Javier Gutiérrez, An Actor “Máximo”

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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 character actors, this past year has proven to be Gutiérrez’s breakout year. Beginning with the world premiere of Marshland at the 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival where he deservedly won the Silver Shell Best Actor award, Gutiérrez’s transition to leading man status as the Madrid homicide cop banished to cover a case that nobody wants in forgotten corner of Andalucía, went on to win him Spain’s highest award, the Goya (Academy Award) for Best Actor in early 2015.

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Javier Gutierrez with his Best Actor GOYA Award for Marshland.

Since debuting on Spanish television in the early 2000s, Gutiérrez’s comic skills have graced supporting turns in a wide variety of Spanish international hits. He may not have become a household name and media star until this year, but Miami International Film Festival audiences will certainly recognize him from rich and memorable supporting turns in such Festival hits as The Other Side of the Bed, which opened the Festival in 2003. Other Festival on-screen appearances include Alex de la Iglesias’ unforgettable The Ferpect Crime (2005 Festival), Torrente 4 (2012 Festival), Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (2014 Festival), and the most recent 32nd edition this past March, where Marshland had its official U.S. premiere.

Gutiérrez’s Best Actor Goya win was just part of a landslide victory for Marshland at the 2015 Awards – the film won a total of 10 Goyas overall, making it the 4th most honored film in Goya history. Other Goyas included Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Marshland is a police/serial-killer hunt thriller of the first-order, calling to mind such richly atmospheric films as David Fincher’s Zodiac or the HBO series “True Detective”.

Tickets for An Evening With Javier Gutiérrez next Friday, August 21st at 7pm at MDC’s Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8th Street, are $25 and include an introduction from Gutiérrez, screening of the film Marshland (La isla mínimia), Conversation with Gutiérrez after the film moderated by Festival and MDC’s Tower Theater programmer Orlando Rojas, followed by cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception at the Tower following the Conversation. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please visit: http://www.towertheatermiami.com/details/17197.aspx[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Miami Film Festival's executive director and director of programming. Learn more about Jaie on Programmers.