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Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)

Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Historias Cinematograficas, the family production house boasting the talents of Academy Award winning Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story,” “Old Gringo”) and Lucia Puenzo (“Xxy,” “The German Doctor), plus Nicolas and Esteban Puenzo, has set a 2016-17 production-development slate which must rank as one of the largest of any independent family business in Latin America.

Confirmed in the run-up to Ventana Sur, and presented a few weeks back behind closed doors at Los Cabos, the line-up is bulking, heterogenous, and ambitious. It also represents the latest projects from one of the few companies in Argentina capable of making films which gross seven-figure box office outside Argentina.

Slate takes in Lucia Puenzo’s French-language debut “Bluebeard,” brothers Esteban and Nicolas Puenzo’s feature debuts, two movie projects from Luis Puenzo – one a animated-live action feature, another a historical epic – and two potentially notable TV drama series.

However ranging, the slate
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Tokyo Film Review: ‘The Silence of the Sky’

Tokyo Film Review: ‘The Silence of the Sky’
If you only see one film this year which opens with a violent rape in a well-appointed middle-class home and goes on to follow the complex, unexpected responses to that violation, you should probably make it Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle.” But if there is room in your life for two, Brazilian multi-hyphenate Marco Dutra’s third directorial feature “The Silence of the Sky” begins in just such an arresting, upsetting manner, though it charts almost the opposite course from Verhoeven’s film thereafter and lacks its sly, ironic wit.

Indeed for the majority of its runtime, this compelling, well-acted, stylish package plays out with resolute sobriety, against a similar psychological backdrop to the other recent examples of Latin American paranoia cinema that emerged as a zeitgeisty response to the regional economic downturn and included such festival friendly-titles as Kleber Mendonça Filho’s “Neighboring Sounds,” Benjamín Naishtat’s “The History of Fear,
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Brazil’s Rt Features Give U.S. Independent Films a Boost

To find one of the biggest impact players on the American indie scene, you have to go to Sao Paulo.

Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features has produced Sundance hits “Indignation” by director James Schamus and “Little Men” by Ira Sachs, and heading to Berlin, it’s also behind James Gray’s sci-fier “To the Stars,” and has inked a joint production venture with Martin Scorsese.

Teixeira’s track record is extraordinary for any producer, no matter the nationality: Rt has developed work with Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Mistress America”), Kelly Reichardt (“Night Moves”), Sachs (“Love Is Strange”), Robert Eggers (2015 Sundance award-winner “The Witch”) and Gaspar Noe (Cannes competition player “Love”). The company is also firing up movies from a new generation of Brazilian directors.

Teixeira says co-production deals have infused money into the market, and afforded independent filmmakers the freedom to create their own stories.

But, he adds, while
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #65. Marco Dutra’s Era el Cielo

Era el Cielo

Director: Marco Dutra

Writers: Lucia Puenzo, Caetano Gotardo, Sergio Bizzio

Brazilian director Marco Dutra‘s first feature (review), 2011’s Hard Labor (co-directed by Juliana Rojas) premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and finally reached theatrical release in the Us several months ago courtesy of Kino Lorber. Since then, he directed the solo feature Era el Cielo (When I Was Alive), and will be ready with his third film, It Was Heaven in 2016. Dutra directs from a script co-authored by Hard Labor writer Caetano Gotardo and the team behind Xxy (2007), Sergio Bizzio and Argentinean director Lucia Puenzo. His first Spanish language production concerns “questioning masculinity roles, sexuality, and barriers of intimacy,” in a narrative about a man who comes home to see his wife violated by two strangers. Paralyzed, he doesn’t come to her rescue and she doesn’t realize he’s witnessed the attack. She
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Cabos TV: Puenzos, Fendrik Re-team on Miniseries ‘Viaje al unico’

Cabos TV: Puenzos, Fendrik Re-team on Miniseries ‘Viaje al unico’
Brothers Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo, and Pablo Fendrik, the Argentine helming trio behind Pyramide-sold feature/TV miniseries “Cromo,” is teaming again to co-direct sci-fi miniseries project “Viaje al unico.”

Set up at Buenos Aires-based production house Historias Cinematograficas, run by the Puenzo family, “Viaje al unico” marks directors’ TV follow-up to “Cromo,” which received its Latin American premiere Nov. 13 in a special screening at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival’s new section, Cabos TV.

Paris-based independent producer Lucero Garzon is also attached to produce “Viaje al unico.” “Cromo” editor Misael Bustos will co-direct the series.

Structured as a 40-minute 12-episode TV series, the plot kicks-off when a space probe discovers oxygen and great possibilities of intelligent life on a planet 150-year trip. Then, a group of elite scientists propose to bring in an exact replica of a space ship six children of diferent races, three men and three women, whitout
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Toronto: Pyramide, Puenzos, Fendrik Launch ‘Cromo’

Flagging a prime new Latin America movie launching onto the international market at Toronto, Pyramide, one of Europe’s premier arthouse companies, has closed France and international distribution rights on “Cromo,” a new and pioneering production directed by Argentina’s Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo and Pablo Fendrik.

