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David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot

19 December 2014 5:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil.

Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My Name Ain’t Johnny,” “From Beginning To End”), Marcello Antony (“As Brasileiras”) and Maria Flor (“Xingu”) co-star with Erroll Shand (“The Z-Nail Gang”) and Fionnula Flanagan (“Yes,” “Four Brothers”).

Produced by Joao Roni at Brazil’s Ocean Films, in a sign of its production ambitions, “Little Secret” has signed up German art director Brigitte Broch, a production designer on “Amores perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Moulin Rouge!” – for which she won an Academy Award.

Peru’s Inti Briones, a Variety Cinematographer to Watch who lensed Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner “To Kill a Man” and won an Intl. »

- John Hopewell

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Thierry Fremaux gives masterclass

2 December 2014 1:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.

In a wide-ranging session that looked back over his first 13 years in the job and addressed the impact of digital cinema on selection policy, Fremaux said the rise in number of Latin American entries coincided with his start on the job.

“When I first arrived [in 2001, after he was hired by Cannes president Gilles Jacob] I was afraid of being biased but it was by coincidence that I arrived at the same time of the new generation of filmmakers in Argentina,” he said.

“We have received so many Argentinian and Mexican films over recent years. This is a community with a lot of vitality.”

In 2014 alone, Damián Szifrón’s acclaimed Wild Tales screened in competition, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja screened in Un Certain Regard, Pablo Fendrik’s [link »

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Thierry Fremaux gives Ventana Sur masterclass

2 December 2014 1:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.

In a wide-ranging session that looked back over his first 13 years in the job and addressed the impact of digital cinema on selection policy, Fremaux said the rise in number of Latin American entries coincided with his start on the job.

“When I first arrived [in 2001, after he was hired by Cannes president Gilles Jacob] I was afraid of being biased but it was by coincidence that I arrived at the same time of the new generation of filmmakers in Argentina,” he said.

“We have received so many Argentinian and Mexican films over recent years. This is a community with a lot of vitality.”

In 2014 alone, Damián Szifrón’s acclaimed Wild Tales screened in competition, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja screened in Un Certain Regard, Pablo Fendrik’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Gael Garcia Bernal on 'Rosewater' and Jon Stewart as Film Director

13 November 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" tells the harrowing, true-life story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was arrested and interrogated by security forces in part because of an appearance on satirical American television program "The Daily Show."

To bring Bahari's story to life, Stewart cast Gael Garcia Bernal. The quiet, soft-spoken actor is a Mexican native best-known for his roles in films such as "Y Tu Mamá También" by "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón, or the role of Ché Guevara in Walter Salles epic 'The Motorcycle Diaries." Casting Bernal may not have been an obvious choice, but it's an excellent one. Bernal inhabits the character well, providing a mix of strength, intelligence, and vulnerability that helps bring this vital and interesting story to life.

Moviefone Canada spoke to Bernal during the Toronto Film Festival.

Moviefone Canada: What brought you to the project?

Gael Garcia Bernal: John invited me over. »

- Jason Gorber

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Portugal's Tocha wins Action4Climate doc award

30 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other winners come from Bulgaria and Us.

Portuguese film maker Gonçalo Tocha’s The Trail of a Tale (pictured) has won the $15,000 top prize in the Action4Climate documentary competition’s 18 -35 age category.

The film was made in collaboration with Imagine2020 and the New Economics Foundation.

The story is about a letter written in the future addressed to today’s society.

Second place with $10,000 went to Dobrin Kashavelov from Bulgaria for Global Warming. The third place $5,000 prize went to Nathan Dappen from the Us for Snows Of The Nile.

“These talented young film makers connect to their audience in emotional and powerful ways about the dangers of climate change. They have done serious, important work, which shows that climate change could result in a world that is unrecognizable today, and that we need act now to protect the planet for future generations,” said Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group.

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- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Gullane Brothers Ride Brazil’s Support to Commercial, Arthouse Success

30 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazil’s entertainment industry is the envy of Latin America: It boasts eight years of box office growth, local movies that grabbed an 18.6% market share last year and strong government financial support. So it makes sense that Sao Paulo-based brothers Fabiano and Caio Gullane, who have built one of the best reputations in the Brazilian film industry, are poised to take their

production house, Gullane Filmes, to greater heights.

The brothers started their business out of a van, nearly 20 years ago. Now, they frequently produce local pics with Hollywood studios, and in turn, U.S. majors often pick up their movies for distribution. The Gullanes also have increased their output of projects for TV, and they’ve launched a distribution arm.

Gullane Filmes is moving forward with a 14-title movie-development/production slate, unthinkable in Brazil just a few years back. But thanks to a R$1.2 billion ($480 million) package of public-sector »

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Shahid Kapoor on Haider Winning at Rome Film Festival: “It’s a moment of immense pride.”

26 October 2014 6:42 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

We earlier told you that Haider produced by Utv Motion Pictures and Vb Pictures won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Mondo Genre

(World Genre) at the Rome Film Festival. Now we have more about win and quotes from Shahid and director Vishal Bhardwaj.

