Miami’s Moment

By | September 7th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming This week in Telluride and Toronto, Miami native Barry Jenkins' new feature film set and shot in Miami, Moonlight, is debuting, and the early reactions have been powerful from critics and festival audiences. It's the first production financed by the 3-year-old distribution company A24, who in their short history [...]


By | September 6th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming It's the end of the summer movie season, and for as many movies as I saw over the summer, I may have read even more film criticism. This summer I feel there is an essential need to award not only best film (my choice: David Mackenzie's amazing HELL OR [...]

Live Forever? Mateo Gil Imagines The Implications

By | July 25th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival Mateo Gil is an important talent among his contemporaries in the Spanish film scene. He began his career 20 years ago as Alejandro Amenábar’s writing collaborator, working on the stories and screenplays of transcendent genre filmsThesis (1996) and Open Your Eyes (1997), as well as the Oscar-winning drama The Sea Inside (2004), [...]

4 Reasons To See FROM AFAR This Weekend

By | June 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming Lorenzo Vigas made history in September of last year when his debut feature film, From Afar (Desde allá), won the top prize, the Golden Lion for Best Film, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, the world's oldest major festival. Why? In 72 years, it was the first film from [...]

The Wailing

By | June 21st, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival The ranks of great Korean thrillers from the past decade or so – Oldboy, I Saw The Devil, Mother, The Chaser, The Man from Nowhere, The Yellow Sea – are about to be joined by Na Hong-jin’s kinetically frightening opus The Wailing, opening in Miami this [...]

Miami Film Society Spotlight: THE LAST KING

By | May 20th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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 [...]

Coming Soon From Dominican Republic: Jeffrey

By | April 25th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

      Three years ago on this site, I extolled the virtues of a new creative cinematic energy from the Dominican Republic. The film I discovered at that time, La montaña (2013), went on to win the Lexus Audience Award as Favorite Documentary of all the documentaries at our 2014 edition, and was the country's [...]

Festival Favorite ‘Havana Motor Club’ Takes Miami


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 [...]

I’ve Never Not Been From Miami

By | February 4th, 2016|COMMUNITY, FILM SPOTLIGHT|

ROSIE HERRERA X JONATHAN DAVID KANE This week, Miami International Film Festival announced our full lineup of 129 films, including 100 features and 29 shorts.  10 of those shorts form the wittily-named program “I’ve Never Not Been From Miami” (the double-negative “never not” being comically self-aware Miami parlance). The program pairs some of [...]

Javier Gutiérrez, An Actor “Máximo”

By | August 11th, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Next Friday, August 21st, the Spanish actor Javier Gutiérrez (above, right) will travel to Miami to mark the occasion of the U.S. commercial release debut of Alberto Rodriguez’s acclaimed film Marshland (La isla mínima) with an event screening and reception at MDC’s Tower Theater. After many years of prolific work as one of Spain’s most beloved [...]

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