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Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto was one of the titles to watch at the just-wrapped Toronto Film Festival. Now the immigration drama starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan has landed at Stx Entertainment, which made the biggest splash at the fest this year when it acquired the Ilya Naishuller-directed Pov thriller Hardcore for $10 million after a big auction. The deal is for North American… »
After screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and winning the Special Presentation Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics, Jonás Cuarón's second feature, "Desierto," has found a home with STX Entertainment. Variety reports the distribution company is picking up rights for the border thriller, giving the film a spot on STX's upcoming slate alongside "Secret in Their Eyes," "Free State of Jones" and "Hardcore." The company had success releasing "The Gift" in August. "Desierto" stars Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and focuses on a group of Mexicans as their attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexican border are complicated by a vigilante. STX was founded last year by producer Robert Simonds with a goal of releasing mid-budget dramas »
- Zack Sharf
Stx Entertainment has acquired Jonás Cuarón’s immigration thriller “Desierto,” which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, an individual with knowledge of the deal has told TheWrap. Bernal plays a Mexican immigrant who tries to sneak across the U.S. border. Morgan plays a psychotic vigilante who begins to kill his fellow Mexican immigrants one-by-one, ultimately playing a cat-and-mouse game with Bernal’s character in the middle of an unforgiving desert. Cuarón and Mateo García co-wrote “Desierto,” which debuted last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Stx plans to give the movie a theatrical release next year. »
- Jeff Sneider
The immigration thriller was directed by “Gravity” screenwriter Jonás Cuarón and stars Gael García Bernal (“Y Tu Mama Tambien”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”). It debuted this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received strong reviews for its performances and direction, and won the Special Presentation Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics.
“‘Desierto’ operates on a level that is swift, primal and unrelenting,” wrote Variety critic Justin Chang in a favorable notice.
The film centers on a group of Mexicans whose attempts to cross the border into the United States are complicated by a shotgun-wielding vigilante. Given the headlines Donald Trump has generated by attacking immigration policy during the recent presidential race, the subject matter is certainly topical.
Stx Entertainment made a splash two weeks ago when it acquired another Toronto Film Festival release, »
- Brent Lang
“Who’s zoomin’ who?” asked Aretha Franklin in her 1985 hit of the same name — and while the song doesn’t feature amid the film’s cooler musical selections, it summarizes the key dramatic question of “Zoom.” A spirited if spotty solo debut for Brazilian helmer Pedro Morelli, this breathless trifle triangulates the personal and creative crises of an insecure comic-book artist, a cocksure filmmaker and an aspiring novelist — with the considerable high-concept twist that each of the three is living a narrative created by one of the others. Morelli and tyro scribe Matt Hansen unpack this Charlie Kaufman-lite premise with more cleverness than wit, struggling particularly to find the right racy tone for various erotic interludes — but the part-toon pic’s neatly collapsing structure and pop-art flourishes ensure it’s never dull. The (literally) animated presence of Gael Garcia Bernal adds a sales hook, but “Zoom” will do its zippiest biz in VOD. »
- Guy Lodge
"In placing us firmly on the side of a group of undocumented Mexican workers caught in the crosshairs of a psychotic American sniper [Jeffrey Dean Morgan], Desierto probably isn’t going to make Donald Trump’s top-10 list," suggests Variety's Justin Chang. "If that weren’t recommendation enough, director Jonás Cuarón brings a swift, propulsive B-movie energy to his potent sophomore feature (after 2007’s Year of the Nail), a brutal and merciless chase thriller that makes no apologies for its political one-sidedness and visceral extremity." We've got more reviews of the new film starring Gael García Bernal. » - David Hudson »
"Eva Perón’s luminous corpse gets exhumed for dubious ends in Pablo Agüero’s intermittently engaging Eva Doesn’t Sleep, a mixed-media survey of Argentinean history since the fall of the Perónist government in the mid-1950s," begins Angelo Muredda, writing for Cinema Scope. The film, which Michael Sicinski calls "necrophilia posing as a history lesson" in the Notebook, stars Gael García Bernal and Denis Lavant and premiered at the recently wrapped Toronto Film Festival. We're collecting more reviews and we've got two clips. » - David Hudson »
A tense thriller of survival set against a desolate landscape of quiet austerity until the deafening sound of our heroes’ pursuer returns after a brief respite allowing these strangers the time to emotively talk about their lives—no, it’s not Gravity. Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón certainly has a type, though, since his sophomore effort in the director’s chair, Desierto, has a lot of formal similarities to his and father Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning ride. Thematically different since the whole exists in the wasteland battlegrounds of the Mexican border, is fought by the impoverished rather than elite, and includes a villain possessed by a conscious psychopathy in his treatment of other human beings, it’s still difficult to separate the two when the same screenwriter worked on both.
