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.

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 [...]

Miami Film Society Spotlight: THE LAST KING

By | May 20th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

One of the best perks of being a Miami Film Society member is that it broadens your cinematic horizons. With free monthly screenings specially curated by the Miami Film Festival’s expert programmers, it’s easy to find yourself seeing films you may have never sought out on your own. And that’s when the magic happens. We [...]

The Other Side of Summer Cinema

By | May 12th, 2016|SPECIAL EDITION|

Summer movie season is upon us, and with it comes blockbusters and superstars galore. This summer is filled with big movies that look like a ton of fun – Suicide Squad, The BFG, and R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, just to name a few. But every summer there are those smaller, less flashy releases that [...]

Miami Film Festival Alumni Head to 2016 Cannes Film Festival

By | April 28th, 2016|INDUSTRY NEWS|

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival line-up was recently revealed, and it’s just as glitzy and star-studded as ever. With the world-renowned festival heading into its 69th edition, we look back on some of the Miami Film Festival’s esteemed alumni who are premiering films that are sure to make a splash at Cannes, taking place May [...]

Festival Favorite ‘Havana Motor Club’ Takes Miami


Havana Motor Club has a long, cherished history with Miami International Film Festival. One of the most fascinating events of the 2014 Festival was filmmaker Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt’s special presentation on his creative process in constructing Havana Motor Club, his portrait of Cuba’s top underground drag racers of classic American cars. Attendees were lucky enough to be treated to [...]

GEMS Winner ‘The Clan’ Now Playing at MDC’s Tower Theater

By | March 30th, 2016|TOWER THEATER|

They say truth is stranger than fiction. After seeing The Clan, you’ll be inclined to agree. On the surface the Puccios look like most other families. But something sinister is lurking behind the closed doors of the Puccios’ home. Family patriarch Arquimedes (Guillermo Francella), along with the help of his eldest son (Peter Lanzani) have [...]

Foreign Language Oscar Nominees Make Their Way to MDC’s Tower Theater

By | January 28th, 2016|TOWER THEATER|

The Oscars are exactly one month away, and with Hollywood’s biggest night just around the corner, it’s time for film aficionados to get caught up on the buzziest of the nominated titles. The Best Foreign Language Film category is often the trickiest to tackle -- but not in Miami. We have a booming Festival and art [...]

Review: Oscar Nominee ‘Mustang’ Opens at MDC’s Tower Theater

By | January 14th, 2016|TOWER THEATER|

When one hears the plot of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated film Mustang, it’s natural to automatically think of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Both stories deal with five beautiful sisters who are sheltered from the outside world due to restrictive guardians, and both tell their dark stories through the lens of a fairy tale, with [...]

Staff Picks: Top 10 Best Movies of 2015

By | December 10th, 2015|SPECIAL EDITION|

The new year is finally here, and with it we end another wonderful year of cinema, and begin the long road to the Oscars. Come December, it’s near impossible to avoid the words “Oscar buzz” when browsing through your favorite film blogs. And this year in particular, much of it is very well deserved. Being the [...]

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