Each year at the Cannes Film Festival, the international glitterati line up at the jury box, and a European who’s who of actors and directors files its much-expected RSVP to the invitation-only event. Many veteran directors and producers are accustomed to this fawn-and-camera-pose routine before their indie movies light up marquees around the world. But for one set of cinematic dreamers, Cannes represents an unparalleled opportunity: At each fest, nine films that do not have a distributor are presented as part of the ACID program, aimed at giving visibility and opportunity to new talents.
They are the films expected to follow no rules, to present no qualms about blowing your independent, can’t-be-held-down-by-a-movie-deal-from-the-Man mind into a million pieces. But ACID knows you spent all your money on a Vice subscription and a year’s supply of harem pants and thus can’t afford European travel. So it brings all nine films to the States each year — and Miami is the only chosen city. Catch the first ACID film of the European Film Festival this Thursday. Dream-like French flick Rives screens at Miami Beach Cinematheque (1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Tickets cost $8 to $10. Visit europeanfilmfest.org.
Thu., May 31, 7 p.m., 2012