20 items from 2017
Review by Roger Carpenter
I have to admit I didn’t have many positive expectations for this later-in-life Jess Franco flick. I’m a Franco fan, but not a Franco apologist. I really enjoy a good number of his films but recognize he’s churned out some real clunkers, especially the period immediately after 1987’s Faceless. The reputation of Killer Barbys was less than stellar with even hard-core Franco fans generally dismissing the film. So it was that I received a screener from Kino Lorber and popped the Blu-ray in. I figured I’d watch it once then toss it in the corner and allow it to gather dust. At least I’d have one more Franco film for my collection even if I never opened the case again. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I was entertained throughout most of the film. This may say more about my »
- Movie Geeks
In my conversation with Fernando Trueba at the W Hotel Union Square in New York, he paid tribute to Emilio Ruiz del Río, who also worked with Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus), David Lean (Lawrence Of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago), Nicholas Ray (King Of Kings), John Milius (Conan The Barbarian), and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). Fernando's latest, The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De España) stars Penélope Cruz who was also his The Girl Of Your Dreams (La Niña De Tus Ojos) with Antonio Resines, Santiago Segura, Rosa Maria Sardà, Jorge Sanz, Jesús Bonilla, and Loles León, who all return here.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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 »
- John Hopewell
Federico Cueva has been working in stunts and special effects in his native Argentina and Spanish cinema for more than 20 years. His work with Santiago Segura in several of the Torrente films, and with Alex de la Iglesia in The Bar and My Big Night, have gained Cueva a reputation in the world of over-the-top, machismo action-comedies. So it is only fiitting that his first venture into feature film directing would be with a film of a similar tone. You Only Live Once is an uneven yet amusing action-comedy, with great stunts and a few witty lines, but lacks a strong enough punch to make it stand out. Leo (Peter Lanzini), a small-time con man, had a scam of filming important men with prostitutes...
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Review by Matthew Turner
Directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door), this ladies-in-peril shark thriller might lack the bite of last year’s The Shallows, but it delivers enough of the requisite suspense moments to ensure that it succeeds on its own B-movie terms.
Mandy Moore (TV’s This Is Us) and Claire Holt (TV’s The Vampire Diaries) play Lisa and Kate, two vacationing sisters who have come to Mexico to help Lisa get over being recently dumped by her boyfriend. (In an unexpected echo of Amy Schumer’s Snatched, Kate is a last-minute replacement for the now ex-boyfriend, which kind of makes you wish Schumer and Hawn had thrown in some sharks to liven things up a bit).
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Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia, the premiere genre festival of Europe, has announced two of its awards winners for the 50th anniversary edition: director William Friedkin and actor Susan Sarandon. As well, legendary Spanish actor Santiago Segura will receive the Time Machine Award. This is in addition to previously announced guests Johnnie To, and Guillermo del Toro, who will be the 'godfather' of this year's festival. Along with this announcement comes a slew of exciting titles. Catalan filmmaker Jaume Balagueró returns with his latest film Muse, starring Christopher Lloyd, Franke Potente and Leonor Watling; Black Hollow Cage, which recently won the Jury Prize at BiFan, will screen for the Sitges audience; Xavier Gens's Cold Skin; German horror with Replace; American quirkiness with Dave Made...
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Recounting the basic plot of “47 Meters Down” doesn’t do the film many favors, since any detailed synopsis likely will make it sound like one of those cheesy “Jaws” knock-offs that served as drive-in fodder in the 1970s. Indeed, it’s ridiculously easy to imagine the sort of breathless taglines and lurid poster art that might have been used decades ago to hard-sell this scenario about two vacationing sisters who are stranded in a shark-cage way below the waves while hungry Great Whites loom large all around them. (“Lynn Lowry and Claudia Jennings are … ‘Shark Bait!’”) But credit must be given where it is due: Director Johannes Roberts’ mostly underwater thriller is a compact and sturdily crafted B-movie that generates enough scares and suspense to qualify as — well, maybe not a pleasant surprise, but a reasonably entertaining one.
- Joe Leydon
Here’s a little-known fact about me: I love snorkeling. The last vacation I took down to Mexico, I spent five out of the seven days we were there floating around the ocean and several cenotes, taking in all the views of aquatic life that I could possibly get. But here’s the thing: once I get into dark water territory (where I no longer can see the bottom), that’s when I start to freak out a bit, and my own claustrophobia begins to set in. That being said, there’s a lot to 47 Meters Down that really left me unnerved, particularly once our protagonists end up stuck at the bottom of the ocean floor, with the still darkness of the ocean encompassing them, and no way to tell whether or not a shark is headed their way.
