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‘Wild Tales': Warner’s Role In Argentina’s Wildly Successful Oscar Hopeful

23 December 2014 11:09 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Wild Tales helmer Damián Szifrón calls Warner Bros International’s Evp of Europe & Latin America Distribution, Monique Esclavissat, the “godmother” of his film. The exec was responsible for the studio coming aboard the project at script stage, releasing it in Argentina and ultimately across Latin America. Esclavissat in turn calls Szifrón, “the whole package. He writes amazingly well and understands the human psyche.” So how did these two get together on the now Oscar-shortlisted film (see trailer below) which has become the biggest local title in Argentine history with $18M there and a combined $28.3M in the Warner markets so far?

“At Warner Bros, we’re always looking for new local talent, creative content, local movies,” Esclavissat tells me. She has long been fascinated by Argentinian movies, but the local industry had been relatively quiet for a period with only about 6-9% of the box office, she explains. She’d »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 3

18 December 2014 10:13 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here’s the final entry in my annual assessment of movies that have a chance to pass the first stage of the Foreign Language Oscar race. We expect the shortlist to come out tomorrow and I’m expecting a number of the films I’ve profiled below, and here and here, will make the grade. I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations and I also checked in with the U.S. distributors about why they bought the movies. Below is a look at the final five titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches (and there are also a handful of special mentions). The films are in no particular order:

Wild Tales (Argentina), U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

A runaway success at home in Argentina, Wild Tales is director Damián Szifrón’s third feature. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Alex de la Iglesia: ‘Hollywood Focuses on Entertainment, I Try To Transgress’

12 December 2014 10:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Championed by Quentin Tarantino, whose 2010 Venice jury awarded him a Silver Lion for “The Last Circus,” Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia’s filmic universe might be thought weird. It is certainly one of the most exuberant in contemporary Spanish – maybe European – cinema.

During a directing master class at this week’s 14th Marrakech Film Fest, he bared his heart about his creative inspirations, having previously unveiled a new project to Variety, “The Bar,” which he aims to shoot on the heels of “My Big Night,” skedded for an early 2015 shoot.

One key inspiration for his generation is Spanish cult filmmaker Jess Franco (1930-2013). “For us, he’s a prophet, the greatest amongst the pantheon of directors. He did everything – mystery, horror, thriller, porno.”

Iglesia talked about his family background – he was born in Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque country, into a family with strong Catholic roots — and the fact that »

- Martin Dale

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Watch: First Trailer For Parkour Thriller ‘Tracers’ Starring Taylor Lautner

12 December 2014 5:16 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has totally reinvented his career by working with auteurs, and Kristen Stewart is on her way by following a similar path, but what about Taylor Lautner? Maybe “Tracers” is his shot? He previously tried to go the action leading-man route with "Abduction," and the results were fairly dismal. Regardless, this pulse-pounding thriller is about a New York City bike messenger (Lautner) who is seduced by the world of parkour, and this first trailer kinda makes it look like a cross between “Premium Rush” and “Brick Mansions." Perhaps what the film has going for it is that it’s backed by Film Nation, the production company that has worked with Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick (his two upcoming pictures), Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols, Sofia Coppola, J.C. Chandor and Anton Corbijn to name a few. So, they generally latch on to projects with some substance, though this logline is »

- Edward Davis

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Ventana Sur Registers Further Consolidation

6 December 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires –Film Factory’s “Spanish Affair,” FilmSharks’ “Americano 3D,” Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “Scherzo Diabolico” and Rhayuela’s “Alias Maria” were four of a large litany of titles that saw some business at a robust sixth Ventana Sur, which once more witnessed now-hallmark growth: new sections, such as a European Day and transmedia showcase Interactuar; the mass support of the Latin American and international genre community for Ventana Sur’s genre mart Blood Window; a Thierry Fremaux master class; and two big Spanish-language production-distribution announcements: on Daniel Calparsoro’s “No Crook, No Crime” and Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan.”

Delivered to a Sro crowd, Fremaux’s master class formed part of a renamed Cannes Festival Film Week, which saw some of the biggest titles at Cannes – “Winter Sleep” and ”Mommy,” for instance – unspool in Buenos Aires at Fremaux-hosted presentations.

