The Miami International Film Festival's acquisition of Dark Blood, River Phoenix's final film, for the 2013 festival is a huge accomplishment -- one that's sure to draw even more attention to the ever-expanding annual event. But it's not exactly a shock. After all, MIFF has been introducing Miami audiences to important films and filmmakers ever since its very first fest in 1984 -- often well before they were discovered by the rest of the country.
In March, MIFF will bring even more exciting new movies to Miami screens. But because 2013 marks the festival's 30th anniversary, celebrations are starting over a month early. Beginning January 26 and running through Feb. 28, MIFF will screen one film from each year of the festival, starting with 1984's Dark Habits and ending with Mariachi Gringo, 2012's opening night film. Along the way, audiences can rediscover some of the biggest names in film directing, including these five favorites.