The Greatest Filmmakers in the Miami International Film Festival's 30-Year History
Okay, so maybe he has a penchant for getting violent with New Times' reporters. (Most people do, to be fair.) Before Rodriguez produced the films Grindhouse and Sin City, he brought El Mariachi to MIFF in 1993.
El Mariachi shows Feb. 6.
Wenders' stunningly picturesque Pina, nominated for an Oscar in 2012, remains one of the best -- if not the best -- use of 3-D effect in a film to date. But the German filmmaker owes most of his notoriety to 1999's Buena Vista Social Club, which screened at MIFF that same year.
Buena Vista Social Club shows Feb. 13.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, the Japanese director's 2012 effort, revealed him as a master of art-house style. But about 50 movies earlier, Miike was a "crap-and-gore, genre-mincing Tasmanian devil of Asian pulp psychosis." Happily, MIFF's giving you the chance to relive the good ol' days with Audition, which screened in 2002.
Audition shows Feb. 16.
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