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The Platino Ibero-American Film Awards will celebrate their third edition in June 2016 at the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este.
Announcement was made Monday in Madrid by Enrique Cerezo, prexy of Spain’s Egeda producers rights collection society, who organizes the event, the most ambitious attempt to promote globally the Latin American film industry.
Organizers also unveiled the creation of a new prize, in partnership with Spain’s Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction Fad, dedicated to film and education in values, that will join the second edition’s 14 award categories.
Some 800 Ibero-American features from 23 countries, released in 2015, will vie for the third Platino Awards. Potential standouts could include films that helped to consolidate this year the hegemony of Latin American cinema at key international fests, such as Pablo Trapero’s abduction thriller “The Clan,” winner of the Silver Lion best director award at September’s Venice Fest and a box office hit in Argentina, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Over the past decade no region has seen such dramatic local industry growth as Latin America except China.
Weathering economic downturns in Mexico and Brazil, production levels in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela — the eight countries surveyed by the European Audiovisual Observatory — are only down 2.7%, with 477 features in 2014, double 2006’s figure.
That momentum looks set to play out in Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market, a joint venture of the Cannes Festival and Market and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute. It’s Latin America’s biggest biz event, where growth remains the order of the day.
Film agencies such as Brazil’s Ancine and Colombia’s Proimagenes have created funding mechanisms for minority co-productions. Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile have launched bilateral co-production funds, boosting Latin American pan-regional co-production.
“It’s important to have this exchange of film culture and work: These co-financing arrangements create that environment, »
- John Hopewell
The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India, Goa will kick off Friday with Matthew Brown’s biopic of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
The festival (Nov. 20-30) will close with Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” Argentina’s submission in the Oscar foreign-language category. Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, will be the mid-festival gala.
Easily the richest film festival in India, the festival hands out cash awards totaling $200,000 across various competitive segments. The international competition section will have 15 features competing, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Journey to the Shore,” Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man,” Grimur Hakonarson’s “Rams” and a brace of Indian features – Debesh Chatterjee’s “Natoker Moto” and Kaushik Ganguly’s “Cinemawala.”
The international jury will be chaired by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur »
- Naman Ramachandran
Madrid – Auguring a potential new phenomenon, the Spain-Latin America B.O. crossover, Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” won the Fapae-Rentrak 2015 award at the 9th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings for the best Spanish movie export of 2014.
Produced out of Spain by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar and Esther Garcia at El Deseo and Hugo Sigman and Matias Mosteirin at K & S Films in Argentina, and co-produced by Telefe-Telefonica Studios, “Wild Tales” was sold by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory to 48 countries. A Cannes Competition player that swept July’s Platino Awards, “Wild Tales” was a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pick-up, and a Warner Bros. release in Latin America, Spain and – unusually for a Spanish-language film – France.
Made for the Spanish film of the past year with most international impact, Fapae-Rentrak Prize is recognition of the strategy of film’s producers and Canales of standing form when they first brought “Wild Tales »
- John Hopewell
The International Film Festival of India (Iffi) today announced that music maestro A. R. Rahman will be the Chief Guest of closing ceremony of Iffi 2015. The festival also announced Argentina‘s Oscar entry and this year’s biggest Argentinean box office hit-The Clan (El Clan) as the Closing Film of Iffi 2015. Directed by Pablo Trapero, The Clan has set new record for the best opening ever of an Argentinean movie. Directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, Danish Girl will be the mid fest film.
With each edition, the biggest film festival of India is creating new benchmarks of content, films, and achievements. The 46th edition of the film festival will be held from November 20 to 30 in Goa. The festival will screen a variety of brilliant national and international films in different sections including World Cinema section that will present 187 films from 89 countries and Indian Panorama section, which will bring »
- Press Releases
While the number of countries sending films for the foreign-language race has dropped to 81 from last year’s record of 83, there are still plenty of goodies to choose from. Most films are from returning nations, only Peru is a newcomer, and there are a few returning helmers, too. But there are also 27 debut directors with a goodly number of women in the group.
Director: Hassan Nazer
Production company: Afghanfilm
Production company: Partner Media Investment
“Twilight of Shadows”
Director: Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina
Director: Pablo Trapero
U.S. distrib: 20th Century Fox
“Arrows of the Thunder Dragon”
Director: Greg Sneddon
Intl. sales: Wide Management
U.S. distrib: Radius/TWC
Production company: Impress Tele Films
“The Brand New Testament”
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
- Shalini Dore
Mar Del Plata – Having won the biggest prize at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Colombian Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” – a ravishing but unequivocal put-down of white invaders’ obliteration of the Amazon’s indigenous peoples – took the top Golden Astor at Argentina’s 30th Mar del Plata Festival on Saturday.
