Online World Premiere Scheduled for May 29-31
Miami, FL —Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival will present the online world premiere of the Colombia-Argentina co-production A Mother (Una madre), directed by emerging Colombian filmmaker Diógenes Cuevas, after the Festival’s intended world premiere at its 37th edition in March was cancelled due to a mid-festival termination caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The film will now premiere Friday – Sunday, May 29-31, on the Festival’s VimeoVOD channel for a 72-hour period, available worldwide. A live online conversation with the creators of A Mother will be announced soon. This is the Festival’s second online premiere, following the highly successful debut in late April of another film originally programmed for the 37th edition, They Call Me Dr. Miami with live Instagram Q&A, which was viewed by nearly 8,000 accounts.
“Diógenes Cuevas is a compelling, distinctive new voice that signifies another strong decade ahead for Latin American cinema,” said Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante. “We programmed his debut film A Mother (Una madre) because of its clear, well-executed vision of love under the siege of a debilitatingly stressful situation, and we are thrilled to be able to proceed with our plans to present the film, this time via online platforms.”
A Mother (Una madre) centers on Alejandro (Jose Restrepo), the younger of two brothers. After the death of his father, he embarks on an impulsive mission to liberate his mother Dora (Marcela Valencia) from a rural mental asylum, where he believes she has been unjustly imprisoned for too many years. Alejandro and Dora travel through the lush forests of the Colombia mountains on a journey of madness, love and loss.
A Mother was nominated for three awards at the 2020 Miami Film Festival – HBO Ibero-american Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award, and the Zeno Mountain Award. The film is a co-production of Antorcha Films SAS (Colombia) and Pucará Cine SRL (Argentina). Before writing and directing A Mother, Cuevas served as assistant director on two important Colombian productions at the end of the past decade – Catalina Arroyave’s SXSW-debuting Days of the Whale and Jhonny Hendrix’s Candelaria, an official selection of Miami Film Festival.
Tickets to view the online premiere are $13 for the general public and $10 for Miami Film Festival members. Pre-purchase tickets now at miamifilmfestival.com.
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Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university. Celebrating cinema in two events, Miami GEMS Festival in October and its annual edition every March, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival 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 attracts more than 45,000 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 ten years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 550 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Miami Film Festival’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 2019-20 Festival season include Knight Foundation, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Telemundo, American Airlines and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).
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