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Co-Productions on the Rise in Brazil

Co-Productions on the Rise in Brazil
Better late than never. In February, the U.K. and Brazil ratified a film-tv co-production treaty first unveiled in 2012.

At the Rio Content Market in March, Brazilian and French film authorities signed a framework collaboration pact hailed as a first step toward their own bilateral co-production treaty. The main Brazil event at Cannes will be a U.K.-Brazilian co-production meet, organized by state-backed film promotional entity, Cinema do Brasil.

Brazil’s film industry has long been a force to reckon with on the international stage. But the thrust of its film policy abroad over the past decade has been into international co-production, particularly in Latin America. Spearheaded by state-backed film agency Ancine, this Portuguese-speaking nation has forged co-production treaties with a host of countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Chile, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Venezuela; and it is signatory to multilateral treaties such as the Ibero-American Film Integration and
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Movie Review – Havenhurst (2016)

Havenhurst, 2016.

Directed by Andrew C. Erin.

Starring Julie Benz, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Danielle Harris and Fionnula Flanagan.


Recovering alcoholic Jackie moves into the ominous Havenhurst building in an attempt to figure what happened to her friend Danielle who has suddenly gone missing. The Havenhurst building is advertised as a place from which people can confront their problems and finally vanquish them from their lives, but as many residents have found out – and soon will Jackie – there is a severe punishment in store for those who slide back into their destructive past habits.

Another day another horror film for me to review. Seriously I didn’t plan on being the “horror guy”, it just sort of happened. Anyways enough stalling, let’s talk about the subject of today’s review the house of horrors flick Havenhurst.

Julie Benz (perhaps best known as Rita from TV’s Dexter) leads the cast as Jackie,
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Film Review: ‘Havenhurst’

Film Review: ‘Havenhurst’
Recovery just might kill ya in “Havenhurst,” an Ok horror outing with Julie Benz (“Dexter”) as a newly sober woman investigating a friend’s disappearance in the titular rambling Manhattan apartment complex. Ghosts of movies from “The Seventh Victim” to “Rosemary’s Baby” to Tobe Hooper’s “Toolbox Murders” remake haunt the musty halls of a competently crafted meller that never quite finds a distinctive narrative slant or atmosphere of its own. Nonetheless, director-co-scenarist Andrew C. Erin’s film will pass the time tolerably enough for genre fans. Already released in several territories, it opens in eight U.S. cities Feb. 10, simultaneous with its launch on VOD.

Discharged from a rehab facility, Jackie (Benz) is a bit shaky but determined to stay on a straight-and-narrow path, despite lingering guilt over the accidental death of her only daughter, caused by her boozing. She’s even more determined to find out what
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Havenhurst Hosts a Landlord from Hell: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures. Director: Andrew C. Erin. Writers: Andrew C. Erin, Daniel Farrands. Cast: Julie Benz, Danielle Harris, Fionnula Flanagan, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Belle Shouse. Havenhurst is a horror film from director Andrew C. Erin (Sam's Lake, 2006) and writer Daniel Farrands. The film also stars a few horror film veterans, including: Danielle Harris (Hatchet II, 2010), Julie Benz (Saw V, 2008) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. All of the cast and crew come together in a terrifying title, which brings serial killer H.H. Holmes back to life. The film asks: what if H.H. Holmes continued killing in modern times? The eviscerated corpses will answer this question. Meanwhile, the film's moral compass is a bit broken. Almost all of the characters are motivated by vice, while another is just incompetent. Still, Havenhurst invites you into a tenement, which is full
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‘In Loco Parentis’ Review: The Cutest Documentary That Frederick Wiseman Never Made — Sundance 2017

‘In Loco Parentis’ Review: The Cutest Documentary That Frederick Wiseman Never Made — Sundance 2017
The most adorable documentary that Frederick Wiseman never made, Neasa Ní Chianáin’s “In Loco Parentis” is a fly-on-the-wall chronicle of an academic year at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in the whole of Ireland. A verdant and enchanted estate in the heart of Kells, it seems like a place that time forgot. The giggly student body is the same age every semester, and the 21st-century pop songs the kids perform during band practice feel like dispatches from a very distant world (it’s as jarring to hear Rihanna at Headfort as it would be to hear her at Hogwarts).

