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No Dormiras (You Shall Not Sleep): First Teaser And Poster From Gustavo Hernandez's New Horror Flick

The first teaser poster and trailer have arrived for No Dormiras (You Shall Not Sleep), the latest horror offering from Uruguayan director Gustavo Hernandez (The Silent House).    Though the film is only beginning production they were quick to gather some snippets of footage together including a foreboding shot of the beguiling Belen Rueda at the end. The teaser poster also conveys a sense of helplessness and despair.      In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theater company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stageplay. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it.    When Bianca, a young actress ,  joins the cast,...

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Fox International Productions Boards Gustavo Hernandez’s ‘You Shall Not Sleep’ (Exclusive)

Fox International Productions Boards Gustavo Hernandez’s ‘You Shall Not Sleep’ (Exclusive)
Fox International Productions (Fip) is partnering with Pablo E. Bossi (“Nine Queens”) to produce “You Shall Not Sleep,” (“No Dormirás”) the latest film from “Casa Muda’s” Gustavo Hernandez, which 20th Century Fox will distribute in the U.S., Latin America and German-speaking territories.

The Fox distribution deal was struck by FilmSharks Intl. which has acquired international territory sales rights to “You Shall Not Sleep” and will introduce it to buyers at the Toronto Festival. Variety has had first access to an international trailer and initial teaser artwork.

One of the most awaited of Latin American horror movies since Hernandez and his producing partner Ignacio Garcia Cucucovich first announced it to Variety at 2015’s Ventana Sur, “You Shall Not Sleep” is produced by Bossi, whose credits include Ricardo Darin’s “Chinese Takeaway” and “Black Snow,” Maria Luisa Gutierrez, producer of Santiago Segura’s “Torrente” saga, Argentina’s Juan Pablo Buscarini (“Gamemaker 3D) and Cucucovich (“Casa Muda”), Hernandez
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10 Leading Filmmakers of Catalonia’s New Wave

A new wave of filmmakers is emerging in Catalonia: Cosmopolitan, schooled in industry practices, genre blenders and versatile in style, they have tackled wide ranging subjects. Many of them happen to be women. Variety profiles 10 leading lights from the Spanish region.


Ballús’ short “Immersion” was well received by critics and her feature, “The Plague,” was nominated for the European Discovery – Fipresci’ Prize at the European Film Awards and took multiple 2014 first feature prizes on Spain’s fest circuit. Now the alum of Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University is initiating the French-Spanish co-production “Staff Only,” a dramedic coming-of-ager exploring international tourism in developing countries, and developing comedy “Six Ordinary Days.”


Film Community Powers Catalonia’s Rebound From Recession

Meritxell Colell

Colell (“Manuscript to the City”) has worked as an editor and cinema lecturer. She has just finished her first fiction feature, “Facing the Wind,” selected for the 2015 Cannes Atelier,
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Africa-Set Thriller ‘Sara’s Notebook’ Comes to Cannes from Film Factory (Exclusive)

Boarding one of Spain’s biggest box office bets for early 2018, Barcelona-based Film Factory Entertainment has acquired international rights to “Sara’s Notebook” (El Cuaderno de Sara), from Telecinco Cinema.

Film Factory’s Vicente Canales will introduce the film to buyers in Cannes, presenting a first image promo.

Past movies from Telecinco Cinema, which has co-produced the No. 1 box office champ in Spain over four of the last five years, include J.A. Bayona’s “The Impossible,” “A Monster Calls,” “Spanish Affair” and its 2015 sequel. Telecinco Cinema, owned by broadcaster Mediaset España, grossed $77.5 million in 2014 with “Spanish Affair,” four times the take of its nearest Hollywood rival, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ($17.5 million).

That has, of course, encouraged Hollywood studios to move into the distribution of such titles. In the case of “Sara’s Notebook,” Disney distributes in Spain.

With Telecinco Cinema taking an equity position in its movies,
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Cannes: Cristina Zumarraga, Pablo Bossi Launch Tandem Films (Exclusive)

Cannes: Cristina Zumarraga, Pablo Bossi Launch Tandem Films (Exclusive)
Paris — Argentina’s Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens”), a leading producer of the new Argentine Cinema, and Spain’s Cristina Zumarraga, who has overseen production of some of its biggest (“Alatriste”) and most challenging (“Even the Rain”) productions, are teaming on a new production house, Tandem Films.

Based out of Madrid, it looks set, at least in a first-phase, to work a Latin America-Spain-Europe access, producing high-end film and TV from a broad range of more accessible but still artistically-ambitious Spanish-language auteurs.

Tandem Films’ first-slate projects include “Insomnes,” from Gustavo Hernandez (“The Silent House), starring Belen Rueda (“The Orphanage”), and “La Elvira,” a sweeping period adventure from Norberto Lopez Amado (“Sara’s Notebook”).

