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Sony Pictures Spain, Enrique Cerezo, Tve Pact for ‘1898, Our Last Men’

Madrid — Sony Pictures Spain has acquired all Spanish distribution rights to real-event-based adventure pic “1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines,” produced by Spain’s Enrique Cerezo and one of the first big modern mainstream films in modern Spain to sing the virtues of at least a reduced number of Spanish heroes, set here at a time of national defeat.

Spain’s film establishment is normally highly critical with its establishment, and its figures, born out by such local B.O. hits as swashbuckler “Alatriste,” starring Viggo Mortensen, set in a seventeenth century Madrid and an acerbic take on Spain’s loss of empire.

Backed by Spanish state TV network Tve and the recently-launched nationwide private channel 13Tv, the film underscores once more the crucial role played by TV broadcasters in local film financing schemes.

Vicente CanalesFilm Factory Entertainment, the sales agent of Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” handles
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‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ‘Jota,’ ‘100 Meters’ Lead Madrid de Cine Dealing (Exclusive)

‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ‘Jota,’ ‘100 Meters’ Lead Madrid de Cine Dealing (Exclusive)
Madrid — Alberto Rodriguez’s “Smoke & Mirrors,” Carlos Saura’s “La Jota” and Marcel Barrena’s “100 Meters” cut three of the highest-profile deals at an upbeat Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, which wrapped Wednesday.

The three-day Spanish cinema sales market was a small event in comparison to its French and British counterparts, UniFrance’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in January and this month’s London Screenings. That said, a healthy number of deals went down, highlighting some upcoming titles which look set to hit big festivals and Spain’s box office from this late summer.

Based on a corruption scandal which helped oust former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez’s socialist government from power in 1996, the Film Factory-sold espionage thriller “Smoke & Mirrors” closed in Madrid with Italy’s Movies Inspired.

Antoine Zeind’s A-z Films bought Canada rights at the Spanish Screenings. Warner Bros. distributes in Spain. Ad Vitam, a Paris-based
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Cannes: ’100 Meters’ Sells To Germany, Asia, Poland (Exclusive)

Barcelona– Co-produced by Barcelona’s Filmax International and Lisbon’s Mgn Filmes, “100 Meters” has been sold to Germany, Yugoslavia, and Hong-Kong, among other territories.

Directed and penned by first-timer Marcel Barrena, “Meters” is an inspiring dramedy, channeling echoes of “The Intouchables,” which explores with humor people’s capacity to overcome the seemingly impossible.

In a flurry of early Cannes Film Market deals, “100 Meters” closed with German-Swiss distrib Ascot Elite for German-speaking Europe, with Zagreb’s Blitz Film & Video Distribution Blitz for former-Yugoslavia, Taipei’s Caichang for Taiwan, Edko for Hong Kong, Seoul’s Korea Screen for South Korea and Warsaw’s Monolith for Poland.

“Meters” is based on Bilbao-born Ramon Arroyo true story. An athlete diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 16 years ago, he was told that he wouldn’t be able to walk 100 meters in matter of days. Having decided to prove doctors wrong, he finally managed to complete a “super-hero
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Film Factory boards '1898, Our Last Men In The Philippines'

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Film Factory boards '1898, Our Last Men In The Philippines'
Exclusive: Salvador Calvo is currently filming the historical adventure about the final days of a Spanish colony in the Philippines.

Film Factory has been talking to worldwide buyers here about new slate addition 1898, Our Last Men In The Philippines.

Enrique Cerezo (Witching & Bitching, My Big Night) is producing the historical adventure and director Salvador Calvo is currently shooting in Guinea, the Philippines and the Canary Islands.

1898, Our Last Men In The Philippines recounts the final days of the Spanish Empire’s last colony as 50 soldiers in the Philippines barricade themselves inside a church and resist a force of native Tagalogs for nearly a year.

Javier Gutiérrez stars with Luis Tosar, Álvaro Cervantes, Eduard Fernández, Karra Elejalde, and Ricardo Gómez. Alejandro Hernández wrote the screenplay.

