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Sony, Spain's FeelGood Media to produce 'Under The Same Roof'

Production on comedy underway in Madrid.

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Sony Pictures International Productions (Spip) and FeelGood Media will jointly produce comedy Under The Same Roof (Bajo El Mismo Techo) from director Juana Macías (Embarazados).

Styled as a novel twist on a traditional story of a couple’s conflict, the film Bajo El Mismo Techo follows a middle-aged couple as they weigh up whether to divorce or stay together amid rising tensions.

Jordi Sánchez, Silvia Abril, Daniel Guzmán, Malena Alterio, Álvaro Cervantes, Cristina Castaño and Ana Morgade star. Macías (pictured) has begun shooting in Madrid.

“Under The Same Roof is about one of the toughest tests to which one can be subjected: divorcing your partner and having to keep living under the same roof,” the director said.

“I was very interested in putting two normal people in an extreme situation that is both recognizable and fun at the same time, a situation in which my protagonists are as contradictory
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Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart

Rotterdam ’17: Its International Film Festival and Cinemart
What a surprising city Rotterdam is and the Festival and Cinemart are full of surprises too.

Being in The Netherlands is like a homecoming for me. My first major job in the film industry was with 20th Century Fox International and City Fox Films in Amsterdam in 1975 which is when I first attended the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, three years after its founding by Huub Bals. It was much smaller then. Iffr’s logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion as an alternative. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. It has become one of the most important events in the film world, an integral part of the winter circuit of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals.

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Rotterdam ‘17: International Film Festival and Cinemart

Though the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) is going on its 46th year and its Cinemart on its 35th, 2017 marks only the third year since festival director Bero Beyer, a former producer, continues to reshape the event into a more focused selection of film projects whose life on the film circuit will have an impact beyond the festival scene itself, a field that is becoming increasingly crowded for many reasons which would take another article to explain.

But there will be quite a discussion about this very issue.The Rotterdam Cinemart, the first co-production market ever, started in 1982 and brought the then-small international film community together in a uniquely egalitarian and intimate way that only the Dutch could offer. In many ways it became a victim of its own success, mentoring similar events in Hong Kong and So. Korea and then copied by numerous others, but without the care and warmth of the original event.
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Watch El Cuco: Portrait Of A Boogeyman, The Challenges Facing a Mythical Creature in The Modern Age

It must be hard to be a mythical creature. With so much going on in our daily lives serving as a distraction. How do you even compete? You try to adapt to the modern ways but even then that can land you in hot water. Take, for instance, the plight of the Latin American boogeyman, El Cuco.   For generations, kids all over Latin America have feared El Cuco, the mysterious boogeyman who appears out of nowhere to kidnap and eat children. This mockumentary directed by Yess Boss Co-Founder Daniel Garcia explores how the mythical creature deals with modern society. Daniel Garcia's mockumentary short is now available online and you can watch it below. The deadpan humor in it is terrific. The costume was designed...

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Iffr: Gabriel Mascaro, Eva Husson, Ben Rivers set for CineMart 2017

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A total of 26 film projects will participate in this year’s co-production market in Rotterdam.Scroll down for full line-up

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) co-production market CineMart has been revealed.

The 34th edition of the co-pro event features 26 projects and will run Jan 29 – Feb 1 as part of the Iffr Pro Days industry strand of the wider festival (Jan 25 – Feb 5).

Film-makers presenting projects at this year’s edition include Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro, whose 2015 feature Neon Bull [pictured] won prizes in Venice and Toronto. His next project is titled Centre Of The Earth.

Also participating in the event will be UK director Ben Rivers, whose credits include The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers. His latest project, After London, is being produced by Ben Wheatley’s Rook Films. Rivers previously won Rotterdam’s Tiger Award for his 2014 short film Things.

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Peru’s Diego and Daniel Vega Prepping Canada-set Pic ‘La Bronca’ (Exclusive)

Lima – Peru’s Daniel and Diego Vega, the filmmaking brothers behind hits “October” and “El Mudo” are shooting their next pic “La Bronca” entirely in Canada. Canada’s Nicolas Comeau of 1976 Productions, Colombia’s Daniel Garcia of Dia-Fragma and Miguel Valladares of Tondero Films in Peru are co-producing the family drama along with the Vega brothers’ Maretazo Cine.

