"The Dancer and The Thief (El Baile de la Victoria)" tells of Vergara Gray, who upon his release from prison under Chile's new general amnesty program, plans to live a quiet life with his family; until he gets caught up in the schemes of fellow ex-con Angel Santiago. As Angel's plans for revenge on the system take shape, the crooks have a life-changing encounter with a lovely young dancer. 6:20 p.m. Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $7 seniors, Miami Film Society members and students. $8 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
"José and Pilar" is a story about love, loss and literature, and offers a rare glimpse into the ingenious creative process of José Saramago, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. The film shows José and Pilar's whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his last masterpiece, "The Elephant's Journey," and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. An immense success in Portugal, the film was the country's official submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The film also served as a catalyst at changing the Portuguese people's perception of Saramago, who had earlier left Portugal in a self-imposed exile for being a Communist and an atheist in a profoundly Catholic country. 6:30 p.m. Additional screenings through July 3.
Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $7 seniors, Miami Film Society members and students. $8 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
"Hysteria" is a romantic comedy set in the late 19th century. Mortimer Granville is a young doctor struggling to establish himself in Victorian London. He is hired by Dr. Robert Dalrymple to research treatments for women diagnosed with female hysteria. Using "pelvic massage,' young doctor invents the world's first electromechanical vibrator. Meanwhile, Dr. Dalrymple's two daughters develop an interest in Dr. Granville, each tempting to woo him. 4:05 and 9:10 p.m. Additional screenings through July 5. Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $7 seniors, Miami Film Society members and students. $8 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/tower.
"Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog" is based on a true story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. The film follows Quill from the litter to his selection as a guide dog shortly after his first birthday. After training at a school for guide dogs, Quill is paired with a blind man named Watanabe, who at first is reluctant to rely on him. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually win him over and they become inseparable friends. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through July 3. In Japanese with English subtitles. 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. $9 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
"Restoration" was nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. It is the story of 70-year-old Yaakov Fidelman, who hangs on with all his might to the antique restoration workshop which has been his life's work. After his long-time business partner passes away, Fidelman rejects his son, Noah, who wants to close the business and build an apartment complex on the site. Fidelman believes that with the help of his new apprentice, Anton, he'll find a way to save his workshop, his world and his solitary way of life. But when Anton falls in love with Hava, Noah's pregnant wife, the two young men compete not only over a father but also over a woman and the baby she carries. 9 p.m. Additional screenings through July 3. 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. $9 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
The Miami Jazz Society Film series presents "Daughters of the Dust," a drama-romance film telling of the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th century and was one of the last bastions of these mores in America. 6:15-8:30 p.m. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.