaldo Arenas, brilliantly portrayed by Javier Bardem. The film, directed by Julian Schnabel, showcases Bardem’s unparalleled acting prowess as he brings to life the struggles and triumphs of Arenas, who faced persecution for both his political beliefs and his homosexuality in Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

Javier Bardem delivers a tour-de-force performance, capturing the essence of Arenas’ spirit, his passion for writing, and his unwavering determination in the face of adversity. Bardem’s portrayal is nuanced and deeply empathetic, showcasing the actor’s remarkable ability to delve into the complexities of his character’s emotions and experiences. His portrayal of Arenas is both heartbreaking and inspiring, earning Bardem an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.


The movie explores the significant moments of Arenas’ life, from his impoverished childhood and early enthusiasm for the revolution, to his disillusionment with the Cuban government and subsequent persecution. Bardem’s performance is complemented by a strong supporting cast and Schnabel’s direction, which brings a visual poetry to the film that enhances the emotional depth of the story. BEFORE NIGHT FALLS is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the transcendence of art, with Javier Bardem’s remarkable performance standing as the linchpin that holds this compelling narrative together. His embodiment of Reinaldo Arenas is a true cinematic triumph, capturing the essence of a man who refused to be silenced, and shining a light on a dark chapter of Cuban history.

“A dreamy, passionate ode to freedom — of thought, of expression, of every person’s innate right to simply be.”

“In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.”

“It’s an horrific and tragic story, but somehow made beautiful through the care and attention of Schnabel’s direction and Bardem’s tender, unforgettable performance.”

“The film’s ephemeral, semi-evasive lyricism ultimately works as a modest frame for Bardem’s tender, deft portrait, which is in turn suitably expansive and rooted in the most concrete details — Arenas’s pride and anger, his unsentimental wit and defiant vitality.”