Oscar season may still be over a month away but South Florida moviegoers will have the chance to get a leg up on the rest of America thanks to Miami Film Festival’s GEMS 2016. The annual four day film event, now in its third year, will take place October 13 to the 16 and will play host to some of the finest films of 2016 including a couple of Oscar contenders, festival award winners and audience favorites.
Among the films playing the fest will be Ken Loach’s Cannes 2016 Palme D’Or winner I, Daniel Blake, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, Best Foreign Language Film Oscar candidates Toni Erdmann (Germany) and Neruda (Chile) as well as Spanish and South American box office hits like Kiki, Love to Love from Spain and Inseparables from Argentina.
In making the announcement last month, Miami Film Festival’s executive director and director of programming Jaie Laplante said, “These are the movies that matter the most, right now. These are grand visions of our humanity and what is becoming of us. This is cinema that shows us life as novels and television cannot.”
The fest kicks off on Thursday, the 13th with the Florida premiere of the musical documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America – a chronicle of the legendary rock band’s first tour of South America in over a decade. The opening night party which will follow the film will be themed accordingly – with music, food and drinks galore.
Like the Miami Film Festival, GEMS will continue the grand tradition of shedding a spotlight on films with a South Florida connection. Among the films fitting that bill this year include Christine–a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Certain Women from Miami native and critic darling Kelly Reichardt; and indie film icon Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Danger about Miami resident and punk rock legend Iggy Pop. All three will play the fest as Florida premieres.
Below is a list of films playing at the fest, a brief description of each as well as play dates. All films will play at MDC’s Tower Theater. Tickets can be purchased at the GEMS website at http://gems2016.miamifilmfestival.com.
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America
Directed by Paul Dugdale
There are few places The Rolling Stones have never played. Until this past spring, Cuba was one of them.
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Thursday, October 13 @ 7pm
Directed by Marcos Carnevale
Spanish with English subtitles
An inspired Argentine re-imaging of the French film The Intouchables, this version stars Oscar Martinez and Rodrigo de la Serna in bravado performances.
U.S. PREMIERE, Precious Gem Award Night Film
Saturday, October 15 @ 7pm
Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams play three fascinating women not to be underestimated in rural Montana.
Saturday, October 15 @ 3:30pm
Directed by Antonio Campos
The compassionate true story of one of the most shocking stories in Florida television news history.
Friday, October 14 @ 9:15pm
Sunday, October 16 @ 3:30pm
Don’t Call Me Son (Mäe Só Há Uma)
Directed by Anna Muylaert
Portuguese with English subtitles
The mysteries of maternal love envelop a young man who discovers he was stolen from his crib when he was a baby.
Saturday, October 15 @ 6:30pm
Sunday, October 16 @ 1pm
Directed by Jim Jarmusch.
A candid, funny, and poignant reflection on Iggy Pop’s career.
Friday, October 14 @ 7pm
Saturday, October 15 @ 12:30pm
I, Daniel Blake
Directed by Ken Loach
A working-class man prevented from working by his health condition fights a soulless bureaucracy that denies him societal aid.
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Winner of Cannes Film Festival 2016 Palme D’Or
Saturday, October 15 @ 1pm
Kiki, Love To Love (Kiki, El amor se hace)
Directed by Paco Léon
Spanish with English subtitles.
The biggest box office hit of the year in Spain so far, Kiki is a playful and pleasurable comedy about self-actualization through sexual fulfillment.
Saturday, October 15 @ 9:30pm
Sunday, October 16 @ 6:15pm
Directed by Pablo Larrain
Spanish & French with English subtitles.
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in a slyly imaginative period piece, poised at the intersection of art, ambition and politics in 1940s Chile.
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submission – Chile
Saturday, October 15 @ 4pm
Old Stone (Lao Shi)
Directed by Johnny Ma
Mandarin with English subtitles.
Based on real-life incidents in China, Old Stone is both a Kafkaesque nightmare of bureaucratic stupidity and a harrowing, impossible-to-shake thriller.
Friday, October 14 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 15 @ 9pm
The Salesman (Forushande)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Farsi with English subtitles.
Two actors in an Iranian production of Death of a Salesman find the production’s morality begins to seep into their own lives after a brutal attack.
FLORIDA PREMIERE. Winner of Cannes Film Festival 2016 Best Actor & Best Screenplay
Sunday, October 16 @ 4pm
Directed by Rafi Pitts
English & Spanish with English Subtitles
A DREAM-Act teenager of Mexican descent fights to live in the community in which he was born, trading service to the USA in a quest for legitimization.
Sunday, October 16 @ 1:30pm
Directed by Maren Ade
English & German with English Subtitles.
Beautifully constructed on every level, this German comedy is a love song to the divine maelstrom of parental love.
FLORIDA PREMIERE. . Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Submission – Germany
Sunday, October 16 @ 6:45pm