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Antonio Banderas said he is ready to come back to Spain and help the local film industry and allow himself a greater range of acting roles from what he gets offered in Hollywood. “I’m looking to come home and make movies here,” Banderas told a packed news conference in San Sebastian following the screening of Gabe Ibanez’s Banderas-starring sci-fi film Automata, which the actor produced and is screening in the festival's Official Selection. “Hollywood has ceased to exist as such, and now it is just a brand. I might have that brand on me my whole life, but
- Pamela Rolfe
After years of reorganizing and cost cutting, San Sebastian looks ready to show it can keep playing with the big boys. As the curtain lifts on the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday in Spain’s northern Basque region, all the pieces are in order for the world’s most important Spanish-language festival: features from world-renowned directors mixed with a bevy of up-and-coming talent and sprinkled with a hefty dose of Latin flavor from South American films vying for a spot in the international market. Denzel Washington, Benecio del Toro, Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Viggo
- Pamela Rolfe
Madrid – In the run-up to Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, which kicks off Friday, Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente Films has taken off the table for Spain one of its biggest draws at this year’s event: Antonio Banderas’ starrer “Automata.”
Also having bought San Sebastian closer “Samba,” A Contracorriente no packs with Golem thebiggest punch of any Spanish distributor at the Festival: Six picks in all, including two of Spain’s four competition entries.
World premiering Sunday in competition at San Sebastian, “Automata” will boast Banderas’ presence, the biggest budget of any new bow at the Festival. “Automata” also marks Banderas bow in the sci-fi genre, and his highest-profile production to date at his Spain-based Green Moon shingle, founded in »
- John Hopewell
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
No film industry in Europe has been harder hit by crisis than Spain’s, yet the level of creativity from local filmmakers and producers is often firing on all cylinders.
Sixteen Spanish films will have their world premieres at San Sebastian, at least one local shingle is forming a joint venture with a Euro counterpart, and directors, though often working on far-reduced budgets, are aiming for a wider audience.
To put the Spanish woes in perspective, a couple of facts: Spain’s central government subsidy fund fell 56% from 2011 to 2014’s €33.7 million ($44.3 million), while average film budgets have plunged 50% to $2 million over the 2009-14 span, per producers’ association Fapae.
Yet, says San Sebastian Festival director Jose Luis Rebordinos, despite the crisis, the industry is “spectacular in creative terms.”
Spain’s surviving producers are also making some bold moves abroad.
Take, for example, Morena Films, one of Spain’s biggest and best-financed shops, »
- John Hopewell
With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »
- Christopher Clemente
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.
Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.
“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.
“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”
The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The tenth annual Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin TX in just over a week, and we will once again be present to cover the festival. We are excited to announce the final wave of programming as well as many guest appearances including James Gunn, Edgar Wright, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Ti West. This programming wave might be the best yet. Here’s the final list of films being screened this year.
dir. Craig Denney, 96 min., United States
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn hosts a rare screening of this unseen, long-lost exploitation masterpiece, recently rescued and restored by local non-profit The American Genre Film Archive.
United States, 2014
Us Premiere, 110 min
Director – Gabe Ibañez
In the post-nuclear apocalypse there will be robots, and insurance agents played by Antonio Banderas. He’s investigating an insurance claim on a faulty robot that leads to greater discoveries. »
Please tell me you know about Fantastic Fest. If not, this isn’t the first article you should be reading, it’s the last. Here are the final events and films that will be a part of the greatest film festival known to man.
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The finalwave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, Everly, Open Windows and guests Joe Lynch, Liv Corfixen & Nicolas Winding Refn, Edgar Wright, Ti West, Nacho Vigalondo, Alfonso Gomez- Rejon, and David Robert Mitchell. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.
“We promised that our tenth anniversary was going to be the most deranged yet and I’m proud to say »
- Jeff Bayer
In 2014 Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet, and the final wave includes Horns, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, Everly, Open Windows, and lots more!
With 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American and Us Premiere screenings, and 38 short films, Fantastic Fest 2014 is an event you don't want to miss! It takes place September 18-25, 2014, in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.
