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Platinos to Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward James Olmos

Platinos to Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award to Edward James Olmos
Film and TV star Edward James Olmos, whose breakout role in hit TV show “Miami Vice” led to a series of prominent roles in such shows as “Hill Street Blues,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Dexter,” will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, which are slated for July 22 in Madrid.

Olmos is also renowned for his pivotal big screen role in the original 1982 “Blade Runner” as well as for his Oscar-nominated perf in schoolroom drama “Stand and Deliver.” He stars in the upcoming “Blade Runner” sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” alongside Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas, and the remake of another sci-fi classic “The Predator,” directed by Shane Black. He also lends his voice to one of the characters in Pixar’s upcoming tribute to Mexican culture “Coco.”

Born in the U.S., but of Mexican descent, Olmos’ role as Lieutenant Castillo in “Miami Vice” earned him a Golden Globe
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Film Review: ‘Eva Doesn’t Sleep’

Film Review: ‘Eva Doesn’t Sleep’
The presiding character in “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” is dead before most of the action takes place: Writer-director Pablo Aguero (“Salamandra”) speculates on the eerie journey of Eva Peron’s body, which disappeared in the aftermath of the 1955 military coup that overthrew her husband, Argentine president Juan Peron, and wasn’t returned to the country until the 1970s. This morbid subject matter is served at a chilly temperature about as far removed from Andrew Lloyd Webber as could possibly be imagined. The elliptical narrative and political intrigue will appeal to those well versed in Argentine history, as well as to arthouse audiences of the sort that flock to Alexander Sokurov’s films, to which “Eva” bears a resemblance in its cerebral approach to history.

The movie unfolds in flashback from 1976, narrated by a military leader from a coup that year credited simply as “Admiral,” but likely representing Jorge Rafael Videla (Gael Garcia Bernal,
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Emily Watson to receive San Sebastian honour

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Emily Watson to receive San Sebastian honour
British actress to receive career award; festival guest list includes Tom Hiddleston, Ellen Page, Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro.

Emily Watson, star of Breaking The Waves, The Book Thief and Everest, is receive the Donostia Award at the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) in recognition of her 30 years in film.

The British actress will collect the award at a gala on Sept 25 in San Sebastian’s Kursaal Auditorium.

The festival also unveiled some high-profile names and juries for its upcoming edition.

Actors attending include stars of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, Sienna Miller, Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans; Freeheld actress Ellen Page; Sicario stars Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro; Tim Roth, at the festival with 600 Miles and Chronic; Louise Bourgoin, star of The White Knights; and Karin Viard and Isabelle Carré from 21 nuits avec Pattie.

Filmmakers in attendance include Pablo Agüero (Eva Doesn’t Sleep), Laurie Anderson (Heart of a Dog), Scott Cooper ([link
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Damian Szifron’s ‘Wild Tales’ Sweeps 2nd Platino Awards

Damian Szifron’s ‘Wild Tales’ Sweeps 2nd Platino Awards
Marbella, Spain – Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated and Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” swept the 2nd Platino Awards for Latin American Cinema winning eight kudos in all, including best picture, director, screenplay, music (Gustavo Santaolalla) and actress, Erica Rivas, the scorned bride in the final short).

Best picture was accepted by Agustin Almodovar and Hugo Sigman who exhorted a larger collaboration between Iberoa-American film agencies to create a cinema in Latinn America, Spain and Portugal with greater international reach.

Presented by Spanish actor Imanol Arias, Mexican actress-singer Alessandra Rosario and CNN presenter Juan Carlos Arciniegas, the awards proved a triumphal march for “Wild Tales.” Of major plaudits, only best actor went elsewhere, – to Spain’s Oscar Jaenada for his performance as the great Mexican comic in “Cantinflas,” a performance so convincing that it won over most Mexicans and went on to become the second highest-grossing foreign film in the U.S.
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Kevin Williams closes classic Almodovar deals

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Kevin Williams closes classic Almodovar deals
Exclusive: Kevin Williams Associates has closed some eye-catching deals on its remastered Pedro Almodovar film, Labyrinth Of Passion.

The 1982 film has now gone to Arte (France), Shochiku (Japan) and Lucky Red (Italy) with a Us deal in negotiation.