Fest wrapped with 120,000 spectators, and far more industry heft and presence thanks to a new LoboLab co-pro forum, which saw a select but high-caliber presence of potential co-producers, largely from Latin America, descend on Mar del Plata’s grandiose Hotel Provincial to review projects.
In a new kudo, Guillermo Francella, star of Pablo Trapero’s Venice director winner “The Clan” – where he plays Arquimedes Puccio, the patriarch of a well-to-do Buenos Aires family who was allowed to abduct and murder victims under and after Argentina’s dictatorship – received fest’s first Alfredo Alcon Award. Plaudit is a sign of fest »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Mar Del Plata: Argentina’s box office looks set for an all-time record B.O. peso trawl in 2015 as it ended October 20% up year-on-year on 2014.
Part reason: the Argentine film industry’s dramatic and sustained home market surge. Now, Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute, a partner with the Cannes Festival and Market in mega-mart Ventana Sur, aims for more, hoping that build will grow all the more as it introduces a novel Virtual Print Fee (Vpf) incentive to help Argentina’s indie distributors defray the costs of paying VPFs to exhibitors on local and indie movies, including from the U.S.
Through October, total admissions in Argentina – for foreign and local movies – reached 47 million, 20% up on 2014, and beating 2013’s figure for the whole year, then a modern record. In 2015, B.O. will pass 50 million, a new modern high, Lucrecia Cardoso, president of Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute told Variety »
- John Hopewell
To be produced by Crudo Films, the in-development “Clementina” turns on a woman, in shock at the loss of her baby due to her abusive husband battering. Clementina’s trauma is –perhaps– spawning ghosts. Shooting is scheduled to begin at the end of November. Key cast includes Cecilia Cartasegna (“All Night Long”) and Emiliano Carrazzone (Gianfranco Quattrini’s “Planta madre”).
Monteoliva worked as production manager on Pablo Trapero’s prison drama, Cannes Competition player “Lions’ Den,” and Diego Lerman’s Directors’ Fortnight screener, “The Invisible Eye,” a political parable.
Monteoliva is the regular producer of Garateguy’s movies, which include 2010 Argentine Competition winner “Pompeya,” erotic thriller “She Wolf »
- Emilio Mayorga
Mar Del Plata—Prized Argentine director Ariel Rotter, a 2007 Berlin Jury Grand Prix winner with “The Other,” is developing a black comedy and a family drama to follow up “Incident Light,” his third feature which bowed Monday in Mar del Plata’s main International Competition.
The drama “links to desire and a couple’s difficulties in becoming parents, accompanying them on their journey as they receive pregnancy treatment,” Rotter unveiled to Variety at this week’s Mar del Plata’s Festival.
“The second one much wilder, a black comedy.. It turns on a fiftysomething man that learns that he does not have long to live and decides to gather all the family to make a trip as lthdey used to a long time ago. They set off on an attempt at family vacation trying to recover all the things that are vanishing” Rotter added.
Juan Pablo Miller, Rotter’s regular »
- Emilio Mayorga
Mar Del Plata: Continuing its love affair with Argentine cinema, Disney’s Buena Vista Intl. has acquired Latin American rights to Alejandro Agresti’s drama “Surving the Seventies,” which would premiered Monday at the Mar del Plata Festival, representing one of its highest-profile new titles.
But Disney was the first studio to drive into Argentine cinema with real vigor aiding its top performers to begin to punch significant numbers, handling the No. 1 Argentine hit on five of six years from 2008’s “A Boyfriend for My Bride” through to 2013’s “Corazon de leon” ($10.6 million).
Produced by Sebastian Aloi’s Aeroplano, which is based out of Los Angeles and Buenos Aires, in association with Metropolis Films, and funded by the companies and equity investors, Aloi said, “Surviving the Seventies” marks »
- John Hopewell
Though there are many issues regarding the problematic process in deciding the roster of nominees for the annual onslaught known as the Academy Awards, the selecting of the nominations for Best Foreign Language film remains an easy target to critique. With specific guidelines regarding theatrical release to qualify and only one sole entry allowed for each ‘competing’ country, by the time a list of titles is announced for Academy voters, who’s to say every voter gets a chance to sample even half the selections? This year, 81 countries provided submissions (which is actually a lower number from the past two years, with 2014 holding the record of 83 entries), and much like other categories, titles arriving with a higher degree of critical buzz are likely to reach a broader range of voters.
