MIFF premires the best films from around the world

Anyone who is an avid film buff or looking for a movie that is not your general big-budgeted blockbusters can look forward to 27th annual Miami International Film Festival, which begins tonight at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami.
Tonight’s opening night film is a 2009 Cannes Film Festival favorite and it is the latest movie from director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), Looking for Eric. This film is about a soccer fanatic post worker named Eric (Steve Evets) who is suffering from a midlife crisis. Just when everything has gone bad for Eric, he begins to receive philosophical life coaching from his hero, Manchester United’s legendary French soccer player Eric Cantona. The screening of the film will be followed by an opening night celebration at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower.
Two of this year’s Oscar-nominated films will also be screened at the festival. The Peruvian import, The Milk of Sorrow, will be screened as part of the festival’s yearly exchange linking experienced film professionals with up-and-coming filmmakers. The film is about a woman who suffers from a rare disease that is transmitted from the breast milk of women who has suffered from the traumas of ongoing war and terrorism. The Secret of their Eyes is the film that will be screened at the Gusman Center on closing night, which will be preceded by the festival’s award ceremony. The Argentinean film is about a retired prosecutor who revisits the unsolved murder of a young Buenos Aires woman.
Aside from this year’s Academy Award entries for Best Foreign Language film, Miami will be the latest city to showcase the recent films from a couple of Oscar-nominated actors and filmmakers.
Oscar-winning writer and film director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will screen his documentary, The Thorn in the Heart, in the United States for the first time. The documentary chronicles the life of Gondry family matriarch and Michel’s aunt Suzette Gondry, and the relationship of her son, Jean-Yves. The film will compete in the festival’s documentary competition with other films including a revealing portrait of the founder of Playboy (Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel) and the son of Pablo Escobar telling his father’s story (The Sins of my Father).
Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener (Capote) reunites with director Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money) for the fourth time in the film, Please Give. Set in New York City, the movie is about a married couple (Keener and Oliver Platt) who butt heads with the granddaughters of an elderly woman that lives in the apartment that the husband and wife own.
Academy Award nominated actor Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Thirteen) leads an all-star cast that includes Emmy-winner Julianne Marguiles (The Good Wife) and Oscar-winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) in City Island. The film is about a dysfunctional family that has each family member hiding secrets from each other including a New York corrections officer (Garcia) with a secret desire to become an actor and his daughter (Dominik Garcia-Loredo) who has become a stripper after being suspended from college.
Tickets are available to purchase online at miamifilmfestival.com, via telephone at 305-405-MIFF (6433) or in person at Regal South Beach Cinema 18, 1100 Lincoln Rd; Miami Beach, FL; 33139.

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