Miami Film Festival’s Fall Movie Picks

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Fall movie season is official upon us, and with it comes Miami Film Festival’s mini fall festival GEMS. Featuring a stunning 13-film line-up of some of the most buzzed-about titles of the year, Miami film lovers can rest assured knowing that they’ll be taken care of this fall season. But when GEMS 2016 comes to a close, there will still be plenty of stirring cinema to sink your teeth into in the remaining months of 2016.

As we quickly approach the GEMS film festival in October, we look back on some of the enormously talented alumni whose work we’ve been lucky enough to showcase over the years. And this fall season, moviegoers are being treated to new films from some of those esteemed alumni – all of which have made the rounds during the Festival circuits to critical acclaim. Check out the list below, and make sure to see the films when they’re released in a theater near you in the coming months.


Chan-Wook Park: (MiamiFF22 in 2005) Director: Old Boy

THE HANDMAIDEN – Opening on October 28 at Miami Beach Cinematheque

In this twist-packed Korean thriller, a young woman and a con-man conspire to defraud a wealthy Japanese woman out of her fortune via a deceitful seduction plot gone wrong.


Denis Villeneuve (MiamiFF28 in 2011) Director: Incendies

ARRIVAL – Opening on November 11

When mysterious spacecrafts containing foreign entities land all across the globe, an expert linguist is hired by the military to assist in communicating with the aliens.  Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.


Pablo Larraín (MiamiFF25 in 2008) Director: Tony Manero; (MiamiFF29 in 2012) Director: No; (GEMSFF in 2015) Director: The Club; (GEMSFF in 2016) Director: Neruda

JACKIE – Opening on December 9

Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. Starring Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig and Peter Sarsgaard.


Paul Verhoeven (MiamiFF24 in 2007) Director: Zwartboek (Black Book)

ELLE – Opening on December 23 at MDC’s Tower Theater

When successful businesswoman Michelle (Isabelle Huppert) is attacked in her home, it changes her life forever. But when Michelle sets out to track down the unknown assailant, it throws the two headfirst into a shocking game, one that at any minute can spiral out of control.

Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen is Miami Film Festival's Co-Director of Programming. She also runs the Festival’s membership level for young professionals, CineClub. Learn more about Lauren on Programmers.