Further directors with projects in development include Iciar Bollain (“The Olive Tree,” “Even the Rain”), Juan Pablo Buscarini (“Perez”) and Mariela Seresesky (“The Open Door”).

Spain’s new subsidy regulations “means that it’s important to have a certain financial muscle,
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Telecinco Cinema to Receive the CineEurope Independent Producer of the Year Award

Madrid — Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Mediaset España, Spain’s biggest TV network, has won the 2017 CineEurope Independent Producer of the Year Award.

Adjudicated by the International Union of Cinema (Unic), Europe’s umbrella assn. of national exhibitor associations. Telecinco Cinema’s two driving forces, CEO Ghislain Barrois, and Alvaro Augustin, its director general, will accept the Award at the 26th CineEurope, whose prize ceremony takes place on June 22 in Barcelona.

Described by Andrew Sunshine, VP of the Film Expo Group, which manages CineEurope, as “one of the major feature film studios no only in the Spanish market but in Europe also,” Telecinco Cinema launched in 1999 as Estudios Picasso Fabrica de Ficción, which channeled a government-imposed obligation to invest part of its revenues in Spanish or other European movie production.

Making a virtue out of a necessity, Telecinco Cinema has gone on to co-produce six of the top
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Afm: Seville International scores 'Orbiter 9' sales

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Afm: Seville International scores 'Orbiter 9' sales
Exclusive: Anick Poirier and her team have licensed key territories on the elevated Spanish sci-fi from Cactus Flower Producciones, Mono Films, Dynamo and Telefonica Studios.

Orbiter 9 has gone to The Jokers Films for France, Koch Films for Germany, Lemon Tree for China, Exponenta Film for Russia, Activers Entertainment for South Korea, and Nettai Museum for Japan.

Hatem Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla makes his feature directorial debut on the story about Helena, a young woman alone on a deep space mission whose parents abandoned ship 20 years earlier to save the mission.

Helena’s life is transformed when an isolated engineer enters her life. Clara Lago (pictured), Alex Gonzalez, Andres Parra and Belen Rueda star.

The Spanish production filmed in San Sebastián and Victoria in Spain, and Medellín in Colombia.

“The response to Orbiter 9 has been incredibly strong,” said Poirier. “We are fortunate to be working with Hatem and producers Cristian and Miguel, and we are thrilled to be handling this bold
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Seville to sell space thriller 'Orbiter 9'

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Seville to sell space thriller 'Orbiter 9'
Exclusive: Spanish sci-fi is from writer-director Ruiz-Zorrilla.

Seville International chief Anick Poirier and her team haved kicked off sales at Toronto Internatioanl Film Festival (Sept 8-18) on Hatem Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla’s [pictured] Spanish feature directorial debut Orbiter 9.

Ruiz-Zorrilla wrote the elevated sci-fi from Cactus Flower Productions, Mono Films, Narcos producers Dynamo, and Telefonica Studios. The story centres on a young woman alone on a deep space mission after her parents abandoned ship 20 years ago whose world is turned upside-down when a sole engineer arrives.

Clara Lago, Alex Gonzalez, Andres Parra and Belen Rueda star in Orbiter 9, which shot in Spain and Colombia. Cristian Conti and Miguel Menéndez serve as producers. Ruiz-Zorrilla previously wrote and directed several award-winning short films including Goya nominee Machu Picchu.

“Hatem is a master of melding high-concept, moody narratives with authentic human emotion, weaving the interpersonal stakes of his protagonists with repercussions much larger than themselves,” said Montreal-based Seville International senior vice-president of sales
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Telecinco, Upi Re-Team on Sergio G. Sanchez, De la Iglesia’s Projects

Telecinco Cinema, Spain’s most successful movie producer, and Universal Pictures Intl. Spain have inked local distribution rights to two of the most awaited Spanish films of 2017: Sergio G. Sanchez’s terror thriller “Marrowbone” and Alex de la Iglesia’s dramedy “Perfectos desconocidos.”

Pact deepens a fruitful relationship which has seen recent milestones such as the local release of record-breaking Tc-produced comedies “Spanish Affair 1” and “Spanish Affair 2,” which notched up a combined $105 million B.O. over 2014-15 in Spain, both handled by Upi. Both partners also launched in 2015 Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression,” scoring a solid $10.2 million Spanish B.O.

Godfathered by J.A. Bayona as exec-producer, “Marrowbone” marks the feature film debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, scribe of Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” pics produced by Belen Atienza, alongside Alvaro Augustin and Ghislain Barrois at Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Spain’s TV giant Mediaset España.
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Gonard Launches Inside Content (Exclusive)

Gonard Launches Inside Content (Exclusive)
Madrid – Geraldine Gonard, the former managing director of Madrid’s Imagina Intl. Sales, has hung her own shingle, Inside Content, a financing, co-production and pre-sales company focusing on content from Latin markets and Europe.