Alas, even the most serene environments can’t exist in a snow globe. For John and Amanda Leyden, the married couple who have been running Headfort for 46 years, the deceptively static school environment has only made them more aware of their own mortality. They’d retire the moment it
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Toni Collette, Matthew Goode to Star in Comedy ‘Birthmarked’

Toni Collette, Matthew Goode to Star in Comedy ‘Birthmarked’
Toni Collette and Matthew Goode are starring in the independent comedy “Birthmarked,” with shooting underway near Montreal and Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais directing.

Collette and Goode are joining Andreas Apergis, Michael Smiley, Fionnula Flanagan and Suzanne Clément in the cast. Pierre Even of Item 7 is producing with co-producer Susan Mullen of Parallel Film Productions. The duo recently collaborated on “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan.

Executive producers are Jeff Sackman and Berry Meyerowitz who will also handle international sales, and eOne’s Mark Slone. The film will be released in Canada by eOne.

The script is written by Marc Tulin, from an original story by Hoss-Desmarais and Marc Tulin, who previously worked together on Hoss-Desmarais’ first feature “Whitewash.”

Collette and Goode are portraying two respected scientists who quit their university jobs in 1977 to conduct an experiment they think will revolutionize understanding of human identity.

The project aims to raise three children contrarily to
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Toni Collette & Matthew Goode To Star In Comedy ‘Birthmarked’

Toni Collette & Matthew Goode To Star In Comedy ‘Birthmarked’
Toni Collette and Matthew Goode are starring in Birthmarked, a comedy from director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais and Brooklyn producer Item 7. Andreas Apergis, Michael Smiley, Fionnula Flanagan and Suzanne Clément co-star in the pic, penned by Marc Tulin. Shooting is underway outside Montreal. The story from Hoss-Desmarais and Tulin, who worked together on the helmer’s first feature film Whitewash, is set in 1977 and revolves around a pair of respected scientists who quit their…
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Toni Collette, Matthew Goode Join Indie Comedy 'Birthmarked'

Oscar-nominated Toni Collette and Matthew Goode have boarded the indie comedy Birthmarked, now shooting in Montreal.

They play respected scientists who conduct an experiment on three children they hope will revolutionize the understanding of human identity only to discover the true meaning of family. Birthmarked was directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais and has an ensemble cast that includes Andreas Apergis, Michael Smiley, Fionnula Flanagan and Suzanne Clement.

The indie reunites co-producers Pierre Even of Item 7 and Susan Mullen of Parallel Film Productions, both of whom collaborated on the Oscar-nominated drama Brooklyn, which also shot in Montreal. The film is based on...
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North American briefs: 'Trench 11' shooting in Winnipeg

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Shooting is underway on the horror title set in France 1918 as an Allied tunneller played by Rossif Sutherland is sent to sabotage a German secret weapon.

Germany’s Robert Stadlober (pictured) also stars alongside Karine Vanasse, Charlie Carrick, Shaun Benson and Ted Atherton.

Raven Banner will distribute in Canada and handles international sales on behalf of Carousel Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures. Leo Scherman directs and Martin Katz, Walter Gasparovic, Tyler Levine and Phyllis Laing produce.

