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In a further step in its international growth strategy, the Cannes Film Market has teamed with Mexico’s Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival to launch Los Cabos Goes to Cannes, an annual Croisette showcase for four Mexican movies in post-production.
Kicking off with Los Cabos’ fourth edition, which runs Nov. 11-15, the initiative aims to tap four Mexican film productions or co-productions from Cabos in Progress 2015, sourcing both Los Cabos in Progress, its Wip event, and recipients of the fest’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund post-production coin.
Projects chosen will take part in the 2016 Cannes Market, with filmmakers introducing their work to producers, distributors, sales agents, service companies, support fund execs as well as executives attending the Cannes Film Festival.
Launched in 2012, Los Cabos Festival has rapidly consolidated as a go-to event bridging the U.S., Mexican and Canadian film industries.
Fest launch comes at a time when Mexican production »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Los Cabos Goes To Cannes cements partnership on the Croisette.
Mexico’s fast-rising Los Cabos International Film Festival, which this year hosts its fourth edition over November 11-15, will showcase four participating Mexican films in post at the 2016 Marché.
The projects will be selected from Cabos In Progress, a platform for features in post that are produced or co-produced by Mexico supported by the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund and film services group Labodigital.
Calls for entry for Cabos In Progress and the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund are open until July 31.
Marché executive director Jerome Paillard said: “This year in Cannes, Mexico is coming strong as the co-organiser of the Marché Opening Night and with many other activities at the Producers Network and in their pavilion.
“The Marché has a strong relationship with Latin America, in Argentina with Ventana Sur and in Brazil with Films From Rio. The Marché is always willing to open spaces to encourage filmmaking »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In the new La Furia Umana: a symposium on the future of cinema plus articles on Harun Farocki, Jerry Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. The new Brooklyn Rail features pieces on Tsai Ming-liang's Rebels of the Neon God and J.P. Sniadecki's The Iron Ministry, exhibitions of work by Michael Snow and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa and an interview with John Giorno. Also today: With Mad Max: Fury Road opening next month, a Ballardian primer to the Mad Max Universe; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Aleksandr Dovzhenko and Leni Riefenstahl; Robert Greene on Steve James's Hoop Dreams and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom; and lots more. » - David Hudson »
Post-Nearly Press has released two book-length interviews with Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit. Also in today's roundup of news and views: A review of and two excerpts from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s fantasmagorical memoir, Where the Bird Sings Best; the Quietus on Wojciech Has's The Saragossa Manuscript; an oral history of Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan at 30; Paul Thomas Anderson's conversation with Jonathan Demme; more interviews with feminist filmmaker Vivienne Dick, Wim Wenders, Errol Morris, Noah Baumbach and David Zellner; the New York Times on cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa—and more. » - David Hudson »
Madrid – Adding to its Latin treasure trove, Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Llevate mis amores” (All of Me), first-time Mexican director Arturo Gonzalez Villasenor’s Los Cabos Fest winner.
The latest from Nicolas Celis’ burgeoning Mexican production house La Pimienta, last October “All of Me” scooped Los Cabos’ top plaudit in its Mexico First section, reserved for first and second features, despite considerable opposition from, for example, Isaac Ezban’s “The Incident” and Marcelo Tobar’s “Asteroid.”
Outsider Pictures’ Latin label, Todo Cine Latino (Tcl), will look to build word of mouth via festivals, and is working on plans for a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in the late-summer, said Outsider CEO Hudson.
Produced by Indira Canto for Acanto Films, the label Gonzalez Villaseñor created with his production team — and co-produced by Pimienta Films and Mexican university Uam-Xochimilco — “All of Me” will »
- John Hopewell
Madrid – One of Europe’s most prestigious arthouse companies, Paris-based production-distribution-sales house Pyramide whose sales slate includes the Oscar-nominated “Leviathan,” has taken world sales rights to Chema Rodriguez’s feature film project “Seven Hours,” a portrait of the devastating psychological ravages of Guatemala’s Civil War.
Co-penned by Rodriguez (“Nightfall in India,” “The Railroad All Stars”) and Mexico’s Francisco Vargas (“The Violin”), “Seven Hours” is now scheduled to shoot late October, said “Seven Hours” producer Jose Nolla.
“I am delighted to sign one more Latin American film which is a cinematography we care a lot about here at Pyramide. ‘Seven Hours’ is a beautiful script, poetic and political; we were deeply moved by the story and the way this very contemporary subject is handled. We believe it is going to be a strong film in the vein of ‘La jaula de oro’ and ‘Ixcanul,’” said Pyramide head Eric Lagesse. »
- John Hopewell
Celebrating the world premiere Friday night at the Sundance Festival of Jose Manuel Cravioto’s “Reversal,” a film whose origins trace back to its 2013 event, Mexico’s Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, one of Latin America’s fastest-growing fests, has set dates for its fourth edition: Nov. 11-15.
The slot retains Los Cabos advantageous post-American Film Market berth. “Our industry strategy has always benefited from our closeness to the American Film Market. It allows many of our key guests to participate in Los Cabos following business there,” said Los Cabos director Alonso Aguilar Castillo.
He added: “After the Afm, which can be very demanding for many executives, Los Cabos offers an inviting environment, with many business contacts being made over lunch in front of the beach or at parties.”
Aguilar Castillo signaled that Los Cabos would “definitely” maintain its U.S.-Mexico-Canada Co-production Forum, launched in 2014, along with its Work »
- John Hopewell
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