Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013 programs begin their exclusive Miami premiere for a limited one-week run. The three Oscar categories are showcased in four separate programs — one live action, one animation and two documentary shows — that give audiences a chance to see some of the best short films of the year before the Oscars are awarded. After each screening of the four programs, audience members can cast their vote for their favorite film in the program, and if they predict the actual Oscar winner, they are eligible to win a prize awarded by the cinema. Times vary. Feb. 8-14. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $11.50 per screening. Details: (786) 385-9689 or email@example.com or www.gablescinema.com.
In "Barbara," a Berlin doctor of the same name is banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa during the Cold War. As her lover from the West plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues-except for Andre, the hospital's head physician. But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy. As her defenses start to crumble, she is forced to make a decision about her future. 7 and 9 p.m. Additional screenings through Feb. 10. Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $7 seniors, UM alumni, faculty, students and staff. $9 others. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
Recently named Golden-Globe and SAG winner for Best Picture, "Argo" begins in 1979 when Iranian revolutionaries invade the American embassy in Iran, taking hostages. CIA Agent Tony Mendez designs a risky plan to remove six American diplomatic personnel from the country in a joint CIA-Canadian secret operation. Under the guise of making a sci-fi film in Iran, called Argo, the agents risk their lives to get the hostages out alive. 10 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. Free for UM students. $5 seniors, UM alumni, faculty, students, staff and others. Details: (305) 284-4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
The Miami Jazz Society film series screens "Mahogany" telling of Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago who puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome, spurring a choice between the man she loves and her newfound success. Also screening is "Camille," starring Greta Garbo as a Parisian courtesan who must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, as her own health begins to fail. 5 p.m. reception with snacks & cash bar. 6:15 p.m. first film. 8:05 p.m. second film. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamijazzsociety.com.