Miami International Film Festival , March 7th-16th 2014

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When : Friday March 7 – 16, 2014
Where : Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Paragon Grove, O Cinema, Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Beach Cinematheque and Coral Gables Art Cinema.

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, is proud to announce the films selected to screen during its 31st edition of the annual 10-day event, which runs March 7 – 16, 2014. Premiering at this year’s Festival will be 93 feature films and 28 short films from 38 countries, participating in competition and non-competition categories.

CINEDWNTWN Opening Night Film presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority and Patron 3-D

Opening Night Party on Friday, March 7, 2014

The Festival will open at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with the North American premiere of Elsa & Fred directed by Michael Radford. Radford previously attended MIFF in 2008.

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Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer play the titular characters originated by China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre in this remake of the beloved 2008 release of the Argentine/Spanish film of the same name.  Also in the cast are Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden; as well as George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin, Wendell Pierce, Jaime Camil and Osvaldo Rios.

A “Patron 3-D” Gala Party at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building will unfold after the Opening Night screening of Elsa & Fred.

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CINEDWNTWN Awards Night Film presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority with Pyrat Gold:

The Awards Night Rum Party on Saturday, March 15, 2014The Festival‘s annual Awards Night gala will culminate with the World premiere of Rob the Mobdirected by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy Garcia. De Felitta and Garcia previously collaborated on the 2010 hit film City Island, which also premiered at MIFF. Rob the Mob also stars Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Aida Turturro, Yul Vazquez and Nina Arianda.

Pyrat Gold: The Awards Night Rum Party will be hosted at the Historic Freedom Tower after the Awards Night screening of Rob the Mob. The Lexus Audience Awards for feature and documentary will be announced at this event.

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Career Achievement Tribute Award, presented by 88 RUE DU RHONE – presented to John Turturro on Sunday, March 9, 2014

This year’s Career Achievement Tribute will be presented to actor and filmmaker John Turturro. Turturro, a double Cannes winner (as Best Actor for Barton Fink in 1992 and with the Camera d’Or as Best First Feature Film director in 1993 for Mac) will present his latest directorial achievement, Fading Gigolo, as part of the CINEDWNTWN presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority program.  Fading Gigolo also stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara.

A “Career Achievement Tribute” Party in John Turturro’s honor, also sponsored by 88 RUE DU RHONE, will be hosted by Area 31 Restaurant in the stunning Epic Hotel after the screening.

MIFF’s screening venues are as unique as the films themselves, reflecting the communities MIFF serves through film.  One of the theaters is a historic landmark, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts which is a grand movie palace evoking the golden age of Hollywood, tailor-made for major red carpet events. The Festival will also screen films at the Paragon Grove, O Cinema, Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Beach Cinematheque and Coral Gables Art Cinema. Special event venues include Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, and New World Center.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 14th.  For membership opportunities or more information, please visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM(3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.