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2019 Miami Film Festival Lineup – Documentary ‘This Changes Everything’ To Open Festival

This Changes Everything Movie

Today, the Miami Film Festival lineup was unveiled for the 2019 festival. The festival runs two film festivals each year, one in the Spring and the GEMS festival in the fall (with a focus on foreign film). This one in the spring has strong attendance, specializing in bringing international films and documentary features to South Florida. There are dozens of local filmmakers involved in the festival every year, and this year is no exception. The opening night film will be documentary “This Changes Everything” from director Tom Donahue.

Patricia Clarkson

There are several individuals to be recognized by the festival this year. Golden Globe-winning actress Patricia Clarkson will take home the Precious Gem award on March 4, 2019. The actress has worked for more than thirty years, earning wins and nominations for work across film and television. Her most recent win came for her work “Sharp Objects” at the Golden Globes in January.

Knight Heroes Recipients

Barry Jenkins

Meanwhile, a new program launches this year, titled the Knight Heroes. Created by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the program looks to honor content creators shaping the future of visual storytelling from South Florida. The three individuals set to receive the honor are Barry JenkinsBoots Riley, and Aaron Stewart-Ahn. Jenkins rose to national prominence when “Moonlight,” which was set in Miami, won Best Picture. Jenkins directed and co-wrote the film, earning an Oscar win for the screenplay. Riley became an interesting figure in the 2018 awards season with the release of “Sorry to Bother You,” a creative feature starring Lakeith Stanfield. Finally, Stewart-Ahn wrote the sci-fi horror film “Mandy” with co-writer Panos Cosmatos.

The rest of the program can be found below! Check out the list of films, some of which are set to make their premieres at the Miami Film Festival, while others are coming straight from successful runs at the Sundance Film Festival. Over 160 films will screen at the festival, so there should be plenty of films to check out!

2019 Miami Film Festival Lineup

The Accused

CINEDWNTWN Series – Presented by Miami Downtown
Development Authority.

  • Singular,” Directed by Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson – World Premiere
  • The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia,” directed by Arturo Infante
  • The Accused,” directed by Gonzalo Tobal – US Premiere
  • Huracán,” directed by Cassius Corrigan – World Premiere

Awards Night Gala – Closing Night Film

  • Gigantes,” directed by Enrique Urbizu – North American Premiere

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Knight MARIBAS Award Competition

  • “303” Germany, directed by Hans Weingartner -US Premiere
  • “The Accused,” directed by Gonzalo Tobal – US Premiere
  • “An Affair” Norway, directed by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken – North American Premiere
  • “Ash Is Purest White,” China, directed by Jia Zhang-ke
  • “Buy Me A Gun” directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
  • “Dear Son” Tunisia/Belgium/France/Qatar, directed by Mohammed Ben Attia
  • “Divine Love” Brazil/Uruguay/Denmark/Norway, directed by Gabriel Mascaro
  • “Dogman” (Italy/France, directed by Matteo Garrone
  • “Florianopolis Dream” Argentina/Brazil, directed by Ana Katz
  • “Golden Youth” France, directed by Eva Ionesco – US Premiere
  • “The Good Girls” Mexico, directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella
  • “Helmet Heads” Costa Rica/Chile, directed by Neto Villalobos
  • “Juanita” Dominican Republic/Spain, directed by Leticia Tonos – International Premiere
  • “Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf” USA/Lebanon/The Netherlands/Qatar, UAE, Canada, directed by Susan Youssef – World Premiere
  • “The Most Beautiful Couple” Germany/France, directed by Sven Taddicken – US Premiere
  • “The Nightingale” Australia, directed by Jennifer Kent
  • “Non-Fiction” France, directed by Oliver Assayas
  • “Notti Magiche” Italy, directed by Paolo Virzi – US Premiere
  • “The Projectionist” directed by José María Cabral’s
  • “Shadow” China, directed by Zhang Yimou
  • “Tremors” Guatemala/France, directed by Jayro Bustamante -US Premiere, Marquee Series Presentation
  • “The Trouble With You” France, directed by Pierre Salvadori
  • “Yuli” Spain/Cuba/UK/Germany, directed by Icíar Bollaín
  • These films will compete with the 2018 GEMS Festival lineup for the prize

Toni Morrison The Pieces I Am

Miami Film Festival Marquee Series

Each film in this section will be accompanied by an on-stage conversation with talent and film personalities discussing their work.