Toni Collette and Matthew Goode have joined Montreal-based Item 7’s Birthmarked. Andreas Apergis, Michael Smiley, Fionnula Flanagan and Suzanne Clément round out the key cast on the comedy that began shooting last week outside Montreal. Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais directs and Pierre Evan produces. Executive producers Jeff Sackman and Berry Meyerowitz handle international sales and eOne will distribute in Canada.Aaron Sorkin will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s 2017 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for television writing achievement on February 19 in recognition
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Academy Award Submission for Nomination Best Foreign Language Film from Brazil: ‘Little Secret…

Academy Award Submission for Nomination Best Foreign Language Film from Brazil: ‘Little Secret…
Academy Award Submission for Nomination Best Foreign Language Film from Brazil: ‘Little Secret’ Interview with David SchurmannThe touching and engaging “Little Secrets”/ “Pequeno Segredo” opens like a flower. In fact, flowers and butterflies are metaphors for the fleeting but beautiful and bright life of a young girl whose secret, shared with three women becomes a beacon of love for the audience.Based on a true story lived by the director David Schurmann himself, who, for two-and-a-half years lived on a sailboat with parents, his two brothers, and his adoped sister Kat, I was most curious to know more about his life.DS: I grew up on a boat sailing around the world. With the opportunity to see and experience incredible moments, such a life also made me aware of one important fact: how chance encounters can change our lives.My first contact with filmmaking occurred practically by chance, when I
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Trash Fire Review

Ever since 2012’s razor-sharp Excision (or 2008’s short film Excision, technically), writer/director Richard Bates Jr. has been slicing and dicing the horror genre with his pitch-black brand and stinging social takedowns. Excision tore into religion and social awkwardness, while Suburban Gothic employed a goofy paranormal detective – but Trash Fire only crescendos his darkest thoughts.

Humor pushes through vile, narcissistic, masochistic appropriations of false appearances, making Bates’ previous films look like kiddie content in comparison. No character bothers to filter their intentions, berating one another with the most toxic, hurtful dialogue that’ll have you laughing your way to Hell. Bates writes a painful arc that’s constantly torturing those caught in their own emotional inferno, holding onto signature quirks despite his most serious vision yet. It’s a lit fuse that never stops burning, until humanity is nothing but blown-away dream.

Adrian Grenier stars as Owen, whose life is a catastrophic disaster.
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Foreign Film Race Pt 5: "Hey, I know that face!"

"Everything u ever wanted to know about the foreign film category"

Pt 1 All the trailers (A-i) | Pt 2 All the trailers (J-y) 

Pt 3 Debuts | Pt 4 Female Directors 

Pt 5. Actors You Know & Possibly Love

Successful actors really rack up the frequent flyer miles. Some pick up a second or third or fourth language and actually use those languages in their careers. Others merely stick to films in their native tongue but are magnetic or lucky enough to become well known all over the world.

So after surveying the 85 movies that are hoping to be nominated for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, here are 12 actors you may already know (or at least recognize) who star in one or more of the submissions this time around... 

Gael García Bernal made his feature film debut in the Oscar nominated Amores Perros (2000) and Oscar just kept right on gazing at him. As did we.
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Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’

Brazil’s Academy Award Nomination Submission for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Little Secret’
Written by Kate Lyra, Director, Latc — Latin American Training CenterAmidst the flurry of controversy surrounding its selection, “Little Secret” (“Pequeno Segredo”) screened for the press in Rio de Janeiro.

“Some people are afraid of the ocean,” says Heloisa, (Julia Lemmertz in a perfect pitch performance). “But I feel safer on the water than on dry land.”

Marcos Bernstein’s masterful narrative, directed by David Schurmann, sets the ocean as symbol and metaphor, weaving it through the interlocking stories of three families — and three mothers — forever joined by a secret and a child.

It is the ocean that both separates and connects places as exotic and unlikely as the Amazon and New Zealand, an ocean that protects and sustains us like amniotic fluid.

“Kiwi” (as New Zealanders are endearingly known) Robert Lockett (Errol Shand) has crossed the ocean to find work as a petrochemical engineer in Manaus, capital city of the
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Watch the Official Trailer for Trash Fire

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Going home to make peace with your past isn't always a good idea, as evidenced in the official trailer for Trash Fire, the latest film from Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic).

Synopsis: "When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life."

Written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., Trash Fire stars Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, and Matthew Gray Gubler. Vertical Entertainment and Orion Releasing will release Trash Fire in theaters on November 4th.

