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31st Miami International Film Festival: Who won the Lexus Audience Award?

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Thousands of guests attended the 31st annual Miami International Film Festival, which took place from March 7th through the 16th. It screened 97 feature films and 44 short films from 39 countries around the world. Only 2 films won the Lexus Audience Award. A press release from the festival itself which was produced and presented by Miami Dade College's MDCulture shared all the award winners.

Tons of fans of the films gathered together at the National Historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College this past weekend to hear the announcement of the popular Lexus Audience Award. This year it was presented to two films. One was for Best Documentary and the other was for Best Feature. The winners were Fading Gigolo directed by John Turturro (USA), which won Best Feature, and The Mountain (La montaña) directed by Tabaré Blanchard (Dominican Republic), which won Best Documentary.

The press release shared that:

Fading Gigolo stars Woody Allen, who is a late-blooming pimp to John Turturro’s middle-aged junior florist-turned hustler in a hilarious NY comedy, where legendary screen sirens Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara turn up as eager clients, and Vanessa Paradis plays an orthodox Jewish widow in need of human touch. The film was part of an evening which presented John Tuturro with the Career Achievement Tribute & Award.

The Mountain is a documentary about a trio of Dominicans who contend with the harsh, freezing climate of Katmandu and made history by crowning Mount Everest with a Dominican flag in 2011, inspiring three young surfers to conquer Pico Duarte, Hispaniola’s highest mountain.

Following the Awards Night Ceremony at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts hundreds of guests attended the Freedom Tower for the Pyrat Gold: Awards Night Party. Special guests included Andy Garcia and Raymond de Felitta who screened their latest film collaboration Rob the Mob earlier that evening. The party had food stations and interactive cocktail stations where guests mixed their own concoctions.

We can't wait to see what the festival in 2015 has to hold!

For more information and to find out all the award winning film during the 2014 Miami International Film Festival, please visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-405-MIFF (6433).

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