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El Aviso: Taut First Teaser Arrives For Spanish Thriller

Veteran director Daniel Calparsoro returns to screens soon with El Aviso, and based on the freshly released teaser we've got a taut, slick thriller to look forward to. Ten-year-old Nico receives a threatening letter and now his life is in danger. No one seems to believe him except one person that he doesn't know. Adapted from a novel by Paul Pen by Cell 211 writer and regular Alex de la Iglesia collaborator Jorge Guerricaechevarria (say that ten times fast) along with Buried writer Chris Sparling, this just looks classy from top to bottom. Take a look at the teaser below....

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Galicia’s Vaca, Portocabo Bet on Thriller ‘Garbo’ to Kickstart TV Fiction Alliance

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — Portocabo and Vaca Films, two production outfits based out of Spain’s Galicia, both with an international scope, are teaming on historical thriller mini-series “Garbo, El espía que engañó a Hitler” (literally: Garbo, The Spy Who Double-Crossed Hitler), as the start to a TV fiction alliance.

Inspired by the life of the one-off Juan Pujol, alias Garbo,a Spanish double agent who helped change the course of World War II, the six-episode TV drama is penned by film director and screenwriter Patxi Amezcua (“25 Carat,” “7th Floor,” “Capture the Flag”) with Pujol’s biographer and WWII espionage expert,
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DirecTV Latin America, Mediapro Adapt Crime Novel ‘El fútbol no es así’ as TV Series

At&T-owned DirecTV Latin America and the Mediapro Group, Spain’s biggest rights broker and a high-profile film and TV producer, have reached a deal to co-develop “El fútbol no es así” (Soccer Is Not Like That), a TV series adaptation of same-titled crime novel.

Set in the Spanish soccer world, co-written by Javier Tebas, president of Laliga, Spain’s professional soccer league, and Pedro Torrens, “El fútbol no es así” covers the investigation of the murder of the president of a soccer club.

The TV series is being developed by Argentine author Eduardo Sacheri, co-writer of Juan José Campanella’s Foreign-Language Oscar winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.” Daniel Calparsoro, an experienced suspense film and TV series helmer, whose heist thriller feature “Rob a Thief” Prove a Spanish blockbuster last year, will direct.

The story, “a large bet at an international level,” according to a Mediapro statement, “stands out for the acerbic nature of its dialogues
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2016 Spain box office report: local hits lead to buoyant year

2016 Spain box office report: local hits lead to buoyant year
A strong local offering led to a excellent year at the Spanish box office.

In a stellar year for local films at the Spanish box office, Ja Bayona’s A Monster Calls, distributed by Universal Pictures International, stands out.

Released on October 7 following a world premiere at Toronto, the English-language film benefited from strong reviews and positive word of mouth and topped the Spanish box office chart with a cumulative gross of $27 million. Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, the fantasy film stars Lewis MacDougall as a young boy who befriends a monster that helps him come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness.

Read more: Year-on-year slump at German box office in 2016

The top 25 films at the Spanish box office are below (correct to November 27).

Even before A Monster Calls was released, admissions had increased 7.5% and box office had grown 8% year-on-year by the end of September, according to Fapae
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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, along
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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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Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More

Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More
The 5th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2016 lineup, including the opening night film, “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. As part of the festival’s signature Critics Focus program, MTV’s Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson will present and lead a conversation around the film, alongside David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone.

Director of Programming Michael Tuckman said of Nicholson’s pick, “I could not be more thrilled with Amy Nicholson’s choice of ’20th Century Women’ to kick off our 5th Anniversary edition of festival. Annette Bening’s performance is Oscar-deserving and the rich depth of the balance of the leading cast is Altman-esque in its quality. Amy’s discussion after the film will bring a cunning critic’s eye to this fabulous film for audiences.”

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Basque Cinema Energizes San Sebastian Fest

Basque Cinema Energizes San Sebastian Fest
San Sebastian — Once, only a few years ago, ta question under discussion between the San Sebastian Festival and the Basque government, was how the festival, taking place at the Basque Country’s most elegant seaside resort, could help the Basque film industry.

Now, increasingly, the talk is on how the Basque industry is energising the San Sebastian Festival.