From the Press Release:
"We promised that our tenth anniversary was going to be the most deranged yet, and I'm proud to say we've delivered on that promise," says festival founder Tim League. "Not only have we compiled our biggest slate of exceptional genre films, but the chaos we've embraced for »
- Debi Moore
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, so a big congrats to that team. The final wave of programming for that festival has now arrived, and highlights include the Antonio Banderas-starring sci-fi film “Automata,” Daniel Radcliffe in “Horns," Peter Strickland’s “The Duke Of Burgundy” (which we just gave a big rave out of Tiff), celebrated Cannes horror "It Follows," Sundance indie thriller "The Guest," the remake of "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," the complete director’s cut of Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” (both versions in one film that is a total of 5 hours and 24 minutes long) and "My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn," a documentary about the eccentric filmmaker by Liv Corfixen. Plus the festival has added many guests, including Joe Lynch, Liv Corfixen & Nicolas Winding Refn, Edgar Wright, Ti West, Nacho Vigalondo, Alfonso Gomez- Rejon, and David Robert Mitchell. »
- Edward Davis
Radius-twc’s Salma Hayek action thriller Everly will make its world premiere this month at Fantastic Fest, the genre fest announced today along with its final batch of high profile titles and filmmaker guests. Joining the Joe Lynch-directed pic in Austin will be Blumhouse and MGM/Orion’s horror remake The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Radius-twc’s Cannes horror pick-up It Follows, Picturehouse’s The Guest, and Dimension/Radius’ Daniel Radcliffe starrer Horns.
Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn will moderate the world premiere of David Yarovesky’s The Hive, while Nicolas Winding Refn will host a screening of recently restored The Astrologer and appear in his wife Liv Corfixen’s My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, a documentary filmed during the making of Only God Forgives. Director Edgar Wright is also heading to Austin as a juror in the Next Wave film category. The annual festival »
- Jen Yamato
It's mere weeks until the most beautiful corner of Catalunya plays host to hoards of genre film fans (myself included). The latest news from the Sitges Festival announces that Antonio Banderas will receive the Grand Honourary Award for his lifetime achievement in film. Banderas will also be presenting his latest film, Automata, directed by Gabe Ibáñez.Also announced for the Official Fantastic Selection are Goodnight Mommy, currently receiving rave reviews out of Venice; Spring, by Twitch favourites Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead (currently enjoying its world premiere at Tiff); Leigh Janek's decidedly creepy Honeymoon and two incredible films that made waves at Cannes, When Animals Dream by Jonas Alexander Arnby and Alleluia by Fabrice du Welz. Rounding out the official selection announcement are some titles I've...
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Madrid – A bullish star quotient – Denzel Washington, Benicio del Toro, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, Pedro Almodovar, Viggo Mortensen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessica Chastain, Josh Hutcherson, Omar Sy, Ricardo Darin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Leonardo Sbaraglia – is expected at Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival.
The highest-profile event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian Festival is celebrated for its powerful Spanish-world art film line-up and new-talent focus. But it has never disdained glam: Stars – Hollywood, Spanish and French – receive a rapturous welcome from the city’s townsfolk, especially when they arrive at the festival’s mainstay Maria Cristina Hotel.
Star presence also plays off San Sebastian’s policy of attempting to snag European premieres of Toronto bows.
Washington and Del Toro will receive career-achievement Donostia Awards. Washington, accompanied by Antoine Fuqua, will also present the European premiere of Sony’s “The Equalizer,” which opens the Festival on Sept.19.
Del Toro also closes Fest »
- John Hopewell
The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.
In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Principal photography will start in Tokyo on September 19, with other locations including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“I’m particularly excited about filming Kanzo Uni, who choreographed many of Mifune fight scenes,” Okazaki enthused. “His claim to fame is that he was killed by Mifune more times than anyone, around one hundred and fifty times, four times in one movie. »
- Nick Vivarelli
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
When the recent news broke that Alexa Vega will play a recurring character on the upcoming season of country music soap Nashville, now seemed like a perfect time to revisit the original Spy Kids. I tend to picture Vega as she appeared in the Robert Rodriguez film, but she has grown much since then. She's even married... twice.
In 2001, she and co-star Daryl Sabara (whose first role was as Murphy's baby on '90s cultural touchstone, Murphy Brown) played Carmen and Juni Cortez, troubled private-school kids. Their parents Ingrid (Carla Gugino, Karen Sisco, Sucker Punch) and Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) are consultants who have not yet admitted to the children that they used to be secret agents (who met cute at the Hotel Belen, better known as the Omni Hotel downtown).
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Starring Antonio Banderas, Automata could be one of the most exciting indie sci-fi films on the horizon. Check out the trailer here...
"Just a machine? That's like saying you're just an ape."
Appreciating that we're a bit late to the party with this particular trailer, we just had to share it with you in any case.
Automata is the debut feature from Spanish filmmaker Gabe Ibanez, and purely based on what we've seen so far, it looks stunning. Antonio Banderas stars as an insurance agent living in the year 2044, where robots are now a common sight. To keep these metallic slaves under our control, there's a law that expressly forbids them from modifying themselves - but nothing, it seems, can stop the rise of artificial intelligence.
The robots themselves look wonderful - chunky and physical rather than sleek and obviously computer-generated - and while the genre elements are occasionally familiar »
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