Not only did it tap into my very own worst fears, »
- Heather Wixson
Sneak Peek footage, plus images from "47 Meters Down", the new PG-13 'survival' horror feature from Entertainment Studios, co-written and directed by Johannes Roberts, starring Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Chris J. Johnson, Yani Gellman and Santiago Segura, opening theatrically June 16, 2017:
"....two sisters vacationing in Mexico become trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor.
"As their oxygen starts to run out and with great white sharks circling them...
"...the sisters must find a way to get to the surface alive..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "47 Meters Down"...
- Michael Stevens
After easily handling the underperforming Dark Universe movie The Mummy, the indie thriller It Comes at Night and the true story drama Megan Leavey, Warner Bros.' superhero hit Wonder Woman faces its stiffest competition in its third weekend, going up against four movies in wide release. The most formidable of these competitors is the Disney Pixar animated sequel Cars 3, which has the widest release of these newcomers, along with Open Road's Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, Sony Pictures' R-rated comedy Rough Night and Entertainment Studios' shark thriller 47 Meters Down. While the Wonder Woman box office run has been impressive thus far, Diana of Themyscira's reign atop the charts will come to an end this weekend, with Cars 3 most likely taking the top spot.
Box Office Mojo reports that Cars 3 will open in an estimated 3,900 theaters this weekend, while 47 Meters Down is expected to roll out in 3,500 theaters, »
Madrid — Santiago Segura, creator and star of the “Torrente” movie series and one of the Spanish-speaking world’s most popular comedians, is directing his first non-“Torrente” movie, a Spanish version of Nicolas Lopez’s Chilean smash-hit “No Filter.”
Spanish actress Marbel Verdú (“Belle Epoque,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) stars. The production, “Empowered,” went into production in Madrid this Monday and will shoot for seven weeks in the Spanish capital.
Segura and long-time producing partner Maria Luisa Gutierrez will produce out of Bowfinger Intl. Pictures, in co-production with Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of Spanish broadcast network Atresmedia. The film will also use a tax vehicle, Sin Filtro La Pelicula Aie. Movistar + has acquired Spanish pay TV rights; Warner Bros. Pictures International España will distribute in Spain.
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Segura’s “Empowered.”
The deal comes as FilmSharks, which »
- John Hopewell
If you enjoyed Scott Drebit's recent It Came From the Tube column on Wes Craven's Summer of Fear, then you'll be pleased to know that Music Box Films' Doppelgänger Releasing has announced a Collector's Edition Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release for the 1978 TV movie, with plans to unleash the movie's dark magic sometime this summer.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on this home media release, including the cover art and release date, and check out the official press release for more details:
Press Release: Chicago, Il (June 1, 2017) – In the early Seventies, he convinced us that The Hills Have Eyes…In the Eighties, he plunged audiences into A Nightmare on Elm Street…In the Nineties, he made audiences Scream…
- Derek Anderson
In one of Spain’s biggest box office bets for 2018, Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of broadcaster Mediaset España, has boarded Basque Country-set, Maribel Verdú-starrer black comedy “Crime Wave.”
Directed by Gracia Querejeta (“15 Years in One Day”), film is scheduled to roll Oct.-Nov. in flagship locations in the Basque Country’s Bilbao and Biscay province. It is also produced by Bilbao’s Historias del Tío Luis and Santiago Segura’s Bowfinger International Pictures.
In “Crime Wave,” Verdú, whose credits include ”Pan’s Labyrinth,” “And Your Mother Too” and “Snow White,” plays a wealthy divorced housewife living in Bilbao’s Neguri suburb who finds out that her teenager son has killed his father. Trying to protect him against all odds, she will cause a riotous crime wave in the city.
- Emiliano De Pablos
Pursuing its strategy of partnering with key European film players, Argentine sales agency FilmSharks Intl. has inked international sales rights to a trio of upcoming features from Spain, led by Atresmedia Cine’s comedy “Lord, Give Me Patience.”
FilmSharks has also picked up Nicolás Gil Lavedra’s thriller “Dark Buildings (A Crack in The Wall),” a Spain-Argentina co-production by Santiago Segura’s Amiguetes Ent., starring Oscar Martínez (“Distinguished Citizen”), which Disney pre-bought for Latin America.
In addition, it is handling Inés de León’s “Ajedrez para tres” (“Chess for Three”) a production from Telefonica Studios, paybox Movistar + and Bowfinger, scheduled to launch in Spanish theaters by this year’s third quarter, distributed by Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente.
