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Miami International Film Fest 2020

MDC’s 37th Edition of Miami Film Festival

 to Open with The Burnt Orange Heresy

Celebrities and filmmakers will walk the red carpet.


What:    Miami Dade College’s 37th annual Miami Film Festival will open with THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, a film based on Miami novelist and former Miami Dade College writing professor, Charles Willeford, who through his writings explored the dark side of Florida. The film has a stellar cast that includes smart, sly, and delightful performances from Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang. 

Who:      Arriving on the red carpet are the stars and director of the opening night film.

About the film:

The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi’s elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY. Set-in present-day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). He’s a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his ambition, whilst she’s an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy (Jagger). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realize that nothing about the artist nor their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder, in order to further his career.


Actress Elizabeth Debicki, is remembered for her role as Ayesha in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and will reprise her role in the upcoming third installment of the series.  She was also in The Great Gatsby, Widows, and Everest.


Danish actor Claes Bang is known for his role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and as Count Dracula in the BBC mini-series Dracula. He won the European Film Award for Best Actor, for his role as Christian in Ruben Östlund’s 2017 film The Square.


Director Giuseppe Capotondi is known for feature films, Berlin Station and Suburra: Blood on Rome, The Double Hour.


Local and visiting cast and crew members will also walk the red carpet for photos.

When:    Friday, March 6th

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Press Check-In

6:00 PM Red Carpet opens

Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL. 33131.

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