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Bo Report: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' rules although well down on predecessor

11 hours ago | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales..

The fifth edition of the Disney, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean franchise easily topped the Aussie box office last weekend although the debut was well below the previous installment.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and shot in Queensland after an injection of $21.6 million in funding from the federal government plus state government incentives, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales captured $5.9 million on 292 locations, according to ComScore.

That.s 41 per cent below the $9.9 million debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011. The latter finished up earning $27.2 million, which may be out of reach of the new film.

Pirates 5 scored an estimated $US77 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday in the Us and $208 million internationally for a global total of $285 million, so the studio may be hard-pressed to recoup the reported $230 million budget. »

- Don Groves

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Cannes: France’s Cite Films, Memento Films Board ‘The Desert Bride’ (Exclusive)

11 May 2017 2:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Building the film’s status as one of Latin America’s buzzed-up Cannes titles, Raphael Berdugo’s Cite Films has made the unusual move – for Cite at least – of taking world sales rights to Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “The Desert Bride.”

A Paris-based production company, Cite Films generally only handles world sales on its own in-house co-productions.

In a second development which will raise the caché of “The Desert Bride,” Memento Films, one of France’s most prestigious upscale distributors, has boarded “The Desert Bride” as its French distributor.

Both events will only stoke buzz on a title which marks the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato and a model of Argentine-Chile co-production. Produced by Atán, Pivato, Chile’s Ceibita Films and, from Argentina, Eva Lauria, Raul Aragon and El Perro en La Luna, “The Desert Bride” stars Paulina Garcia, a best actress »

- John Hopewell

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Neruda review – frustratingly slow anti-biopic

9 April 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jackie director Pablo Larraín loses his way in a film built loosely around the fugitive years of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda

Pablo Larraín’s latest project is resolutely not a biopic. Hooked loosely to the life of Chilean communist poet and intellectual Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), it follows bumbling private investigator Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal, providing drily unreliable, hard-boiled narration) and his hunt for the fugitive Neruda, whose champagne socialism was, by 1948, incompatible with the politics of then-president Gabriel González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Some elements work, such as its playful noir-ish voiceover and vibrant palette of pastel pinks and violets. Ambitious, too, of Larraín to twist the historical fiction format, but overall, it’s a slog. Whereas in Jackie, Larraín’s previous film, the narrative felt thin, here the metafiction is simply bloated: the plot meandering, the pacing frustratingly low energy. “Love is so short, forgetting is so long, »

- Simran Hans

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Win a signed poster from Neruda

5 April 2017 5:11 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Neruda on 7th April, we’ve been given a poster signed by director Pablo Larraín and Gael García Bernal to give away.

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet.

Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, “Canto General”. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom.

Neruda, however, sees this struggle with his »

- Competitions

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Exclusive: Pablo Larrain & Gael Garcia Bernal talk “anti-biopic” Neruda

3 April 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

One of the best film’s of the last year is finally arriving on UK shores on April 7th with the release of Neruda, the new cinematic marvel from acclaimed director Pablo Larrain (Jackie). The film, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes back in February, stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) as a police inspector who is tasked to find Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), who has joined the communist party.

But while on paper the film may sound like a typical biography, it’s actually much more than that: part surrealist tale, part deep glimpse into the mind of its protagonist, it’s a visually stimulating, refreshingly unique look at one of history’s greatest characters. Thus far the film has been met with universal praise and Larrain says they are thrilled with the response, »

- Scott Davis

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Watch an exclusive clip from Pablo Larrain’s Neruda

31 March 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next Friday, we have an exclusive clip from Neruda, the new film from acclaimed filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Jackie), which follows the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, as he becomes a target in his home country of Chile due to his involvement with the Communist during the post-World War II era; check it out here or over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Neruda here

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet.

Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Neruda’: Gael Garcia Bernal Is an Expert Policeman in Exclusive Digital Release Clip — Watch

29 March 2017 12:48 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain had a very, very big 2016, thanks to the release of not one, not two, but three of his singular works to American audiences. From his bold “The Club” to his ambitious “Neruda” and the lauded “Jackie,” last year spelled the start of a brand new beginning for the talented helmer.

Larrain’s singular “Neruda,” styled as a wholly different kind of biopic (something that will surely sound familiar to fans of “Jackie”) features Gael Garcia Bernal as the “expert policeman” Óscar Peluchonneau, who pursues the celebrated poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) after he joins the Communist Party in the late 1940s.

Read More: Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: Pablo Larraín On Catching Ghosts to Make His ‘Neruda’ and ‘Jackie’ (Episode 17)

Not simply a biographical look at Neruda, beyond just a cat and mouse game between two unique men, “Neruda” puts creativity and performance at the forefront, and you »

- Kate Erbland

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Watch: ‘Neruda’ Recites Poetry in Exclusive Clip from Pablo Larraín’s Drama

29 March 2017 7:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the most visually transfixing films of the last year is Pablo Larraín‘s Neruda, released just a few weeks after his Oscar-nominated Jackie. Telling the story of the titular communist poet, played by Luis Gnecco, and the police inspector (Gael García Bernal) that is hunting him down in a post-wwii Chile, the film is now available on Digital HD and we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip featuring his poetry in action.

