Film lovers came together this fall for GEMS 2017, the third annual fall film event preceding the renowned Miami Film Festival (MFF), which celebrates its 35th edition March 9-18, 2018. GEMS, which took place Oct. 12-15, at MDC’s historic Tower Theater, included an array of standout film screenings, including the Miami premiere of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project and the U.S. premiere of Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Florida film, Life and Nothing More. “In the year when Moonlight, a Miami-based film, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it’s an honor to present outstanding new work that highlights the continuing global impact of Florida’s cinema stories, alongside the absolute best offerings of world cinema of the day,” said MFF director Jaie Laplante. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, one of 2017’s most critically lauded and Oscar-buzzed titles, opened GEMS 2017. Another world cinema standout was Ruben Östlund’s The Square, winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. GEMS has attracted a wealth of actors and personalities through the years, including Don Francisco, Kate del Castillo, Guillermo Francella, Rodrigo Santoro, Juan Pablo Raba, Antonia Zegers, and filmmakers Pablo Trapero, Trey Edward Shults, Patricia Riggen, Maria Ripoll, Mariana Chenillo and Ernesto Daranas. – OM Save the Date! MDC’s acclaimed Miami Film Festival is dedicated to bridging cultural understanding and encouraging artistic development through thought-proving film. The Festival’s 35th installment, taking place March 9-18 at various venues throughout Miami, will feature films from Cuba, Spain, Israel, Argentina, Australia, Iran, UK, China, USA and more. Past MFI attendees have including celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Willem Dafoe, Andy Garcia, Richard Gere, Danny Glover, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Diane Keaton, Sophia Loren, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sylvester Stallone.
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