College Forum Volume 20, Number 1 : Page 1
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE STARS f orum February 2016 • Volume 20 • Number 1 DESCEND ON MIAMI World’s Hottest Films Featured at Festival Argentina by director Carlos Saura Catherine Deneuve in Standing Tall Ricardo Darín in Truman Spanish Affair 2 by director Emilio Martínez Lázaro F ilm lovers get ready! For 10 exciting days this spring, MDC’s Miami International Film Festival is bringing to town more than 400 producers, filmmakers, stars and industry professionals to multiple venues throughout Miami. Now in its 33rd year, the Festival offers more than 65 films from 30-plus countries. With an unbeatable lineup of films starring Catherine Deneuve , Monica Bellucci , Dame Helen Mirren , Colin Farrell , Rachel Weisz and scores of other award-winning actors, the Festival is poised to be bigger and bolder than ever. Running March 4-13, the cinematic extravaganza is produced by Miami Dade College, the only college or university to present a major film festival. Not only is the Festival world-renowned for its outstand-ing films, sumptuous red carpet events and post-screening roundta-bles and parties, it also is a premier venue for developing new talent, with dozens of competitions for rising filmmakers. The Festival opens with a top draw on March 4 as director Álex de la Iglesia ’s My Big Night makes its East Coast premiere. This come-dic romp gives viewers an insider’s look at the wacky antics that occur during taping of a New Year’s Eve variety show. Carlos Saura hits an incredible milestone with the debut of the musical Argentina , his 14th film to be in MIFF. Having debuted at the 72nd Venice Festival, this masterpiece takes Saura back to the strong musical style and folkloric traditions that garnered him fame for Car-men , Bodas de Sangre and Tango . On the flip side of the emotional spectrum, Oscar-winning actress Penélope Cruz stars in Ma Ma by Spanish director Julio Medem . This tearjerker tugs at the heartstrings as Cruz portrays an unem-ployed teacher battling breast cancer while having to simultaneously face a host of other personal tragedies. Ricardo Darín gives a similarly moving performance in Truman , from Spanish director Cesc Gay . Darín plays Julian, an Argentine transplant who reached an enviable level of stardom as a working actor in Spanish film and stage productions. He now has to confront a diagnosis of terminal cancer. Continued on Page 16 MDC to Host Presidential Candidates Debate Miami Dade College will host a national demo-cratic presidential candidates’ debate on March 9 at Kendall Campus in partnership with Univision Network and The Washington Post . MDC has a long history of hosting U.S. presi-dents, prominent candidates, high-ranking elected officials, members of Cabinet and heads of state. In the fall, the College hosted Vice President Joe Biden and His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain at major events with students. Earlier last year, in unprecedented fashion, MDC hosted presiden-tial campaign announcements for Republican candidates U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. In the last presidential election, MDC teamed with Univision Network to co-host candidate forums with Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Long a locus of national attention, MDC has hosted President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President George H. W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford, Sen. Bob Graham, Sen. Gary Hart, Vice President Al Gore, Vice President Dick Cheney, Ralph Nader, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Rick Santorum, to name a few. Many first ladies have also visited MDC, including Michelle Obama, Barbara Bush and Laura Bush. MDC has also been a stop for world leaders including Mikhail Gorbachev, Yegor Gaidar, Lech Walesa, José María Aznar, Leonel Fernández, Andrés Pastrana, Alvaro Uribe, Alejan-dro Toledo, Jorge Quiroga and many others.