“I plan on making an action-adventure movie with great characters,” said Calvo. “A movie like those of the old school, the ones that invited you into the theatre to escape reality for a couple
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Afm: ‘Spanish Affaire’ Stars Join Filmax’s ‘100 Meters’

Afm: ‘Spanish Affaire’ Stars Join Filmax’s ‘100 Meters’
Julio Fernandez’s Filmax Group will produce Marcel Barrena’s “100 Meters,” a real-life based dramedy, toplined by Dani Rovira and Karra Elejalde, stars of Spain’s B.O. juggernaut comedy “Spanish Affair.”

Filmax International, Filmax Group sales arm, will be presenting the project for the first time to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

With French smash hit comedy “Intouchables” as its main film reference, “100 Meters” is an inspirational and feel-good movie on the emotional tale of Ramon Arroyo, a successful Spanish entrepreneur and happy family man who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told that soon he won’t be able to walk even 100 meters.

Ramon’s bravery and determination lead him not only to prove his doctors wrong, but to compete in several editions of one of the toughest triathlon events on the planet, the Ironman.

After starring in 2014’s comedy “Spanish Affair,” the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time in domestic,
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Iff Panama: Potential B.O. Juggernaut ‘Spanish Affair 2’ Gears Up

The pieces are falling into place for the production of “Spanish Affair 2” (“Ocho Apellidos 2”), the sequel to the 2014 comedy which, distributed by Universal Pictures International in Spain, and opening March 14 last year, powered to an extraordinary €55.2 million ($59.6 million) in Spain, becoming the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time at hometurf wickets.

Doing so, it also underscored a business model which is revolutionizing the popularity of movies not only in Spain but in Latin America: the combination of a well-crafted film that touches a national nerve and has a huge marketing push from a big nationwide broadcaster, here TV network Mediaset España, which co-produced via powerful film arm Telecinco Cinema.

Other national film industries – in Argentina, for instance – have taken note. Backing from Televisa and Globo also explain, though only in part, the rise of local movies’ market shares in Mexico and Brazil respectively.

Underscoring the crowd-pleasing status of the original,
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‘Marshland’ Sweeps Spain’s Goya Awards

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Alberto Rodríguez’s noirish thriller “Marshland” dominated Saturday night the 29th Spanish Academy Goya Awards, winning 10 awards, including best pic, director, actor (Javier Gutiérrez) and original screenplay.

Nommed in 17 awards categories, “Marshland” confirmed expectations, and clearly beat Daniel Monzón’s action thriller “El Niño,” winner of four tech awards against 16 nominations.

“Marshland,” a “True Detective”-sque thriller turning on two homicide cops on the trail of a serial killer of teen girls in the marshlands outside Seville, was produced by Atresmedia Cine, José Antonio Félez’s Atipica and Gervasio Iglesias’ Sacromonte. Vicente Canales’ sales outfit Film Factory Ent. sells the film at Berlin.

Released by Warner Bros., “Marshland” was a box office hit in Spain, scoring €6.3 million ($7.2 million). Pic already won best actor (Javier Gutiérrez) and cinematography (Alex Catalán) at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Best actress plaudit was earned by Barbara Lennie for his role in Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl,
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Even the Rain Review: Winning Mix of Politics and Filmmaking

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

What better way to remind us of some recent international history than assemble a brilliantly-acted, emotionally engaging testament to it? The release of Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain is timely not because it dredges up memories of the 2000 Cochabamba water protests in Bolivia, but because the dogged issue of utility privatisation is just now arising once again in the country. Bolivian President Evo Morales’ controversial nationalisation of a subsidiary power company has re-opened the 2000 discourse, and the serendipitous arrival of Bollain’s film consequently provides plenty of food for thought.

