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16 items from 2015

Imaz and Olaizola on ‘Epitaph,’ and an Epic Conquistador Feat

24 November 2015 6:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 1519, on the verge of retreat and defeat, Cortes orders conquistador captain Diego de Ordaz to summit Popocalpetl, a 17,887-foot volcano, the second highest mountain in Mexico. His ascent turned Cortes’ campaign in the conquistadors’ favor, changing the history of Latin America. Sold by Media Luna and world premiering Sunday at the Tallinn Festival, “Epitaph,” chronicles an extraordinary feat for the age. Shot on the Pico de Orizaba – Popacalpetl was spewing ash at the time, as it was in 1519 –it captures the landscapes of Mexico. It is the conquistadors’ mental landscape and will power, particularly De Ordaz’s, however, that dominate the film, with “Epitaph” playing out like a psychological adventure film. He climbed with two soldiers. At one point, one looks at him in sheer amazement. Imaz and Olaizola fielded Variety’s questions:

The title of the film is “Epitaph.” But whose? Diego de Ordaz’s?

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- John Hopewell

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Los Cabos: ‘Greywater,’ ‘Tongue,’ ‘Landscapes,’ ‘Negro’ Tap Gabriel Figueroa Funding

15 November 2015 4:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos — Jeff Unay’s “Greywater,” Kyzza Terrazas’ “We Are Tongue” and Rodrigo Cervantes’ “Landscapes” were among the big winners of 2015 Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund grants, all awarded the equivalent of $52,000 in post-production services by LaboDigital, a Latin American film service group.

An initiative of Los Cabos Festival, the Gfff also adjudicated $5,000 development awards to seven projects, including two at this year’s Cabos’ Discovery co-pro forum: Andrea Pallaoro’s “Beauty Salon” and Paulina del Paso’s “Skin Deep.”

In a further award, producer Nicolas Celis took home a $25,000 worth of services from Splendor Omnia-Mantarraya for “Soy Negro,” a war film that marks a change of direction for Iran-born Rafi Pitts that Celis co-produced with Thanassis Karathanos (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Ajami”).

Sourced from the Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Film Fund, in a project exchange relationship between Los Cabos and the Tfi, “Grey Water” is a profile of Mixed Martial »

- John Hopewell

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Los Cabos celebrates Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund winners

13 November 2015 3:49 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kyzza TerrazasSomos Lengua and Rodrigo Cervantes’ Los Paisajes each took home post-production services worth $52,000 at the Mexican festival on Friday night.

Imcine director and Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund promoter Jorge Sánchez Sosa presented the awards at the Los Cabos International Film Festival gala event.

A jury comprised of Cristina Garza from Mundial, Santiago de la Paz of Nómadas and Cynthia Wiesner of Wiesner Distribution selected the first prize recipients.

The Fund honours outstanding cinematographers, offers support every year for projects in development and, in collaboration with Labodigital, supports films in post.

A jury comprised of Molly O’Keefe from the Tribeca Film Institute, Ségolène Roederer of Québec Cinéma and Mirsad Purivatra of the Sarajevo Film Festival awarded second prizes in the amount of $5,000 to seven development projects.

The recipients were: Marcelino Islas’ History Lessons; Gustavo Gamou’s F.B.I.; Pau Ortiz’ Outside Of Prison; Luciana Kaplan’s Rush Hour; Andrea Pallaoro’s Beauty Salon; [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Mexico: Up Next! – Nicolas Celis

13 November 2015 2:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos – Prolific, still young, hard working, Mexican Nicolas Celis, – with the inestimable aid of brother Sebastian Celis, a former physics specialist, and U.S-based producer Jim Stark (“Stranger Than Paradise”) – is rapidly building Pimienta Films into a key and highly flexible production outfit as it drives to become, said Celis, “one of Mexico’s most important production houses, working increasingly in international co-productions, but always with auteur-driven cinema.”

Among Pimienta’s new productions, Celis will co-produce “Pajaros de verano,” the new project from Ciro Guerra, who topped Cannes Directors’ Fortnight with “Embrace of the Serpent.”

Pimienta is also a minority co-producer on Rafi Pitts’ “Soy Negro.”

“This is very different from his previous films, a kind of war movie,” said Celis.

“We’re betting a lot on long-term relationships with U.S., European and non-Mexican producers. The movies we do are not always easy to finance.”

One key to Pimienta, »

- John Hopewell

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Los Cabos Film Festival Goes Gourmet With Fresh Films and New Tastes

11 November 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Baja California is fast becoming a favored destination in the culinary world, and Los Cabos Film Festival is getting in on the gourmet action. For the first time, the festival is screening three food-centered documentaries in the Tastes section, and planning a gala fundraising dinner to bringing together the films and local chefs.

