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7 items from 2014


One Eyed Takes ‘They Returned’

3 December 2014 10:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-based One Eyed Films has taken international rights to “They Returned,” directed by Argentine Ivan Noel (“¡Primaria!”).

Loosely inspired by an event that took place in Memphis during the 1990s, “Returned” turns on the strange disappearance of three children from their small town, and their reappearance three days later in a semi-autistic state. “Not even the children themselves are able to help anyone understand what happened. No clues or signs are left, other than two of them were mutilated,” explained producer, director and composer Noel.

“They Returned” will be the sixth feature by multi-hyphenate Noel. Helmer plays off a fan base that helps him finance his low-cost productions.

“Returned’s” cast includes Jorge Booth, seen in Lucia Puenzo’s “The Fish Child,” Romina Pinto, who appeared in Noel’s “Vuelve,” and Lauro Veron – in his “Limbo.”

“They Returned” is a “thriller with strong supernatural elements, drawing on a political historical context, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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One Eyed Takes Argentine Suspense Thriller ‘They Returned’

3 December 2014 4:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London-based One Eyed Films has taken international rights to “They Returned,” directed by Argentine Ivan Noel (“¡Primaria!).

Loosely inspired on an event which took place in Memphis during the ’90s, “Returned” centers on the strange disappearance of three children from their small town, and their reappearance three days later in a semi-autistic state. Not even the children themselves are able to help anyone understand what happened. “No clues or signs are left, other than two of them were mutilated,” explained producer, director and composer Noel.

“They Returned” will be the sixth feature by multihyphenate Noel. Helmer plays off a fanbase that helps him finance his low-cost productions.

“Returned’s’” cast includes Jorge Booth, seen in Lucia Puenzo’s “The Fish Child”; Romina Pinto, who appeared in Noel’s “Vuelve”; and Lauro Veron – in his “Limbo.”

“They Returned” is a “thriller with strong supernatural elements, drawing on a political historical context, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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‘Witness,’ ‘Scherzo,’ ‘Honeymoon’ Play Ventana Sur’s Bloody Work in Progress

24 November 2014 11:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata — Buenos Aires-based Magma Cine, headed by Juan Pablo Gugliotta and Nathalia Videla Pena, has reteamed with Argentina’s Santiago Fernandez for “Intimate Witness,” one of six titles at Blood Window’s 2nd Bloody Works in Progress.

A Latin American pix-in-post genre showcase. Bwip unspools Dec. 2-4 at Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires.

Three other Bwip titles, all from Mexico, – Adrian García Bogliano’s “Scherzo Diabólico,” Isaac Ezban’s “The Similar,” and Diego Cohen’s “Honeymoon,”- underscore Mexico’s rapid new build as a genre pic production hub.

But Ventana Sur’s Blood Window is part of a more general ramp-up of genre production across Latin America.

There was of course Latin American genre production of course before Ventana Sur. But the existence of a platform such as Blood Window, which also organizes a Latin American Fantasy Film showcase at Cannes, will boost production levels all the more, »

- John Hopewell

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Interview with Jennifer Kent, director of The Babadook

12 November 2014 11:11 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

david j. moore interviews The Babadook director Jennifer Kent

A heightened psychological horror drama about a distressed widow named Amelia (played by Essie Davis) and her disturbed young son Samuel (played by Noah Wiseman), The Babadook concerns a haunting specter (the title creature) that preys on Samuel, and then, gradually on his mother who learns of it through a mysterious book that tells its tale in storybook fashion. As The Babadook feeds on their fears and begins to swallow their hope and change their perspectives, the film darkens and unleashes its horrors upon the audience. Writer / director Jennifer Kent (a former actress) managed to deliver a strikingly competent genre film, while imbuing it with style, reminiscent of classic horror films from yesteryear.

david j. moore: After I watched The Babadook, I actually Googled “The Babadook,” hoping to find out more about the legend and lore of the creature itself, but as it turns out, »

- Gary Collinson

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Brazil Locals Embrace Sci-Fi and Scary Films

15 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The surge in Latin America’s genre scene has rubbed off on Brazil.

Traditionally driven by local comedies and crossover movies from big auteurs such as Walter Salles or Fernando Meirelles, Brazilian production is plunging into local sci-fi, horror pics and thrillers and garnering strong international sales and multiple festival plaudits.

One example: Fernando Coimbra’s drama-thriller “A Wolf at the Door,” the first Brazilian pick-up by sales company Mundial — the joint-venture of Im Global and Mexico’s Canana — which has widely sold abroad, including the U.S. (Outsider Pictures), and snagged kudos at Miami, Havana, Rio and San Sebastian festivals.

Cult helmer Rodrigo Aragao’s zombie pic “Black Sea” won honors at December’s Ventana Sur. Also at that fest, filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, directors of Cannes’ 2011 Un Certain Regard entry “Hard Labor,” unveiled buzz project “Good Manners,” dubbed a Brazilian “Rosemary’s Baby”.

At Cannes, Dezenove »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Tribute to Mike Vraney – Founder of Something Weird Video

28 April 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Sam Moffitt

It was very sad to hear of the passing of Mike Vraney on January 2nd, he was only 56 years old.  Anyone who is a true movie geek, film fan, or cinema addict owes him a debt of thanks.  With Something Weird Video Vraney made available hundreds, if not thousands of hours of rare, obscure and vintage films, most of which were, well..really weird.

Consider his association with Dave Friedman and H,G. Lewis, Swv put out virtually their entire catalog of films first on VHS and then dvd. Not to mention the films of Harry Novak, Coffin Joe and his bizarre films from South America and many other rare titles that were impossible to see, not so long ago.

Swv put out hundreds of collections of nudie cutie loops, stag films, trailers for drive-in swill and compilations of highway safety and class room instructional films. »

- Movie Geeks

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Brazilian Horrors Await in When I Was Alive (Quando Eu Era Vivo)

18 February 2014 12:59 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

From the land of Coffin Joe comes Marco Dutra's When I Was Alive (Quando Eu Era Vivo), which promises horrors much more nightmare-inducing than a painful Brazilian wax. Check out the trailer for the flick, which is based on a novel by Lourenço Mutarelli!

The film stars Marat Descartes, Antonio Fagundes, and Sandy Leah.

Synopsis

Junior is back to live with his family after he loses his job and gets separated from his wife. Upon arriving in the house that once was his home, he feels like a stranger and spends his days on the couch of the old Senior, brooding over the separation and his unemployment and dreaming of the young tenant, Bruna. After finding a few objects that belonged to his mother, Junior begins to want to know all about the history of the family and develops a strange obsession with the past, confusing delusion and reality. »

- John Squires

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