The Miami Jazz Society screens "Mutluluk" and "Letter from an Uknown Woman," two drama/romance films set in different time periods with similar themes of love, unlikely partnerships and interpersonal drama. 5-6 p.m. cash bar/reception. 6:15-8:30 p.m. Mutluluk. 8:30-10:30 p.m. "Letter from an Unknown Woman." Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.
"We Have a Pope" by Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti uses humor and recreates the Vatican City, and ponders what would happen if a newly elected Pope finds himself unable to shoulder the weight of that responsibility. 9:10 p.m. Additional screenings through May 3. Tower Theater, 25 NE Second St., suite 5520, Miami. $7 seniors, Miami Film Society members and students. $8 others. Details: (305) 237-3832 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
"The Salt of Life" tells of a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all distaff Romans, regardless of age or relation. He contends with an aristocratic, spendthrift mother; a patronizing wife; a daughter with a slacker boyfriend whom Gianni unwillingly befriends; and a wild young neighbor who sees him merely as her dog walker. Gianni tries his polite, utterly gracious best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life, with both hilarious and poignant results. 9:15 p.m. Additional screenings through May 3. Tower Theater, 25 NE Second St., suite 5520, Miami. $7 seniors, Miami Film Society members and students. $8 others. Details: (305) 237-3832 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
"Weddings and Other Disasters" tells of Giovanna, who has hit her 40s with only a couple of serious relationships in her past. When she agrees to work with Alessandro, her sister's fiancé whom she finds brash and arrogant, they are both surprised by a mutual attraction. Giovanna's love life comes to a humorous and touching resolution. 4:10 p.m. Additional screenings through May 3. Tower Theater, 25 NE Second St., suite 5520, Miami. $7 seniors, Miami Film Society members and students. $8 others. Details: (305) 237-3832 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
"The Second Wedding Night" screens as part of the Tower Theater's "Cinema Italia Series." The film is set in post-war Italy and tells of Giordano Ricci, a simple man with childlike tendencies who gets a chance to relive his adolescent infatuation with his sister-in-law Lilliana upon her return to the family estate as a war-widow. Greatly pushed by both the poverty of the immediate post-war period and her sly son Nino, who harbors expensive filmmaking dreams, she decides to see if there is any love left in her for Giordano, whose estate has enough to eat for everyone. 6:30 p.m. 7:20 p.m. on April 29. Tower Theater, 25 NE Second St., suite 5520, Miami. $3 donation suggested. Details: (305) 237-3832 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
Filmmakers Zack Weil, Gregory Harden and Mary Olszewska host a premiere screening of "Taste It: A Comedy about the Recession." Produced in Miami with local actors, the film tells of Cornell business grad Greg Rosen, who finds himself living in his childhood bedroom in South Miami after the recession hits. Flat broke and seemingly unemployable, Greg's gone completely off the rails. Inspired by his little sister's friend Francesca, he takes out a high-interest loan to purchase the local dive bar hoping to turn it into Miami's hottest new eatery. The food's amazing but, even great culinary talent doesn't seem to be a match for this recession. On the verge of bankruptcy, Greg's ready to close up shop when he receives an unexpected gift from Francesca. 5 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.