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Tully (Opening Night Film)
We’re elevating Opening Night like never before, with two experiences so lush, you won’t know which to pick!
Marlo (Charlize Theron) is about to explode. Already over- whelmed with her precocious young daughter and behaviorally challenged son, she’s currently negotiating the ungainly ninth month of her third pregnancy and a husband struggling to drive his career out of third-gear. As a balm for her escalating stress, Marlo’s affluent brother (Mark Duplass) gifts his sister a “night-nanny” for the new baby.
CARLOS SAURA TRIBUTE +
SCREENING OF “SAURA(S)”
Carlos Saura is Spain’s greatest living director—and the filmmaker who has had more films in Miami Film Festival’s selection than any other. Saura’s films carved out a space for cinematic dissidence under Franco and would come to explore Spanish history and culture in vivacious and innovative ways, yet the master, now in his 80s, is not inclined to wax nostalgic. Instead, he’s preparing another major new film.
Filmmaker Félix Viscarret lands upon an ingenious tack to celebrate Saura and his vast legacy while he is still with us: hoping to stir up memories, Viscarret projects scenes from Saura’s films, such as The Hunt, Cria Cuervos and Carmen, and then facilitates conversations between Saura and his seven children. The result is a disarmingly intimate exchange about art, life and, above all, love: as the grand master reveals what he considers his real source of pride, you may be surprised—and moved.
GODARD MON AMOUR
French New Wave maestro Jean-Luc Godard is known as one of cinema’s great innovators, an enigmatic iconoclast of tremendous intellect and political conviction. Less known is Godard the man, a human being as susceptible to the vagaries of romantic love, troubled ambition and commercial success as anyone.
Set in 1967, with Paris on the cusp of social upheaval, this new film from Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) captures Godard at a turning point, with his marriage to actress and collaborator Anna Karina over and a new muse, student activist Anne Wiazemsky, entering his life. Grounded in a stunning lead performance from Louis Garrel (The Dreamers), Redoubtable is a riveting warts-and-all portrait of the artist as a young man seeking to stake his radical claim anew.
THE LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS
(LAS LEYES DE LA TERMODINÁMICA)
Spanish writer-director Mateo Gil (Realive) returns to our Festival with his most inspired and entertaining creation yet, an audaciously imaginative spin on the rom-com that pits a love-struck science savant against the mid-boggling cosmicomic dictates of love and physics.
Tortured by the loss of a son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces, a small-town church minister and ex-military chaplain Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) struggles with his faith when a pregnant woman (Amanda Seyfried) and her radical environmentalist husband come to him for counseling.
Paul Schrader is one of the finest American writers and filmmakers of the modern cinema. His achievements include writing the screenplay for “Taxi Driver” and directing “American Gigolo”. His latest feature is a fiercely intelligent thriller held together by conflicted religious fury blending exaltation and torment to excavate deep personal history and to reveal present-day anger and pain with wondrous intensity. The result is one of his most profound works in five decades. More than a look back at the past, the film is also solidly rooted in the present in ways that will surprise and perhaps even shock.
Dolphin Man tells the life story of Jacques Mayol, the greatest free-diver in recorded history, whose life became the inspiration for Luc Besson’s cult-movie Le Grand Bleu. It draws us into Mayol’s world, capturing his compelling journey from Japan to Europe, North America and India, while immersing viewers into the sensory and transformative experience of free-diving.
Mayol was the first diver to reach 100 metres below the sea and revolutionized free-diving by introducing yoga and Zen techniques. He traveled across the world, promoting an urgent vision of our need to reconnect with nature.
The film weaves together stunning contemporary underwater photography of the world’s leading free-divers with intimate testimonies of Mayol’s closest friends and family and rare film archive.
HOLY GOALIE (Awards Night Film)
Hilarious, inspirational, and just a little heretical, writer-director Curro Velázquez’s feature debut stars Spanish heartthrob Alain Hernández—last seen at our Festival in The One-Eyed King—as an unorthodox Catholic priest on a mission to save a monastery by turning a motely crew of amateurs into soccer savants.
After courting controversy during his missionary work, Father Salvador is delivered to St. Theodosius, where rules are so strict even hair gel is a sin. The monastery is in financial straits, however, and about to be sold to a hotel chain. Its only hope lies with Salvador, a former fútbolista, charged with transforming some novitiates into a team good enough to win the Clerum Championship—and its considerable cash subsidy.
Riddled with unholy hi-jinx, Velásquez has crafted a divine comedy by merrily merging two of Spain’s fundamental obsessions.