By Juan Barquin, MiamiNewTimes, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 13, 2015 – With the Miami International Film Festival only months away, it’s time for some of the festival’s selection to hit the press. Although the festival’s 33rd edition will kick off on March 4, the opening night film has been selected: Álex de la Iglesia’s latest film, My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche).
Starring Spanish pop icon Raphael, Mi Gran Noche features the actor in a self-aware performance as Alphonso, a pop singer with over 50 years of chart-topping singles who is headlining a New Year’s Eve TV special, with all of the backstage happenings and taping of the show propelling the narrative. But while the film — which also stars Mario Casas, Santiago Segura, Carlos Areces, Blanca Suárez, Hugo Silva, Carmen Machi, and Carolina Bang among others — seems fun enough on its own, the exciting part is that Raphael himself will appear in person at MIFF.
“Álex de la Iglesia has made a perfect pop movie with My Big Night,” declared the festival’s executive director and director of programming, Jaie Laplante. “This riotously funny film is much more than one of the very best films by de la Iglesia, it is a party!”