Miami Film Festival GEMS to Open With Almodóvar’s ‘Parallel Mothers’

Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers” starring Penélope Cruz will open the the Miami Film Festival GEMS on Nov. 4. “King Richard,” produced by and starring Will Smith, is the centerpiece screening. Denmark’s Oscar submission shortlist candidate “Flee” will close the event.

The eighth annual edition of is expanding to seven days from its traditional four-day format. The screenings will be held at Miami Date College’s Tower Theater Miami from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10.

“Parallel Mothers” is also recipient of the Miami Film Festival’s highest honor, Precious Gem – Master Award, from the 38th edition of the festival earlier this year. It was played in competition at the Venice Film Festival, where Cruz won for the prize for lead actress. “King Richard,” screening on Nov. 6, tells the true story of the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serna Williams. The film is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Closing the festival on Nov. 10 will be “Flee,” the animated documentary about an Afghani émigré with a secret. It is directed by Jonas Power Rasmussen.

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