This year’s Miami Film Festival in its special 40th anniversary was nothing short of remarkable. The winners these years were as clear as the award season winners.
The Everything Everywhere All At Once of MFF was Plantadas, which won the $45,000 made in MIA Feature Film Award and the Audience Award. Directed by Cuban duo Lilo Vilaplana and Camilo Vilaplana, Plantadas tells the stories of three women whose fight to restore democracy in their country are betrayed by the leader of the revolution; eventually they end up in prison where their human rights are violated.
Cuban directors’ streak in taking home the Made in MIA film award continued with Hanel Porras Garcia’s Febrero. Garcia’s film tells the story of Zoe, a Cuban exile who has a surprise visit from Helena, her childhood best friend. But when a secret comes to light their relationship is challenged.