Miami Film Festival Reveals 2016 GEMS Line-up


The main edition of the Miami Film Festival may not be back until March 2017, but film lovers can rest easy knowing that their festival fix is just a quick month away. Miami Film Festival’s mini fall festival GEMS will take place exclusively at MDC’s Tower Theater from October 13-16, promising us four days of stunning world cinema and festivities. Boasting an impressive 13-film line-up, GEMS is bringing Miami audiences the Florida premieres of some of the most buzzed-about movies to hit the festival circuit this year, including critically-acclaimed films from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.

GEMS gets off to an energetic start, with The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America opening the festival. This thrilling road documentary follows the legendary band on their 2016 South American tour, culminating with their historic concert in Cuba – something that should be of particular interest to Miami audiences.

Award winners include the Cannes Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, which took home the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.





But perhaps most anticipated is Toni Erdmann, the German comedy that took Cannes by storm, earning raves so powerful that the film made the BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century just a few short months after its premiere, and was chosen as Germany’s official submission to the 2017 Academy Awards.

In the way of star power, two films stand out: Antonio Campos’ Christine, featuring actress Rebecca Hall in a star-turning performance as Christine Chubbuck, a Sarasota TV news reporter who infamously committed suicide on air; and Miami-born filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, a female-centric drama set in the American Northwest starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams.

Rounding out the line-up are sexy Spanish hit Kiki, Love to Love by Paco Leon; Chinese thriller Old Stone by Johnny Ma; Iggy Pop rock doc Gimme Danger by Jim Jarmusch; Inseparables by Marcos Carevale; Neruda by Pablo Larrain; Soy Nero by Rafi Pitts; and Don’t Call Me Son, Brazilian director Anna Muylaert’s follow-up to her 2015 global hit The Second Mother.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 23. For more information, visit: http://gems2016.miamifilmfestival.com/program/.

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