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Isabella Rossellini to head Cannes Un Certain Regard jury

10 April 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Isabella Rossellini has been announced as the President for the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes.

The actress and director will oversee the judging of 20 films in the selection next month.

The Festival de Cannes organisers have also announced that Rossellini will take part in the film awards' annual tribute, which this year is dedicated to her late mother, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman.

Rossellini will attend a Cannes Classics screening of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏, a documentary by Stig Björkman, as well as launching her own 'Ingrid Bergman Tribute' to celebrate the centenary of her mother's birth.

Directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, the project will be based on both Bergman's autobiography and her letters to husband Roberto Rossellini. Following its debut, the show will play at major theatres around the world.

This judging of this year's In Competition selection will be overseen by the Coen brothers. »

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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president

10 April 2015 3:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.

Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Italian-American actress and director will head a jury that will judge 20 films, set to be announced when the full line-up is unveiled on April 16.

At this year’s Cannes, Rossellini will take part in a tribute to her actress mother by attending the screening of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏, a documentary by Stig Björkman being shown as part of the Cannes Classics. (This year’s Cannes poster features Bergman)

She will also launch her own ‘Ingrid Bergman Tribute’ to celebrate the centenary of her mother’s birth. The show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, will be based on both her autobiography and her correspondence with Roberto Rossellini.

With the help of a soon-to-be-announced jury made up of artists, journalists and festival »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Bafici Festival’s Buenos Aires Lab Preps Latin American Cinema’s Next Generation

9 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are few better snapshots of the energy and new direction of Latin American cinema than Argentina’s Buenos Aires Lab (Bal), which showcases regional films in post-production. The lab, which unspools April 17-19, is a key ingredient of Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival.

The revolution that lifted off when Pablo Trapero screened his debut, “Crane World,” at the first Bafici in 1999 just hasn’t stopped, notes Bal co-founder/director Ilse Hughan. Indeed, American audiences got a taste of the continuing celluloid revolution with the 2009 foreign-language Oscar winner “The Secret in Their Eyes,” now being remade by Billy Ray with Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and recently with the Oscar-nommed “Wild Tales.”

Launching in 2003 as Latin America’s first works-in-progress showcase, Bal worked very early on with European festivals as a pioneering platform for Latin American cinema, says Hughan. In 2012, it teamed with the Cannes Film Market to launch »

- John Hopewell

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Iff Panama: Building Central America, the Caribbean

8 April 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Running April 9-15, and now celebrating its fourth edition, the International Film Festival of Panama reps one of the world’s most quickly consolidating festivals in two of its nascent but fast-growing film regions: Central America and the Caribbean.

There’s a relationship. Launched in 2012, Piff has a mission, in industry and international terms, to serve as a platform for Central America and the closer Caribbean countries, and as a driver for further growth, said Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Iff Panama director, who runs the festival with Diana Sanchez, the Toronto Fest programmer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, serving as its artistic director.

That is an exciting mission. Boosted by multiplex construction, Central America box office was $94.8 million in 2012 and soared 13% in two years to $107.2 million in 2014, per Luis Vargas, Rentrak managing director for Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela.

Central America’s 2014 top 10 was packed out exclusively by Hollywood family and action fare, »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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And the Cannes line-up is…?

26 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »

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Telefonica Studios Boards Kike Maillo’s ‘Toro’

25 March 2015 7:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.

Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”

Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”

Written by up-and-coming scribes Fernando Navarro »

- John Hopewell

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‘Ixcanul’ Tops Cartagena, Continues Fest Triumphs

18 March 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jayro Bustamante’s debut “Ixcanul,” the flagship of a burgeoning Guatemalan cinema, continued its triumphant festival march, winning Official Fiction Competition best picture at Colombia’s 55th Cartagena Festival, which wrapped Tuesday night.

A Berlin Festival Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize winner, “Ixcanul” took top honors – best Ibero-American picture and director – just last Saturday at Mexico’s Guadalajara Fest. Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” has now achieved the near unthinkable for a Guatemalan movie just a few years back: a French co-producer, Edgard Tenembaum’s Paris-based Tu Vas Voir, whose credits also include Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”; a sales agent, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, now one of the biggest dealers in not only Spanish but Latin American films; top fest plaudits and major territory sales to distinguished distributors, »

- John Hopewell

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‘600 Miles,’ ‘Ixcanul,’ ‘Alias Maria’ Play Colombia’s Cartagena Festival

11 March 2015 10:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).

It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”

“The concept »

- John Hopewell

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Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Carancho' Director Pablo Trapero's Crime Flick 'The Clan'

23 February 2015 1:49 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero vaulted onto the international cinema scene in 2010 with "Carancho." The film was well received after screening at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard lineup, and a Hollywood remake was kicked around for a hot moment, though now seems stuck in development hell. He returned to Cannes a couple years later, once again relegated to Un Certain Regard, with "White Elephant." It didn't raise the same amount of heat, but something tells me his latest, "The Clan," will spark his name back into the conversation, and maybe see him in the Competition lineup at the festival. Certainly, this first teaser will grab your attention. Starring Guillermo Francella (“The Secret In Their Eyes,” “Heart of a Lion”) and set in the '80s, the film is based on the true story of the wealthy Puccio family, who were responsible for a string of kidnappings and murders. And that little logline, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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El Clan: First Teaser For Trapero's Next Introduces Real Life Crime Family

22 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Throughout the 1980s Argentina's Puccio family operated a highly lucrative - albeit violent - family business. Behind the veneer of high society and general acclaim, with one of the clan's children a member of national rugby team, the Puccio clan operated a prolific - and deadly - kidnapping ring, abducting residents of their own neighborhood, holding them for ransom and then killing their victims rather than returning them after their ransoms were received.The Puccio family are the subject of The Clan (El Clan), the latest from acclaimed director Pablo Trapero, with Guillermo Francella in the lead as patriarch Archimedes Puccio. The first teaser for the film has just arrived online and while it is very much just a teaser at this point it does not...

