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Morelia: Double Win for Gabriel Mariño’s ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was’ at the 15th Morelia Int’l Film Fest

Morelia, Mexico – Gabriel Mariño’s “Yesterday Wonder I Was” (“Ayer Maravilla Fui”) scooped two awards Saturday night at Mexico’s premiere competitive showcase for local cinema, the 15th Morelia International Film Festival. Marino’s black and white existential follow-up to his 2012 debut “A Secret World” won best first or second Mexican feature, which comes with a cash prize of some $16,000 (300,000 pesos) from main fest sponsor Cinepolis and post production services valued at $39,000 (750,000 pesos) from the storied Churubusco Studio.

Thesp Sonia Franco snagged a best actress prize for her moving performance in “Yesterday…” The best actor award went to Pedro Hernandez for his role in “Sinvivir,” Barcelona-born Anais Pareto’s tale of friends forced to live together, discovering what life is in the process.

Marcelo Tobar’s “Polar Bear” (“Oso Polar”), first presented at last year’s pix-in-post program Impulso Morelia and also Mexico’s first iPhone-shot film, won the best Mexican feature award. “Oso Polar” tracks
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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture

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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture
Madrid — Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “The Distinguished Citizen,” a lament for small-town small-mindedness, won big at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards taking its top best picture prize, and multiple further plaudits.

Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma and Martina Gusman. Also present, among directors: Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.

In all, Spanish productions swept 12 or the 14 jury prizes, voted by a jury of professionals who had participated in previous editions. That may be put down in part to “A Monster Calls” featuring among contenders, and winning big time in the technical department, and “The Distinguished Citizen” being co-produced out of Spain.

“The
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'The Distinguished Citizen' wins best film at Platino Awards

'The Distinguished Citizen' wins best film at Platino Awards
Pedro Almodóvar named best director for Julieta; Sonia Braga wins best actress for Aquarius.

The Distinguished Citizen converted three of its four nominations at the Platino Awards in Madrid on Saturday honouring the best of Ibero-American cinema.

The feature won best film, best screenplay and best actor for Óscar Martínez, crowning almost a year of prizes and box office success for this acute comedy directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat.

The film premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival, where Óscar Martínez won the prize for best actor, playing a Nobel prize-winning writer who returns to his hometown in Argentina after years away and discovers the dangers of revisiting the past.

Winners of the fourth edition of the Platinos also included prizes for Julieta and A Monster Calls.

Pedro Almodóvar was named best director of for Julieta. In tune with political statements on the night referring to the Venezuelan crisis and the need to build
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‘A Monster Calls’ Snags Seven Platino Awards Nominations

‘A Monster Calls’ Snags Seven Platino Awards Nominations
Television networks from across Latin America and Spain have again signed on to broadcast the 4th Annual Platino Ibero-American Film Awards. The premier Ibero-American entertainment awards show takes place in Madrid on July 22 and will be aired by TNT in Latin America along with nearly 20 other local networks including Mexico’s Televisa, Telefe in Argentina, Canal Brazil, Chile’s Ucv, Señal Colombia, Spain’s Rtve, Galavision in the U.S., and Venezuela’s Venevision. Broadcasting pact talks with other networks are still underway.

On May 31, Premios Platino ambassador Juan Carlos Arciniegas of CNN Espanol and thesps Angie Cepeda, Edward James Olmos, Kate del Castillo and Miguel Angel Silvestre unveiled the nominations for the awards at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

This edition has marked a new record with 847 qualifying films of which seven have participated in prominent A-list film festivals including Venice, Cannes, Mar del Plata and San Sebastian.
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Sixth Iff Panama Reinforces Its Position in Central America

When Iff Panama launched in 2012, the Panamanian film industry was slowly ticking over and the link between Panama and the world of cinema was limited to the occasional U.S. or international feature film shot in the country.

But over the past 5 years, under fest director, Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director, Diana Sanchez, Iff Panama has secured its place as, without doubt, one of the most important festivals in Central America and the Caribbean. Along the way the fest has also helped consolidate the nascent Panamanian film industry.

By building a bridge between Central America and the Caribbean, the festival has also helped create a critical mass of films and filmmakers in the region which is feeding into new development.

These achievements were particularly evident at this year’s 6th edition, as highlighted an increased industry presence and attraction of key filmmakers from throughout Latin America-

The 3rd Primera
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Iff Panama Opens With Carlos Saura’s ‘Beyond Flamenco’

Iff Panama Opens With Carlos Saura’s ‘Beyond Flamenco’
Panama City — Top international producers, directors and actors walked the red carpet up to Panama City’s Teatro Balboa for the opening ceremony of the 6th Panama International Film Festival, with Carlos Saura’s “Beyond Flamenco” kicking off the festival.

