Miami Film Festival Nominates ‘Freda’ and ‘You Can Always Come Home’ – Deadline
Two family dramas, the feature film Freda and short film You can always come home won top prizes at the 39th Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival. Presented in a hybrid format with indoor and virtual presentations, the 2022 Festival ran from March 4 until tomorrow.
Making its US premiere at this year’s Festival, Freda, directed by Géssica Généus, won first prize for its first feature film. Located in Haiti, the $25,000 Knight MARIMBAS Prize, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is an international competition for new narrative feature films that best exemplify the richness and resonance for the future of movie theater.
The winning film was selected by jury members Damon D’Oliveria, April Dobbins and Rubén Peralta Rigaud. The jury said, “This film resonated with us all for its strong, female-centered narrative and outstanding performances by up-and-coming actors. We couldn’t stop thinking about this world and these characters, and enjoyed being immersed in a place we don’t often see on screen – portrayed so realistically, yet tenderly.
The jury also gave special recognition to actor Haztin Navarrete of The box and actress Mari Oliveira of Astonished saying, “for two magnetic performances we couldn’t take our eyes off.”
The Knight Made in MIA Film Award of $55,000, supported by the Knight Foundation, is given to three films that have a substantial portion of their content set in South Florida and that best utilize their story and theme for a universal resonance. They were evaluated by jury members Mollye Asher, Nicholas Griffin, Johann Zietsman and Keisha Rae Witherspoon, who won the Knight Made in MIA award for her 2020 short drama, J.
“You Can Always Come Home,” directed by Juan Luis Matos, won the top prize of $30,000. The jury said, “This is a film that radiates the joyful spirit of Miami in its embrace of family, community and place while embodying the universal sense of home.”
The second prize ($15,000) went to “In Beauty It Is Unfinished”, directed by Greko Sklavounos. The jury said: “This poetic offering is a magnificent fever dream that captures longing, fragments of memory and a poetic look at a Miami that is both familiar but also new. Made personal.
Third prize ($10,000) went to ‘Un Pequeño Corte’, directed by Marianna Serrano, whose jury said, “It’s a charming and powerful story that serves as a portrait of an independent spirit in a demanding world. conformity”.
The family drama you look like me, directed by Dina Amer, won the $10,000 Jordan Ressler First Feature Award. The honour, sponsored by the South Florida family of the late Jordan Ressler, goes to the best film directed by a filmmaker making their feature-length narrative debut.
The selection committee, made up of Estrella Araiza, Jonathan Cuartas and 2019 Jordan Ressler Award winner Alexandre Moratto, said in a statement, “We chose the film for its bold portrayal of fragmented identity and social inequality in through his masterful weaving of styles. Part intimate character study, part current affairs drama, part documentary, this fearless filmmaker, a former journalist who reported on the real events that inspired the film, takes a personal approach that is both serious and disturbing, moving and provocative. The Jordan Ressler First Feature Award goes to Dina Amer for you look like me.”
The drama Carajita, co-produced by Wooden Boat Productions (Dominican Republic) and Pucará Cine (Argentina), won the $10,000 HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, sponsored by WarnerMedia. The film, about class and race issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, was selected by jurors Carlos Aguilar, Leslie Cohen and Brandon Harris. The annual award is given to the best Hispanic American or Ibero-American narrative feature film, and is awarded to the lead producer or production company.
Set during the era of China’s Cultural Revolution, the war drama A second won the Rene Rodriguez Critics Award, selected by accredited film critics covering the Festival. The film, screened as a special presentation, is directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, a three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
Felipe Perez Santiago, composer of Amalgam, won the Alacran Music in Film Award, sponsored by Alacran Studios. The award highlights the power of music and film and celebrates the role of the film composer. Art of Light (Composer) award winner Cristobal Tapia de Veer selected the winner.
The shorts category is dominated by the $10,000 WarnerMedia OneFifty Latino Short Film Award, judged by programmers from HBO and the Miami Film Festival, which awards $5,000 to the winner and $1,250 each to the four finalists. The top prize went to New York-based Puerto Rican filmmaker Ricardo Varona’s dramatic short ‘Hector’s Woman (La mujer de Héctor)’, with other awards going to ‘Chilly & Milly’, ‘It’s Not Her (No Es Ella )”, “For some horses (Por unos caballos)” and “The year of the radio (El Año del Radio)”.
Pakistani filmmaker Ali Sohail Jaura has won the $5,000 Miami International Short Film Prize, awarded by select members of the Miami Film Festival program committee, for his historical war drama “Murder Tongue,” which illuminates the one of the most brutal chapters in the history of Karachi, Pakistan. .
The $500 University of Miami Documentary Short Prize, judged by faculty members of the University of Miami’s Faculty of Communication, went to “The Originals,” directed by Cristina Costantini and Alfie Koetter, a ten-year retrospective through the eyes of their former owner. and her childhood friends on growing up in South Brooklyn. “Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) The Stillness of a Wound”, directed by Souki Mehdaoui, received an honorable mention.
The Audience Award for Short Film went to the romantic comedy “Cariño”, directed by Fernanda Lamuño. The first runner-up was “Un Pequeño Corte”, directed by Mariana Serrano and the second runner-up was “Madame Pipi”, directed by Rachelle Salnave.
This year’s Best Poster award went to two outstanding images. Designed by Nate Biller of Jump Cut, the poster for the period drama Parsley evoked the style of 1930s Hollywood epics, according to the Festival’s selection jury, as it “subverts these traditions by prominently featuring black/Haitian Latin characters” to create a timely statement that is both “poignant and powerful” . Sander Brouwer’s work for the Chilean thriller Immersionspotlighting a man refusing to help a sinking boat moved the judges ‘tremendously’ with a reverse submergence in emotion, ‘a conflict of morals and paranoia’, which can prevent human beings from acting with compassion.
Former Knight Marimbas award winner Lorenz Metz edited the trailer for his own film, the film produced in Switzerland. soul of a beasta divisive romantic drama that was chosen for this year’s best trailer award by some members of the festival’s programming committee.
Back in 2022, Florida Cinemaslam Student Film Award of $1,000, judged by past Cinemaslam winners, with its cash prize for gay character study The Truth of a Thousand Nights, directed by Chris Molina. Other non-monetary prizes were awarded in five categories: Off-sidedirected by Emiliano Gioffre (best screenplay), Off-sidedirected by Emiliano Gioffre (best actor), One calldirected by Camila Marcano (Best Actress), Cut shortdirected by Charlie Andelman (Best Cinematography) and Symfaunicdirected by Erin Bergin and Darby Kate Snyder (Best Technical Achievement).
The winners of the Audience Award for Feature Film and the Documentary Award, determined by a vote of Festival audience members, will be announced after the end of the Festival.