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LaCroix French Film Fest visits Fort Lauderdale

July 12th, 2011 No comments




(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – July 11, 2011 – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) presents their annual French Film Festival, sponsored this year by LaCroix Water, July 28 – August 1, 2011 at Cinema Paradiso. The LaCroix French Film Festival will showcase 15 French films over the 5 day event featuring the latest in French Cinema and soirees with French Cuisine.
The festival kicks-off Thursday, July 28 at 6:00pm with a menu of French favorites including Chicken Cordon Bleu, Beef Bourguignon, Herbed Potato Souffle, and desserts. Following the buffet at 7:30pm is the delectable comedy and recent surprise hit in France, ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS starring Benoît Poelvoorde (Coco Before Chanel), Isabelle Carré (Private Fears in Public Places).
Revving up the weekend on Friday, July 29, get a belly-full of laughs with the comedy JE NE SUIS PAS LÀ POUR  ÊTRE AIMÉ and the Cesar award-winning, wildly funny THE NAMES OF LOVE rev-up the weekend on Friday, July 29.  A reception with French wine, cheese and baguettes can be enjoyed prior to THE NAMES OF LOVE.
Saturday morning, July 30, bring the kids to the animated feature MIA AND THE MAGOO, a fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction. MIA AND THE MAGOO features the voices of John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, James Woods among others.  Presented by FAB! Films for Kids, the admission is FREE for children, $5 Adults and includes Sorbet after the movie! .
The afternoon continues with a Ballet in Cinema presentation of CHILDREN OF PARADISE the Paris Opera Ballet; the surprising and moving new film CURLING by director Denis Côté and three comedies: SILENCE OF LOVE, THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART, and and QUI M’AIME ME SUIVE.  The evening offers an array of almost every Quiche imaginable during the Quiche Affaire.
Sunday, July 31 start the day with Cafe Cinematheque featuring a traditional French breakfast and the lavish and visually sumptuous, bittersweet, historical drama MOTZART’S SISTER.  A discussion led by foreign language cinema expert, Shelly Isaacs, follows the film.  Sunday afternoon FLiFF features LA RAFLE, a faithful retelling of the 1942 “Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup” and the events surrounding it. Also showing Sunday afternoon is the comedy-drama about immigration, LE MAINS EN L’AIR and the bittersweet comedy, FROM THE AGE OF REASON.  Round out the day with the Closing Night Soiree featuring Potage et Salade and wrap up the evening with a French Cabaret with live performances by dancers from Cupcake Burlesque.
The final evening of films on Monday, August 1 features the comedy, A HAPPY MAN, starring Pierre Richard and Sylvie Testud plus one additional film to be announced.  Between the two films, FLiFF will present live French music and a lite nosh.
Venue: Cinema Paradiso is located at 503 SE 6 Street, in downtown Fort Lauderdale on the south bank of the New River just east of the Broward County Courthouse.
Parking is free after 6pm weeknights in the Courthouse parking garage and at meters; on Saturday parking is free in the Courthouse garage and after 6:00pm at meters and on Sunday parking is free all day in the Courthouse garage and at meters.
For details and advance tickets for the LaCroix French Film Festival, visit www.FLiFF.com or call 954-525-3456.  Tickets for the films are $6 for FLiFF Members,$8 Seniors & Students and $10 general admission. Cuisine events are separately priced and most include a ticket to the film.  The LaCroix French Film Festival Fast Passes provides admission to all films and events over the 5 days and are $80 Members/$120 Non Members.

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FLIFF-8th Annual French Film Festival

August 1st, 2009 No comments

8th Annual Perrier French Film Festival 2009

July 25th, 2009 No comments


The Perrier French Film Festival a la Ft. Lauderdale Cinema Paradiso event opens Jul30th and runs through August 2nd.  The fest boasts some excelent flicks including historical dramas, scenic adventures, and side-splitting comedies.  Top this all off with some planned soirees and you have yourself the d’événement de plaisirs.



6:00pm – Opening Night Soiree – Included with your ticket to the 7pm film

The Cinema Paradiso turns into a French Café. Listen to music, from the country, enjoy a glass of French wine, and a sumptuous buffet of classical dishes from the country such as: coq au vin, beef bourguignon, lobster bisque, nicoise sald, potato souffle and for dessert profiteroles.

