Organizers of the 30th edition of Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, announced today they will celebrate a milestone year next March 1st – 10th with Career Achievement Tributes honoring two remarkable directors: renowned Swedish writer-director Lasse Hallström, (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), and Spanish producer, writer and Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Chico & Rita). This marks the first year, in honor of their 30th Anniversary, that the Festival will honor two filmmakers. Miami International Film Festival created its annual Career Achievement Tribute in 2003, in celebration of another milestone year (20th anniversary). Since then, filmmakers honored in Miami have included Hector Babenco, Susanne Bier, Luc Besson, Carlos Saura, Liv Ullman and Wim Wenders, among many illustrious names.
“Espectacular and så underbart!” enthused MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante.“It is without question the best possible year for us to honor Fernando and Lasse, in individual tributes. Both of these great filmmakers have made indelible impressions on our history, and continue to create new works that fore tells their finest work is even yet still to come, as their new films are destined to be on dozens of ten-best lists in 2013.
“The immensely moving The Artist and the Model will mark the 10th appearance by Fernando Trueba at Miami International Film Festival, which is by far the most of any director in our 30-year history,” noted Laplante. “Fernando’s films have opened the Festival an unprecedented three times, in 1994, 1996 and most recently in 2011, and his appeal and favor with the Miami audience will make this special evening a kind of homecoming.
“The Hypnotist is Lasse Hallström’s triumphant return to Swedish cinema after a 25-year absence. Miami was the first festival to introduce the United States to his Swedish classic My Life As A Dog, and Lasse’s fond memories of that night in February 1987 at downtown Miami’s Gusman Center persist to this day – as he vividly remembers the Miami audience responding as enthusiastically to the film as the audiences did in Stockholm.”
The Hypnotist stars Oscar-nominee Lena Olin (Enemies: A Love Story, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and Swedish veteran Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World, and the upcoming holiday release The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). The thriller, based on the bestselling book by the Swedish author Lars Kepler, is the harrowing story of a disgraced hypnotist whose son disappears after he secretly aids a police detective trying to solve a brutal and horrifying murder. The film is Sweden’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards.
The Artist and the Model features a all-star cast of veteran actors, including Jean Rochefort from France, Claudia Cardinale from Italy, Chus Lampreave from Spain (winner of a Goya Award for her role in Trueba’s classic Belle Epoque), and the luminous Aida Folch, who rose to fame when Trueba first cast her in his 2002 hit The Shanghai Spell. Co-written with the prolific and famed Buñuel screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, the story is set in the south of France during the occupied period of World War II, where an elderly sculptor encounters a young muse who inspires him to complete a lasting masterpiece, as he ruminates on mortality and the creative life.