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Spanish TV Thriller ‘Lifeline’ Goes to VOD Service Walter Presents in the U.K., the U.S.

22 February 2017 6:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walter Presents, the U.K. streaming service devoted to foreign-language drama that is set to launch in the U.S. in March, has nabbed U.S. and U.K. VOD rights to Spanish TV skein “Pulsaciones” (“Lifeline”).

The 10-episode closed-end drama, a Mediapro Group Globomedia production for Spanish TV broadcaster Atresmedia, is co-distributed internationally by Mediapro’s Imagina International Sales and Atresmedia.

Co-created and directed by Spanish multi-hyphenate Emilio Aragón, “Lifeline” turns on a renowned surgeon who suffers from a heart attack, receives a heart transplant and starts to have strange nightmares related to the murder of his donor.

Key cast includes Leonor Watling, seen in Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her,” Pablo Derqui, whose credits include Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” Ingrid Rubio (“La estrella”) and Juan Diego Botto (“Ismael”).

In Spain, the primetime drama scored a standout 3.0 million viewers and a 17.1 % audience share on its Jan. 10 debut for Atresmedia »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Trevor Reviews Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown [Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review]

21 February 2017 9:30 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s only February, yet The Criterion Collection has already released two exceptional screwball comedies this 2017. The first, His Girl Friday, released last month (and reviewed by David Blakeslee here), is a film that comes to mind whenever the term “screwball comedy” is bandied about. The second is Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Almodóvar, particularly at this early point in his career, was better known for dark comedies that did all they could to confront and provoke and remind everyone that with the demise of Franco’s regime Almodóvar intended to utilize a newly discovered freedom of expression, so the film’s provenance, combined with the film’s dark premise, means that the delirious, escalating light comedy of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will come as a surprise (a pleasant surprise, I think) to first-time watchers familiar with the rest of Almodóvar’s work. »

- Trevor Berrett

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ and More

21 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi)

After a festival tour back in 2006, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday was theatrically re-released by the newly established Grasshopper Films, and now it’s arriving on DVD. The drama is another precisely calibrated, culturally specific demonstration of Farhadi’s skills in constructing empathy machines. Further in line with the director’s filmography, this story has a nesting-doll structure that combines ingrained social hierarchies, domestic drama, and a tragic intersection of misunderstandings. And while it »

- The Film Stage

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Blu-ray Review: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown and My Life with Pedro Almodóvar

20 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

I was introduced to the films of Pedro Almodóvar when I was about twelve years old almost entirely by accident. I don't remember the year exactly, though 1992 seems like a good guess based on the other memories that have attached themselves to my discovery of the melodramatic comedies of Almodóvar. At the time there seemed to be a wealth of Latin American and Spanish language films making waves internationally, and my father was like a pig in slop trying to keep up with the new arrivals at the video store. Among the piles were titles like Nicolás Echevarría's Cabeza de Vaca and Alfonso Arau's Like Water for Chocolate, but nothing quite stoked my interest like the arresting - pun intended - cover of...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Arthouse Audit: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Soars as ‘Kedi’ Continues Strong

19 February 2017 9:43 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A successful Oscar season is wrapping up, as multiple contenders from the specialty world continuing their long runs. Last out of the gate is Documentary Feature contender “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia) which is rapidly expanding far beyond most similar nominees in an era when most documentaries do not play outside their Oscar-qualifying theatrical runs.

Among limited films, the new releases are mainly niche items without high expectations, and will add little in upcoming weeks. However, strong new Los Angeles dates on the second week of cat documentary “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) showed that its big New York opening was no fluke.

