‘UNDER THE TREE’: CASTING A CLOUD OVER COMEDY

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When I introduced Under the Tree at the 2018 Miami Film Festival back in March, I was hesitant to say too much about the film. This is a movie best experienced, not explained. However, there was one small thing I told the audience to keep in the back of their heads: view this film through […]

‘FIRST REFORMED’ IS AN INCENDIARY FILM FOR RIGHT NOW

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Cinema has always held the power to be a product of its time — to be a stark reminder of the current social and sociopolitical climate, even when that reminder is buried under layers of plot details. Our collective fears, in particular, say a lot about us. So it should come as no surprise that Paul […]

SALMA HAYEK AND JOHN LITHGOW GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN ‘BEATRIZ AT DINNER’

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If the Trump era has taught us one thing, it’s that some differences are irreconcilable; you can talk at each other for hours, and those at opposites sides of an argument will never see eye-to-eye. Beatriz at Dinner doesn’t do anything to help assuage the unpleasant nature of this basic truth. There’s no sugar-coating, and […]

FAITH IS CHALLENGED IN 2015 VENICE AWARD WINNER ‘FREE IN DEED’

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Faith-based cinema has been on the steady rise for a while now. Films like Heaven is for Real, God’s Not Dead and Miracles from Heaven have proven to be extremely lucrative, and Hollywood has taken notice, bringing what was once a distinctly niche genre into the mainstream. These films have managed to pull in big name […]

‘INGRID GOES WEST’ IS A DARK COMEDY FILLED WITH DARK TRUTHS

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When The Social Network came out back in 2010, more than one film critic dubbed it “a movie that defines a generation,” and it was a sentiment I despised. Yes, the plot revolved around social media. But the crux of that film had nothing to do with the millennial mindset, and the characters at its […]

FESTIVAL GUEST JAVIER CAMARA STARS IN TRUMAN, NOW PLAYING AT TOWER!

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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 […]

2017 Precious Gem Award Honoree: Silvia Rios

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As the 34th Miami Film Festival patrons gather for Awards Night on Saturday, March 11th, one very special Award honoree will already be known in advance: Miami Film Society member Silvia Rios Fortun. PLATINUM member Silvia Rios Fortun has been a member of Miami Film Society for 34 consecutive years.  She has never missed an […]

Miami Film Festival Titles Recognized at 2017 Goya Awards

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With the Goya Awards taking place just a few days away, we’re excited to be cheering on five titles that screened at the 2016 Miami Film Festival & Miami Film Festival’s GEMS, as well as four highly anticipated films that will premiere at the 34th annual Miami Film Festival in March:  Smoke & Mirrors, Maria […]

ELLE is the Must-See Movie of the Year

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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 […]

Director David Frankel Talks Collateral Beauty and Miami Film Festival

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, food, and yes — big, star-studded films. So it’s no surprise that Collateral Beauty, starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Keira Knightley, is being released on December 16, just in time for the holiday season. Not without its competition, Collateral Beauty is […]

France’s Dueling Divas

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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

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[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] 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 […]

Who Are You Voting For?

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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 Film Festival’s Fall Movie Picks

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Fall movie season is official upon us, and with it comes Miami Film Festival’s mini fall festival GEMS. Featuring a stunning 13-film line-up of some of the most buzzed-about titles of the year, Miami film lovers can rest assured knowing that they’ll be taken care of this fall season. But when GEMS 2016 comes to […]

Get Ready to Rock!

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Miami Film Festival is proud to announce the first two titles of the GEMS line-up, and both bring along with them a heavy dose of rock n’ roll. First up: Gimme Danger, directed by Jim Jarmusch. This in-depth documentary relives Iggy Pop’s tumultuous early performances as a member of The Stooges, along with his tendencies […]

Review: 2016 Festival Selection ‘Weiner’ Opens at MDC’s Tower Theater

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“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” – Marshall McLuhan So begins Weiner, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s energetic, powerhouse documentary about Anthony Weiner. It’s a fitting quote; the former democratic congressman was caught in the middle of a sexting scandal when it came to light that he […]

Miami Film Society Spotlight: THE LAST KING

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One of the best perks of being a Miami Film Society member is that it broadens your cinematic horizons. With free monthly screenings specially curated by the Miami Film Festival’s expert programmers, it’s easy to find yourself seeing films you may have never sought out on your own. And that’s when the magic happens. We […]

The Other Side of Summer Cinema

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  Summer movie season is upon us, and with it comes blockbusters and superstars galore. This summer is filled with big movies that look like a ton of fun – Suicide Squad, The BFG, and R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, just to name a few. But every summer there are those smaller, less flashy releases […]

Miami Film Festival Alumni Head to 2016 Cannes Film Festival

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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival line-up was recently revealed, and it’s just as glitzy and star-studded as ever. With the world-renowned festival heading into its 69th edition, we look back on some of the Miami Film Festival’s esteemed alumni who are premiering films that are sure to make a splash at Cannes, taking place May […]

Festival Favorite ‘Havana Motor Club’ Takes Miami

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Havana Motor Club has a long, cherished history with Miami International Film Festival. One of the most fascinating events of the 2014 Festival was filmmaker Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt’s special presentation on his creative process in constructing Havana Motor Club, his portrait of Cuba’s top underground drag racers of classic American cars. Attendees were lucky enough to be treated to […]

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