Thursday, February 28, 2008

25th Miami International Film Festival

The fest runs from today until March 9th and has some new and interesting movies in the two main in competition programs. The films statistics mention 120 films from 50 coutries and 400 filmakers with 250 screenings and 25 seminars.

Dramatic Features: World Cinema Competition

Bajo Las Estrellas (Under the Stars), Félix Viscarret, Spain
Blind, Tamar van den Dop, Netherlands, Belgium and Bulgaria (interesting!)
Muay Thai Chaiya (Chaiya), Kongkiat Komesiri, Thailand
Confessions of a Gambler, Rayda Jacobs, South Africa
Darling, Chistine Carriére, France (could be interesting)
The Drummer, Kenneth Bi, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Germany
Horror Which is Always with You, Arkadiy Yakhnis, Russia (diverting, absurdist tragicomedy with a Kafkaesque bent.. wow1)
Konyec, Gabor Rohoyi, Hungary
Luo Ye Guin Gen (Getting Home), Yang Zhang, Hong Kong and China (A must be seen)
Mutluluk (Bliss), Abdullah Oguz, Turkey and Greece (interesting)
Ocean of Pearls, Sarab S Neelam, USA
Sztuczki (Tricks), Andrzej Jakimowski, Poland
Tesko Je Biti Fin (It’s Hard to be Nice), Srdan Vuletic, UK, Slovenia, Serbia, Germany, and Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tnuah Meguna (Foul Gesture), Itshak (Tzahi) Grad, Israel
Unfinished Sky, Peter Duncan, Australia (related to The Polish Bride)
Unrelated, Joanna Hogg, UK (interesting!)

To check movie info and synopsis go here.

Dramatic Features: Ibero-American Cinema Competition (showcases first and second time Latin American, Spain and Portugal directors)

Cochochi, Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Mexico
Cordero de Dios (Lamb of God), Lucía Cedrón, Argentina
Cuando Me Toque a Mi (My Time Will Come), Víctor Arregui, Ecuador and Venezuela
Eat For This is My Body, Michelange Quay, Haiti and France
Encarnación, Anahí Berneri, Argentina
Estômago (Estômago – a gastronomic story), Marcos Jorge, Brazil and Italy
Las Niñas (The Girls), Rodrigo Marín, Chile
El Otro (The Other), Ariel Rotter, Argentina, France and Germany (very long wait to be able to see this movie!)
Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids), Ernesto Contreras, Mexico
Partes Usadas (Used Parts), Aarón Fernández, Mexico
Perro come Perro (Dog Eat Dog), Carlos Moreno, Colombia
Personal Belongings, Alejandro Brugués, Cuba
Postales de Leningrado (Postcards from Leningrad), Mariana Rondón, Venezuela
La Zona (The Zone), Rodrigo Plá, Mexico

To check movie info and synopsis go here.

Tonight the Opening Night Film is La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon), Patricia Riggen, Mexico and USA.

If you’re interested in checking more movies go to the International Panorama section that has some more interesting films. To check the site and all the program go here.

The MIFF program will go abroad to Mexico in August 2008, so if you cannot catch the movies there, you still can see some in the in Mexico City within the Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo de la Ciudad de México.

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