This year’s edition has 70 films from 23 countries including nine world premieres. Since the fest’s launch in 2012, it has welcomed over 4,200 films and north of 600 international guests.

Speaking on the red carpet, Panamanian director Aldo Rey, whose “Kimura” is screening in the fest, highlighted the opportunity of having a major international film festival in Panama and revealed that his film will have a three-country simultaneous release on May 4 – in Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Speaking onstage to a packed audience in the 1,200-seater cinema, fest director Pituka Ortega Heilbron said that the total number of spectators at the festival screenings have grown 125% since 2012. Citing the results of a recent
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Director Alfonso Cuarón Wraps Filming On Long-Rumored Passion Project Roma

Alfonso Cuarón, the creative mind behind Children of Men and the Oscar-winning Gravity, has officially wrapped filming on Roma, an intimate Mexican drama that has spent the past 16 years simmering on the back-burner.

The filmmaker, who spoke at a new conference in Mexico City (via The List), echoed the advice given to him by friend and colleague Guillermo del Toro when explaining his decision to circle back to his native homeland, before teasing that Roma is a 1970s period drama loosely inspired by Cuarón’s own experiences as a child and his Mexican identity. Beyond that, there are precious few details available for the director’s deeply personal project – no casting announcement, no synopsis – but sources claim it will involve the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre, an event in which soldiers killed liberal student protesters in Mexico City circa 1971, in some capacity.

Working in tandem with production designer Eugenio Caballero (Pan
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Alfonso Cuarón wraps shooting on new film 'Roma'

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Director reveals title and plot details of his upcoming Mexico-set film.

Alfonso Cuarón revealed at a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday (14 March) that he has finished shooting his new film Roma.

The project saw the director return to his native Mexico for a 1970s-set drama about a year in the life of a middle-class family.

According to The Associated Press, Cuarón said the success of his previous film Gravity enabled him to make this personal project back in his homeland.

“Movies are like a cereal box - at the bottom there is the promise of a toy,” he told reporters.

Gravity was that cereal box and I got that little toy, which usually leads to a bigger film with more production, with more stars. But I decided to return to Mexico City to make this movie with the resources I had always dreamed about.”

He added: “I can live abroad, but my head
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Awards Roundup: ‘A Monster Calls’ Sweeps Goyas, Jessica Chastain and Mel Brooks Receive Honors and More

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Awards Roundup: ‘A Monster Calls’ Sweeps Goyas, Jessica Chastain and Mel Brooks Receive Honors and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Awards

– The Spanish Film Academy’s annual Goyas — think Oscars, Spain style — fell in love with Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” which walked away from this week’s ceremony with a massive nine awards. Although it missed out on Best Film to “Fury of Patient Man,” Bayona picked up Best Director and the film was showered with a slew of below the line nods. Check out the full list of winners below.

Film

“Fury of a Patient Man”

Director

J.A. Bayona for “A Monster Calls

New Director

Raul Arevalo for “Fury of a Patient Man”

Original Screenplay

David Pulido, Raul Arevalo for “Fury of a Patient Man”

Adapted Screenplay

Alberto Rodriguez, Rafael Cobos for “Smoke and Mirrors

Original Score

Fernando Velazquez for “A Monster Calls

Original Song

“Ai, Ai, Ai” by Silvia Perez Cruz for
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'A Monster Calls', 'The Fury Of A Patient Man' share Goya glory

'A Monster Calls', 'The Fury Of A Patient Man' share Goya glory
J.A. Bayona’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel wins nine awards at the Spanish Goyas but Raúl Arévalo’s debut as a director takes best film.

A Monster Calls went into the Goya Awards on Saturday night (Feb 4) with 12 nominations and ended up taking home nine prizes from the Spanish Film Academy, including best director for Juan Antonio Bayona.

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The director, just weeks away from starting shoot on a Jurassic World sequel, was visibly moved with the film’s performance, not only when he took to the stage to collect his Goya for best director, but also when his collaborators on the film did so for the film’s other eight wins of the night, including best cinematography, special effects, sound and production design.

With a box office of $28.6m (€26.5m), A Monster Calls was the biggest film in Spain last year.

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Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ Tops Spain’s 31st Goya Awards

Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ Tops Spain’s 31st Goya Awards
Madrid — In a huge achievement for a first film, actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ took best picture and best first feature at the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goyas on Saturday night.

