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

By | September 8th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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’

By | September 5th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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 [...]

PAULINA – ARGENTINA’S SHOCKING DRAMA RETURNS TO MIAMI

By | August 29th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT, NOW PLAYING, TOWER THEATER|

I still remember the shock I felt when I first saw Santiago Mitre’s Paulina (La patota) at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes (where it would go on to win the Nespresso Grand Prize) – and it wasn’t because of the film’s violent central episode.  Rather, it was shock about how clearly Mitre [...]

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

By | August 18th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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 [...]

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR WATCH: WILL MEXICO BE NOMINATED IN 2018?

By | June 30th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

BY JAIE LAPLANTE, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Oscar season already? Yes - soon headlines will be peppered with news of nations making their official submissions to the Academy Awards, leading up to the Sept. 30th submission deadline. In 2016, the eventual winner, Son of Saul, was announced as Hungary's submission as early as June 11th!  Now, [...]

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

By | April 6th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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 [...]

ELLE is the Must-See Movie of the Year

By | December 23rd, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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 [...]

France’s Dueling Divas

By | November 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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

By | October 18th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Hayley Squires and Dave Johns in I, DANIEL BLAKE 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 the great British director Ken Loach and winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or [...]

Who Are You Voting For?

By | September 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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 [...]

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