Fanny Ardant and  Gérard Depardieu

Fanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu

7:00 pm – HELLO GOODBYE (Opening Night Film)

Directed by: Graham Guit

Cast: Fanny Ardant, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Benguigui, Lior Ashkenazi

Genre: Comedy

99 Minutes, 2008, Digi Beta

Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant star in this romantic comedy about the misadventures of a married Jewish French couple. Alain and Gisèle enjoy all of the trappings of a comfortable life—until their only son announces plans to marry a Catholic girl. Facing an empty nest and midlife crisis, they decide on a whim to leave their posh home in Paris and travel to Israel in search of their neglected Jewish roots.


6:00pm – Wine, Bread, and Brie Reception Free with Film

7:00pm – GROWN UPS

Directed by Anna Novion Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Judith Henry, Lia Boysen (II), Anais Demoustier, Bjorn Gustafson

Genre: Comedy 84 minutes, 2008

When a single French father and his shy teenage daughter take a summer holiday, their relationship is redefined as both meet romantic interests in this wistfully charming comedy about coming of age – at any age.

Reception sponsored by

Joan E. Axthelm, Cruises Inc

Master Cruise Counselor – Luxury Cruise Specialist,




FLIFF KIDSIn conjunction with the 8th Annual Perrier French Film Festival, the award-winning children’s story, The Red Balloon, will be presented to kids of all ages. There is almost no dialog spoken in this short fantasy film about a boy who becomes friends with a seemingly attentive balloon. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. The Boy and the balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that want to destroy the balloon.

Following the film the kids will learn to speak a little French and learn some French songs from a local language instructor, and decorate there own French pastries

FAB! Films for Kids is a free monthly event featuring films for families followed by an activity for kids and sponsored by Funding Arts of Broward and presented by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.


Directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche Cast: Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, Abel Jafri, Christian Milia Darmezin

Genre: Drama 93 minutes, 2008

In an old industrial area, Mao, a Muslim boss, owns a wood pallets factory and a truck repair shop. He decides to open a Mosque for his employees and appoints the Iman without consultation to the displeasure of some in the community


jeanDirected by Daniel Vigne Cast: Lorànt Deutsch, Philippe Torreton. Sara Forestier, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Élodie Navarre, Julien Courbey

Genre: Historical Drama 100 Minutes, 2007

On September 5th 1661, astonishing news fell: Fouquet, the powerful king’s counselor, was arrested on the order of Colbert. Louis XIV becomes the only King of France. While all artists fall in line behind the king, a man stands in support of the fallen counselor. He is the famous poet Jean de La Fontaine. Colbert swears to stop him criticizing the king. But de la Fontaine never gives up, and even in poverty he continues to write his tales against the regime.

5:00pm – L’HEURE ZÉRO / Towards Zero

Directed by Pascal Thomas Cast: François Morel, Danielle Darrieux, Melvil Poupaud, Laura Smet, Chiara Mastroianni

Genre: Mystery 107 minutes, 2007

In this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel,Towards Zero. Guillaume Neville decides to bring together his ex-wife Aude and his new wife Caroline to aunt Camillia’s House in Britanny. He is hoping that they can become friends. Camillia Tressilian doesn’t think it’s a good idea to bring the two women under the same roof, but finally accepts to host them. This odd family meeting rapidely turns to tragedy when one morning aunt Camillia is found murdered on her bed…

7:00pm – WELCOME


Directed by: Philippe Lioret Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana,

Derya Ayverdi Genre: Drama 110 Minutes, 2009

A young Kurdish boy, Bilal, flees from Iraq. His end goal is to make it to England where his girlfriend Mina has now immigrated. Only 32 kilometers of icy cold, heavily trafficked water keeps the pair apart. As Mina’s father wants to force his daughter to marry – time is of essence. With his options narrowing, Bilal risks it all in the name of love. This suspenseful romantic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

weddingsong9:00pm – THE WEDDING SONG / Le chant des mariées

Directed by Karin Albou Cast: Karin Albou, Lizzie Brocheré, Olympe Borval,

Najib Oudghiri, Simon Abkarian

Genre: Drama 100 minutes, 2008

Tunis, 1942. Nour and Myriam, 16, have been friends since childhood. They share the same house in a modest neighborhood where Jews and Muslims live in harmony. Each one secretly desires the other girl’s life: while Nour regrets that she doesn’t go to school like her friend, Myriam dreams of love. She is envious of Nour’s engagement to her cousin Khaled, a sort of fantasy of the charming Arabian prince that they both share. Unfortunately, Khaled cannot find work. The engagement lingers and the prospect of a carnal union grows more distant. In November 1942, the German army enters Tunis. Pursuing the policies of the Vichy regime, the Nazis impose a heavy fine on the Jewish community. Tita, Myriam’s mother, no longer has the right to work. Crippled with debts, she decides to marry her daughter to a rich doctor, and Myriam sees her dreams of love suddenly fade away.



