Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival unveiled their lineup for GEMS 2016, the annual four-day fall film event taking place October 13 to 16, 2016.
This year’s lineup includes major Award winners I, Daniel Blake (Cannes Palme D’Or) and The Salesman (Cannes Best Actor & Best Screenplay); Oscar candidates Toni Erdmann (Germany’s official submission) and Neruda (Chile’s official submission); and US premieres of major Ibero-american box office hits Kiki, Love to Love (Spain)and Marcos Carnevale’s Inseparables (Argentina).
Carnevale, a crowd favorite in Miami for earlier hits Elsa y Fred and Corazón de León, will be this year’s PRECIOUS GEM AWARD recipient for his career of popular and humanistic gifts to cinema.
GEMS will open with the Florida premiere of the documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America, that follows the rock giants on a road trip in early 2016 as they tour South America for the first time in over a decade. The film focuses especially on the dramatic lead up to their history-making final stop in Havana, Cuba.
As an ongoing staple of the Festival’s work, films with South Florida connections will be highlights of GEMS. Christine, based on the true story of Sarasota TV reporter Christine Chubbuck from the 1970’s featuring an Oscar-buzz performance by Rebecca Hall; Certain Women by Miami native Kelly Reichardt; and American indie film icon Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Danger about Miami resident and punk rock legend Iggy Pop, will all receive their Florida premieres at the Festival.
The full GEMS 2016 film slate includes:
*OPENING NIGHT FILM
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America (UK), directed by Paul Dugdale.
There are few places The Rolling Stones have never played. Until this past spring, Cuba was one of them.
*U.S. PREMIERE, PRECIOUS GEM AWARD NIGHT FILM
Inseparables (Argentina), directed by Marcos Carnevale. Spanish with English subtitles.
An inspired Argentine re-imaging of the French film The Intouchables, this version stars Oscar Martinez and Rodrigo de la Serna in bravado performances.
Certain Women (USA), directed by Kelly Reichardt.FLORIDA PREMIERE
Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams play three fascinating women not to be underestimated in rural Montana.
Christine (USA), directed by Antonio Campos.FLORIDA PREMIERE
The compassionate true story of one of the most shocking stories in Florida television news history.
Don’t Call Me Son (Mäe Só Há Uma) (Brazil), directed by Anna Muylaert.Portuguese with English subtitles. FLORIDA PREMIERE
The mysteries of maternal love envelop a young man who discovers he was stolen from his crib when he was a baby.
Gimme Danger (USA), directed by Jim Jarmusch. FLORIDA PREMIERE
A candid, funny, and poignant reflection on Iggy Pop’s career.
I, Daniel Blake (UK/France/Belgium), directed by Ken Loach. *FLORIDA PREMIERE. *WINNER OF CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PALME D’OR.
A working-class man prevented from working by his health condition fights a soulless bureaucracy that denies him societal aid.
Kiki, Love To Love (Kiki, El amor se hace) (Spain), directed by Paco Léon. Spanish with English subtitles. *U.S. PREMIERE
The biggest box office hit of the year in Spain so far, Kiki is a playful and pleasurable comedy about self-actualization through sexual fulfilment.
Neruda (Chile/Argentina/Spain/France), directed by Pablo Larrain. Spanish & French with English subtitles. FLORIDA PREMIERE *CHILE’S OSCAR SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in a slyly imaginative period piece, poised at the intersection of art, ambition and politics in 1940s Chile.
Old Stone (Lao Shi)(China/Canada), directed by Johnny Ma. Mandarin with English subtitles. FLORIDA PREMIERE
Based on real-life incidents in China, Old Stone is both a Kafkaesque nightmare of bureaucratic stupidity and a harrowing, impossible-to-shake thriller.
The Salesman (Forushande) (Iran/France), directed by Asghar Farhadi. Farsi with English subtitles. FLORIDA PREMIERE *WINNER OF CANNES FILM FESTIVAL BEST ACTOR & BEST SCREENPLAY
Two actors in an Iranian production of Death of a Salesman find the production’s morality begins to seep into their own lives after a brutal attack.
Soy Nero (Germany/Mexico/France), directed by Rafi Pitts. English & Spanish with English Subtitles FLORIDA PREMIERE *BEST FILM WINNER, BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A DREAM-Act teenager of Mexican descent fights to live in the community in which he was born, trading service to the USA in a quest for legitimization.
Toni Erdmann (Germany), directed by Maren Ade. English & German with English Subtitles. FLORIDA PREMIERE. *GERMANY’S OSCAR SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM
Beautifully constructed on every level, this German comedy is a love song to the divine maelstrom of parental love.