Now a fixture, and Latin America’s prime film market, »

- John Hopewell

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‘Wild Tales’ Spun From Cry of Frustration

5 December 2014 5:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Damian Szifron, whose “Wild Tales” is repping Argentina in the Oscar foreign-language race, is no stranger to rousing success. His first project, the darkly comic 2002-03 TV series “Los Simuladores” (The Pretenders), achieved cult status in Argentina, and was remade in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Russia by Sony Pictures TV Intl. He went on to write and helm equally acclaimed feature films, starting with “El Fondo del Mar” (The Bottom of the Sea) in 2003 and police comedy “Tiempo de Valientes” (On Probation) two years later. In 2006, he wrote and directed TV skein “Hermanos y Detectives” (Brothers and Detectives), which has been remade in various countries, including Mexico, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Russia.

Despite his quick rise to success, getting film projects off the ground continued to be a challenge. “Wild Tales” sprang from this frustration. “Like an unwanted child who one ends up loving deeply, ‘Wild Tales’ was an involuntary project, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) Movie Review

5 December 2014 8:11 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) Director: Damián Szifrón Starring: Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylbergberg, Darío Grandinetti. ‘Wild Tales’ (Relatos Salvajes) is a beautifully cynical Argentine black comedy drama, that has been selected as the Argentine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. The movie can boast the blessing of producers Pedro and Agustín Almldóvar, who teamed up with co-producers Hugo Sigman, Matías Mosteirín, Esther García, Claudio Belocopitt, Gerardo Rozín. The cast (Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylbergberg, Darío Grandinetti), is absolutely brilliant in giving life to the wildest and darkest sides of  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Outsider Takes U.S. on ”Beautiful Youth’ (Exclusive)

5 December 2014 4:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires – Consolidating still more its position as one of the most consistent buyers of top-drawer Spanish-language art pics, Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Jaime Rosales’ “Hermosa Juventud” (Beautiful Youth).

Sale was closed between Hudson and Ndm’s Fiorella Moretti.

Coming hard on the heels of Outsider’s acquisition of four more Spanish-language titles, in a deal also announced at Ventana Sur, the “Beautiful Youth” sale consolidates yet more Outsider Pictures position as one of the most consistent buyers of Spanish-language pictures for the U.S.,

whether Cannes selections, Oscar entries, rave-about debuts, movies from genre and thriller auteurs, or titles which signify a step-up in scale.

After Pedro Almodovar, Cannes Festival has no more favorite son than Rosales. Screening in 2003’s Un Certain Regard, Rosales’ “The Hours of the Day” won a Fipresci prize. “Solitary Fragments,” which won best film and director at Spain’s 2007 Goya Awards, »

- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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K & S Films, Matanza, El Deseo, Fox, Telefe Team on Pablo Trapero’s ‘The Clan’ (Exclusive)

4 December 2014 7:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires — Argentina’s K & S Films and Matanza Cine, Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo, Fox Intl. Productions (Fip) and Argentine broadcaster Telefe are teaming to finance and produce one of the most awaited of upcoming titles from Latin America: Pablo Trapero’s next film, “The Clan.”

20th Century Fox will distribute “The Clan” in Latin America.

Now shooting in a leafy, affluent northern suburb of Buenos Aires, “The Clan,” a ‘80s-set, noir thriller with elements of melodrama, centers on the celebrated real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio, a well-off Buenos Aires family that kidnapped people from their neighborhood or nearby rugby club, collected ransoms and then murdered the victims in order to avoid detection.

Copying methods used by Argentine’s Junta military dictatorship during its Dirty War, the Puccio, whose son played rugby for Argentina’s Pumas, effectively privatized murder, turning it into a business. As a front, »

- John Hopewell

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Jirafa, Rei Cine, De Facto Team for Said’s ‘Los Perros’ (Exclusive)

4 December 2014 4:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires – Benjamin Domenech’s Rei Cine, producer of Lucrecia Martel’s upcoming “Zama,” a co-production with Pedro and Agustin’s Almodovar’s El Deseo, has broadening its involvement in cutting edge Latin American distaff directors, boarding Marcela Said’s “Los Perros.”

Lead-produced by Jirafa Films, a top Chilean production house, “Los Perros” is now structured as a Chile (Jirafa), France (Cinema de Facto), and Argentina (Rei Cine) co-production. Sophie Erbs produces for Cinema de Facto.