In conjunction with the Perrier French Film Festival Café Cinematheque will present brunch including French pastries, croissants and French coffee followed by the French film “KINGS AND QUEENS” and post film discussion with film expert, Shelly Issacs. Issacs is an instructor of foreign language film appreciation at Florida International University, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


kingsqueensDirected by Arnaud Desplechin

Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Catherine Deneuve

Genre: Drama, Comedy, 150 minutes, 2004

A genre-bending family drama that alternates wired comedy with solemn tragedy.

Nora, a 35-year-old art gallery director and single mother struggles to rise above the tragic circumstances of her life. She has loved four men – her son Elias, Elias’s deceased father, her own father, and Ismaël – a musician given to odd behavior with whom she lived seven years. She will soon marry a businessman. Faced with her father’s death, Nora seeks out Ismaël to ask that he reconnect with Elias; a great deal else roils from her past. Ismaël has his own challenges, not the least of which are his feelings toward adopting Elias and his meeting Arielle, another patient. A series of intimate revelations and reversals further connects these disparate lives, offering several enigmas, as well as a rich examination of love, memory, mental health, and family responsibility.

dans2:00pm – DANS LA VIE

Directed by Phillipe Faucon Cast: Ariane Jacquot, Sabrina Ben Abdallah, Mohamed Chabane-Chaouche, Houria Belhadji

Genre: Drama 73 minutes, 2007, 35mm

Esther, an elderly Jewish woman, needs a full-time care-taker but, because of her bad mood all of her nurses leave her. Her son Elie no longer knows how to deal with her. Selima, a visiting nurse, suggests that her mother Halima, a practicing muslim, takes care of his mother . Contrary to all expectations, the two wowmen like each other and the dynamic Halima gives back the joy of living to Esther.

Captain achab4:00pm – CAPTAINE ACHAB

Directed by Phillipe Ramos Cast : Denis Lavant, Jacques Bonnaffé, Bernard Blancan

Genre : Adventure, 2007, 35mm

1840. Who could have imagined that this boy, an avid bible-reader who lives in a small hut in the woods, would become one day the captain of a whaling ship ? Nobody. Nevertheless, following a difficult childhood, Achab sets sail, becomes a great captain, and one day he crosses the path of a white whale … Moby Dick.

6:00pm – A PAIN IN THE ASS/L’emmerdeu (Closing Night Film)

Director Francis Veber Cast: Patrick Timsit, Richard Berry, Virginie Ledoyen

Genre: Comedy 86 minutes, 2008

A Pain in the Ass is the latest film from France’s master of comedy, writer-director Francis Veber (The Valet, The Closet, The Dinner Game), who again reveals the hapless Francois Pignon to audiences, this time as a hapless neurotic who’s unlucky in love.

paininassPignon (stand-up comedian Patrick Timsit) whose wife (Virginie Ledoyen) has just left him for a shrink (Pascal Elbe), checks into the same Nice hotel as contract killer Ralf Milan (Richard Berry). Ralf is there to stake out a key witness in a major corruption trial in the law courts opposite the hotel, while Pignon plans to hang himself in the bathroom. Their adjoining rooms bring them together, the perfect killer, and the perfect pest, and riotous complications cement their relationship as Pignon’s fondness for the cold-as-ice assassin grows stronger. Originally filmed in 1973 with Lino Ventura and Jacques Brel and here directed by Veber, the author of the original scenario.

7:30PM – Wrap Party – Included with your ticket to the 6pm film

Following the film, join us for a French inspired picnic style setting, where you will enjoy all the typical staples of this cuisine such as: baguettes, cheeses, pates, crudites, cold cuts, dijon mustard and to top it off a chocolate fountain to dip different fruits and cakes. Plus Flavia coffee samples and a champagne toast to end the evening!


