Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival continues to demonstrate its close connections with Spain’s best contemporary cinema, as Spain’s Academia de Cine gets set to hand out its 29th set of Goya Awards this coming weekend, on February 7th at the Centro de Convenciones y Congresos Principe Felipe in Madrid.
This year, the Festival’s programming has recorded a total of 34 nominations.
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Leading the Festival titles with nine nominations is Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes), our March 6th Opening Night film, already nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (representing Argentina). Yet Wild Tales was co-produced by Spain’s El Deseo (brothers Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar), making it eligible for the Spanish Oscars as well. The film’s nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor for Ricardo Darín, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Damián Szifron.
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Close behind is Magical Girl with seven nominations, including Best Picture. The neo-noir film is screening in the Festival’s Visions section at MDC’s Tower Theater on Saturday, March 7 at 9:15 PM. Also nominated in the Best Picture category is the lovely and deeply touching Flowers (Loreak), the Basque region film featured in the Festival’s Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies program. Flowers will also play at MDC’s Tower Theater, on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 PM, and will repeat at Cinépolis in Cocowalk on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 PM.
Paco de Lucía: A Journey (Paco de Lucía: La búsqueda), making its North American premiere at the Festival, has three nominations, including Best Documentary. Unusual for a documentary film, the director, Currio Sánchez Varela, also received the distinction of a nomination in the Best New Director category. The premiere is set for MDC’s Tower Theater on Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 PM, with a repeat screening the next day at Regal Cinemas South Beach at 9:45 PM.
The thriller Shrew’s Nest (Musarañas), also received three nominations, including one for Macarena Gómez’s star turn, in the Best Actress category. The spine-tingling scary film will play, naturally, on Friday the 13th of March, at MDC’s Tower Theater at 9:45 PM. Up against Gómez in the Best Actress category is Elena Anaya for They Are All Dead (Todos están muertos), a film playing in the Festival’s Lexus Opera Prima Ibero-American Competition at the Cinépolis on Monday, March 9 at 9:30 PM, with a repeat screening at the Coral Gables Art Cinema on Wednesday, March 11, also at 9:30 PM. They Are All Dead director Beatriz Sanchís is also up for a Best New Director Goya.
A handful of films introduced to Miami by the Festival at our fall mini-Festival, MIFFecito, are also nominated in key categories: MIFFecito’s opening night film, Behavior (Conducta) is the Cuban nominee for Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language; and the massive MIFFecito hit Spanish Affair (Ocho apellidos vascos) has five Goya nominations, including Karra Elejalde and Carmen Machi as Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. Carmina y amén received one nomination; as did the 2014 Festival film Open Windows; and this year’s Cinema 360° feature, Beautiful Youth (Hermosa juventud), with a Best New Actress nomination for Ingrid García Jonsson.
Congratulations to all the nominees! The Festival looks forward to sharing the very fine work of the Spanish film industry during our 32nd edition, March 6 – 15th. – Jaie Laplante[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]