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Everybody Loves Somebody (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 74; Festivals include: Palm Springs 2017

$1,000,000 in 333 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $3,003,000

The second 2017 release from Lionsgate’s Mexico producing partner Pantelion is a rom-com with a rare female director for this commercial general (mostly Latino) audience. Bilingual, it centers on an Los Angeles-based »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Berlin Review: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ is a Dazzling, Fiery Drama

17 February 2017 6:41 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s follow-up to his 2013 hit Gloria is a dazzling companion piece that once again focuses on a woman’s resilience in a world where what doesn’t kill you doesn’t necessarily make you stronger. Timely issues of transgender rights both in Latin and North America help make A Fantastic Woman a bolder, brasher film, fiery in comparison with Gloria’s relatively tenderness, but anchored once more by a stellar central performance. Gloria’s Paulina Garcia won the Berlinale’s Best Actress award here four years ago, and trans actress Daniela Vega could repeat the feat in what would be a watershed moment for mainstream cinema’s treatment of transgender actors.

Vega is superb as Marina, a 30-something waitress who moonlights as a singer in upmarket bars. On the surface she keeps to a relatively normal life, in a healthy, caring relationship with sensible 57-year old, »

- Ed Frankl

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Lucrecia Martel Returns in First Trailer for Historical Epic ‘Zama’

17 February 2017 9:23 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After helming one of the best films of the previous decade with 2008’s The Headless Woman, director Lucrecia Martel is finally returning this year with her follow-up, one of our most-anticipated titles of the year. Zama, produced by brothers Pedro and Agustin Almodóvar, among others, has been adapted from Antonio di Benedetto‘s 1956 novel by Martel. While a premiere has yet to be announced, the first trailer has now arrived.

Set in the late 18th century, the story follows Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Gimenez Cacho), an officer of the Spanish Crown, who is tasked with going after a bandit. Courtesy of Screen Daily, the ominous teaser is a gorgeous first look at the drama as we hear a child’s voiceover accompany the action. In terms of a possible premiere, we’d say Cannes could happen, but with Almodóvar serving on the jury, perhaps a fall bow would be more likely. »

- Jordan Raup

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First teaser: Lucrecia Martel's 'Zama'

17 February 2017 9:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Drama is co-produced by Augustin and Pedro Almodóvar.

Screen can reveal the first teaser for Zama, the latest film from Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel.

Mobile users can click here to watch the teaser.

The film is a wide-ranging co-production between Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Mexico, USA, The Netherlands and Portugal.

Filmmaking brothers Augustin and Pedro Almodóvar were co-producers on the project.

Based on the 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, Zama is set in the seventeenth century, following a Spanish officer (played by Daniel Giménez Cacho) who awaits a transfer from Paraguay to Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Walt Disney will distribute in Argentina later in 2017 and The Match Factory is representing international territories.

Producers on the project were Rei Cine and Bananeira Filmes in co-production with El Deseo, Patagonik, Mpm Film, Canana, Lemming, Knm, O Som e a Fúria, Louverture Films, Schortcut Films, Telecine, Bertha Foundation, Perdomo Productions, Picnic Producciones. »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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First trailer: Lucrecia Martel's 'Zama'

17 February 2017 9:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Drama is co-produced by Augustin and Pedro Almodóvar.

Screen can reveal the first trailer for Zama, the latest film from Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel.

Mobile users can click here to watch the trailer.

The film is a wide-ranging co-production between Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Mexico, USA, The Netherlands and Portugal.

Filmmaking brothers Augustin and Pedro Almodóvar were co-producers on the project.

Based on the 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, Zama is set in the seventeenth century, following a Spanish officer (played by Daniel Giménez Cacho) who awaits a transfer from Paraguay to Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Walt Disney will distribute in Argentina later in 2017 and The Match Factory is representing international territories. »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Film Festival Roundup: Sun-Ray Cinema Unveils Sleeping Giant Fest, Sfiff Announces Closing Night and More

16 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: Over the last five years, Jacksonville, Florida’s Sun-Ray Cinema has carved out a unique space for adventurous film programming while also reinventing how audiences enjoy blockbuster fare in Northeast Florida. Building on those successes, Sun-Ray has now unveiled their Sleeping Giant Fest. From March 30 – April 2, Sleeping Giant Fest promises to “open your eyes and perk your ears to work that often gets lost in the digital streams that dominate our viewing habits today.” The festival aims “to help you navigate an array of choices that often seems dizzying so you can immerse yourself in these so-called ‘less commercial’ films, repertory titles, and screenings with exciting special guests while enjoying the communal experience that the cinema provides.

