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This morning most of my Miami International Film Festival coverage will be found on the “Miami New Times” blog “Cultist.” As I noted yesterday, Day 5 at MIFF was an assignment to check out the Oscar-nominated No at the Olympia Theater. I expected to be impressed, but not as impressed as I wound up. This film clearly stands as one of the great cinematic moments of 2012, now finally premiering in Miami in 2013. The key to the film’s brilliance lies in the inspired choice of cinematography meant to blend with television video of the late-1980s period it covers. The smaller academy 4:3 ratio also makes for an appropriate experience, though a little bizarre for the giant Olympia, which, for the first time there at this year’s festival, I noticed the venue packed up to the nosebleed section.

My response to No has appeared in the “Miami New Times” this morning. So, as not to carry on and steal the thunder of the piece, jump over by clicking through the “Cultist” logo below to see why I think it’s so brilliant:

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Earlier this very morning, my interview with actor Brady Corbet also appeared in the same blog. He is at MIFF not for his new film Simon Killer (for reasons I have yet to pry from MIFF’s leaders’ lips, but I shall!), but to introduce Robert Bresson’s masterpiece Au Hasard Balthazar… on 35mm. I was eager to speak to this kid, who is close to half my age, about his noble effort to not only keep classics like this film in the consciousness of filmgoers but also champion the 35mm format. You can read that article by clicking on the titular donkey in the still image below:

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Half of our conversation was on the merits of 35mm alone, including what role the format plays as far as creativity as well as the picture quality. You can expect that Q&A to appear shortly, if not on “Cultist,” then in this blog.

As for tonight’s screening, it will be a major one: Dark Blood, otherwise known as the lost River Phoenix film (buy tickets). Director George Sluizer never finished the film in 1993 due to movietalk-riverphoenix-darkblood630-jpg_202136Phoenix’s death more than halfway through filming. However, the work continued to haunt the director, and he only recently put together a film from what he had filmed after many trials and tribulations, including stealing the master prints from a film lab before they were slated for destruction. The respected “Village Voice” critic Scott Foundas eschews the romanticism about the film’s world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival last month, calling it a “lemon,” so I’m keeping my expectations low.

Hans Morgenstern

(Copyright 2013 by Hans Morgenstern. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

2013_MIFF_POSTERThe coverage for the 30th Annual Miami International Film Festival has begun in earnest. I hope to document all the coverage I contribute on this blog and highlight some films I find noteworthy or even not so noteworthy.

A couple of small things already appeared yesterday in the “Miami New Times.” They include a movie review and a conservation with the festival’s director. The titles below are hot links to the articles:

MIFF’s Jaie Laplante Talks Cinema at the Intersection of Hollywood and Latin America

Guess which one of the three reviews in this article I wrote:

MIFF 2013: Murder, Marriage, and Madness in This Week’s Biggest Movies

The meat of the coverage on Independent Ethos, however, shall be the result of taking in the following screenings/events (all titles are hotlinks to tickets and trailers):

Friday, March 1
7:00 PM: TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (OPENING NIGHT FILM)

Saturday, March 2
3:00  PM: ANALYZE THIS: A CRITICS POWER IN TODAY’S FILM CULTURE

6:15 PM: THE BOY WHO SMELLS LIKE FISH

9:15 PM: THE HUNT (JAGTEN)

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Sunday, March 3rd

1:00 PM:

FILL THE VOID (LEMALE ET HA’HALAL)

5:00 PM: BOB WILSON’S LIFE AND DEATH OF MARINA ABRAMOVIC

7:00 PM: THE HYPNOTIST (with Career Achievement Tribute to LASSE HALLSTRÖM) (Hypnotisören)

Monday, March 4th
7:00 PM: MY GERMAN FRIEND (EL AMIGO ALEMÁN)

Tuesday, March 5th
7:00 PM: NO

9:30 PM: EVERYDAY

Wednesday, March 6th

7:00 PM: DARK BLOOD

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Thursday, March 7th
7:00 PM: POST TENEBRAS LUX

Friday, March 8th
7:00 PM: THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL (with Career Achievement Tribute to FERNANDO TRUEBA) (EL ARTISTA Y LA MODELO)

9:45 PM: REALITY

Saturday, March 9th
11:00 AM: CONVERSATION WITH CRISTIAN JIMENEZ (the director of Bonsai, which I reviewed here)

6:45 PM: BEIJING FLICKERS (YOU-ZHONG)

9:45 PM: AFTER LUCIA (DESPUÉS DE LUCIA)

Sunday, March 10th
1:00 PM: BLACKFISH

4:00 PM: LEVIATHAN
My most anticipated film of the festival, see the trailer:

Hans Morgenstern

(Copyright 2012 by Hans Morgenstern. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)