“Miami is a very dynamic and cosmopolitan place, really a crossroads between Europe and Latin America,” he says.
This year’s edition, which runs from March 1-10, will showcase more than 160 films from more than 40 different countries.
“We’ve always had a special affinity for works from the Ibero-American world — Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, Central America, South America,” Laplante says. “It’s a reputation that has been built up over the years.”
To find the most significant international films, Miami’s programmers maintain a presence at the San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival, as well as at those in Ventana Sur and Buenos Aires.
There’s a significant amount