Trailer via New Trailer Buzz:

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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy: "We were attacked as if we were the enemy"

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'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy:
Brazilian director David Schurmann’s film was selected over Aquarius by one vote, prompting some social media protests.

On the morning after the gala screening of Little Secret at the 18th edition of Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival, the Brazilian director David Schurmann packed his bags to travel to Los Angeles. Schurmann is to meet awards consultant Steven Raphael, who has been hired (via Skype) to help him with his film campaign for the 89th Academy Awards.

Little Secret was chosen last month as the Brazil’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, after beating its rival, Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius, by one vote only (the result was five to four). The choice made by Brazil’s Oscar selection committee further fuelled the controversy around Aquarius and led to protests on social media against Little Secret.

“Although at that time no one had seen our movie yet, we were attacked
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Oscars: Brazil chooses 'Little Secret'

Oscars: Brazil chooses 'Little Secret'
Brazilian Ministry of Culture selects family drama over festival favourite Aquarius.

Brazil has selected David Schurmann’s Little Secret as its official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Shot in Portuguese and English, Little Secret stars Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmertz, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan. It was co-written by Schurmann, Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein (Central Station).

The family drama, in which three interlocking stories are connected by a secret, was inspired by the true story of the director’s adopted sister, Kat.

Little Secret is not just a personal or family project. It’s the dream of a huge, talented, and extremely professional crew. And that dream has been spreading to thousands of people. I’m so grateful to everyone who believes in Little Secret,” Schurmann recently posted on his Facebook page.

Its selection is not without some controversy, however, as some filmmakers
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Brazil Adopts ‘Little Secret’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race

Brazil Adopts ‘Little Secret’ For Foreign Language Oscar Race
Brazil has set Little Secret, a drama inspired by the true story of director David Schurmann’s adopted sister, and its official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The country’s Ministry of Film made the announcement today. Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmert, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan star in the pic, which Schurmann co-wrote with Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein. It tells the story of Schurmann…
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Screamfest 2016 Announces First Wave of Titles; Richard Bates, Jr., Xavier Gens Highlight Announcement

It kind of goes without saying but La’s annual Screamfest is one of our favorite events of the year. With every passing year, many genre titles are featured at the hellish (in a good way) Fest that was founded in 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky and there are always enough great films, whether they be short or feature length, to please any and every horror fan. Thanks to crew over at EW, the festival’s first wave of titles have officially been announced (This year’s fest runs October 18-27, 2016 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood)and I’ll be the first to say, Hell Yes. We’re looking forward to attending this year’s fest and hope to see you fright fanatics there!

First Wave of Titles:

The Master Cleanse (USA) 2016

Directed by Bobby Miller

Written by Bobby Miller

Cast: Anna Friel, Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt

La Premiere

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Screamfest 2016’s First Wave of Films Include Fear, Inc., Trash Fire, The Master Cleanse

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With the Halloween season around the corner, this year's Screamfest Horror Film Festival is almost upon us, and the first wave of films for the fest have now been announced, including Fear, Inc., Trash Fire, and The Master Cleanse (starring Johnny Galecki).

Press Release: "Hollywood – Sept. 7, 2016 – America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, announces the first wave of its official 2016 film line up. The festival, which will run from Oct. 18-27, 2016 at the TLC Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival.

“We’re so thrilled to announce such a diverse group of films this year,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “Even in our 16th year, filmmakers continue to push the envelope and
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Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes

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Cmg adds 'Loving Vincent' sales in Cannes
Exclusive: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has reported robust sales on the Croisette led by its hotly anticipated ‘painted animation’ starring Saoirse Ronan.

After closing a slew of deals on Loving Vincent in the run-up to Cannes, the upcoming film continues to entice buyers and the public alike, with Noeltner claiming that more than 110million people have watched the teaser.

Rights have gone in Japan (Parco), Scandinavia (Non-Stop), Italy (Adler), Colombia (CineColombia), and Israel (Shoval). Noeltner is in talks with interested parties for Us rights.

Loving Vincent chronicles the final days in the life of Vincent van Gogh and
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