Miami Film Festival unveils this year’s lineup of film selection

  Miami-Dade College held a press conference this morning at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami to unveil the lineup for the 28th Miami International Film Festival, which runs March 4-13.

  The announcement was made by the MIFF’s new executive director Jaie Laplante, who replaced the previous festival director Tiziana Finzi. Even though Laplante officially started in September, he began looking for fascinating films earlier from a selection of 1200 films that he has viewed. He said that he wants to showcase and feature different aspects of Miami that  is sports, film or art culture.

  The festival will begin on opening night with Chico & Rita, the first animated film to open the festival in its 28-year history. The film is about a love story between a Cuban band leader and a singer that features songs from Nat King Cole and Dizzy Gillespie. The film that will be showcased during closing night will be Incendies, a tale about a pair of twin who travel to the Middle East in search of their family roots.

  Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire) will be the latest recipient of this year’s Career Achievement Tribute. The festival will also screen her latest film, In a Better World, which won the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language film on Sunday. Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) will participate in a Q&A seminar and present his latest film, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

  Aside from Chico & Rita and In a Better World premiering at the Gusman, there will be several other films that will be shown at the historic theater that includes Things Fall Apart, director Mario Van Peeble’s drama  starring Curits “50 Cent” Jackson (who also wrote the screenplay) as a football running back who is diagnosed with cancer during his senior year in college and Magic City Memoirs, a coming-of-age drama starring Dominik Garcia-Lorido (City Island) and executive produced by Andy Garcia about three friends who are on the verge of graduating high school when they risk their lives by partaking in reckless antics.

  Tickets for this year’s Miami International Film Festival will go on sale in February. For more information on the festival, visit miamifilmfestival.com

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