With forty film and music events over four lively days, »

- Kate Erbland

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Bar’

15 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The Bar,” a Spanish thriller about a bunch of people stuck inside a bar and its basement, trying to survive a mysterious attack, is easily the worst movie I’ve seen at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The irony is, it’s a movie that’s out to do nothing more than entertain you. But I’ve sat through paint-drying art films here (like “Spoor”) that weren’t nearly as grueling. The director, Álex de la Iglesia, is a former comic-book artist and protégé of Pedro Almodóvar who specializes in dark comedies, and he stages every scene — every moment — of “The Bar” for maximum “intensity,” which means that the characters don’t talk, they shout, and the film is paced like an action sequence that never ends (even though it all takes place in two rooms and a sewer), and almost nothing that happens makes any sense. This »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Rushes. Philippe Garrel on Jean Seberg, Kubrick's Typography, Terrence Malick's "Radegund"

15 February 2017 12:47 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSThe Summer Is GoneCineuropa reports on an open letter of protest by "500 Portuguese and international personalities from the film industry" over "a new amendment to the [Portuguese] film law, which relieves national film body the Ica of the responsibility of choosing the juries for the institution’s financial support schemes." The proposed shift in approval power is a significant one, and the protest has drawn signatures from such figures as Leos Garax, Pedro Almodóvar, Aki Kaurismäki.The lineup for New Directors/New Films, New York's annual collaboration between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, is announced and looks great, including Notebook favorites Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa), Arábia (João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa), The Dreamed Path (Angela Schenelac), The Future Perfect (Nele Wohlatz), and The Summer Is Gone (Dalei Zhang). Recommended VIEWINGThe trailer for It Comes At Night, »

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72-Minute Screenwriters Roundtable With Kenneth Lonergan, Tom Ford, Pedro Almodovar, And More

14 February 2017 12:48 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Hollywood Reporter finishes up its yearly roundtable discussions with a fascinating conversation with this year’s acclaimed screenwriters. This year includes Academy Award nominated screenwriters Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”), Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”), and Allison Schroeder (“Hidden Figures”) in addition to Noah Oppenheim (“Jackie”), Pedro Almodovar (“Julieta”), and Tom Ford (“Nocturnal Animals”).

Continue reading 72-Minute Screenwriters Roundtable With Kenneth Lonergan, Tom Ford, Pedro Almodovar, And More at The Playlist. »

- Christian Gallichio

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Latido racks up key sales on in-demand Efm slate

13 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Chavela Vargas documentary sells to Us and France.

Madrid-based sales agent Latido has scored key territory deals on Chavela, the documentary by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi which premiered at this week’s Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama strand.

The documentary about iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas has gone to Bodega Films in France and The Film Collaborative in the Us. A deal has been closed with Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), and Latido is reporting interest from Israel and Germany.

A bidding war is underway between two companies in Spain, which comes as no surprise considering the popularity of Chavela Vargas’ music in the country. Her songs are closely related to Pedro Almodóvar’s films and the director had personal involvement in the singer’s revival in the later years of her career.

Further titles on Latido’s line-up to have inked deals include Spanish war film Rescue Under Fire, which is set »

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Watch a 70-Minute Roundtable With Pedro Almodóvar, Tom Ford, Kenneth Lonergan & More

13 February 2017 2:51 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Before a cast assembles or a director begins forming their version, a pen is put to the paper (or, rather, a combination of keystrokes are made) and a script is completed.  There was no shortage of compelling work last year (the majority of which you can download) and now some of the top writers have gathered for an extensive 70-minute roundtable talk courtesy of THR, featuring Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta), Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures), Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Noah Oppenheim (Jackie), and Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water).

“I try to remind myself: Let the characters drive the plot,” Sheridan says. “Don’t tell me something you can show me. “Kill your darlings” is probably the best [advice, from screenwriter William Goldman]. You write this great scene; it doesn’t really fit in; and then you write six scenes to support it — and that’s when you’ve got to get rid of it. »

- Leonard Pearce

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Kedi”s Cats Rule ‘A United Kingdom’ as ‘Land of Mine’ Bombs

12 February 2017 9:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At last, two 2017 openings have nothing to do with the Oscar race. “Kedi” (Oscilloscope) and “A United Kingdom” (Fox Searchlight) show promising or better initial grosses.

