Day 1 of the 30th installment of the Miami International Film Festival only meant enjoying some free drinks and hors d‘oeuvres accompanied with some socializing at the opening night party. Due to a late night at the day job I missed the opening night’s film, the music documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, which had its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. I heard from a young film critic it was good. If he gets around to sharing a review, I shall share it here, as I am mentoring him as part of the festival’s Miami Future Cinema Critics program.
Earlier that same day my first film review appeared on “The Miami New Times” website. I looked at a film from Argentina, which will have its world premiere at MIFF tomorrow: Matrimonio (Marriage) by director Carlos Jaureguialzo (click on the film’s title for tickets). You can read the full review by jumping through the logo below of the “New Times” Art and Culture blog “Cultist:”
For some reason, Jaureguialzo had not directed a film in 10 years (though he does seem busy with second unit work, according to his IMDB page). I found myself pleased to find the film quite sharp and intelligent, despite some over-reaching turns to contrivance. At its heart, the film remains a very insightful piece on a long-term relationship. The leads Cecilia Roth and Darío Grandinetti tap into a profound humility and pathos that keeps their characters interesting. It’s the first film at MIFF I would recommend to those looking for a smart drama that does not forget its sense of humor.
As noted in this post: Screenings I plan to see at 30th Miami Film Festival, today begins with a film critics seminar and then two screenings for which I hope to provide quick reactions to tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at the movies…