This year’s offering includes an exciting range of titles, and at least twenty of these are worthy of the »
- Nicholas Bell
Mar Del Plata — Opening with Arnaud Desplechin’s lauded “My Golden Years” – Variety’s Justin Chang called it “marvelously vivid” – Argentina’s 30th Mar del Plata Festival sees obvious change: A new executive management duo in artistic director Fernando Martin Peña and general producer Ignacio Catoggio. After backing on to Ventana Sur in a late November berth last year, fest runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7, to avoid a clash with potential second-round voting in Argentina’s upcoming general elections.
Overall however, the 30th edition of Latin America’s only “A”-grade fest aims for continuity, and continuity in growt, in its international interface and industrial heft.
Welcoming Johnnie To, Desplechin and Peter Sohn, in town to sneak peek extracts from “The Good Dinosaur,” at one at the same time, Mar del Plata is opening up to its own city, making use of a pristine multiplex, which looks set to boost fest attendance. »
- John Hopewell
James Vanderbilt’s “Memogate” movie “Truth,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” and Sarah Gavron’s Meryl Streep-starrer “Suffragette” are among titles with early awards buzz set to launch into the Middle East via the Dubai Film Festival’s Cinema of The World platform.
Rounding out its selection the Dubai section dedicated to the creme of the global cinema crop now also comprises crimer “The Clan,” Argentina’s foreign-language Oscar contender directed by Pablo Trapero which Fox will release in the U.S.; Kamal Swaroop’s docu “The Battle for Benaras,” about elections in India; Australian director Simon Stone’s Geoffrey Rush-starrer “The Daughter”; and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken’s Pakistan-set music doc “Song of Lahore.”
Other additions are Russian auteur Alexander Sokurov’s “Francofonia”; “The Endless River” by South Africa’s Oliver Hermanus; Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s comedy “The Treasure”; and Australian multihyphenate Jeremy Sims’ road trip »
- Nick Vivarelli
Fox has set a Jan. 29 release date in the U.S. for the crime film “The Clan,” Argentina’s entry for the foreign-language category for the Academy Awards.
The film, directed by Pablo Trapero from his own script, will launch in New York and Los Angeles before expanding. Trapero won the Silver Lion Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival.
“The Clan” has also been named as an official selection at the upcoming AFI Fest in November.
The story centers on the Puccio family, which kidnapped four people in Buenos Aires in the 1980s and murdered three of them. The film set a weekend box office record in Argentina when it opened in mid-August.
See the list of all 81 countries competing in the foreign-language category here. »
- Dave McNary
The film has grossed more than $16m and recounts the extraordinary true story of middle-class patriarch Arquímedes Puccio who manipulated his family – including his eldest son, a star rugby player for the Pumas national team – to help him carry out a series of kidnaps and murders.
Fox International Productions presents a Kramer & Sigman Films, Matanza Cine and El Deseo production in association with Telefónica Studios and Telefé. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Fox International Productions and 20th Century Fox said today that period crime drama The Clan will open January 29 in Los Angeles and New York. The pic bowed at Venice, winning the Silver Lion for writer-director Pablo Trapero, followed by stops in Toronto and San Sebastian. It also will screen at the AFI Fest next month. The Clan tells the true story of the Puccios, a middle-class family in suburban Bueno Aires that is pulled into a world of kidnapping, ransom and… »
Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox will release Pablo Trapero's Argentinian Oscar entry "The Clan" stateside on January 26 in NY and La. Fox International will handle marketing, with Twentieth Century distributing. Winner of the Silver Lion Best Director Award in Venice, this mafia-like thriller stormed the Argentine box office over the summer, surpassing even "Wild Tales," the country's entry and nominee for the 2015 foreign Oscar. A hit in Toronto, Trapero's film is the hugely entertaining true story of the Puccio family who, for years beginning in the 1980s, were kidnapping the wealthy, holding them for ransom and then killing them anyway. This is sharp filmmaking, with time-shifting edits, sizzling music choices and a psychotically charismatic lead performance from Guillermo Francella as the Puccio paterfamilias. American arthouse audiences will enjoy this Spanish-language film, which was produced by by Spain’s Almodovar »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Top brass at the Mexican festival have added a couple of prestige gala screenings and unveiled the World Highlights programme.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival runs from November 11-15. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »
- Melissa Thompson
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