Enzian Turns the Lights Back On

by Matthew Curtis
April 10, 2008 10:25 AM
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After four days of going dark to recover and clean up after the just-completed and stunningly successful 17th annual Florida Film Festival, Enzian Theater is back in business this weekend with yet another great film and some special programming. A huge FFF thank you to all of our die-hard, film-loving patrons as well as our visitors and special guests such as Anthony Bourdain, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Don Mancini, Jennifer Tilly, Rex Reed and dozens of attending filmmakers and panelists--every single one of them was generous with their time, nice, passionate about film, and a helluva lot of fun to be around. Bravo!

Friday April 11th marks the long awaited opening of Eran Kolirin's THE BAND'S VISIT, once slated to premiere locally back in mid-March but pushed back due to the success of MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY and the impending Florida Film Festival. Never fear--it was worth the wait! This Israeli charmer, winner of over 35 international film awards (and the country's original choice for Best Foreign Film Oscar consideration until the Academy dissed it for having too much English), is a delightful and gentle dramatic comedy about a small Egyptian police band en route to a gig that gets stranded overnight in a remote Israeli town. Much more than your standard fish-out-of-water tale, this is a cross-cultural fable that resonates with universal truths and lovely moments. And festival burn-out or not, you won't want to miss it.

And don't forget that this Sunday afternoon, 4/13, at 1:00 PM, it's the return of FilmSlam. The fourth edition for 2008 features seven brand new Florida short films, including such provocative titles as POOCH SMOOCH, THE TERROR OF COCKROACH BEACH, and THE MESS. So come on out and support your local indie filmmaker--it's a lot of entertainment for a mere $5, and you'll feel glad that you did.

Enzian--back in bidness, dynamite new outside bar and all. Come join the fun.

--Matthew

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