12 items from 2014
A couple of mismatched cops in the immediate post-Franco era investigate the brutal murders of two teenage girls in Alberto Rodriguez’s satisfyingly atmospheric neo-noir, “Marshland.” Steeped in a brooding transitional world of distrust, perversion, and disillusionment, this stylish thriller from the director of “Unit 7” superbly captures its milieu, yet ultimately isn’t on top of its narrative, which disappoints in the denouement and leaves too many questions unanswered. Bold, award-winning visuals from d.p. Alex Catalan and charismatic leads paper over most of the holes, but lingering frustration over plot points could hinder the film’s international success. Local play should be strong, and a pan-European release is certainly possible.
Mesmerizing satellite images of the wetlands around the Guadalquivir River in Spain’s deep south set the tone for something destabilizing, the land-mass patterns resembling a color-dyed brain membrane slice under a microscope. The time is September 1980, five years after Franco’s death, »
- Jay Weissberg
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 »
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It was obvious from the trailer for Manuel Martín Cuenca's award winning Cannibal that this was not going to be the story of a raging, murderous, crazy man who goes around killing and then eating people. There was a restraint and beauty to the trailer which suggested a different kind of cannibal story and Cuenca's movie is exactly that: a quiet contemplation of a man with a dark secret.
Antonio de la Torre (most recently seen in Pedro Almodóvar audacious I'm So Excited), makes a complete left turn here and provides a commanding performance as Carlos, a handsome, well respected and admired tailor who makes his living dressing some of the most important men of Granada. By [Continued ...] »
Cannibal – Manuel Martin Cuenca
Limited Release & VOD – July 25th
Distributor: Film Movement
Awards & Fests: Selected for the 2013 Toronto Int. Film Festival, this had important stops at San Sebastian, Torino and the upcoming Karlovy Vary film fest. Film Movement folks picked it up in December. Award-wise, it managed to land a couple of Cinema Writers Circle Awards win and several Goya Award nominations.
What the critic’s are saying?: Variety got to the film a little late, but Ronnie Scheib found plenty to admire in the “sumptuously shot in carefully composed long takes, the film firmly keeps its butchery offscreen, and given its glacial pace and lack of overt sensationalism, it definitely ranks as a niche item — and a rarefied one, at that.”
From Tiff, THR’s Jonathan Holland touts Cuenca as a strong filmmaker, “as capable of exploring a series of frankly outlandish filmic, thematic and moral propositions with »
- Eric Lavallee
With his 2012 effort Unit 7, director Alberto Rodriguez scored a major critical and commercial success in Spain packing out cinemas and scoring multiple Goya awards with his taut tale of corrupt police. And Rodriguez returns to Spanish screens in September with his latest effort, Marshland, a dark thriller starring Raul Arevalo, Javier Guteierrez and Antonio de la Torre.The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community...
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Ever since NBC's "Hannibal" wrapped up its second season a few weeks back, we've been craving some sexy cannibal action, and so we're quite delighted to hear that the Spanish flick Cannibal has just been handed a release date. Read on for all the details about the day and date roll-out!
From the Press Release
Film Movement, the New York-based film distribution company, announces three new independent films premiering on digital platforms in July.
Cannibal, Les Apaches, and I Am Yours are the latest critically-acclaimed, award-winning independent films to be made available to audiences nationwide.
Erotic thriller Cannibal is the chilling, poetic tale of a man who has long been compelled to kill as he slowly awakens to the possibility of human connection and love. Winner of the Goya Award for Best Cinematography, Cannibal opens in select theaters nationally on July 25th and will be released day and date on »
- John Squires
Manuel Martín Cuenca's Cannibal made its debut last year at Tiff and has been making the festival rounds since its premiere. What's surprising is how Cuenca's movie has managed to fly under the radar for most the last six months, especially considering that is not only sounds interesting but the fact that it's taken a number of cinematography awards for Pau Esteve Birba.
Antonio de la Torre stars as Carlos, a highly acclaimed tailor by day and a murdering cannibal by night. He has no qualms about his dark extra curricular activities, feeling no remorse or guilt but when he meets Nina (Olimpia Melinte), his life changes.
I love this trailer not only for what it manages to convey without words and for the creepy beauty of it.
Cannibal is now available to [Continued ...] »
The title of “Cannibal,” Spanish helmer Manuel Martin Cuenca’s fifth feature, is not merely figurative. Its hero, brilliantly incarnated by Antonio de la Torre, kills and consumes beautiful young women, and unlike other same-species carnivores, he pursues his solitary avocation with the same measured deliberation with which he plies his craft as a high-end tailor. Sumptuously shot in carefully composed long takes, the film firmly keeps its butchery offscreen, and given its glacial pace and lack of overt sensationalism, it definitely ranks as a niche item — and a rarefied one, at that. But sophisticated arthouse audiences might eat it up.
Cuenca opens his film with a murder. In extreme long shot, a couple at a gas station get into their car and drive off, at which point the camera’s viewpoint is revealed as that of Carlos (de la Torre). He forces them off the road, taking the woman »
- Ronnie Scheib
Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") has scored a supporting role as a maid in Justin Chadwick's adaptation of Deborah Moggach's beloved romance novel "Tulip Fever" at The Weinstein Company. Filming aims to begin in April.
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows a married woman (Alicia Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together. [Source: The Wrap]
Entourage: The Movie
Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) has scored the role of assistant to Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) in the upcoming movie based on the HBO series "Entourage" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Lloyd, Gold's previous long-suffering assistant, has been promoted to an agency rep in the new film. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The lead cast has been unveiled on British filmmaker Jim Loach’s second feature, which will begin production on March 3 at Adelaide Studios and across South Australia’s outback and vineyard regions.
The UK-Australia co-production is from Met Film and Southern Light Alliance, with investment from the UK’s Rattle & Hum Films and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Set within a multigenerational Spanish family, the upcoming film tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realises he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family.
The script »
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Scripted by Judy Morris (“Happy Feet 2,” The Eye of the Storm,” “Babe: Pig in the City”), the picture is the tale of a 12 year old boy who tries to escape his dysfunctional, multi-generational Spanish family.
Production begins March 3 at the Adelaide Studios in South Australia and in the state’s Barossa Valley and Flinders Range wine country.
Rattle & Hum Films presents a Met Film and Southern Light Alliance production, with Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch producing for Met Film alongside Timothy White (Son of a Gun, The Boys Are Back) and Anna Vincent for Southern Light Alliance. The South Australian Film »
- Patrick Frater
Spanish stars Paz Vega, Carmen Maura and Antonio de la Torre together with Edward James Olmos and Love Child.s Jessica Marais head the cast of Jim Loach.s movie which starts shooting in South Australia on March 3.
Scripted by Judy Morris (Happy Feet 2, The Eye of the Storm), the plot revolves around a multi-generational, dysfunctional Spanish family and a 12-year-old boy, Savino, who realises he has to escape to effect change. Sydney newcomer Michael Crisafulli will play Savino with Jarin Towney (Two Little Boys, Underbelly) as his buddy Skeet.
It.s the first film from Timothy White (Son of a Gun, The Boys are Back) and Anna Vincent.s Southern Light Alliance, an unofficial co-production with Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch of the UK.s Met Film.
Vincent tells If that White was introduced to the project from an international contact, she then met the UK producers in »
- Don Groves
12 items from 2014
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