13 items from 2015
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Participant Media has officially confirmed that Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to No, currently shooting in Chile and starring Gael García Bernal, is the second title under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.
The film reunites Participant, Larrain and Bernal following their collaboration on No, which marked Participant’s first foray into foreign-language film and earned an Oscar nomination in 2013.
No inspired Participant to launch Participant PanAmerica in 2013 with three Latin American production powerhouses: Chile’s Fabula, Colombia’s Dynamo and Mexico’s Canana. The first film to emerge from the venture was Ardor, Pablo Fendrik’s Argentina-set Western that screened in Cannes 2014.
The 1940s-set Neruda (see first-look pictures) stars Chile’s Luis Gnecco in the title role as Chile’s dissident Nobel prize-winning poet and Bernal as the police inspector tasked with hunting him down. Mercedes Moran plays Neruda’s wife, Delia del Carril.
Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderon wrote Neruda, which is set up as an international co-production between »
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Pablo Larraín and star Gael García Bernal were a match made in heaven for "No," the small-scale political drama about the 1988 defeat of Pinochet that won the Chilean director a Cannes prize in 2012 and grabbed a foreign Oscar nom. Larraín turns once again to fact-based material in "Neruda," the latest project under the Participant PanAmerica banner aiming to develop and finance films for and from Latin America. Filming is now underway in Chile. Luis Gnecco takes on the title role of the dissident Nobel prize-winning poet opposite García Bernal as police inspector Óscar Peluchonneau who's hunting him in the 1948 Cold War days of Chile. Then a senator, Neruda criticized the right-wing government, which called for his impeachment. In the film, a failed attempt to flee the country forces Neruda and his wife, painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Moran), to bunker down with the Chilean underground, where Neruda pens his »
- Ryan Lattanzio
They were already onboard as a financier/production company, now Variety reports that Participant Media have grabbed the North American rights to Pablo Larrain‘s sixth feature film and largest budget to date in Neruda. No word yet if they’ll distribute the film which is currently shooting and is set for a winter release next year in the Latin Americas. A film festival premiere will likely be set for Cannes or Venice of next year.
Gist: Written by Guillermo Calderon, this is set between 1946 and 1948 as the Cold War kicks in, this is portrait of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) as a man, artist, legend and political renegade, “Neruda” is. Now a member of Chile’s Communist Party and a Senator, Neruda criticizes the government for its imprisonment of striking miners. The President of Chile calls for Neruda’s arrest. On the run, with Chile’s police, »
- Eric Lavallee
Now shooting on location in Chile, “Neruda” reunites Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media with “No” director Larrain and star Gael Garcia Bernal. It is also the next film under the Participant PanAmerica initiative.
An international co-production between Chile’s Fabula, France’s Funny Balloons and Reborn Productions, Spain’s Setembro Cine and Argentina’s Az Films, “Neruda” is co-financed by Participant Media, which has also acquired North American rights.
A portrait of the makings of Chile’s Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda as a man, artist, legend and political renegade, “Neruda” is set between 1946 and 1948 as the Cold War kicks in hard. Neruda – played by Luis Gnecco (HBO »
- John Hopewell
The Stranger comes to us as the latest vampire film to never admit it’s Actually a vampire film, because labeling yourself as a “vampire movie” just isn’t cool anymore. I’m sorry – if your character hates the sun, drinks blood and is immortal, he or she is a vampire. Deal with it.
While filmmaker Guillermo Amoedo proves to have a keen cinematic eye, this nightmarish infection thriller ends up being a big ol’ bowl of Meh. Presented by horror maestro Eli Roth, this Chilean thriller does have the atmospheric chills of a good mysterious-drifter-fueled caper, but some transitional techniques struggle to make Amoedo’s work flow seamlessly for international audiences. It’s a shame when audio dubbing reflects negatively on a cinematic watch, and while it’s something we try to ignore, one can’t help but be taken out of the fantasy on screen by voices that clearly don’t belong. »
- Matt Donato
Stranger Danger: Roth & Amoedo Unveil Derivative Inclinations
Director Eli Roth continues his collaboration with the South American crew from Aftershock (2012), by producing writer Guillermo Amoedo’s sophomore directorial effort, The Stranger. The title is the filmmaker’s English language debut, previously helming a 2010 film Retorno. Unfortunately, the final result is about as mundane as its nebulous title would seem to indicate, slapped into a narrative as familiar as it is illogical. Still, technically speaking, it’s packaged better than some recent titles released from IFC Midnight (the 2013 Jeff Fahey starrer Beneath comes to mind). Those hoping for a dash of Roth’s predilection for intense splashes of violence may be disappointed, as Amodeo’s somber slow-burn never finds any such spark.
