Miami Fest Announces More Films, Tribute To Carlos Saura
by Christopher Henderson
The Miami International Film Festival, which runs February 21- March 2, will give its first annual Filmmaker's Tribute to Spanish director Carlos Saura. The 71-year-old director of "Bunuel y La Mesa Del Rey Salomon," "El Amor Brujo," "Carmen," and "Cria Cuevos" will be presented with the award in a special ceremony at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts during the festival.
"The name Carlos Saura is synonymous with the intelligence and passion that is so often associated with Spanish film," said festival director Nicole Guillemet in a prepared statement. "We're thrilled to pay tribute to this original, talented and prolific artist."
In addition to presenting Saura with the award, the festival will screen the North American premiere of his most recent film, "Salome." Miami also announced 17 more films to be shown at this year's event. Among the films just revealed are Augustin Diaz Yanes' comedy, "Don't Tempt Me," starring Victoria Abril and Penelope Cruz as an angel and a waitress-from-hell battling over the soul of a boxer with a brain injury, and "Laurel Canyon," Lisa Cholodenko's follow up to "High Art" with Frances McDormand as a free-wheeling L.A. record producer whose Harvard med school graduate son has just moved back home with his fiancee.
Other highlights of the second round of films are "Bend it Like Beckham," the story of a talented young female soccer player from director Gurinder Chadha, the U.S. premiere of the Polish animated feature "Eden" about a post-Eden world where good and evil continuously battle for control, and Valery Todorovsky's "Ljubovnik" (The Lover) about two men who are brought together after the woman they both love dies of a heart attack. Patrice Leconte will also offer the U.S. premiere of "Man on the Train." Two high-profile Brazilian screenings will be Karim Ainouz's "Madame Sata" and Jose Padilha's "Bus 174."
The festival also announced that its Cinema on the Sand slate of beach screenings will include Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense," John Waters' "Hairspray," and the 25th anniversary edition of "Grease."
For more information, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com.