Zola

April 4, 2024
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Directed by: Janicza Bravo | 2021 | 1h 30m | Unrated
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Zola

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Overview

Zola (newcomer Taylour Paige), a Detroit waitress, strikes up a new friendship with a customer, Stefani (Riley Keough), who seduces her to join a weekend of dancing and partying in Florida. What at first seems like a glamorous trip full of “hoeism” rapidly transforms into a 48-hour journey involving a nameless pimp, an idiot boyfriend, some Tampa gangsters and other unexpected adventures in this wild, see-it-to-believe-it tale.Zola meets Stefani at a restaurant where Zola waitresses, and the two immediately click over pole dancing. Only a day after they exchange numbers, Stefani invites Zola on a cross-country road trip, where the goal is to make as much money as possible dancing in Florida strip clubs. Zola agrees, and suddenly she is trapped in the craziest, most unexpected trip of her life.Janicza Bravo directs this outrageously unique and eccentrically animated saga that was first chronicled in 144 tweets posted by A’ziah King on October 27, 2015. Written by Bravo and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, ZOLA frames the protagonist’s narrative in a groundbreaking exchange that plays with and questions perspective. Bravo’s luscious atmosphere and impeccable attention to detail is unequaled and further confirms the sophomore director as a visionary voice of American independent cinema.

Reviews

“The smart, hyper-stylish, coded and colorful direction is what really makes it all swagger and singe.” – ROLLING STONE “It’s a freewheeling joyride through the seamy side of stripping that balances the thrill of voyeurism with the dangerous reality.” – CHICAGO READER “Zola feels utterly contemporary but will no doubt be examined for decades to come, as a marker of both this particularly crazy time in history and of the moment that social media became self-aware. Whip-smart, funny, complicated, and just plain wild, Zola is 90 minutes of brilliance.” – THE WRAP “The movie exemplifies the power of the cinema – even the popular and commercial and invigoratingly swinging cinema – to reflect the inner life through imaginative methods that at the same time, reveal the fractures and complexities of public life with probing and passionate insight.” – THE NEW YORKER “Director Janicza Bravo’s zany road trip comedy about a pair of strippers on a rambunctious 48-hour Florida adventure embodies its ludicrous source while jazzing it up with relentless cinematic beats.” – INDIEWIRE

What is

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Flaming Classics electrifies the movie-going experience through a curated film series, pairing films from the queer canon with live performances from local drag artists to create a one-of-a-kind event for South Florida. Infused with a sense of social activism, community building, and fun, the series aspires to entertain and educate.

Each Flaming Classics event includes an introduction, a screening, and a tailored live performance. The juxtaposition of film history with queer performance produces a diverse audience and the idea of inclusion is a guiding force to the series. Connection and conversation are the two central tenets of Flaming Classics. By recontextualizing the cinematic experience and relocating the space of queer performance art, the series hopes to create a unique experience for the community.

Money, Sex, and Sweat. This new series explores the decadence and depravity of “Florida” with three films: SPRING BREAKERS, ZOLA, and WILD THINGS. United by the special place that is Florida, the trilogy explores desire, double-crosses, and crime. A heady-swampy mix of thrillers, noirs, and exploitation films, these three films converge into a meditative exploration of the geographic and cultural state of Florida. Each film radiates queerness both implicitly and explicitly.

The trilogy will feature a pair of resident performers: Opal Am Rah and Persephone Von Lips. Together the two will reinterpret each text with a unique performance combining music and spoken word from the films.

O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Thu
Apr 4
9:00 pm
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Event Details

• Adults – $12.50
• Older Adults (62+ years old w/ valid ID) – $10.00
• Students & Teachers (w/ valid ID) – $10.00
• Children (12 years old & under) – $10.00
• Military (w/ valid ID) – $10.00
• O Cinema Members – $8.50
(All tickets are available online and at the box office. Prices for special events and select screenings may vary. Please note ticket prices before you complete your purchase. All prices are subject to change without notice.)

ALL FILMS START EXACTLY AT THE LISTED TIME, AND ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGES, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Event Details

• Adults – $12.50
• Older Adults (62+ years old w/ valid ID) – $10.00
• Students & Teachers (w/ valid ID) – $10.00
• Children (12 years old & under) – $10.00
• Military (w/ valid ID) – $10.00
• O Cinema Members – $8.50
(All tickets are available online and at the box office. Prices for special events and select screenings may vary. Please note ticket prices before you complete your purchase. All prices are subject to change without notice.)

ALL FILMS START EXACTLY AT THE LISTED TIME, AND ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGES, NO EXCEPTIONS.

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