The Miami International Film Festival (March 6-15) launches this weekend in balmy Florida with a full-bodied slate of international cinema. With its special focus on Ibero-American and Cuban films, the 32nd edition presents many North American premieres alongside hot circuit titles from Sundance, Cannes and beyond.
From Sundance, acclaimed docs “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” Brett Morgan’s portrait of the haunted Nirvana frontman, and “Best of Enemies,” Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s account of the televised sparring wars between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, touch down in Miami.
Cinephiles should know that the Miami Beach Cinematheque has partnered with the festival to present an Orson Welles retrospective featuring “Citizen Kane,” “The Stranger,” “The Lady From Shanghai,” “Touch of Evil” and “Othello.”
Hotly anticipated 2014 circuit titles making their Florida premieres include Roy Andersson’s Venice Golden Lion winner “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” on opening night, Christian Petzold’s film-noir Holocaust drama “Phoenix,” Benoit Jacquot’s “3 Hearts” starring a trio of knockout European actresses (Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), foreign Oscar nominee “Wild Tales,” foreign Oscar submissions “Saint Laurent” from France and “White God” from Hungary, and much more.
TOH! will be covering the festival this weekend, so stay tuned for our coverage. Survey the fest’s complete program here.