Opening Night Film & Party

$25 non-members and $15 for FLIFF members. Superstars FREE

Closing Night Film & Wrap Party

$15 General Admission and $10 FLIFF Members. Superstars FREE

Café Cinematheque

$10 general Admission, $8 FLIFF Members

All other films

$10 general Admission, $8 Seniors & Students, $5 FLIFF Members, Superstars FREE

FAB! Films for Kids: FREE




All movies and parties

Identification Card

FREE Perrier during the festival

FLIFF Members $55 / Non-Members $110

Miami Film Festival Announces 35th Edition Lineup

February 7th, 2018 No comments

Jason Reitman To Premiere TULLY, Starring

Charlize Theron, As Opening Night of 35th MDC Miami Film Festival;

Isabelle Huppert To Receive Festival’s Precious Gem – Icon Award

Miami, FL — Four-time Oscar nominated writer, director and producer Jason Reitman will premiere Tully, his newest collaboration with Oscar winners Charlize Theron and screenwriter Diablo Cody, as the Opening Night of the 35th edition of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival, on Friday, March 9th at the Olympia Theater.



Charlize Theron in Tully

“Charlize Theron’s fearless performance as a struggling suburban mother on the brink of losing mental control is made possible by another brilliant collaboration by the creators of Juno and Young Adult,” said Festival director Jaie Laplante. “Tully is both a parable and a salve for our stressed-out times – it reminds us all of who we are, and there is no more beautiful way to open our 35th edition than with this film.”

The Festival will give its Precious Gem – Icon Award to the great French actress Isabelle Huppert, recent Oscar nominee for Elle and the most nominated actress in César Award history – a total of 16 nominations from France’s Academy – winning twice. She has also twice won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, in a career that has seen her work with some of the greatest directors of contemporary times. Huppert will be honored on Friday, March 16th at the Olympia Theater.

Isabelle Huppert in Souvenir

“Isabelle Huppert has made profound contributions to cinema over the course of her illustrious career,” Laplante said. “With her recent performances in Things to Come and Elle, as well as Souvenir and Claire’s Camera, both of which we will be screening in conjunction with her Festival appearance, Ms. Huppert reaches ever-new pinnacles that continually astonish us, and add to her iconic status.”

The Festival will give its Precious Gem – Master Award to Spain’s greatest living filmmaker, Carlos Saura, on the occasion of a new documentary about the master’s career and family life, Félix Viscarret’s Goya-lauded Saura(s), on Sunday, March 11th at the Olympia Theater.

Antonio Saura, Carlos Saura, and Félix Viscarret in Saura(s)

“Carlos Saura returns to Miami after receiving the Festival’s Career Achievement Tribute Award at our 20th edition in 2003,” said Laplante. “At that time, he was 71. Now, he’s 86 and has made eight more brilliant films since his last visit to Miami – but with Saura(s), we see him in a new light, as both a filmmaker and a family-maker. He is a peerless master, and we celebrate the life that continues to nourish his art.”

An Opening Night Gala Dinner at EAST, Miami will follow, as well as a simultaneous Opening Night Party at Miami Design District’s new Jungle Plaza.

In all, the Festival will present 148 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from 50 different countries, including three countries being represented in the Festival’s Official Selection for the first time– Benin, Georgia and Swaziland. The 35th edition of the Festival runs March 9th – 18th. Thirty-eight of the films are directed or co-directed by women filmmakers. The Festival will wrap up with an Awards Night Gala screening at Olympia Theater of the International premiere of Curro Velázquez’s smash hit Spanish comedy Holy Goalie (Que baje Dios y lo vea), with star Alain Hernández in attendance. All Olympia Theater screenings are part of the Festival’s CINEDWNTWN GALA series, sponsored by Miami Downtown Development Authority. A KORBEL Awards Night Party at The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building will follow the Awards Night ceremony and screening.

FIRST REFORMED starring Ethan Hawke

Academy Award winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and revered American screenwriter and director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Affliction) will attend the Festival for Marquee presentations of their newest films. The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings accompanied by on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, discussing their career and sharing an exciting new work. Hazanavicius will present Godard Mon Amour, his serio-comic look at Jean-Luc Godard’s love affair with the actress Anne Wiazemsky during the shooting of his classic films La Chinoise and Weekend. Schrader will present First Reformed, a dramatic thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric The Entertainer. They join (previously announced) Mateo Gil and Jean-Marc Barr in the Marquee section.