An outstanding genre-blending romantic drama which soon morphs into a road movie then brutal vengeance thriller, “The Fury of a Patient Man” also snagged original screenplay (“David Pulido, Arevalo) and supporting actor for Manolo Solo.

Produced by Beatriz Bodegas at Madrid-based Canica Films, “Fury” – which is set in a “normal” Spain rarely seen in movies, depicting its bars, roadside motels, card games and family fiestas – seemed as if it would have to settle for a clutch of awards as J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls, ” starring Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver, swept every prize it was nominated for during most of Saturday’s Goya ceremony. But its original screenplay win over “A Monster Calls
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A Monster Calls Teaser Trailer Is Here

Opening on October 14, 2016, here’s a first look at A Monster Calls from Focus Features.

The visually spectacular drama is from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphange), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel.

12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.

Written by Patrick Ness, based on his novel A Monster Calls, the cast also includes Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson, who will star in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting monster of the title, and Sigourney Weaver, who will portray Conor’s maternal grandmother; Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), as Conor’s father

The creative team on A Monster Calls includes production designer Eugenio Caballero, an Academy Award winner for
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'Crimson Peak': Another Oscar winner for Guillermo Del Toro ('Pan's Labyrinth')?'

'Crimson Peak': Another Oscar winner for Guillermo Del Toro ('Pan's Labyrinth')?'
Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic horror film “Crimson Peak” may have a hard time breaking into Best Picture, but that doesn’t mean voters will ignore it’s incredible craft in several below-the-line categories. With its sumptuous period detail and dazzling special effects, this creepy tale of love and bloodshed could scare up several nominations, despite underperforming at the weekend box office. -Break- The last film of Del Toro’s to tickle the academy’s fancy was “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), which walked away with wins for Cinematography (Guillermo Navarro), Art Direction/Set Decoration (Eugenio Caballero, Pilar Revuelta) and Makeup (David Marti, Montse Ribe), and contended for Original Screenplay (Del Toro), Score (Javier Navarrate), and Foreign Language Film. With a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, “Crimson Peak” may not have the universal praise of that film (it currently reta...
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Mexico Picks '600 Miles' Starring Tim Roth as Oscar Entry

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Following several weeks of screenings and voting, this morning the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences announced that the film "600 Miles" (600 Millas) will represent Mexico in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. The selection was made from a list of 14 tittles that included

Directed by Gabriel Ripstein the film stars Tim Roth as an American Atf agent that gets kidnapped by a young Mexican man who works smuggling weapons across the U.S./Mexico border. The odd friendship that develops between them attempts to humanize the complicated relationship between the two countries. Ripstein's debut feature won the Best First Feature Award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival and has screened at numerous other festivals to great reception.

International sales are being handled by Ndm. U.S. rights are still available.

Mexico was last nominated in the category in with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's "Biutiful." The Latin American nation has never won the award, though it's been nominated a total of 8 times. Despite this, Mexican talent has been recognized at the Oscars with wins for Iñarritu ("Birdman"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Emanuel Lubezki ("Gravity," and "Birdman"), and Eugenio Caballero ("Pan's Labyrinth"), in recent years.
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Ficg in La Lineup Includes U.S. and L.A. Premieres of Some the Best Latin American Films of the Year

The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (Ficg in La) - presented by the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA and Conaculta has announced its lineup. "Messi" directed by Álex de la Iglesia, will be the Opening Night film for the 2015 Festival. This documentary portrays today’s greatest soccer player who at age 11 ran the risk of seeing his career ending before it started. With informal interviews, re-enactments, and spectacular footage of Messi’s legendary exploits, this film tells the incredible, true story of his rise to glory.

The 2015 Ficg in La, which returns to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for its fifth year and runs from Thursday, August 27 to Sunday, August 30, brings the best of contemporary Mexican and Latin American cinema to Los Angeles, and is an extension of the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Featuring outstanding and award-winning titles from FICG30, which ran from March 6-15, 2015 in Guadalajara, Ficg in La will offer the premiere of other titles that have emerged in the world of cinema throughout the year to great critical acclaim.

The aim of the festival is to increase access and visibility of Mexican and Latin American cinema in the U.S., facilitating the exchange of ideas through stories and issues of cultural and social relevance, create a space for collaboration between filmmakers, and strengthen relations between the film industry in Mexico and the U.S.

Ficg in La includes film screenings followed by Q&As with filmmakers and talent, as well as galas, panels and special award recognitions to Latin American and U.S. Latino artists.

