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Manuel Martin Cuenca’s dark romance [pictured] to open theatrically in Us and Canada in Q3 2014, followed by VOD and DVD release.
Manuel Martin Cuenca’s dark romance centres on a tailor and secret cannibal (played by Antonio de la Torre) who unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his latest prospective victim. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated on the first day of the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires by Film Movement’s VP of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget and Vicente Casales, managing director at Film Factory.
Conget commented: “Manuel Martin Cuenca has established himself as one of Spain’s most artistically astute filmmakers, his works consistently evolving in skill and style. In Cannibal, we see a surprisingly thoughtful approach to an otherwise gruesome premise, one we’re confident audiences will be as gripped by as we were »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
While I wasn't able to attend Tiff this year, a colleague in the press office (knowing of my love for Spanish film & my film criticism) made sure that I was able to see Martin Cuenca's thriller Cannibal. And I'm certainly glad she did, as I expect it will be on my top 10 of the year list. Luckily, North American audiences will be able to find out why: Film Movement have picked up the rights, with plans for release in 2014.The film stars Antonio de la Torre as Carlos, a tailor of men's suits who lives a relatively isolated life in Granada. He is also a cannibal, killing young, foreign women with few ties who cross his path. After he murders and eats his...
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Are the taste-buds at the Film Movement offices shifting? After opening up a spanking brand new, smart idea label for genre items (Ram Releasing) they’ve now grabbed the rights on what I could consider a sophisticated dramatic romance slash “cannibal movie”. Variety reports that the distrib has picked up the rights to Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal — a convincing, doppelgänger-Hitchcock-esque crispy cold number from Spain featuring standout perfs from Antonio de la Torre and a doubled-down Olimpia Melinte. The pic will open theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in the third quarter of 2014, followed by a VOD and DVD release.
Gist: Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he’s also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life. She will make him realize the true nature of his acts and, for the first time, love awakens. »
- Eric Lavallee
Buenos Aires – In what looks like the biggest deal to go down on the first day of trading at the Ventana Sur market, Film Movement sealed all rights to North America on Spaniard Manuel Martin Cuenca’s “Cannibal.”
The deal was sealed by Rebeca Conget, VP of acquisitions and distribution at Film Movement, a New York distribution company which specializes in releasing in the U.S. and Canada first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films, and by Vicente Canales, founder of Film Factory Ent., which is selling the film.
“Cannibal” will open theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in the third quarter of 2014, followed by a VOD and DVD release, Film Movement said Wednesday.
Lead-produced by Spain’s Mod Producciones, the producer behind Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” “Cannibal” world premiered as a special presentation at September’s Toronto Festival.
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- John Hopewell
Stars: Antonio de la Torre, María Alfonsa Rosso, Olimpia Melinte, Delphine Tempels, Joaquín Núñez, Gregory Brossard | Written by Alejandro Hernández, Rafael de la Uz | Directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca
Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse
Considering its title, it may be hard to accept that Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal was one of the most subtle and endearing features at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The first twenty minutes are a stunning Noir-esque example of raw grotesque violence in coordination with stunning visuals, subtle but powerful. These scenes, like all scenes of macabre nature in the film, are done in such tasteful ways they remove the surface layer of cheap shock and cut straight to the heart of an often sickening but sad affair. After this opening the film constantly battles with its own particular style, wanting to maintain its tame direction whilst maximising the brutality of its core themes. »
‘Bad Hair’ day at San Sebastian Film Festival: Venezuelan film wins Golden Shell (photo: Samuel Lange Zambrano in ‘Bad Hair’) Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair / Pelo malo won the Golden Shell at the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival, which wrapped up today, September 28, in northern Spain’s coastal city also known as Donostia (in Basque). The Venezuelan / Peruvian / German co-production tells the story of a nine-year-old boy (Samuel Lange Zambrano) with "bad hair," who decides to have his unruly curls molded pop-singer style (Justin Bieber’s?) for his yearbook picture. His mother (Samantha Castillo), however, is against it — the boy’s new hairdo is just not manly enough. Family conflicts ensue. The San Sebastian Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize went to newcomer Fernando Franco’s Wounded / La herida, a Spanish drama about a 30-year-old ambulance driver whose life falls to pieces as a consequence of her undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder. »
- Andre Soares
When a filmmaker is capable of exploring a series of frankly outlandish filmic, thematic and moral propositions with absolute conviction and sureness of touch, the results are usually memorable. Such is the case with Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal, a carefully crafted study of a psychopath which brings a whole new meaning to the phrase Eat, Pray, Love. Undermining right from the start the false expectations raised by its title, Cannibal is a essentially a beautifully composed character study, superbly played by Antonio de la Torre, which, like the best noir, is both chilling and moving. Arthouse sales are inevitable, but
- Jonathan Holland
In the sleepy Spanish town of Granada, a mild-mannered tailor and secret cannibal unexpectedly falls in love with his latest victim in director Manuel Martin Cuenca's bizarre and stunningly shot romance.
