Awards season just ended, but the movies don’t stop. It’s never too early to start watching the films that will dominate next year’s award season, and here in Miami, we can actually start watching them as early as today when the 35th edition of the Miami Film Festival kicks off.
This year the festival is returning with 148 films from 50 different countries—the most films in festival history. Star power is also unprecedented, with almost 200 actors and moviemakers, including Ron Livingston, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Reitman, and Djimon Hounsou.
In addition to the dozens of films screening throughout the week, the festival will also host special seminars, presentations, and even a party at the Perez Art Museum.
The festival will open with the critically-acclaimed Tully on Friday. Directed by Reitman and starring Charlize Theron, the film currently holds an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it promises to be one of the best films of the year. Other highly-anticipated films include Spain’s The Skin Of The Wolf and The Laws of Thermodynamics, the latter being a world premiere, and the North-American premiere of Dolphin Man directed by Greek documentarian Lefteris Charitos.
This year there is also a special competition dedicated to 11 feature and short films shot in South Florida. The Knight Made in Mia contest was created as a way to continue Miami’s moviemaking momentum that began last year with Moonlight. While no Oscars will be awarded, the winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 prize.
The 148 films will be screened at various theaters in Coral Gables, Downtown, Miami Beach, and other locations across South Florida. The 35th Miami Film Festival runs through March 18th, with movies and events every night.
For more information, including programming and tickets, visit http://www.MiamiFilmFestival.com