The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) returns for its 34th year, November 1-17, with an exciting line-up of more than 150 films (60 feature film premieres representing over 25 countries), over-the-top theme parties, and both renowned and aspiring film talent. American Independent, foreign language, and films from Florida will include features, documentaries and shorts with an eclectic array of genres.
Opening Night, Nov. 1, kicks-off at the Museum of Discovery and Science with the South Florida premiere of Cuba on the giant Autonation IMAX® screen. Directed by Peter H. Chang, this visually stunning film will transport audiences across breathtaking landscapes, under the ocean surface to iridescent reefs, and into streets throbbing with music and dance in the heart of Havana. Tito Puente, Jr. will perform during the Latin themed opening night party.
Cinema Paradiso-Hollywood will open the festival with the Southeast Premiere of La Bolduc, a biopic of Quebec’s folk singer Mary Travers Bolduc’s life and her dazzling career in the 20’s and 30’s directed by Francois Bouvier and starring Debbie Lynch-White. The second show that evening is the Southeast premiere of the documentary, Sex Drugs And Bicycles, about Dutch social Democracy.
The Centerpiece Film, Nov 9 features the Southeast Premiere of the bittersweet comedy Safe Spaces. Attending are director Daniel Schechter and star, Justin Long. The film will be followed by the Centerpiece Party which includes a buffet and drink specials. Additionally, Popcorn Frights Film Festival will present a late night screening of the 2009 horror film, Drag Me To Hell, which also features Justin Long.
The Closing Night Film, Nov 17 features the East Coast Premiere of From The Vine. Directed by Sean Cisterna, the comedy set against the back drop of Italy’s wine country, stars Emmy Award-Winning actor Joe Pantoliano (Risky Business,The Matrix, Midnight Run) and Marco Leonardi (Cinema Paradiso, Like Water for Chocolate). All will attend the premiere and the Closing Night Party after the film which will include a buffet and signature drinks.
Each year, everyone looks forward to Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s signature parties. In addition to opening night, centerpiece and closing night parties, FLIFF will host a Retro Pool Party featuring the filmed in Fort Lauderdale, Girl Happy. Actress Chris Noel will be in attendance. The party, held at Spinnaker Pool Deck at The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, includes live music, drink specials and passed hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a dinner cruise aboard the Musette, and a Rock ‘n Roll Street Party featuring the movie Woodstock. A Night at the Museum, at NSU Art Museum, includes the Florida Premiere of American Mirror, which focuses on a social issue that has global reach: how we perceive and judge ourselves and the others in a world dominated by social media. Prior to film there will be a pasta buffet, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks. Additional details and Advance tickets will be available by September 16 online at www.fliff.com
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