True Love Conquers All in Mariana Chenillo’s “Paradise”

By | September 16th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Following her debut feature Nora’s Will (Cinco días sin Nora), award-winning Mexican director-writer Mariana Chenillo returns to MiamiFF to present her second feature film, Paradise (Paraíso) at MIFFecito on Saturday, October 18th at MDC’s Tower Theater. The film's eponymous paradise (based on a short story) refers to Satélite, the suburb of Mexico City where Carmen [...]

MIFFecito Kicks-Off with Eye-Opening “Behavior” Set in Contemporary Cuba

By | September 9th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Armando Valdes Freire in Behavior Kicking off MIFFecito is director Ernesto Daranas’ second feature film, Behavior (Conducta), an insightful and unvarnished glimpse into contemporary Cuba that has taken the Cuban box office by storm, scoring numerous awards and spurring discussion and debate regarding Cuba’s educational system. Named Best Latin American Film at the 2014 [...]

Award-winning GABRIELLE, an Authentic Québécois Heart-Tugger

By | April 16th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Gabrielle producer Luc Dery of micro_scope, Gabrielle director Louise Archambault, MIFF director Jaie Laplante at Regal South BeachOpening this Friday is French-Canadian filmmaker Louise Archambault’s second feature film, Gabrielle (after mother and daughter tragi-comedy Familia) and the latest from Academy Award® nominated mirco_scope producers Kim McCraw and Luc Déry of Incendies (MIFF 2011) and Monsieur [...]

MIFF Titles Rack Up Record Noms at Mexican Academy of Film Awards

By | April 9th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Scene from HeliScoring an impressive 14 nominations each, two feature films from our 2014 Close-Up on Mexico lineup featured in Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies program—Heli and La jaula de oro—tied for the most nominated films at the Ariel Awards, Mexico’s Academy of Film awards, presented by the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & [...]

Ectotherms: a Hot Topic After MIFF 2014

By | March 30th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

scene from Ectotherms Consult any dictionary, and it'll tell you that an ectotherm is a cold-blooded animal, dependent on outside sources of heat to regulate its body temperature. According to the creative vision of Cuban-American, Miami-born filmmaker Monica Peña, though, it's a word synonymous with Miami teenagers.  The local film is an impression of Miami as [...]

A Wolf at the Door Receives Warmest Welcome

By | March 26th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Scene from A Wolf at the DoorBrazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra's debut feature film, A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da porta), was the big winner at Miami International Film Festival’s 31st edition, nabbing the coveted Knight Grand Jury Prize and Best Director awards in the Knight Competition, which features first-time feature filmmakers from [...]

For a Dark Sense of Humor: Here’s the Deal (2013)

By | March 13th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Legend has it, when Ferdinand II reigned as king in the 15thcentury – what is today known as the city of Aragon, Spain – he spoke with a lisp. His subjects – in an effort to emulate the king – also began to speak with a lisp, and that lisp soon spread across the country. [...]

“Will You Be My Boyfriend?” Uncensored Innocence of Gabrielle

By | March 13th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Raychel Lean, Miami Future Cinema CriticIf, like myself, you’re not much of a hugger, embracing Gabrielle may not come easy at first. But when it does, the connection made will stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema. Watching Louise Archambault’s film is a bit like listening to rain drum outside the window [...]

The Humor in Hypocrisy: Here’s the Deal & To Kill a Man

By | March 13th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized|

By Raychel Lean, Miami Future Cinema CriticIf a middle-aged Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were ever to go fishing and find a packet of blow on the beach, it might play out somewhat like Here’s the Deal. Beneath Suso and Manuel’s learned adult sensibilities, there’s that flicker of mischief. But – wait – is that [...]

The Riddles We Leave Behind: Finding Vivian Maier

By | March 11th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized|

By Raychel Lean, Miami Future Cinema CriticImagine you dropped dead right now. A slightly morbid thought, I’m aware, but just humor me for a second. All right, so you’re dead. Your life, up to the moment you began reading this paragraph, is a finished project. There’s nothing more you can add, not a single detail [...]

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