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Annecy: Jordi Gasull on ‘Tadeo Jones 2,’ One of Spain’s Biggest New Animation Bets

Annecy: Jordi Gasull on ‘Tadeo Jones 2,’ One of Spain’s Biggest New Animation Bets
Annecy, France — “Tad the Lost Explorer” marked a milestone in Spain’s animation industry, which is long on talent, short on governmental support, consolidating the backing of Spain’s powerful private broadcasters – here, via Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema – as well as Telefonica for select, higher-end Spanish animated features. It demonstrated what Mediaset España’s muscular marketing machine could do with a movie which merited its marketing. Directed by Enrique Gato, it won three Spanish Academy Goyas – best animated feature, new director and, notably, original screenplay. And it grossed about $50 million worldwide, half outside its native Spain, sparking a two-picture Paramount Pictures worldwide distribution deal on its creators’ next two features, “Capture the Flag” and “Tadeo Jones 2, and the Secret of King Midas.” And it turned its hero, the chinless Chicago bricklayer Tad, an amateur adventurer-archeologist and kind of cack-handed Indiana Jones, into a social phenomenon in Spain. It is
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‘Cities of Love’ Continues to Grow

‘Cities of Love’ Continues to Grow
The film “Rotterdam, I Love You”, like the previous entries in the ‘Cities of Love’ series, will be a kaleidoscope of stories about love in all kinds of interpretations. Every single segment has its own perspective and its own personal style, woven into the rhythm of this unique city by 11 different directors.

The creative team consists of 11 directors, 20 to 30 wonderful actors in main roles, top producers and screenwriters. The 11 directors will range from Dutch up-and-coming talents to internationally acclaimed directors from all over the world, including Koen Mortier, Paula van der Oest (“Zeus and Zo”), Barry Atsma, Shariff Nasr (“Oblivion”) and Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”). The Cities of Love family of directors already includes people like The Coen Brothers, Brett Ratner, Wes Craven, Guillermo Arriaga, Alexander Payne, as well as Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and more.

“Rotterdam, I Love You” will show the real Rotterdam, in all its rough beauty,
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Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award: Nothing but Blue Sky Ahead for Director Carlos Saldanha

Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Award: Nothing but Blue Sky Ahead for Director Carlos Saldanha
Brazilian Carlos Saldanha has become one of the most successful tellers of animated stories of all time, with credits including “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Rio” and “Rio 2,” while he co-directed “Ice Age” and “Robots.” He’s Blue Sky Animation Studio’s secret weapon, having unleashed a string of worldwide blockbusters that have grossed more than $3 billion.

Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation honoree’s got Oscar cred with a nom for 2003’s animated short “Gone Nutty,” and an exclusive deal at Fox, where his BottleCap Prods. calls home.

Growing up in Rio de Janeiro afforded Saldanha with a unique perspective of the world, and in particular, how it would come to shape his animation and filmmaking instincts and aesthetic. “I was always a film buff,” Saldanha recalls. “Movies were always very special to me, but I never knew how to accomplish my goals.
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Itaca Films Ramping Up Cuban Branch (Exclusive)

Morelia, Mexico – Latin American powerhouse shingle Itaca Films, led by founder/president Alex Garcia and CEO Santiago Garcia Galvan (“Desierto,” “Under the Same Moon”), has been quietly building a roster of feature films and documentaries in Cuba, which has seen major studio pics shoot there for the first time, starting with the latest in Universal Studios’ “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Fast 8,” and Paramount’s fifth installment in the “Transformers” franchise.

Itaca Havana has provided production services to both. For “Transformers 5,” Itaca worked in tandem with producer Ricardo del Rio’s Art in Motion.

First up among the Itaca Havana productions is “Fatima,” based on the Juan Rulfo award-winning short story by Cuban novelist Miguel Barnet, which centers on a drag queen’s love story. It is directed by actor-helmer Jorge Perugorria who first shot to fame in Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio’s Oscar-nominated 1993 gay drama “Fresa y Chocolate.
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[Venice Review] On the Milky Road

Serbian director Emir Kusturica, once a revered name on the arthouse European scene, is back in the helmer’s chair with On the Milky Road. His return to fiction feature filmmaking comes after a few years spent directing documentaries (Maradona by Kusturica), doing some acting and contributing to omnibus films (Words with God – with his short Our Life nominally serving as inspiration for this one, executive-produced by Guillermo Arriaga).