This isn’t inherently a bad thing since Cuarón appears to have a handle on the cinematic construction of just such a suspenseful tale. »
- Jared Mobarak
Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are »
- Michael Sicinski
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
THR’s awards analyst believes Jeffrey Dean Morgan could land a best supporting actor Oscar nom for his portrayal of a violent xenophobe in Jonas Cuaron’s heart-pounding thriller.
As the Oscar race begins to come into focus, the best actor field looks extremely crowded, but the best supporting actor field does not. That being the case, some smart distributor ought to act quickly and pick up Jonas Cuaron‘s Desierto, a deeply disturbing drama about Mexicans trying to sneak into America, because in it Jeffrey Dean Morgan — supporting Gael Garcia Bernal and an ensemble of lesser-known thesps — brings to life one of the most hauntingly evil characters in the history of the movies. (The film had its world premiere and follow-up screenings this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.)
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- Patrick Shanley
Berlinale Silver Bear winner secures UK/Ireland release date.
Network Releasing has set a March 25, 2016 release date in the UK and Ireland for Pablo Larrain’s The Club (El Club), which picked up the Silver Bear at the Berlinale and is Chile’s submission for the Oscars.
The Easter Friday release is apt for the story of four Catholic priests, shipped off to a seaside monastery for various venial transgressions. But the group have their cozy exile disturbed by charges of molestation, in Larrain’s blackly comic drama.
The film, screening at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, will receive its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 8/9
Larraín is best known for films including Tony Manero (2008), Post-mortem (2010), and Oscar-nominated No (2012) starring Gael García Bernal - all previously released in the UK through Network Releasing. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In placing us firmly on the side of a group of undocumented Mexican workers caught in the crosshairs of a psychotic American sniper, “Desierto” probably isn’t going to make Donald Trump’s top-10 list. If that weren’t recommendation enough, director Jonas Cuaron brings a swift, propulsive B-movie energy to his potent sophomore feature (after 2007’s “Year of the Nail”), a brutal and merciless chase thriller that makes no apologies for its political one-sidedness and visceral extremity: You’ve undoubtedly heard more nuanced arguments in defense of immigrant rights, but perhaps none delivered with such heart-pounding intensity. With Gael Garcia Bernal providing a firm rooting interest against a shotgun-toting, Confederate-flag-waving Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cuaron’s lean, mean exploitation movie should satisfy enough of an arthouse-action-lovin’ niche to give it a fighting chance with the mainstream.
- Justin Chang
Gael Garcia Bernal was spotted filming the second season of Mozart in the Jungle in New York City Tuesday. Gael Garcia Bernal Filming On the Manhattan set of Mozart in the Jungle, Bernal was pictured mounting a bicycle in Washington Square Park. The Mexican-born actor was joined on set by costar and Mozart in the […]
- Chelsea Regan
Director Jonás Cuarón has some of his father Alfonso’s knack for physical tension, but his second feature is limited by its monochrome morality
When Donald Trump held a rally in Alabama this August, a supporter named Jim Sherota told a New York Times reporter that he hoped Trump would say something along the lines of: “When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot; it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill.”
