New films from Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”), Pablo Larraín (“The Club,” “No”), Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff”) and Antonio Campos (“Simon Killer,” “Afterschool”) will screen at the 2016 GEMS showcase at the Tower Theater in Miami Oct. 13-16.
The event, presented by Miami Dade College, is the annual precursor to the Miami Film Festival, which is held in March.
A total of 13 movies will be screened during the four-day event. Among them:
▪ “Certain Women,” starring Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern as three women living in rural Montana;
▪ “The Salesman,” about two Iranian actors in a production of “Death of a Salesman” who discover the play’s morality seeping into their private lives;
▪ “Toni Erdmann,” director Maren Ade’s acclaimed German comedy about a father trying to reconnect with his adult daughter;
▪ “Christine,” a drama about Florida TV reporter Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall), who committed suicide on the air during a news broadcast in 1974;
▪ “Neruda,” the story of the Chilean poet who became a fugitive after joining the Communist party in the late 1940s;
▪ “I, Daniel Blake,” a portrait of a carpenter fighting bureaucracy in order to receive welfare, directed by Ken Loach;
▪ “Inseparables,” an Argentine remake of the French-language hit “The Intouchables,” with Oscar Martinez and Rodrigo de la Serna;
▪ “Don’t Call Me Son,” about a young Brazilian man who learns he was stolen from his crib as an infant;
▪ “Kiki, Love to Love,” the Spanish box-office hit directed by Paco León about the intersection between love and sex;
▪ “Soy Nero,” the story of a deported Mexican immigrant who sneaks back into the U.S. and joins the army as a way to obtaining citizenship;
▪ “Old Stone,” a thriller about a taxi driver stranded in a Kafkaesque nightmare, directed by Chinese filmmaker Johnny Ma.
As previously announced, two music documentaries — Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger,” a portrait of the iconic singer Iggy Pop, and “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Ole: A Trip Across Latin America,” which follows the venerable rock group on their tour culminating with a concert in Cuba — will also be shown.
“These are the movies that matter the most, right now,” said Miami Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante in a press release announcing the lineup. “These are grand visions of our humanity and what is becoming of us. This is cinema that shows us life as novels and television cannot.”
All screenings will be held at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami. Tickets for most showings will be $13 adults, $12 seniors and $10 for Miami Film Society members. Opening and closing night screenings are $25 ($20 for members). Tickets go on sale to members on Sept. 16 and the general public on Sept. 22 at www.miamifilmfestival.com/GEMS or at 1-844-565-6433.