Also written by Said, “Los Perros” is maybe the first feature to ask – and it’s a very uncomfortable question – about Chileans’ tacit compliance with Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.

“This is the first film to suggest the close relationship between civilians and Pinochet’s regime,” Jirafa Films Augusto Matte said at Ventana Sur.

Put through the Sundance Lab and Cannes Cinefondation Residence, it also marks Said’s follow-up to “The Summer of Flying Fish, »

- John Hopewell

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Team Fyc: The Homesman for Cinematography

2 December 2014 9:01 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Editor's Note: For the next ten days or so as awards season heats up, we'll be featuring individual Team Experience Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. We'll never repeat a film or a category so we hope you enjoy the variety of picks. And if you're lucky enough to be an AMPAS, HFPA, SAG, Critics Group voter, take note! Here's Manuel to kick things off. 

Rodrigo Prieto is one of the best cinematographers around. From the gritty urban landscapes of Amores Perros and the color-coded visual triptych that is Babel to the painterly tableaus of Frida and the kinetic Iranian vistas of Argo, Prieto has been slowly amassing quite the filmography, working with the likes of Alejandro González Iñarritú, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar, Oliver Stone, and Ang Lee. It was the first collaboration with that two-time Academy Award winning director that netted Prieto his first Oscar »

- Manuel Betancourt

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Vigalondo, Vermut Rip It Up in Mar del Plata

28 November 2014 2:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata – The subject tabled by moderator Pablo Conde for Thursday’s CarlosVermut/Nacho Vigalondo Mar del Plata Masterclass was Spain’s new cineaste vanguard. Whatever the movies which “Open Windows” Vigalondo and San Sebastian Golden Seashell winner Vermut (“Magical Girl”) next make – and Vigalondo gave at least one more detail of his monster-in-a-suit project: its title, “Colossal” – one thing seems certain: Both will make a large effort to be entertaining.

The major impression taken away from the duo’s far ranging response to Conde’s question, where topics ranged for example from Vigalondo’s self-confessed prowess at barfing to his memories of making a home-movie version of “Alive!” as a kid, was that both, if they ever gave up directing, could have a second-flush career as stand-up comics.

Both also made a pretty good stab, however, at guiding a Mar del Plata audience through some hallmarks of the novíssimo cine español, »

- John Hopewell

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Alberto Iglesias’s Exodus: Gods And Kings Soundtrack Available Digitally on Dec 9; CD Dec 16

21 November 2014 2:28 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

For the upcoming epic action-adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) has recruited three-time Academy Award nominee Alberto Iglesias to compose the film score.  The soundtrack will be from Sony Classical digitally on December 9 and on CD on December 16.

20th Century Fox releases Exodus: Gods And Kings in theaters everywhere on December 12.

When it came to the music for his visually stunning movie, Ridley Scott has opted as much for delicate arrangements as orchestral bombast – a noteworthy decision considering the truly monumental production. Strings, choir, featured soloists and soulful vocals complement Iglesias’ trademark composing style in this breathtaking score.

Iglesias provides the biblical material a historic yet modern feel. Given the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in such a large project, the highly versatile Iglesias skillfully masters the gap between subtle emotion and martial brutality.

The recording of Exodus: Gods And Kings took »

- Michelle McCue

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Fremaux, Tavernier Drive Into Exhibition at Institut Lumière

20 November 2014 9:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an ground-breaking move on the part of a public-funded institution, Lyon’s Institut Lumière, headed by Thierry Fremaux and president Bertrand Tavernier, is driving into private-sector exhibition, acquiring two celebrating center-city art-plexes, the Cnp Terreaux and Cnp Bellecour, in central Lyon.

The cinema theater buy-up was put through via a new company, the Cinémas Lumière, financed a mix of bank finance, put up by the Crédit Cooperatif and Natixis Coficine, and private equity from an investors list which has still to be completed.

The Cnp purchase follows the Institut Lumière’s planned reopening of Lyon’s Fourmi Cinema, set for first-half 2015.

