Moving Pictures

The folks at Miami Beach Cinematheque and locally beloved cineaste Dana Keith know a thing or two about high-quality art films. Keith’s adult life has been dedicated to selecting and screening the best of the best for audiences of local culture hounds. So when we learned just how psyched he was about offering Miami the theatrical premiere of Carlos Reygadas’s Silent Light, the Jury Prize winner at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, we sat up and took notice. “Silent Light is simply the most beautiful film of 2007. Not only in its amazing achievement in cinematography, but in Reygadas's audacious style as a director, reminiscent of the great Carl Dreyer, but updated for a new century. Gorgeous!” Keith gushes. He has certainly gotten our attention. Silent Light is a cinematography buff’s wet dream. Set in northern Mexico's Mennonite community, the film boasts sprawling geography that poignantly and compellingly tells the story of forbidden love. Some reviewers — notably the misanthropes at Entertainment Weekly — dismissed it as “a glacial tale.” You just might call it soul stirring, contemplative, and cinematically enlightening. See it at 8 p.m. at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. And hang on to your ticket stub — it grants you 25 percent off winetasting across the street at Cavas Wines (437 Española Way, Miami Beach). Tickets cost ten dollars.
Sun., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2009
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