The Greatest Filmmakers in the Miami International Film Festival's 30-Year History
The Miami International Film Festival's acquisition of Dark Blood, River Phoenix's final film, for the 2013 festival is a huge accomplishment -- one that's sure to draw even more attention to the ever-expanding annual event. But it's not exactly a shock. After all, MIFF has been introducing Miami audiences to important films and filmmakers ever since its very first fest in 1984 -- often well before they were discovered by the rest of the country.
Pedro Almodovar with Penelope Cruz.
In March, MIFF will bring even more exciting new movies to Miami screens. But because 2013 marks the festival's 30th anniversary, celebrations are starting over a month early. Beginning January 26 and running through Feb. 28, MIFF will screen one film from each year of the festival, starting with 1984's Dark Habits and ending with Mariachi Gringo, 2012's opening night film. Along the way, audiences can rediscover some of the biggest names in film directing, including these five favorites.
The renowned Spanish director is known today for Spanish language films with the power to break into the U.S. awards circuit, like Volver and Talk to Her. But Miami viewers were some of the first in the country to know his name when MIFF screened Almodovar's Dark Habits in 1984.
Dark Habits shows Jan. 26.
The Coen Brothers
The now-legendary team that produced classics like The Big Lebowski and Fargo, the Coens' first filmmaking effort was 1984's Blood Simple, which screened at MIFF the following year.
Blood Simple shows Jan. 27.