While his recent works have done little to sustain this, it’s still surprisingly difficult in the world of 2016 to readjust perceptions of Kusturica after his rapturous, wildly energetic early successes. And that constitutes further burden on his latest film – a highly self-indulgent, magical realist fairy tale of profoundly uneven quality.

Spanning fifteen years and harking back to the days of the civil war, On The Milky Road is the story of Kosta, a milkman who braves the path along the
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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury

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Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury
This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.Scroll down for line-up

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has revealed its line-up, with 90 feature films set to be screened in London September 21 – October 2.

This year’s jury will be comprised of Stephen Fry (V For Vendetta), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and American artist David Datuna.

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the international premiere of Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall, a semi-autobiographical story about the production of the film adaptation of Elliott’s memoirs. Receiving its European premiere will be Japanese director Yoshiyuki Kishi’s A Double Life, about a young woman who is assigned to follow a stranger.

Among the seven UK premieres playing in competition are Indian drama [link=tt
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From Afar review – brilliantly dark romance on the streets of Caracas

In this raw and moving drama, a troubled middle-aged man, abused by the teenagers he pays handsomely to keep him company, falls for a street gangster with a chilling proposal

From Afar is the terrifically stylish work of first-time Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas: it won the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice film festival. The title hints at the movie’s emotional alienation but also a kind of rapture, a sense that the inspiration of love is nurtured by long-distance pining. It could also be inspired by Sergio Armstrong’s superbly controlled cinematography – particularly its enigmatic static shots and long shots that incidentally appear to show the influence of the film’s producer, Michel Franco. Vigas has co-written the movie with Guillermo Arriaga, the author of Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros, and their script perhaps has some of Arriaga’s weakness for twist-in-the-tail but without indulgence or tricksiness.
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Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver Play "True Confessions" on The Tonight Show: Who's the Biggest Liar?

Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver Play
It's not always clear when Jennifer Lawrence is telling the truth. In fact, when she appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show Monday, Lawrence recalled once lying to a pool of reporters during her first-ever press junket for the 2008 movie The Burning Plain. At the time, director Guillermo Arriaga and co-star Charlize Theron joined the newbie actress at the event. "Kim Basinger wasn't there. We were doing an international press conference and somebody said, 'Where is Kim Basinger?' I just leaned in the microphone and was like, 'You didn't hear? Kim died.' There was like a beat while it got translated and then it was [mayhem]," she said. "I got ripped off the stage and thrown into media...
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Get Close to ‘From Afar’ In U.S. Trailer for Venice’s Golden Lion Winner

Venice winners often seem overlooked, perhaps because the festival’s biggest titles are a) weeks away from hitting other festivals on other continents and / or b) expected to open within the next few months. From Afar was not one of last year’s bigger titles, despite taking home the Golden Lion — do I need to tell you that’s the top prize? does any film award, or really any prize, sound as victorious as “Golden Lion”? — and now the time’s come for it to leave some mark. In the United States, at least.

Lorenzo Vigas‘ film, co-written with former Iñárittu mainstay Guillermo Arriaga, will begin a U.S. run next month, courtesy of Strand. We were rather taken with From Afar, having said, “Powered by a sea of suppressed, unreciprocated feelings, From Afar beautifully describes the mechanisms of desire in what begins as an almost-love story that ends up something tragically different.
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[Review] Rio, I Love You

The third and final film in the “Cities of Love” trilogy, following odes to Paris and New York City, Rio, I Love You collects ten short films about love in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the likes of Fernando Meirelles, José Padilha, and Paolo Sorrentino. The ensuing mess links their snippets of narrative not by the theme of love, but by cheap poetry for the coffeehouse crowd — discussing love as one might discuss the weather — and inescapably colorful vistas. With relentlessly bright environment no doubt sanctioned by Rio’s tourism board and the film’s countless sponsors, the shorts all play like exceedingly surreal commercials, like Mentos ads on crack.

The shorts are also more literally linked together by sinewy montages of attractive people in Rio, smiling lightly like they’re advertising beer and sunlight. The shorts also share the unfortunately literal soundtrack, whose lyrics spell out any wispy themes
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Rio, I Love You Review

Rio, I Love You is the third in the “Cities of Love” series begun with “Paris, Je T’Aime” (“Paris, I Love You”), which bring together famous directors and stars to create a series of little romantic stories around one city. The city getting the love-letter this time is Rio, home of the upcoming Olympics. However, despite its impressive list of directors, there is little to impress in “Rio, I Love You.”

