Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.

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Robert De Niro Jr. When you hear the name Robert De Niro, you think of one of our greatest actors, but there was another man by that name who was a very talented painter. It was his father, Robert De Niro Sr.  It’s been more than 20 years since De Niro Sr.’s death at age […]

Seven MIFF Alumni Directors Take Home Awards at Cannes

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Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan with Palme d’Or prize; Winter Sleep poster We are proud to extend a massive round of applause to an international array of masterful MIFF alumni directors (from Turkey, Italy, Germany, Spain, Canada, Hungary and Argentina) who took home awards at Cannes this past weekend.  Standing O for Turkish filmmaker and writer […]

Latest Crop of MIFF Titles Exploring the World’s Oldest Profession

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film poster; Marine Vacth and ‘client’ in Young & Beautiful Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant; film poster Stemming from a long history of silent-era melodramas to the present day, prostitution pays…at the box office and beyond…as evident by the latest crop of complex characters, at times comedic, though more often rife with […]

BELLE: Politics, Art, History, and Social Conscience

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Iconic 1779 painting depicting Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray After a nearly a decade, BAFTA-winning British director Amma Asante made a triumphant return to MIFF this past March to present her second feature film, Belle, voted “audience favorite” by Miami Film Society members.  Belle also took home the The International Jury […]

Exposing Vivian Maier’s Secret Life and Private Passion

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Finding Vivian Maier co-director John Maloof at MIFF 2014 (Regal South Beach); film poster Shot by shot the world is coming to know the elusive Vivian Maier (1926-2009), a career nanny who left behind a cache of 100,000 negatives of her captivating street photography—images that she zealously hid from the eyes of others. The spellbinding […]

Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive: Cultured Vampirism

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Vampire of the Coast (1909); Alice Hollister in The Vampire (1913); Bela Lugosi as Dracula The history of vampire films dates back to the era of silent films with Vampire of the Coast (1909), cited as “the first silent vampire film,” though it’s actually a pirate film and has nothing to do with vampires. Several […]

MIFF Award Winner Rocks with Impressive Debut

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Two weeks in advance of its highly-awaited Miami commercial debut, this year’s Lexus Audience Award winner is already taking a commanding lead as one of the year’s most successful independent films. Woody Allen, John Turturro Following its opening weekend, Italian American actor, writer, and filmmaker John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo brought some very good news to […]

A Character Study in “How To Kill a Man”

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What would it take to kill a man? One of two questions presented, and answered, in Chilean Director-screenwriter Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ To Kill a Man (Matar a un hombre). Meek and middle-aged Jorge (Daniel Candia) rarely fights back, a fact that becomes obvious when he allows the neighborhood bully, Kalule (Daniel Antivilo), and his gang […]

Papi Shorts Program 1: “Grace” and “Chub”

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“Graça” (a.k.a. Grace) dir. by Anna Clara Peltier, Brazil, 2013             The first (and in my opinion, best) short of the program follows an adolescent girl during her synchronized swimming practice. Grace is going through puberty and has just gotten her first period, a moment that is changing her both inside and out. Her body […]

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

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By Raychel Lean, Miami Future Cinema Critic If 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 […]

The Riddles We Leave Behind: Finding Vivian Maier

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By Raychel Lean, Miami Future Cinema Critic Imagine 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 […]

Discovering “Every Character Under the Sun” This Year

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The Miami International Film Festival’s theme this year, “Every Character Under the Sun,” has been portrayed clearly in at least three of the films presented thus far. What is sweeter than a pre-adolescent romance? A silver romance between Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in Director George Radford’s adaptation of Elsa & Fred. When Fred, a grumpy old […]

Séptimo review: Despite its twists and turns, Paxti Amezcua’s ‘Séptimo’ has the feel of a typical Hollywood film.

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Maybe you don’t go to the movies with your family too often because that usually entails having to translate for mami and papi what’s happening on screen and why the audience is laughing. The last time you got dragged along to a theater with them was to watch Mr. Bean’s Holiday in which they kicked […]

MIFF 2014 Miami Future Cinema Critics

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STAY TUNED… For the second successive year, Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), March 7–16, 2014 will be posting Miami Future Cinema Critics blogs on this page beginning on Monday, March 10th.  The aim of the program is to provide Miami-based film aficionados with a fascinating opportunity to discover new cinema – outside of the roughly […]

What We’re Looking Forward To @ 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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This month, Sundance Film Festival joins Miami International Film Festival in the “30” club, as Robert Redford’s annual snowy gathering celebrates the same anniversary that MIFF celebrated last March. As always, there is growing excitement and buzz about the new films and the filmmakers that will be in attendance. Numerous past MIFF attendees and friends […]

An Argentine Animated Film Takes on Hollywood

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Scene from Foosball (Metegol) Animation is certainly in a golden age right now if you look at box office receipts. The fact that animation has its own category in the Academy Awards is a reflection of the fact that it has become very, very big to Hollywood. (The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was […]

Miami’s Own Oscar Isaac Stars in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

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Oscar Isaac in Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Photo: Alison Rosa ©2012 Long Strange Trip LLC The early buzz has been tremendous for MIFF’s Miami Film Society December 18 special event screening of Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers’ upcoming musical masterpiece which breathes renewed and important life into the early ‘60s folk […]

MIFF’s Miami Future Cinema Critics Now Accepting Applications for 2014

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MFCC Jury Members Justin James & Juan Barquin at MIFF 2013 Awards Night Ceremony at Olympia Theater Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) launched the inaugural Miami Future Cinema Critics (MFCC) 2013 program at its 30th anniversary festival this past March in an effort to showcase new voices in film and to preserve the art of […]

MIFF 2014 “Every Character Under the Sun” Poster Unveiled

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MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante & portraiture artist Shayna Batya unveil MIFF 2014 Poster at CU1 Gallery Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has selected Manchester-born, Miami-based environmental portraiture artist & photojournalist Shayna Batya as the official poster artist for its 31st edition (March 7-16, 2014).  For the 4th time in MIFF history, a photograph will […]

MIFF Partners with MTV Latin America and Tr3s for REEL Music Video Art Competition 2014

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Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is partnering with MTV Latin America and Tr3s and is currently seeking contemporary music videos of unique vision and superlative artistry from around the globe for its REEL Music Video Art Competition, to be held during MIFF’s 31st edition from March 7-16, 2014. The new competition category arises from MIFF’s […]

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