"The Forgiveness of Blood," winner of this year's Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of an Albanian family caught up in a blood feud. Nik is a carefree teenager in a small town with a crush on the school beauty and with plans to start a small internet business. His world suddenly changes when his father becomes entangled in a dispute that leaves a fellow villager murdered. According to a centuries-old code of law known as the "Kanun," Nik's family owes a life in return. Nik finds himself the prime target and becomes confined to home while his younger sister Rudina is forced to leave school and take over their father's business. 7 p.m. Additional screenings through April 8. O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St., Miami. $10.50. Details: (305) 571-9970 or www.o-cinema.org.
In Japanese cult film "Battle Royale," the economy has collapsed, and unemployment and juvenile crime soar. Fearful of their nation's youth, the Japanese government passes a law in which each year, a ninth grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. 11 p.m. Additional screenings through April 8. O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St., Miami. $10.50. Details: (305) 571-9970 or www.o-cinema.org.
Winner of the Grand Prix Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, "The Kid with a Bike" delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril. When his father abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle, placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. Almost by accident, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser. With his wild, unpredictable behavior and his disastrous search for father figures, Cyril risks losing her, though she refuses to give up without a fight. 7 and 9 p.m. Additional screenings through April 8. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. UM students free. Seniors, UM Alumni, faculty, non-UM students and staff $7. $9 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" follows Sherlock Holmes against a cunning nemesis, Professor Moriarty. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence points to suicide. But Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder, a murder that is only one piece of a larger puzzle designed by Professor Moriarty that will change the course of history. 10 p.m. Additional screening April 8 at 8 p.m. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. UM students free. $5 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.
ROMEO & JULIET
Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers "Romeo and Juliet" is told through majestic dance by London's Royal Ballet featuring the work of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and starring Lauren Cuthbertson and Federico Bonelli. 7 p.m. Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables. UM students free. $15 others. Details: (305) 284- 4861 or www.cosfordcinema.com.