Two hot Miami Film Festival tickets are works that festival director Tiziana Finzi selected months ago but recently received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Picture. Asked which of the two she thought would win, Finzi explains, "The Secret in Their Eyes is closer to the American blockbuster. For me, I like The Milk of Sorrow, but it's very tough; it works very well in Europe but not in America."
The other Oscar-nominated film is Peruvian The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada, which more accurately translates to "The Frightened Tit"). Young 34-year-old director Claudia Llosa was inspired to make the movie after learning of a Harvard anthropological study that traced the lasting affects of rape and violence on women in Lima during the early-'90s political uprising. Llosa centers the plot on the old wives' tale that such trauma is passed on to generations through breast milk. The film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Finzi called it tough to watch, and American distributors have yet to pick it up, so the festival might be your only chance to see it on the big screen.
Sat., March 6, 7 p.m., 2010