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Buzz About the Cannes Lineup Hits Berlin

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.

At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.

Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.

From Europe, two-time Grand Prix-winner Matteo Garrone’s period fantasy-horror, “The Tale of Tales,” seems a likely competition contender, with Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel heading the cast.

Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.

Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »

- Patrick Frater

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Berlin: Almodovar-produced ‘The Clan’ Inks Deal for France (Exclusive)

7 February 2015 10:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Argentine Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan” has closed all French rights with Diaphana Distribution.

Pic was produced by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo, K&S Films, Telefonica Studios and Fox Intl. Prods.

Struck Friday night at the European Film Market by sales agent The Film Factory off a two-minute promo, the deal confirms the sales potential of the latest title from Trapero (“White Elephant,” “Lion’s Den”) since France often rates as the biggest international territory out for foreign-language movie sales. Twentieth Century Fox has already taken Latin American rights.

The Diaphana deal for France kicks starts sales on “The Clan,” which Film Factory closed for world sales in the run-up to Berlin.

Now in post, “The Clan” is being talked up by pundits as a frontrunner for selection at the Cannes Festival where Trapero’s “The Lion’s Den” played in competition and “The White Elephant” in Un Certain Regard. »

- John Hopewell

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Watch: The Criterion Collection Looks At New Argentine Cinema & Lucrecia Martel’s 'La Ciénaga'

29 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Aside from Brazil and Mexico, Argentina has had perhaps the most well developed Latin American base for popular cinema, and it’s been home to a number of respected filmmakers for many years now. The late Fabien Bielinsky from Buenos Aires made a nice, twisty con man film in the form of 2000’s “Nine Queens,” and Juan José Campanella took home an Oscar for "The Secret In Their Eyes." Pablo Trapero has broken out with "Carancho" and "White Elephant." But Perhaps one of the most underappreciated filmmakers from this region is Lucrecia Martel.  She made a splash with her gentle, disturbing debut, “La Cienaga,” or as it translates in English, “The Swamp.” An actual swamp does figure in the movie’s plot in the early goings, but the title has a metaphorical resonance as well: “La Cienaga” is a slow-moving, largely plotless mood piece that drops in on one particularly »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Film Factory Picks Up Pablo Trapero’s ‘The Clan’ (Exclusive)

27 January 2015 2:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Zeroing in on one of the most anticipated Latin titles this year, in the run-up to the Berlin Film Festival, Spain’s Film Factory Ent. has acquired world sales rights outside Latin America to “The Clan,” an ‘80s –set suspense thriller which marks the next film from Argentina’s Pablo Trapero (“White Elephant,” “Lion’s Den”).

Film Factory will introduce “The Clan” to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market, showing a first promo reel. “The Clan” teams major forces behind prestige Latin American productions which break through to seven figure box office in territories abroad: Argentina’s K & S Films and Trapero’s Matanza Cine, Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar’s El Deseo, Fox Intl. Productions and Argentine broadcaster Telefe produce. 20th Century Fox will distribute “The Clan” in Latin America.

Producers are K & S’ Hugo Sigman and Matias Mosteirin, Trapero, and Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García at El Deseo. »

- John Hopewell

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Trio of Parisian Film Players Launch Edgy Production Outfit Vixens (Exclusive)

17 January 2015 10:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — A trio of well-connected, young film bizzers, former Wild Bunch sales agent Gary Farkas, former M&C Saatchi exec Olivier Muller and Full House staffer Clement Lepoutre, are joining forces to launch Paris-based production company Vixens.

Unveiled in the run-up to Berlin, the company already has four projects in the pipeline, notably an English-language film revenge thriller initiated by Noomi Rapace, who will also star.

“Vixens will mostly focus on emerging authors and directors working on genre movies, thrillers, social dramas and black comedies,” explained Farkas, who joined Wild Bunch in 2010 and worked in international sales for four years.

Muller, Farkas and Lepoutre said they named their outfit Vixens in reference to Russ Meyer’s films because they remain “cult and subversive movies that carry a strong message.”

The company’s development slate will be partly financed through Phantasm, their recently launched shingle specializing in advertising and music videos. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: (Picks 200-101)

5 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

They didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but here is a list of foreign film titles that are on our radar for 2015. We being with…

200. Remember – Dir. Atom Egoyan

199. Suffragette – Dir. Sarah Gavron

198. Kills on Wheels – Dir. Attila Till

197. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – Dir. Yuen Woo-ping

196. The Go-Between – Dir. Pete Travis

195. Peur de Rien Dir. Danielle Arbid

194. Regular Boy – Dir. Michele Civetta

193. Flaskepost – Dir. Nikolaj Arcel

192. The Lady in the Van – Dir. Nicolas Hytner

191. Zoom – Dir. Pedro Morelli

190. Away from the Sea – Dir. Imanol Uribe

189. Tulip Fever – Dir. Justin Chadwick

188. Ulrike’s Brain – Dir. Bruce La Bruce

187. Tsunami – Dir. Jacques Deschamps

186. And Your Sister? – Dir. Marion Vernoux

185. There Was Las Vegas – Dir. Alexandre Castas

184. Prejudice – Dir. Antoine Cuypers

183. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda

182. Irreplaceable – Dir. Olivier Masset-Depasse

181. Histoire de Judas Iscariot – Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche

180. The First, the Last – Dir. Bouli Lanners

179. Selection Officielle – Dir. Jacques Richard

178. Desierto – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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