This week at O-Cinema!
Some of the years most celebrated films all in one weekend!
Each year we travel to some of North America’s leading film festivals in search of stellar works of cinema to bring back home to Miami. When we saw Stranger by the Lake at this years Sundance we immediately knew we had to show this startling work of cinema on our screens. Aptly described as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window meets William Friedkin’s Cruising it is a provocative and tense French thriller which rightfully won filmmaker Alain Guiraudie the best director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Another discovery made at a festival, this time the Toronto International Film Festival, was Claude Lanzmann’s historic and utterly fascinating documentary, The Last of the Unjust. While Lanzmnn’s Shoah manages to be the seminal cinematic documentation of the holocaust, his newest film returns to the subject matter to chronicle one of the few unknown stories of the camps from the only surviving ‘elder of the Jews’ not to have been killed by the Nazis. The film offers one of the most startling first-person accounts ever captured. There are only three screenings of the film- don’t miss it.
In only a few years time filmmaker Ben Wheatley has managed to create a body of work that has gained him accolades and acclaim as one of the United Kingdom’s greatest new talents. In A Field in England, Wheatley takes audiences on a magical and psychedelic journey alongside a group of deserters fleeing civil war during 17th century England only to encounter their very own battles with inner demons, and each other, that they must combat. Martin Scorcese has called the film “a most original and stunning cinematic experience.” See why.
We round up this week with a return engagement of what’s proven to be one of the most popular films of the last year, the stunning The Great Beauty. Fully living up to it’s name this sojourn through Roman life is one of the years most acclaimed films, garnering a spot on every major “Best of” list and winning awards at every turn, including the Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award. We can’t say enough about The Great Beauty, so we won’t try. See it on the big screen at O Cinema Miami Shores at the Miami Theater Center and learn why everyone is raving about it.
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
Frank spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. STRANGER BY THE LAKE is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire.
A provocative and original effort, it is an erotic mix of the comic and the tragic, deservedly winning Alain Guiraudie the Best Director for Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and making Stranger by the Lake one of the most talked about films at this years Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance.
★★★ from the Miami Herald
“Stranger by the Lake is seductive and fascinating” – New York Times
“tantalizingly erotic fable of love, passion and death…an irresistible French thriller” – L.A Times
“a psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and William Friedkin’s “Cruising” – NPR
“You won’t be able to look away.” – Rolling Stone
Fri, Feb 7th @ 7pm
Sat, Feb 8th @ 3pm & 7pm
Sun, Feb 9th @ 3pm & 7pm
During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.
“A rich, strange, hauntingly intense work” – The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s sweaty, disorienting, thrilling. Rarely has a narrative feature so marvelously integrated a sequence of experimental filmmaking” –
Miami New Times
Thurs, Feb 6th @ 7pm & 9pm
Fri, Feb 7th @ 9pm
Sat, Feb 8th @ 5pm & 9pm
Sun, Feb 9th @ 5pm & 9pm