The Festival’s specialty programmers are Carl Spence, Thom Powers, Kiva Reardon, Lauren Cohen and Diana Cadavid.

Ten finalists were selected for the Festival’s signature $40,000 Knight Competition, open to feature films directed by filmmakers who have presented at least one feature in a previous edition of the Festival, sponsored by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Three of these films will also screen as CINEDWNTWN GALAS at the Olympia Theater, sponsored by Miami DDA. The finalists are:
1. Another Story of the World (Uruguay, directed by Guillermo Casanova).
2. April’s Daughter (Mexico, directed by Michel Franco).
3. In Love & In Hate (Argentina, directed by Alejandro Maci). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
4. The Laws of Thermodynamics (Spain, directed by Mateo Gil). *WORLD PREMIERE
5. My Love or My Passion(Argentina, directed by Marcos Carnevale). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
6. Sergio and Sergei (Cuba/Spain, directed by Ernesto Daranás).
7. A Sort of Family (Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman).
8. The Summit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Santiago Mitre). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
9. Time Share (Mexico, directed by Sebastián Hofmann).
10. The Warning (Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro).


Eleven finalists were selected for the Festival’s inaugural $10,000 Knight Made in MIA Competition, sponsored by Knight Foundation, which is open to any film – short or feature, documentary or narrative – in the Festival’s Official Selection that features a qualitatively/quantitatively substantial portion of its content (story, setting and actual filming location) in South Florida, from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys, and that most universally demonstrates a common ground of pride, emotion, and faith for the South Florida community. The new award was inspired by the international success and 2017 Best Picture Oscar win by the Miami-set Moonlight, directed by former Miami resident Barry Jenkins and co-written by Tarell McCraney. The finalists are:
1. “#THECONNECTEDMAN”, directed by Fabián Cárdenas.
2. “Ayita’s Dream”, directed by Isis Masoud, Roger Ingraham.
3. “Fight Like a Girl”, directed by Agustín Gonzalez, Nicole Wulf.
4. Gladesmen: The Last of The Sawgrass Cowboys, directed by David Abel.
5. Latinegras: The Journey of Self-Love Through An Afrolatina Lens, directed by Omilani Alarcón. *WORLD PREMIERE
6. Love in Youth, directed by Quincy Perkins. *WORLD PREMIERE
7. Make Love Great Again, directed by Aaron Agrasanchez.
8. “Noa”, directed by Angel Barrota. *WORLD PREMIERE
9. Operation Odessa, directed by Tiller Russell.
10. “Roadside Attraction”, directed by Ivette Lucas, Patrick Bresnan.
11. “Supermarket”, directed by Rhonda Mitrani. *WORLD PREMIERE



Two significant Soiree nights will pair a major film event with one of Miami Film Festival’s world-famous parties. An Evening with Tim Clancy, the showrunner of HBO’s acclaimed Vice series through six seasons, will present a big-screen return look at three significant Vice episodes, followed by an in-depth, on-stage conversation about Vice’s Emmy Award-winning approach, philosophies and techniques. “HBO NIGHT” continues with a party at downtown Miami’s newest hotspot, The Wharf. Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon will have its Festival premiere at the Regal Cinemas South Beach and continue with a Light Box Love Story soiree at Miami Light Project’s Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood.

