What to Stream While Quarantined: Part 3

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As we all try to navigate the quickly-changing film landscape in the time of coronavirus, we’re committed to continuing our mission of connecting art with audiences, and bringing you world-class cinema to watch on a daily basis. With 37 wonderful editions of Miami Film Festival behind us, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite Miami Film Festival/GEMS titles that are currently streaming online, in our new blog series we’re calling “What to Stream While Quarantined”. 

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS

Three Identical Strangers features the kind of story that sounds far too crazy to be true. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary recounts the extraordinary series of events that unfold after three college students find out they’re identical triplets who were separated at birth.

From start to finish, director Tim Wardle’s film is a mind-blowing experience, featuring twists and turns that’ll fascinate and horrify you in equal measure. A gripping and sad rumination on the age-old debate over nature versus nurture, Three Identical Strangers is proof that truth is stranger than fiction.

Available to stream on Hulu.

 

MARRIAGE STORY

In Marriage Story, Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson star as a show biz couple at their end of their rope. From the very start of the film, the pair have already decided to end their relationship. But with a kid involved, things aren’t as easy as just heading their separate ways. As a fierce custody battle ensues, what was intended as an amicable split pushes the two to their breaking point.

A magnificent career highlight for both Driver and Johansson, writer-director Noah Baumbach exposes us to the crushing imprint of divorce in a way that’s heated, heartbreaking, and bracingly reflective.

Available to stream on Netflix.

 

UNDER THE TREE

It starts with a tree. Two couples, different as can be, take part in the usual snide gossip regarding those who live next door. But when a confrontation centered around that tree comes to a boiling point, things go from childish to catastrophic.

Iceland’s official submission to the 2018 Academy Awards, Under the Tree is a pitch-black comedy of manners. Filled with acerbic wit and expertly crafted pacing and plot escalation, it’s a stark reminder of how hard it can be for us to let the small things go — sometimes to the detriment of humanity.

Available to stream on Hulu.

 

HOTEL MUMBAI

Featuring a star-studded cast led by Armie Hammer and Dev Patel, Hotel Mumbai tells the harrowing true story of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack on the famed Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

Not for the faint of heart, writer-director Anthony Maras’ expertly crafted debut feature throws the viewer headfirst into the chaos. Utterly riveting from start to finish, this is a film where every frame is packed with tension. No breaks are given, and no moment is free from overwhelming emotion. But most importantly, every frame is touched by an extreme breadth of empathy.

With a focus on Chef Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and waiter Arjun (Dev Patel), who risk their lives to keep their guests safe, this is a story of everyday heroes that reminds us of the power of people coming together in the face of unimaginable horror.

Available to stream on Hulu.

 

SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON

 

You may not have heard of Shep Gordon before, but after watching Supermensch, you’ll want nothing more than to trade life stories with him while surrounded by his good friends Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Steven Tyler at his beautiful Hawaii home. A titan of the music industry, he’s best known for managing the career of Alice Cooper, as well as Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and chef Emeril Lagasse. And with a career as storied as his, you can bet he has the outrageous anecdotes to back it up!

The directorial debut of actor Mike Myers, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon introduces us to the ultimate Hollywood insider, one whose unlikely rise to success is as wild as it is entertaining.

Available to rent on iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon Video.

Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen is the Miami Film Festival's associate director of programming. She also runs the Festival’s membership level for young professionals, CineClub. Learn more about Lauren on Programmers.