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Spain Sends Carla Simon’s Debut ‘Summer 1993’ to Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Spain Sends Carla Simon’s Debut ‘Summer 1993’ to Foreign-Language Oscar Race
Carla Simon’s feature debut, “Summer 1993,” which premiered in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and won the best first film award, has been selected to represent Spain in the foreign-language Oscar category.

Set in Catalonia in 1993, the autobiographical film centers on a 6-year old orphan from Barcelona who goes to live with her uncle’s family after the death of her mother from AIDS-related pneumonia. The movie was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and was later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

“Summer 1993,” produced by Inicia Films and co-produced/distributed Avalon Films, had a healthy run at the local box office and will soon be re-released. It is being sold by New Europe Film Sales.

Spain’s Oscar committee had also shortlisted Pablo Berger’s “Abracadabra” and Salvador Calvo’s “1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines.”

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International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts

International Newswire: Princess Diana Crash Documentary Sells to U.S., U.K., Europe; Reveals Fresh Facts
In today’s International Newswire, a documentary revealing new facts about the death of Princess Diana sells to the U.S. and multiple European territories; Sony acquires North American rights to Spanish black comedy “Abracadabra”; and Georgia, Palestine, Ukraine and Venezuela select their Oscar entries.

Banijay Rights has signed deals in the U.S., Europe and South Africa for “Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth,” the one-hour special that, 20 years on from Princess Diana’s death in Paris, uncovers shocking new information about the accident.

The show was produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigre for M6 in France, where its recent broadcast attracted 3.5 million viewers. It uncovers evidence that the car in which she was in had been “badly damaged in a road crash, [and] was declared a write-off more than two years before the Alma Tunnel tragedy,” according to a statement.

The show has now been picked up by Reelz in the
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'Abracadabra': Film Review

'Abracadabra': Film Review
A technically impressive mix of the commercial and the personal, Pablo Berger’s breathless wild ride Abracadabra daringly goes out on several limbs at once. Full-on Spanishness, elements of noir, gothic horror and social commentary fuse into a brightly colored, eye-catching dark comedy that’s inevitably hit-or-miss but never, ever dull — like a more cerebral Alex de la Iglesia, in whose spirit of controlled delirium the film has been made. Indeed, Abracadabra ends up looking very much like a cinephile’s homage to those bits of Spanish film — starting with dirty realism before spinning out into thrillers, gore and the occult...
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New Oscar Chart ~ Foreign Hopefuls including Spain

Last month we shared speculation about what countries Argentina, Chile, Denmark, and The Czech Republic among others might submit to the Oscars this years. And we'll soon have more charts up. Spain narrowed down their finalists to three which is worth noting. The most successful countries in terms of Oscar in the later portions of the alphabet are Spain (19 nominations and 4 wins), Sweden (14 nominations and 3 wins) and Poland (10 nominations and 1 win). If you include the former Soviet Union stats with Russia's stats since 1992, they're approximately tied with Sweden.

Maribel Verdú in "Abracadabra" which is a finalist for Spain

Spain is currently in their longest dry spell of all time in this Oscar category (their last nominee The Sea Inside, which won, was 13 whole years ago). They will select their submission on September 7th but they've narrowed down their choice to the following three pictures: 

1898: Our Last Men in the
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Cannes: Dreamcatchers Acquires Everest Documentary (Exclusive)

Cannes — Barcelona-based sales agency Dreamcatchers has taken worldwide rights to an untitled documentary chronicling Spaniard Kilian Jornet’s solo speed ascent of Mount Everest.

The documentary is produced by Barcelona-based Arcadia Pictures, whose credits include Pablo Berger’s “Abracadabra,” as well as Jornet’s own company, Lymbus.

A four-time winner of the Skyrunner World Series and three-time winner of the Mont Blanc Ultra, and a Catalan extreme sports specialist, mountaineer and long-distance runner, 29-year-old Kilian Jornet summited Everest’s on May 22 after a speed ascent made without oxygen or the use of fixed ropes and with minimum equipment.

The Everest ascent forms part of a project, ”The Summits of my Life” taking in seven of highest peaks in the world. Jornet established a record on his Everest ascent, summiting in 26 hours via the classic North Face route from an Everest Base Camp close to the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Rongbuk.
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80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
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80 top film-makers demand changes to EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers demand changes to EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
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Film Madrid Energizes Shooting Support

As the impact of big international shoots grows in Spain, local authorities are realizing the value of boosting film commission activities in their territories.

Madrid’s regional government launched Film Madrid in early 2016 to promote and advise film and TV shootings, taking over the role the Madrid Film Commission played from 2004-14.

The new office aims to play an active role in a region that hosts more than 1,500 film and TV companies, a centerpiece of Spain’s film-tv industry.

