Award-Winners & US Premieres Dominate Miami Film Festival GEMS 2016 Lineup

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Award-Winners & US Premieres Dominate Miami Film Festival GEMS 2016 Lineup  

This year’s Gems 2016 Festival on October 13-16 will include a kaleidoscope of films where Cannes winners and Oscar contenders command the event.

Argentina’s Marcos Carnevale is PRECIOUS GEM AWARD Recipient for 2016
Miami, FL — Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, the only major film festival worldwide produced by a college or university, unveiled today their lineup for GEMS 2016, the annual four-day fall film event taking place October 13-16, 2016. A precursor to the 34th annual Festival event in March 2017, Miami Film Festival’s GEMS continues to deliver quality films that inspire, provoke, and entertain, allowing the South Florida community to immerse themselves in a cinematic ride that will takes them to unexpected places. The announcement took place at the Wynwood location of the Festival’s official timekeeper, Shinola.

In making the announcement, the Festival’s executive director and director of programming Jaie Laplante said: “These are the movies that matter the most, right now. These are grand visions of our humanity and what is becoming of us. This is cinema that shows us life as novels and television cannot.”

This year’s lineup includes major Award winners I, Daniel Blake (Cannes Palme D’Or) and The Salesman(Cannes Best Actor & Best Screenplay); Oscar candidates Toni Erdmann (Germany’s official submission) and Neruda(Chile’s official submission); and US premieres of major Ibero-american box office hits Kiki, Love to Love(Spain)and Marcos Carnevale’s Inseparables (Argentina).

Carnevale, a crowd favorite in Miami for earlier hits Elsa y Fred and Corazón de León, will be this year’s PRECIOUS GEM AWARD recipient for his career of popular and humanistic gifts to cinema.  The presentation of the award will be made before the US premiere screening, and an after-screening party in his honor will be held at El Tucán nightclub in downtown Miami.

To kickoff of the festival on a high note, GEMS will open with the Florida premiere of the much anticipated documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America, follows the rock giants on a road trip in early 2016 as they tour South America for the first time in over a decade. The film focuses especially on the dramatic lead up to their history-making final stop in Havana, Cuba. Opening night festivities include a “Rolling Stones’” party with music, food and drinks.

As an ongoing staple of the Festival’s work, films with South Florida connections will be highlights of GEMS.  Christine, based on the true story of Sarasota TV reporter Christine Chubbuck from the 1970’s featuring an Oscar-buzz performance by Rebecca HallCertain Women by Miami native Kelly Reichardt; and American indie film icon Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Dangerabout Miami resident and punk rock legend Iggy Pop, will all receive their Florida premieres at the Festival.

In looking ahead to the Festival’s 34th edition in March, the Festival also announced its poster artist for the 2017 Festival would be Argentine designer, photographer and graphic artist Juan Gatti, founder of Gatti Studios in Madrid, and that the unveiling of the poster would take place during GEMS 2016. For over 4 decades, Gatti has contributed some of modern cinema’s most unique credit and title sequences, in films for Pedro Almodóvar (including Women on the Nervous Breakdown, High Heels, Broken Embraces, Volver), Alex de la Iglesia, Manuel Gómez Pereira, Susan Seidelman, Félix Sabroso and many more.

The full GEMS 2016 film slate includes:

1.   The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America(UK), directed by Paul Dugdale. *OPENING NIGHT FILM

There are few places The Rolling Stones have never played. Until this past spring, Cuba was one of them.

2.   Inseparables (Argentina), directed by Marcos Carnevale. Spanish with English subtitles.


An inspired Argentine re-imaging of the French film The Intouchables, this version stars Oscar Martinez and Rodrigo de la Serna in bravado performances.

3.   Certain Women (USA), directed by Kelly Reichardt.


Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams play three fascinating women not to be underestimated in rural Montana.

4.   Christine (USA), directed by Antonio Campos.


The compassionate true story of one of the most shocking stories in Florida television news history.

5.   Don’t Call Me Son (Mäe Só Há Uma) (Brazil), directed by Anna Muylaert.Portuguese with English subtitles.


The mysteries of maternal love envelop a young man who discovers he was stolen from his crib when he was a baby.

6.   Gimme Danger (USA), directed by Jim Jarmusch.


A candid, funny, and poignant reflection on Iggy Pop’s career.

7.   I, Daniel Blake (UK/France/Belgium), directed by Ken Loach.


A working-class man prevented from working by his health condition fights a soulless bureaucracy that denies him societal aid.

8.   Kiki, Love To Love (Kiki, El amor se hace) (Spain), directed by Paco Léon. Spanish with English subtitles.


The biggest box office hit of the year in Spain so far, Kiki is a playful and pleasurable comedy about self-actualization through sexual fulfilment.

9.   Neruda (Chile/Argentina/Spain/France), directed by Pablo Larrain. Spanish & French with English subtitles.


Gael Garcia Bernal stars in a slyly imaginative period piece, poised at the intersection of art, ambition and politics in 1940s Chile.

10.  Old Stone (Lao Shi)(China/Canada), directed by Johnny Ma. Mandarin with English subtitles.


Based on real-life incidents in China, Old Stone is both a Kafkaesque nightmare of bureaucratic stupidity and a harrowing, impossible-to-shake thriller.

11.  The Salesman (Forushande) (Iran/France), directed by Asghar Farhadi. Farsi with English subtitles.


Two actors in an Iranian production of Death of a Salesman find the production’s morality begins to seep into their own lives after a brutal attack.

12.  Soy Nero (Germany/Mexico/France), directed by Rafi Pitts. English & Spanish with English Subtitles


A DREAM-Act teenager of Mexican descent fights to live in the community in which he was born, trading service to the USA in a quest for legitimization.

13.  Toni Erdmann (Germany), directed by Maren Ade. English & German with English Subtitles.


Beautifully constructed on every level, this German comedy is a love song to the divine maelstrom of parental love.

Tickets will go on sale to Miami Film Society (MFS) members exclusively on Friday, September 16, 2016 and to the general public on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Tickets: 1-844-565-6433(MIFF) or Opening Night Film + “Rolling Stones” Party $50 general / $40 for MFS (Opening Night Film only: $25 general admission / $20 MFS). Marcos Carnevale Precious Gem Award Screening + El Tucan Award Night Party $85 general // $50 MFS (Inseparables film screening only: $25 general admission / $20 MFS). All other screenings $13 adults, $12 seniors, $10 MFS members. Group rates are available. For membership opportunities or more information, please visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456). Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university. Guests of the GEMS Festival are hosted exclusively at Mandarin Oriental Brickell in Miami.

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About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

Celebrating its 34th anniversary March 3 – 12, 2017, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. The Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Additionally, every October, the Festival hosts a mid-season festival titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works. Major sponsors of the 2017 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About Culture at Miami Dade College

The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Tower Theater Miami, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit

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Jaie Laplante

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