Knight MARIMBAS Award

The $40,000 Knight MARIMBAS Award* is Miami Film Festival’s top award, presenting $40,000 cash to the jury-selected feature film (60 min or longer) that best exemplifies richness and resonance for cinema’s future. The cash prize will go to the lead producer (production company), but is eligible to be split with a US distributor, if there is a US company that has made a commitment to release the winning film in US theaters prior to a VOD release.

2018 WINNER:  A SORT OF FAMILY by Diego Lerman

The first eight nominees for the Knight MARIMBAS Award competition have been announced. These titles screened at GEMS 2018 (October 11 – 14, 2018).

ANIMAL
Argentina | Directed by Armando Bo
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Armando Bo’s thought-provoking and darkly comic thriller has been praised for the excellent performance of Guillermo Francella as Antonio, and the boldness of its screenplay.

BEN IS BACK
USA | Directed by Peter Hedges
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Led by a devastating career-best performance from Roberts, Ben is Back deals with the opioid epidemic with fast-paced urgency and compassion.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE (Pájaros de verano)
Colombia | Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
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Birds of Passage charts the origins of the Colombian drug trade, through the epic story of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youths during the 1970s.

BORDER
Sweden | Directed by Ali Abbasi
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When Tina, a highly-skilled customs officer with a keen ability to identify smugglers through her senses, crosses paths with Vor, she is surprised to realize that she is unable to properly assess his intentions. Winner of the Uncertain Regard Program at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Ali Abbasi’s bold and cleverly-crafted film beautifully overlaps genres to create a relatable and moving tale.

BURNING
Republic of Korea | Directed by Lee Chang-dong
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A chance encounter morphs into a mystery in Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, a slow-burn examination of anger and obsession where everything is questioned, and little is answered.

COLD WAR
Poland | Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
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Winner of the Best Director award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Pawel Pawlikowski is back with Cold War, a decade-spanning romance that finds a star-crossed couple separating and reuniting throughout the years.

EL ANGEL
Argentina | Directed by Luis Ortega
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Based on the true story of one of Argentina’s most infamous criminals, El Angel highlights the origins of Carlos Robledo Puch, the teenage baby-faced serial killer whose murder spree dominated national headlines in Argentina during the early 1970’s.

PETRA
Spain | Directed by Jaime Rosales
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Petra, Catalan director Jaime Rosales’ 6th feature film, presents Bárbara Lennie – who attended our GEMS screening to receive the Precious Gem Award –  as its heroin in a tragic and impeccable performance.

Past Winners:

2018 | Best Film: A SORT OF FAMILY (UNA ESPECIE DE FAMILIA) by Diego Lerman
2017 | Best Film: FAMILY LIFE (VIDA DE FAMILIA) by Cristian Jimenez and Alicia Scherson
2016 | Best Film: DHEEPAN by Pascal Caucheteux and Jacques Audiard
2015 | Best Film: THE OBSCURE SPRING (LAS OSCURAS PRIMAVERAS) by Luis Albores, Erika Avila, Carlos Mesa and Armon O’Farrill
2014 | Best Film: A WOLF AT THE DOOR by Fernando Coimbra