Two others, Best Foreign Language Film nominee “Land of Mine” (Sony Pictures Classics) and “2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts” (Magnolia) are timed to maximize their awards status. The Danish film drew limited interest while the latter, per usual, is nabbing some national attention.

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Kedi (Oscilloscope) – Metacritic: 82; Festivals include: Palm Springs 2017

$40,510 in 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $40,510

It’s not just Facebook. Moviegoers love cats too. This Turkish documentary about Istanbul’s centuries-old love affair with street felines opened at lower Manhattan’s Metrograph theater. With excellent reviews, two screens and a shorter than average running time, “Kedi” opened to a stellar gross that will likely stand as a high opening weekend mark for some time. Oscilloscope managed this feat without the benefit of heavy »

- Tom Brueggemann

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'Chavela': Film Review | Berlin 2017

12 February 2017 9:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nobody employs tortured, torchy vocals to quite such lush emotional effect onscreen as Pedro Almodovar. The Spanish maestro is among those paying loving tribute to one of his favorites muses, Mexican ranchera specialist Chavela Vargas, in this celebratory legacy documentary. A hard-drinking rebel who shredded the prevailing stereotype of the fem and flirty, hip-swinging senorita in Mexican popular music, the singer commands the stage in passionate performances throughout Chavela, owning a trademark androgynous look of ponchos over pants that made her a queer icon long before she openly defined herself as a lesbian at age 81.

A natural for Lgbt »

- David Rooney

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Berlin Review: ‘Skins’ Resembles a Love Child Between John Waters and Pedro Almodóvar

12 February 2017 8:21 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With this visually and conceptually startling debut from Eduardo Casanova, the question of how John Waters and Pedro Almodóvar’s love child would fare as a filmmaker might just have been answered (high praise in queer film terms, of course). Fierce style, check. Subversive sexuality, check. Gross-out humor, check. Blown-up melodrama, check. Skins (translated from Pieles) is a pointedly shrill, singularly provocative exposé on our relationships to our bodies that will scar some minds, offend many sensibilities, and exhilarate all the rest of us.

Sparing no time for niceties, we’re thrown into the madness right away as a teary-eyed man gets crushed by the news that he’s become father to a healthy boy while opposite him in an aggressively pink room, a buck-naked old lady offers solace by going through a selection of innocently photographed “people“ from her very pink albums. Is this some kind of incarnation office »

- Zhuo-Ning Su

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Baftas 2017: Eight talking points

12 February 2017 4:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From La La Land’s potential sweep to an overlooked diversity conundrum, Screen weighs in.

Screen runs down eight talking points ahead of tonight’s 70th British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Check back in at 6.30pm GMT to follow our coverage live.

1. Will La La Land sweep?

Will La La Land sweep the boards following its mighty 11 nominations or will Moonlight or Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake be able to pull off an upset or two?

2. Will Arrival or Nocturnal Animals feel the love?

Following their near-Oscar shutout, can two of this year’s Venice favourites find cheer among UK voters? »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Baftas: Eight talking points

12 February 2017 4:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From La La Land’s potential sweep to an overlooked diversity conundrum, Screen weighs in.

Screen runs down eight talking points ahead of tonight’s 70th British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Check back in at 6.30pm GMT to follow our coverage live.

1. Will La La Land sweep?

Will La La Land sweep the boards following its mighty 11 nominations or will Moonlight or Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake be able to pull off an upset or two?

2. Will Arrival or Nocturnal Animals feel the love?

Following their near-Oscar shutout, can two of this year’s Venice favourites find cheer among UK voters?

3. Bafta is doing well on diversity but it may be time for a female host…

In recent months Bafta has tweaked its eligibility criteria and developed initiatives to promote diversity. It is doing the right things. The makeup of the nominees is more varied than in recent years but the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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