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29th Miami International Film Festival

March 2 -11, 2012

What is It All About

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition this year, is considered the pre-eminent Ibero-American film festival in the US. The annual festival, produced and presented by the Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70, 000 audience members and 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 world, international, North American, US and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made it a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent.

Watch Out For

Opening Night Film:

The World Premiere of Tom Gustafson’s musical tour-de-force Mariachi Gringo.Actors Shawn Ashmore, Adriana Barraza and Mexican starlet Martha Higareda are expected to attend the premiere of the film.

7 World Premiere Features

Born & Raised (US); La Casa Del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles (US/Ecuador); The Diary Of Preston Plummer (US); Hombre y Tierra (US); Mariachi Gringo (Mexico/US); The Porcelain Horse (Ecuador); Underground Hip-Hop in China (China/US)

4 World Premiere

Shorts The Beach Chronicles AGX (US); Beyond Assignment (US); Cell Phone Zombies (Cel zombies) (Ecuador); Shift (US)

5 International Premieres

180 Seconds (180 segundos) (Colombia); Baracoa: Where Cuba Began (Baracoa: 500 Años Despues) (Spain); Ben Lee: Catch My Disease (Australia); Speechless (Sin palabras) (Colombia); Zoo (Zoológico) (Chile)

10 North American Premieres

Annalisa (Il Paese Delle Spose Infelici) (Italy);Choked (South Korea); Code Blue (The Netherlands); A Cube Of Sugar (Ye Habeh Gand) (Iran);  I’d Receive The Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips (Eu Receberia As Piores Notícias De Seus Lindos Lábios) (Brazil); In The Name of The Girl (En el nombre de la hija) (Ecuador); Motherland or Death (Patria o Muerte) (Russia); Pescador (Ecuador/ Colombia); Promising The Moon (Das Blaue Vom Himmel) (Germany); Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (Un Giorno Questo Dolore Ti  Sará Utile)  (Italy/US)

10 US Premieres

Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino) (Argentina/Spain); The Cat Vanishes (El gato desaparece) (Argentina); Distance (Distancia) (Guatemala); The Fifth Commandment (El quinto mandamiento) (Mexico); Heleno (Brazil); The Sleeping Voice (La voz dorminda) (Spain); Porfirio (Colombia/Spain/Uruguay/Argentina/France); The Strawberry Tree (El arbol de las fresas) (Canada); UFO In Her Eyes (Germany/China); Vaquero (Argentina).

Tribute To Robert Loggia

On Monday, March 5, the festival will celebrate the dynamic career of award-winning American actor Robert Loggia, prior to the World Premiere of Sean Ackerman’s made-in-Florida romance, The Diary Of Preston Plummer. Loggia, a veteran Hollywood character actor and 1985 Academy Award nominee for Jagged Edge, is well-loved by Miami audiences for his role as Frank Lopez in Brian de Palma’s classic Scarface, and has made many more memorable appearances in films such as Big, Independence Day, Prizzi’s Honor, Lost Highway, An Officer And A Gentleman and HBO’s The Sopranos.

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