Buena Vista International has also taken rights to Latin America, in an already-announced deal. Deals for the U.S. and Germany are imminent, according to FilmSharks’ Guido Rud. The U.K , Australia/New Zealand , the Czech Republic and Hungary are in advanced discussions, he added.
Of new deals, “Francisco” has closed Taiwan (Encore) and former-Yugoslavia (2iFilms). Metropolitan Filmexport has acquired French-speaking Europe, 2M Pictures Italy, and Warsaw Movie Distribution Poland. FilmSharks Intl. sold Korea to Must See Movie Releasing and Spain to Wanda Vision. Colombia has gone to Procinal, Central America to Palmera Intl., Chile and Peru to Andes Films and the Philippines to Pioneer.
Silvia Abascal (“El Lobo”) and Leticia Bredice (“Nine Queens”) co-star in
Disney distributes in Argentina, the rest of Latin America and Spain. Buenos Aires-based Pablo Bossi, one of Argentina’s best-known producers (“Nine Queens,” “The Games Maker,” “Son of the Bride,” “Chinese Takeaway”), is producing. Another Argentine vet, Beda Docampo Feijoo (“Camila,” “Los amores de Kafka,” “El marido perfecto”), has written and will direct “Francisco,” which goes into production Jan. 12 in Buenos Aires. The nine-week shoot then segues to locations in Madrid and Rome. “Francisco’s” world premiere is set for July 2015.
FilmSharks Intl. is bringing “Francisco” onto the international market at Ventana Sur, which kicked off Monday in Buenos Aires.
Silvia Abascal (“El Lobo
You both live in Los Angeles. Why return to Spain to make a film in Spanish?
Medem: “Ma Ma
Winners of the 11th Ics Awards will be announced on February 23, 2014.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
. 12 Years a Slave
. Before Midnight
. Blue is the Warmest Color
. Frances Ha
. The Great Beauty
. Inside Llewyn Davis
. Laurence Anyways
. Spring Breakers
. The Wolf of Wall Street
. Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis
. Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity
. Xavier Dolan - Laurence Anyways
. Spike Jonze - Her
. Abdellatif Kechiche - Blue is the Warmest Color
. Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty
Film Not In The English Language
. Beyond the Hills
. Blue is the Warmest Color
. The Great Beauty
. The Hunt
. In the
I’ll admit that I didn’t see “Blancanieves” in theaters and kind of avoided it.
Fortunately, as can happen at Ebertfest, we were treated to a surprise when, rather than starting with the customary introduction to the first film, Chaz Ebert came on stage and announced that, inspired by Tilda Swinton, we were kicking things off with some dancing in the aisles. Barry White’s “My First,
Directed by Pablo Berger
Written by Pablo Berger
The German tale of Snow White was published by Grimm brothers Jacob and Wilhelm in their Hausmärchen collection in 1812. Considered to be the most famous fairy tale worldwide, Snow White has been adapted to the big screen numerous times by the likes of Walt Disney, Michael Cohn and most recently Tarsem Singh and Rupert Sanders. Every adaptation has featured, respectively, their own variation of the literary source material. Now Spanish filmmaker Pablo Berger has channeled all those energies, and through his own artistic sensibility, he artfully crafts a love letter to Hispanic culture and it’s history. Blancanieves is a beautifully executed vision of the Grimm fairy tale; with the key elements of Snow White all present and accounted for (the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarfs). Only Berger takes it a step further, adding nods to Sleeping Beauty,
Following on the heels of his successful 2010 award winner The Last Circus, Alex de la Iglesia leaves behind genre for his most straightforward drama effort yet with As Luck Would Have It, a denigration of class and greed that operates nearly exclusively as a mouth piece for the overtly obvious views it continuously espouses. Once again snagging some A-list talent, Iglesia sinks them, along with Kiko de la Rica’s glorious cinematography, into a quagmire of telenovelic proportions. A would be satire, Iglesia bungles melodrama, black comedy, and motifs more at home with Arthur Miller into a heterogeneous mixture of humanity where black and white never fade to grey.
An out of work advertising executive, Roberto (Jose Mota), is desperate to get out of a two year unemployment slump. His ravishingly beautiful and supportive wife, Luisa (Salma Hayek
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