Miami International Film Festival 2014: Five Must-See Films for the Final Week

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Only Lovers Left Alive
The second and final weekend of the Miami International Film Festival now approaches, and there is still so much to see.

This year has proven especially rich in finely executed cinema, but no sane person can see it all, especially since many screenings overlap (it's no easy task coordinating close to a hundred feature films in 10 days). In fact, some of the films in the list below have already screened.

Thank God for second chances because with the heavy amount of sell-outs this year and the usual tricky schedule made complicated by covering the distances between spread out venues, you're sure not gonna want to miss Florida Film Critics Circle member Hans Morgenstern's picks of five must-see films closing out the final weekend of MIFF 31.

None of these films overlap, so you can theoretically see them all. Give it a shot and remember to buy your tickets early lest you be relegated to the rush line. Fingers crossed you make it in to any of these screenings.

See also: Ectotherms Director Monica Peña Preps Audiences for Her Experimental Film's MIFF World Premiere

The Double
Imagine you're half-assing your work and love-life when suddenly a guy who looks just like you takes a job at your office and succeeds in impressing the boss and scoring with your office crush. The idea of the sudden appearance of a doppelganger is a surreal concept that's worked great in literature in the past (see the similarly titled book by José Saramago and the Dostoyevsky novella, which loosely inspired this film). Sometimes, it's even worked in cinema (see Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Doppelganger). No one does milquetoast as well as Jesse Eisenberg, so The Double, should bring some interesting acting gymnastics by the guy most famous for playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Showing Thursday, March 13, at 9:15 p.m. at Regal South Beach; and Saturday, March 15, at 6:45 p.m. at Paragon Grove 13. Tickets.

Heli
Bound to be one of the most unsettling films at MIFF 31, Heli took the director's prize at Cannes last year. It's a brutal take on the cost of the war on drugs to an innocent family in Guanajuato, Mexico. Director Amat Escalante has crafted a powerful film that takes no prisoners. It's heart-breaking, horrific, and utterly essential. Escalante strips cinema narrative to a strange deadpan delivery for heightened affect. That one of the most brutal torture and death scenes happens in a room where children play video games and a mother cooks in an open doorway speaks to the twisted ordinariness and the devaluation of life in a once vibrant nation. Showing Saturday, March 15, 9:30 p.m. at O Cinema Wynwood. Tickets.

Location Info

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Paragon Grove 13

3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove, FL

Category: Film

Regal South Beach Stadium 18

1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Film

O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th St., Miami, FL

Category: Film

Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

174 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: General

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