Inside Content is based out of Madrid. It will focus primarily but not exclusively on scripted TV, but has made its first move taking world sales rights to “The Night My Mother Killed My Father,” the latest comedy from Inés Paris (“Miguel and William”).

Inside Content play off two major assets: Gonard’s now extensive experience in film and TV sales, having served as managing director and COO at Iis from 2007 to 2015, sales and then general director at Grupo Pi (2001-06), and as a sales exec at Sogepaq (1997-2001); the vibrant lift in the international TV drama business in the last two-to-three years which Gonard, heading up Iis, Spain’s main scripted drama export house, has experienced first hand and indeed,
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Telefonica Studios Furthers Drive Into Latin America (Exclusive)

Telefonica Studios Furthers Drive Into Latin America (Exclusive)
Berlin – Telefonica Studios, the film-tv production arm of telco giant Telefonica, already a key player in Spain and Argentina, is taking another step into Latin America teaming with Cactus Flower and Mono Films on the Colombia-shot romantic thriller “Orbita 9.”

Part of Movistar Plus, which takes in Spain’s biggest pay TV and Svod operation, Telefonica Studios has seen large success in Argentina, co-producing with El Deseo and Artgentina’s top broadcaster Telefe and K & S Films the country’s biggest-breakout titles: Oscar-shortlisted “Wild Tales,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. hit, and “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero’s 2015 Venice best director winner.

The anticipated debut of Hatem Khraiche, screenwriter of the Cactus Flower co-produced “The Hidden Face” and one ofbSpain’s most talked-up young talents, “Orbita 9” is totally Spanish. Its Colombia shoot, use of cash rebates and link up with Colombia’s top movie producer Dynamo, which provides services – as it did on “Narcos,
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Mipcom: Imagina Offers ‘Liaisons’

Mipcom: Imagina Offers ‘Liaisons’
Barcelona– Madrid-based Imagina Intl. Sales is unveiling dramedy “Liaisons,” produced by Bulgaria’s Emo Vision for pubcaster Btv, at the Mipcom TV market.

Directed by Victor Bojinov and Vassil Steffanov “Liasons” got a 42.3% share in Bulgaria, 10 percentage points above the broadcaster’s average.

Series portrays secret and public love lives, often involving criss-crossing dramedic imbroglios.

Spain’s foremost TV fiction sales company, Imagina also includes in its lineup “Olmos & Robles,” a detective comedy skein produced by 100 balas and aired by Spanish pubcaster Tve, punching an audience of three millions viewers last September. Also produced by 100 Balas and in Imagina’s Mipcom catalog: comedic show “Duck Soup.”

New seasons from Globomedia series “B & B Magazine,” and “Anclados —both broadcast on commercial Spanish channel Telecinco—, and Voz Audiovisual’s “Serramoura” to be aired soon on Galician pubcaster Tvg, sums up to Imagina offer.

“B & B” is a sitcom set in a fashion
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Academy Award Film Series: Bardem Fights for Right to Die in Amenábar's 'Sea'

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body,
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‘The Missing,’ ‘Happy Valley,’ ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘Lilyhammer’ Win Monte Carlo TV Fest’s Kudos

‘The Missing,’ ‘Happy Valley,’ ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘Lilyhammer’ Win Monte Carlo TV Fest’s Kudos
The Missing” took two Golden Nymph awards including best miniseries at the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival, which wrapped on June 18.

The Golden-Globe nominated U.K. mini-skein, produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures, also earned its female lead Frances O’Connor a best actress nod. Directed by Tom Shankland, “The Missing” centers around a couple whose 5-year-old son disappears during a trip to France.

The miniseries jury, presided over by Ron Perlman, handed the best actor kudos to Anthony Hayes for the Australian show “Secrets & Lies,” which is produced by Hoodlum. Hayes plays a man who finds the body of a young boy while jogging and becomes the prime suspect for the murder.

Lilyhammer” dominated the comedy section, nabbing a pair of Golden Nymphs awards for best European series and best actor for Steven Van Zandt, who stars as a retired New York mobster who hides in a rural Norwegian town.
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Happy Valley, The Missing and Lilyhammer win at Golden Nymph Awards

Marvellous, Happy Valley, The Missing and Lilyhammer were among the major winners at the Golden Nymph Awards.

Prince Albert II presented awards to leading drama and comedy programmes tonight (June 18) as part of the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Happy Valley took the night's top prize for Best European Drama Series, and its lead actress Sarah Lancashire was named Outstanding Actress for Drama.

Best International Drama and Outstanding Dramatic Actor went to Gomorrah and its star Marco D'Amore respectively.

