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19 items from 2016


‘Freckles,’ ‘Buy Me a Revolver,’ ‘Amalgam’ Among Mexico’s Movie Projects for 2017

13 December 2016 5:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Yibran Asuad’s “Freckles,” Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Buy Me a Revolver” and Carlos Cuaron’s “Amalgam” featured among highlights at Producers Day, a co-production forum at last week’s Mexico’s Cinema and Audiovisual Market and Industry (Mica).

Unspooling on the eve of Dec. 7’s Fenix Ibero-American Film Prizes, the Producers Day also saw new projects presented by Jimena Montemayor, “Women at Dawn” which depicts women at war, and Paula Markovitch’s “Room Temperature” a choral drama taking place in Mexico City.

The Mica market was organised by the state-backed Mexican Film Institute (Imcine). That gave the event considerable pulling power to attract some of the choicest projects from Mexico’s youngest generation of filmmakers, and some more seasoned directors. Often seeking international co-production partners through first half 2017, these titles will shape Mexico-s presence at international markets throughout next year.

Pitched by their producers or directors, the Mica movie »

- John Hopewell

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The Exterminating Angel

6 December 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Will somebody explain the sheep and the bear? Luis Buñuel really knows how to disturb people. This, his most characteristic surreal drama proposes an impossible, irrational situation – which isn’t all that different from the reality we know. Petty social rules, jealousies and bitterness make life hell for group of dinner guests stuck with each other, caught in an existential trap.

The Exterminating Angel

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 459

1962 / B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 93 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 6, 2016 / 39.95

Starring Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Augusto Benedicio, José Baviera, Antonio Bravo, Claudio Brook, Rosa Elena Durgel, Lucy Gallardo, Tito Junco .

Cinematography Gabriel Figueroa

Film Editor Carlos Savage

Original Music Raúl Lavista

Based on a story by Luis Alcoriza, Luis Buñuel

Produced by Gustavo Alatriste

Written and Directed by Luis Buñuel

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

That intransigent rebel imp Luis Buñuel never mellowed — after ten or so »

- Glenn Erickson

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Carlos Carrera, Natalia Beristain On Omnibus Feature ‘Tales of Mexico’

22 November 2016 6:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Co-produced by Mexico’s Machete Producciones and Poland’s No Sugar Films, “La habitacion” (“Tales of Mexico”) is the sixth feature from Machete. Headed by Edher Campos and Luis Salinas, it burst onto the scene producing Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year” and then made Diego Quemada-Díez’s multi-laurelled “La jaula de oro.” A young outfit, its movies are deeply rooted in Mexico – its social issues, culture and talent – but – or hence – international in appeal and frequently made in co-production. Premiering at the Warsaw Festival and screening more recently at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival, “Tales of Mexico” is an omnibus feature directed by eight directors: Carlos Carrera, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Carlos Bolado, Ernesto Contreras, Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, Alejandro Valle, Iván Ávila Dueñas, and Natalia Beristain. It builds to a portrait of the patterns in Mexican history down the decades via its depiction of events in the same room from before »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Michael Rowe Scores Los Cabos Double Win With ‘Alicia’

14 November 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexico-based Michael Rowe, who leapt to notice winning the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’Or for his debut, “Leap Year,” scored double this weekend with his new feature, “Alicia,” winning a development award and Ctt Exp & Rentals Award from the festival’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.

“Alicia,” Rowe’s fourth feature, was one of only two titles, with Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Comprame un Revolver,” which won more than a single plaudit  from the fund, which mixes straight cash with awards in services from Mexican companies.

Written by Rowe and Montserrat Varela, “Alicia” turns on a 14-year-old girl who lives with her grandmother and estranged mom and suffers from severe sexual repression. Then, one day in the subway, a casual sexual encounter acts like it releases a genie in a bottle, initiating Alicia’s exploration of her identity and a plunge into extreme sexuality, Rowe told Variety.

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- Emilio Mayorga

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'X500', 'American Honey' triumph in Los Cabos

13 November 2016 12:17 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Juan Andrés Arango’s migrant drama claimed the México Primero prize and Andrea Arnold’s road movie prevailed in the Competencia de Los Cabos category as the fifth annual Los Cabos International Film Festival closed on Saturday.

Both films received Mxn $200k (roughly Usd $9.6k), while Tamara And The Ladybug by Lucía Carrera took the Fipresci México Primero Award as well as the Usd $12k Art Kingdom Trailer Award presented by Art Kingdom Showbiz Agency.

Beauties Of The Night by Maria José Cuevas took the Mxn $200k Cinemex Audience prize, and Kris Avedisian’s Donald Cried claimed the Usd $15k Labodigital Incentive For Distribution award.