“Ficg in La 2015 represents the culmination of five years of continuous dedication and passion to further the Latino arts and cinema in the U.S. What was once a tiny three-day showcase of Latino and Ibero-American cinema, is now a lively, eventful film festival, filled with industry events, work-in-progress competitions, family-oriented programs and panel discussions. Los Angeles is the perfect backdrop for Ficg in La to thrive, as it is a patchwork of so many different cultures and communities from across Latin America; however, we hope that our audience is as diverse as the city itself, because many of these stories universally relate to communities of all backgrounds,” said Hebe Tabachnik, Director and Producer of Ficg in La.

“In five years, the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (Ficg in La), has aimed to promote the Mexican and Latin American cinema so that people from elsewhere can enjoy and appreciate the great productions that have been made in Ibero-America; and likewise we have done everything possible to make filmmakers from the Us and Canada get interested in addressing Latino themes and help them honing their skills to provide stronger ground for their projects,”said Iván Trujillo Bolio, Director of Ficg.

Among the celebrities who have accompanied us in previous editions are: Carlos Cuarón, Edward James Olmos, Sergio Arau, Diana Bracho, Alfonso Arau, Kate del Castillo, Martha Higareda, Beto Cuevas, Irene Azuela, Dulce Maria, Carmen Salinas and Jay Hernandez.

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Eugenio Derbez will receive the Tree of Life award in representation of the Derbez dynasty. Oscar winner Eugenio Caballero (Best Art Direction, "Pan's Labyrinth"), Ofelia Medina (Mexican actress), Josep Parera (Entertainment Editor La Opinion) and Lpb (Latino Public Broadcasting) will also receive the festival’s Tree of Life Award for their contributions to Mexican, Latino and Ibero-American culture. Previous recipients include Demián Bichir (actor), Juan Carlos Arciniegas (CNN en Espanol), Fernando Luján (actor), Rubén Luengas (journalist), Gabriel Beristain (Director of Photography) and Emilio Kauderer (Music Composer).

Ficg in La continues to support Latino and Ibero-American films with Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles 2 and DocuLab.2 Los Angeles by selecting six projects from filmmakers seeking post-production funds. The films will be screened for jury members, sponsors and film industry professionals. The winners will be announced on Friday August 28.

In addition, the winning projects in each competition will automatically qualify to be considered for Guadalajara Construye 10 or DocuLab.8 Guadalajara, or for the Ibero-American Competitions of the next edition of the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG31) – March 4 - 13, 2016.

To reaffirm the social mission of Ficg and the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA, Ficg in La will donate again all of its proceeds to a charitable cause. We will announce soon the recipient of this year’s fundraising effort.

13 Feature and documentary films and 12 short films will be showcased in this year’s festival

Opening Night Gala – August 28, 2015

"Messi" Dir. Álex de la Iglesia (Spain, 2014, L.A. Premiere)

Closing Night Gala – August 30, 2015

"Ciudad Delirio," Dir. Chus Gutiérrez (Colombia, 2014, 100 min., L.A. Premiere)

Special Events:

• Kids Gala: "El Jeremías" (Jeremy) Dir. Anwar Safa (Mexico, 2015, Us Premiere)

• Maguey (Lgbt) Gala: "Made in Bangkok" Dir. Flavio Florencio (México – Alemania, 2015, Us Premiere)

• Art, Health & Healing Special Screening: "Juanicas"

Dir. Karina García Casanova (Mexico – Canada, 2015, Us Premiere)

and "La Teta de Botero," Dir. Humberto Busto, Mexico (short film)

• Human Rights Special Screening: "La Prenda" (The Pawn)

Dir. Jean-Cosme Delaloye (Guatemala – Suiza, 2014, Sneak Preview) in Association with the Mill Valley Film Festival.

• Free Screening: "La Once" (Tea Time) –Dir. Maite Alberti (Chile, 2014)

Other Feature Films

"El Patrón, Radiografía de un Crimen" (The Boss, Anatomy Of A Crime)

Dir. Sebastián Schindel (Argentina, 2014, L.A. Premiere)

HBO Latino presents – Heroes Cotidianos – “El cometa”

Dir. Alejandra Sánchez (Mexico, 2014, Sneak Preview)

"Ixcanul" Dir. Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala - France, 2015, Sneak Preview)

"Loreak" (Flowers) Dir. Jon Garaño, José Mari Goenaga (Spain, 2014, L.A. Premiere)

"Pocha" (Manifest Destiny) Dir. Michael Dwyer (USA – Mexico, 2015)

"Que Viva la Música" (Liveforever)

Dir. Carlos Moreno (Colombia -Mexico, 2015, L.A Premiere)

