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Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Hirokazu Kore-eda Added to San Sebastian Roster

Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Hirokazu Kore-eda Added to San Sebastian Roster
New films by Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Hirokazu Kore-eda will be part of the San Sebastian International Film Festival's Zabaltegi special screenings program. As already announced, Zabaltegi-Specials will present six Spanish movies: "14 d’abril Macià contra Companys," by Manuel Huerga; "Al final del tunnel" (A light at the End of the Tunnel in the Basque Country), by Eterio Ortega; "El cuaderno de barro" (The Clay Diaries), by Isaki Lacuesta; ...
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10 of the best films set in Barcelona

Barcelona Review editor Jill Adams selects her favourite films showcasing the vibrantly colourful, and gritty, Catalan capital

As featured in our Barcelona city guide

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother), Pedro Almodóvar, 1999

What is arguably Almodóvar's greatest work begins with tragedy in Madrid, but soon moves to Barcelona, beginning with a breathtaking night-time glimpse of the Sagrada Familia, where the sheer buoyancy of the city steers the film in a powerful and dazzling new direction. Here Manuela (the magnificent Cecilia Roth) reunites with her old friend, the witty and wonderful transsexual prostitute Agrado (Antonia San Juan) – whose flat overlooks the Palau de la Música – while inadvertently immersing herself in the world of theatre and helping a naive young nun (Penélope Cruz). Art mirrors life mirrors art in this vibrantly colourful (literally), multi-layered tribute to women ("We are all women!'" says Almodóvar) that beautifully captures the dynamism and
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Madrid Film Screenings to kick off Sunday

Madrid -- The 5th Madrid de Cine Spanish Film Screenings will kick off Sunday, showcasing 33 films from Spain to 117 international buyers from 30 countries.

Oskar Santos' supernatural drama set in a hospital "For the Good Others" and Mar Coll's profile of a Catalan family at a life cycle event "Three Days With the Family" are two of the films with good buzz going into the event, which runs June 20-22.

"Others," produced by Alejandro Amenabar, Fernando Bovaira's Mod Prods. and Telecinco Cinema, stars Eduardo Noriega and Belen Rueda -- acting godmother of this year's edition.

Rueda also toplines Guillem Morales' much-anticipated "Julia's Eyes," which re-teams producers Rodar y Rodar and Guillermo del Toro after their first venture -- "The Orphanage."

Market premieres include Emilio Ruiz Barrachina's English-language "The Disciple," Manuel Huerga's space documentary "Sun and Moon" and Alex Coll's digital 3D "The Happets."

A date
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Fangoria to be celebrated at Spain’s Sitges film fest

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The 30th anniversary of Fangoria magazine will be honored at a special panel to be held at the 42nd edition of Spain’s prestigious Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, to be held October 1-12. Longtime Fango editor Tony Timpone will be attending, joined by British correspondents Alan Jones, Calum Waddell and Axelle Carolyn, as well as Italian correspondent Roberto D’Onofrio. The Fango salute will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the Tramuntana Room at the Meliá Hotel.

“For the last 30 years, Fangoria has been the cornerstone of the Sitges program’s diet,” says festival director Angel Sala, “the number-one source of information to feed the bowels of the beast. Fango has been the written witness of the horror scene around the world for over three decades. Sitges can only bow and pay due respect with a celebration for the fans.”

“The panel will be
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Sitges 2009 Complete Lineup

The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia announces its complete program. There are still a few surprises to be confirmed, like the closing gala, but they have already put together the final list of films that will be screened at Sitges 09. Below you’ll find the titles of each film and their sections as well as links for the films that we have already reviewed here on Sound On Sight. Opening Film [Rec]2. Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró. 2009. Official FANTÀSTIC In Competition Section Accident. Soi Cheang. 2009. Accidents Happen. Andrew Lancaster. 2009. The Children. Tom Shankland. 2008. [1] Cold Souls. Sophie Bartes. 2009. The Countess. Julie Delpy. 2009. Les Derniers Jours Du Monde. Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu. 2009. Dogtooth (Kynodontas). Yorgos Lanthimos. 2009. Dorian Gray. Oliver Parker. 2009. Enter The Void. Gaspar Noé. 2009. Grace. Paul Solet. 2009. [2] Heartless. Philip Ridley. 2009. Hierro. Gabe Ibáñez. 2009. La Horde. Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher. 2009. Ingrid. Eduard Cortés. 2009. Kinatay. Brillante Mendoza. 2009. Metropia. Tarik Saleh. 2009. Moon.
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Sitges 09: And the full lineup includes...

The full lineup has been announced, and among the load of genre fare that's been running the fest circuit are the world premiers of:

Vincenzo Natali's latest, Splice, which we're all excited about.

