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San Sebastian – Basque Government is advancing on plans to open up its advantageous tax regime to international productions, its culture authorities confirmed Saturday at the San Sebastian Festival.
Coming as, for the first time ever, a Basque-language movie, “Loreak” (Flowers) plays in the main competition at the San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile event in the Spanish-speaking world, the confirmation forms part of a larger push to encourage private sector finance to enter the Basque film industry and to internationalize its structures, without abandoning direct subsidies, Joxean Muñoz Otaegi, the Basque deputy councillor for Culture, Youth and Sports, told Variety.
Currently, the Basque Government offers 30% tax breaks to its local industry. Spanish mainland tax breaks for the film industry run at 18%.
Channelled through a Agrupacion de Interés Económico (Aie) tax scheme, these have just been used for the first time ever via an Aie on Luis Marias’ “Fuego,” said Basque Treasury »
- John Hopewell
The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.
In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Los ultimos dias, 2013.
A mysterious epidemic spreads across the globe, causing an irrational fear of wide open spaces that has lethal symptoms. In Barcelona, one man searches the chas to find his missing girlfriend.
Spanish cinema aficionados among you will no doubt already be aware of how popular both the sci-fi and horror genres are in the Hispanic film industry. Individually they have produced some huge successes that have even become familiar to foreign cinema novices; international hits such as Rec (2007) and The Skin I Live In (2011). However, hybrids of the two genres have often struggled to get off the ground, with Spanish filmmakers lacking the wealth of resources of their English-speaking counterparts. That being said, Los ultimos dias (The Last Days) is certainly a step in the right direction.
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- Gary Collinson
The directing duo behind the underrated Carriers, Alex and David Pastor, return for yet another slice of post-apocalyptic horror with The Last Days, which sees a mysterious epidemic known as The Panic spread across the planet – essentially extreme agoraphobia, this new-found irrational fear of open spaces leads to instant death and soon the world’s population remains trapped inside buildings afraid to move. As Barcelona descends into chaos Marc embarks on a citywide quest to search for his pregnant girlfriend Julia without setting foot outside. Teaming up with his hated boss Enrique who was just about to fire him, this means travelling via sewer, subway line, cellars and basements, avoiding opportunistic feral gangs, armed only with a failing Gps device and lots of ingenuity.
Despite differing wildly in subject matter, The Last Days »
- Phil Wheat
Lately we've seen cinematic apocalypses from a wide array of intelligent people: the Spanish import The Returned dealt with zombies in a low-key and tragic fashion; Soderbergh's Contagion went with the biological angle; Alfonso Cuaron imagined a newly sterile world in Children of Men; and you can probably guess what happens to half the world in Fernando Meirelles' underrated Blindness from a few years back.
Feel free to add another very interesting Spanish import to the "erudite apocalypse" sub-genre: David and Alex Pastor's The Last Days poses an odd question: what if people started to simply fear the outdoors? "Fear" is putting it lightly. The Last Days blows way past simple agoraphobia; this is more like a virus that strikes if you go outside, and it simply fries your brain. The epidemic starts casually enough: a few bizarre deaths hit the news, and then our hero notices that »
- Scott Weinberg
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