Lusi Tosar, who impressed as a vicious prison inmate in Cell 211, plays fastidious film producer Costa, travelling to Bolivia with his young, idealistic director Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) to shoot a contentious picture about Christopher Columbus’ conquest. While recruiting local extras for their film, they become embroiled in the ongoing water conflict between the citizens and the state,
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Exclusive Clip from ‘Even the Rain’

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Dogwoof have given us this brand new and exclusive clip for their new movie, Even the Rain which hits UK cinemas this Friday 18th May. It’s directed by Icíar Bollaín, written by Paul Laverty and stars Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri and Karra Elejalde. Below the clip, I’ve also placed the trailer which gives you more of an idea of the story of the movie and the look and feel. I actually got to spend a month just outside Cochabamba in Bolivia (where the movie is shot) back in 2002 while working at an orphanage so am very much looking forward to watching the movie to see this beautiful country captured on film (other than seeing it on the Top Gear special!).

Obsessive idealist Sebastián has sworn to direct a film about one of the world’s most iconic figures, Christopher Columbus. He is determined to
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Steve Zaillian May Direct Timecrimes Remake

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Timecrimes is one of those films that restores your faith in original film-making.

Just when time-travelling film concepts seem to have been done to death, along comes something new to breathe fresh life once again. In the original, Hector (Karra Elejalde) accidentally climbs into a time machine and travels back a short amount of time, getting caught up with different versions of himself, before tying himself up in all manner of knots trying to put everything back again.

The film is played dead straight, low-fi and is utterly compelling. It is also not in English, meaning it would only be a matter of time before Hollywood got its grubby little mitts on it. Whilst that is normally the cue for everyone to get cross, at least some pretty heavyweight talent is trying to get on board this one. Steve Zaillian, writer of Schindler’s List, Moneyball, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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Even the Rain (También la lluvia) | Review - Cine Las Americas 2011

Director: Icíar Bollaín Writer: Paul Laverty Starring: Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Karra Elejalde, Carlos Aduviri Even the Rain was made "in memory of Howard Zinn", and it was Zinn whose book A People's History of the United States studiously informed many of us about Christopher Columbus' true legacy of genocide and enslavement. In director Icíar Bollaín's Even the Rain, Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) is the righteously idealist director who shares Zinn's revisionist perspective on Columbus; thus Sebastián has set out to debunk -- by way of the all powerful cinema -- the conservative myths surrounding Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Sebastián cares first and foremost about Columbus' obsession with gold, involvement with slave-trade, and punitive violence against any Indians who refused to convert to Christianity. Sebastián then opts to counter Columbus' story with the tales of two priests -- Bartolomé de las Casas (Raul Arevalo) and Antonio
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Looking back at Timecrimes

Ryan takes a look back at Nacho Vigalondo’s low budget movie Timecrimes, a film that is as frightening as it is ingenious…

It doesn't take much to make a horror film. A handful of handsome young men and women, a rubber axe, a video camera and a bucket of blood are all the ingredients a budding filmmaker needs to knock out a cheap, plot-free slasher film of the Friday The 13th variety.

Creating a genuinely frightening film, meanwhile, takes more than just screaming and ketchup, and it's often the case that the most terrifying movies fall outside the horror genre entirely. As a child, I found the nature-on-the-rampage premise of The Swarm scary enough to keep me awake for a week, though Richard Chamberlain's acting may also have been partially responsible.

Then there are the films of Gaspar Noé, a director whose films are so menacing and insidiously
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Javier Bardem. His Lips Are Busy!

Sunday February 13th was quite the awards jam. Nicole Kidman was jamming to Katy Perry at the Grammys, Helena Bonham Carter was being crowned at BAFTA, and Javier Bardem was in Madrid winning The Goya to add to his huge statue haul.

Does Penélope Cruz know where his lips have been? He loves to kiss his trophies.

Javiin 2011 with his Goya; Javi in 2008 with his Oscar

'Oh to be a slab of stone / gold plating!' shriek millions of fans in unison.

Javier has won plentiful awards over the years for his in arguable screen presence and acting gift: one Oscar, one BAFTA, one Golden Globe, one Spirit Award, one "actor" from SAG, one Nbr, two Volpi cups from Venice, two European Film Awards, two Gothams, two ADIRCAEs (no, I don't know what that is either) and numerous critics prizes. But it's at the Goyas, the Spanish Oscars, where he reigns supreme.
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Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) 2011: Winners: Black Bread, Buitiful, Lope

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Black Bread, Buitful, and the other winners of the 2011 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) have been announced. The 25th Annual Goya Awards “known in Spanish as los Premios Goya, are Spain’s main national film awards, considered by many in Spain, and internationally, to be the Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards.” The full listing of the 2011 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) winners is below.

