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FLIFF 2018 highlights: 'Sharkwater: Extinction,' 'Caddyshack'

The 33rd edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will take place Nov. 2-18 with more than 200 indie and foreign-language films, including the poignant “Sharkwater: Extinction,” appearances by serious filmmakers, among them Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit,” “Pleasantville”), and its usual irreverence, found in screenings of locally filmed favorites “Where the Boys Are” on water and “Caddyshack” on a golf course.

Tickets for the films, parties and other events are scheduled to go on sale Sept. 15 at FLIFF.com.

Most films will be shown in familiar FLIFF screening spaces at Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Cinema Paradiso and the Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, Bailey Hall at Broward College in Davie and the Sunrise Civic Center Theater.

But this year, films also will be shown on the Musette yacht during a cruise departing from a dock near Savor Cinema, by the pool at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, at NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale and on the golf course at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

“We’re fortunate to live in a truly beautiful coastal area that showcases both culture and a casual outdoor lifestyle. As such, we’ve created several fun, unique and unforgettable film events at a variety of venues for both locals and visitors to experience a slice of the Fort Lauderdale life,” Gregory von Hausch, FLIFF president and CEO, said in a statement.

Highlights include:

Nov. 7, 7 p.m.: The Dive-In Movie and Pool Deck Party at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, where the suggested attire will be swimsuits and flip-flops, will feature tropical drinks, mermaids and a floating screen in the pool showing “Where the Boys Are,” just above the beach where the original was filmed.

Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Straight out of Copenhagen, Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger will attend a red-carpet screening of his dark comedy “The Saint Bernard Syndicate” at the Sunrise Civic Center Theater.

Nov. 12, 6 p.m.: The Musette leaves on an evening cruise for the Shorts at Sea Boat Party, with an open bar, buffet and four short films with no dialogue: “The Vest,” “Silence Before the Rain,” “Animal Cinema” and “From Life.”

Nov. 15, 7 p.m.: FLIFF presents the Florida Premiere of “The Art and Times of Frosty Myers,” a joyous, nostalgic portrait of rebellious artist Forrest “Frosty” Myers, at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

Nov. 17, 3:45 p.m.: At Bailey Hall, FLIFF will honor prolific director Gary Ross, who recently released “Oceans 8,” with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute screening of his provocative 1998 comic fantasy “Pleasantville.”

Nov. 17, 7 p.m.: FLIFF presents the Florida premiere of “Sharkwater: Extinction,” the late Rob Stewart’s sequel to his documentary “Sharkwater,” about the world’s massive illegal shark fin industry. Stewart died in 2017 while shooting scenes for the sequel at the Queen of Nassau wreck off Islamorada.

Nov 18, 7:30 p.m.: The annual FLIFF Wrap Party will take place at Fort Lauderdale Country Club, where the Drive-In-Movie screening of the Bill Murray classic “Caddyshack” will be viewed on the fairway while guests are seated in more than 100 golf carts.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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