3 items from 2015
Paris– Building on their worldwide ties and experience in production, distribution, acquisitions, sales and festival programming, Fiorella Moretti and Hedi Zardi are launching Luxbox, a Paris-based company dedicated to international sales and co-production on select projects.
A pair of energetic, well-rounded execs with complementary industry knowledge, Zardi and Moretti are finalizing their slate and will officially begin sales at the European Film Market. The shingle’s first co-production is Carlos Reygadas’ upcoming “Donde nace la vida” (“Where Life is Born”).
Moretti, a native of Latin America who is based in Paris, started out producing movies at Mexico-City based Mantarraya Producciones and worked on critically-acclaimed pics such as Amat Escalante’s “Heli” as well as Reygadas’s “Post Tenebras Lux.” Both films won Cannes’ best director awards for Escalante and Reygadas, respectively. After heading Nd Mantarraya, a joint venture between Nodream Cinema and Mantarraya that became one of Mexico’s top indie distributor, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.
Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”
Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”
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- John Hopewell
Jayro Bustamante’s debut “Ixcanul,” the flagship of a burgeoning Guatemalan cinema, continued its triumphant festival march, winning Official Fiction Competition best picture at Colombia’s 55th Cartagena Festival, which wrapped Tuesday night.
A Berlin Festival Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner, “Ixcanul” took top honors – best Ibero-American picture and director – just last Saturday at Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” has now achieved the near unthinkable for a Guatemalan movie just a few years back: a French co-producer, Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”; a sales agent, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, now one of the biggest dealers in not only Spanish but Latin American films; top fest plaudits and major territory sales to distinguished distributors, »
- John Hopewell
3 items from 2015
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