Festival Returns With 10 Days of World-Class Films Film lovers, rejoice! The 34th edition of MDC’s Miami Film Festival comes to town March 3-12, welcoming more than 400 producers, filmmakers, stars and industry professionals to multiple venues across the Magic City. Showcasing over 100 films from 30-plus countries, the cinematic extravaganza is the only major film festival produced and presented by a college or university. This year promises an impressive lineup of films starring Steve Buscemi, Marion Cotillard, Gloria Estefan, Nathan Lane, William Levy, Edward James Olmos, Virginia Madsen and a myriad of other award-winning actors. The Festival kicks off with the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of Joseph Cedar’s Norman, a U.S./Israeli co-production starring Lior Ashkenaz and Golden Globe-winner Richard Gere, who will be in attendance at the Festival. This dramatic thriller, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival, follows the story of a New York City operator who talks his way into Israeli politics. Alberto Rodríguez also explores the dark side of politics with Smoke and Mirrors. A follow-up to his 2014 film, Marshland, this thriller follows the true story of a political fixer in ’90s Spain. Richard Gere in Norman Lily-Rose Depp in The Dancer Marion Cotillard in It’s Only the End of the World Edward James Olmos in Monday Night at Seven Venezuelan-born director Rober Calzadilla has a magnificent milestone with the Florida premiere of his debut movie, El Amparo. Based on true events that took place during Venezuela’s 1988 El Amparo Massacre, this powerful film brings new attention to the historic event and indemnity of the powerful. Kenny Ortega also celebrates a major achievement with the world premiere of his new film, A Change of Heart. This drama showcases stellar performances by a star-studded cast that includes Jim Belushi and Kathy Najimy. Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Oscar-nominated actor, Johnny Depp, gives a similarly moving performance in The Dancer, a French biographical musical drama directed by Stephanie Di Giusto.
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