Miami International Film Festival announces its Ibero-American competition

Ecuador, Chile, Spain and Argentina are among the countries that will compete for the Miami International Film Festival’s Knight Ibero-American Grand Jury Prize at the 29th edition of the annual event, running March 2-11, 2012.

A total of 10 films – including four International/North American premieres and two U.S. premieres – will be in the running for $45,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Knight Foundation and Ressier Foundation. Only one of the titles currently has an American distribution deal: Cristian Jimenez’s Bonsai, an adaptation of the novel by Chilean author Alejandro Zambra about a writer who uses his latest book to cover up a lie he has told his lover. Strand Releasing is handling the film within the U.S.

The other titles in the competition are:

The Porcelain Horse (Ecuador), about two brothers who steal from their parents in order to buy drugs, with fateful consequences.

Madrid, 1987 (Spain), director David Trueba’s May-December romance about the relationship between a journalist and a student.

The Cat Vanishes (Argentina), a thriller about a woman questioning her husband’s sanity after he is released from a mental hospital.

Zoo (Chile), a study of affluent teens in Santiago dangerously obsessed with American pop culture.

I’d Receive the Worst News from Your Beautiful Lips (Brazil), a sensual melodrama about a woman stranded in a romantic triangle, set in the Amazonian jungle.

Blood of My Blood (Portugal), about two sisters trying to protect their family against the harsh realities of a Lisbon slum.

Pescador (Ecuador/Colombia), in which the life of a fisherman changes after he stumbles upon a wayward drug shipment.

Violeta Went to Heaven (Chile), a portrait of the famed folk singer/artist Violeta Parra.

The Sleeping Voice (Spain), a drama about the horrors of the Spanish Civil War.

All of the directors of the films in the competition are expected to attend the festival to talk about their work. Nearly 100 films are expected to screen at the event. Jaie LaPlante, the festival’s executive director, said another competition for Ibero-American filmmakers in the 2012 edition will be announced soon. For more information, visit


Source:  Miami Herald