2022 Miami Film Festival Lineup: “The Good Boss,” “Plaza Cathedral,” “Neptune Frost”

Miami Dade College’s 39th Miami Film Festival returns for a ten-day celebration of filmmaking from March 4-13 with a hybrid format that combines in-person theatrical presentations and virtual screenings.

Festival Executive Director Jair Laplante was energized by the “collective spirit of joy and gratitude” from last year’s “patron and filmmakers” and looks forward to replicating and amplifying those feelings with the edition. this year – while taking “every precaution to ensure continued safety”. “

As the festival approaches the end of its fourth decade of programming, it’s clear that the curatorial team remains committed to tradition while keeping an eye on the future of the festival, the city of Miami and cinema.

Made up of over 120 films, including features, documentaries and shorts, representing more than 35 countries, this year’s program has something for everyone. The festival continues to shine a spotlight on Ibero-American cinema, cementing Miami’s role as a gateway city, both geographically and culturally, between continents.

“We are thrilled to close this year’s festival with two Academy Award nominees from the Ibero-American world,” said Laplante.

Opening Night Features The good boss, Spain’s submission for the Oscars. Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa and starring Javier Bardem, the film won 20 historic Goya nominations. The festival ends with its awards night and the screening of another Oscar nominee, Panamanian director Abner Benaim. Cathedral Squarewhich Laplante describes as “one of the most beautiful and moving films of the year”.

Among the hundreds of films screened, the Miami Film Festival chose a few filmmakers to highlight with special awards. Among this year’s winners are two Precious Gem Awards, which will go to Japanese author Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who presented not one, but two magnificent films last year with Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and Oscar nominee drive my carand eminent filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, who will present his latest documentary, 2nd chanceat the festival.

Likewise, the Art of Light Award will be given to two different winners. The first is composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer, who captivated the world’s ears last summer with his fantastic music for the HBO series The White Lotus. Cinematographer Ari Wegner will also receive an award for her starkly different and expertly composed work on the stranger-than-fiction setting of South Florida. Zola and queer neo-western The power of the dog. In addition to these winners, the festival will celebrate the work of filmmaker and choreographer Kenny Ortega with an encore screening of A change of heartincluding the festival premiere in 2017, and the life of Miami-born Sidney Poitier, with a screening of the 1961 film A raisin in the sun.

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Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet Anais in love will participate in the Jordan Ressler First Feature section.

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The Miami Film Festival is also delighted to welcome back a distinguished group of former filmmakers with their latest films, including new works by Carlos Saura, Roger Michell and Agnieszka Woszczynska. Other films to watch are the Cannes competition titles of François Ozon with his family medical drama Everything went well and the famous modern fairy tale by Céline Sciamma Little mom. The festival will bring the long delay A second by Chinese author Zhang Yimou as well. Originally slated to premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, it was mysteriously pulled shortly before the premiere. While the official reason was “technical difficulties”, many suspect political censorship.

Amidst these established cinematic figures, this year’s festival places particular emphasis on the future through emerging filmmakers. Set to usher in a new generation, the Knight Marimbas section is for international narrative films “that best exemplify the richness and resonance for the future of cinema.” Headliners in this group include Francisca Algeria’s The cow that sang a song to the futurea magico-realistic environmental parable of Chile, and Neptune Frostfrom Rwandan filmmakers Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams, an Afro-Sonic sci-fi musical about a romance between an intersex hacker and a coltan miner who sparks a revolution.

Another group of emerging filmmakers will compete in the Jordan Ressler First Feature section. The Gravedigger’s Wifea harrowing life and death story of Finnish-Somali writer-director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, will star Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet Anais in love, which refreshes the romantic comedy with an exquisite interpretation by Anaïs Demousier. These two films showcase the incredible variety and diversity of next generation cinema to be found in these sections of the festival.

Linked to a desire to cultivate and discover a new generation of filmmakers, the festival also highlights short films. The Knight Heroes program returns for a fourth year with a change in format and focus. Caitlin Mae Burke and Merrill Sterritt of Field of Vision’s IF/Then Shorts will lead a panel of filmmakers and development executives in a panel, “Scaling a Short Film Into a Short Form Series.” Aimed at South Florida creatives, the forum is an ambitious and valuable exercise for filmmakers to make their work marketable in an ever-changing media landscape dominated by streaming and fueled by an insatiable thirst for new content and innovative storytelling. and engaging.

Several short film competitions also support this move towards short filmmaking, including a Latino Short Film Award, a Miami International Short Film Award, a Short Doc competition, and the Florida Student film Cinemaslam competition.

The fact that the work of many Florida filmmakers can be found throughout the festival demonstrates the festival’s continued investment in fostering local filmmakers and the infrastructure of the independent film community. The Knight Made in MIA competition consists of 18 filmmakers from diverse practices vying for prizes totaling $55,000.

In its 39th year, the Miami Film Festival remains highly localized and incredibly international. Both rooted in tradition and ready for the future, the festival remains an institution in its own right connecting Miami to the exciting world of international cinema.

Miami Film Festival. From Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 13, at various locations; miamifilmfestival.com.