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Miami International Film Festival returns to Magic City

Annual event celebrates its 25th anniversary

By: Rene Basulto // Contributing InSight Writer

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: Insight
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While the rest of the movie world had its eyes on Hollywood last February, film buffs in South Florida were planning the twenty-fifth annual Miami International Film Festival.

The red carpet was rolled out at the elegant Gusman Center for Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

"A festival has its personality in its venue, and that venue is Miami," festival director Patrick de Bokay said as he addressed the audience before the opening film.

Miami's culturally diverse reputation is an appropriate fit for the more than 100 films hailing anywhere from Israel to Argentina and covering topics as varied as Muay Thai boxing and Christian fundamentalism. Chosen to open the festival was Under the Same Moon, a sweet Mexican film about a mother and young son separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"[It was] a great example of love, family values and sacrifice," Chris Piña, a junior, said after the film.

UM's involvement came with the Cosford Cinema's opening of "Exodus," a daring Hong Kong film that recasts the Biblical story in modern times with the Pharaoh as a fascist prime minister and Moses as a desperate terrorist.

Freshmen Tom Skibo and John Peltz said they weren't entirely sure about attending the screening - that is, until they found out that there were a limited amount of free tickets available for university students at the theater's entrance. "I thought it was a Friday night well spent," Peltz said.

Rene Basulto may be contacted at r.basulto@umiami.edu.
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