  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” – Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who will be in attendance
  • Tremors” – Directed by Yaro Bustamante, who will be in attendance
  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” – Directed by Stanley Nelson, who will be in attendance

Knock Down the House

Miami Film Festival Documentary Spotlight Series

  • “Apollo 11” USA, directed by Todd Douglas Miller
  • “The Infiltrators” USA, directed by Alex Rivera and Christina Ibarra
  • “Knock Down the House” USA, directed by Rachel Lears
  • “Mike Wallace is Here” Israel, Directed by Avi Belkin

Ask Dr Ruth Documentary

Documentary Achievement Award

  • “16 Bars” USA, directed by Samuel Bathrick – Reel Music Presentation
  • “Ask Dr. Ruth” USA, directed by Ryan White
  • “The Biggest Little Farm” USA, directed by John Chester
  • “Botero” Canada/Colombia/Italy/Monaco/France/USA/China, directed by Don Millar
  • “Chasing the Thunder” USA, directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin
  • “Coming Home: Colombia” USA, directed by Eric “DJ EFN” Narciandi
  • “Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World” Mexico/Cuba, directed by Cynthia Biestek – USA Premiere
  • “Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana” USA, directed by Gaspar González
  • “I Used To Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story” Australia, directed by Jessica Leski
  • “Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity & Strength” USA/Haiti, directed by Mark Goodnow – World Premiere
  • “Last Street” Spain/Jamaica, directed by Amanda Sans – World Premiere
  • “Los Reyes” Chile/Germany, directed by Iván Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut
  • “The Silence of Others” Spain/USA, directed by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo
  • “The Weight of Water” USA, directed by Michael Brown
  • “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” USA, directed by Rob Garver

This prize is open to all documentaries making their Florida debuts, including “This Changes Everything,” “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool,” the Spotlight Series, and more.

 Zeno Mountain Award presented by Fringe Partners

  • “Carlotta’s Face” Germany, directed by Valentin Riedl & Frédéric Schuld
  • “Cathedrals” USA, directed by Benjamin Caro
  • “How I Got To The Moon By Subway” USA, directed by Tyler Rabinowitz

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Knight Made in MIA Award Feature Films

  • “Magic City Hustle” Directed by Billy Corben – World Premiere, Opening Night Film
  • “Screwball” Directed by Billy Corben – Miami Premiere, Opening Night Film
  • “The Great Mother”, directed by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker
  • “Huracán,” directed by Cassius Corrigan – World Premiere
  • “The Mamboniks,” directed by Lex Gillepse – World Premiere
  • “Miami Basel: Art’s Winter Playground,” directed by Aaron Glickman. World Premiere
  • “A Name Without a Place,” directed by Kenny Riches – World Premiere
  • “Off The Rails,” directed by Damian Fitzsimmons – US Premiere
  • “Pahokee,” directed by Patrick Xavier and Ivette Lucas
  • “Singular,” Directed by Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson – World Premiere

Knight Made in MIA Award Short Films

  • “Diva & Astro”, directed by Angel Barroeta. *NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
  • “Hierophany”, directed by Kevin Contento.
  • “Liberty”, directed by Faren Humes
  • “Marcus”, directed by J.R. Poli.
  • “My Daughter Yoshiko”, directed by Brian Blum. *WORLD PREMIERE
  • “Nocturnal Creatures”, directed by Darwin Robles.
  • “The Sea”, directed by Andrés Joan.
  • “Six Degrees of Immigration”, directed by Jayme Gershen.
  • “Two Brothers”, directed by Montana Cypress.
  • “Val”, directed by Samuel Stern.
  • “Zenu”, directed by Claudio Marcotulli

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award Competition

  • “The Best Summer of My Life” Spain, directed by Dani de la Orden – North American Premiere
  • “Breathe” Argentina, directed by Arturo Castro Godoy – International Premiere
  • “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” Spain/The Netherlands, directed by Salvador Simó
  • “Domingo” Brazil, directed by Fellipe Barbosa and Clara Linhart – North American Premiere
  • “Fireflies” Mexico/USA/Greece/Dominican Republic, directed by Bani Khoshnoudi – North American Premiere
  • “Following You” Venezuela/USA, directed by Carmen La Roche – World Premiere
  • “José” Guatemala, directed by Li Cheng
  • “Perro Bomba” Chile/France, directed by Juan Cáceres – World Premiere
  • “Rojo” Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany, directed by Benjamin Naishtat
  • “This is Not Berlin” Mexico, directed by Hari Sama
  • “Wandering Girl” Colombia/France, directed by Rubén Mendoza – North Amerian Premiere
  • Previous nominees from the Fall Miami GEMS Festival will also compete

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award Competition

  • “A Fishes’ Recall” Colombia, directed by Christian Mejía Carrascal – North American Premiere
  • “Fragile” Cuba, directed by Sheyla Pool – North American Premiere
  • “Lucy” Venezuela, directed by Roberto Gutiérrez
  • “This Is Your Cuba” – USA/Puerto Rico, directed by Brian Robau – World Premiere
  • “Vaca” Spain, directed by Marta Bayarri

The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

  • Priya Ramasubban for “Chuskit” (India)
  • Cathy Yan for “Dead Pigs” (China)
  • Arturo Infante for “The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia”
  • Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky for “Freaks” (Canada/USA)
  • Etienne Kallos for “The Harvesters” (South Africa/Greece/France/Poland/Switzerland – North American Premiere
  • Rudy Riverón Sánchez for “Is That You?” (United Kingdom)
  • Rubén Sierra Salles for “Jasmines in Lídice” (Venezuela/Mexico) – World Premiere
  • Celia Rico Clavellino for “Journey to a Mothers’ Room” (Spain/France)
  • Maria Winther Olsen for “Nina” (Faroe Islands/Denmark)
  • Katherine Jerkovic for “Roads in February” (Canada/Uruguay)
  • Alexandre Moratto for “Socrates” (Brazil)