The Spanish screwball comedy, written and directed by Almodóvar, stars Cecilia Roth and Imanol Arias as well as Antonio Banderas in a small role, marking his film debut.

Almodóvar’s second film follows a nymphomaniac pop star who falls in love with a gay Middle-Eastern prince.
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Gael Garcia Bernal, Denis Lavant, Alfredo Castro Among Toulouse Films in Progress Stars

Gael Garcia Bernal, Denis Lavant, Alfredo Castro Among Toulouse Films in Progress Stars
Madrid – Pablo Aguero’s awaited Gael Garcia Bernal starrer “Eva no duerme” and Sebastian Brahm’s “Sex Life of Plants,” his follow-up to “Roman’s Circuit,” will play at France’s Toulouse CineLatino Festival’s Films in Progress, a traditional springboard for selection at Cannes or major fests beyond.

A pix-in-post showcase, the 27th Films in Progress runs March 26-27.

Produced by Paris-based Jba Production, whose credits include movies by Rithy Panh, Tsai Ming-liang and Alice Rohrwacher, “Eva” is co-produced by Madrid’s Tornasol Films and Buenos Aires’ Haddock Films, the companies behind Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar winning “The Secret in the Eyes.”

Directed by Argentine’s Aguero (“Salamandra,” “77 Doronship”), it is inspired by the incredible, but true, 25-year-odyssey of Evita Peron’s embalmed corpse, that was, in just one episode, buried in secret in Italy for 15 years with the connivance of the Pope, as her exquisite if somewhat
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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2

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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 2
Below is Part 2 of my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist. There are 83 submissions this year with some truly remarkable films in the bunch — and no 100% frontrunner. Here’s a refresher on how the nine films are chosen for the shortlist which is expected to be revealed tomorrow: The phase one committee determines six of the candidates, and the other three entries are selected by the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee. For the profiles below and yet to come, I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations. In many cases, I also checked in with the U.S. distributor about why they acquired the movies. Below is a look at the second group of four titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches. For
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Delayed ‘Evita’ Pushes Ahead For January Shoot (Exclusive)

Delayed ‘Evita’ Pushes Ahead For January Shoot (Exclusive)
Mar Del Plata — “Evita,” Pablo Aguero’s long-gestating pic about the strange but true 25-year odyssey of the corpse of former Argentine First Lady Evita Peron, is set to start principal photography in January.

Shoot was originally scheduled for early 2014. Mexico’s Gael Garcia Bernal, Denis Lavant, Daniel Fanego, and Nahuel P. Biscayart comprise the cast, as well as Spain’s Imanol Arias who recently boarded to play the doctor who embalms Peron’s body.

Mia Maestro, who was tipped to play Evita, has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Maestro is in Toronto, Canada until May for the production of season two of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire TV series “The Strain.” She recently released her debut album, “Si Agua” (If Water) in October.

Aguero has not found a replacement yet for Maestro.

Co-producers include Paris-based Jba, Argentina’s Haddock, Belgium’s Wrong Man and Spain’s Tornasol.
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'The Liberator' Interview with Edgar Ramirez | Exclusive

'The Liberator' Interview with Edgar Ramirez | Exclusive
&#201dgar Ram&#237rez has been an actor on the rise for the past seven years, after he first came into prominence playing the deadly and mysterious Paz in The Bourne Ultimatum. Following roles in Vantage Point and Che (Part 1), the Venezuelan-born actor delivered a breakthrough performance in the mini-series Carlos, which lead to roles in Wrath of the Titans, Zero Dark Thirty, The Counselor and Deliver Us from Evil.

The actor takes on a character close to his heart in the fascinating indie drama The Liberator, where he plays the historic figure Simon Bolivar, who became a legend by literally liberating South American countries such as Peru, Panama, Northern Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and the actor's home country of Venezuela. I had the chance to speak with the actor earlier this summer about The Liberator, which hits theaters on October 3. Here's what he had to say below.

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Telefonica Studios Raises Ante

Telefonica Studios Raises Ante
San Sebastian – One year-old almost to the day, Telefonica Studios is getting “bigger, bolder, has boarded Cesc Gay’s “Truman” and is in final negotiations to invest in a clutch of new high-profile projects in Spain,” Axel Kuschevatzky, Telefonica Studios head, said at San Sebastian.

