Movie Marathon: The Miami International Film Festival is On!

By Giselle Mueller of Mandarin Oriental, Miami
March 7, 2011 | Miami, United States
Movie Marathon: The Miami International Film Festival is On!

The Oscars may be over but the Miami International Film Festival has just begun. Filmmakers from all over the world have descended on the city to present more than 100 films over 10 days, through March 13.

I’ve seen stars like Demi Moore introduce their films here, and this year the big name is 50 Cent — who co-wrote and stars in Things Fall Apart, a world premier for the Miami Film Fest.

Our festival is the only one in the US to feature a signature line-up of Ibero-American films, including latest releases and award winners from Argentina, Brazil, Spain and eight other Spanish-speaking countries.

In fact, in honor of these films, the festival is hosting the first “Paella Parade,” on Wednesday, at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Local chefs will show off their paella-making skills and vie for titles like “prettiest” and “most creative” paella. (Tickets are $45, but you can purchase admission as part of a larger festival package.)

The films are shown at various locations around the city, including one of my favorite little old-time movie houses: Tower Theater in Little Havana. When it opened in 1926, it was considered the most state-of-the-art theater in the South. While it let go of that title a long time ago, it’s still a great place for seeing foreign and independent film any time of the year.