Austrian auteur Michael Hanekes films are bleak and fervent, scary and socially observant, disturbing and engaging all at once. He is described as a moralist, but one who reveals his truth using a dispassionate lens. Unlike many American directors, Haneke isnt afraid to wade just as deep into sexuality as he does into violence. His movies, which will be screened throughout the month of September as part of the Great Directors series at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, arent for the faint of heart. A perfect example is The Piano Teacher, a sensual inferno of a film that scooped up the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2001. It is the story of a prim professor who lives with her mother and harbors dark, sadomasochistic fantasies. Tonight at 8:30, discover what happens when her fantasy becomes reality. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 305-673-4567, or visit www.mbcinema.com.
Fri., Sept. 22