Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Friday, March 01, 2013
Miami International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight With Twenty Feet From Stardom
The 30th edition of MDC's Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) will kick off at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts tonight, Friday, March 1, with the 7 p.m. world premiere of Twenty Feet From Stardom. Directed by Morgan Neville and featuring interviews from music legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder, Twenty Feet From Stardom shines a spotlight on back-up singers like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, who enriched so many favorite songs, yet remain mostly unknown. The screening will be followed by the Ultimat Vodka Opening Night Party at the historic Dupont Building.
The 2013 Festival, March 1 - March 10, features a lineup of 117 full-length films and 12 short films from 41 countries, including 12 World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 13 North American Premieres and 15 U.S. Premieres. Among the many actors expected to attend this year's Festival are: John Leguizamo, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eduardo Noriega, Oscar nominee Lena Olin, Oscar nominee James Cromwell, Griffin Dunne, Ariadna Gil, Zoë Kravitz, Douglas Smith, Andre Royo, Don McKellar, Martina Gusman, Gabriela de la Garza, Miguel Angel Muñoz, Jorge Perugorría, singer Cucu Diamantes, ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, Alfredo Castro, Karen Martinez and Brady Corbet.
Among the films screening at MIFF 2013 are the highly anticipated screenings of George Sluizer’s Dark Blood, starring the late River Phoenix; Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated NO; the Cannes-winning The Hunt, starring Mads Mikkelsen in the performance of his career thus far; and the World Premiere of Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, a Miami-based feature from Jokes Yanes, a former MDC film student and the editor of MIFF 2011’s hit film Magic City Memoirs. Maiken Baird and Michelle Major’s documentary Venus and Serena will serve as the official Awards Night Film on Saturday, March 9.
A number of special events and competitions will take place during the Festival, including Career Achievement Tributes to renowned Swedish writer-director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Spanish producer, writer and Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Chico & Rita); the Knight Ibero-American and Knight Documentary competitions, the Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition and the University of Miami Shorts Competition; and newly added programs, such as Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema and a Spotlight on China. A description of these events and others may be found on the Miami International Film Festival website.
For more information about the 2013 program or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.miamifilmfestival.com/.
See you at the movies.