Initial Film Madrid efforts were twofold: Alerting the Madrid-based film and TV sector of its launch and raising awareness among political authorities of the socio-economic potential of the film industry.

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Madrid Ramps Up Efforts to Lure Production

One key measure, framed in a 2014 law, allows film and TV producers the free use of spaces the regional government owns or controls.

Another priority is internationalization. “We aim to be, from a public perspective,
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The Beauty of Jean Cocteau’s ‘La Belle et la Bête’

Forget Disney’s recent reiteration of the classic fairy tale and instead look back at where the tale’s magic began on film, with Jean Cocteau.

The self-titled Belle and her captor-turned-prince Beast have returned to cinema screens around the world. In Disney’s latest live-action reiteration of one of their much-loved animated fairytales, Bill Condon’s live-action Beauty and the Beast has reintroduced contemporary audiences to the pair. With their return has come explorations of Disney’s representations of gayness, the question of modern viewing habits, and record-breaking box office success (the film has broken the March record for best opening with a $175m domestic gross).

This multiplicity of films on the same tale has been seen before, with the reintroduction of Snow White in 2012 arriving in the form of three very different films. 2012 brought the strong and defiant rebel ‘Snow’ in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Mirror Mirror restyled the classic tale. Pablo Berger
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Cannes 2017: who's in the running?

Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.

With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.

Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.

Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.

Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the
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Warner Bros. Grabs Worldwide Rights to Spanish Film ‘Toc Toc’ (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Pictures Intl. has grabbed worldwide rights, including Spain, to Vicente Villanueva comedy “Toc Toc,” one of the highlights in the 2017 movie slate by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of Spanish TV giant Atresmedia Group.

Toc Toc” adapts the same-title stage play, written by French author Laurent Baffie, which has been successfully released in more than 20 countries. It turns on several patients suffering obsessive-compulsive disorder who interact while waiting at a doctor’s office for the arrival of their therapist.

Co-produced by Atresmedia Cine and Lazona, “Toc Toc” has just terminated a seven-week shoot in Madrid, and is scheduled for a summer release in Spanish theaters via Warner Bros..

Villanueva, who helmed “The Opposite to Love,” a 2011 romantic comedy backed by Atresmedia, Zeta and Sony Pictures, has directed in “Toc Toc” a high-profile Spanish cast led by helmer-actor Paco Leon, Rossy de Palma, Adrian Lastra and Alexandra Jimenez,
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San Sebastian: Spain’s Navarre Launches 35% Tax Incentives

San Sebastian: Spain’s Navarre Launches 35% Tax Incentives
San Sebastian — Famed for its Pamplona bulls-runs, Spain’s Navarre is now offering another lure to visitors, at least if they are film and TV producers: 35% tax rebates, one of the highest fiscal deduction levels in Europe.

Setting out its stall at a San Sebastian press and industry presentation on Tuesday, Navarre is joining the fastest growing form of film finance in Europe. 12 in 2008, the number of fiscal incentive schemes more than doubled through 2014 to 26. More have been added since.

Greenlit late August summer by the European Commission, the rebates, which are open to both foreign and Spanish productions, aim to turn Navarre, one of the richest regions on Spain, into a new film, TV, animation and vidgame hub.

That drive has already seen results. In a first sign of industry build, L.A.-based La Panda, a producer on SXSW winner “10.000 Km,” has established a Pamplona production office, run
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Qt’s AFI Commencement Speech, Almodóvar’s Inspirations, Nyaff 2016 Trailer & More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Watch a clip from Quentin Tarantino‘s commencement speech at AFI this year:

Catherine Deneuve will receive the 2016 Lumière Award and Alejandro Jodorowsky will get the Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard of Honor.

At BFI, Pedro Almodóvar on 13 great Spanish films that inspired him, and watch a video on his use of circles:

Blancanieves is one of the peaks in recent Spanish cinema, but had the bad luck to be released a year after The Artist (2011), a silent film that triumphed the world over. Pablo Berger had in fact decided years earlier to film his personal take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale as a black-and-white silent; the result is heartrendingly beautiful.
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Cannes Facetime: Films Distribution’s Nicolas Brigaud-Robert

A prominent French industry player who’s better known for his slate and deals than his ego and drinking habits, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, is one of the three leading men behind Films Distribution, the sales outfit which has a bunch of movies playing at Cannes and repped this year’s foreign-language Oscar winner “Son of Saul.” Ranking second to Wild Bunch in terms of number of films selected for Cannes, Films Distribution has Brillante Ma Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” playing in competition, Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s “The Stopover” playing Un Certain Regard and Rithy Panh’s “Exile” in Special Screening, among others. Founded 19 years ago by Brigaud-Robert and Francois Yon, and later joined by Sebastien Beffa, Films Distribution has built a strategic network of European companies via its investment in Pamela Leu’s B for Films in Belgium, Jean-Christophe Simon’s Film Boutique in Germany and Fabien Westerhoff’s recently-launched Film Constellation in the U.
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Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Sandrine Kiberlain Boards ‘Fleuve Noir’ (Exclusive)

Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris, Sandrine Kiberlain Boards ‘Fleuve Noir’ (Exclusive)
A topnotch French cast, including stars Vincent Cassel, Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”) and Sandrine Kiberlain (“Being 17”), will topline Erick Zonca’s French drama “Fleuve Noir.”

