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Ambulante California, the first-offshoot of free travelling docu film fest Ambulante Mexico, kicks off Sept 21 with an outdoor screening of “Bronx Obama,” Ryan Murdock’s funny and insightful portrait of Puerto Rican Obama impersonator Louis Ortiz.
Launched in 2005 by Canana founders Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Cruz, along with the non-profit’s executive director Fortes, Ambulante Mexico has since then raised public attendance by 610%, said Ambulante CA director Christine Davila, who points out they are working with top-of-the-line projectionists to ensure quality screenings.
“L.A. is the perfect place to organize our first U.S. tour because it is in itself a microcosm of the cultural diversity thriving all across the country,” said Fortes. Ambulante California emerges as part of Ambulante Global, and is »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Los Cabos International Film Festival will honor Canadian filmmakers Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan and Mexico's Guillermo Arriaga in November. The lineup will feature Arcand's latest feature An Eye for Beauty and his Oscar winner The Barbarian Invasions; Egoyan's thriller The Captive and the Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter; and the North America premiere of the Arriaga-produced omnibus Words With Gods. Jury members for the official selection include actor-director Diego Luna, Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handling and film critic Mark Adams. Heading into its third edition, Los Cabos runs from Nov. 12 – 16. The annual
- John Hecht
Madrid – A bullish star quotient – Denzel Washington, Benicio del Toro, Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich, Pedro Almodovar, Viggo Mortensen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessica Chastain, Josh Hutcherson, Omar Sy, Ricardo Darin, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Leonardo Sbaraglia – is expected at Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival.
The highest-profile event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian Festival is celebrated for its powerful Spanish-world art film line-up and new-talent focus. But it has never disdained glam: Stars – Hollywood, Spanish and French – receive a rapturous welcome from the city’s townsfolk, especially when they arrive at the festival’s mainstay Maria Cristina Hotel.
Star presence also plays off San Sebastian’s policy of attempting to snag European premieres of Toronto bows.
Washington and Del Toro will receive career-achievement Donostia Awards. Washington, accompanied by Antoine Fuqua, will also present the European premiere of Sony’s “The Equalizer,” which opens the Festival on Sept.19.
Del Toro also closes Fest »
- John Hopewell
The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.
In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.
Raindance Film Festival (Sept 24 - Oct 5) has unveiled the programme for its 22nd edition, comprising more than 100 features and 150 shorts from more than 50 countries. The festival, held at London’s Vue Piccadilly, will also incldue 40 industry events.
Raindance’s international programme this year includes the UK premiere of Mexican film Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Wes Bentley, America Ferrera and John Malkovich, who will present the screening on Sept 27.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Raindance Film Festival announced its’ 2014 programme today in central London and Thn was there to check out the line-up. This year’s festival will take place from 24th September – 5th October and will screen 100 feature films and over 150 short films.
Now in its 22nd year, the festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative films and uncovering the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Raindance-premiered hits include Memento, Old Boy, The Blair Witch Project, Pusher, Ghost World and Love Exposure.
The opening night gala film, taking place on the 24th September, will be Mike Cahill’s sic-fi drama I Origins starring Brit Marling. Cahill’s debut feature, Another Earth (co-written by and also starring Brit Marling) premiered at Raindance in 2011. I Origins follows the story of a molecular biologist and his laboratory partner who uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it. The film premiered »
- Victoria Bull
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
The Mexican Newer Wave
At the turn of the Millennium, several film directors from Mexico were gaining attention and acclaim—guys like Alfonso Arau, Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, and this year’s Oscar-winner as Best Director, Alfonso Cuarón (for Gravity). Cuarón’s career trajectory has been, for me, the most interesting of the bunch. He broke into the international scene with the 2001 coming-of-age drama, Y Tu Mamá También, and followed that with, of all things, the megahit Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which, I argue, is the best of all eight Harry Potter movies. The terrific dystopian thriller Children of Men followed that, and then came Gravity.
Other than the superb handling of each specific film’s material, there isn’t much similarity between these pictures, and yet it’s apparent that Cuarón brings an auteur sensibility to his work. This is most »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
After a decade floating around the Hollywood back lots trading dignity for cash and technical experience on A Little Princess and Great Expectations, Alfonso Cuarón realized he needed to emotionally involve himself in his source material, letting his personal life, his upbringing and his cultural experience bleed into the next project he chose to pursue. Part of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano auteurs who enjoyed considerable international success (Iñárritu’s Amores perros were interchangeably part of the same discourse), the resulting cinematic masterpiece Y tu mamá también was simultaneously a visually stunning portrait of Mexico (the film was shot by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) and the fragility of friendship, and a heartbreaking meditation on the transient nature of youth teeming with life and love and the tragic beauty of naiveté. Unsurprisingly, this Venice Film Festival winning film would become Mexico’s top grossing film of all time in its first weekend. »
- Jordan M. Smith
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- moviefone (@moviefone) August 17, 2014
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Y Tu Mama También (Criterion)"
What's It About? Alfonso Cuarón's road trip romance features star-making performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who play two young dudes who both become infatuated with an older woman. Beautiful, sexy, and sad.
