The 2011 Miami International Film Festival has added two free screenings to their lineup. The screening are the HBO Documentary Films Presentation The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical and Magnolia Pictures' new romantic comedy Ceremony.
The Festival will present a free, outdoor Kick-off Screening of the all-ages documentary The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. on the 7,000 square foot projection wall of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. The film will be projected three-stories-high onto the building's façade from the City of Miami Beach's ExoStage area, which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests seated in the grassy meadow. Australian director Sarah McCarthy (Murderers on the Dance Floor for the United Kingdom's Channel 4 and Black Widow Granny for the BBC) is scheduled to fly from London to attend the screening along with the film's producer, Joe Walters.
The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical is a hopeful look at a band of tenacious and melodious India street children, recruited to perform a one-time-only concert with members of the city's elite Bombay Chamber Orchestra. The youngsters rehearse the timeless classics from The Sound of Music (including Do, Re, Mi and My Favorite Things) and prepare to perform before a sold-out crowd of 1,000 at Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts, a place which is usually closed to the city's lower classes. With so many hopes and dreams riding on this single performance, the stakes are high for all involved—including 11-year-old soloist Ashish, who hopes to win the affections of an upper-class girl and inspire a patron to sponsor his education, and orchestra conductor Johannis Steinwender, who must corral the wily choir students into their best performances. In telling the story, director Sarah McCarthy remains mindful of the gaps that lie between dreams and reality, rich and poor. The film never glosses over the difficulty of closing those gaps, but it joyfully expresses the children's optimism, excitement, and their effort of trying. This film was an audience favorite at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical directed by Sarah McCarthy
Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
(Miami Beach SoundScape and ExoStage at the New World Symphony campus, 500 – 17th Street, at the intersection of Washington Avenue & 17th Street)
(Rain Date: Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.)
The Festival's second screening marks the feature film directorial debut of Max Winkler (son of actor/director Henry "The Fonz" Winkler), Magnolia Pictures' Ceremony, starring Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano and Lee Pace. This free presentation will be held Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. Director Max Winkler is confirmed to attend.
Sam Davis (Michael Angarano) convinces his former best friend to spend a weekend with him to rekindle their friendship at an elegant beachside estate owned by a famous documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace). But it soon becomes clear that Sam is secretly infatuated with the filmmaker's fiancée, Zoe (Uma Thurman) — who happens to be his ex-girlfriend — and that his true intention is to thwart their impending nuptials. As Sam's plan begins to unravel, he is forced to realize how complicated love and friendship can be. Another audience favorite at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ceremony directed by Max Winkler
Monday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. (Free and open to the public)
(Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., downtown Miami)
Tickets are now on sale for the Festival which runs March 4-13, 2011 by visiting www.miamifilmfestival.com or calling 305-405-MIFF (6433).