Evoking Jean-Luc Godard's classic film "Contempt," French filmmaker Philippe Garrel crafts a sensual thriller starring Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel in "A Burning Hot Summer." On a burning summer's night, a sports car crashes into a tree. One year earlier two men, Paul and Frédéric meet. Frédéric, who lives in Italy with Angèle, an actress, invites Paul and his girlfriend Elisabeth to stay with them in Rome. The time together disrupts the couples' equilibrium with disastrous effects. Time passes and each follows their destined paths only to meet again. 9:30 p.m. Additional screenings through July 18. 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.
SAVING A LIFE
In "Otter 501," a sea otter pup is separated from her mother during a storm, and a young adventurous woman comes into town. On a wild, windswept beach their lives collide and an entire species' survival gets personal. As the two learn to navigate the opportunities and risks of life without an anchor, we see the incredible efforts people have undertaken to return sea otters from the brink of extinction. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through July 18. 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.
"A Separation" tells of Nader and Simin, a middle-class Iranian couple on the verge of divorce. Nader and Simin argue about living abroad to provide better opportunities for their 11-year-old daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. 6:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second Ave., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.
In "Sideways," Miles is a failed writer living a meager existence in San Diego as an English teacher. With his career seemingly fading and the fate of a book hinging on a publisher's decision, Miles is depressed and what he hasn't achieved. Jack is a television actor whom some recognize but not many do. With his best friend Miles, the two embark on a road trip through California's wine country. Miles wants to give his friend a nice sendoff before married life, while Jack simply wants to have a fling beforehand. As they're both nearing middle age with not much to show for it, the two will explore the vineyards while ultimately searching for their identities. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second Ave., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or email@example.com or www.miamijazzsociety.com.
PLAY THE HITS
Documentary film "Shut Up and Play the Hits" screens for a one-night only showing in Miami. Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film chronicles the band "LCD Soundsystem's" final days, leading up to and including their last show at New York's Madison Square Gardens on April 2, 2011. Two months earlier, LCD front man James Murphy announced his decision to disband the group, but not before ensuring its legacy with a grand concert. The film documents this performance and Mr. Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. 7 p.m. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $8 for MDC students and staff, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $10 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.