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Madrid — Showcasing the latest in TV technology, Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest network, will from Monday offer its flagship production “Dangerous Liaisons” in 4K High Dynamic Range to users of its Globo Play VOD service.
Netflix (“Marco Polo”), Amazon (“Mozart in the Jungle”) and Vudu already offer content in 4K Hdr, a standard backed by Hollywood studios and YouTube. But Globo is the first of any mainstream broadcaster, and the first non-u.S. company known to several analysts consulted by Variety, to offer content in the format.
The move reflects a trend on display at January’s Consumer Electronics Show: that 4K Hdr is becoming a new broadcast standard.
Conventional broadcasters were not expected to make the jump into Hdr until 2017. Globo’s early foray with “Dangerous Liaisons” raises the question whether 4K Hdr production and distribution by other free-to-air broadcasters could come online faster than anticipated.
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- John Hopewell
Madrid – Brazilian Selton Mello’s “A Movie Life,” starring Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), “Attitude Test,” from Chilean producer-turned director Augusto Matte, and Colombian Juan Zapata’s English-language globetrotting love story “Butterflies” all feature at the 2016 Guadalajara Goes to Cannes, a Cannes Film Market pix-in-post showcase ranging across Latin America.
Featuring five titles in all, the May 17 work-in-progress sneak peek underscores not only the stylistic breadth of Latin American filmmaking as film-makers attempt to reach broader and new audiences.
Also playing Guadalajara Goes To Cannes is one title which went to Guadalajara’s own work-in-progress competition last month, Tomas de Leone’s “El Aprendiz,” winning $10,000 worth of counseling on securing a sales agent and festival strategy from Tom Davila’s consultancy Cinemaven Media.
- John Hopewell
The Miami International Film Festival announced the winners of its 33rd edition on Saturday, with Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” winning the Knight Competition grand jury prize and Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina” winning the Lexus Ibero-American feature film prize.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater, which followed the festival’s closing night U.S. premiere of “The Steps,” directed by Andrew Currie and starring James Brolin and Christine Lahti.
The Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival to be produced by a college or university. This year’s edition featured 129 films from 40 countries.
“Every year we see the Festival grow and look forward to sharing the powerful and stimulating works from around the world with the community,” said Miami Dade College president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón in a statement. “Congratulations to all of the winners and to the entire Festival team for such an inspiring cultural event. »
- Variety Staff
The 33rd edition of Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival has announced the jury members for its four competition categories, which include the Knight Competition, Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Competition, Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award and Cinemaslam. Read More: Google Joins the Miami International Film Festival to Spotlight Gender and Race Inequality in Film Two high profile indie filmmakers will headline the Knight Competition jury this year. Kyle Patrick Alvarez, the writer-director behind last year's acclaimed "The Stanford Prison Experiment," and Trey Edward Shults will join actor and filmmaker Selton Mello on the jury. Shults won the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award at last year's SXSW Film Festival for his debut feature "Krisha," which opens in theaters next month via A24. The full list of jury members can be found below. Knight CompetitionKyle Patrick AlvarezSelton MelloTrey Edward Shults Lexus »
- Zack Sharf
At a Q&A in Ventana Sur in 2014, Cannes Festival topper Thierry Fremaux was asked by local industry figures why there weren’t many Brazilian films on the Croisette. He suggested Brazil’s time would come. Could that be 2016? Vania Catani at Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes has a large chunk of minority co-production equity in one of the most ambitious Latin American movies this year — with Chilean Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda” — Lucrecia Martel’s historical drama “Zama” (pictured).
Bananeira is also the lead producer on “A Movie Life,” a coming-of-ager set in the 1960s sierras of Rio Grande do Sul in an adaptation of the novel “A Distant Father” from “Il Postino” novelist Antonio Skarmeta, directed by (and co-starring) Brazil’s Selton Mello and Vincent Cassel.
- Emiliano De Pablos
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