Over the last week, as the 64th San Sebastian edition kicked into gear, a series of news announcements and events have underscored how the Basque industry has scaled in up budgets, ambition and international reach:

*”2 Guns” and “Everest” director Baltasar Kormakur has inked to co-produce “Red Fjords,” a large scale crime thriller, set in 1616 Iceland, originated and produced by Bilbao-based Eduardo Carneros and also produced by Tornosal Films, which backed Academy Award winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

*Entertainment One’s Seville Intl. has acquired world sales rights to Basque Aritz Moreno
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EOne’s Seville Intl. Acquires ‘Advantages of Traveling by Train’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian, Spain — In a stellar deal for the burgeoning Basque industry, Entertainment One’s Seville International has acquired world sales rights outside Spain to “Advantages of Traveling by Train.”

The anticipated feature debut of Aritz Moreno, “Advantages” is lead-produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora, an up-and-coming production house owned by Moreno and producer-director Leire Apellaniz.

Madrid’s Morena Films has boarded as a co-producer. The company’s previous credits include Oliver Stone’s Fidel Castro docu-trilogy, Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and movies by Spain’s Iciar Bollain (“Even the Rain”), Daniel Monzon (“Cell 211”) and Daniel Calparsoro (“Rob a Thief,” Spain’s No. 1 local box-office hit this year).

“Advantages” — penned by Javier Gullon, the screenwriter of Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy” — marks Señor y Señora’s first fiction feature. It adapts the cult novel by Spain’s Antonio Orejudo, published in 2000, turning on a literary agent, Helga, who is forced
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San Sebastian unveils 2016 Spanish selection

San Sebastian unveils 2016 Spanish selection
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.Scroll down for full line-up

This 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the line-up of Spanish titles that will play across its sections.

There will be a total of 15 Spanish-produced films on show, including four shorts.

Competing for the Golden Shell – the festival’s top prize – will be Alberto Rodríguez’s El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) and Jonás Trueba’s La Reconquista (The Reconquest), all of which are world premieres.

Goya Award-winning director Alberto Rodríguez is nominated for his third Golden Shell following 2014’s Marshland and 2005’s 7 Virgins. El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors) [pictured top] tells the story of spy Fransisco Paesa.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen presents his third feature Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) – following 2013’s Goya-nominated Stockholm – which tells the story of a detective
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San Sebastian reveals 2016 Spanish selection

San Sebastian reveals 2016 Spanish selection
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.Scroll down for full line-up

This 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the line-up of Spanish titles that will play across its sections.

There will be a total of 15 Spanish-produced films on show, including four shorts.

Competing for the Golden Shell – the festival’s top prize – will be Alberto Rodríguez’s El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) and Jonás Trueba’s La Reconquista (The Reconquest), all of which are world premieres.

Goya Award-winning director Alberto Rodríguez is nominated for his third Golden Shell following 2014’s Marshland and 2005’s 7 Virgins. El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors) [pictured top] tells the story of spy Fransisco Paesa.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen presents his third feature Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) – following 2013’s Goya-nominated Stockholm – which tells the story of a detective
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San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival.

Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic dramedy “La Reconquista,” a first big fest bow for Jonas Trueba, an engaging, audience-friendly arthouse auteur..

Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” will celebrate its European premiere at San Sebastian, screening out of competition, as announced last week.

Presented Thursday in Madrid, the 11 Spanish features selected for this year’s San Sebastian invite several off-the-cuff conclusions. First, eight are world premieres: The large spread of fresh films from Spain remains one of San Sebastian’s biggest lures.

Again, Spanish producers used to think thrice before premiering
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Full Us Trailer for Spanish Bank Robbery Film 'To Steal from a Thief'

"Find out what they know or what they suspect?" This looks pretty cool. An official Us trailer has debuted online for a Spanish crime film called To Steal from a Thief (originally Cien años de perdón in Spain), which is a tricky little thriller about a coordinated bank robbery that goes awry. On a rainy morning in Valencia, six armed men in disguise try to rob a bank, but they're really after the contents of safety deposit box 314, which actually doesn't contain what they think it does. Not only that, but the government wants to stop them and the rainwater floods their escape route. Starring Luis Tosar, Rodrigo De la Serna, Raul Arevalo, Marian Alvarez and Jose Coronado. The masks aren't the most inventive, but the rest of the film seems like it has some sneaky twists and turns. I really want to check this out. See for yourself below.
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Cannes: Jaume Collet-Serra’s Ombra, Spain’s Vaca Team for ‘Feedback’ (Exclusive)

Hollywood-based director-producer Jaume Collet-Serra (“House of Wax,” “Orphan,” “Non-Stop”), is teaming via his L.A. and Spain-based Ombra Films with Vaca Films, one of Spain’s most successful production houses, to produce “Feedback,” a London-set English-language suspense thriller.

