Chinese film "Sacrifice (Zhao shiguer)" tells of a newborn prince whose entire family, the Zhao clan, is wiped out by a rival general who ruthlessly seizes the throne. An ordinary man, the doctor who delivers the baby, gives up everything to save the last young survivor in the bloodline of the noble Zhao, and secretly raises the child as his own. But the doctor has devised his own plot for revenge and makes the cold-blooded general the boy's godfather, allowing the would-be-king to infiltrate the royal palace as a guest. When the boy becomes a man, he must choose between two fathers, while the destiny of a nation rests with his decision. 9:05 p.m. Additional screenings through Aug. 2. In Mandarin with English subtitles. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $8 for MDC students and staff, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $10 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.
"Keep Your Head Up (Alza la Testa)" screens as part of a Cinema Italia series. Single father and former boxer Mero personally trains his teenage son Lorenzo as a boxer. The handsome youngster is more talented than his father, but he lacks Mero's drive and focus. The father dreams that the boy will become a champion boxer, to make up for his own anonymous career as an amateur in the ring. This is why he puts him through a tough training program, teaching him day after day to throw punches and protect himself. The balance of this relationship is disturbed by the return of Lorenzo's mother, Denisa, and by the son's meeting with young Ana. Mero's trials are not over and he must face up to pain, his prejudices and the remoteness of Italy's northeast. One screening only at 6:30 p.m. MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. $8 for MDC students and staff, seniors and Miami Film Society Members. $10 others. Details: (305) 642-1264 or www.mdc.edu/culture/tower.
A DYING ART
The Wolfsonian—FIU screens documentary "Linotype: The Film," the story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world. The device's highly skilled operators are in a battle against time. If their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the Linotype will die completely. There is a small group of former operators that wants to save the Linotype from the scrapyard, but others see this as a fruitless endeavor. The film explores the role of the Linotype in our age of technology, why we should care about typography, and whether the machine should be declared obsolete. The screening is followed by a talk with the film's director, Doug Wilson, and post-talk reception at the Betsy South Beach hotel. 7 p.m. Film screening at the Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Reception and talk at the Betsy South Beach, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
"Trishna" is an update on Thomas Hardy's classic novel "Tess of the D' ubervilles." Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India's largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father's request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna's affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay's deep family bond threatens the young lovers' bliss. Trishna looks at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between codes of urban and rural life. 7 p.m. Additional performances through Aug. 1. 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.
In "Oslo August 31st" 34-year-old Anders is a fortunate, but deeply troubled man battling drug addiction. As part of his rehabilitation program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview, but instead uses the opportunity as a way to drift around and visit old friends. The day grows increasingly difficult as he struggles to overcome personal demons and past ghosts for the chance at love and a new life. 9:30 p.m. Additional screenings through Aug. 1. 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.
The Miami Jazz Society screens "Boomerang" and "Coming to America." Comedy/romance film "Boomerang" of Marcus, a successful advertising executive who woos and beds women almost at will. After a company merger, he finds that his new boss, the ravishing Jacqueline, is treating him in exactly the same way. Completely traumatized by this, his work goes badly downhill. But then Jacqueline's more quietly attractive assistant Angela, who has been dating Marcus' best friend, shows
herself more than a little concerned by his parlous state. "Coming to America" tells of the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda, who is to marry a woman he's never seen before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life. 6:15-8:15 Boomerang. 8:30-10:30 Coming to America. Miami Tower, 100 SE Second St., 19th floor auditorium, Miami. Free. Details: (305) 684-4564 or email@example.com or www.miamijazzsociety.com.