The Cnp cinemas, whose owner Galeshka Moravioff, had battled to find an owner who would keep them as theaters, are due to re-open, post-renovation, after the Xmas recess of 2015/16. Both the CBPs and the Fourmi will retain their arthouse identity, the Institut Lumiére said in a statement Thursday. »

- John Hopewell

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Closing-night Films at AFI Fest Often Score Oscar Noms

13 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Since opening Nov. 6 with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, AFI Fest has hosted the world premieres of Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, but it’s also hosted a variety of festival favorites, including Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which closes the festival tonight. Miller, a two-time Oscar nominee, received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival following the film’s premiere. This biographical film is based on the true story of brothers and wrestling gold medalists Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell), which ultimately results in Dave’s murder. The film opens in theaters tomorrow. Twelve of the past 14 films to close AFI Fest have received Oscar nominations, two for best picture. Closing-night films at AFI Fest »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Scherfig first woman to give Bafta lecture

12 November 2014 2:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.

BAFTA has announced that Danish director Lone Scherfig is to deliver it’s David Lean Lecture Dec 15 at its London headquarters.

Scherfig, director of The Riot Club and An Education, will be the first woman to deliver the lecture, following previous speakers including Paul Greengrass, Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, David Lynch and Pedro Almodóvar.

The annual film lecture aims to provide an insight into the experiences and creative achievements of filmmakers.

Scherfig is currently directing Astronaut Wives Club, a 10-part drama for ABC Studios, which tells the story of the women behind some of the biggest events in Us history.

Nik Powell, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, said Scherfig was “a unique talent as well as being a torchbearer for women directors everywhere”.

Scherfig began her career directing commercials and television dramas in her native Denmark. Her first feature as director, The Birthday »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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MoMA Tribute Proves It’s Hard to Pick a Favorite Alfonso Cuaron Film

11 November 2014 1:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Cuaron was hailed as a master storyteller, a filmmaker of boundless vision and a generous friend and collaborator during a tribute to the Oscar-winning director Monday at the Museum of Modern Art.

The man who sent Sandra Bullock into space in “Gravity,” chronicled Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s journey of sexual discovery in “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” and created a nightmarish future in “Children of Men” was the main attraction amid a swirl of high society glitterati, artists and Hollywood players. Novelist Salman Rushdie, Katie Holmes, Emile Hirsch, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, director and artist Julian Schnabel and “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, were among the bold faced names who turned out at the Gotham event.

“My dad is a filmmaker I admire, my teacher, and above all a great father,” said Jonas Cuaron, the director’s son, during a presentation of his father’s work. »

- Brent Lang

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Composers Add Layer of Drama to Oscar Hopefuls

4 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Trent Reznor

Gone Girl” (Fox)

“Disarming” was the watchword for Trent Reznor as he scored “Gone Girl.” The music often lies about what’s really happening, much like the film’s central couple — before the truth eventually erupts like a violent geyser.

The Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails frontman and his regular collaborator Atticus Ross approached the film with the same unorthodox method as their previous collaborations with director David Fincher, splashing up “swatches” of conceptually divined colors they then painted into place.

The canvas for this tale of murder and suspicion beneath the facade of a happy suburban marriage called for a corresponding musical facade — taking inspiration from the inauthentic Muzak found in clinical settings.

“That translated into something that felt disarming, that felt like a saccharine-sweet false presentation of ‘everything’s going to be Ok,’ with an undercurrent of ‘everything’s definitely not Ok,’ ” Reznor says.

The New Age »

- Tim Greiving

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis, Ryan Gosling Reveal Their True Screen Passions

30 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Talk about an all-star cast: Kristen Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Helen Mirren, Viggo Mortensen, Ryan Gosling and more … all together, between the covers. That is, they share equal billing and page space in What I Love About Movies, a sprightly new compendium that Opus Books is publishing next week, just in time for holiday gift giving. Compiled by David Jenkins, editor of the U.K. movie magazine Little White Lies, and writer-critic Adam Woodward, the book takes one question - "What do you love about movies? - and poses it to 50 different bold-faced names involved in the screen biz. »

- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis, Ryan Gosling Reveal Their True Screen Passions

30 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Talk about an all-star cast: Kristen Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Helen Mirren, Viggo Mortensen, Ryan Gosling and more … all together, between the covers. That is, they share equal billing and page space in What I Love About Movies, a sprightly new compendium that Opus Books is publishing next week, just in time for holiday gift giving. Compiled by David Jenkins, editor of the U.K. movie magazine Little White Lies, and writer-critic Adam Woodward, the book takes one question - "What do you love about movies? - and poses it to 50 different bold-faced names involved in the screen biz. »

- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm

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