Related: Gael García Bernal: ‘I feel hopeful and naively optimistic for the future’
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- Jordan Hoffman
"Welcome to the land of the free." Words that echo throughout "Desierto" as soon as they're spoken, not least because of who says them, and when. They bounce around the hollow chambers of this bare-bones narrative until one realizes how empty they are. Jonás Cuarón writes and directs this genre film, after co-writing the screenplay for "Gravity" with his father Alfonso, and reminds everyone what that film's greatest setback was (hint: not the visuals). It's a border-crossing tale that plays out like an immigrant's worst nightmare: getting stalked by a redneck and his vicious German Shepherd over the merciless badlands that separate the United States and Mexico. The film showcases a fantastically simple concept that withers and dies under needless sentimentality, increasingly tedious plot development, and a climax that's everything but quick and painless. Gael García Bernal, who is usually fantastic but just okay here, plays »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
The reading, arranged by director Jason Reitman, saw Stewart play the role of Prince Humperdinck, McAdams as Princess Buttercup, Donald Glover as Vizzini, the film's original director Rob Reiner as the voice of the Grandfather, and - of course - Elwes as Wesley.
He explained before the »
Director Jason Reitman, who has previously assembled star-studded on-stage recitals of The Big Lebowski and American Beauty, brought out a new set of actors in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday night. “This is going to be a lot of fun,” he said, before describing the 1987 fantasy as one of his “favourite films”.
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- Benjamin Lee
Eva Doesn’t SleepDear Danny,Apologies not needed, my friend, downers come with the territory in any festival. I do understand your irritation and boredom with a film like Victoria, especially as a formerly obsessive long-take fetishist. Right before my flight, I watched an old Tay Garnett film which features a slowly zigzagging tracking shot that passes through a bustling crowd, picking up various conversational earfuls along with the off-key beat of a saloon band. It’s a shot that surely must have taken enormous preparation (think of the sheer heft of shooting apparatus back in 1930!), yet Garnett, a rowdy and expedient mechanic, moves on quickly once it’s done, he’s got sailors and flappers to focus on. With weightless cameras and digital lubrication, single-take exercises are too often now little more than “mine’s bigger than yours” contests where the only thing at stake is directorial egotism. No »
- Fernando F. Croce
Last night’s world premiere of Michael Moore’s new documentary was the hot ticket among buyers looking for that first on-site deal heading into the opening weekend.
With Us deals already sewn up on marquee selections like festival opener Demolition, Spotlight, Black Mass, Trumbo, Truth, Beasts Of No Nation and The Martian, Moore’s Where To Invade Next was the early focus.
However with another public presentation and two P+I screenings of Moore’s latest work scheduled for later today, Wme Global’s sales team may prefer to entertain offers until after all key buyers have seen it.
Wme Global also represents with K5 International Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet’s highly regarded German Pow drama Land Of Mine, which earned a standing ovation last night and gets a P+I screening today.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Flagging a prime new Latin America movie launching onto the international market at Toronto, Pyramide, one of Europe’s premier arthouse companies, has closed France and international distribution rights on “Cromo,” a new and pioneering production directed by Argentina’s Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo and Pablo Fendrik.
“Cromo” has large interest in itself: It is the first full thriller from Lucia Puenzo, with compatriot Lucrecia Martel the best known of distaff helmers in Latin America.
“Cromo” also employs a mixed feature/TV model – the feature takes in the full narrative arc of series episodes 1,2 and 8 – that, if successful, could help establish a new alternative mixed financing/ revenue model for Latin American fiction for both movies and TV.
Set up at Historias Cinematográficas, the Buenos Aires production house created by Oscar-nominated Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story”), and produced by Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo, “Cromo” is billed as a timely eco-thriller about a an idealistic scientist, »
- John Hopewell
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