As the Miami Internation
al Film Festival approaches its milestone 30th anniversary, MIFF will for the first time honor two directors with a Career Achievement Tribute: Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallström and Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba, with screenings of new works from both directors. Previous honorees include Luc Besson, Wim Wenders and Susanne Bier.
Hallström, who has found success with both highly acclaimed films in his native Sweden ("My Life As A Dog") as well as in the United States ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" "The Cider House Rules"), brings the festival "The Hypnotist," which marks the first film he has made in Sweden in twenty-five years. Revolving around a "disgraced hypnotist whose son disappears after he secretly aids a police detective trying to solve a brutal and horrifying murder," the film stars Lena Olin and Mikael Persbrandt. It is also Sweden's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year's Academy Awards. Hallström hosted the U.S. premiere of "My Life As A Dog" at MIFF nearly 30 years ago.
Fernando, fresh off his animated Oscar-nominated "Chico & Rita" earlier this year, will showcase his new World War II-set film "The Artist and the Model," which was on Spain's shortlist for their Oscar submission (the prize going to the silent take on Snow White, "Blancanieves"). The director has appeared at the Festival ten times, with three of his films acting as Opening Night events.
The Festival runs March 1-March 10. More information can be found on the Festival's official website.