Calendar Of Events Movies
Written by Miami Today on January 5, 2012
Documentary "The Whale" is part of the Cosford Cinema’s "Reality Bites: Documenting the Real" documentary series. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, it is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, that makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences. Luna’s story becomes conflicted as politics and protection issues ask whether man and whale can peacefully coexist. 7 p.m. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. UM students free. Seniors, UM alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff $7. Others $9. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
Bertrand Bonello’s fifth film "House of Pleasures" delves into the final days of a turn-of-the-century brothel when much of the Parisian sex trade was confined to grand mansions, populated by elegant madams and vetted clientele. The lives of the madam and close to a dozen girls, among them Madeline, horribly disfigured by a client; Clotilde, the veteran who longs to be a respectable woman; and Pauline, the newcomer whose eyes are quickly opened to reality. Using cinematic techniques such as split screen, time shifts and a modern soundtrack, the film tells of the oldest profession in a profoundly beautiful way. The film is preceded by short film "Cindy, the Doll is Mine," featuring Asia Argento as photographer/filmmaker Cindy Sherman by the same director. 6:30 p.m. Additional screenings through Jan. 10. In French with English subtitles.Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 for members. $9 students and seniors. $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or email@example.com or www.mbcinema.com.
IN MY SKIN
Spanish daredevil filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s "The Skin I Live In" tells of Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, who has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved his wife from dying in a car accident. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every danger through years of human experimentation and scruples. Based on Thierry Jonquet’s dark novel "Tarantula." 4:15 p.m. Additional screening on Jan. 8. Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $8 for members. $9 seniors and students. $10 others. Details: (305) 673-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mbcinema.com.