Miami Film Festival Fetes Toni Morrison Documentary, Ibero-American Cinema

  • Variety
Now in its 36th year, the Miami Intl. Film Festival continues to reflect the cultural vitality and international mindset of its home city. For festival director Jaie Laplante, the programming’s decidedly global focus is a way of accurately representing the city.

“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
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