The Argentine box-office smash The Clan is one of the highlights of this weekend’s GEMS showcase, a series of screenings of upcoming and noteworthy films presented by Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival.
Here is the complete schedule of movies, which will screen Oct. 22-25 at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St. Tickets are $13 ($10 for Film Society members). For info, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 1-844-565-6433.
THURSDAY, OCT. 22
7:45 p.m.: Brooklyn: Saiorse Ronan stars as a young woman who must choose between love in New York or family in Ireland during the 1950s.
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FRIDAY, OCT. 23
7 p.m.: Havana Motor Club: A documentary look at the unlikely drag-racing culture, using restored classic American cars, in post-Revolution Cuba.
7:15 p.m. Mia Madre: Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room, Caro Diario) wrote and directed this drama about a filmmaker dealing with the loss of her mother.
9:15 p.m. The Club: Chilean director Pablo Larraín's indictment of the Catholic Church's handling of moral failings within the institution.
9:30 p.m. Embrace of the Serpent: Director Ciro Guerra travels deep into the wilds of the Amazon jungle to tell the story of the search for a sacred healing plant, shot in luminous black-and-white.
SATURDAY, OCT. 24
11:45 a.m. The Clan: The stranger-than-fiction true story of a man who forced his family to participate in kidnappings in 1980s Argentina (review here)
Noon: A Tribute to James Horner: A master class tribute to the late composer James Horner (Titanic, The 33), hosted by Miami-based composer Carlos Rafael Rivera (A Walk Among the Tombstones).
1 p.m. Havana Motor Club (see above)
2 p.m. My Golden Days: The great Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale, Kings & Queen) directs this drama about an anthropologist (Mathieu Amalric) revisiting his turbulent youth.
3:45 p.m. Yona: Nir Bergman directs this biopic of the nonconformist Yona Wallach, who challenged Tel-Aviv's male-dominated, chauvinistic political and poetry circles in the 1960s.
4:30 p.m.: It’s Now or Never: A box office smash in its native Spain, this comedy details the chaotic events that transpire as two familes prepare for a wedding.
6:30 p.m. Krisha: Writer-director Trey Edward Shults channels John Cassevetes with this story of a young woman who reunites with her estranged relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving.
6:45 p.m. The Clan: (see above) (review here)
9 p.m. Youth: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda star in Paolo (The Great Beauty) Sorrentino’s Fellini-tinged exploration of the emotional and intellectual differences between youth and old age.
9:30 p.m. A Perfect Day: Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa makes his English-language debut with this look at 24 hours in the lives of two veteran humanitarian aid workers (Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins) in the waning days of the 1995 Balkan War.
SUNDAY, OCT. 25
Noon: Yona (see above)
12:30 p.m. It’s Now or Never (see above)
2:30 p.m. Embrace of the Serpent (see above)
2:45 p.m. The Assassin: Hsiao-hsien Hou won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this story of 10-year-old Nie Yinniang, who is abducted by a nun who transforms her into an impressive warrior in ninth-century China and sends her home with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised to marry.
6 p.m. The 33: An international rescue effort to save 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,300 foot underground for 69 days in the Copiapó mine riveted over a billion people in 2010. Director Patricia Riggen recreates the details of the catastrophe with a cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro.