By | April 6th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Every year, Miami Film Festival welcomes a steady stream of special guests, all of whom add a certain zest to Festival screenings and events. At the recent Festival back in March, there was one guest in particular that stood out: Javier Camara. The star of Pedro Almodovar films such as Talk to Her, Bad Education [...]

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 [...]

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’s Moment

By | September 7th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming This week in Telluride and Toronto, Miami native Barry Jenkins' new feature film set and shot in Miami, Moonlight, is debuting, and the early reactions have been powerful from critics and festival audiences. It's the first production financed by the 3-year-old distribution company A24, who in their short history [...]


By | September 6th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming It's the end of the summer movie season, and for as many movies as I saw over the summer, I may have read even more film criticism. This summer I feel there is an essential need to award not only best film (my choice: David Mackenzie's amazing HELL OR [...]

Live Forever? Mateo Gil Imagines The Implications

By | July 25th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival Mateo Gil is an important talent among his contemporaries in the Spanish film scene. He began his career 20 years ago as Alejandro Amenábar’s writing collaborator, working on the stories and screenplays of transcendent genre filmsThesis (1996) and Open Your Eyes (1997), as well as the Oscar-winning drama The Sea Inside (2004), [...]

4 Reasons To See FROM AFAR This Weekend

By | June 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming Lorenzo Vigas made history in September of last year when his debut feature film, From Afar (Desde allá), won the top prize, the Golden Lion for Best Film, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, the world's oldest major festival. Why? In 72 years, it was the first film from [...]

The Wailing

By | June 21st, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival The ranks of great Korean thrillers from the past decade or so – Oldboy, I Saw The Devil, Mother, The Chaser, The Man from Nowhere, The Yellow Sea – are about to be joined by Na Hong-jin’s kinetically frightening opus The Wailing, opening in Miami this [...]

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