“Cromo” has large interest in itself: It is the first full thriller from Lucia Puenzo, with compatriot Lucrecia Martel the best known of distaff helmers in Latin America.

“Cromo” also employs a mixed feature/TV model – the feature takes in the full narrative arc of series episodes 1,2 and 8 – that, if successful, could help establish a new alternative mixed financing/ revenue model for Latin American fiction for both movies and TV.

Set up at Historias Cinematográficas, the Buenos Aires production house created by Oscar-nominated Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story”), and produced by Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo, “Cromo” is billed as a timely eco-thriller about a an idealistic scientist,
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Match Factory strikes deals for Locarno films

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Match Factory strikes deals for Locarno films
Exclusive: The Match Factory has signed a raft of deals for Sam Garbarski’s Vijay And I and David Wnendt’s Wetlands ahead of their world premieres in Locarno.

Garbarski’s romantic comedy, starring Patricia Arquette, Moritz Bleibtreu and Danny Pudi, has been sold to the Cis and Baltic states (Project Manometr) and Taiwan (Encore Film), with negotiations currently underway for “a number of territories“, including Italy and Korea.

The world premiere of the Belgium-Luxembourg-Germany co-production is due to be held on Locarno’s Piazza Grande open-air venue on Thursday evening (Aug 8) after the presentation of a Pardo alla carriera to Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto, who starred in Vijay And I co-producer Pandora Film’s Mostly Martha which premiered on the Piazza Grande in 2001.

In addition, sales have been finalised on Wnendt’s Wetlands to Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Austria (Filmladen) and for a pan-Scandinavian deal (Future Film), with further deals under negotiation.

The adaptation
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Montreal World Fest Includes 113 Int’l Premieres

Montreal World Fest Includes 113 Int’l Premieres
The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full slate of 432 films from around the globe on Tuesday, including 113 world or international feature preems. From the U.S. “The Red Robin” by Michael Z. Wechsler competes in the World section while Adam Rodgers’ “At Middleton” will unspool in the First World competition and Sam Fleischner’s “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” plays in Focus on World Cinema.

This year’s world competition features 20 features and 11 shorts from 18 different countries. In all there are 113 world premieres, 39 North American preems and 41 Canadian bows.

Twenty helmers will screen their pics in a separate competition for first-time feature filmmakers. Organizers of the sprocket opera attribute the maelstrom of fresh talent to the industry’s digital evolution. Not a single 35 mm print was submitted for competition, and the increasing popularity of digital submissions invited more low-budget productions to toss their hat in the ring.

Other
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Weekly Box Office Wrap January 28-30 2011

Weekly Box Office Wrap January 28-30 2011

There was a little strange movement in the past weekend box office. Two new films jumped into the top 3 and an oldie jumped back in to number 10. Warner Brothers new release The Rite, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, took possession of the top spot with $14,789,393 in 2,985 theaters with an average of $4,955 per location. The remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson flick The Mechanic, released by CBS and starring the rugged Jason Statham, put the hit out on the number three spot. Since it was a fairly slow weekend at the movies, it pulled in only $11,422,006 in 2,703 theaters averaging $4,226 per theater. Surprisingly, The Dilemma and Yogi Bear are still in the top ten. Perhaps the amount of theatres they are still in can account for this? One can only hope.

The remaining new releases for the weekend are not in the top ten, but a couple were close.
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Podcast: Sebastian Cordero

Born and based in Ecuador, filmmaker Sebastián Cordero was actually bitten by the cinema bug while living in France as a child, before moving to Los Angeles to attend film school at USC. His 1999 debut Ratas, Ratones, Rateros premiered at Venice, his 2004 follow-up Crónicas screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, and his new film Rage (natively known as Rabia) is currently playing in New York:

Based on a novel by Sergio Bizzio, Rage tells the suspenseful story of a pair of Latin American immigrants who fall in love in Spain. José María (Gustavo Sánchez Parra), a hot-headed builder, and Rosa, a housekeeper, embark in a passionate relationship. When a violent confrontation with José María's foreman results in the other man's death, José María flees to the mansion where Rosa works, telling no one. Hidden even from her, he watches Rosa be mistreated by her boss as
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‘Rage’ (‘Rabia’)

Reviewed by Bryan Buss

(January 2011)

Directed/Written by: Sebastián Cordero, based on the novel by Sergio Bizzio

Starring: Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Martina García, Concha Velasco, Xavier Elorriaga, Alex Brendemühl and Icíar Bollaín

A South American immigrant construction worker living in Spain, José María (Gustavo Sánchez Parra) has an anger problem. He’s not respected, he can’t get a leg up in the world, and he’s broke. The only good thing in his life is his sweet and beautiful Colombian girlfriend, Rosa (Martina García), who works as a maid for the wealthy Torreses (Xavier Elorriaga and the incomparable Concha Velasco). She’s out of his league, and he knows it, and everyone else knows it, which makes him insanely jealous and insecure.