Written by Astrid Gil-Casares, Rafa Russo, Pablo Alén and Breixo Corral, “Chess” has been described as “a classic ‘My Fair Lady’-style romantic comedy,” by Telefonica’s film production head, Gabriel Arias-Salgado. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Harry Archinal, the longtime head of Buena Vista International, the foreign distribution arm of the Walt Disney Company, died from natural causes at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., on Saturday. He was 88.
Archinal was born in Brooklyn. He was drafted into the army in 1951 after receiving a bachelor of arts from Wagner College in Staten Island.
Following his discharge, he began working for Disney in 1954. Archinal served a series of roles before eventually being named president of Buena Vista International in 1972. He worked as president until his retirement in 1988. During his 33 years with the Walt Disney Company, Archinal helped establish Disney’s prominence in overseas markets.
“Harry was an amazing ambassador for Disney’s international distribution arm for many years, and he earned a reputation for being honest and fair in negotiating license agreements around the world,” Jeff Miller, president of studio operations for the Walt Disney Company, »
- Rebecca Rubin
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 »
- John Hopewell
Paris — For Latin America, and more specifically Globo, Daniel Burman’s genre-blending “Supermax” is a one-stop revolution. Making waves when announced at last year’s Natpe, it is Globo’s first 100% Spanish-language TV series produced out of its Rio Globo Studios.
“Supermax” is just 10 episodes long, when Globo telenovelas can run into 200-plus. It marked the dis-embarkment in TV production of Argentina’s Burman, the show’s show-runner-director, one of the most prominent movie figures in the Latin-American film business, whose 2003 “The Lost Embrace,” that scooped Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler. Argentina’s Hernan Goldfrid, helmer of movie “Thesis of a Crime,” a hit 2013 psychological thriller starring Ricardo Darin, co-directs.
Written by Mario Segade, Virginia Martinez, Daniel Burman, and produced by Globo and Oficina Burman, it has been structured as a multi-lateral international co-production, partners including Spain’s Mediaset España, Mexico’s TV Azteca, »
- John Hopewell
"How deep are we?" "47 meters." "I'm so scared!" Another scary shark horror movie? Why not! A trailer has debuted online for a film titled 47 Meters Down, about two sisters who are trapped inside a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. This seems just a little bit freakier than The Shallows, considering they're trapped underwater, inside a shark cage, with only so much oxygen left before they run out. Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star, with a cast including Matthew Modine, Yani Gellman, and Santiago Segura. This looks exactly like you would expect - there's no surprises here. I'm curious if they'll keep the "47 Meters" title for America, since most aren't familiar with meters, but it works (and Fyi, 47 meters = 154 feet). Enjoy. Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for Johannes Roberts' 47 Meters Down, from YouTube: Two sisters (Claire Holt & Mandy Moore), vacationing in Mexico, are trapped in a »
- Alex Billington
Guadalajara, Mexico — Chilean Patricio Guzman’s “Cordillera,” Dolores Fonzi-starrer “The White Devil” and “Nudo Mixteco,” a women’s drama produced by Lucia Carreras, are among projects to be pitched at an expanded 13th Guadalajara Co-Production Meeting, which runs March 12-14 at the Mexican Festival.
Produced by Chile’s Alexandra Galvis and Renate Sachse in Paris and directed by Guzman, the doyen of Latin American documentary filmmakers, “Cordillera” marks the final part of a documentary trilogy begun by 2010’s “Nostalgia For the Light” and continued with “The Pearl Button,” a best screenplay winner at the 2015 Berlin Festival.
In it, Guzman sets out to explore the Andes, a “wall which separates us [Chileans] from the world” and a mountain range which “contains the history of all mankind,” Guzman has said.
A fiction feature, “Nudo Mixteco” turns on immigration and, above all three indigenous women’s doubts and fears as they battle for »
- John Hopewell
Queen Of Spain review
Told primarily in its native tongue, but with some English, mostly coming from the American actors in the picture, Trueba’s film is set in 1950s Spain where returning actress Macarena Granada (Cruz) is welcomed home to shoot a Hollywood-financed historical production. We’re introduced to the actress and via reels of archived footage from the day, some real, some enhanced with Cruz’s likeness skillfully inserted. We’re painted an instant picture of Granada’s life up-to-now, both private and professional before quickly shifting to the then present-day and the character of Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines), who has also returned home after a long period of time missing. »
- Paul Heath
20 items from 2017
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