13 Oscar-winning international films on display in Miami – CVBJ

Miami Film Festival starring its executive director, Jaie Laplante, and programming director, Lauren Cohen.

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Miami Film Festival and Tower Theater at Miami Dade College (MDC) gathered to present until February 7 13 international films aspiring to be at this year’s Oscars, at a time when the coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on audiences.

The screening of these films in the Best International Feature Film category will take place at the historic MDC Tower Theater., located in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, and features five US premieres that can be seen ahead of the nominations announced for the 94th Academy Awards.

The Oscars released a list of 15 finalists in the category of best international film out of 93 films from all over the world.

“This is the first time that we are doing a series like this and the magic of the Oscar continues to be golden, because the emotion among our customers is very strong”, Jaie Laplante, executive director of Miami Film Festival and co-director of programming, Told .. of the Tower Theater.

Laplante said this room is spacious enough for guests to maintain social distance and “still have an excellent view on the big screen.”

“The first opportunity for the public to see these great films! The organization highlighted in a statement in which it also announced the holding of a nominees roundtable for the Miami Film Festival, which will take place next March.

The exhibit allows moviegoers to “view several of the shortlisted films before nominations are announced” for the American Academy Awards.

Mexican “Prayers for the Stolen” is one of the selected titles to be exhibited at the Tower Theater. The film is the directorial debut of Mexican documentary filmmaker Tatiana Huezo.

Written and directed by Huezo herself, the film (initially known as “Noche de fuego”) tells the story of three teenagers from a mountain town in Mexico who take refuge in their friendship to face the harsh reality that they live in the shadow of drug trafficking.

Setting provided today by Netflix that shows a scene from the Mexican film “Prayers for the Stolen”, one of the titles the Miami Film Festival will present at the historic Tower Theater at Miami Dade College. . / Netflix

Among the films having their American premiere in Miami are the Kosovar “hive”, winner of three Sundance awards, and the Japanese “Drive My Car”, by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “One of the clear candidates for this year’s Oscar,” which will be screened on Jan. 15, according to the organization.

The Japanese film, adapted from a story by writer Haruki Murakami, was voted best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

They are also premiering in Miami Finnish “Compartment 6”, by Juho Kuosmanen, which received this year “ex aequo”, the Grand Prix du Jury of the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival; “Lunana: a yak in the classroom”, from Bhutan, the first time that a film from this South Asian country has appeared on the list of Oscar nominees, and the Belgian “playground”.

Another of the top contenders for Best International Film is the Danish “Escape”, winner of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France), one of the most important of its kind.

“Flee”, directed by Dane Jonas Poher Rasmussen, is a Denmark-Sweden-Norway-France co-production and was in the official selection of Cannes 2020 and was also awarded at the Sundance Film Festival. It also received the Special Distribution Prize and the Prize for Best Original Music.

It tells the true story of Amin, an Afghan refugee who fled to Europe via Russia under very difficult conditions.

The Oscars gala will take place on March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, so far, in a face-to-face format and nominations will be announced on February 8.

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Darcy J. Skinner