The Mondo Genre had a selection of feature films of young or already successful directors this year and the festival gave priority to films that are world premieres. The movies selected were from countries like Italy, USA, Brazil and France. Out of the seven films that featured under this genre, Haider was the only Asian film selected across the globe.

Haider is a classic Shakespearean tale retold with Kashmir in India as its backdrop, it’s a story that we would like to take to the world and to get this award now is a proud moment for the entire team of Haider,” says Director Vishal Bhardwaj. »

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Rome Film Review: ‘Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang’

25 October 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Auteur portraits of fellow auteurs don’t always make for illuminating films: The line between sincere mutual appreciation and smug mutual congratulation can be a fine one. Brazilian director Walter Salles, however, gets the balance just about right in “Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang,” an intelligent, restrained but warmly intimate cinematic conversation with the Sixth Generation Chinese trailblazer. Similarly simple in concept to Olivier Assayas’ 1997 study of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Salles’ film follows Jia as he wanders the scarred streets of his hometown — many of them recognizable from his own films — and muses wryly on a politically fractious career. Unspooled in Rome as a “work in progress” (effectively complete, but minus closing credits) ahead of its world premiere at the Sao Paolo fest, this clip-heavy cinephile’s delight should get heavy play on the festival and repertory circuit.

There are few obvious points of identification between the burnished, gently »

- Guy Lodge

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Daily | Rome 2014

16 October 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival opens today and runs through October 25. There'll be 24 world premieres, and among those we're most anxious to hear about are Takashi Miike's Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will), Christoph Hochhäusler's Die Lügen der Sieger (The Lies of the Victors), Park Chan-wook's new short, A Rose Reborn, Aleksey Fedorchenko's Angels of the Revolution, Walter Salles's documentary on Jia Zhangke and more. We'll be gathering reviews as they appear and, in the meantime, have posted a few trailers. » - David Hudson »

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Rodrigo Santoro Helps Take Latinos Into the Mainstream (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — One of Latin America’s highest-profile actors in Hollywood and beyond, Brazil’s Rodrigo Santoro, a memorable Xerxes in “30,” has hardly stopped.

But the parts he’s played of late not only underscore the illustrious thesping company he keeps, but just how far Latinos have come in sloughing off Latino type-casting.

Santoro wrapped two weeks ago his first TV series, playing an outlaw on the pilot for HBO’s “Westworld,” helmed by Jonathan Nolan for Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, and a series inspired in concept by the Yul Brynner movie classic.

He features in Steven Bernstein’s “brilliantly written” “Dominion,” produced by Richard Gladstein, with Rhys Ifans as Welsh bard Dylan Thomas, living out his last day on earth, and John Malkovich as his doctor, shot over the summer in Montreal. Santoro plays “a mysterious character who will reveal himself.” Santoro’s character is called Carlos, »

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Busan: Brazil’s Walter Salles Directing Jia Zhang-ke Documentary

4 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazilian director Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Central Station”) is directing documentary “Jia Zhang-ke by Walter Salles.”

The film is a documentary with a distinctly personal view, in which Salles tracks Chinese director Jia through China on the sets of his films.

French production and sales company MK2 will open the film for business this week in Busan. MK2 says the picture is currently in post-production with a festival and releasing strategy that has yet to be finalized.

Jia is a darling of the international festival circuit thanks to film that include “Still Life,” “The World,” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” He remains a controversial figure in China, however.

Jia’s last completed picture “A Touch of Sin,” appeared in competition in Cannes in 2013, but, despite repeated official assurances that it has not been banned, it remains unreleased in China.MK2 describes the film as: “a touching portrait of »

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Vania Catani’s Bananeira Filmes Launches New Gen Brazilian Talent, Primes Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’ (Exclusive)

29 September 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Argentina has a New Argentine Cinema; Carlos Reygadas, Mantarraya and Canana ushered in a new era in Mexico; the Novissimo Cine Chileno exploded onto the scene at the 2005 Valdivia Festival.

Now, finally, in a year when Brazil has selected Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” as its Foreign-Language Oscar entry – a first feature for its director and producer alike – the Latin America giant may be sewing the seeds of a New Brazilian Cinema.

Several factors are in play: Hiked direct incentives, tabbed by president Dilma Roussef at $540 million for 2014, and open to new directors; new TV coin from pay TV players such as Canal Brasil and Telecine, again accessible for first features; a new generation of producers, such as Bananeira FilmesVania Catani.

Catani broke through producing actor-turned-director Selton Mello’s “Happy Christmas” and “The Clown,” a groundbreaking arthouse hit in Brazil. As she preps Selton Mello’s third feature, »

- John Hopewell

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29 September 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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Gay Teen Tale Is Brazil's Entry for the 87th Academy Awards

28 September 2014 10:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (photo: Fábio Audi and Ghilherme Lobo in 'The Way He Looks') In mid-September, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Written and directed by 32-year-old São Paulo native Daniel Ribeiro, The Way He Looks (the Portuguese-language title literally means "Today I Want to Go Back Alone") won two awards at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival: the International Film Critics' Fipresci Prize for Best Film in the Panorama sidebar and the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender characters. Based on Ribeiro's 2010 short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone / Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho, The Way He Looks tells the story of Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), a blind 15-year-old struggling to become »

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Versatile adds La Patota to Tiff slate

5 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell’s A Trois, On Y Va.

