The 30th anniversary edition of the Miami International Film Festival (March 1-10) has announced its full slate, which this year includes 45 films that will be making their world, international, North American and U.S. premieres.
World premieres include “The Boy Who Smells Like Fish” starring Zoe Kravitz and Douglass Smith about a lonely boy with a weird condition, “Eenie Meenie Miney Moe,” a crime drama about a two truck driver from the team behind MIFF11’s “Magic City Memoirs,” “Sanitarium” starring Robert Englund, Malcom McDowell, and Loud Diamond Phillips in three separate stories set in a mental asylum, and “Marriage (Matrimonio)” loosely based on James Joyce’s “Ulysses” starring Cecilia Roth and Dario Grandinetti.
The festival will open with Morgan Neville’s “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” which turns the spotlight on the many unknown backup singers behind famed musicans like Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger. Maiken Baird and Michelle Major’s “Venus and Serena,” a revealing look at the tennis champion sisters will close the festival on March 10.
Full lineup can be found on page two with synopses courtesy of Miami.
10 World Premiere Features
“The Boy Who Smells Like Fish” (Canada/Mexico, directed by Analeine Cal y Mayor)
A lonely young boy with an odd medical condition is befriended by a new girl (Zoe Kravitz) who is the only one not put off by his strange circumstances.
“Calloused Hands“ (USA, directed by Jesse Quiñones)
A Miami boy’s journey into manhood over the most important summer of his life as he must learn to escape the influence of his mother’s alcoholic boyfriend (Andre Royo of “The Wire”).
“Cinco De Mayo: The Battle“ (Mexico, directed by Rafa Lara)
An epic and emotional history of the Battle of Puebla, immortalized 150 years ago on May 5, 1862, when the small, poorly equipped Mexican army stunned its French occupiers with a decisive victory.
“Eenie Meenie Miney Moe“ (USA, directed by Jokes Yanes)
From the creative team of MIFF11’s massive hit “Magic City Memoirs,“ a visionary new look at Miami’s mean streets.
“The Go Doc Project“ (USA, directed by Cory James Krueckeberg)
Too shy to make a proper introduction, a recent college grad devises to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy he’s cyber-obsessed with.
“Marriage (Matrimonio)“ (Argentina, directed by Carlos Jaureguialzo)
Cecilia Roth and Dario Grandinetti star in this drama about a married couple struggling to keep their union afloat; based loosely on James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”
“The Midnight Game“ (USA, directed by Alejandro Calvo)
A group of teenagers get together at an old house to enact a ritual called “The Midnight Game;” will they live to tell about it?
“Sanitarium“ (USA, directed Bryan Ramirez)
Malcom McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Englund star in three separate stories set in an eerie mental asylum.
Netherlands/France, directed by Guillermo Rocamora)
A trumpeter for the Uruguayan Air Force Band finds an opportunity to make his dreams come true after enrolling in a music contest.
“Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War“ (USA, directed by Jesse Acevedo)
Risking his freedom, director Jesse Acevedo documents the extraordinary underground rap music that is helping brew a new counterrevolution within Cuba.
- “Eleven: Twelve” (USA/Portugal, directed by JC Barros)
- “Red Wine” (Vino Tinto) (USA, directed by Carlos Gutierrez)
- “Yasuni” (Ecuador, directed by Nicolas Entel)
5 International Premiere Features
“Miguel, San Miguel“ (Chile, directed by Matías Cruz)
Music bio-pic tracing the beginnings of rebel Chilean band Los Prisioneros, in the midst of that country’s dictatorship.
“The Moving Creatures“ (O Que Se Move) (Brazil, directed by Caetano Gotardo)
Three mothers cope with their worst nightmare, the loss of a child, in separate tales that astonish with narrative innovation and stylistic surprises.
“Rio 2096: A Story Of Love And Fury“ (Uma História De Amor E Fúria) (Brazil, directed by Luiz Bolognesi)
A futuristic animated fantasy that charts 600 years of Brazilian culture’s evolution to present day, and beyond.
“The Trip 2 (El Paseo 2)” (Colombia, directed by Harold Trompetero)
John Leguizamo and Karen Martinez star as a married couple who embark on an increasingly disastrous vacation in this Colombian box office mega-hit.
“Vinyl Days“ (Días De Vinilo) (Argentina/Colombia, directed by Gabriel Nesci)
Childhood friends who have grown up together sharing a fascination for classic rock on vinyl run aground in various ways when adulthood strikes.
1 International Premiere Short Film
- “Of Other Carnivals (De Outros Carnavais)“ (Brazil, directed by Paulo Miranda)
9 North American Premiere Features
“Dark Blood“ (Netherlands, directed by George Sluizer, music by Florencia di Concilio)
River Phoenix’s final movie has its US premiere, 20 years after his tragic death.
“My German Friend (El Amigo Alemán)“ (Germany/Argentina, directed by Jeanine Meerapfel)
A young Jewish woman falls in love with the son of German Nazis hiding in Buenos Aires after the war.
“A Gun In Each Hand (Una Pistola En Cada Mano)“ (Spain, directed by Cesc Gay)
An all-star mostly male cast (including Ricardo Darín and Luis Tosar) field the melancholic, comedic, erotic and dramatic mysteries of women.