Diego and Daniel Vega are also tapping coin valued at some $170,000 that they received last year from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture’s audiovisual division, which administers a $3 million annual fund.

Loosely based on Daniel Vega’s past experience, “La Bronca” (provisionally translated to “The Clash”) takes place during six months when a son visits his estranged father in Canada. Story is set in 1992, a time of political upheaval in Peru when its then president Alberto Fujimori staged an ‘auto-coup,’ dissolving the national congress and judiciary in order to assume full legislative and judicial powers.
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Ifp Film Week Announces 120 Feature Project Selection

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced the entirety of its 2016 Film Week lineup. 120 feature-length works will join the 45 previously announced titles for a total of 165 projects on display. Both documentary and narrative features from over 25 countries will take part in the International Co-Production Market — the Ifp Project Forum. Film Week offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers to connect with resources at every stage of production to fulfill their creative vision.

“We’re excited by this year’s slate and look forward to the reaction from the industry,” said Ifp Executive Director Joana Vicente. “After helping to foster many young talents who went on to become indie powerhouses, we’re eager to see what is in store for this new ‘class,’ especially one that is comprised of such a diverse and exciting group of filmmakers.”

Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: 10 Reasons You Should Apply to the Ifp Filmmaker Lab

This year,
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Seville International Takes On Daniel Guzman’s ‘Nothing In Return’ Ahead Of Cannes

Entertainment One's boutique label Seville International has picked up international sales rights to Daniel Guzman’s Nothing in Return. Seville will launch sales for the film at Cannes. Nothing in Return stars Miguel Herran, Antonio Bachiller and Antonio Guzman. The film was produced by Guzmán through his El Niño Producciones banner, Inigo Perez Tabernero and Cesar Rodriguez Blanco of La Competencia, Miriam Ruiz Mateos of Ulula Film, La Mirada Oblicua, Telefonica Studios…
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Seville International to sell 'Nothing In Return'

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Seville International to sell 'Nothing In Return'
The Montreal-based sales agent will kick off sales in Cannes on Daniel Guzmán’s drama.

Nothing In Return (A Cambio De Nada) recently premiered in the Us at the Miami International Film Festival.

Miguel Herrán, Antonio Bachiller, Antonio Guzman, Felipe G. Velez, Luis Tosar, Maria Miguel and Miguel Rellan star in the story about the misadventures of a teenager who sets out to free an imprisoned friend.

Guzmán produced through his El Niño Producciones, with Inigo Perez Tabernero and Cesar Rodriguez Blanco of La Competencia, Miriam Ruiz Mateos of Ulula Film, La Mirada Oblicua, Telefonica Studios and ZircoZine.

The film earned Goyas earlier this year for best new director for Guzmán and best new actor for Herrán.

6 Sales previously represented international sales rights.
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Outsider’s Todo Cine Latino, Strand Releasing Acquire Fortissimo’s ‘The Bride’ (Exclusive)

Outsider’s Todo Cine Latino, Strand Releasing Acquire Fortissimo’s ‘The Bride’ (Exclusive)
Cannes – Todo Cine Latino, the speciality label of Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures, has signed with sales agent Fortissimo for U.S. distribution rights to Paula Ortiz’s “La Novia” (The Bride), a notable recent Spanish breakout hit, reaping 12 nominations for January’s Spanish Academy Goya Awards.

Continuing a distribution alliance, Strand Releasing will handle home entertainment and digital rights.