Winners for comedy included Welcome to Sweden for Best International Series, Lilyhammer and its star Steven Van Zandt for Best European Comedy and Outstanding Actor, and B&b, de boca en boca's Belen Rueda as Outstanding Actress.

Marvellous was named Best Television Film, while its stars Toby Jones and Gemma Jones won in the film acting categories.

The Missing was named Best Miniseries, with the category's acting awards going to Anthony Hayes
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Oz dramas nominated for Golden Nymph Awards

Anzac Girls, Secrets & Lies and Love Child have been nominated for the Monte Carlo Television Festival.s Golden Nymph Awards.

Screentime.s Anzac Girls and Hoodlum.s Secrets & Lies are in the running for best miniseries and Playmaker Media.s Love Child is up for best drama.

Anzac Girls. Georgia Flood is nominated for best actress in a miniseries and Love Child.s Jonathan Lapaglia and Secrets & Lies. Anthony Hayes are vying for best actor in the drama and miniseries categories.

Aussie Frances O'Connor gets a nod for best actress for her work in the British miniseries The Missing.

The Monte Carlo TV Festival and Golden Nymph Awards were founded in 1961 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to "encourage a new art form, in the service of peace and understanding between the people."

Last year Top of the Lake won three gongs: best miniseries and best actor and actress for Peter Mullan and Elisabeth Moss.
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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: #1. Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona // Writer: Patrick Ness

Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona began as one of the talents supported by Guillermo Del Toro, blazing into the international horror realm back in 2007 with The Orphanage, which showcased the wonderful Belen Rueda. But his 2012 sophomore film, The Impossible, which depicted the onslaught and aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand, that really brought Bayona acclaim. That film snagged Naomi Watts an Oscar nod for Best Actress and proved the director’s penchant and flair for working with big budget special effects. We’re quite excited to see that he’s adapting Patrick Ness’ celebrated children’s book A Monster Calls for his third feature, which concerns a little boy coping with his mother’s terminal illness and being bullied at school with the help of a tree monster. Liam Neeson stars as said monster, while Felicity Jones plays the
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Argentina’s Villegas, Cepa, Set ‘Villa Gesell’ (Exclusive)

Argentina’s Villegas, Cepa, Set ‘Villa Gesell’ (Exclusive)
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentine director Juan Villegas, helmer of three features — “Saturday,” “Los suicidas” and “Idleness” — and producer of films by Celine Murga, including the Martin Scorsese exec produced “The Third Side of the River,” will return behind the cameras for “Villa Gesell.”

Esteban Lamothe, a rising star of Argentine cinema since he broke through with Santiago Mitre’s “The Student,” will topline with Griselda Siciliani, a theater and TV actress who played the Elvis impersonator’s estranged wife in Armando Bo’s Sundance hit “The Last Elvis.”

Set in the seaside resort of Villa Gesell, some 60 miles down Argentina’s Atlantic coast from Mar del Plata, Villegas’ fourth feature is set up as a co-production between Tresmilmundos Cine, the label he owns with Murga, and Cepa Audiovisual. Also based out of Buenos Aires, and headed by Andres Longares and Felicitas Raffo, Cepa has risen to prominence as a producer on “7th Floor,
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DVD Review: 'The Body'

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★★★☆☆ Spanish horror The Body (2012) is the entertaining directorial debut from Oriol Paulo, the scribe behind 2010's Julia's Eyes. Opening on a stormy night, we see the white-eyed security guard of a morgue fleeing for his life, only to be hit by a car and end up in hospital, comatose. So the mystery begins. Enter Inspector Jaime Peña (José Coronado), a coffee-swilling chain-smoker who's haunted by his own dark past. He quickly discovers that a body has vanished without a trace, and that the only potential suspect is the dead woman's husband and business partner Álex (Hugo Silva), whom Jaime brings in for questioning.

After these riveting first fifteen minutes we, learn that Álex is indeed the murderer, but there's a twist - he wasn't responsible for the disappearance of the body. For the most part, the film's drama is contained within the setting of the shadowy morgue, accompanied by atmospheric (if hammy) thunder and lightning.
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Win The Body on Blu-ray

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The Body, the sharp, claustrophobic thriller from the producers of The Orphanage arrives on DVD & Blu-ray 9th September and we’ve got 5 copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray.

The Oriol Paulo directed film gained rave reviews when it screened at last year’s London Film Festival and stars Belen Rueda (The Orphanage) as the titular Body. Paulo is best known for his writing duties on the critically acclaimed Julia’s Eyes (2010) but here makes his feature-length directorial debut which firmly places him as one to watch.

Inspector Jaime is haunted by his own past which is dragged out of the shadows by the disappearance of a body from the morgue. On the case, Jaime must investigate how a corpse can vanish from its freezer without a trace, the only witness being a guard left in a coma cause by indescribable fear.

With his own nightmares driving him to despair,
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