Add this one to your wishlist gang.
Carlos (Antonio de la Torre) works as a tailor in Granada, one of Spain's sleepy southern cities where time seems to have stopped - and where things that lurk in the shadows can remain unnoticed. Carlos lives alone and rarely interacts with anyone beyond his clients. No one would imagine that this shy and respectable tradesman is actually a murderer and a cannibal, remorselessly targeting Eastern European women who have no papers and filling his freezer with their flesh. Then the truly unexpected occurs: Nina (Olimpia Melinte) [Continued ...] »
Announced int he first wave of titles selected to the Toronto International Film Festival, Manuel Martín Cuenca's Cannibal will soon unspool on these shores and before it arrives we have the international poster art for the film to share with you.Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he's also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life. She will make him realize the true nature of his acts and, for the first time, love awakens. Carlos is evil incarnate, unaware of itself. Nina is pure innocence. And Cannibal is a demon's love story.Check the trailer here, the posters below, and remember you can click to enlarge. Antonio de la Torre and Olimpia Melinte star....
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Announced in the first wave of selections at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer for Manuel Martín Cuenca's Cannibal promises a darkly classy take on its sensational subject matter.Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he's also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life. She will make him realize the true nature of his acts and, for the first time, love awakens. Carlos is evil incarnate, unaware of itself. Nina is pure innocence. And Cannibal is a demon's love story.Antonio de la Torre and Olimpia Melinte star. Check the trailer below....
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Jake Gyllenhaal sees double in Denis Villeneuve's Enemy San Sebastian Film Festival put its focus on domestic talent as it announced the Spanish titles that will feature in and out of this year's competition.
Among the competition highlights, is the latest from Álex de la Iglesia - Witching & Bitching (Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi), a comedy about a gang who fall foul of a group of Basque witches as they try to make good an escape to Disneyland. The film stars Carmen Maura, who will be at the festival's 61st edition to pick up the Donostia Award for lifetime achievement.
Spanish-Canadian co-production Enemy will also feature in the Official Selection. The thriller, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as man who becomes obsessed with his doppelganger, is directed by Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve.
- Amber Wilkinson
At a press conference in Madrid today, festival director José Luis Rebordinos revealed the Spanish titles that will compete for the Golden Shell. Spanish films set to feature in other sections of the festival were also revealed.
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Villeneuve’s Enemy stars Gyllenhaal as a man who seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a film. The co-production between Canada (Rhombus Media) and Spain (Roxbury Pics) is Villeneuve’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Incendies.
David Trueba (Salamina Soldiers) will introduce Vivir es Facil (Living Is Easy). Set in 1966, Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) stars as an English teacher who sets off across Spain to find John Lennon, who was taking a break from Beatlemania to feature in Richard Lester film How I Won The War.
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- email@example.com (Juan Sarda)
Madrid – Denis Villeneuve’s “An Enemy,” David Trueba’s “Vivir es facil” and Manuel Martin Cuenca’s “Cannibal” will face off in competition at September’s 61st San Sebastian Festival, the biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world.
A co-production between Canada (Rhombus Media) and Spain (Roxbury Pics), “Enemy” – Villeneuve’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” was shot in Toronto from April 2012 before Villeneuve took on Warner Bros.-distribbed “Prisoners.”
“Enemy” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who discovers his double, (Gyllenhaal again), lives close by. With “Prisoners” world preeming at Toronto, “Enemy’s” San Sebastian berth gives Villeneuve the singular distinction of having two movies in major near back-to-back festivals.
Produced by Cristina Huete for Fernando Trueba P.C., David Trueba’s “Vivir” sits as a companion piece to his Sundance-screened “Madrid 1987,” a humor-tinged portrait of recent times past in Spain, caught through the psychology of the characters. Here, »
- John Hopewell
Los amantes pasajeros (English title: I’m So Excited!)
