Film It

This year’s Miami International Film Festival, which runs March 5 to 14, features as many quality films as are humanly possible to screen, plus workshops and at least nine award categories. It kicks off with the Opening Night Celebration at 9 Friday night at Miami-Dade College’s Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami).

The next day, there’s Dawson, Isla 10, a drama about the U.S.-backed coup against Salvador Allende in 1973 and his cabinet’s internment in the world’s southernmost concentration camp. And there’s Optical Illusions, another drama set in present-day Chile that “explores society’s neuroses over appearances, surveillance, and communications” and includes a blind man horrified after regaining his vision.

But the projectors keep rolling till March 14 with films like Videocracy, a documentary about Berlusconi-controlled Italian television; Eraserhead, the David Lynch cult classic; Trash Humpers, about a violent geriatric gang in Nashville; and 40 Degrees in the Shade, which follows a man lost in the desert.

The Miami International Film Festival will be at various theaters besides Miami Dade College. Tickets to each film cost $12 or less, and tickets to Friday’s celebration run $75. For a complete list of films, parties, and seminars, call 305-237-3456, or visit
Fri., March 5, 9 p.m.; March 6-14, 2010

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