Cassel is one of France’s biggest stars, with films such as Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi” and the upcoming “Jason Bourne.” In “Fleuve Noir,” Cassel will star as a disillusioned cop who starts investigating the death of a child when his estranged delinquent son walks back into his life.

Films Distribution has taken international sales rights and is co-producing the film, which is being produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Paris-based shingle Curiosa.

“‘Fleuve Noir’ marks our first collaboration with Curiosa and we expect there will be many more to come. Olivier Delbosc and I have known each other for 20 years and we have similar tastes,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, which has three films playing in Cannes: Brillante Mendoza’s competition title “Ma’Rosa,
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Spc Acquires Paul Verhoeven Pic ‘Elle’; Films Distribution Selling Pablo Berger’s ‘Abracadabra’ – Cannes Briefs

Sony Pictures Classics acquired the Paul Verhoeven-directed Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert. Pic plays in competition at Cannes. Films Distribution has acquired international sales rights to Pablo Berger’s latest film Abracadabra and has boarded as co-producer with French production company Noodles Production. The comedy centers on Carmen (Maribel Verdú), a working-class neighborhood housewife who discovers that her husband Carlos (Antonio de la Torre) is possessed by a…
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Spain focus: hot projects, big-name draws

Among the most anticipated Spanish productions of the year are a Paleolithic period drama, the new Almodovar and a regal role for Penelope Cruz.A Monster Calls

Dir Ja Bayona

A Monster Calls completes Bayona’s trilogy exploring motherhood, after The Orphanage and The Impossible. Patrick Ness has adapted his novel about a boy who seeks refuge in a fantasy world. The English-language film, which shot in Spain and the UK, stars Liam Neeson. It is a Spain-us co-production between Apaches Entertainment with Telecinco Cinema, Peliculas La Trini, Participant Media, River Road Entertainment and Lionsgate. Set for release in the autumn, it will be distributed in Spain by Universal Pictures International, in the Us by Focus and in the UK via eOne.

Contact Lionsgate International: www.lionsgate.com

Abracadabra

Dir Pablo Berger

Berger’s follow-up to Blancanieves again stars Maribel Verdu, this time as a housewife determined to fight the spirit possessing her husband. Set to shoot
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Surreal Madrid: Antonio de la Torre Joins Maribel Verdú in Pablo Berger’s “Abracadabra”

Landing Antonio de la Torre as the co-lead to the already announced Maribel Verdú, we are chalking up Pablo Berger‘s third feature film as a subtitle film item to look out for in 2017. Cineuropa reports that Torre, Quim Gutiérrez, José Mota and José María Pou have joined Abracadabra — with production being set up for early May in Madrid and Navarre.

Gist: This revolves around Carmen (Verdú), a housewife who lives in the Carabanchel neighbourhood of Madrid. One day, she discovers that her husband, Carlos (De la Torre), seems to be possessed by an evil spirit, and so begins a thorough investigation, straddling terror and ludicrousness, to try and get him back.

Worth Noting: Berger’s debut film Torremolinos 73 was distributed in the U.S via First Run Features.

Do We Care?: Blancanieves (read Nicholas Bell’s review) announced Berger as a filmmaker to look out for. Repairing
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European Film Screenings Initiative Set To Kick Off In United Arab Emirates With ‘Song of the Sea’

European Film Screenings Initiative Set To Kick Off In United Arab Emirates With ‘Song of the Sea’
Irish animator Tomm Moore’s Celtic lore-inspired toon “Song of the Sea” will open the second edition of the European Film Screenings in the United Arab Emirates where standout titles from eighteen European countries will unspool for audiences in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, interspersed with Emirati shorts.

The unique October 21-31 event held in Novo Cinema multiplexes in both UAE cities has increased its raison d’être in the region, partly filling a gap left by the recent elimination of the Abu Dhabi film fest.

Song of the Sea” will kick things off presented by producer Stephan Roelants whose Luxembourg-based Melusine Production is co-producing Angelina Jolie’s upcoming animated pic “The Breadwinner.”

Hosts of the free-of-charge European screenings are the Luxembourg Embassy to the UAE and the European Delegation to the country. This year’s edition has been strongly supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg, directed by Guy Daleiden who is also making the trek.
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