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Miami Film Festival Alacran Music In Film Award

  • “Ash” China, directed by Li Xiaofeng
  • “Giant Little Ones Canada, directed by Keith Behrman
  • “Hidden Man” China, directed by Jiang Wen
  • “Hotel Mumbai” Australia, directed by Anthony Maras
  • “In The Aisles” Germany, directed by Thomas Stuber
  • “Knife+Heart” France/Mexico/Switzerland, directed by Yann Gonzalez
  • “The Mustang” France/USA, directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
  • “Rattlesnakes” USA/UK, directed by Julius Amedume
  • “Score: Haiti” USA/Haiti, directed by Pete Maiden – Reel Music Presentation, World Premiere
  • “Sorry Angel” France, directed by Christophe Honoré
  • “Standing Among the Living” Sierra Leone/UK, directed by Sam Liebman, Tyson Conteh, Mungo Benson
  • “The Tomorrow Man” USA, directed by Noble Jones
  • “With Love” Canada, directed by Marc Bisaillon – International Premiere

The Inferno

Fashion in Film Festival presented by Miami Design District

  • “The Enigma of Fashion” –  A selection of films by Segundo de Chomón, Sonia Delaunay, Hans Richter, Lewis Klahr, Jacques Baratier and Martin Creed, amongst others, which animate clothes, shop mannequins and magazine illustrations, allowing them to assume lives of their own and assert a powerful sense of their reality as material things.
  • The Inferno Unseen” + LIVE MUSIC by Rollo Smallcombe. Henri-George Clouzot’s. “The Inferno” is one of the most tantalizing uncompleted projects in film history. This is a newly edited assemblage of rushes filmed in 1964. Followed by Fashion in Film Festival opening night party sponsored by MC Kitchen.
  • Underground Glamour” – A pairing of José Rodríguez-Soltero’s lavish “Lupe” and Ron Rice’s landmark psychedelic masterpiece “Chumlum” features two of the most accomplished uses of superimposition in underground film, transporting drag glamour into a profoundly hallucinatory dimension; introduced by Tom Gunning.
  • Choreography of Movement” – Dance, clothing and cinema come together to draw attention to the unique ways in which these art forms explore, magnify and shape one another – features Charles Atlas’s acclaimed film “Hail the New Puritan”.
  • The Art of Fashion Film” –  Focusing on contemporary fashion film as a means of investigating the properties of both dress and cinema, this program highlights the great potential of this burgeoning form to enrich and challenge established conventions of fashion and beauty imagery. Followed by a panel discussion chaired by Christian Larsen, additionally sponsored by Ornare.
  • Rapsodia Satanica” – A masterpiece of silent Italian cinema by Nino Oxilia, conceived as an “opera d’arte totale” amalgam of all the arts of the time, including the avant-garde fashion designs of Mariano Fortuny. With an introduction by Eugenia Paulicelli.

Miami Film Festival IMDbPro Short Film Award

  • “Bug” France, directed by Cédric Prévost
  • “Calm Your Curls” USA, directed by Christopher Rivas
  • “The Changing Same” USA, directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson
  • “Cured” USA, directed by Gabriel Villanueva
  • “Duck Duck Goose” Canada, directed by Shelley Thompson – US Premiere
  • “The Electric Chair” Spain, directed by Joan Martín Giménez – World Premiere
  • “Face In Salt” United Kingdom, directed by Joseph Wallace – World Premiere
  • “Freaks of Nurture” Canada, directed by Alexandra Lemay
  • “I Signed The Petition” (UK/Germany/Switzerland, directed by Mahdi Fleifel
  • “Loving Out Loud” Cuba/Spain, directed by Carles Bosch, Nabil Bellahsene, Elvira Gálvez, Sara Rancaño and José M. Restrepo – World Premiere
  • “Malabar” USA, directed by Freddy Rodriguez – World Premiere
  • “Me 3.769” USA, directed by Elaine del Valle – World Premiere
  • “The Moon Never Dies” Brazil/USA/Spain, directed by Mariona Lloreta
  • “Naysayer” USA, directed by David M. Helman
  • “Newborn” Canada, directed by Ray Savaya
  • “The Orphan” Brazil, directed by Carolina Markowicz
  • “Pa’lante” Puerto Rico/USA, directed by Kristian Mercado
  • “Paseo” Canada/Spain, directed by Matthew Hannam
  • “Raymonde or the Vertical Escape” France, directed by Sarah Van Den Boom
  • “Second Acts” USA, directed by Anya Adams
  • “Shadow Cut” New Zealand, directed by Lucy Suess
  • “The Wrecker Kings” USA, directed by Kevin Berriz

The 36th Annual Miami Film Festival runs from March 1 to March 10, 2019. You can find more information about the festival here

What do you think of the Miami Film Festival lineup? Which films are you most excited to see? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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