For this year's Awards Night Film selection, MIFF will screen director Denis Villeneuve's Oscar-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film) Incendies. It's a dense and powerful story that revolves around two Arab-Canadian twins, Jeanne and Simon, and their quest to untangle their roots while unearthing shocking secrets about their family. In her will, their recently deceased mother requests the twins deliver two sealed letters to the father they thought had been killed in a war in the Middle East and the brother they never knew existed.
Simon, convinced his mother died a crazy woman, refuses to deliver the letters. Jeanne, however, is steadfast in honoring her mother's final wishes. But the people she encounters during her investigation decline to speak about her mother. Simon, driven by curiosity, eventually joins Jeanne in the Middle East. The two soon discover their mother once spent time in a Christian militia prison and was involved with a Muslim warlord.
The journey reveals some shocking truths, and the film's big reveal is as stunning as it is revelatory.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles. March 12 at 7 p.m.
Part detective story, part family drama, Incendies features powerful and stunning images of a war-torn Middle East set to an enigmatic soundtrack by Radiohead. The film is never preachy, but the deep-rooted and troubled politics of the Middle East are a compelling backdrop. Incendies is masterful and emotionally stirring, leaving its mark well after it's done.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.