Miami Film Festival GEMS will feature a line-up heavy on foreign-language Oscar submissions bookended by Colombia’s Birds Of Passage from Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra and Spain’s Oscar submission Champions by Javier Fesser.
Miami Dade College top brass announced the roster on Tuesday (18) ahead of this year’s festival, which runs from October 11-14.
The selection includes Nadine Labaki’s Lebanese submission Capernaum, Border by Ali Abbasi, which will fly the flag for Sweden, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Polish film Cold War, South Korea’s submission Burning by Chang-dong Lee, Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, and Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back.
All will screen in The Spotlight Stage for high-profile features by internationally renowned directors. The Discovery Stage showcasing work by emerging talents includes Italian crime drama Boys Cry from Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino, and Paul Dano’s Wildlife.
Goya-winning Spanish actress Bárbara Lennie will receive the festival’s Precious Gem Award prior to the presentation of her newest film, Petra.
Cinematographer Diego García, who shot Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, will receive the Art of Light Award and participate in a conversation prior to the Florida premiere of Wildlife.
Returning for a second consecutive year to Miami Film Festival GEMS is the virtual reality sidebar Virtual Escape, in partnership with MDC’s Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC), featuring five projects of 360°, VR and Alternative Gaming available through the entire GEMS weekend.
The 36th edition of the Miami Film Festival will take place from March 1-10, 2019, when many of the titles in GEMS are expected to compete in the main awards categories. Click here for the complete GEMS line-up.