Three filmmakers each earned a Mxn $150k (Usd $7.2k) scholarship under the auspices of the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund: Cómprame Un Revólver by Julio Hernández Cordón; Alicia by Michael Rowe; and Monsters And Men by Reinaldo M. Green.

The Usd $160k Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund - Labodigital Awards went to: The Rosenbergs »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Los Cabos: Argentina’s Rizoma, Director Mariano Hueter Team on Bank Heist Series ’67 Millions’

13 November 2016 6:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rizoma Films, the prolific Argentine film company run by Hernan Musaluppi and Natacha Cervi, has partnered with young writer-director Mariano Hueter to develop bank heist TV series project “67 Millions.”

Inspired by true events, TV fiction plot turns on Chavez, a renowned Argentine public prosecutor who tries to solve the most shocking robbery in Argentina’s criminal history, the audacious assault in 2006 of a bank branch in the city of San Isidro, in Buenos Aires province.

“The Theft of the Century,” as it was popularly known in Argentina, was executed in just two hours by five assailants who took some twenty hostages as part of a staged event. While pretending to negotiate with the police, they looted 143 security boxes and fled through a tunnel they had dug for a year, which led to a storm drain.

In a race against time and power, Chavez and his assistant Gauna will be plunged »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Los Cabos Awards: ’American Honey,’ ‘Tamara & The Ladybug’ Win Big at Mexican Fest

12 November 2016 8:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos, Mexico — Three films by women – Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” Mexican Lucia Carreras’ “Tamara & The Ladybug” and Sophie Barthes’ “The Rosenbergs” won the top plaudits at Mexico’s 5th Los Cabos Festival on Saturday.

Running Nov. 9-13, the festival-market will go down in history not only for the prominence of women among its award recipients but also for its launch of its first Film Investor Summit, attended by an industry elite, and the multiple signs of vitality of the Mexican production sector.

Latin American industry is sometimes described as world cinema. Just how exotic it is these days is another question. The roll-call of the international industry’s good and great at Los Cabos from all the Hollywood talent agencies to Stuart FordAlex Walton, Vincent Maraval and Gaston Pavlovich underscores not only the delights of Los Cabos as a resort but also lure of some of its greatest young directors, »

- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Los Cabos Awards: ’American Honey,’ ‘Tamara & The Ladybug’ Win Big at Mexican Fest

12 November 2016 8:50 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Los Cabos, Mexico — Three films by women – Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” Mexican Lucia Carreras’ “Tamara & The Ladybug” and Sophie Barthes’ “The Rosenbergs” won the top plaudits at Mexico’s 5th Los Cabos Festival on Saturday.

Running Nov. 9-13, the festival-market will go down in history not only for the prominence of women among its award recipients but also for its launch of its first Film Investor Summit, attended by an industry elite, and the multiple signs of vitality of the Mexican production sector.

Latin American industry is sometimes described as world cinema. Just how exotic it is these days is another question. The roll-call of the international industry’s good and great at Los Cabos from all the Hollywood talent agencies to Stuart FordAlex Walton, Vincent Maraval and Gaston Pavlovich underscores not only the delights of Los Cabos as a resort but also lure of some of its greatest young directors, such »

- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Los Cabos: Rafael Ley Teams With Natalia Beristain, Matias Meyer, Manolo Caro, Others (Exclusive)

10 November 2016 6:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexico City — Woo Films, whose Noc Noc Cinema produces Mexico’s third Netflix series order, has set a 2016-17 production slate of at least five feature projects, plus Natalia Beristain’s buzzed-up “The Goodbyes,” which plays Los Cabos Work in Progress section, and Manuel Caro’s anticipated TV series for Netflix.

New movies link Woo Films to key Mexican new wave figures, ranging from the less conventional – Julio Hernandez Cordon (“I Promise You Anarchy”), Matias Meyer (“The Last Cristeros,” “Yo”), and Kyzza Terrazas (“Manchete Language”) – to directors who have reached out to more female or mainstream audiences: Beristain (“She Doesn’t Want To Sleep Alone”) and Manolo Caro (“Tales of An Inmoral Couple,” “Elvira, I Would Give You My Life, But I’m Using It”).

Directed by Caro and shooting in 4K in Mexico from early 2017, the not-yet-titled Netflix original series is a 13-part half-hour. Described as a dark comedy, »

- John Hopewell

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International Industry Elite Heads for Los Cabos (Exclusive)

1 November 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

CAA’s Micah Green and Roeg Sutherland, Im Global’s Stuart Ford and Wild Bunch-InsidersVincent Maraval and, straddling the Mexico-Los Angeles axis, Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich and Ag Studios’ Alex Garcia, are all confirmed for the inaugural Los Cabos Festival Meet-Mart, the Mexican festival’s first official market.