Rio, I Love You boasts a more impressive line up of directors that the last one, “New York, I Love You,” but nonetheless continues the series decline in quality from the first one. Directors include Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth”), Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), and Sang-Soo Im (“The Housemaid”), among others, but none of them shine in this mixed-up film. Rather than having the stories start and end clearly, as in the first two films, several stories make false
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Film News: 32nd Chicago Latino Film Festival Opens on April 8, 2016 with ‘Illusions S.A.’

Chicago – The 32nd edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival Kicks Off on Friday, April 8, 2016, with the Mexican film “Illusions S.A.” (“Illusiones S.A.”). All films are at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago.

This year’s festival promises another huge array of films originating from Latino countries all over the world, and runs from April 8th through the 21st. The kick-off film “Illusions S.A.” will be followed by a reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Chicago. For details and to purchase tickets click here.

’Illusions S.A.’ is the Opening Night Film at the 32ndst Chicago Latino Film Festival

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The Opening Night Capsule and the highlights of Week One are as follows…

Opening Night: “Illusions S.A.”

Starring Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) and set in Campeche, México in the 1950s, “Illusions S.A.” centers around an agency that turns your deepest fantasies,
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Frank Spotnitz Talks ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ With Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden (Exclusive)

Frank Spotnitz Talks ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ With Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden (Exclusive)
Cannes — Starring Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni de Medici and Richard Madden as his son, Cosimo, co-created by Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files,” “The Man in the High Castle”) and Nicholas Meyer (“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”) and lead produced by Italy’s Lux Vide “Medici” is sold worldwide by Wild Bunch’s newly-created television divison, Wild Bunch TV. Indeed, a “passion project” for Wild Bunch, “Medici: Masters of Florence” is the first international long-running TV brand it is bringing to the market, Wild Bunch’s Diana Bartha said at the MipDrama Screenings.

It also proved one of their highlights. That was not perhaps so difficult. The series, which will air on Rai last quarter, and has already been renewed for a second season, is shot in the very same places the Medicis knew and frequented near six centuries ago: Costumes, decor, the embroidered cloth on which Cosimo and Contessina
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Watch: ‘Rio, I Love You’ Trailer Makes You Fall for Brazil

Watch: ‘Rio, I Love You’ Trailer Makes You Fall for Brazil
Harvey Keitel is a priest in Brazil in the trailer for “Rio, I Love You.”

The new trailer for Screen Media’s U.S. release of “Rio, I Love You” features Keitel asking “What is love, Felicia?” as part of a massive cast that includes Jason Isaacs, Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Basil Hoffman, Vincent Cassel, Fernanda Montenegro, Wagner Moura and Roberta Rodrigues.

The trailer is replete with voiceovers such as “I know what it is to have my heart broken” and “Real love — where does it come from?”

John Turturro — the only U.S. director on the project — directs himself and Vanessa Paradis in one of the 10 segments. Brazilian filmmakers include Carlos Saldanha, Fernando Meirelles, Jose Padilha and Andrucha Waddington. Im Sang-soo (Korea), Stephan Elliott (Austrialia), Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) and Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico) are among the helmers.

Rio, I Love You” opens in New York on April 15 and in Los
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John Turturro, Paolo Sorrentino & More Create Anthology In Trailer for ‘Rio, I Love You’

You probably know how these [City], I Love You films work: a collection of directors — and some very prestigious ones, at that — create short films that are set in and, perhaps in some way, defined by the area in question. This is a great idea that most would say has never exactly taken off, considering the tepid reception afforded Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You, as well as the absolute lack of attention paid to Tbilisi, I Love You. For better or for worse, there’s now Rio, I Love You, which collects the likes of Paolo Sorrentino, José Padilha, Fernando Meirelles, Guillermo Arriaga, and John Turturro to direct, among others, Harvey Keitel, Emily Mortimer, Vincent Cassel, Jason Isaacs, and Turturro himself.

