Gems 2017 arrives, a select preview of the Miami Film Festival

Miami will host the Gems Film Festival (Gems) from October 12 to 15, which features a dozen outstanding films, including the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, as an advance of the next edition of the international film competition of this city , which takes place in March.

“The Square” (Sweden), directed by Ruben Östlund, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and aspiring to be an Oscar nominee, is one of the “gems” of the competition, which will be inaugurated with the screening of “Call Me By Your Name” (Italy / France), directed by Luca Guadagnino.

Spain has an important representation in this contest that is organized by the Miami Dade College (MDC), is based on a historic cinema on Calle Ocho and in which there are plenty of films awarded at other festivals and aspiring to compete in the upcoming awards Oscar.

“I can not say goodbye,” by Lino Escalera, who will accompany the premiere of his film in America, “Life and Nothing Else,” a co-production with the United States led by Antonio Méndez Esparza, who will also be at the festival, “NO, a flamenco story (Spain), by José Luis Tirado, are on the list.

Also will be presented “Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)” (Spain), directed by Carla Simón, winner of the Best Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2017, and the Grand Prize for Best Spanish Film at the Film Festival of Malaga 2017 and finalist of the Spanish selection for the Oscars.

The representation of Latin America is in “The Bride of the Desert” (Argentina / Chile), directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato and starring Chilean Paulina García (“Gloria”).

Other films selected include “In The Fade” (Germany), directed by Fatih Akin and selected by Germany to compete in the Oscars, “My Friend Dahmer (United States), directed by Marc Meyers, and” The Workshop ” directed by Laurent Cantet.

“Son of Sofia, directed by Elina Psikou and awarded at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is also in this third edition of Gems, as well as” The Florida Project “(USA), directed by Sean Baker, who will attend the presentation, which will take place on October 5, ahead of the general program.

“Faces Places” (France), a collaboration between Belgian director Agnès Varda and street artist JR and winner of L’Oeil d’Or (Ojo Dorado) in Cannes, and “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” ( United Kingdom), by Lili Fini Zanuck, represent the documentary genre.

The program is complemented by a seminar-talk entitled “Do not Take Yes For An Answer”, with Haitian-Miami filmmakers Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste, architects of the eight-episode web series “Vakabon”, filmed entirely in Miami, which will be released in 2018.

The series, with a cost of 2.5 million dollars, was born of the winning proposal that made the duo of Miami to the first contest “Get The Greenlight Digital Series”, Project Greenlight Digital Studio, in 2016.


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