Does Miami Beach even realize how lucky we are to have the Miami Beach Cinematheque right in it's backyard? The central nervous system of Miami's art house film obsession has flowed through the velvet carpets on their walls, and placed itself firmly in their comfortably padded chairs for the past 20 years.
In honor of this past Sunday's Academy Awards, MBC honors the best films to win awards. No, that doesn't mean they're going to break out the 3D IMAX projector to play Alonso Cuaron's stunningly-beautiful yet completely-pointless special effects porno-flick Gravity.
Instead, MBC brings the true Academy Award gems to Miami audiences, namely the nominees in the short live action and short animated films, which includes winners Helium (winner in live action) and Mr. Hublot (winner in animation). Friday, there will be an encore MBC screening of Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellazza).
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Nominated & Winning Shorts - Live Action, Thur Mar 6, 9:10 p.m.
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.
Helium (Oscar Winner)
A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?)
Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.
The Voorman Problem
A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god.
Nominated & Winning Shorts - Animation, Fri March 7, 7 p.m.
A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.
Get A Horse!
Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.
Mr Hublot (Oscar Winner)
The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.
Room On The Broom
A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.
Oscar Winner Best Foreign Language Film Encore Screening, Fri Mar 7, 9:10pm
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) by Paolo Sorrentino
Journalist Jep Gamgardella (the dazzling Toni Sevillo, Il Divo and Gomorrah), has been a permanent fixture in Rome's literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city's lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
MBC will have additional screenings throughout the month, check their website mbcinema.com for more information.