Written by Pedro Almodóvar
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
It seems as though everything that could be said or written in praise of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has already been expressed. He is, without the shadow of a doubt, not only a critical darling, but has also earned himself a very respectable amount of fans in the movie going public, and, lest it be overlooked, built an impressive career with stories that, either directly or otherwise, spoke about subsections of the human population that only so rarely make important or relevant appearances in film, most notably homosexuals and transvestites. Almodóvar has dabbled in a multitude of genres, from pure dramas to comedies, and as recently as 2011 body horror (The Skin I Live In). I’m So Excited! is the director’s return to pure comedy, and in flamboyant fashion at that. »
- Edgar Chaput
Spanish actress Blanca Suárez turns in a captivating performance as Ruth, one of two ex-lovers abandoned by the same Don Juan (Guillermo Toledo) in Pedro Almodóvar’s high-flying new comedy, I’m So Excited. Ruth discovers that life in the clouds can be as complicated and precarious as it is at ground level, especially when sex and death are involved. Opening June 28, the film is a biting satire on the state of our world and features an ensemble cast that includes Javier Cámara, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, José María Yazpik, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, and Paz Vega. At a roundtable interview, Suárez discussed working with Almodóvar again after starring in The Skin I Live In, his meticulous directing style, the challenges of shooting a bicycle scene pedaling up a steep hill in a dress and high heels, the enormous success of fellow countrymen Penélope Cruz, »
- Sheila Roberts
Javier Cámara and Miguel Ángel Silvestre star in Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful new comedy, I’m So Excited!, that chronicles the wild adventures of the passengers and crew onboard Peninsula Flight 2549 when an unexpected landing gear hitch leaves their flight in a precarious holding pattern on their way from Madrid to Mexico City. Opening June 28th, the hilarious movie features cameos by Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas and an engaging ensemble cast that includes Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Paz Vega and Blanca Suárez At a recent roundtable interview, Cámara and Silvestre talked about Almodóvar’s intense directing process, how he creates a family among his actors and a cinematic world that’s uniquely his own, his imaginative approach to casting, the challenge of shooting in an extremely confined space, rehearsing a flamboyant dance routine with choreographer Blanca Li, »
- Sheila Roberts
Pedro Almodóvar’s hilarious new comedy, I’m So Excited, takes flying to new heights as his flamboyant characters embark on an unusual journey fueled by alcohol, sexual desire and the fear of imminent death. From take-off until emergency landing, fate weaves an unpredictable thread linking the passengers with other characters, and the plane’s tiny galley and cockpit become the settings for some of the movie’s funniest scenes. Opening June 28th, the film features cameos by Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas and an ensemble cast that includes Javier Cámara, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Paz Vega and Blanca Suárez. At the film’s recent press day, Almodóvar talked about the role that sex and death play in his work, how the song that inspired the title became the full-scale choreographed centerpiece of the movie, »
- Sheila Roberts
Title: I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros) Sony Pictures Classics Director: Pedro Almadóvar Screenwriter: Pedro Almadóvar Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Coté Soler, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Javier Cámara, Guillermo Toledo, José Luis Torrijo, Lola Dueñes, Cecilia Roth, Blanca Suárez Screened at: Sony, NYC, 5/7/13 Opens: June 28, 2013 If Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who led a fascist government in Spain from 1936 to 1975, saw “I’m So Excited,” he would be so astonished at its innocuousness that he might never have ordered sexual repression on the movie screen. So unfunny is this latest from the great Pedro Almadóvar—heretofore known for such terrific movies as “Talk to Her” (two [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Music Make You Lose Control: Almodovar’s Return to High Camp Shenanigans
Fans of Pedro Almodovar’s early works, like Dark Habits and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown should be really, really excited for his latest, I’m So Excited, a bawdy, trifling, absurd breath of fresh air that sees the auteur return to zany high camp territory. However, while those early works had a playful subversive edge to them, this latest confection feels a little light on the transgressions, despite some memorably crass moments and minor politically minded jeering.
A technical failure to the landing gear (caused by two airport employees in cameos from Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz) puts Peninsula Flight 2549 en route to Mexico City in peril, forcing Captain Acero (Antonio de la Torre) and co-pilot Benito Moron (Hugo Silva) to fly in circles over Toledo. Economy class has been given muscle relaxers and thus are all passed out, »
- Nicholas Bell
★★★☆☆ To say that Pedro Almodóvar's Pointer Sisters-referencing I'm So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros, 2013) is one of the flamboyant Spanish auteur's more inconsequential efforts would perhaps be doing it a disservice; it is, after all, as interested in sexual politics and forms of control and restraint as any of his previous films. The key distinction to make, then, is that this is arguably his first all-out comedy, forgoing heartrending melodrama in favour of sharp one-liners and trusted sight gags. As expected, Almodóvar proves himself a deft comic director, though this latest enjoyable offering does struggle to reach the dizzying heights of his finest work.
An Airplane! for post-recession Spain, I'm So Excited takes place almost entirely aboard an ill-fated commercial flight en route to Mexico City. With the plane's landing gear damaged before take off - in a sequence which features cameos from Almodóvar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz »
- CineVue UK
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