Five Must-See Films at the Miami International Film Festival This Weekend
Whittling down a film festival of close to 100 films to only 10 seems rather cruel. But, let's face it, this is Miami, and who really wants to spend 10 days in dark theaters all day long?
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If you have to choose a smattering of movies to catch at the 31st Miami International Film Festival, the following are five must-see screenings chosen by Florida Film Critics Circle member Hans Morgenstern. All of the following films will play the first weekend of MIFF 31. With multiple screenings, none of these films overlap, so you could theoretically see them all.
For those truly committed, we dare you to see all five during the festival's opening weekend.
Back in 2008, Israeli director Ari Folman made a huge splash in the art film world with Waltz With Bashir, a documentary animated with Flash. He interviewed soldiers involved in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, animating battles, their nightmares and the men themselves. More than five years later, Folman returns with the Congress, a partly-animated feature presenting a surreal metanarrative of what happens when the aging actress Robin Wright sells her image to a movie studio. Wright plays herself in a future world that is coming ever closer to reality as digital effects continue to grow more and more seamless and cyber reality has already begun to re-wire the brains of humanity. Showing Friday, March 7, 9 p.m. at Regal Cinema South Beach; and Sunday, March 16, at 7:45 p.m. at Paragon Grove. Tickets.
Fresh off Oscar-nominated work in the Master and Her, Joaquin Phoenix stars in The Immigrant. Here, he plays a man who pimps out a Polish immigrant played by Marion Cotillard in 1920s New York City. This marks the fourth film in a row director James Gray has put Phoenix in as a starring role. They have never failed to deliver literate, potent works, so this film not only offers star power (it also features Jeremy Renner), but it should also deliver some of the better performances you will see at the film festival. Showing Saturday, March 8, at 1:15 p.m.; and Saturday, March 15, at 9:15 p.m. at Regal Cinema South Beach. Tickets.