April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

Thousands Converge at MDC for Film Festival

Throngs of people flocked to the acclaimed Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) at Miami Dade College last month for a 10-day celebration of spectacular films and memorable performances on the city’s silver screens. Audience numbers reached 70,000 for the 29th annual Festival, which screened more than 100 films from 35 countries, opening with the world premiere of Tom Gustafson’s Mariachi Gringo.

After the sold-out Awards Night Gala at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, top jury prizes went to Cristián Jiménez’s Bonsái, Bart Layton’s The Imposter and Kenya Márquez’s Expiration Date (Fecha de caducidad). Hundreds of partygoers paraded into MDC’s historic Freedom Tower for the Ultimat Social Life Awards Night Party, where MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante presented the coveted Lexus Audience Award to Alejandro Brugués, director of Juan of The Dead (Juan de los muertos).

“I’m thrilled to have been able to present the Lexus Audience Award to Alejandro,” Laplante said. “The film that Miami has been clamoring for did not disappoint. The enthusiastic response to the film was enthralling.”


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