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Cuban-born filmmaker Rolando Díaz is traveling all the way from his home in the Canary Islands to attend the premiere of his feature Cercaníal(Closeness) -- you could at least drive over to the Tower Theater to join him. This evocative tale reminds us of Elián and a million or so similar stories: A Cuban father and son, separated for a decade, reunite in Miami (where the entire movie was shot). Familiar, perhaps, but nonetheless wrenching. And also familiar is a big thanks to Fidel for once again enhancing life in Miami: The stars of the expat's film are all Cuban, top players in that country's cinema until they moved to Miami. That Reynaldo Miravalles, Carlos Cruz, and Ana Viñas are living and working in the U.S. would be sort of like Robert Duvall, Jamie Foxx, and Diane Keaton disappearing from American movies to build careers in an embargoed country. See it at 6:00 or 8:00 through Sunday (5:00 and 7:00 that day) for eight bucks, six for seniors.
Fri., Aug. 11, 6 p.m.
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