Starring Argentina’s Ricardo Darin (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and Spain’s Javier Camara (“Talk to Her,” Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed), lead-produced by Gay’s regular producer, Marta Esteban’s Barcelona-based Imposible Films, and sold by Filmax Intl., “Truman” turns on two childhood friends who are reunited after many years as one lies dying.

Telefe, the Telefonica-owned top Argentine broadcaster, has made a minority participation in the movie. “It’s a brilliant screenplay offering Ricardo the role of a lifetime,” Kuschevatzky said.

AtSan Sebastian with Argentine B.O. phenom “Wild Tales,” anther Telefe co-production, Telefonica Studios is also closing on “Anacleto: Secret Agent,
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Libertador named Venezuelan Oscar entry

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Libertador named Venezuelan Oscar entry
Alberto Arvelo’s Simón Bolívar epic The LiberatorLibertador starring Edgar Ramírez will represent Venezuela as the foreign language Oscar submission.

Spanish actress María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis also star in the story of Bolivar’s fight to free South America from Spanish rule and his role in establishing the Hispanic-American republic of Gran Colombia.

Mundial handles international sales on The LiberatorLibertador and Cohen Media Group holds North American rights and will release theatrically on October 3.

The film generated close to 600,000 admissions when it opened in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for its “artistic and production value, staging/realisation, music and photography.”

Timothy Sexton wrote the screenplay and Ana Loehnert, Winfried Hammacher and Arvelo produced. Ramírez served as executive producer with Maria A Guerrero Rocca.

The film shot in Venezuelan locations such as Llanos de Acarigua, Parque Nacional de Canaima and Caracas, in addition
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Venezuela Sends ‘The Liberator’ to Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race

Venezuela Sends ‘The Liberator’ to Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race
Venezuela has submitted the Simon Bolivar biopic “The LiberatorLibertador” as its entry for Oscar’s foreign-language race.

Edgar Ramirez (“Zero Dark Thirty”) stars along with Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias and Gary Lewis. Alberto Arvelo directed from a script by Timothy Sexton.

Mundial, Im Global’s joint venture with Canana, is handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. Cohen Media Group acquired the North American rights and will be releasing the film on Oct. 3 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and other markets.

The film was released in Venezuela on July 24. The Venezuelan committee chose the film for “artistic and production value, staging/realization, music and photography.”

See also: “Liberator” review.

The film is told from Bolivar’s point of view, and features his military campaigns and his vision to unify South America.

The Liberator” is a Venezuelan-Spanish co-production between Producciones Insurgentes and San Mateo Films.
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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award

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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award
Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci.

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
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'The Liberator' Trailer Starring Edgar Ramirez

'The Liberator' Trailer Starring Edgar Ramirez
&#201dgar Ram&#237rez stars as Simon Bolivar in Alberto Arvelo Mendoza's new historical biopic Libertador (known in the states as The Liberator), opening in theaters this August. Watch as one of history's most influential political and military leaders comes to life in this sweeping epic. Simon Bolivar played a key role in Latin America's struggle against the Spanish Empire and shaped the destiny of several nations, with this new drama told from his own point-of-view.

Director Alberto Arvelo Mendoza tells the story of Venezuelan military and political leader Sim&#243n Bol&#237var, who played a crucial role in freeing Latin America from the grip of the Spanish Empire - in this historical biography presented entirely from Bol&#237var's point-of-view.

Libertador comes to theaters August 22nd, 2014 and stars Édgar Ramírez, María Valverde, Iwan Rheon, Danny Huston, Gary Lewis, Juana Acosta, Steve Wilcox, Imanol Arias. The film is directed by Alberto Arvelo Mendoza.
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Watch: Édgar Ramírez as Simón Bolívar in Epic Full 'Libertador' Trailer

"We are all sons of America." Cohen Media Group has debuted the trailer for Alberto Arvelo's Libertador, also known as The Liberator, starring Edgar Ramirez as Simon Bolivar, the Latin American revolutionary from the late 1700s and early 1800s. This sweeping and majestic biopic tells the story of how he liberated and helped Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia gain independence from the Spanish Empire. In addition to Ramirez, Libertador also stars Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias, and Gary Lewis. The performances look powerful, but the cinematography looks exceptional. This might be worth watching. Here's the first official Us trailer for Alberto Arvelo's Libertador, originally debuted by Yahoo: The Liberator, or Libertador in Spanish, is directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo Mendoza of a few films previously including Habana, Havana and To Play and to Fight. The screenplay was written by Timothy J. Sexton. Édgar Ramírez stars as Simón Bolívar,
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Libertador Trailer Starring Edgar Ramirez as the South American Revolutionary Simon Bolivar

