GEMS 2018

October 11 – 14, 2018 at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami

Our four-day fall film festival, GEMS 2018, will unfold October 11 – 14, 2018, at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.

GEMS 2018 will feature an exclusive selection of the first competition films for the Festival’s 36th edition next March 1 – 10, 2019 – films that are certain to dominate award-season conversations, as well as international box office sensations and special discoveries.

Past editions of GEMS attracted media celebrity stars such as Don Francisco, Kate del Castillo, Guillermo Francella, Rodrigo Santoro and Juan Pablo Raba, and filmmakers such as Pablo Trapero, Trey Edward Shults, Marcos Carnevale, and Patricia Riggen. Participating films seen by GEMS attendees months in advance of their subsequent Oscar wins and nominations have included Call Me By Your Name, The Salesman, The Square, Faces Places, Toni Erdmann, BrooklynYouthand Embrace of the Serpent.

The program will be announced in September, and tickets will go on sale shortly thereafter.

FOUR GEMS TITLES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! The four films are further distinguished as the first nominees announced for the Festival’s Jordan Ressler First Feature Award competition, which presents a jury-selected $10,000 cash prize to the best film by a filmmaker making their feature narrative debut. The Award is courtesy of the South Florida family of the late Jordan Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter whose life was tragically cut short before he could realize his dream.

Portugal | Directed by Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt

A delirious off-beat comedy about the world’s premiere soccer star and underwear model who tumbles from grace due to an evildoer’s plot. Winner of the 2018 Grand Prix NESPRESSO at La Semaine de la Critique, Cannes.

Paraguay | Directed by Marcelo Martinessi

Two upper-class women who have discreetly been a couple for more than 30 years go through a crisis when their worsening financial situation forces them to begin selling off their family heirlooms, and one partner goes to jail for fraud. Winner of numerous international prizes, including the Alfred Bauer Prize and Best Actress for Ana Brun at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.


Spain | Directed by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz

Winner of Audience Award at 2018 Malaga Film Festival, an uproarious screwball comedy in the spirit of early Almodóvar films. When the devout Carmen is passed over for leadership of her local religious guild in southern Spain in favor of a man, her initial despair turns into determination to turn the tables on this sexist situation.

Italy | Directed by Damiano D’Innocenzo & Fabio D’Innocenzo

Two teenage boys living in the suburbs of Rome fall into service of the local mafia, but their loss of innocence takes them to unexpected places. Winner of the prestigious Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon), Italy’s National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award, for Best First Feature Film of the Year.