Film

Pa negre (Black Bread)

Director

Agustí Villaronga, Pa negre (Black Bread)

New Director

David Pinillos, Bon Apetit

Production Supervision

Cristina Zumárraga, También la lluvia (Even the Rain)

Photography

Antonio Riestra, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Original Screenplay

Chris Sparling, Buried

Adapted Screenplay

Agustí Villaronga, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Art Direction

Ana Alvargonzález, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Leading Actress

Nora Navas, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Leading Actor

Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Supporting Actress

Laia Marull, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Supporting Actor

Karra Elejalde, También la lluvia (Even the Rain)

New Actress

Marina Comas,
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Interview: Tambien La Lluvia Director

Director Iciar Bollain's political drama También La Lluvia is up for fourteen Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Academy Awards, and now American audiences will be able to see the must-see Spanish import.

Spanish director Bollain tells CineMovie, Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu was attached to the project before he left to direct and write the Oscar nominated Biutiful and how she came to the project as well as casting Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in her first big budget film. 

Watch our video interview with the Spanish director.

Movie Clip:  Gael Garcia Bernal in También La Lluvia

También La Lluvia's Goya nominations include Best Picture and Best Director for Bollain, and Best Actor for the film's Luis Tosar who will compete with Javier Bardem's performance in Biutiful.  Bolivian and first-time actor Karra Elejalde also received a nomination for Best New Actor

Read more...
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Steven Zaillian Rewriting Timecrimes Remake

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Writer-producer Steven Zaillian has shifted his remake of the 2007 thriller Timecrimes from United Artists to DreamWorks and is now rewriting the script.

We first reported on the remake almost exactly three years ago, when Zaillian was only attached as a producer of the United Artists project. Zaillian moved the project over to DreamWorks, where he has under a first-look deal. Timothy J. Sexton wrote the original drafts of the remake.

The original Timecrimes was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo and centers on a man who continually goes back in time to try and shape the events of a crime. Nacho Vigalondo will executive produce the remake along with Garrett Basch and original Timecrimes producer Eduardo Carneros.

Steven Zaillian also recently wrote the remake script for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which arrives in theaters December 21.

Timecrimes was released December 12th, 2008 and stars Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández,
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Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus Grabs 15 Goyas (Spanish Oscar Noms)

2010 was the weakest year at the Spanish box office in a decade – proof that the films with the most box office potential fell flat. Actually, very few have performed decently. Ironically the biggest flops and the most coldly received by critics films are the ones top lining the nominations for this year's Spanish Academy Awards, the Goyas. Alex de la Iglesia's “Balada Triste de Trompeta” gathered 15 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Antonio De La Torre), Best Supporting Actress (Terele Pávez) and Best Newcomer Actress (Carolina Bang). “Pan Nere” follows with 14 nominations, the surprise hit by Agustí Villaronga will compete for Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Sergi López), Best Actress (Nora Navas), Best Newcomer Actor (Francesc Colomer) and Best Supporting Actress (Laia Marull). Following Agustí Villaronga's film we find “También la Lluvia” by Icíar Bollaín with 13 nominations fighting for Best Film,
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

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Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

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Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much
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Timecrimes (2007) Movie Review

“Timecrimes” (original title: “Los cronocrímenes”) is a small, low budget sci-fi film from Spain about a crazy hour in the life of an accidental time traveler. The movie doesn’t break any new ground when it comes to the subject of time travel, but there’s just enough humor and complexity to make it an engaging puzzle of a movie. Karra Elejalde is Héctor, your average, workaday, middle-aged married man. At the start of the film, he and his wife have just moved into a new house. One evening, just as the sun is setting, Héctor finds himself with time on his hands, so he grabs a pair of binoculars to scope out his new neighborhood. He sees an eerie yet titillating sight in the woods behind his house: a young woman stands there, and slowly begins taking off her clothes. Being your average male, Héctor immediately goes to investigate.
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