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6 items from 2016


Dispatch from Cuba and the Havana Film Festival, December 2016

28 December 2016 6:40 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Could there be a more perfect moment than this? Sitting in the garden behind the Hotel Nacional, looking at the Cuban flag so proudly waving over the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The same site where the defense was built during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this moment of time marks a particularly precarious balance between peaceful coexistence and military aggression as we contemplate the recent death of Castro and election of Trump, wondering how it will play out in 2017.Hotel Nacional, Headquarters of Festival de Cine Nuevo Iberoamericano, Havana, Cuba

Cuba, ten days after the death of Fidel Castro, head of state for 52 years,may be a bit more subdued, but life here goes on, even with the influx of American tourists (other tourists have always been here); there is a sense of harmony. And in spite of the scarcity of luxuries for its people, the people »

- Sydney Levine

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Los Cabos: Luis Salinas Preps ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Waves,’ ‘Tribus’ at Mexico’s Machete

10 November 2016 6:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Machete Producciones burst onto the international scene from the get-go, producing Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which won Cannes Camera d’Or, its first feature award, and Diego Quemada Diez’s “La Jaula de Oro,” which walked off with one of the big prizes at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2013.

Now Machete Productions producer Luis Salinas is at it again, working with company partner Edher Campos, to develop three features:  “Brooklyn Treehouse” and “Las olas “ (“The Waves”) and “Tribus.” Latter two titles, as “Leap Year” and “La Jaula,” are again first features.

Brooklyn Treehouse” is a futuristic comedy thriller directed by Isabel Šuba (“Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts”), which is set to be shot in U.S. with a U.S., Mexican and European cast, Salinas said. Penned by Swiss-born but Mexico-based screenwriter Alexander Albrecht, it turns on four young people who share an apartment with a French artist in New York. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Los Cabos: Luis Salinas Preps ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Waves,’ ‘Tribus’ at Mexico’s Machete

10 November 2016 6:42 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Machete Producciones burst onto the international scene from the get-go, producing Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which won Cannes Camera d’Or, its first feature award, and Diego Quemada Diez’s “La Jaula de Oro,” which walked off with one of the big prizes at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2013.

Now Machete Productions producer Luis Salinas is at it again, working with company partner Edher Campos, to develop three features:  “Brooklyn Treehouse” and “Las olas “ (“The Waves”) and “Tribus.” Latter two titles, as “Leap Year” and “La Jaula,” are again first features.

Brooklyn Treehouse” is a futuristic comedy thriller directed by Isabel Šuba (“Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts”), which is set to be shot in U.S. with a U.S., Mexican and European cast, Salinas said. Penned by Swiss-born but Mexico-based screenwriter Alexander Albrecht, it turns on four young people who share an apartment with a French artist in New York. They »

- Emilio Mayorga

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‘Santitos’ Alejandro Springall to Direct ‘Sonora,’ In Talks With China Film Group

9 November 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Producer-helmer-scribe Alejandro Springall is set to go behind the cameras once more with his long-gestating road movie that could be the first Latin American pic to be distributed in China.

Springall is in talks with the China Film Group for a possible theatrical release in the hermetic country.

“China currently allows an average 26 foreign titles a year, but the market is expected to open up next year,” said Springall who has visited the country. Producer Bertha Navarro, a partner of Guillermo del Toro in Tequila Gang, estimates the budget will fall under $3 million.

Best known for his acclaimed cross-border dramedy, “Santitos,” in 1999, the last feature Springall directed was the 2010 Eugenio Derbez romcom “No eres tu, soy yo.”

“I rarely direct features, but this project greatly appeals to me,” said Springall, who admits he is a history buff.  Titled “Sonora,” the drama is based on the story “La Ruta de los »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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‘Yellow Line’ Takes Feature, Audience Award at Spain’s Lleida

19 April 2016 4:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lleida – One of the two major winners at Mexico’s 2015 Guadalajara Festival, Celso García’s debut “The Thin Yellow Line” scooped both Best Feature and the Audience Award at the 22nd Lleida Catalonia Latin America Festival.

“Line” is sold by Madrid-based Latido Films, which informed Variety that they’re near to closing negotiations for a U.S. distribution deal and other sales pacts in Latin America.

Mentored and produced by Guillermo del Toro and his partner at Mexico’s Tequila Gang, Bertha Navarro, as well as Alejandro Springall, Celso Garcia’s double win in Spain adds to a slew of some 20 fest plaudits including the Jury Prize and Audience Award for best Mexican feature at Mexico’s 2015 Guadalajara fest, best screenplay and Jury Award at Spain’s Gijón Fest, and Glauber Rocha and Bronze Zenith kudos at Montreal.

Starring Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosío, Silveiro Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Fernando Becerril and newcomer Américo Hollande, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Jalisco Up Next! — Celso García to Caress ‘Velvet’

10 March 2016 6:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On-the-rise Mexican helmer Celso Garcia is prepping “Velvet,” his follow-up to “The Thin Yellow Line,” produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Bertha Navarro, Del Toro’s partner at Mexco’s Tequila Gang, as well as Alejandro Springall.

“Velvet” is inspired by the life of Mexican Julia Pastrana, who was born in 1834 with a rare illness, hypertrichosis — popularly known as “werewolf syndrome” — consisting of  abnormal, disproportionate hair growth over the entire body. No taller than five feet, Pastrana was called “the ugliest woman in the world,” traveled as a freak attraction throughout the U.S., and had a “tragic, intense and exciting life,” in García’s words.

“Velvet” will be structured as a Mexican-u.S. co-production, international talent, per Garcia. To be released in Mexico on July 1, “Line’s” international sales are handled by Madrid-based Latido Films.

“Line” took the Ibero-American feature Jury Prize and Audience Award for a Mexican feature at Mexico’s 2015 Guadalajara Fest. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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