Short Films

Mexican Animated Shorts Showcase & Panel (in chronological order)

"Como preparar un sandwich" (How to Prepare a Sandwich) Dir. Rigo Mora

"Hasta Los Huesos" (Down to the Bones) Dir. René Castillo

"Jacinta" Dir. Karla Castañeda

"Jaulas" (Cages) Dir. Juan José Medina

"Prita Noire" (Black Doll) Dir. Sofía Carrillo

"La Casa Triste" (The Sad House) Dir. Sofia Carrillo

"La Noria" ( The Waterwheel) Dir. Karla Castaneda

"Lluvia en los Ojos" (Rain in the Eyes) Dir. Rita Basulto

"Zimbo" (Zimbo) Dir. Rita Basulto & Juan Jose Medina

Shorts Before Features

"Ella" (Her) Dir. Ximena Urrutia (Mexico, 2014, 23 min)

"Mestizo," Dir. Talon Gonzalez (USA, 2014, 10 min.)

"La Teta de Botero," Dir. Humberto Busto (Mexico, 2015, 18 min., Us Premiere)

The screening of the selected work-in-progress films will be for industry accredited to the festival. These screenings are not open to the general public or member of the press.

Guadalajara Construye in Los Angeles 2

• "Angelica," Dir. Marisol Gómez-Mouakad, Puerto Rico/USA

• "Dementia" (Demencia), Dir. Jose Luís Valenzuela, Mexico/USA

• "Lupe under the Sun" (Lupe bajo el sol), Dir. Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico/USA

DocuLab.2 Los Angeles

• "No Dresscode Required" (Etiqueta no rigurosa), Dir. Cristina Herrera Borquez, Mexico/USA

• "Looking at the Stars" (Ol" ando pras estrelas), Dir. Alexandre Peralta, Nicaragua/Brazil/USA

• "Omar & Gloria" (Omar y Gloria), Dir. Jimmy Cohen, Mexico/Canada

Ficg in La is presented by the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA and Conaculta, with Principal Sponsors the University of Guadalajara, the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the Institute of Cinema Mexico (Imcine), Univision and La Opinion.
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'Messi' to open Ficg In La

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'Messi' to open Ficg In La
Top brass at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (Ficg in La) announced on Wednesday the line-up of Mexican and Latin American films at the festival, set to run from August 27-30.

Opening selection Messi from Álex de la Iglesia will receive its La premiere and chronicles the life of the Barcelona and Argentina football player Lionel Messi, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time.

The film includes informal interviews, re-enactments of key episodes in Messi’s life and footage of the player in action.

The fifth Ficg In La returns to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and features screenings followed by Q&A’s from a selection of titles from FICG30, which ran from March 6-15 in Guadalajara, as well as other titles that have emerged since the spring festival.

All in all 13 feature and documentary films and 12 short films will be showcased. They include Chus Gutiérrez’s Colombian closing night selection
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A Monster Calls Begins Production – Stars Liam Neeson And Sigourney Weaver

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films.

The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world.

A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus’ fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage,
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Cameras Start Rolling on A Monster Calls

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The award winning book, A Monster Calls, is getting a movie adaptation with Liam Neeson set to play the aformentioned monster, and now it's one step closer to hitting the big screen as the studios have announced the start of official production.

I really enjoyed this book, and read it in about one evening. It's a haunting tale about love and loss, and learning how to cope with life's hard realities. While the subject matter may seem wrapped in a simple format, the themes are resounding. I'm interested to see how they manage to translate that into the movie, and crossing my fingers they manage to do so successfully. I mean, Liam Neeson is going to be a freaking mo-cap monster...how could they go wrong!

Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and
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Production Begins on A Monster Calls

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Focus Features has announced that production has started on A Monster Calls, an adaptation of the Patrick Ness novel that’s being directed by Juan Antonio Bayona:

“Vancouver, BC and Santa Monica, CA, September 30, 2014 – Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children’s fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf) International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to
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'A Monster Calls' Starring Liam Neeson Begins Production

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'A Monster Calls' Starring Liam Neeson Begins Production
Production has begun on A Monster Calls, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, Goya Award-winning director of the worldwide smash The Impossible. Participant Media and River Road Entertainment are financing the Apaches Entertainment production, in association with Telecinco Cinema and La Trini Films. The film, adapted by Patrick Ness from his award-winning children's fantasy novel, will be released by Focus Features domestically; Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain; and Lionsgate International is handling foreign sales throughout the rest of the world. A Monster Calls is slated for a fall 2016 release.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (newcomer Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones, who stars in Focus' fall release The Theory of Everything) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith.
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