Miami-Dade College held a press conference this morning to unveil the 27th Miami International Film Festival, which runs March 5-14. I haven't seen any of the films in this year's slate, but I've heard about a lot of them, and I am officially psyched. Here is the 2010 festival poster, created by Miami artist Carlos Betancourt.
I'm glad to see that the festival's programming continues on the ambitious and sometimes challenging path that artistic director Tiziana Finzi began last year. The festival will open with Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, about a middle-aged postman who starts seeking life advice from famed soccer star Eric Cantona (who plays himself. The closing night film will be the Argentine drama The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos), about a retired prosecutor (the great Ricardo Darin) who reopens the unsolved case of the rape and murder of a young woman.
The recipient of this year's Career Achievement Tribute will be Margarethe von Trotta, the German actress and director who became an icon of international feminist cinema in the 1970s. Several of her films will be screened, including her latest, Vision, based on the life of the German nun Hildegard von Bingen, the renowned author and composer.
Tickets will go on sale Feb. 5 for Film Society members and Feb. 19 for the general public. Festival screenings will be held at the Gusman Theater, Regal South Beach, Bill Cosford Cinema, the Miami Beach Cinematheque and the Tower Theater.
I'm still working my way through the program, but here are some other festival selections I'm really looking forward to seeing. You can check out the complete lineup here sometime later today:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Everyone I know who's read Stieg Larsson's bestseller, the first in a trilogy, has raved about it and told me to read it immediately. I've been holding out for director Niels Arden Oplev's film adaptation, made for Swedish TV, about a journalist and a computer hacker who uncover all kinds of scary business while investigating a disappearance.
Kinatay: Phillippine director Brillante Mendoza won the Best Director prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival for this galvanizing and controversial thriller about a kidnapping that goes horribly awry. The festival is also screening Mendoza's latest film, Lola, about two grandmothers implicated in a robbery-homicide.
Sins of My Father (Pecados de mi padre): Director Nicolas Entel's documentary allows Pablo Escobar's eldest son, who fled Colombia in 1993 after his notorious father was killed, to talk about growing up with the world's most wanted drug dealer as your father.
Trash Humpers: Love them or hate them, Harmony Korine's movies (Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy) leave a searing imprint. His latest, an "ode to vandalism," follows four lunatic senior citizens as they embark on a crazed rampage.
Samson & Delilah: Australian director Warwick Thornon's acclaimed love story centers on two teenagers from an Aboriginal colony who discover life among outsiders can be just as hard as life within your own clan.
Kiddo (Chamaco): The latest from Cuban director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti (Viva Cuba, Nothing More) tackles the taboo subject of desperate young men living on the island who resort to prostitution.
Please Give: Filmmaker Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking) returns with this comedy about a married couple (Hialeah homegirl Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt) who make a living passing off cheaply acquired furniture as high-priced treasures in their Manhattan store.