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It’s the third directing gig for Bateman, who made his feature helming debut with “Bad Words.” He’s in pre-production on “The Family Fang,” which he will direct and star in opposite Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, with shooting commencing mid-July in New York City.
He will be seen next in a pair of Warner Bros. titles — “This is »
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Madrid – VideoFilmes, the Rio de Janeiro-based production house owned by Walter Salles (“Central Station,” “The Motorcycle Diaries”), will co-produce social thriller “La Patota,” the much-anticipated second film by Argentina’s Santiago Mitre.
Based on Daniel Tinayre’s 1960 modern movie classic “La Patota,” which played in competition at Berlin, Mitre’s sophomore outing has won $250,000, announced Friday, from an dedicated Argentina-Brazil film fund launched in 2010 to finance four co-productions a year between the two countries.
“We’re very happy to co-produce Santiago Mitre’s ‘La Patota.’ I’m a great admirer of his first film, “The Student,” and believe that Santiago is one of the most talented young directors in Latin America today,” Salles said Friday.
With VideoFilmes on board, and principal photography skedded for August in Misiones, in Argentina’s extreme northeast, “La Patota” now has one of the strongest international co-production structures of any Argentine film going into production this year. »
- John Hopewell
In this week's column, Chilean filmmaker Luis Villegas talks about his upcoming film Vitae; we also have the trailer. From Peru, we hear about the opening night presentation of the Lima Independiente Film Festival, El Mudo; we share the trailers for both the festival and the movie. And out of Brazil, via Cannes, we hear about Walter Salles' plans for an animated feature, Noah's Ark. Click through the gallery below to read all about it!...
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Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.
The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller.
International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, will be handling foreign sales of the title heading into the summer and the Toronto International Film Festival under the helm of Ift President, Christian De Gallegos. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights along with Wme.
Assayas had the English-language »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Wme has signed Gabriela Amaral, the Brazilian writer/director and director who received buzz coming out of this past January’s Sundance Writing Labs for her horror-drama The Father’s Shadow. She was just selected for the Directing Labs in June and will shoot her feature debut in Brazil in January 2015. Rodrigo Teixeira and Rt Pictures is producing alongside Acere Film’s Rodrigo Sarti and Rune Tavares. As a scribe, Amaral is currently writing a script for Walter Salles and is also in post on Freeze, a genre short that will play festivals in the fall. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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
To be at all familiar with Kristen Stewart — she had a small role in some vampire movies, maybe you've seen them — is to know that she's not particularly comfortable in the spotlight. She's a kinetic speaker, elliptical and often self-deprecating, so perhaps it's no surprise that at 24, she's already making the move to the other side of the camera. As part of its ongoing Blank Check Series, the denim/lifestyle brand Buffalo David Bitton offered Stewart a modest-but-undisclosed amount of money to "embark on a new creative journey," which the »
When theater director Jon Vickers hopped on the phone with Variety, his single-screen cinema was in the middle of a typically diverse run. The night before, it had screened a brand new restoration of Luchino Visconti’s “Sandra.” That night, the program included a trio of docs about the Rwandan genocide. Later on in the week, he was preparing to welcome actor Edward James Olmos and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami for special programs.
For an arthouse theater in New York or Los Angeles, this would count as a particularly strong week of programming. Yet the theater in question here is the Indiana University Cinema, located in a Midwestern city of 80,000, and established by a university that doesn’t even have a film school.
Since he joined the Bloomington-based institution in 2011, Vickers’ cinema has become an unlikely destination for renowned auteurs, scholars and actors. Werner Herzog, Glenn Close, Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, »
- Andrew Barker
The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 67th edition, comprising eight world cinema names from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the Us, France and Mexico.
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Those selected include Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director, screenwriter and producer who won Best Direction at Cannes in 2011 with Drive. His most recent film, Only God Forgives, played in Competition at Cannes last year.
Also chosen is Sofia Coppola, the Us director and screenwriter whose debut The Virgin Suicides was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1999. Coppola, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation, made it into »
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Brazilian filmmaker to be patron of sixth La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde.
Walter Salles has been announced as the patron of the sixth edition of La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde.