Bloom’s Alex Walton, Good Universe’s Helen Lee-Kim, Imr International’s Kimberly Fox, Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier are also firmed up, among sales agents. Of digital platforms, Netflix’s Matt Brodlie and Amazon StudiosMichael Chong will also roll into Los Cabos.

Running Nov. 9-13 and also hosting the inaugural Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, produced by Winston Baker, the 5th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival looks to have come of age in 2016.

It welcomes, all in, about 400 market delegates, up from about 300 in 2016.  “It is a historic year for us. »

- John Hopewell

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Los Cabos International Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up

11 October 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amat Escalante’s The Untamed (pictured) and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey will compete for the Cinemax Award for the best competition film at the Mexican festival, set to run from November 9-13.

The other selections in the Competencia Los Cabos main competition strand are: Antonio CamposChristine, Kristopher Avedisian’s Donald Cried, Matt Johnson’s Operation Avalanche, Gabe Klinger’s Porto, Rafi PittsSoy Nero, Joey Klein’s The Other Half and Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers And A Bear.

Competing for top honours in Mexico Primero are: Maria José Cuevas’ Beauties Of The Night, Sebastián Hiriart’s Carroña, Rodrigo Cervantes’ Los Paisages, Lucía Carreras’ Tamara y La Catarina, Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzmán’s William, The New Judo Master, and Juan Andrés Arango’s X500.

Festival heads said most of the Mexico Primero entries came through the festival’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.

The winners of the Cinemax Award for best film in the Competencia »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Destiny

5 August 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Death doesn't take a holiday in this, the granddaddy of movies about the woeful duties of the Grim Reaper. Fritz Lang's heavy-duty Expressionist fable is as German as they get -- a morbid folk tale with an emotionally powerful finish. Destiny Blu-ray Kino Classics 1921 / B&W / 1:33 flat / 98 min. / Street Date August 30, 2016 / Der müde Tod / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Georg John. Cinematography Bruno Mondi, Erich Nitzschmann, Herrmann Saalfrank, Bruno Timm, Fritz Arno Wagner Film Editor Fritz Lang Written by Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou Produced by Erich Pommer Directed by Fritz Lang

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari takes the prize for the most influential work of early German Expressionism, but coming in a close second is the film in which Fritz Lang first got his act (completely) together, 1921's Destiny (Der müde Tod). A wholly cinematic »

- Glenn Erickson

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How Diversity Initiatives Are Changing the Film Industry

7 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Diversity” may be a big buzzword for the film business these days, but for a lot of organizations, the challenges implied by the term are nothing new. While the Academy announced last week that it was inviting 683 new members—many from diverse backgrounds—to their vaunted club, the independent film side of the industry has long been fighting the good fight, with programs, grants and foundations focused on creating a more equitable entertainment ecosystem.

But how well are such initiatives working? “If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to realize there are a lot of well-meaning programs out there that are not having an impact,” said Film Independent’s Josh Welsh. “I’m at a point of great frustration. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished, but at the same time, these studies continue to come out every year that say the numbers in the industry are, as a whole, »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters Art Book Preview Pages & Release Details

30 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Late this summer, a doorway to Guillermo del Toro's imagination will be opened when a new exhibit, "At Home with Monsters", debuts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma). To celebrate the new showcase of what inspires the filmmaker, Insight Editions will release Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters: Inside His Films, Notebooks, and Collections, a new art book featuring photos of the exhibit, pages from del Toro's journals, and insightful interviews from art experts.

Ahead of its release on August 30th (the same day del Toro's exhibit opens at the Lacma), the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters art book is teased in preview pages below, and we also have the press release with full details on the hardcover:

Press Release: In 2016, a new exhibit on the work of visionary director Guillermo del Toro will open at the Los Angeles County Museum »

