Actor Richard Gere will open the 34th edition of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Miami Film Festival on March 3, followed by an Opening Night Gala screening of his new film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, directed by 2-time Oscar-nominated Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar, with the CHAMPAGNE & STARS Opening Night Party, presented by Korbel, to follow at Miami’s Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building.
Richard Gere, Rossy de Palma, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Rashida Jones & Edward James Olmos…
“Richard Gere began his career with brave choices that catapulted him into stardom. His most recent acting has demonstrated a new force – deeper, more personal and more profound,” said Festival director Jaie Laplante.
“With Joseph Cedar’s brilliant take on power and responsibility in today’s political arena, Gere creates one of his most indelible characters with Norman Oppenheimer. It is an honor to have both Richard Gere and Joseph Cedar present Norman. It will be one of 2017’s most talked-about films, to open the 34th Miami Film Festival.”
The 34th Annual Edition!
The Festival will present 131 feature narratives, feature documentaries, and films from 40 countries, including 22 world and international premieres. Thirty-six of the films are directed or co-directed by women filmmakers.
The Festival will close with an Awards Night Gala screening of the International premiere of For Your Own Good.
Among the Festival’s many highlights…
An evening with Spanish actress and fashion icon Rossy de Palma as part of the CINEDWNTWN Gala events at Miami’s historic Olympia Theater, presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority.
Artist Jessica Mitrani will lead an on-stage conversation with de Palma about her film work, including her collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar on films such as the current hit Julieta, and Mitrani’s own collaboration with de Palma on the short film “Travelling Lady.”
The evening is presented in collaboration with Faena Arts and The Screening Room.
World Premieres & More…
Notable world premieres include the Emilio Estefan produced A Change of Heart, filmed in Miami and starring Gloria Estefan, Aimee Teegarden, Virginia Madsen, Jim Belushi and William Levy, directed by High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega.
Uruguayan-Argentine director Adrián Caetano, who competed in Cannes in 2006 (Chronicle of an Escape), will debut his new film The Lost Brother (El otro hermano).
Former Miami Herald writer Jill Bauer and former staff photographer Ronna Gradus will return to the Festival with a new Netflix series, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.
Also visiting this year’s Festival is legendary actor Edward James Olmos. He will be presenting his new co-production, in which he also stars, Monday Nights at Seven.
Directors, Filmakers and more…
Two revered directors will receive spotlight MARQUEE EVENINGS. Director Radu Mihaileanu, winner of Miami Film Festival’s Audience Award in 1999, will present the North American premiere of The History of Love. The film is a sweeping adaptation of the bestselling novel by Nicole Krauss.
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig will present her touching and hilarious new United Kingdom production, Their Finest.
Miami born documentarian David Borenstein presents the premiere of Dream Empire. The film is based on his personal experience in the center of the Chongqing, China real estate boom.
For more information about Miami Film Festival, please visit: 2017.miamifilmfestival.com