About Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen is the Festival's Promotions Coordinator, where she aims to promote the best of world cinema to the Miami community. She has been writing about film since 2009, with her movie reviews and features appearing regularly in SocialMiami.com and Miami Beach News.

2017’s PRECIOUS GEM AWARD HONOREE: SILVIA RIOS

By | February 6th, 2017|COMMUNITY|

As the 34th Miami Film Festival patrons gather for Awards Night on Saturday, March 11th, one very special Award honoree will already be known in advance: Miami Film Society member Silvia Rios Fortun. PLATINUM member Silvia Rios Fortun has been a member of Miami Film Society for 34 consecutive years.  She has never missed an [...]

Miami Film Festival Titles Recognized at 2017 Goya Awards

By | February 2nd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|

With the Goya Awards taking place just a few days away, we’re excited to be cheering on five titles that screened at the 2016 Miami Film Festival & Miami Film Festival’s GEMS, as well as four highly anticipated films that will premiere at the 34th annual Miami Film Festival in March:  Smoke & Mirrors, Maria [...]

ELLE is the Must-See Movie of the Year

By | December 23rd, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

When describing the plot of Elle, one may feel the need to tread lightly. That’s because director Paul Verhoeven’s latest pushes the boundaries of political correctness and – perhaps in some minds – plain good taste. It’s a movie that has every reason not to work, every reason to incite outrage. But against all odds, Elle turns [...]

Director David Frankel Talks Collateral Beauty and Miami Film Festival

By | December 14th, 2016|DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHT|

The holidays are a time for family, friends, food, and yes -- big, star-studded films. So it’s no surprise that Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Keira Knightley, is being released on December 16, just in time for the holiday season. Not without its competition, Collateral Beauty is [...]

France’s Dueling Divas

By | November 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Catherine Deneuve is the Parisian blonde bombshell best known for films such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle du Jour and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion. Often drawn to the darker corners of cinema, Isabelle Huppert is the alluring, mysterious icon best known for her sadistic role in Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and La Ceremonie. On December [...]

I, DANIEL BLAKE Wins GEMS Audience Award

By | October 18th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Hayley Squires and Dave Johns in I, DANIEL BLAKE As we wrap up another successful edition of our fall film event GEMS, we’re excited to introduce yet another incredible film into our Audience Award canon: I, Daniel Blake. Directed by the great British director Ken Loach and winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or [...]

Who Are You Voting For?

By | September 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

One of the greatest delights of the Festival life is finding out what will be crowned the audience favorite. For GEMS, that tradition started in 2015, where we unveiled the Gigi Guermont GEMS Audience Award. Genevieve “Gigi” Guermont was an ardent supporter of the arts and a cherished member of the Festival’s host committee, making it [...]

Miami Film Festival’s Fall Movie Picks

By | September 23rd, 2016|INDUSTRY NEWS|

Fall movie season is official upon us, and with it comes Miami Film Festival’s mini fall festival GEMS. Featuring a stunning 13-film line-up of some of the most buzzed-about titles of the year, Miami film lovers can rest assured knowing that they’ll be taken care of this fall season. But when GEMS 2016 comes to [...]

Get Ready to Rock!

By | August 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Miami Film Festival is proud to announce the first two titles of the GEMS line-up, and both bring along with them a heavy dose of rock n’ roll. First up: Gimme Danger, directed by Jim Jarmusch. This in-depth documentary relives Iggy Pop’s tumultuous early performances as a member of The Stooges, along with his tendencies [...]

Review: 2016 Festival Selection ‘Weiner’ Opens at MDC’s Tower Theater

By | May 20th, 2016|TOWER THEATER|

“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” – Marshall McLuhan So begins Weiner, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s energetic, powerhouse documentary about Anthony Weiner. It’s a fitting quote; the former democratic congressman was caught in the middle of a sexting scandal when it came to light that he [...]

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