5 items from 2015
Oscar winners Haddock Films and Tornasol Films are re-teaming with Telefonica-owned Argentine broadcaster Telefe, also a backer of Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award laurelled “The Secret in Their Eyes,” on Rodrigo Grande’s upcoming suspense thriller “Al final del tunel.”
In one of the most awaited local releases of 2016, Warner Bros. Pictures will launch the film in Argentina on April 14. Latido Films, an emerging sales force in the Latin American film industry, is handling world sales.
Pic toplines Leonardo Sbaraglia – memorable as the one-fingering car driver of Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and soon to be seen in Hernan Belon’s anticipated “Sangre en la boca” – a Ventana Sur 7th Primer Corte player.
Sbaraglia plays Joaquin, a man in a wheelchair who rents a room in his house »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Paris – Leonardo Sbaragalia (“Wild Tales”) and Rachida Brakni (“The Straight Line”) are attached to star in “11,247,” a psycho thriller set up at Spain’s Tornasol Films and Argentina’s Haddock Films, producers of Oscar-winning “The Secret in their Eyes.”
Like “Secret,” “11,247” explores what its director, Gabriel Mamruth, calls “the collateral damage” of Argentina’s Dirty War, waged by its Junta dictatorship, with a character setting out to discover the truth behind an life-changing event: Here, the discovery by a Spain-based Interpol agent, that his father, who supposedly disappeared during the dictatorship, is still alive, living under a false identity in Paris.
But when Lucas finally confronts his father, the truth is not as black-and-white as he may have expected, Mamruth explained at Small is Biutiful, a key Spanish film project forum that, part of the Paris Spanish film festival Different 8!, took place Friday in Paris.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Remakes of Latin America’s treasure trove of pics continue to heat up as 3pas Studios, run by Mexican helmer-thesp Eugenio Derbez, above, and former Pantelion production chief Ben Odell, has unveiled plans to make a bilingual version of Argentine hit “Un Cuento Chino.” Pic is set up at Pantelion Films, the Lionsgate-Televisa joint venture where 3pas Studios inked a first-look deal.
Sebastian Borensztein’s original comedy starred Ricardo Darin, Argentina’s biggest star, who toplined foreign-language Oscar winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.” “Un Cuento Chino” (Chinese Take-Out) was among the highest-grossing pics of all time in Argentina. Odell, along with Pampa Films’ Pablo Buscarini and Pablo Bossi, Tornasol’s Gerardo Herrero and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky, produced the comedy.
“Un Cuento Chino” tracks a lost Chinese immigrant and a cantankerous Argentine hardware store owner whose lives become entangled by a tragic incident that involves a cow falling from the sky. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Madrid – “3Lorca3,” a directorial three-hander from Luis Miñarro, Roberto Gaston and Karim Ainouz, Fernando Franco’s “Morir” and “11247,” one of the latest projects from Academy Award winners Tornasol and Haddock Films, will be presented at 2015’s Small is Biutiful, a prestige Paris co-production forum for Spanish films.
Organized by Espagnolas en Paris and the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Cannes’ Marché du Film – a powerful combo – Small is Biutiful forms part of Different! The Other Spanish Cinema, firmly established as the major Spanish film fest/industry event in Paris. Now in its eighth edition, it serves as a significant industry corridor between edgier indie projects in Spain and France’s art-house/crossover industry, by far the largest in Europe.
Different8! kicks off June 12 with Rendez-vous a l’Opera!, a Spanish film sales event attended this year by a record 44 French distribution execs, plus the sales agents – Film Factory, »
- John Hopewell
Whether projects, movies in production, completed film, market screeners or titles that made the Cannes cut, these are titles from Spain be moved at Cannes and that have varying degrees of international market potential:
Colombia-Spain revenge drama in which a nurse tracks down a paramilitary man who killed her daughter. Samuel Martin Mateos and Andres Luque helm.
Oberon Cinematografica/Alebrije Cine y Video/Ikiru Films Filmax
Extraordinary fact-based espionage thriller turning on Trotsky’s assassination. Monica Lozano co-produces.
K&S Films/Matanza Cine/El Deseo/Fox Intl. Productions/Telefonica Studios Film Factory
Major Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Lion’s Den”) helms ’80s-set, noir abduction thriller chronicling the real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio. Big fall fest plans.
The Corpse of Anna Fritz
Corte y Confeccion de Peliculas/Play Time Movies/A Contraluz/ Bnc Produccions/Silendum Film Factory
Tyro Hector Hernandez Vicens »
- Emilio Mayorga
5 items from 2015
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