Simon Fellows twisted adaptation Malice in Wonderland (trailer)

Along some of our personal favorites:

Black Dynamite (friggin awesome)

Swiss scifi flick Cargo (trailer)

Pater Sparrow's incredible Stanislaw Lem adaptation 1 (review)

The Mo Brothers Indonesian slasher Macabre (review)

Atm (get it?) horror-comedy The Human Centipede (review)

Full list after the break.

Opening Film

[Rec]2. Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró. 2009.

Official FANTÀSTIC In Competition Section

Accident. Soi Cheang. 2009.

Accidents Happen. Andrew Lancaster. 2009.

The Children. Tom Shankland. 2008.

Cold Souls. Sophie Bartes. 2009.

The Countess. Julie Delpy. 2009.

Les Derniers Jours Du Monde. Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu. 2009.

Dogtooth (Kynodontas). Yorgos Lanthimos. 2009.

Dorian Gray. Oliver Parker. 2009.

Enter The Void. Gaspar Noé. 2009.

Grace. Paul Solet. 2009.

Heartless. Philip Ridley. 2009.

Hierro. Gabe Ibáñez. 2009.

La Horde. Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher.
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Sitges Film Festival partial line-up: Festival to play brilliant Lem adaptation "1"

The greatest genre film festival in the world has just announced it's partial 2009 lineup and so far it's a doozy.

The festival's "Discovery" section has always been its signature and this year is no exception with three Quiet Earth favorites topping the list. Pater Sparrow's hypnotic Steinslaw Lem adaption, 1 (review) is playing (which we actually knew but weren't allowed to report) along with micro-budget zombie stunner Colin (review), and the experimental French film Amer.

Full list after the break!

The in-competition Nv Ficció Section:

- Independencia by Raya Martin

- Nymph by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

- Morphia by Sergei Balabanov

- The Forbidden Door by Joko Anwar

- Bronson by Nicolas Refn

- White Lightnin' by Dominic Murphy

- The House of the Devil by Ti West

- Pontypool by Bruce MacDonald

- Van Diemen's land by Jonathan Auf Der Heide

The Nv No Ficció Section:

- Son & Moon. Diario
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'Volver' and 'Alatriste' Lead Goya Nominations

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Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Agustin Diaz Yanes' Alatriste are the leading contenders for Spain's Goya Awards, taking 14 and 15 nominations respectively. The two movies will go head-to-head at the end of January in the Best Film and Best Director categories. Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth - which picked up 13 nominations - and Manuel Huerga's Salvador - with 11 nominations - are also up for Best Film and Best Director. Volver and Pan's Labyrinth - Spain and Mexico's respective entries for next year's foreign-language Oscar - are both up for Best Script, alongside Daniel Sanchez Arvalo for Darkbluealmostblack and Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo for The Night Of The Sunflowers. Penelope Cruz is nominated for Best Actress (Volver) alongside Maribel Verdu (Pan's Labyrinth), Marta Etura (Darkbluealmostblack) and Silvia Abascal (La Dama Boba). American-born actor Viggo Mortensen and German Daniel Bruhl are named in the Best Actor category for Alatriste and Salvador respectively, alongside Sergi Lopez (Pan's Labyrinth) and Juan Diego (Leave Me).

Spain's Goya nominations

[/link] dominated the noms for Spain's Goya Awards taking in 14 nominations, but it is Alatriste the Viggo Mortensen starrer that picked up an impressive 15 noms. The Goyas will be presented the last weekend of January. Here are the noms: Major Category 2007 Goya Nominations Film"Volver," Pedro Almodovar"Alatriste," Agustin Diaz-Yanes"Salvador," Manuel Huerga"Pan's Labyrinth," Guillermo del ToroDIRECTORAgustin Diaz-Yanes, "Alatriste"Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"Manuel Huerga, "Salvador"Pedro Almodovar, "Volver"ACTORDaniel Bruehl, "Salvador"Juan Diego, "Vete de mi"Sergi Lopez, "Pan's Labyrinth", "Alatriste"ACTRESSMaribel Verdu, "Pan's Labyrinth"Marta Etura, "Darkbluealmostblack"Penelope Cruz, "Volver"Silvia Abascal, "The Silly Lady"New DIRECTORCarlos Iglesias, "Crossing Borders"Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, "Darkbluealmostblack"Javier Rebollo, "What I Know About Lola"Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo, "The Night of the Sunflowers"Original SCREENPLAYDaniel Sanchez Arevalo, "Darkbluealmostblack"Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo, "The Night of the Sunflowers"Pedro Almodovar, "Volver"Adapted SCREENPLAYAgustin Diaz-Yanes, "Alatriste"Antonio Banderas,
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'Alatriste,' 'Volver' top noms for Goya award

'Alatriste,' 'Volver' top noms for Goya award
MADRID -- Agustin Diaz Yanes' historical adventure Alatriste and Pedro Almodovar's Volver are leading the pack for Spain's top film prize, the Goya awards, with 15 and 14 nominations respectively, organizers announced Monday.