All he wants is a simple life with Rosa, but his rage threatens to deny him even that because his jealousy and defensiveness often get out of
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‘Rage’ (‘Rabia’)

Reviewed by Bryan Buss

(January 2011)

Directed/Written by: Sebastián Cordero, based on the novel by Sergio Bizzio

Starring: Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Martina García, Concha Velasco, Xavier Elorriaga, Alex Brendemühl and Icíar Bollaín

A South American immigrant construction worker living in Spain, José María (Gustavo Sánchez Parra) has an anger problem. He’s not respected, he can’t get a leg up in the world, and he’s broke. The only good thing in his life is his sweet and beautiful Colombian girlfriend, Rosa (Martina García), who works as a maid for the wealthy Torreses (Xavier Elorriaga and the incomparable Concha Velasco). She’s out of his league, and he knows it, and everyone else knows it, which makes him insanely jealous and insecure.

All he wants is a simple life with Rosa, but his rage threatens to deny him even that because his jealousy and defensiveness often get out of
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Spanish Cinema In Focus: "Rabia"

"Rabia"; with Alfredo "El Turco" Guiter, Amador Granados, Emilio "El Alteno" Franco; directed by Sebastian Cordero

By Lita Robinson - January 18, 2011

Director Sebastian Cordero’s third film, “Rage” (“Rabia”), follows two immigrants in a hostile, xenophobic Spain as they try to scrape together a living. After José Maria (Gustavo Sanchez Parra), the origin of the eponymous rage, accidentally kills his boss on a construction site, he takes refuge inside the huge mansion where Rosa (Martina Garcia) works as a housekeeper. The rest of the film follows Rosa’s travails as José Maria silently watches, starving in the shadowy attic, until they’re finally reunited.

Although Cordero’s film ends rather predictably, its strength can be found in its period of limbo, during which Rosa doesn’t know what’s happened to her boyfriend or what she’s going to do with her life. Her feelings of uncertainty only get worse
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Weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Chopping List 7.28.2009

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While there are no mainstream horror releases this week, it's a Huge week for fans of under-the-radar titles, vintage frights, indie and international horror.

There's quite a few re-issues, some titles hitting Blu-ray for the first time, and several collections hitting stores. Below the jump you can view the full list of genre DVD & Blu-Ray titles arriving tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 in this weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last minute additions and deletions.

The 10th Victim

It is the 21st Century, and society's lust for violence is satisfied by "The Big Hunt," an international game of legalized murder. But when the sport's two top assassins (Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress) are pitted against each other, they find that love is the most dangerous game of all. As the world watches, the hunt is on. Who will become The 10th Victim?

The 10th
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Animalada (review)

A Heaven of Horror Sergio Bizzio’s Animalada (2001) Synapse films. What is the greatest love story ever told? Is it the one where dad delivered a pizza to the girl next door only to then realize he had been living next door to the love of his life without even knowing it? Or, maybe it’s the story Aunt Jane tells about her Mexican lover, who treated her like a princess for three months, writing a page about his love for her in a diary that he’d later give to her on the day they were married. Or maybe it’s not as peachy clean as that, as mom and dad, as Jane and Mexico, as picture perfect so to speak. Maybe it’s a much more obscure tale of love, filled with the cottony softness of a Snuggles commercial packing the hard hitting bluntness of the raping of a brick.
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One man and his Sheep!? Animalada: Review

Director: Sergio Bizzio. Review: Tim Irwin. Animalada is an Argentinean soap opera. It's full of jealousy, rape, murder, cheating lovers, worried families, and crazy people. The main difference is that here the main love interest is a sheep. In fact, the tagline pretty much sums it up. "A Man. A Sheep. It's Complicated." Those few words tell you most of what you need to know about the movie. Synapse Films has somehow found this and made it available on R1 DVD, and for that, at least, I'm thankful. Not that I necessarily think there is a need for more films about zoophilia, but rather it's an interesting slice of a film culture I still haven't been exposed to much. It's also a pretty enjoyable and funny film. It's got a dry, dark sense of humor. This is primarily because it plays everything so straight. We're introduced to Alfredo and his wife,
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Synapse reveals Header art, gets wild and woolly!

Synapse Films gave Fango the first look at the cover art for its DVD release of Header, which streets June 30. Company topper Don May Jr. also revealed that a twisted flick called Animalada is coming August 25, and provided the cover for that one too.

Extras are currently being finalized for Header, which May last discussed with us here; retail price will be $19.95. Sick Girl, also covered in that item, is due out July 28. And then there’s Animalada…an extremely bizarre and ultimately gory black comedy by Argentinean writer/director Sergio Bizzio. The story concerns an unhappily married man named Alberto (Carlo Roffe) who, while on vacation at his ranch, falls in love with a sheep, even staging a marriage ceremony for the two of them. When the relationship is understandably opposed by others, Alberto kills them, mixing the ground-up body parts into his new partner’s feed. Disc details have yet to be determined,
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