The Gusman Center, where the Miami International Film Festival premiered in 1984
Beginning this Saturday, the Miami International Film Festival will kick off a Countdown Retrospective, featuring 29 days of film screenings in honor of its 30th year. Screenings will take place at MDC’s Tower Theater, with each film in the lineup representing a year from past festivals, starting with a nod to the festival’s 1984 inaugural event, where now legendary director Pedro Almodóvar was first put on the radar of North American film fans. So for the countdown event premiere this Saturday, the festival will show a rare 35 millimeter screening of Almodóvar’s 1983 Dark Habits, which is about a Spanish nightclub singer who winds up in a convent full of gay, drugged out nuns.
Screenings will continue on every night at 7 p.m., with titles like Babette’s Feast, Law of Desire, and Miami Rhapsody gracing the marquis. And the celebrity and special guest quotient will be high. Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber will be on hand for a Q&A at the February 1 screening of his 1989 film, Let's Get Lost, and the cast of Miami Rhapsody—including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeremy Piven, and Carla Gugino—will reunite at the film's February 8 screening. The best part? All Countdown Retrospective screenings are ticketed at the 1984 price of $4 for Miami Film Society members. Screenings will continue through February 28, and the 30th annual Miami International Film Festival will start on March 1. 1508 S.W. 8th St., Miami