The fiercely-contested, audience-voted $10,000 Knight Documentary Achievement Award, sponsored by Knight Foundation, returns with 24 finalists, including 4 world premieres, and new films from Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America), Goya winners Félix Viscarret and Gustavo Salmerón, Emmy winner Rene Balcer (Law & Order), Sundance 2018 prize winners Tim Wardle and Maxim Pozdorovkin, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Abel and the late Oscar winner Jonathan Demme, as executive producer on The Foreigner’s Home. Subjects featured in the films include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edwidge Danticat, Toni Morrison, Mr. Rogers, Andre Agassi, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, Cuban-America playwright María Irene Fornés and Miami’s Rene Lecour. The finalists are:
1. 6 Weeks To Mother’s Day (USA, directed by Marvin Blunte).
2. Above The Drowning Sea (Canada, directed by Rene Balcer, Nicola Zavaglia).
3. Amigo Skate, Cuba (USA, directed by Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar). *WORLD PREMIERE
4. Believer (USA, directed by Don Argott).
5. Cuban Food Stories (USA, directed by Asori Soto).
6. Dolphin Man (Greece/Canada/France/Japan, directed by Lefteris Charitos).
7. Foreign Land (Israel, directed by Shlomi Eldar).
8. The Foreigner’s Home (USA/France, directed by Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree).
9. Gladesmen: The Last of The Sawgrass Cowboys (USA, directed by David Abel).
10. In Search of Voodoo: Roots To Heaven (USA/Benin, directed by Djimon Hounsou). *WORLD PREMIERE
11. Liyana (USA/Qatar/Swaziland, directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp).
12. Lots of Kids, A Monkey and a Castle (Spain, directed by Gustavo Salmerón).
13. Love Means Zero (USA, directed by Jason Kohn).
14. The Music of the Spheres (Cuba/USA, directed by Marcel Beltrán). *WORLD PREMIERE
15. Nuyorican Basquet (Puerto Rico, directed by Julio César Torres, Ricardo Olivero Lora).
16. The Oldies (Cuba/USA/Venezuela, directed by Rosana Matecki).
17. Operation Odessa (USA, directed by Tiller Russell).
18. Our New President (USA, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin).
19. RBG (USA, directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen).
20. The Rest I Make Up (USA, directed by Michelle Memran).
21. Saura(s) (Spain, directed by Félix Viscarret).
22. Three Identical Strangers (USA, directed by Tim Wardle).
23. When The Beat Drops (USA, directed by Jamal Sims). *WORLD PREMIERE
24. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (USA, directed by Morgan Neville).

HBO returns as sponsor of the Festival’s $10,000 Ibero-American Feature Film Competition, this year featuring 25 finalists, including three world premieres. Three of the films in this section star Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, prompting Festival organizers to declare Monday, March 12th “DOLORES FONZI DAY” at Miami Film Festival. The finalists are:
1. Al Berto (Portugal, directed by Vicente Alves do Ó).
2. Another Story of the World (Uruguay, directed by Guillermo Casanova).
3. April’s Daughter (Mexico, directed by Michel Franco).
4. Ashes (Ecuador/Uruguay, directed by Juan Sebastián Jácome). *WORLD PREMIERE
5. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Brazil, directed by Daniel Rezende).
6. Candelaria (Colombia/Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Norway, directed by Jhonny Hendrix-Hinestroza).
7. Cocote (Dominican Republic, directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias).
8. The Eternal Feminine (Mexico, directed by Natalia Beristáin).
9. The Future Ahead (Argentina, directed by Constanza Novick). *DOLORES FONZI DAY Film
10. Hunting Season (Argentina/USA/Germany/France, directed by Natalia Garagiola).
11. In Love & In Hate (Argentina, directed by Alejandro Maci). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
12. Killing Jesus (Colombia/Argentina, directed by Laura Mora).
13. La Familia (Venezuela/Chile/Norway, directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova).
14. The Last Suit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Pablo Solarz).
15. The Laws of Thermodynamics (Spain, directed by Mateo Gil). *WORLD PREMIERE
16. On The Seventh Day (USA, directed by Jim McKay).
17. The River (Bolivia/Ecuador, directed by Juan Pablo Richter). *WORLD PREMIERE
18. Sergio and Sergei (Cuba/Spain, directed by Ernesto Daranás).
19. The Skin of the Wolf (Spain, directed by Samu Fuentes).
20. A Sort of Family (Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman).
21. The Summit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Santiago Mitre). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
22. Tigre (Argentina, directed by Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola).
23. Time Share (Mexico, directed by Sebastián Hofmann).
24. The Warning (Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro).
25. Wind Traces (Mexico, directed by Jimena Montemayor Loyo). *DOLORES FONZI DAY Film

