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80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
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80 top film-makers demand changes to EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers demand changes to EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
See full article at ScreenDaily »

'Lola' to open Malaga festival

MADRID -- Miguel Hermoso's film "Lola, the Movie", about Spanish Gypsy flamenco star Lola Flores, will open the official section of the Malaga Spanish Film Festival, organizers announced Friday(Feb. 23) as they unveiled the festival lineup.

"Lola" will screen out of competition in the official section, which comprises 14 features. Francesca Joseph's "Four Last Songs" will close the section that includes five directorial debuts.

The festival, which runs March 9-17 in the Mediterranean resort town on Spain's southern coast, is the country's most important festival entirely dedicated to Spanish film and has attracted a following of industry heavyweights and enthusiasts.

Antonio Hernandez's much-anticipated "El menor de los Males"; Anton Reixa's first part of a two-picture co-production agreement with Lars Von Trier's Zentropa, "Hotel Tivoli"; and Rodrigo Cortes' game-show comedy "Concursante" will compete for the €60,000 ($79,000) Golden Biznaga award and the Special Jury prize. So will Azucena Rodriguez's "Atlas de geografia humana", Vicente Penarrocha's "Arritmia", Ricardo Macian's "Los ojos de Ariana" and Santiago Lorenzo's "Un buen dia lo tiene cualquiera."

Other titles in the official competition are Miguel Alcantud's "Anastezsi", Alvaro Diaz Lorenzo's "Cafe Solo o Con Ellas", Miguel Lombardero's "Tuya Siempre", Felix Viscarret's "Bajo las Estrellas", Jaime Marques' "Ladrones" and David and Tristan Ulloa's "Pudor".

Spanish director Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi will chair the official jury, accompanied by distributor George Ayoub, writer Jose Infante, actor Oscar Jaenada, producer-director Hector Olivera, actress Rosa Maria Sarda and Chicago Latino Film Festival director Pepe Vargas.

Fugitivas

This Spanish thriller manages to combine fast-paced action with heartwarming sentiment to produce an entertaining popcorn picture with just enough substance to satisfy art house audiences.

The tale of the growing emotional attachment between a young streetwise criminal and the little girl she's been saddled with even as she attempts to evade both the police and some revenge-minded hoods, "Fugitivas" manages to transcend its formulaic aspects, even though it's those very familiar plot devices that could well inspire a Hollywood remake. The film recently received its U.S. premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Newcomer Laia Marull makes an impressive debut in the starring role of Tony, who along with her boyfriend Juanjo and two partners plan to hold up a Madrid bank. Complicating matters is Juanjo's need to pick up his young niece Laura from her prostitute mother and transport her to her flamenco singer farther in the south.

After persuading Tony To rip off their partners and run off with the money, Juanjo winds up betraying her as well. So Tony finds herself fleeing, with Laura in tow, not only from the authorities but also from her former partners, who have trouble believing that she's not in possession of the loot.

The film alternates between violent encounters and lengthy chases, of both the foot and auto variety, and scenes in which Tony attempts to dump her young charge even as she finds herself increasingly devoted to her. She manages to find the aunt of the girl's father, an elderly woman who readily assumes the role of pseudo-grandmother. And when she does finally locate the father, he turns out to be unaware of his daughter's existence -- and completely uninterested.

Director Miguel Hermoso stages the action sequences with visual flair and brisk pacing, and his excellent work is nicely complemented by the handsome widescreen cinematography. Indeed, the film well serves as a Spanish travelogue, with its extensive location shooting of locales ranging from Madrid to the Costa Del Sol.

One wishes that the characterizations had been drawn with more depth -- the title heroines rarely rise above their most obvious characteristics, and the pursuing hoodlums are of the common junkie/near psychopathic hothead variety, but the performers, especially Marull and young Beatriz Coronel, are highly engaging. Even better are veteran Spanish thespians Maria Galiana and Juan Diego, whose savvy performances are filled with the kind of complex grace notes that can only come from decades of experience.

FUGITAVAS

Maestranza Films

Director: Miguel Hermoso

Screenplay: Miguel Hermoso, Oscar Plasencia, Raul Brambilla

Producer: Antonio P. Perez

Cinematography: Tote Trenas

Editor: Blanca Guillem

Music: Antonio Meliveo

Color/Stereo

Cast:

Tony: Laia Marull

Laura: Beatriz Coronel

Raimundo: Juan Diego

Ascension: Maria Galiana

Maxi: Miguel Hermoso Arnao

Moco: Roberto Cairo

Juanjo: Jesus Olmedo

Running time -- 98 minutes

Not rated

Fugitivas

This Spanish thriller manages to combine fast-paced action with heartwarming sentiment to produce an entertaining popcorn picture with just enough substance to satisfy art house audiences.

The tale of the growing emotional attachment between a young streetwise criminal and the little girl she's been saddled with even as she attempts to evade both the police and some revenge-minded hoods, "Fugitivas" manages to transcend its formulaic aspects, even though it's those very familiar plot devices that could well inspire a Hollywood remake. The film recently received its U.S. premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Newcomer Laia Marull makes an impressive debut in the starring role of Tony, who along with her boyfriend Juanjo and two partners plan to hold up a Madrid bank. Complicating matters is Juanjo's need to pick up his young niece Laura from her prostitute mother and transport her to her flamenco singer farther in the south.

After persuading Tony To rip off their partners and run off with the money, Juanjo winds up betraying her as well. So Tony finds herself fleeing, with Laura in tow, not only from the authorities but also from her former partners, who have trouble believing that she's not in possession of the loot.

The film alternates between violent encounters and lengthy chases, of both the foot and auto variety, and scenes in which Tony attempts to dump her young charge even as she finds herself increasingly devoted to her. She manages to find the aunt of the girl's father, an elderly woman who readily assumes the role of pseudo-grandmother. And when she does finally locate the father, he turns out to be unaware of his daughter's existence -- and completely uninterested.

Director Miguel Hermoso stages the action sequences with visual flair and brisk pacing, and his excellent work is nicely complemented by the handsome widescreen cinematography. Indeed, the film well serves as a Spanish travelogue, with its extensive location shooting of locales ranging from Madrid to the Costa Del Sol.

One wishes that the characterizations had been drawn with more depth -- the title heroines rarely rise above their most obvious characteristics, and the pursuing hoodlums are of the common junkie/near psychopathic hothead variety, but the performers, especially Marull and young Beatriz Coronel, are highly engaging. Even better are veteran Spanish thespians Maria Galiana and Juan Diego, whose savvy performances are filled with the kind of complex grace notes that can only come from decades of experience.

FUGITAVAS

Maestranza Films

Director: Miguel Hermoso

Screenplay: Miguel Hermoso, Oscar Plasencia, Raul Brambilla

Producer: Antonio P. Perez

Cinematography: Tote Trenas

Editor: Blanca Guillem

Music: Antonio Meliveo

Color/Stereo

Cast:

Tony: Laia Marull

Laura: Beatriz Coronel

Raimundo: Juan Diego

Ascension: Maria Galiana

Maxi: Miguel Hermoso Arnao

Moco: Roberto Cairo

Juanjo: Jesus Olmedo

Running time -- 98 minutes

Not rated

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