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Encouraging Film Appreciation in South Florida

Art house cinema
Art house cinema

People from all over the world visit South Florida to enjoy the beautiful beaches and revel in the nightlife it has to offer. Apart from sand, surf and sun, Fort Lauderdale is home to art aficionados, film buffs and others who seek an alternative to mainstream movies.

Cinema Paradiso is a year round art house cinema specializing in foreign, American independent and retrospective films. The old church was converted into a cinema and suitably named after the Oscar winning film that featured a church transformed into a movie house. It opened in 2000 to be used for the annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and is currently operated by the Broward County Film Society. The purpose of the Broward County Film Society is to heighten awareness of film as an art to local residents and visitors.

In its 26th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) is scheduled for November 7-November 23, 2014. If you can’t wait until then, visit Cinema Paradiso.

Now playing at Cinema Paradiso in downtown Fort Lauderdale:

“Half of a Yellow Sun”
The story follows to Nigerian wealthy twin girls born into a life of privilege. The girls make very different choices that change the course of their lives. It is a story of love, betrayal, politics and war.

“Young and Beautiful” (French with English subtitles)
Shortly after losing her virginity, a young girl becomes a call girl who is oddly enough apathetic about sex and money.

“Heli” (Spanish with English subtitles)
The film follows a family’s struggle with drugs, violence and corruption in Mexico.

For the more literary inclined, pick up a copy of World Film Locations Toronto Edited by Tom Ue.

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