Films are an important pillar of our cultural endeavors; it’s why we created an intimate cinema within Faena Hotel, and also the reason behind events such as the recent Biennial of Moving Images, an exhibition that brought works and installations by 29 artists from around the world to our District.
Underlining our commitment to promoting the arts in Miami and to further grow our visual art programming, we’ve decided to bring back our monthly cinema cycles just in time for summer, a series curated by Jaie Laplante (director of programming of the Miami Film Festival) in collaboration with Faena’s Igor Ramirez Garcia Peralta.
We kicked off the agenda with plenty European flair; on Thursday, May 4th, we screened The Death of Louis XIV, followed by an exclusive Q&A with director Albert Serra. And on May 28th at 8 pm we’ll show another piece from the Old Continent; directed by Olivier Babinet, Swagger is a documentary that tells the story of banlieues (housing projects) outside Paris, offering a refreshing counter-perspective on French minorities. The film will be presented in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and Unifrance.
And to enjoy the summer nights in full swing, we’ve planned an unmissable 4-film lineup for June:
Week #1 / June 6
Pauline at the Beach
(France, 1983, Éric Rohmer), 94 minutes.
The third—and sexy best—of Rohmer’s comédies et proverbs series features two cousins, the older Marion and the younger Pauline, taking a summer vacation on the northwest coast of France. Marion has firm ideas about love, whereas the impressionable Pauline is still defining her approach to men. Rohmer wisely and wittingly skewers our human capacity for self-delusion when it comes to sorting out matters of the heart.
Week #2 / June 13
Stranger Than Paradise
(USA, 1984, Jim Jarmusch), 99 minutes.
The first film from the legendary icon of American independent cinema still surprises today with its unique editing rhythm and often-imitated-but-never-surpassed deadpan comedy. Willie, a New York slacker, gets an unexpected visit from his Hungarian cousin Eva, on her way to Cleveland to visit Aunt Lotte. Later, Willie and his friend Eddie take a road trip to pick up Eva and take her on vacation to Florida. Jarmusch’s professional debut won the prestigious Camera d’Or at Cannes for best first film.
Week #3 / June 20
Y tu mamá también
(Mexico, 2001, Alfonso Cuarón), 106 minutes.
The film that won Cuarón his first Oscar nomination also catapulted Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna into international stardom. Two teenage friends from different sides of the class divide, Tenoch and Julio, brag about the most beautiful secluded beach in Mexico’s to Tenoch’s cousin-in-law Luisa, who has just moved to Mexico from Spain and offer to take her there on a road trip. But this is no ordinary vacation; for the boys, it’s a journey into adulthood and complexity. Also starring Maribel Verdú.
Week #4 / June 27
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
(Spain/USA, 2008, Woody Allen), 96 minutes.
Woody Allen’s art soared in new directions once he ventured out of his New York City-only settings, like this droll visit to Spain. American tourists Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a vacation to Barcelona, where they meet the famous seducer and artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), and his tempestuous former wife Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz, in the remarkable performance that won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress).
(All films start at 7 pm to confirm dates and your place in the theater, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org).