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GEMS 2015 and Miami International Film Festival

Oct. 22-25 at MDC Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami (for GEMS) and March 4-13 at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, and multiple Miami and Miami Beach theaters (for MIFF); 1-844-565-6433 or MiamiFilmFestival.com/GEMS. Tickets cost $9-$13 per screening, $40-$85 for parties and receptions for GEMS, and $9-$13 per screening, $30-$125 for parties and receptions at MIFF.

We can't wait until next year’s Miami International Film Festival, and neither, apparently, can Miami-Dade College. GEMS, the festival’s new fall offshoot, will debut a roundup of the acclaimed sleepers, crowd-pleasers and Oscar-bait hopefuls touted at this year’s Cannes, Berlin and Sundance film festivals.

The four-day slate will kick off with John Crowley's drama "Brooklyn," based on Colm Tóibín's best-selling novel about an Irish immigrant, played by Saoirse Ronan. Here are two more worth films underlining on the program: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Taiwanese film "The Assassin," about an abducted 10-year-old who is transformed into a warrior, which nabbed the Best Director award at Cannes; and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt's "Havana Motor Club," a portrait of Cuba's underground drag-racing circuit of American classic cars.

As for next March's MIFF, the lineup is yet to be announced, so check the website for the full schedule.

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