Miami, FL – Celebrating a successful 29th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College(MDC), guests gathered at MDC’s Historic Freedom Tower this past weekend to see the coveted Lexus Audience Award presented to Juan Of The Dead director Alejandro Brugués.
After the sold-out Awards Night Gala at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts earlier in the evening, which saw top jury prizes go to Cristián Jiménez’s Bonsái, Bart Layton’s The Imposter and Kenya Márquez’s Expiration Date, hundreds of party-goers paraded into the MDC Freedom Tower for the Ultimat Social Life Awards Night Party. As Executive Director of MIFF Jaie Laplante presented the award to Brugués, guests shared the news with their friends via social media stations equipped at the party.
“I’m thrilled to have been able to present this award to Alejandro,” said Laplante. “The film that Miami has been clamoring for did not disappoint. The enthusiastic response to the film was enthralling.”
“It’s a great honor for my film to have been chosen by the audience and that I was able to share this amazing moment with my family and friends,” said Brugués. “I love Miami and would like to thank the Festival for all its support.”
Juan Of The Dead screened on Friday, March 9th, and all 1,567 seats were filled at the successful gala screening of the comedy at the Olympia Theater. The film follows Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas) and some of his friends as they realize something is amiss in Havana, which is gradually being taken over by zombies. As the social order begins to crumble, the two launch a thriving business, hiring themselves out to people who need to put their beloved ones out of their zombie misery.
As previously announced, Outsider Pictures recently acquired the comedy from Mexico-based Latinofusion, the international film sales and distribution company, for US theatrical distribution. Juan of the Dead will make its U.S. theatrical debut starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13th, opening in Miami and subsequently expanding to other markets.
More than 70,000 people attended the 29th annual Festival, which screened over 100 films from 35 countries after opening with the world premiere of Tom Gustafson’s Mariachi Gringo on March 2nd.