Summer rolls on, as July is a month that moviegoers young and old look forward, especially in the midst of the summer blockbuster season. However, moviegoers looking for a refine and classier taster in cinema or longing for nostalgia can check out the art house theaters in South Florida that get something other then exploding action sequences or cool special effects.
Coral Gables will likely be the most frequently visited city for local cinephiles as there will be tons of films to watch in July. The Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Mile is celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Back to the Future” by hosting a free screening of the film on July 11 at 8 p.m. and July 12 at 3 p.m.
The Coral Gables Art Cinema will also be very active during the month of July and it also seems to be the place where 35mm has been resurrected. The Secret Celluloid Society’s After Hours program, “Summer of 35mm,” continues with weekly screening of classic films in 35mm on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. This month’s schedule includes a 4th of July screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” Tim Burton’s feature-length debut “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” Wes Craven’s classic that gave birth to Freddy Krueger “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and last but not least, “Ghostbusters.”
The Coral Gables Art Cinema will also be hosting a retrospective of the work of director Abdellatif Kechiche (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) courtesy of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its Films on the Beach program. All the films will be shown in 35mm and two of the four films (“Blame it on Voltaire” and “Black Venus”) have never been screened in the United States. The screenings will take place over the next two weekends beginning with “Blame it on Voltaire” and “Games of Love and Chance” this Saturday and Sunday, while “The Secret of the Grain” and “Black Venus” will conclude the retrospective. It is only $20 if you want the opportunity to see all four of Kechiche’s films in 35mm.
There will be another retrospective 12 miles away at the Miami Beach Cinematheque featuring three films form director Roy Andersson including his latest, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” which made its Florida debut at this year’s Miami International Film Festival. His previous two films, “Songs from the Second Floor” (July 9 at 7 p.m.) and “You the Living” (July 22 at 7 p.m.), will also be making their Florida debut at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
Director Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy (“Songs of the Little Road,” “The Unvanquished” and “The World of Apu”) has been recently restored and it will be shown in Miami at the Coral Gables Art Cinema starting July 10 and at the Miami Beach Cinematheque starting July 17. O Cinema Wynwood and Popcorn Nights will host a 25th anniversary screening of the cult classic “House Party” on July 28 at 9 p.m. that is preceded by a courtyard party featuring live mixing by DJ Elle at 7:30 p.m.