Paris-based sales agent Versatile has picked up Argentine Santiago Mitre’s social thriller La Patota about an idealistic lawyer who is attacked by a gang while doing charity work in an impoverished border-town. 

Other additions to Versatile’s Tiff slate include France’s Jérôme Bonnell’s upcoming A Trois, On Y Va, a love triangle comedy starring Anais Demoustier, Sophie Verbeeck and Félix Moati.

Mitre’s second film after The Student, which won the Locarno’s special jury prize in 2011, La Patota has just started shooting in Misiones in north-east Argentina, with Argentine actress Dolorès Fonzi in the lead role.

Inspired by late compatriot filmmaker Daniel Tinayre’s 1960 classic, it revolves around lawyer Pauline who ditches a glittering career in Buenos Aires to help the inhabitants of her impoverished hometown on the Argentine border with Paraguay and Brazil.

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Kristen Stewart Is A Giant On New Poster For Camp X-Ray

4 September 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Who knew that Kristen Stewart would pull herself up by the bootstraps? Literally. The ex-vamp groupie who came under intense press scrutiny after her private life was made public, seems to be back on track. Since she ended her stint as mopey teen Bella in vampiric dreck Twilight, she’s got her act together. She’s worked with a stub of accomplished directors (Walter Salles (On The Road) and Olivier Assayas (Clouds Of Sils Maria)) and she’s landing rave reviews. For her next project, Camp X-Ray, which debuted at Sundance this year, it looks possible that she’s in line for more of the latter.

Taking on the role of a Guantanamo Bay detention camp guard for first time director Peter Sattler, Stewart’s made quite the impressive leap. Going on the slew of set photos and the trailer released so far, the movie looks set to catapult her »

- Gem Seddon

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New Poster & Photos Of 'Camp X-Ray' Starring Kristen Stewart

4 September 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Okay, Taylor Lautner, it’s your move. The primary “Twilight” duo of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have used their Ya-vampire cache as a stepping stone to work with extremely interesting filmmakers: Walter Salles, Olivier Assayas, David Cronenberg, David Michod and many, many more. Lautner has fallen behind in that regard, but it’s possible he might have been legitimately interested in “Abduction” and “Grown Ups 2” (and/or, he just hasn’t found the right roles yet). That’s neither here nor there, but it does remind us that Kristen Stewart has another intriguing looking project coming up. Titled “Camp X-Ray,” the movie is an indie that premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and features the actress as in an unlikely, but challenging role of a Guantanamo Bay detention camp guard. Written and directed by first-time feature helmer Peter Sattler, the movie co-stars Tara Holt, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, »

- Edward Davis

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Gullane Filmes Ups Brazil’s Ante (Exclusive)

11 August 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno – Talk about raising the bar. At Locarno, Brazil’s Fabiano Gullane, co-founder with brother Caio of Sao Paulo-based Gullane Filmes, is unveiling to sales agents and potential co-producers the biggest, most ambitious and most sophisticated movie production slate in modern Brazilian times.

Novelties on Gullane’s 14-title slate include two new Hollywood studio link-ups: Tomas Portella’s “Love Stories,” co-produced by Disney’s Buena Vista Intl., and romcom “Incompatible,” with co-production from Fox, which has acquired worldwide distribution rights.

The portfolio – two movies in post-production, including the Anna Muylaert’s anticipated “Where Is She?” which plays Locarno’s pix-in-post Carte Blanche Monday, and 12 in development – rolls off the phenomenal success of Gullane’s to-date-two-pic comedy franchise, “Till Luck Do Us Part,” which gave Gullane the biggest local movie hit in Brazil in 2012 and 2014, grossing a combined $36.1 million at Brazilian wickets.

The announcement also comes just weeks after Brazilian president »

- John Hopewell

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In the War Zone: Trailer for Guantanamo-Set Drama Starring Stewart, Maadi

8 August 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »

- Andre Soares

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‘Sight & Sound’ releases 50 greatest documentary films list

1 August 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As reported over at The Dissolve, highly respected British film magazine Sight & Sound is famous for its list of the greatest films off all time released once every decade. Since 1952, Citizen Kane held the number one spot until Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo dethroned it in the 2012 poll. Now for the first time Sight & Sound has released a list of the 50 greatest documentary films of all time. The list was compiled after polling from over 200 critics and curators and 100 filmmakers, including “John Akomfrah, Michael Apted, Clio Barnard, James Benning, Sophie Fiennes, Amos Gitai, Paul Greengrass, Jose Guerin, Isaac Julien, Asif Kapadia, Sergei Loznitsa, Kevin Macdonald, James Marsh, Joshua Oppenheimer, Anand Patwardhan, Pawel Pawlikowski, Nicolas Philibert, Walter Salles, and James Toback”.

The top 10 are:

Man With A Movie Camera, (Dziga Vertov, 1929) Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) Sans Soleil, (Chris Marker, 1982) Night And Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1989) Chronicle Of A Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, »

- Max Molinaro

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