Ortiz won acclaim and a Valladolid fest new director nod for her debut, “Chrysalis,” a 2011 triptych of love stories. “The Bride” has turned her, however, from a talent to track to a recognized director. Adapting the most famous stage play of Federico García Lorca, a poet who inspired Leonard Cohen to take up songwriting, “Blood Wedding” turns on a woman promised to one man but who elopes with a former lover on horseback the same day of her wedding, pursued by the bridegroom, egged on by his tyrannical mother. Their disobedience will have devastating consequences.
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Americas Briefs: 'The Bachelors' cast bulks up

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Americas Briefs: 'The Bachelors' cast bulks up
Plus: Tyler Perry greenlights Apartheid drama; Semana Del Cine Español to kick off in Puerto Rico

Josh Wiggins and Odeya Rush have joined J.K. Simmons and Julie Delpy on ensemble feature The Bachelors. Principal photography is set to being on March 14 in Los Angeles.

Kurt Voelker directs the comedy-drama and Windowseat Entertainment is fully financing. Fortitude International handles sales outside the Us and The Gersh Agency and CAA represent North American rights.

Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films is in development on The Year Of The Great Storm, with Doug Liman and George C. Wolfe on board as executive producers. Karzan Kader will direct the story of Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright scholar whose death in South Africa during the Apartheid years prompted her parents to move to the country in an effort to bring about change. Wme is packaging the project.Spanish star Paco Leon and writer-director Daniel Guzman will be among the attractions at the
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Old Stone’

In China, life is cheap but compassion is expensive — a message that “Old Stone” delivers with caustic power through a taxi driver’s misfortunes, following his refusal to follow custom and do a hit-and-run. Chinese-Canadian helmer-scribe Johnny Ma makes a remarkably mature debut, exposing with stunning clarity the infuriating red tape and flawed logic of China’s system regarding criminal responsibility and insurance policies. Even within a trim 79-minute running time, Ma affectingly dramatizes his protagonist’s moral quandary within a social milieu of spine-chilling callousness. Channeling the style of gritty mainland independent films but without the usual longueurs, the film deftly morphs into a suspense thriller with Dostoevskyan undertones; its provocative subject matter should give it long fest legs.

The prevalence of hit-and-runs in China caught national and then global attention in October 2011, when Wang Yue, a 2-year-old girl from Foshan, Guangdong province, was hit by a van which
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Cesc Gay’s ‘Truman’ Takes Big Prize at Spain’s Goyas

Cesc Gay’s ‘Truman’ Takes Big Prize at Spain’s Goyas
Madrid – “Truman,” Cesc Gay’s friendship dramedy, produced by Marta Esteban, topped Spain’s 30th Spanish Academy Goya Awards Saturday night sweeping picture, director, actor (Ricardo Darin), supporting actor (Camara), original screenplay (Gay and Tomas Aragay), kudos ceremony that lived up to its status as the widest open of recent years, spreading its plaudits widely.

Following on Darin and Camara’s joint best actor plaudit at September’s San Sebastian Festival, “Truman” was, when the big prizes finally went down, the Awards’ clear major winner. But predictions of a wide-open field proved true with the Spanish Academy’s 1,400 members spreading above and below-the-line plaudits widely.

Isabel Coixet’s Mediapro-produced 2015 Berlin Fest opener “Nobody Wants the Night,” a femme friendship drama starring Juliette Binoche as an intrepid and headstrong Josephine Perry, won four Goyas in all.

A Perfect Day,” a Cannes Directors’ Fortnight conflict zone-set dramedy from Fernando Leon with Tim Robbins and Benicio del Toro,
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Eleven Films Presented at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival Receive 39 Goya Award Nominations

The Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de España has announced the nominees for the 30th edition of the Goya Awards, to be presented on February 6.

The finalist with most nominations is "La Novia" (The Bride) , which had its world premiere in the Zabaltegi section at the last edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The film by Paula Ortiz is nominated in twelve categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Inma Cuesta), Best Actor (Asier Etxeandia), Best Supporting Actress (Luisa Gavasa), Best New Actor (Álex García), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Makeup and/or Hairstyles.