The latest trailer — which arrives more than 18 months after an initial pair and the film’s premiere — is more promising, if only because it displays
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Watch: First Trailer For 'Rio, I Love You' With Segments Directed By Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, José Padilha, More

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The concept is a good one: gather up some top shelf filmmakers and have them create an omnibus of shorts centered around a particular city. Previously we've seen "Paris, je t'Aime" and "New York, I Love You," and as it goes with the format, some segments are always better than others. Now the focus goes to Brazil for "Rio, I Love You," and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: Interview: Paolo Sorrentino Talks 'Youth,' The Happiest Moment Of Filmmaking, Michael Caine, Sun Kill Moon & More  Filmmakers Guillermo ArriagaStephan ElliottIm Sang-sooNadine LabakiFernando MeirellesJosé PadilhaCarlos SaldanhaPaolo SorrentinoJohn Turturro and Andrucha Waddington have each crafted shorts taking place in the lively city, and Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Harvey Keitel, Vincent Cassell, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten and Fernanda Montenegro appear in the...
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Kyas Sherriff on plans for revamped Aftrs Indigenous Unit

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Kyas Sherriff (Head of the Indigenous Unit) Guillermo Arriaga, Sue Elphinstone (Indigenous Unit Project Officer). Photographer: Graeme Taylor.

Aftrs' new Black Talk series launched last week, with the highly entertaining Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros) as guest.

Replacing Aftrs' Friday on My Mind program of Friday evening Q&A's, the series is hosted by the school's revamped Indigenous Unit, headed by Kyas Sherriff (formerly of Screen Australia's Indigenous Department).

Black Talk will be more irregular than Friday on My Mind, with a focus on "inspiring indigenous storytellers and filmmakers, and drawing them into the school", Sherriff tells If..

In addition "the series should be a place for industry to get a sense of what's going on in the black space".

Future sessions will be streamed, and Aftrs is looking at partnering with a major film festival to co-host the occasional talk.

Aside from the talks, the Indigenous Unit will
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Guillermo Arriaga on writing, Iñárritu, Qt and vegans at Aftrs Black Talk

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Kyas Sherriff (Head of the Indigenous Unit) Guillermo Arriaga, Sue Elphinstone (Indigenous Unit Project Officer). Photographer: Graeme Taylor.

Last week Aftrs relaunched its Indigenous Unit with the first instalment of its Black Talk series..

The Unit's new head, Kyas Sherriff, hosted a session with Mexican writer Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), in town as a guest of Nitv.

Arriaga was in mischevious form, riffing for an hour on everything from his writing process, his fights with director Warwick Thornton, his creative divorce from Alejandro González Iñárritu, and the damage his "friend" Tarantino has had on cinema.

The screenwriter and novelist started the session off with a flourish, producing an aboriginal flag from his pocket and laying it in front of him, declaring "I want to show my love".

Arriaga was first brought to Australia by Sally Riley, who met Arriaga at the Sundance Labs the same year that Amores Perros bowed at the festival.
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Kyas Sherriff to head up Aftrs Indigenous Unit

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Aftrs has launched a revamped Indigenous Unit, headed by Kyas Sherriff.

The initial program for 2016 will include the Black Talk series (similar to Aftrs Friday on My Mind), talent labs and Industry events.

Across the Aftrs curriculum, there will be an increased academic focus on Indigenous representation on Australian screen.

The school is also proposing an industry symposium on cultural diversity both on screen and behind the scenes.

The Black Talk series aims to engage the wider screen industry in an understanding of contemporary Indigenous storytelling.

The first Black Talk, on February 17, featured Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer Guillermo Arriaga (writer of 21 Grams, Babel and Amores Perros)..

Arriaga, who is in Australia as a guest of Nitv, has a history of sharing his knowledge with Australian Indigenous filmmakers, including participating in a previous Screen Australia Workshop with published Indigenous novelists on the craft of writing for screen.

Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton,
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Us Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic'

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Us Briefs: Bleecker Street dates 'Captain Fantastic'
Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…

Bleecker Street will open Matt Ross’ recent Sundance world premiere starring Viggo Mortensen via theatrical roll-out on July 8. Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson produced the story of an eccentric father to a clan of children in the Pacific Northwest.

Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities Of Love trilogy featuring Paris Je t’Aime and New York I Love You. Rio, I Love You features ten short stories and their respective transitions of love in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Andrucha Waddington, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Stephan Elliott, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Sang-soo Im, Carlos Saldanha, Jose Padilha, Nadine Labaki, and Vicente Amorim direct a cast that includes Fernanda Montenegro, Emily Mortimer, and Vincent Cassel
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