The two films will go head-to-head in the best film and director categories along with Guillermo Del Toro's fantasy tale Pan's Labyrinth, which earned 13 nominations, and Manuel Huerga's Salvador. The homage to Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich earned 11 noms.

Volver, Spain's entry for the foreign-language Oscar, and Pan's Labyrinth, Mexico's offering, are considered serious contenders for the Oscar short list.

Almodovar and Del Toro also will compete for best original script, along with Daniel Sanchez Arvalo for DarkBlueAlmostBlack and Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo for The Night of the Sunflowers.

Antonio Banderas received a nomination for his adapted screenplay of Summer Rain and will compete with The Education of Fairies writer-director Jose Luis Cuerda, Salvador writer Lluis Arcarazo and Alatriste's Diaz Yanes.

Penelope Cruz, who reaped accolades in Cannes for her performance in Volver, will compete against Pan's Maribel Verdu, DarkBlueAlmostBlack's Marta Etura and La Dama Boba's Silvia Abascal for the best actress nod.

Cannes Photo Diary: Faces

  • [Ed's note: I asked Yama to grab some shots while at Cannes and give us a feel of the daily grind - here are some of those pics...enjoy!] Richard LinklaterRichard Linklater
[/link] makes a splash at Cannes with 2 films! Keanu, Linklater & Downey Jr. @ A Scanner Darkly world premiere. At the end of the official screening Nazan Kesal & Ebru Ceylan of "Climates" The only reason for selecting Da Vinci Code to open the festival... 1. To have him part of the festival. 2. A graphic designer's wet dream to play with the Mona Lisa. Legends don't need to stand up. Sidney Poitier Actor: Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin) Actor: Leonardo Sbaraglia (Intacto) Cast & Crew of Manuel Huerga's Salvador ...
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Live from Cannes: Dispatch 4

  • I'm in transit in Dortmund and haven't reached my final destination Hamburg yet. I have posters and tons of pictures to share, so bare with me. I watched my last film on Friday at 8:30 which is called INDIGÈNES about the contribution of indigenous citizens from Africa in WWII to help free France from the Nazi occupation.I left Cannes gladly and was too drained and exhausted from the town and films but I will be back next year, Inshallah - but there's no doubt that it's the best festival in the world with the whole world in one small town. The locals are nice and friendly. The food is great. The town has the best theatres in the world with the Grand Lumiere at the top with 2400 seats. Another great thing about Cannes is you can catch up some of the films from Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin among others.
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Live from Cannes 2006!

  • [Ed's note: This website is only possible with the help of some great folks - and before we get to the Cannes business - I'd like to intro y'all to our Cannes correspondent. Now in his second year attending the festival, Mr.Yama Rahimi will be our eyes and ears of the fest - relaying what we should be checking out in the near future. Yama was born in Kabul, Afghanistan; attended school in Germany; studied photography, web and graphic design before attending Los Angeles Film School to study film. He has written, produced and directed two short films. Prior to arriving on the Riviera, he was teaching students at Kabul University on Cinema. I'll be hard at work after this working holiday - he is currently developing several feature films. I asked Yama to list the films he is most looking forward to seeing at year's edition. Look for Yama's impression of this year’s slate – in easy capsule form reviews in the coming days. My two dollars for the Palme d'or goes to Fast Food Nation...I'm curious to see what Yama's pick will be...] The Official Selection 1. Volver (2006)Volver
[/link] by Pedro ALMODÓVAR 2. INDIGÈNES by Rachid Bouchareb 3. Iklimler (Climates) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan 4. Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola 5. Babel by Alejandro González IÑÁRRITU 6. Southland Tales by Richard Kelly 7. Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater 8. Summer Palace by Lou Ye Un Certain Regard1. Paris, Je T'aime by 20 directors 2. Ten Canoes by Rolf De Heer 3. Salvador by Manuel Huerga 4. Bihisht Faqat Baroi Murdagon (To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die) by Djamshed Usmonov Out of Competition1. The Da Vinci Code 2. Shortbus 3. The Last Adventure (1967) by Robert Enrico 4. Odd Man Out (1947) by Carol Reed...
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Mediapro to make political drama

MADRID -- Barcelona-based production house Mediapro said Wednesday that it has added a political drama based on the execution of Catalan anarchist Salvador Puig Antich to its slate. The as-yet untitled film is to be directed by Manuel Huerga and is based on Francesc Escribano's Countdown. Filming will be in Spanish and Catalan, the local language of the Catalan region where Puig Antich lived and died in a prison in Barcelona. Puig Antich was 25 when he was executed in 1974 as one of the last victims of the Spanish dictatorship under general Francisco Franco. His death became a war cry for communists and anarchists. Mediapro, which produced the Fidel Castro documentary Comandante, is also in production on Nunca Mais, a collection of shorts, documentaries and essays on the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast.

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