"Truman," the film by Cesc Gay which competed in the Official Selection and won the best actor award for Ricardo Darin and Javier Cámara at the last edition, earned six nominations: Best film, Best Director, Best Actor (Ricardo Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Cámara), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

The winner of the best actress award at the last Festival, Yordanka Ariosa for Agustí Villaronga’s "El Rey de La Habana" (The King of Havana), received a Best New Actress nomination alongside another two in the Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Another two titles screened in the Official Selection have landed nominations: "Amama" (When a Tree Falls) for Best New Actress (Iraia Elias), and the film by Álex de la Iglesia, "Mi Gran Noche" (My Big Night) , premiered out of competition, which competes for the Best Art Director, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Special Effects Goya Awards.

Another two titles that premiered in this year’s Zabaltegi section are also among the finalists. Álvaro Longoria’s "The Propaganda Game" is nominated for best documentary, while Fernando Colomo competes for the best new actor award with his movie "Isla Bonita."

Dani de la Torre’s "El Desconocido" (Retribution) , screened in the Velodrome section, garnered eight candidacies: Best New Director, Best Actor (Luis Tosar), Best Supporting Actress (Elvira Mínguez), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Supervision, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Special Effects.

Furthermore, Borja Cobeaga's "Negociador" (Negociator), which premiered in the Zabaltegi section at the 62nd edition of the Festival, landed a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

"Un Otoño Sin Berlin" (An Autumn without Berlin) by Lara Izagirre, opening film of the Zinemira section, also got a nomination for Best new Actress for Irene Escolar.

Two films that also screened at the San Sebastian Festival compete for the Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language Award: Pablo Trapero’s "El Clan" (The Clan) screened in the Pearls section following its premiere at the Venice Festival; and Salvador del Solar’s "Magallanes" winner of the Films in Progress Award at the 62nd edition of the Festival, before going on to form part of this year’s Horizontes Latinos selection.

Another three nominated were programmed as part of the Made in Spain section, following their premiere at the Malaga Festival: Daniel Guzmán’s "A Cambio de Nada" (Nothing in Return) , with six nominations, Leticia Dolera’s "Requisitos Para Ser Una Persona Normal," with three candidacies and Gracia Querejeta’s "Felices 140" (Happy 140) , which competes for two awards.
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The Bride leads chase for Goyas by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-12-14 18:18:22

The Bride will compete for 12 Goya Awards Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival The Bride (La Novia) by Paul Ortiz led the charge as the Spanish Academy Goya Award finalists were announced earlier today. The film adaptation of the Lorca classic, which premiered in the Zabaltegi strand at San Sebastian Film Festival this year, received 12 nominations. It was followed by Isabel Coixet's Nobody Wants The Night, which opened this year's Berlinale.

The two films will compete in the Best Picture category against Daniel Guzmán's feature debut A Cambio De Nada, Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara cancer dramedy Truman and Fernando León de Aranoa's A Perfect Day (Un Dia Perfecto) about a group of aid workers trying to resolve a warzone crisis.

Pedro Casablanc (B), Luis Tosar (Retribution/El Desconicido), Asier Etxeandia, (The Bride), Ricardo Darin, (Truman) will contest the Best Actor title, while Inma Cuesta, (The Bride), Penelope Cruz,
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Cruz, Binoche, Darin, Robbins in Goya Running

Cruz, Binoche, Darin, Robbins in Goya Running
Madrid – Penelope Cruz (“Ma ma”), Juliette Binoche (“Nobody Wants the Night”), Ricardo Darin (“Truman”) and Tim Robbins (“A Perfect Day”) all feature among nominations for 2016’s 30th Spanish Academy Goya Awards.

In a wide-open field, it is Lorca classic adaptation “The Bride,” the second and breakout feature of Paula Ortiz shot in exteriors in an imposing Cappadoccia in Turkey, that will compete for most categories – 12 – followed by Isabel Coixet’s Berlin opener “Nobody Wants the Night” (9).

A Fortissimo films pick-up just prior to San Sebastian, where it world premiered in fest’s Zabaltegi sidebar, before segueing to Sitges and competing at Tallinn, “The Bride’s” Goya nomination sweep builds on an upbeat critical reaction is Spain (“A re-reading of limitless almost overwhelming pictorial beauty,” wrote El Periodico; international reactions were slightly more guarded) and some B.O. impact at home, title playing in Spain’s Top Ten for the first two weeks of wider release.
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'My Big Night' to open Miami fest 2016

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'My Big Night' to open Miami fest 2016
Álex de la Iglesia’s comedy will head a strand of Spanish films set to play at the 33rd Miami International Film Festival that runs from March 4-13, 2016.

