Argentina's 'The Clan' Wins At Miami Fest's GEMS

Courtesy of K & S Films
'The Clan'

Pablo Trapero's Oscar bid grabbed the Audience Award at the festival's fall sidebar.

Pablo Trapero's Argentine Oscar submission The Clan won the Audience Award category at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival's new GEMS Festival, which delivered its awards last Sunday.

The Argentina-Spain co-production about the notorious well-to-do Puccio family, who kidnapped and murdered several of their neighbors in 1980s-era Buenos Aires, continues its solid path to the nominations after breaking the opening record for a domestic release back in its home country and winning Trapero a Silver Lion award for best director at Venice. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. on Jan. 29, with a limited run in New York and Los Angeles, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Trapero and the film's star, Guillermo Francella, received a prolonged ovation from the audience at the film's U.S. premiere in Miami, and took questions from the audience after the screening. 

Earlier in the evening, recently retired Sabado Gigante media icon and global celebrity Don Francisco accepted the Festival's Precious Gem Award, prior to the closing night screening of Patricia Riggen’s The 33, in which Don Francisco appears as himself. The award was presented by Miami Dade College president Dr. Eduardo J.nPadron in recognition of Don Francisco’s significant contributions to the story and progress in 2010 of the fate of the trapped Copiapo miners. The 33 cast members Rodrigo Santoro, Juan Pablo Raba and Kate del Castillo, also attended the ceremony. The film is scheduled for a November release through Warner Bros.

The 33rd annual Miami International Film Festival will take place March 4 –13, 2016.