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Colorful, Suspenseful Thrillers Among Lineup During MDC’s 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival

~ MIFF runs from Mar. 2 to 11, 2012
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Miami, March 8, 2012 - Mayhem is one of several new film categories being presented during the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC). The Mayhem lineup features three suspense genre thrillers intended to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Here’s a breakdown of the three films in this category:

The Fifth Commandment (El Quinto Mandamiento): Directed by Rafa Lara and making its U.S. premiere, this film is about a schizophrenic man who stalks young women in Mexico City as the voices in his head become more and more bewildering. This film is in Spanish with English subtitles. It will be presented at 11:30 p.m., on Friday, March 9, at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW 8 St., in Little Havana.  

Hell: In this film directed by Tim Fehlbaum and executive produced by Roland Emmerich, the sun has become utterly aggressive in the near future, heating up the earth and exterminating most life. Whoever is left alive must take extraordinary measures in order to survive. This film is in German with English subtitles, and will be presented at 11:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, and 11 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Regal South Beach Cinemas, 1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.

Hombre y Tierra: Directed by Christian Cisneros and making its world premiere, this film exposes the lost tapes of television show host Mauro Bosque’s outdoor extreme-reality internet show, Hombre y Tierra. The film chronicles one episode where Bosque videotapes himself in search of some of the world’s most significant and extraordinary caves in the mountains of Belize. But Bosque never returned from this trip, and the story behind his discovery into the deep woods of Belize remained a mystery until now. It will be presented on Friday, March 9, at 9:30 p.m. at the Regal South Beach Cinemas, 1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.   

This year’s Festival will showcase of more than 100 films from 35 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 2-11, 2012. Highlights include red carpet galas at Olympia Theater, parties, education seminars, international film premieres, and more!

For more information about films, screenings and tickets, visit

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition on March 2-11, 2012, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Miami International Film Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. 

Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large. For more, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).   Major sponsors of the 2012 Miami International Film Festival include: Lexus, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority, FPL, EGEDA, Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami, Comcast, Miami New Times, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, ABC Management Services, Screen International and the City of Miami Beach.  The official headquarter hotel of MIFF 2012 is The Standard Spa, Miami; and the Festival is produced with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. 

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960. More at

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