- Derek Anderson

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La fièvre monte à El Pao

20 May 2016 7:29 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Luis Buñuel's most direct film about revolutionary politics brandishes few if any surreal touches in its clash between French star Gérard Philipe and the Mexican legend María Félix. Borrowing the climax of the opera Tosca, it's an intelligent study of how not to effect change in a corrupt political regime. La fièvre monte à El Pao Region A+B Blu-ray + Pal DVD Pathé (Fr) 1959 / B&W / 1:37 flat (should be 1:66 widescreen) / 96 min. / Los Ambiciosos; "Fever Mounts at El Pao" / Street Date December 4, 2013 / available at Amazon France / Eur 26,27 Starring Gérard Philipe, María Félix, Jean Servais, M.A. Soler, Raúl Dantés, Domingo Soler, Víctor Junco, Roberto Cañedo, Enrique Lucero, Pilar Pellicer, David Reynoso, Andrés Soler. Cinematography Gabriel Figueroa Assistant Director Juan Luis Buñuel Original Music Paul Misraki Written by Luis Buñuel, Luis Alcoriza, Charles Dorat, Louis Sapin from a novel by Henri Castillou Produced by Jacques Bar, Óscar Dancigers, Gregorio Walerstein »

- Glenn Erickson

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CAA, Wme, Participant, Im Global Sign On For Los Cabos’ First Formal Market (Exclusive)

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

CAA’s Micah Green, Wme’s Deborah McIntosh, Participant Media’s Jonathan King, the Weinstein Co.’s Dan Guano and execs from Im Global, FilmNation, IFC and Mundial are firmed up for Los Cabos Meet-Mart, the Mexican fest’s first formal market.

Mexican presence will be led by Gaston Pavlovich, the investor attempting to finance “The Irishman,” and Alex Garcia at Ag Studios and Ag Capital.

“Los Cabos Meet-Mart will be a market where we will introduce the best Latin American talent to the U.S. and international market, including the 15-20 top sales companies in the world,” said Los Cabos Fest director Alonso Aguilar Castillo.

Unspooling Nov. 9-13 , Los Cabos has grown in just four years to include an impressive North American presence.

Netflix, Amazon, Universal, Sony, Warner, Paramount execs have attended in the past, as have large European sales agents the Match Factory, Gaumont, Memento and Kinology.

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- John Hopewell

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Us briefs: June Pictures backs Sean Baker’s 'Tangerine' follow-up

18 April 2016 10:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Los Cabos, Tfi, Gabriel Figueroa, Labodigital renew association; D Films picks up Canadian rights to Oasis doc; and more…

June Pictures will produce and finance The Florida Project from Sean Baker, the writer-director of last year’s acclaimed Indie Spirit best feature nominee (pictured).

The Florida Project centres on a precocious seven-year-old and her friends who enjoy a summer filled with adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

Baker reteams with Chris Bergoch on the screenplay but will not repeat another element of Tangerine and will shoot on 35mm rather than the iPhone.

Production will commence in Florida this summer on the June Pictures, Cre Films, and Freestyle Picture Company project. ICM Partners represents Us rights and cast will be announced shortly.

The Los Cabos Film Festival has renewed its association with the Tribeca Film Institute and Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund and announced on Tuesday that Gaz Alazraki’s Cabos Discovery 2015 project Casi El »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Guadalajara: Mexico’s Max Zunino on ‘Mist,’ Film Freedom and Identity

4 March 2016 4:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Martina doesn’t have it all, but, on an economic scale, she’s done well for starters. A scion of a Mexico City upper middle-class family, she works in the family firm, lives in a Noche Buena District flat nice enough for her flat-mate to wonder if they shouldn’t install a garden on their roof terrace.

Then she gets pregnant, by Alberto, her you’re-so-selfish-you-should-do-what-i-want boyfriend. Her pregnancy is a catalyst. Suddenly, she has to decide not so much what she wants her life to be – how many people really determine that? – as, in a more common early decision, what she doesn’t want it to be: An emotional adjunct to her flaky mother and me-first boyfriend. Intuitively, she hops on the first flight to Berlin, to search out her father, whom she has never met. “Bruma” (Mist) is the story of what happens to her.

The second film from Zunino, »

- John Hopewell

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Four Men and a Prayer

9 January 2016 12:42 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

It's the John Ford film you never heard of, not because it's bad, but because it's a little confused. Richard Greene, David Niven and an emotional George Sanders (!) dedicate their lives to clearing their father's name of a smear by international arms smugglers! Their spirited companion Loretta Young behaves almost as if this were a screwball comedy. So does the director! Ford aficionados will be fascinated. Four Men and a Prayer 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives 1938 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 85 min. / Street Date December 15, 2015 / 19.98 Starring Loretta Young, Richard Greene, George Sanders, David Niven, C. Aubrey Smith. J. Edward Bromberg, William Henry, John Carradine, Alan Hale, Reginald Denny, Berton Churchill, Barry Fitzgerald, Chris-Pin Martin. Cinematography Franz Planer Film Editor Louis R. Loeffler Written by Richard Sherman, Sonya Levien, Walter Ferris from a novel by David Garth Produced by Kenneth Macgowan Directed by John Ford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

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