Why We're In: Now when »
- Jenni Miller
Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Berlin victor Black Coal, Thin Ice amongst line-up.
The 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sep 19-27) has released the line-up for its Pearls strand.
Among the selected films are the winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale, Black Coal, Thin Ice by Yinan Diao, and the film that received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep.
All of the films in the Pearls Section will compete for the Audience Award, with votes cast by spectators at the first public screenings of each film in the section.
The Audience Award is split into two prizes: a First Prize for Best Film, with €50,000 ($67,000), and a Second Prize for Best European Film, with €20,000 ($27,000). The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Directed by Jorge Gutierrez, the movie centres around humble Manola (Luna) and proud Joaquin (Tatum), who are both after the affections of Maria (Saldana).
Their love triangle comes to the attention of two spirits (Kate del Castillo and Ron Perlman), who bet on the outcome.
Manola finds the decks stacked against him when he is killed and must battle his way out of the land of the dead.
The Book of Life will arrive in Us cinemas on October 17 and in the UK on October 24. »
Fantastic Fest 2015 will include the second edition of the international co-production market Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico, and this year 15 projects have been selected. Read on for the full list!
The Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico runs September 18-20 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest lead programmer Rodney Perkins and festival director Kristen Bell are heading up the effort. For more info on all of the below projects, visit FantasticFest.com/Projects.
Canana - the Mexican production outlet helmed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz - is co-producing the market alongside filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. Cristina Garza, Vice President of Mundial, Canana's sales joint venture with Im Global, is sourcing projects from the region.
"The public response to this year's call for submissions was astounding," says market director Perkins. "The 15 selected projects represent a diverse mix of talent from the United States and abroad. We are extremely »
- Debi Moore
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Book of Life, the upcoming animated comedy from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
“The Book Of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, The Book Of Life encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.”
The Book of Life features the voice talents of Diego Luna (Elysium), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), Danny Trejo (Machete), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Ice Cube (21 Jump Street »
- Gary Collinson
The Book of Life Trailer. Jorge Gutierrez‘s The Book of Life (2014) movie trailer 2 star Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, and Ron Perlman. The Book of Life‘s plot synopsis: “From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy [...]
Continue reading: The Book Of Life (2014) Movie Trailer 2: A Man Torn in Two Directions »
- Rollo Tomasi
We've got a new trailer to share with you for the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life. This is a very different and unique looking movie that I hope audiences will embrace and enjoy. The movie had a panel at Comic-Con and it seemed like it was well received by the the audience in attendance.
The movie was directed by Jorge Gutierrez and it has a wonderful voice cast that includes Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez, and (of course) Danny Trejo.
The Book Of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible »
- Joey Paur
Death is just a minor setback for the heroes of producer Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming animated film Book of Life. The latest trailer for the film shows Manolo (Diego Luna) competing with Joaquin (Channing Tatum) in a slap fight for Maria's (Zoe Saldana) affections. And if Manolo thought that was rough, wait until he journeys through three mystical realms and faces, among other things, a set of crushing boulders with minds of their own. The expansive voice cast includes Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman and Cheech Marin. Jorge Gutierrez directed and co-wrote the script. 20th Century
- Ryan Gajewski
Comic-Con-goers got a glimpse of Guillermo del Toro‘s animated The Book Of Life at Fox’s panel last month, and now the official trailer has dropped. A romantic adventure inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, it centers on Manolo (Diego Luna), who must fight for his lady love when spirits La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) and Xibalba (Ron Perlman) meddle in the world of the living. Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube and Hector Elizondo also are among the killer voice cast in director Jorge R. Guiterrez’s film. Fox opens it wide October 17: »
20th Century Fox will release The Book of Life in theaters this fall, and the animated film may be worth a look for the visuals alone. The movie’s storyline, as was co-written by the director Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), follows the adventures of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man out to fulfill his dreams. That includes winning the heart of Maria (Zoe Saldana), who makes it clear that’s easier said than done, in the above trailer.
Book of Life‘s second theatrical preview, similar to its previous trailer, doesn’t shed so much light on its plot as it does on the rich, colorful, and lively visual aesthetic of the film (inspired by traditional artwork for Mexico’s holiday Dia de Muertos), as well as the movie’s kid-friendly humor and cartoony hijinks. However, according to the official ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Attach Guillermo del Toro’s name to your project, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’re all going to take a look at it. Luckily for The Book of Life, a vividly animated adventure hitting theaters this October, there’s a lot more to like than just that the Hellboy director is involved.
For one thing, the visuals continue to look absolutely gorgeous in this second trailer for the movie, which follows three childhood friends who become the corners of a love triangle. Maria (Zoe Saldana) is the beautiful and spirited lady adored by both the noble-hearted bullfighter Manolo (Diego Luna) and the handsome, self-confident Joaquin (Channing Tatum). The Book of Life focuses primarily on Manolo as, after calling upon the powers of an ancient deity, he travels through The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten as he searches »
- Isaac Feldberg
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