Last night, Miami Film Festival’s mini film festival event, GEMS, kicked off its third annual celebration of the best films fall season has to offer. From now until Sunday, GEMS will be showcasing some of the finest cinematic works from all over the world, including movies that are expected to dominate the upcoming awards season.
The festival opened with the Florida premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s coming of age film Call Me By Your Name. The movie, starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, is already garnering significant critical acclaim, with many praising the story, screenplay, and Chalamet’s deeply affecting performance. However, this isn’t the only buzzworthy film the festival is bringing this weekend.
GEMS will also feature the highly anticipated Eric Clapton documentary A Life in 12 Bars, and Palm d’Or winner The Square. Other “gems” being showcased this weekend include the Festival de Cannes’ Best Documentary winner Faces Places and Germany’s official submission to next year’s Academy Awards, The Fade.
Florida also has a special place in this year’s festivities with a couple of films taking place in the sunshine state. Sean Baker’s The Florida Project stars Willem Defoe and will be showcased on Sunday, October 15th. Meanwhile, Antonio Mendez Esparza’s Life And Nothing More will be making its US premiere during the festival on Friday. The premiere will be attended by the filmmakers and will feature a special performance by musician Sekajipo ForthePeople and poet Nephiilove.
In addition to the plethora of films being shown this weekend, GEMS will also be hosting a number of industry-related special events, most notable of all being the seminar Don’t Take Yes for an Answer on Saturday, October 14th. During this special seminar, local filmmakers Joshua Jean-Baptiste and Edson Jean will discuss their recent experience in the film industry and why they’re so committed to telling local stories set in the communities that inspired them. In addition to the seminar, the festival will also be having a special reception preceding the screening of Son of Sofia, a Virtual Reality exhibition open to the public, and a special brunch ceremony to close out the weekend.
GEMS takes place at Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater in Little Havana until Sunday, October 15th. For tickets and a complete list of films and events, please visit https://gems2017.miamifilmfestival.com/program/.
By Alonso Montano