The Brazilian film-maker will hold a master class on May 16 for the ten selected teams of directors and producers who have been selected to take part in the Fabrique programme, organised by the Institut français working closely with the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Festival de Cannes and the Marché du Film.
“I want to share my views but also hear from young directors from different cultures who are working on their first films. For me, there is no more fascinating way to learn about the world than through the eyes of others,” commented Salles.
Bangladesh, Cuba, Syria, Laos and Venezuela will be represented for the first time at this year’s Fabrique. The ten projects, selected from 125 entries, are:
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It’s not always the destination but how you get there, and John Curran’s Tracks, released today in the UK, proves exactly that. Starring Mia Wasikowska as the socially inept and desperately stubborn Robyn, Tracks follows this young woman as she treks 1,700 miles across West Australia.
To celebrate the film’s release we took a look at some of the best journeys in cinema and the characters who took them.
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A perfect film about the tribulations of growing up, Stand By Me ends with four boys visiting a missing body, but the obstacles that they endure on their trip, from raging trains to high school bullies are what shape its characters. So believable are the scrappy and defiant nature of our four protagonists that its difficult not to side with them, even if the end of their journey doesn’t signify a great victory. »
- Beth Webb
Walter Kirn’s novels “Thumbsucker” and “Up in the Air” were adapted for the screen, but his latest work, “Blood Will Out,” faces a few Hollywood hurdles, even though the nonfiction piece tells a stranger-than-truth story that seems meant for the movies.
Even better, Kirn plays a co-starring role in the book, which charts how he was drawn into the orbit of the master con man who called himself Clark Rockefeller. But it’s been three weeks since publication, and CAA, which took the tome out to studios, still has no takers.
The problem? Its notorious subject: Rockefeller (real name: Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native), who was convicted last year of a 1985 murder in San Marino, Calif., and posed at various times as a USC film student, a Rockefeller heir and the brother of Cameron Crowe. He was unmasked in 2008, when he kidnapped his own daughter in Boston.
The story is so fascinating, »
- Justin Kroll
Paris – Renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will preside the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation and Short Films jury, whose other members are French hyphenate Noemie Lvovsky and three directors: Brazil’s Daniela Thomas, Chad’s Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Norway’s Joachim Trier.
The Jury will announce its Cinefondation Selection prizes on Thursday, May 22, and Cannes’ best short the following Saturday.
A seminal director who broke through with the 1987-1994 “Koker Trilogy,” and won Cannes’ Palme d’Or with 1997’s “Taste of Cherry,” Kiarostami was instrumental in helping to convince established film industry that not just good but great directors could come from any part of the world, which is much the spirit of the Cinefondation where 15 to 20 shorts and medium-length films – chosen from more than 1,600 applications – from students at film schools in 41 countries spread over the planet compete for its First, Second and Third prizes at the Cinefondation Selection.
Having won, »
- John Hopewell
Abbas Kiarostami is to head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The Iranian director and screenwriter has been nominated for the Palme d’Or five times and won in 1997 with Taste of Cherry.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools around the world, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Cinéfondation Prizes will be announced by the Jury on May 22, at a ceremony to be followed by a screening of the winning films.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami rose to international fame with Where is the Friend’s Home (1987) and went on to present »
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Germany’s The Match Factory, traditionally one of Europe’s most prominent sales companies at the Berlin Festival, has taken world sales rights to Berlin Golden Bear contender “Praia do Futuro,” from Brazil’s Karim Ainouz (“Madame Sata,” “The Silver Cliff).
As Brazilian film production mounts in volume, with 127 releases last year – a modern high – plus international ambition, “Praia” reps a pioneering Brazil-Germany co-production linking Brazil with one of the major European movie powerhouses.
It also marks a step-up in budget for Ainouz and the first time he has worked with an international cast, said Georgia Costa Araujo at Sao Paulo’s Coracao da Selva, its lead producer.
Exploring the artistic potential of an a Brazil-Germany link-up, “Praia” kicks in at the real-life Praia do Futuro in Ainouz’s home city of Fortaleza, on Brazil’s north-east seaboard, where a Brazilian lifeguard save a German tourist from drowning. The two men fall in love, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
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