Opening night for GEMS will kick off with Luca Guadagnino’s queer romance Call Me by Your Name, starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, which also serves as the Florida premiere for the film. Following the film will be the opening-night party, A Taste of Alta Italia, in celebration of October’s Italian Heritage Month.
A number of GEMS features this year focus on the Sunshine State, most notable of all being Sean Baker’s The Florida Project. The film will screen October 5 as a festival preview; Baker and others from the production will present the film in person. Additionally, Antonio Mendez Esparza’s Life and Nothing More will receive its U.S. premiere in the very state where it takes place, and the filmmaker will attend.
For the first time, the Miami Film Festival will also introduce a virtual-reality (VR) sidebar throughout GEMS weekend. In partnership with MDC’s Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC), the sidebar will allow attendees to experience four 360-degree videos by Angel Manuel Soto during VR Escape.
Tickets will go on sale to Miami Film Society members exclusively Tuesday, September 19, and to the public Friday, September 22. Find the full Miami GEMS 2017 slate at miamifilmfestival.com.
GEMS. October 12 through 15 at Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-237-2463; towertheatermiami.com. Tickets cost $10 to $13; special event ticket prices vary.