From March 4 through 13, 2011.
Launching a new chapter with a new executive director, the official lineup of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), was already announced replete with Red Carpet Gusman Galas, Premieres, Competition Categories and Awards, REEL Education Seminars and other special presentations that make up the Festival’s showcase of more than 100 films from 40 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 4-13, 2011.
The Festival launches on Friday, March 4 with the first Opening Night animated feature in its 28-year history: Chico & Rita by Fernando Trueba and Barcelona designer Javier Mariscal, a whirlwind, jazz-and-blues love story between a Cuban band leader and sultry chanteuse that spans from Havana to Hollywood and features the sounds of Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole and Bebo Valdes. Trueba previously opened the 14th edition of MIFF, in 2004, with Belle époque. The Festival’s Awards Night takes place on Saturday, March 12 before the screening of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve (Polytechnique, Maelstrom), the French Canadian-Arab family drama that is Canada’s official submission for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film race. Among the highlights of Awards Night is the presentation of the VeneMovies Audience Award.
For the 2011 Career Achievement Tribute, on Sunday, March 6, the Festival honors prolific Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers, After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire). The Festival will screen her latest portrait of complex and complicated familial relationships, the 2011 Golden Globe Award Best Foreign Film winner, In a Better World, which is Denmark’s official submission for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category. Bier is confirmed to attend the Festival.
“Once again, we are extremely pleased to bring the best of cinema from around the world to Miami. Our rich program not only offers many escapes through the art of film, but also some wonderful educational opportunities,” said Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.
“Dreams are a key theme of MIFF 2011, starting with our 2011 official image from photographer Stian Roenning,” explains Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “The directors of these films are a true ‘dream team’ of cinematic artists. Their works will bestow a wizardly enchantment on this year’s Miami Film Society members and MIFF ticket.”
This year’s Festival will feature films directed by, produced by and/or starring: Pernilla August, Lubna Azabal, Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Monica Bellucci, Susanne Bier, Angie Cepeda, Justin Chadwick, Daniel Cockburn, Claudio Cupellini, Marshall Curry, Alex de la Iglesia, Antonio de la Torre, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Veronica Echegui, Randall Emmett, Alexander Fehling, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Liz Garbus, Andy Garcia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Alex Gibney, Danny Glover, José María Goenaga, Quim Gutierrez, Patricio Guzman, Naomie Harris, Jill Hennessy, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Steve James, Ken Kesey, Robert Lee King, Diego Lerman, Ray Liotta, Mia Maestro, James Marsh, Natalie Martinez, Carlos Moreno, Wagner Moura, Stanley Nelson, François Ozon, José Padilha, Martha Plimpton, Om Puri, Noomi Rapace, Vanessa Redgrave, Gabino Rodriguez, Andrew Rossi, Carlos Saura, Oliver Schmitz, David Serrano, Tony Servillo, Jody Shapiro, Magaly Solier, Morgan Spurlock, Peter Stormare, David Strathairn, Cesar Troncoso, Fernando Trueba, John Turturro, Mario Van Peebles, Federico Veiroj, Jordi Vilasuso, Denis Villeneuve, Rachel Weisz and Lynn Whitfield.
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