The first trailer for Alberto Arvelo Mendoza‘s Simon Bolivar biopic, Libertador, is now online. Edgar Ramirez stars as the legendary emancipator in the Timothy Sexton script, which is told from Bolivar’s perspective and focuses on his military campaign that attempted to unify South America. While Ramirez's strong performance as the revolutionary is front and center in this first look, the beauty and variety of the South America continent's lands and native people provides an excellent backdrop to his character's story. In addition to Ramirez, Libertador also stars Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias, and Gary Lewis. Libertador plays at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend, and opens in theaters starting August 22nd. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Watch the Libertador trailer below (via Yahoo!):

The post Libertador Trailer Starring Edgar Ramirez as the South American Revolutionary Simon Bolivar appeared first on Collider.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Liberator’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Liberator’
“The Liberator” is an impressively scaled chronicle of the life and times of Simon Bolivar, hero of South American anti-colonialist struggles in the early 19th century. This latest collaboration between “Carlos” star Edgar Ramirez and Venezuelan director Alberto Arvelo (following “Cyrano Fernandez”) is a respectable, sprawling endeavor that covers nearly three decades of tumultuous events. Yet it lacks that essential spark that would turn it into a great biopic rather than a competent one, and make history seem alive rather than merely illustrated. The purported $50 million indie production is a guaranteed classroom perennial, though its immediate global B.O. prospects are harder to predict.

Children of Men” scribe Timothy J. Sexton’s screenplay begins with Bolivar (Ramirez) narrowly escaping an attempt on his life — one of many — in 1828. It then rewinds to the century’s start, when he is an aristocratic youth from the province of Venezuela visiting the royal Spanish court.
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Toronto Film Festival 2013 Further Additions

The Toronto International Film Festival® has announced the addition of 3 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to the 2013 Festival programme, including a further 12 World Premieres. Representing countries from around the world, the Gala and Special Presentations programmes offer a lineup of diverse titles and genres.

Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Fred Schepisi, Alberto Arvelo, Reha Erdem, Dexter Fletcher, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Megan Griffiths, Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu, Kevin Macdonald, Arie Posin, Charlie Stratton, Nils Tavernier and John Turturro.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2013.

Galas Blood Ties

Guillaume Canet, France/USA North American Premiere

New York, 1974. 50-year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after spending several years in prison. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, yet blood
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Additional Galas and Special Presentations announced for Tiff 2013

Among the 3 more galas and 19 presentations Japan gets further representation at the Toronto International Film Festival with the latest creation of Hayao Miyazaki and remake of Oscar-winning Western by Clint Eastwood.

The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan North American Premiere

Hayao Miyazaki brings together aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori, to create Jiro — a fictional character at the centre of this tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Featuring the voices Featuring the voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake and Mansai Nomura.

Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono) Lee Sang-il, Japan North American Premiere

Lee Sang-il’s visionary remake of Clint Eastwood’s iconic Academy Award–winning film transposes the classic Western to Meiji-period Japan. The Tokugawa shogunate has just collapsed and the Ainu aborigines strive to settle the land alongside the newly established government.
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First Look at Edgar Ramirez as Simon Bolivar in Libertador

Back in June, Dave told you about the cast being set for the largest independent South American production to date, director Alberto Arvelo Mendoza's Simon Bolivar biopic, Libertador. Flash forward a couple of months later and today we're pleased to bring you the first image of Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) as the legendary emancipator himself. Timothy Sexton's (Children of Men) script is told from Bolivar's perspective and focuses on the military campaigns he embarked on in an attempt to unify South America. In addition to Ramirez, Libertador also stars Maria Valverde (Melissa P.), Danny Huston (Children of Men), Imanol Arias (El Lute), and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York). The first image of Ramirez, who also earns an executive producer credit on the pic, resides after the jump. Here's the image of Ramirez as Bolivar [click to enlarge]:
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