Latin American Films at Miami Film Festival

06/03/2010 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment


The 27th edition of the Miami International Film Festival, which runs from Friday through March 14 and will include screenings of 115 movies from 45 countries and five international premieres, is noteworthy for its healthy selection of Latin American cinema.

Wrapping up the festival on Awards Night will be the Argentine-Spanish drama “El secreto de sus ojos” (The Secret in Their Eyes), which has been nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.

Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella’s sixth feature-length film, it tells the story of Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin), a recently retired prosecutor who becomes wrapped up in the investigation of the brutal rape and murder of a young woman.

Another Spanish-language picture in the running for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is Peruvian director Claudia Llosa’s “La teta asustada” (Milk of Sorrow), which will also be screened during this year’s MIFF.

Winner of the top prize at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, the movie’s title refers to the folk belief that women sexually abused during a brutal internal conflict in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s passed their trauma on to their children through their breast milk.

Meanwhile, the films in the Ibero-American Competition include “La Yuma,” a movie similar to Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” about a Nicaraguan female boxer; and Spanish director Mar Coll’s “Tres die amb la familia” (Three Days with the Family), a film that depicts the hidden problems of a conservative, middle-class Catalan family.

Coll’s work earned him a Goya prize – Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars – for best new director.

A special career-achievement tribute will be paid at this year’s festival to German director Margarethe Von Trotta.

“Considered a pioneer and an icon of international feminist cinema since the 1970s, acclaimed German actress and director Margarethe von Trotta ranks among the world’s most important filmmakers,” the MIFF said on its Web site.

A special screening of her latest film, “Vision,” which tells the story of a German Benedictine abbess, Hildegard of Bingen, a visionary leader credited with ushering Europe out of the Dark Ages, will take place on March 10 at the Gusman Center.

Produced and hosted by Miami-Dade College, the MIFF is the only major film festival housed within an educational institution.

Source: Latin American Herald


Entry filed under: ARGENTINIAN CINEMA, DIRECTORS, ECUADOR CINEMA, FILM FESTIVALS, LATIN AMERICAN FILM, MIAMI FILM FEST, PERUVIAN CINEMA, SPANISH CINEMA. Tags: , , , , .

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