Miami International Film Festival Reveals Lineup

On February 4, 2013 by Nelson Fernandez

Miami International Film Festival 30th Edition
Another year, another edition of the Miami International Film Festival. A showcase for Ibero-American cinema in the USA, as well as for international films and documentaries, the event celebrates its 30th edition. This special occasion comes packed with titles – as many as 117 feature-length and 12 short films – from all over the world.

Twenty Feet from Stardom, which recently opened the Sundance Film Festival, will open the Miami International Film Festival too. This documentary portrays the unknown soldiers of the music industry. Those backup singers who could work alongside Bruce Springsteen or Mick Jagger but always remain in the shade. Another ace documentary to be shown at the Miami Film International Festival is Venus and Serena, with the Williams sisters and their struggle during the 2011 tennis season.

Additionally, there will be many heavyweight feature films at the MIFF. Pablo Larraín’s No, an Oscar-nominated movie starring Gael Garcia Bernal about Pinochet’s Chile, is among the most important productions in the festival. So is Dark Blood, the film River Phoenix was making when he died in 1993 that has now been assembled by director George Sluizer.

To complete this great event, the festival will feature parallel activities and programs such as Miami Future Cinema Critics, in which young Miami-based writers blog about the MIFF.

This 30th anniversary is also an opportunity to enjoy the best of past editions. Tower Theater in Little Havana is already hosting a month-long retrospective with films from every year of the festival.

“An anniversary year is an opportunity to look at where you’ve been and where you’re going,” said Jaie Laplante, executive director of the festival. “We didn’t want to create any extra pressure on the event itself, so that’s why we came up with the retrospective idea. When this year’s festival opens, we’ve already celebrated the past in some wonderful ways.”

Miami International Film Festival: March 1-10 at Miami Dale College