April 2009, Volume 13, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Stars and film lovers gather for 2009 Film Fest

Miami Dade College brought the world to South Florida with the 2009 Miami International Film Festival.

Now in its 26th year, the Festival presented a wide range of cinematic narratives, red carpet parties and workshops on the business of filmmaking.

The diverse lineup of 137 films from 40 countries included Valentino: The Last Emperor, an intimate portrait of one of the world’s most important designers; Cachao: Uno más, homage to the enduring influence of a Cuban music master; and stirring dramatic features, such as Prince of Broadway, which earned an Indy Spirit nomination.

This year, MIFF recognized the career achievements of Abel Ferrara and screened a retrospective of the director’s work. Actor Willem Dafoe, who appeared in Ferrara’s Go Go Tales and New Rose Hotel, joined MIFF for the tribute and a screening of Ferrara’s Chelsea on the Rocks.

Also spotted on the red carpet this year were filmmakers Andy García (MIFF selection Cachao: Uno más), Randall Emmett (Righteous Kill), Lissandra Haulic (MIFF selection 8), David Frankel (Marley & Me), Matt Tyrnauer (Opening night selection The Last Emperor) and others.

Miami Dade College and MIFF would like to thank Charles and Fanny Dascal for supporting the opening night.

— Staff Report

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