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The Miami Film Festival is Celebrating 37 Years

Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 14:09:02-04

Over 125 films from over 30 countries will be represented at the 37th annual Miami Film Festival.

From the opening night film to a world premiere documentary about Dr. Miami, we break down what you can expect to see at this year’s Miami Film Festival.

For 10 days the festival will showcase the world’s best and emerging movies and their filmmakers and it kicked off with a classic thriller, which starred Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang, and Mick Jagger.

"The opening night film is called 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' and it's just this fun, sexy, thriller that kind of takes place in the art world, which is so perfect for Miami since we have Art Basel, kind of pokes a little fun at it. But, it's just so much fun and it co-stars Mick Jagger, which what more can you want from an opening night film," said Lauren Cohen, Co-Director of Programming at the Miami Film Festival.

Another movie to look out for is the premiere of one of the most Miami films in the festival.

"There's one film called 'They Call Me Dr. Miami', which is a documentary about the most famous plastic surgeon in the country who goes by the name Dr. Miami. What makes him so popular is the fact that he live streams all of his surgeries on social media. It's just this fun and crazy documentary about this man who is this crazy social media figure but also is an Orthodox Jew with five kids and a wife. It shows how he is balancing his home life with this larger than life social media personality and public image," added Cohen.

This year the precious gem awards recipients are Amy Ryan and Emma Suarez. Both actresses will showcase their newest films during the festival.

"We have Amy Ryan, an Academy Award nominated actress. She's presenting her new movie 'Lost Girls', which is also the narrative feature film debut by Liz Garbus, a two-time Academy Award nominee as a documentarian. It's a really fascinating film and Amy Ryan is brilliant in it. Later in the week, we are going to have the Spanish actress, Emma Suarez, who we're also giving a career achievement tribute to and a Precious Gem award. She's got two new movies. One is called 'Window To The Sea', it's an absolutely gorgeous film and it's all set in Greece. The other movie is called 'Invisibles', which is about three women in France in their 50s who meet every Thursday for a walk in the park to talk about their lives. There's a lot of twists to that one and it's quite fun," said Jaie Laplante, co-director of programming.

One of the most talked about documentaries of the year starring the late great Astrologer, Walter Mercado will be closing out the festival this year.

"We can't think of a better way to send off the festival than with 'Mucho Mucho Amor'. We have a great love for cinema that we are sharing with our audience. Our audience loves cinema so it's just going to be a real culmination of love," added Laplante.

The Miami Film Festival has already begun and will go on until March 15th.
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