My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) follow the backstage shenanigans before a TV special celebrating a legendary pop singer. Star and Spanish pop icon Raphael is scheduled to attend the festival.

The film also stars Mario Casas, Santiago Segura, Carlos Areces, Blanca Suarez, Hugo Silva, Carmen Machi and Carolina Bang.

Álex de la Iglesia has made a perfect pop movie with My Big Night,” said the festival’s executive director and director of programming Jaie Laplante. “This riotously funny film is much more than one of the very best films by de la Iglesia, it is a party!”

The Spanish line-up includes Cinedwntwn Galas Truman from Cesc Gay starring Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara; Emilio Martínez Lázaro’s Spanish Affair 2 (Ocho Apellidos Catalanes) – now the biggest Spanish film of
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Mipcom: Imagina Offers ‘Liaisons’

Mipcom: Imagina Offers ‘Liaisons’
Barcelona– Madrid-based Imagina Intl. Sales is unveiling dramedy “Liaisons,” produced by Bulgaria’s Emo Vision for pubcaster Btv, at the Mipcom TV market.

Directed by Victor Bojinov and Vassil Steffanov “Liasons” got a 42.3% share in Bulgaria, 10 percentage points above the broadcaster’s average.

Series portrays secret and public love lives, often involving criss-crossing dramedic imbroglios.

Spain’s foremost TV fiction sales company, Imagina also includes in its lineup “Olmos & Robles,” a detective comedy skein produced by 100 balas and aired by Spanish pubcaster Tve, punching an audience of three millions viewers last September. Also produced by 100 Balas and in Imagina’s Mipcom catalog: comedic show “Duck Soup.”

New seasons from Globomedia series “B & B Magazine,” and “Anclados —both broadcast on commercial Spanish channel Telecinco—, and Voz Audiovisual’s “Serramoura” to be aired soon on Galician pubcaster Tvg, sums up to Imagina offer.

“B & B” is a sitcom set in a fashion
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63rd San Sebastian Festival to Honor Emily Watson With Career Award

63rd San Sebastian Festival to Honor Emily Watson With Career Award
Read More: San Sebastian Film Festival Announces 2015 Titles Since her devastating film debut in Lars Von Trier's "Breaking the Waves," Emily Watson has received much well-deserved praise for her acting achievements in films such as "Hilary and Jackie," "Punch Drunk Love" and "Angela's Ashes." Now, the acting powerhouse will be honored for her impressive career with the Donostia Award at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 25. Watson next appears in Baltasar Kormákur's upcoming film "Everest," which opens in U.S. theaters on September 18. The festival also unveiled the lineup for their "Made in Spain" series, a selection of the best Spanish productions of the year. See the list of programmed titles below.  "A Cambio de Nada" ("Nothing in Return), dir: Daniel Guzmán "Las Altas Presiones" ("The High Pressures"), dir: Ángel...
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Peter Webber returns to Bam with 'One River' docu-drama

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Peter Webber returns to Bam with 'One River' docu-drama
More than 30 film projects in development set to be presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam).Scroll down for full list of projects

Peter Webber’s $2m docu-drama One River (El Rio) and Miguel Urrutia’s English-language thriller Madness are among 33 film projects in development being presented this week at Bam (July 13-17).

Colombia’s biggest film market also features 18 screenings of films in an advanced state of development, alongside the regular Bam Projects category.

Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) attended Bam last year to promote his pickpocket drama Fresh and returns this year with One River.

The project is based on an international best-selling book by Canadian Wade Davis, charting Professor Richard Schultes’ journey through the Amazon in the 1940s and the author’s own travels into the same jungle 30 years later, living among the Indian tribes and searching for the origins of coca, the notorious source of cocaine.

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