“Together with a creative use of editing, which regularly violates spatial and temporal continuity — often locating the same conversation in several different settings simultaneously — Larraín invents a new form of cinematic poetry by channeling the creativity of his subject. Neruda is a head-scratcher, but its sensual pleasures are undeniable,” we said in our review.

Check out our exclusive clip below.

Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-wwii Chile. »

- Jordan Raup

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Exclusive: Gael Garcia Bernal Is On The Hunt In Clip From Pablo Larrain’s ‘Neruda’

28 March 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While “Jackie” was a big part of last year’s awards conversation, it wasn’t the only film from acclaimed director Pablo Larrain to earn accolades in 2016. The filmmaker’s wildly inventive “Neruda” was an arthouse charmer, featuring a terrific turn by Gael Garcia Bernal, and today we have an exclusive clip from the movie, which arrives digitally this week.

Luis Gnecco stars as the titular, famed poet, in the drama that’s set in 1948 and finds the writer on the run from the Communist government.

Continue reading Exclusive: Gael Garcia Bernal Is On The Hunt In Clip From Pablo Larrain’s ‘Neruda’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New to Streaming: ‘Paterson,’ ‘Julieta,’ ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ and More

24 March 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Evolution (Lucile Hadžihalilovic)

Near the beginning of Evolution, there’s a shot that hangs underwater, showing a seemingly harmonious aquatic eco-system that’s glimpsed just long enough to create the sense of something that, while somewhat familiar, is distinctly outside the human world. This fleeting image though shows the promise of the film Evolution could’ve been. – Ethan V. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Fire at Sea and »

- The Film Stage

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‘Rara,’ ‘Neruda,’ ‘A Monster Calls’ Make First Longlist for 4th Platino Awards

17 March 2017 3:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barcelona — “Rara,” “Neruda” and “A Monster Calls” have made the first cut, alongside another 142 features, for this year’s 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, the region’s highest-profile movie event. It is organized by Egeda Spanish Producers Rights Collection Society and backed by the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (Fipca). National film academies and film funding boards across Latin America also back the Platinos.

The long-list was announced at this week’s Guadalajara Film Festival. It  was made up from a record number of 847 submissions, according to organizers. In the most major innovation of this year’s edition, the Platino Awards will adds a TV series category.

“Rara,“ from Chile’s Pepa San Martin, weighs in as the film with most category confirmations, a somewhat remarkable fact given its a first feature. A Lgbt/arthouse family drama, “Rara” turns on two daughters, their biological mom and her partner, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Review: Neruda

26 February 2017 9:20 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín, and starring Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba and Diego Muñoz. Written by Camilla Brown. Pablo Neruda was a prominent advocate of communist dogma and when the newly appointed President González Videla outlawed communism in 1948 an order was issued for his arrest. Underground, removed from his former society life, Neruda experienced a transformative creative period – resulting in his 1950 masterpiece Canto General, an epic celebration of Latin America and its people. Two decades later, when receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, Neruda declared that it was as a fugitive that he learnt the true meaning of fraternity. He recalled receiving acts of kindness from everyday people as he evaded the right wing government, and eventually escaped across the Argentinean border. Reflecting on his exile, Neruda professed he was uncertain as to whether he lived it, »

- Camilla Brown

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ Review: Sebastían Lelio’s Trans Drama Is A Grippingly Humane Tale Of Grief — Berlinale 2017

13 February 2017 6:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” settles into a defiantly grounded drama about a trans woman fighting through her grief, but it starts with some incredible sleight of hand.

Set at the height of a Santiago summer, the film begins with a man named Orlando (“The Club” actor Francisco Reyes) as he gets a massage at his local sauna. Fifty-seven years old and looking like a gentler Jeremy Irons, Orlando leaves the health club and steps into the tired Chilean sun, eventually making his way to a nearby nightclub. He locks eyes with the singer onstage as soon as he steps inside, and she returns his attention with interest. Her name is Marina (first-time actress Daniela Vega), she’s roughly half Orlando’s age, and she’s very much in love with him. The feeling is mutual.