- Nicholas Bell
This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
Gael Garcia Bernal will co-star in “Neruda,” Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to Berlin Grand Jury Prize winner “The Club,” and one of the biggest and highest-profile of projects currently coming out of Latin America, Variety has learned.
Chile’s Luis Gnecco, who stars in “Profugos,” the hit narco TV series Larrain directed for HBO Latin America, will portray Neruda. Garcia Bernal is playing Inspector Oscar Peluchoneau, who organized the police manhunt for the Nobel-winning Chilean poet.
Set for a June production start, “Neruda” captures the poet between 1946 and 1948, when he joined Chile’s Communist Party, was elected as a senator, railed against the imprisonment of striking miners, »
- John Hopewell
In this supernatural thriller, a mysterious man arrives in a small town seeking his wife, but his unwelcome presence and what he finds instead soon plunges the community into a bloodbath.
The Stranger features cast that includes Lorenza Izzo, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Nicolás Durán, Luis Gnecco, Ariel Levy, Alessandra Guerzoni, Aaron Burns, John Allan, Eric Kleinsteuberg and Pablo Vila, and is set to hit VOD in the States on June 12th.
- Gary Collinson
Berlin – Valdivia’s Jirafa – Monday’s winner of the Berlinale’s Co-production Market’s Arte International Prize for Marcela Said’s “Small Talk” – is teaming with Chilean writer-director Alejandro Almendras Fernandez, for “Aquí no ha pasado nada” (Much Ado About Nothing’).
Produced by Jirafa’s Augusto Matte and inspired by a political scandal which outraged Chile, “Much Ado” is set for an April shoot, confirming it as Almendras Fernandez’s follow-up to the career milestone “To Kill a Man,” which won the 2014 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and confirmed a move by Almendras Fernandez from exquisite art film towards broader audience filmmaking.
Announced Tuesday to Variety at Berlin, “Much Ado,” like “Small Talk” or Pablo Larrain’s Berlinale competition player “The Club,” forms part of what could be called as building cinema of discrepancy in Latin America: Films which questions the socioeconomic limits to real democratic change after the »
- John Hopewell
Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up. We have big news for those of you who enjoyed Tomas Vergara’s stunning zombie short film, Isolated, as well as four release date changes for Marvel’s Phase 3 slate and details on the Horror Block Short Film Festival.
Isolated: Clocking in at about five minutes, Tomas Vergara’s CGI-animated Isolated features plenty of heart-pumping suspense, an intriguing story, and zombies that emerge slowly from the shadows, though they are capable of sprinting down the city streets (effectively evoking both George A. Romero’s living dead and the zombies of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake).
We shared Vergara’s short film with Daily Dead readers last month. If you were captivated by the apocalyptic story and didn’t want it to end, then you’re in luck, because in addition to Vergara being signed by the Verve agency, Deadline reports »
- Derek Anderson
Evan’s experiencing a very rude awakening. He lifts his head from the steering wheel to see the hood of his taxi rammed into the underbelly of a truck. Someone else’s blood is spattered on his face, and standing not far from his passenger door window are two zombies… the first of many Evan will encounter in Isolated, the new CGI-animated short film from Tomas Vergara that we have for Daily Dead visitors to watch.
Clocking in at about five minutes, Peak Pictures’ Isolated features plenty of heart-pumping suspense, an intriguing story, and zombies that emerge slowly from the shadows, though they are capable of sprinting down the city streets (effectively evoking both George A. Romero’s living dead and the zombies of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake).
Chilean co-writer/director Vergara revealed in an interview with The Daily Dot that the majority of Isolated was shot with performance capture technology, »
- Derek Anderson
13 items from 2015
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