“We know of the richness of culinary culture in Los Cabos and its great tradition of fantastic chefs. We thought it was an interesting approach to bring together cinema and food,” says the festival’s director Alfonso Aguilar.

Premiering in the Tastes section are “Cooking Up a Tribute,” about the brothers who own El Celler de Can Roca, which has been called the world’s best restaurant, who decide to shut down temporarily and go on a road trip in South America, and “Sergio Herman: F***ing Perfect,” about a perfectionist Dutch chef.

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- Pat Saperstein

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Waintrop, Kaplan, Georges Sign On for Los Cabos Industry Jury Service

9 October 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Cannes Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Weintrop, Dennis Lim, Lincoln Center Film Society head of programming, and Emilie Georges, Memento Films Intl. general director, will serve on the jury of Cabos in Progress, at the 4th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, which will run Nov. 11-14 at the Mexican resort.

A pix-in-post competition, Cabos in Progress will feature six Mexican titles. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. Four titles will be chosen to feature in the Cannes Marché du Film’s inaugural 2016 Los Cabos Goes To Cannes, running during the Cannes Festival.

Fox Plus, a premium pay TV package, will also offer $30,000 to air one participating productions in Latin America.

Cristian Conti, a top exec at Dynamo, Colombia’s leading film-tv production-financing-services house, will be joined on the Cabos Discovery jury by Anick Poirier, head of Seville Intl, the indie sales division of Entertainment One Films Intl., and David Kaplan, »

- John Hopewell

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Cabos In Progress to offer $185,000 in prizes

29 June 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Los Cabos International Film Festival initiative will present five awards at this year’s event, set to run from November 11-15 in Mexico.

A Cabos In Progress jury will select a winner from six Mexican documentary or fiction films at post-production stage in need of financing. The chosen project will receive $10,000.

Meanwhile Fox+ will offer $30,000 for broadcasting rights to one of the films and guarantee airtime on its channels in Latin America and the Caribbean, excluding Brazil.

For the second consecutive year the Chemistry prize will present a $45,000 post-production award.

Under the auspices of the Los Cabos Goes To Cannes Prize, four films from all projects enrolled in the section will take part in the 2016 Marché du Film and show their work to industry attendees.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival will cover transport expenses while the Marché du Film will provide industry accreditation.

For the third consecutive year the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund Prize will award »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Forgotten: "Macario" (1960)

25 June 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Macario, just screened in Edinburgh International Film Festival's Focus on Mexico season, is a relatively well-known film by the great and prolific Roberto Gavaldón, but that in itself means little, since even in cinephile circles many film-lovers have never heard of him.Gavaldón was one of the top directors of Mexican cinema's golden age, along with Emilio Fernández and Tito Davison (Buñuel was always something of an outsider). While his work includes the elements of melodrama, social realism and a tinge of film noir which characterise much of this period, he also incorporates a streak of what might be called magic realism. and this is at the forefront of Macario.The first Mexican film nominated for an Oscar, losing out to The Virgin Spring, which bizarrely also features a magic spring bubbling up under mysterious and perhaps divinely-inspired circumstances, Macario derives from a story by the mysterious B. Traven (Treasure »

- David Cairns

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Film Forum Honoring Legendary Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa

9 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

While the name Gabriel Figueroa may not be a familiar one to many, even those with a stronger affinity for filmmaking and the art behind it, New York’s own Film Forum is hoping to change that.

On June 5, the theater began a career spanning retrospective surrounding the work of iconic cinematographer and Mexican film industry legend Gabriel Figueroa. Taking a look at 19 of the photographer’s films, the series is running in conjunction with the new exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, entitled Under The Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa – Art And Film. 

Best known as a pioneer of Mexican cinema, primarily with his work alongside director Emilio Fernandez, Figueroa’s work was as varied as they come. His work with Fernandez is without a doubt this retrospective’s highlight, particularly films like Wildflower. One of the many times Mexican cinema’s “Big Four” worked together, the film saw the »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Cannes: Cannes Market, Los Cabos Team for Pix-in-Post Showcase (Exclusive)

8 May 2015 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Los Cabos, Cannes strike alliance

7 May 2015 10:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Daily | La Furia Umana, Brooklyn Rail

6 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

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 »

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Daily | Books and Interviews, Listening and Viewing

29 March 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

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 »

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Outsider Pictures Takes North America on Los Cabos winner ‘All of Me’ (Exclusive)

23 February 2015 6:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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France’s Pyramide Intl. Takes Guatemala Drama ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)

23 February 2015 3:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival Sets 2015 Dates (Exclusive)

23 January 2015 6:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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