Pablo Larrain’s Ema, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Mariana Di Girolamo
Pablo Larrain’s Ema, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Mariana Di Girolamo

Film stars Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang will join director Giuseppe Capotondi tonight on the Opening Night Red Carpet of the 37th Miami Film Festival to present their new film The Burnt Orange Heresy, at the historic Olympia Theater. The Festival will run from March 6 to 15.

The Opening Night ceremonies will include the presentation of the Festival’s first two awards, to Pablo Larrain’s Ema, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Mariana Di Girolamo, who is scheduled to attend the Festival later in the week to be honored as one of Variety’s 10 Latinxs To Watch for 2020.

The Oolite Arts Miami Film Festival Poster Design Award will go to Daniel González Sánchez of Buena Suerte ;studio in Santiago, Chile for his design for Ema. The selection was made by celebrated illustrator and movie poster art designer Akiko Stehrenberger, who commented: “I chose Ema because the imagery is striking and gets me interested in learning what the film is about. The composition is simple and clean, the type layout and font choice is well considered, and the restrained color palette with the pop of fuchsia is eye catching. Less is more always wins with me!” Stehrenberger included honorable mentions for additional outstanding poster designs for the short films “Wax Paul Now” and “Buddy Boca”.

The Oolite Arts Miami Film Festival Trailer Award will go to Hands Up Paris for their trailer for Ema. The selection was made by the 2019 winner of the award, Los Angeles-based editor Joe Hackman, who said in a statement: “It hooked me from the beginning. I loved the way the music was fully integrated into the piece, the beautiful photography of Valparaíso, and the strong emotions that come bursting out with the dance in the second half. The editing was stylized but felt true to the style and flair of Larraín’s vision…When the trailer ended, I immediately wanted to know everything about the film. That is the definition of a successful trailer.” Hackman included honorable mentions for additional outstanding trailers for This is Cristina and Instinct and to Miami-based editor Rodrigo Alfonso for his trailer for the short film “Being”.

Ema by Pablo Larraín – Trailer

The presentation of the Poster Design Award will be made by Aaron Feinberg, CFO of Oolite Arts, and Feinberg and Joe Hackman will mutually present the Trailer Award. Hackman is attending the Festival to give a Oolite Skills Master Class at Miami Film Festival on “The Art of Trailer Editing”, scheduled for Saturday, March 7,at 12:30 p.m., at Silverspot Cinemas.

An additional Oolite Skills Master Class at Miami Film Festival on “The Art of a Great Film Poster” with designer Edel Rodriguez, will take place on Saturday, March 14,at 12:30 p.m., at Silverspot Cinemas.

Ema will screen twice at Miami Film Festival, Monday, March 9at 7 p.m., at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.

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