The highly sought-after $10,000 Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award, won in recent years by Oscar nominated Theeb, Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and Chilean world premiere launch Little White Lie, has 20 diverse and intriguing first-produced screenplays in competition. All but two of the finalists also directed his or her screenplay. The finalists are:
1. Michael Pearce for Beast (UK).
2. Cory Bowles for Black Cop (Canada).
3. Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan for Chappaquiddick (USA).
4. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias for Cocote (Dominican Republic).
5. Xavier Legrand for Custody (France).
6. Feifei Wang for From Where We’ve Fallen (China).
7. Constanza Novick for The Future Ahead (Argentina).
8. Sonja Maria Kröner for The Garden (Germany).
9. Lucien Bourjeily for Heaven Without People (Lebanon).
10. Natalia Garagiola for Hunting Season (Argentina).
11. Christian Papierniak for Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (USA).
12. Blake Jenner for Juvenile (USA).
13. Quincy Perkins for Love in Youth (USA). *WORLD PREMIERE
14. Molly McGlynn for Mary Goes Round (Canada).
15. Ziyang Zhou for Old Beast (China).
16. Juan Pablo Richter for The River (Bolivia/Ecuador). *WORLD PREMIERE
17. Ana Urushadze for Scary Mother (Georgia).
18. Samu Fuentes for The Skin of the Wolf (Spain).
19. Silvina Schnicer for Tigre (Argentina).
20. Hlynur Palmason for Winter Brothers (Denmark).


Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project

Seven finalists for the Festival’s $5,000 Zeno Mountain Award were announced at an earlier date. A previously-announced Precious Gem Award for Miami-based independent producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri (The Florida Project) will be presented at the Awards Night Gala on March 17. Chinoy and Silvestri will lead a Producer’s Masterclass on March 15 at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.

The 25 finalists for the Festival’s $2,500 IMDbPro Short Film Competition will be announced on Feb. 8.

Films showing out of competition include selections by Oscar-nominee Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead), Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, HBO’s Veep), and a US premiere starring retired NFL vet

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Miami Film Festival opens March 9th through 18th

January 28th, 2018 No comments

MDC’S Miami Film Festival to feature Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil as First Two Marquee Events


Miami, FL — Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival (MFF) announced celebrated film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil as the first two Marquee events to be featured in the internationally-renowned Festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition to be heldMarch 9 – 18. The Festival’s Marquee series features film screenings accompanied by on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, discussing their career and sharing an exciting new work. Read more…

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“AIDA’S SECRETS” (Written Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

October 26th, 2017 No comments







Review by John Delia, Sr.

Heartwarming and heartfelt, the documentary Aida’s Secrets reveals how two brothers find their family many years after the WWII holocaust. It’s not a rehash of one of the most diabolical events in history, but a reuniting of family members. The film holds some endearing moments and a mystery of surprises. Read more…

Fort Lauderdale International Film Fest Opens October 27th

September 22nd, 2017 No comments




Announces Film Line-up and Lifetime Achievement Honorees


Fort  Lauderdale, FL  –    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) announced its official program selections for the 32nd edition, taking place October 27-November 19, 2017.  Over 160 American Independent, World Cinema (representing 48 countries), and Florida feature, documentary and short films will premiere will during the 24 days of FLiFF. Read more…

“LOST IN PARIS” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

July 12th, 2017 No comments








Review by John Delia, Sr.

In a very funny display of French comedy, the movie Lost in Paris shines with a delightful story of unavoidable romance. The film is drenched in Marcel Marceau’s mime comedy, Jerry Lewis’s wit and a bit of Charlie Chaplin collectively performed by a delightful cast. Read more…

The Wait “L’Attesa” (Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

June 9th, 2016 No comments






Review by John Delia

If you are into dramas that manipulate your mind, have interesting characters that captivate and a script that vacillates down to the last touching moment, look no further than The Wait (L’Attesa). The acting is superb, the direction inventive, and the storyline, although a bit convoluted, very good. Combined with a charismatic location that should tantalize would be travelers and sets that reveal the iconic charm of Sicily, the film offers lasting visions of this gorgeous area where it was shot. Read more…

“The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window…” (Film Review & Trailer

May 21st, 2015 No comments




Review by John Delia

The strange little film The 100-year-old man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared takes its audience on a wild and wacky journey. It’s a lot of fun in the vein of a Forrest Gump, but this guy has more of a trek with danger all around. The film has very good acting and is based a script taken from a work of fiction by Jonas Jonassan. The book was a 2010 best seller in Sweden that went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide. Nicely filmed and orchestrated by director and screenwriter Felix Herngren, the movie is a hoot. Read more…