Wide Variety of Films Showcased at the 2013 Florida Film Festival Now Through April 14

The 2013 Florida Film Festival is in full swing, but there are still plenty of films, documentaries, and shorts to check out before the fest closes on April 14.

floridafilmfestposter2013Here are a few that we recommend:

Be Good – April 11 at Regal Winter Park Village
Todd Looby’s autobiographically-inspired tale is an evocative portrait of the pressures and rewards of modern parenthood. Amy Seimetz, one of Indiewire’s “Top 25 actors of 2011,” plays a mom who returns to work, leaving her struggling filmmaker hubby (Thomas Madden of Looby’s last film Lefty) in charge of their adorable baby while he tries to bang out a screenplay. The film speaks intimately about fatherhood, dreams put on hold, the bond of mother to child, and the ever-shifting parameters for child rearing.

British Shorts Now! – April 13 at Regal Winter Park Village and April 14 at Enzian
Running 97 minutes, this collection of British short films features the talents of Dame Judi Dench and Michael Fassbender, among others. Tales range from using social media to date to a day in the life of a Northern London pub to a son who tries to deal with the death of his mother only to discover she’s spending her “afterlife” in London.

Broken – April 13 at Regal Winter Park Village
Skunk (newcomer Eloise Laurence) is an eleven year-old diabetic girl who lives with her lawyer-father Archie (Tim Roth) and her older brother Jed. Though their family has been broken apart by divorce, they lead a regular life and share a residence in what seems like a normal British suburb. She hangs out with her brother and au pair Kasia, whose boyfriend Mike (Cillian Murphy), Skunk has a crush on. But when she witnesses one of her neighbors, a mentally disturbed young man named Rick, get beaten up for something he didn’t do by bitter and angry older neighbor Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear), things begin to change.

Free Samples – April 12 at Enzian
Jillian (Jess Weixler), a hung over, acerbic law school drop-out who is holding out for the return of her boyfriend, has been roped into dispensing free samples of ice cream from her friend’s food truck. She has not had her morning coffee, wishes she were dead, and manages to alienate nearly everyone in a day that will finally bring her to terms with herself and her life. Supporting cast includes Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Ritter.

The Hunt – April 13 & 14 at Regal Winter Park Village
Mads Mikkelsen, winner of the Best Actor prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, stars as Lucas, a school teacher in a small, close knit Scandinavian town. He limps through an ugly custody battle over his son, only to have the promise of that situation’s resolution ruined by the accusation of his being a child molester. The investigation that follows is nothing compared to the nightmare Lucas finds himself plunged into by the social leprosy of his suspected pedophilia.

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‘Wednesday Night Pitcher Show’ at Enzian to Feature ‘Pulp Fiction’ for Free on April 10, 2013

wnps-pulpfictionQuentin Tarantino’s classic film, Pulp Fiction, will be the featured film during the Enzian’s Wednesday Night Pitcher Show on April 10, 2013.

This 1994 classic won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and helped resurrect the career of John Travolta. Since then, it has become a pop culture classic.

The Wednesday Night Pitcher Show is free to attend, and is held outdoors at the theater’s Eden Bar. There are usually drink specials, too.

2013 Florida Film Festival Takes Place April 5-14 in Orlando

floridafilmfestposter2013This week, the annual Florida Film Festival starts in Orlando, and it has quite a line-up this year.

Running from April 5 – 14, 2013, the FFF takes place mostly at the Enzian theater in Maitland, with some films showing at the Regal Winter Park.

Highlights of this year’s fest will be several celebrity-attended screenings.

On Friday, April 12, spend An Evening with actress Tippi Hendren, as the FFF shows the classic Hitchcock film The Birds, in which she starred.

On Saturday, April 13, the FFF will host An Afternoon with Zoe Bell, with a screening of her Quentin Tarantino-directed film, Death Proof. Bell is well-respected actress and stuntwoman, so this should be a fun event. Tickets are still available for only $20.

The FFF wraps up with A Brunch with Cary Elwes, featuring a screening of his classic film, The Princess Bride. As you wish, indeed.

And of course, there are the films – nine days worth of indie films, documentaries, and cult classics. There are several music documentary films worth checking out, including AKA Doc Pomus, Bad Brains: A Band in DC, and Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.

Midnight Movies is another popular category at the Florida Film Festival. This is where you’ll find the controversial movies, raunchy comedies, and not-for-the-squeamish horror flicks. This year, highlights of Midnight Movies includes the cult biography, I Am Divine, and V/H/S/2, a sequel to the highly-rated horror anthology V/H/S.

You can view the full list of films playing the festival online.

Tickets to most movies range from $9-$11, but you can buy ticket packages that will save you money. A 5-pack is $50, a 10-pack is $95, and a 20-pack is $180. Matinee passes provide unlimited movies before 5pm for $99, and a Cinephile pass provides admission to all films, plus the Opening Night film, for $450. There are also Platinum passes for $750, and Movie Star passes for $1000, both of which include film admissions, as well as parties and other benefits.

For more information, or to purchase tickets and passes, visit FloridaFilmFestival.com.

Sundance Institute Picks Orlando as One of the Cities for Its Sundance Film Festival USA in 2013

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival USA will screen in 10 independent theaters across the country on January 31, 2013, and the Sundance Institute has picked Enzian Theater in Orlando as one of the ten.

“Sundance Film Festival USA celebrates the theaters and audiences that are an integral part of supporting and encouraging the work of independent filmmakers. By extending the Festival to these 10 cities, we will create a larger shared experience and dialogue around the issues of our time, as explored in these films.”
–Robert Redford

Each theater will have a separate film, and the filmmaker(s) will introduce and screen their film, as well as participate in a Q&A with the audience.

According to the Sundance Institute, Orlando’s chosen film is A.C.O.D., directed/written by Stuart Zicherman, and co-written by Ben Karlin.

In the film, Carter is a well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce (A.C.O.D.) – or so he thinks. When he discovers he was part of a divorce study as a child, it wreaks havoc on his family and forces him to face his chaotic past.

The cast includes Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Clark Duke.

Tickets are $15, and are available at the Enzian box office or by phone at 407-629-1088.

Enzian Theater Hosts Where’s Bond? New Year’s Party on December 31

Movie fans will enjoy the Where’s Bond? New Year’s Party at the Enzian Theater on December 31, 2012.

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The party kicks off at 7:30pm, with a showing of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery at 8pm.

There will be champagne and signature cocktails served, with a balloon drop and party favors. There will also be prizes awarded to those dressed as the best James Bond, best Bond villain, and Bond Girl.

General admission is $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

There will also be a V.I.P. section, which includes reserved tables, an exclusive V.I.P. only bar, included light appetizers, and a special dinner menu available for order.

V.I.P. for two is $200, and includes the above, plus 1 bottle of champagne. V.I.P. for four is $400, and includes the above, plus 2 bottles of champagne.

For tickets or more details, visit Enzian.org.

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