“Measuring The World (Die Vermessung Der Welt)“ (Germany, directed by Detlev Buck
Mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and geographer/explorer Alexander von Humboldt’s achievements and adventures come to life in amazing 3D.
“Molasses (Melaza)“ (Cuba/France/Panama, directed by Carlos Días Lechuga)
Monica and Aldo cling to hope after the sugar mill is shut down and the social order begins to disintegrate in Melaza, Cuba.
“No Autumn, No Spring (Sin Otoño Sin Primavera)“ (Ecuador/France, directed by Iván Mora)
Punk ballad that portrays the life of good-student-turned-rebel Lucas living in Guayaquil, while Martin returns from wandering abroad to visit ex-girlfriend Antonia, who has a wild proposal.
“A Perfect Plan (Un Plan Parfait)“ (France, directed by Pascal Chaumeil)
From the producers of the French hit “The Intouchables,” Diane Kruger stars in this uproarious farce about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth to avoid her family’s ages-old marriage curse.
“So Much Water (Tanta Agua)“ (Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands, directed by Ana Guevara & Leticia Jorge)
A family vacation is bogged down by unrelenting rain, as a teenage girl and her divorced father try to find common ground.
“Why Did You Leave? (Por Que Vocȇ Partiu?)“ (Brazil, directed by Eric Belhassem)
Five exceptional French gastronomic chefs decide to leave their homes and rebuild their lives in Brazil and mesh their continental sensibilities, in different ways, with the rhythms of their new home.
16 U.S Premiere Features
“The Artist and the Model (El Artista y la Modelo)“ (Spain, directed by Fernando Trueba)
Fernando Trueba marks a record 10th appearance at MIFF with his latest masterpiece, an elegiac drama of the passions of an elderly sculptor (the legendary Jean Rochefort) and his young muse. Claudia Cardinale also stars.
“Blondie“ (Sweden, directed by Jesper Ganslandt)
Three sisters bring secrets and addictions home to their mother for her 70th birthday.
“Dust (Polvo)“ (Guatemala, directed by Julio Hernández Cordón)
Juan is desperate to find the person responsible for his father’s disappearance, and his obsession will lead to fatal consequences.
“Capadocia 3″ (Mexico/USA, directed by Pedro Pablo Ibarra, Javier Patrón, Moises Urquidi & Carlos Carrera)
The powerful Capadocia dramatizes the lives of various women imprisoned in a Mexico City jail.
“Comrade Kim Goes Flying” (Belgium/United Kingdom/D.P.R of Korea, directed by Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner & Kim Gwang-hun)
Comrade Kim works as a coal miner in a small town but has big dreams of becoming an acrobat and performing at a circus in this unexpectedly wacky film from North Korea.
“Day Of The Flowers“ (United Kingdom, directed by John Roberts)
Ballet superstar Carlos Acosta stars in this side-splitting tale of two Scottish sisters’ misadventures on a trip to Cuba.
“Dead Europe“ (Australia/United Kingdom, directed by Tony Krawitz)
An Australian photographer finds shocking truths about his ancestry after he travels to Greece to reconnect with his family’s native land.
“Edificio Royale“ (Colombia/Venezuela/Germany, directed by Iván Wild)
The tenants of a Colombian high-rise apartment crisscross with darkly comic misunderstandings, involving tarot cards, embalmed bodies, TV psychics, and Tom Cruise.
“Gone Fishing (Días De Pesca)“ (Argentina, directed by Carlos Sorín)
Marco looks for redemption and reconciliation on a fishing trip in the beautiful countryside of Patagonia.
“Good Luck Sweetheart (Boa Sorte, Meu Amor)“ (Brazil, directed by Daniel Aragão)
Upper-class playboy Dirceu falls in love with Maria, a beautiful music student from a blue-collar background, but when she disappears Dirceu falls into a downward spiral.
“Hand In Hand“ (France, directed by Valérie Donzelli)
Hélène share a deep passion for contemporary dance, but Véro will soon realize she may lose Hélène … to Joakim, Véro’s husband.
“It Was the Son (É Stato il giglio)“ (Italy, directed by Daniele Cipri)
The accidental killing of a young girl results in her family applying for compensation from the state for those affected by the Mafia, and the money begins to change family dynamics.
“L’Affaire Dumont“ (Canada, directed by Daniel Grou)
Riveting true story about a convenience store clerk falsely accused and sentenced for rape, and his struggle to set himself free.
“Sagrada: The Mystery Of Creation (Sagrada: El Misteri De La Creasio)“ (Switzerland, directed by Stefan Haupt)
In Barcelona, a crew of modern artisans reach deep within themselves to complete Gaudi’s vision for his masterwork Sagrada Familia cathedral
“Three Kids (Twa Timoun)“ (Belgium/Haiti, directed by Jonas D’Adesky)
After Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake destroys their orphanage home, three boys wander the streets of Port-au-Prince, lost in the confusion and chaos that grips their nation.
“Villegas“ (Argentina/Netherlands/France, directed by Gonzalo Tobal)
Two Argentine cousins are thrown together when they are forced to leave Buenos Aires for an unexpected, touching road trip to their childhood home.
1 U.S Premiere Short Film
- “Ebb & Flow (A Onda Traz, O Vento Leva)“ (Brazil/Spain, directed by Gabriel Mascaro)