For IMMEDIATE Release

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,
A PROGRAM OF MIAMI DADE COLLEGE’S MDCULTURE, PRESENTS 42 NON-COMPETITION TITLES AS A SNEAK PEEK TO THE FULL
31st EDITION LINE-UP

Multiple Goya Award Nominees; Cannes-winners; Returning Directors such as François Ozon, Álex de la Iglesia, David Trueba, Amma Asante; and New Films by Jim Jarmusch and Fred Schepisi among Many Highlights

 

Miami, FL — Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, today released an additional 42 titles from 22 countries to be featured in its upcoming 31st edition, March 7–16th, with the announcement of films to be showcased in two non-competition categories, Cinema 360° presented by VIENDOMOVIES and Doc-You-Up. MIFF’s announcement of this extraordinary survey of world cinema serves as an opportunity for Festivalgoers to whet their appetite for the upcoming announcement of CINEDWNTWN Galas presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority, Knight Competitions, Lexus Opera Prima Ibero-American Competition, Papi SHORTS Competition presented by Macy’s, and Special Presentation categories, which will be made on January 28th.
“Among the highlights of the titles released today are films that last week received a combined total of 57 nominations at Spain’s Goya Awards, the annual top prizes of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España,” said MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante.  “The line-up so far also features several directors who have been celebrated by MIFF audiences at previous editions of the Festival, many of whom we look forward to welcoming back in person.”

Cinema 360° presented by VIENDOMOVIES is one of the Festival’s most extensive categories with an array of films from around the world.  Films participating in this category include:

  • 15 Years + 1 Day (15 años y 1 día) (Spain, directed by Gracia Querejeta) *Nominated for Best Picture at Goya Awards 
  • The Amazing Catfish (Los insólitos peces gato) (Mexico, directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce)
  • American Dreams in China (中國合伙人) (China, directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
  • Belle (United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante) *Starring Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Matthew Goode, Miranda Richardson
  • Bends (China, directed by Flora Lau)
  • Cannibal (Caníbal) (Spain / Romania, directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca) *Nominated for Best Picture at Goya Awards
  • Cristo Rey (Cristo Rey) (Dominican Republic, directed by Leticia Tonos)
  • Default (USA, directed by Simon Brand) *World premiere starring David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
  • The Double (United Kingdom, directed by Richard Ayoade) *Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Chris O’Dowd
  • Eastern Boys (France, directed by Robin Campillo)
  • Family United (La gran familia Española) (Spain, directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo) *Nominated for 12 Goya Awards, including Best Picture
  • Gabrielle (Canada, directed by Louise Archambault)
  • Global Player (Global Player – Wo Wir Sind Isch Vorne) (Germany, directed by Hannes Stöhr)
  • GriGris (Chad / France, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
  • Heli (Mexico, directed by Amat Escalante) *Best Director winner at 2013 Cannes Film Festival
  • Illiterate (Las analfabetas) (Chile, directed by Moisés Sepúlveda)
  • La jaula de oro (Mexico, directed by Diego Quemada-Diez) *Best Ensemble Cast at 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard
  • Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) (Spain, directed by David Trueba) *Nominated for Best Picture at Goya Awards and 7 additional Goya nominations
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (USA, directed by Jim Jarmusch) *Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska
  • A Place in Heaven (Makom Be-Gan Eden) (Israel, directed by Yossi Madmony)
  • Salvation Army (L’Armée du salut) (France / Morocco, directed by Abdellah Taïa)
  • Siddharth (Canada / India, directed by Richie Mehta)
  • Still Life (UK / Italy, directed by Uberto Pasolini)
  • The Summer of Flying Fish (El verano de los peces voladores) (Chile, directed by Marcela Said)
  • Tattoo (Tatuagem) (Brazil, directed by Hilton Lacerda)
  • Those Happy Years (Anni felici) (Italy, directed by Daniele Luchetti)
  • Three Many Weddings (Tres bodas de más) (Spain, directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera) *Nominated for 7 Goya Awards
  • Trap Street (Shuiyin Jie) (China, directed by Vivian Qu)
  • We Are the Best! (Vi är bäst!) (Sweden, directed by Lukas Moodysson)
  • Web Junkie (Israel / USA, directed by Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia)
  • Witching & Bitching (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi) (Spain, directed by Álex de la Iglesia) *Starring Carmen Maura, Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Carolina Bang and nominated for 10 Goya Awards
  • Wolf (Netherlands, directed by Jim Taihuttu)
  • Words & Pictures (USA, directed by Fred Schepisi) *Starring Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen
  • Young & Beautiful (Jeune & jolie) (France, directed by François Ozon)
  • Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Zipi y Zape y el Club de la Canica) (Spain, directed by Oskar Santos)

Films showcased in the Doc-You-Up category include:

  • Barefoot in the Kitchen (Con la pata quebrada) (Spain, directed by Diego Galán) *Nominated for Best Documentary at Goya Awards
  • City of God: 10 Years Later (Cidade de Deus: 10 Anos Depois) (Brazil, directed by Luciano Vidigal & Cavi Borges) *International Premiere
  • Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (France / Portugal / USA, directed by Gabe Klinger)
  • The Mountain (La montaña) (Dominican Republic, directed by Taba Blanchard)
  • Los posibles (Argentina, directed by Santiago Mitre & Juan Onofri Barbato) *North American Premiere
  • WEB (USA, directed by Michael Kleiman)
  • Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. (USA, directed by Perri Peltz & Geeta Gandbhir)

The 42 titles released today join the previously announced Foosball (Metegol), from director Juan José Campanella, in MIFF’s Official Selection for the 2014 Festival.

All of the above titles will be eligible for the Lexus Audience Awards (Feature & Documentary), as voted on by the public during the Festival. Lexus is the Official and Exclusive Automobile Sponsor of the 2014 Festival.

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The complete line-up of the 31st Miami International Film Festival will be announced on January 29, 2014. The festival runs March 7 – 16, 2014. For advance ticket packages, membership opportunities or more information, please visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-405-MIFF (6433). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

 

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 31st anniversary March 7–16, 2014, is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory.  The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2014 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).
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MIFF Contacts:

Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 (305) 804-8424, jessica@jessicawadeinc.com
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MDC Contacts:
Juan Mendieta, +1 (305) 237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu

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