MiamiFF Announces US Premiere of Jazz Age Globetrotting Drama ‘The Lost Aviator’

By | November 25th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT, INDUSTRY NEWS|

With last night's unveiling of the MiamiFF32 poster as an image from Miami's history (Orson Welles in Miami Beach 1943), MiamiFF revealed today the first title of the 2015 Festival's official selection - another shot of vintage Miami: The Lost Aviator, by Australian filmmaker Andrew Lancaster.  Against his family’s wishes, Andrew decided to open up a cold case [...]

LIFE FEELS GOOD: The Enduring Power of the Human Spirit

By | October 14th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

A true story about a young man suffering from cerebral palsy who struggles to communicate with those around him that he is an intelligent and conscious human being—and the institutional fallacies that treat mental disorders—provide the inspiration for Polish writer-director Maciej Pieprzyca’s award-winning film Life Feels Good (Chce się żyć).  Set in the late '70s and early '80s Poland, [...]

Movie-Making Lama’s New Film to Premiere at MIFFecito

By | October 9th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

writer/director Khyentse Norbu, Vara: A Blessing poster While studying in England in the 1990s, Bhutanese lama, filmmaker and writer Khyentse Norbu—considered an incarnation of a famous 19th-century Tibetan spiritual leader who goes by the ecclesiastical title His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche—became a consultant for Bernardo’s Bertolucci’s Little Buddha (1993). Since that experience [...]

Miamian Roberto Sanchez Returns to his Neighborhood to Present ‘Lake Los Angeles’

By | October 1st, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Before becoming an actor in 2002 (cast as one of the leads in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the second installment of the Fast and Furious franchise), Havana-born, Miami-raised Roberto Sanchez was a distinguished Desert Storm war veteran (U.S. Navy) and professionally competed in European league basketball. MDC’s Tower Theater, where all MIFFecito films are being [...]

THE GOOD LIE: Hollywood Goes Beyond Entertainment

By | September 26th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Last Tuesday night at Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Film Society members were treated a special preview screening [view photo gallery]—followed by an illuminating Q&A—of The Good Lie, a drama by Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar (featured at MiamiFF29 in 2012). The Good Lie sheds light on the tragic real-life experiences [...]

True Love Conquers All in Mariana Chenillo’s “Paradise”

By | September 16th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Following her debut feature Nora’s Will (Cinco días sin Nora), award-winning Mexican director-writer Mariana Chenillo returns to MiamiFF to present her second feature film, Paradise (Paraíso) at MIFFecito on Saturday, October 18th at MDC’s Tower Theater. The film's eponymous paradise (based on a short story) refers to Satélite, the suburb of Mexico City where Carmen [...]

MIFFecito Kicks-Off with Eye-Opening “Behavior” Set in Contemporary Cuba

By | September 9th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Armando Valdes Freire in Behavior Kicking off MIFFecito is director Ernesto Daranas’ second feature film, Behavior (Conducta), an insightful and unvarnished glimpse into contemporary Cuba that has taken the Cuban box office by storm, scoring numerous awards and spurring discussion and debate regarding Cuba’s educational system. Named Best Latin American Film at the 2014 [...]

Award-winning GABRIELLE, an Authentic Québécois Heart-Tugger

By | April 16th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Gabrielle producer Luc Dery of micro_scope, Gabrielle director Louise Archambault, MIFF director Jaie Laplante at Regal South BeachOpening this Friday is French-Canadian filmmaker Louise Archambault’s second feature film, Gabrielle (after mother and daughter tragi-comedy Familia) and the latest from Academy Award® nominated mirco_scope producers Kim McCraw and Luc Déry of Incendies (MIFF 2011) and Monsieur [...]

MIFF Titles Rack Up Record Noms at Mexican Academy of Film Awards

By | April 9th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Scene from HeliScoring an impressive 14 nominations each, two feature films from our 2014 Close-Up on Mexico lineup featured in Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies program—Heli and La jaula de oro—tied for the most nominated films at the Ariel Awards, Mexico’s Academy of Film awards, presented by the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & [...]

Ectotherms: a Hot Topic After MIFF 2014

By | March 30th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

scene from Ectotherms Consult any dictionary, and it'll tell you that an ectotherm is a cold-blooded animal, dependent on outside sources of heat to regulate its body temperature. According to the creative vision of Cuban-American, Miami-born filmmaker Monica Peña, though, it's a word synonymous with Miami teenagers.  The local film is an impression of Miami as [...]

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