Ombra and Vaca are co-producing a second title, an English-language remake of “Kidnapped,” the debut of Miguel Angel Vivas, a home invasion movie of such brutality that it stunned even die-hard genre aficionados at its world premiere at Sitges.

Directed by Pedro C. Alonso, and written by Alberto Marini (“Sleep Tight”), “Feedback” reunites Ombra and Vaca after 2015’s “Extinction,” a zombie apocalypse thriller/family drama starring Matthew Fox and Jeffrey Donovan which Sony Pictures distributed worldwide, boarding at production stage. Coming to specialize in upscale thrillers made on higher budgets for Spain, boasting high production values and a social agenda, “Feedback” kicks in with two men disguised wit baby masks assaulted 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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Telefonica Studios Furthers Drive Into Latin America (Exclusive)

Telefonica Studios Furthers Drive Into Latin America (Exclusive)
Berlin – Telefonica Studios, the film-tv production arm of telco giant Telefonica, already a key player in Spain and Argentina, is taking another step into Latin America teaming with Cactus Flower and Mono Films on the Colombia-shot romantic thriller “Orbita 9.”

Part of Movistar Plus, which takes in Spain’s biggest pay TV and Svod operation, Telefonica Studios has seen large success in Argentina, co-producing with El Deseo and Artgentina’s top broadcaster Telefe and K & S Films the country’s biggest-breakout titles: Oscar-shortlisted “Wild Tales,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. hit, and “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero’s 2015 Venice best director winner.

The anticipated debut of Hatem Khraiche, screenwriter of the Cactus Flower co-produced “The Hidden Face” and one ofbSpain’s most talked-up young talents, “Orbita 9” is totally Spanish. Its Colombia shoot, use of cash rebates and link up with Colombia’s top movie producer Dynamo, which provides services – as it did on “Narcos,
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The Writer Of Cell 211 And Director Of Combustion Team Up To Rob A Thief

Luis Tosar headlines upcoming Spanish heist film To Rob A Thief, the latest from writer Jorge Guerricaechevarría (Cell 211) and director Daniel Calparsoro (Combustion) - a combination that looks likely to deliver a slickly entertaining ride of a film.Six armed men attack a bank in Valencia. The gang has a seemingly cut-and-dry mission: to clear out the most safe deposit boxes possible and to escape through a tunnel that was dug out in one of the bank's offices.But there are just those days when nothing goes as planned. The incessant torrential rain falling on the city has flooded the escape route. With no back-up plan for a way out, mistrust leads to harsh confrontations between the two leaders of the gang. Outside, tensions rise within...

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Spain Puts Forth Best Batch of Box Office Hopefuls

Whether projects, movies in production, completed film, market screeners or titles that made the Cannes cut, these are titles from Spain be moved at Cannes and that have varying degrees of international market potential:

Breathless Time

Tornasol Latido

Colombia-Spain revenge drama in which a nurse tracks down a paramilitary man who killed her daughter. Samuel Martin Mateos and Andres Luque helm.

The Chosen

Oberon Cinematografica/Alebrije Cine y Video/Ikiru Films Filmax

Extraordinary fact-based espionage thriller turning on Trotsky’s assassination. Monica Lozano co-produces.

The Clan

K&S Films/Matanza Cine/El Deseo/Fox Intl. Productions/Telefonica Studios Film Factory

Major Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Lion’s Den”) helms ’80s-set, noir abduction thriller chronicling the real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio. Big fall fest plans.

The Corpse of Anna Fritz

Corte y Confeccion de Peliculas/Play Time Movies/A Contraluz/ Bnc Produccions/Silendum Film Factory

Tyro Hector Hernandez Vicens
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Cannes Buzz Titles: What’s Hot at This Year’s Market

Cannes Buzz Titles: What’s Hot at This Year’s Market
From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

All I See Is You

Director: Marc Forster

Producers: Marc Forster, Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby, Jillian Kugler

Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.

Sales: Sierra/Affinity

American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold

Producers: Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Film4, BFI, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben

Key cast: Shia Labeouf

A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.

Sales: Protagonist Pictures

American Pastoral

Director: Ewan McGregor

Producers: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi

Key cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly,
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Telefonica Studios Boards Kike Maillo’s ‘Toro’

Telefonica Studios Boards Kike Maillo’s ‘Toro’
Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.

Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”

Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”

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