Later that night, the two of them have sex against the floor-to-ceiling window »

- David Ehrlich

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Berlin Film Review: ‘A Fantastic Woman’

12 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Multiple mirrors abound in frame after frame of “A Fantastic Woman,” repeatedly reflecting the woman of the title — young, beautiful, headstrong Marina — in all her, well, fantastic glory. It may seem an obvious, even clichéd, visual trope for the resourceful Chilean director Sebastián Lelio to fall back on, until it dawns on us that its very obviousness is precisely the point: We’re given every conceivable opportunity to see and perceive Marina for exactly who she is. So why do so many of those around her struggle to do the same? In this exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice, Lelio has crafted perhaps the most resonant and empathetic screen testament to the everyday obstacles of transgender existence since Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry” in 1999. Mingled with a wily, anxious streak of noir styling, »

- Guy Lodge

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Neruda – Review

10 February 2017 5:19 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Gael Garcia Bernal as Oscar Peluchonneau, the police detective tracking poet/politician Pablo Neruda in Neruda. Photo courtesy of The Orchard ©

Pablo Larrain gained attention with American audiences with his stunning drama Jackie, about Jackie Kennedy immediately after the assassination, but the Chilean-born director has another outstanding film opening in theaters now. The Spanish-language Neruda focuses on Nobel Prize winning poet, essayist and politician Pablo Neruda, a beloved national figure in his native Chile and throughout South America, who became a target of a political crackdown after WWII.

Neruda is both an entertaining and intellectually stimulating film. Rather than a conventional biopic, director Larrain tells this story as a chase, with the poet/politician pursued by a police detective played by Gale Garcia Bernal.. Neruda has a streak of dark humor and begins with strong film noir elements, which eventually give way to the surreal, while exploring Neruda’s life and work. »

- Cate Marquis

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘A Fantastic Woman’ — Berlin 2017

9 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Berlin International Film Festival entry “A Fantastic Woman” (“Una Mujer Fantastica”) from Participant Media. The film premieres at Berlin on Sunday, February 12.

Read More: Sebástian Lelio’s Berlin Competition Film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Unveils Evocative First Trailer — Watch

Chilean filmmaker Sebástian Lelio’s latest film stars Daniela Vega as a transsexual woman coping with her boyfriend’s death. As she tries to maintain a civil relationship with her dead lovers’ relatives, she’s confronted with the restrictive social norms that put her own livelihood in danger. The movie was screened to buyers at the European Film Market.

“‘A Fantastic Woman’ is something special, timely, magical, dramatic and mysterious,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement.

Lelio’s fifth feature film, “A Fantastic Woman” is produced by Lelio, Pablo Larraín, Juan de Dios Larraín and Gonzalo Maza. The film also stars Luis Gnecco, who played the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Sebástian Lelio’s Berlin Competition Film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Unveils Evocative First Trailer — Watch

6 February 2017 9:20 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Berlin Film Festival entry “A Fantastic Woman” (“Una Mujer Fantastica”) has released its first trailer three days before the start of the fest, and Chilean filmmaker Sebástian Lelio’s latest movie looks every bit as provocative as his 2014 drama “Gloria.” (Lelio is a regular at Berlin, where he lives and owns a restaurant, also called Gloria.)

Read More: 5 Exciting Films in the 2017 Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup

“A Fantastic Woman” stars Daniela Vega as a transsexual woman coping with her boyfriend’s death. As she tries to maintain a civil relationship with her dead lovers’ relatives, she’s confronted with the restrictive social norms that put her own livelihood in danger. The movie premieres in Competition at Berlin and will be screened to buyers at the European Film Market. Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons is the international sales agent for the film, while Participant Media is selling U.S. rights. »

- Graham Winfrey

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Cannes Planning International TV Festival for 2018

10 January 2017 10:12 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cannes is getting into the television game by planning to launch its own international TV festival by 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The city’s mayor’s office confirmed the news, adding that Cannes is one of five cities, including Bordeaux, Lille, Paris and Nice, which are “currently under consideration for a government-sponsored festival.” Though, the cinema mecca is moving forward with their own plans before the decision is made.

Per Mayor David Lisnard, the Cannes television festival will run alongside one of the TV markets, which takes place in April and October. No additional details were revealed about the event but THR reports that Cannes plans to model the international competition after the film festival. It also hopes to have roughly 30 teams pitching potential funders, an online competition and public screenings.

Read More: How My First Trip to Cannes Changed My Perception of the Independent Film World

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- Liz Calvario

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2016, By Patrick McDonald

5 January 2017 1:08 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.

There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: ‘Neruda’ Turns the Biography Film Into Fine Art

4 January 2017 5:30 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “In me nothing is extinguished or forgotten…” is a single line from a poem by Pablo Neruda (“If You Forget Me”), and succinctly describes the film tribute to him, written by Neruda’s fellow Chilean countryman Guillermo Calderón, and directed with grace by another Chilean, Pablo Larrain.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Hot off Larrain’s other superior biography, “Jackie,” this exploration of an important life moment of Pablo Neruda is finely tuned, literary and archly cinematic. It’s a dreamlike journey, but never floats away, and is anchored by passionate characterizations from Luis Gnecco as the title character, and the always interesting and sharp Gael García Bernal. It is a cat-and-mouse game that may be just cat or just mouse, depending on how your point of view actualizes the story. Although bordering on vague, it ultimately is entrancing, and makes for a variable comparison to the equally virtuous “Jackie.” Larrain might have »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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