Miami International Film Festival Preview

As the fest shows, the best movies are now made outside the U.S.

A member of the burgeoning genre of "fictional documentaries," Je Veux Voir (I Want to See) needs some gravitas itself. Its plot is more or less Lebanon by Saab 9000: Catherine Deneuve, playing herself, has one day to see for herself the areas devastated by the 2006 Israeli invasion in search of Hezbollah. Her chauffeur is Rabih Mroué, an actor playing a director with the same name, who is himself rediscovering the important (and devastated) locales of his childhood. In the course of the day, we are supposed to believe both that they are in real danger and that they eventually fall in love, and it's a tossup as to which is more far-fetched. The only triumph of the film is the footage of Lebanon, an excellent documentation of an important historical moment, but it's a triumph that was probably better left as a photo essay.

Parque Via is an essay of its own, but composed with confident cinematic flair. For the past 30 years, Beto (Nolberto Coria) has been the caretaker of a contemporary mansion in Mexico City, and a good portion of the film is spent documenting his solitary duties in the house — cutting the grass, cleaning the bathtub, washing the windows, etc. But since he's not bored, we're not either. Rather the opposite: Beto is in love with the house, and the well-wrought tension of the film comes when circumstances begin to displace him at just the moment when his unique form of agoraphobia has become unmanageable. The icing on the cake is that Parque Via is an exceptionally funny film, with a dry wit that would have Wes Anderson rolling in the aisles. Like Anderson, writer/director Enrique Rivero frames all of his shots with an emotive precision that precludes the need for dialogue. We see and therefore we know, and isn't that what film is all about?


Kahmsa: Saturday, March 7, 6:45 p.m.; Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, March 10, 3:45 p.m. at Regal South Beach 18 (1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach)

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Miami International Film Festival

1100 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: South Beach

Details

Miami International Film Festival: Through March 15. General admission is $12. For tickets and info, call 305-405-MIFF (6433), visit miamifilmfestival.com, or go to the box office at any of the six screening locations: Colony Theatre, Tower Theater, Gusman Center, Bill Cosford, Sunrise IntraCoastal, and Byron Carlyle.

Paper Soldier: Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m.; Monday, March 9, 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15, 9:45 p.m. at Regal South Beach 18

March: Saturday, March 7, 8:30 p.m. at the Cosford Cinema (University of Miami, 1380 Miller Dr., Coral Gables); Sunday, March 8, 9:30 p.m., and Friday, March 13, 9:45 p.m. at Regal South Beach 18

Delta: Sunday, March 8, 9:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach)

Je Veux Voir: Monday, March 9, 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday, March 10, 7:15 p.m. at Regal South Beach 18; Friday, March 13, 9:30 p.m. at Tower Theater (1508 SW Eighth St., Miami)

Parque Via: Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m. and Monday, March 9, 7 p.m. at Regal South Beach; Sunday, March 15, 9:30 p.m. at Tower Theater

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