Spanish pic preems at Miami gay fest

'Cachorro,' 'Iron Ladies,' 'Wish' among films to unspool

MIAMI — The sixth annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will screen Miguel Albaladejo’s “Cachorro” (Bear Cub), the festival centerpiece tonight, marking the North American preem of the Spanish drama.

Ten-day fest opened Friday and unspools through Sunday with 33 features and full-length docus along with 40-plus shorts.

Other North American preems included “Iron Ladies II,” a Thai comedy directed by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon and distributed by Strand Releasing. Fest lauded Strand’s 15th anniversary (whose past releases have included Israeli film “Yossi & Jagger” and “Party Monster”) at a Saturday tribute honoring toppers Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans.

The other North American preem is the hard-edged and explicit “Anonymous,” a video release from helmer Todd Verow.

More videos bow

Also on tap are three world preems of full-length videos from American helmers: Sharon Ferranti’s “Make a Wish,” a lesbian horror film; Helen Lesnick’s erotic “Inescapable”; and Christopher Long’s docu “Naked Fame,” about former porn star-turned-aspiring singer Colton Ford.

On Saturday, fest will present the world preem of Manuela Kay’s German DVD “Out im Kino,” an opinionated history of gay cinema.

Fest wraps Sunday with an HBO Awards ceremony, with jury kudos for fiction feature, docu and short and an audience award. It will be followed by the East Coast preem of Angela Robinson’s actioner “D.E.B.S.” Pic’s producer, Andrea Sperling, will receive a career achievement award.

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