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Madrid — Sony Pictures Spain has acquired all Spanish distribution rights to real-event-based adventure pic “1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines,” produced by Spain’s Enrique Cerezo and one of the first big modern mainstream films in modern Spain to sing the virtues of at least a reduced number of Spanish heroes, set here at a time of national defeat.
Spain’s film establishment is normally highly critical with its establishment, and its figures, born out by such local B.O. hits as swashbuckler “Alatriste,” starring Viggo Mortensen, set in a seventeenth century Madrid and an acerbic take on Spain’s loss of empire.
Backed by Spanish state TV network Tve and the recently-launched nationwide private channel 13Tv, the film underscores once more the crucial role played by TV broadcasters in local film financing schemes.
- Emiliano De Pablos
Madrid — An example of a new strain of powerful crossover Spanish-language movies, Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland” (“La Isla Minima”), distributed in Spain by Warner Bros., won the Fapae-ComScore Prize at the 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, Spain’s annual national cinema export market.
The kudo, like 2015’ plaudit for “Wild Tales,” serves as further recognition for a building phenomenon in Spain and Latin America: Powerful art films with more mainstream tropes and wide audience ambitions. Often, as with “Marshland,” they boast muscular broadcaster backing, multi-partner co-production structures, big fest play, vfx or action scenes, and sometimes use of genre not only to drive narrative but make larger social or political points.
A noirish serial killer procedural set in 1980 Spain, “Marshland” was produced by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of TV network group Atresmedia, as well as two of Spain’s most resilient indie production houses, Madrid’s Atipica and Seville’s Sacromonte Films. »
- John Hopewell
The 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards will fete Argentine star Ricardo Darin with a Lifetime Achievement Prize during its July 24 awards ceremony at Uruguay’s Punta del Este.
With this recognition, the Platino Awards‘ steering committee “aims to praise the honesty, talent and charisma with which (Darin) has brought stature to some of the most recognized Latin American films of the last three decades.”
The Buenos Aires-born thesp, one of Latin America biggest marquee draws, starred in Juan Jose Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which Sony Pictures Classics distributed in the U.S., and also toplined Damian Szifron’s 2014 Cannes hit and Oscar-nominee “Wild Tales,” another Sony Pictures Classics pickup which grossed $44 million worldwide, a standout result for a Spanish-language movie.
The Platino Awards organizers highlighted Darin’s “acting versatility and undeniable »
- Emiliano De Pablos
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. »
- The Film Stage
It's a well-known fact that Iberoamerican cinema, which includes Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese productions, has had a prominent presence at the most important international film festivals for several years now and several films have been recognized at some of the most important film awards around the world. Colombia's "Embrace of the Serpent" earning the country's first-ever Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category and Argentina's "Wild Tales" taking home the 2016 BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in English Language are juts two examples of recent victories.
Acknowledging the need for a unified industry in the region and a platform for the Iberoamerican industry to honor and support its own productions, the Premios Platino of Iberoamerican Cinema were born three years ago. Each year the organizing committee selects a diverse group of nominees and invites members of the industry across the American continent and the Iberian peninsula to vote in order to select the winners. The ceremony takes place in a different country every year as a way to include all of the varied industries in the process and execution of the event.
This morning, after considering more than 150 films from a pool of over 800 theatrically releases productions, the final nominees were announced by a group of talented actors, including legendary Mexican-American thespian Edward James Olmos, and filmmakers led by CNN en Español's journalist Juan Carlos Arciniegas. Guatemala's Berlin-winning gem "Ixcanul" received 8 nominations, just as Colombia's Oscar-nominated "Embrace of the Serpent" did. These two gorgeously executed works center on indigenous stories and highlight the rich cultural heritage of Latin America. It's a pleasant surprise to see these two fantastic films get the most love.
Chile's "The Club" and Argentina's "The Clan," films by the two most prolific Pablos working in South America, Pablo Larrain and Pablo Trapero, received 6 nominations each. Larrain's dark tale about Catholic priests with questionable pasts was also nominated this year for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Perhaps one of the most surprising, yet well-deserved nominations, was the inclusion of Alonso Ruizpalacios among the Best Director nominees for his brilliant debut "Güeros."
Two films distributed by Pantelion received nomations: "600 Miles" and "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos." Oscilloscope earned 10 mentions with properties "Ma Ma" and "Embrace of the Serpent." Kino Lorber's "Ixcanul, ""Güeros," and "The Pearl Button" also earned the art house distributor 10 nominations.
Regarding the quality of the films being produced in Iberoamerica Egeda's Elvi Cano said, “This has been an exceptional year for Iberoamerican Cinema, with 826 qualifying releases. Iberoamerican Cinema is alive, growing and stronger then ever.” Renowned journalist and host Juan Carlos Arciniegas added," These awards are starting a revolution and it's my dream, as an ambassador for Premios Platino, that these magnificent films that got nominated today to be seen by all our Iberoamerican audiences. I can't be more proud of what our filmmakers are doing today and if the public don't get to enjoy them, we won't be doing our job"
The 3rd Annual Premios Platino of Iberoamerican Cinema will take place on July 24th in Punta del Este, Uruguay
Here is the full list of nominees:
Premio Platino for Best Iberoamerican Picture
-"Embrace of the Serpent" (El abrazo de la serpiente), by Ciro Guerra (Ciudad Lunar Producciones, Caracol Cine, Dago García Producciones, Nortesur Producciones S.A., Mc Producciones, Buffalo Films) (Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina).
-"The Club" (El club), by Pablo Larraín (Fabula Producciones) (Chile).
Premio Platino for Best Director
-Alonso Ruizpalacios, for "Güeros."
Pablo Larraín, for "The Club" (El club).
Premio Platino for Best Actor
-Alfredo Castro, for "The Club" (El club).
Premio Platino for Best Actress
-Antonia Zegers, for "The Club" (El club).
-Dolores Fonzi, for "Paulina."
Premio Platino for Best Original Score
Premio Platino for Best Animated Feature Film
-"Capture the Flag" (Atrapa la bandera), by Enrique Gato (Telecinco Cinema S.A., Los Rockets La Película A.I.E., Telefónica Studios S.L.U., 4 Cats Pictures S.L., Ikiru Films S.L., Lightbox Animation Studios S.L.) (Spain).
-"Amila's Secret" (El secreto de Amila), by Gorka Vázquez (Baleuko, S.L., Talape Animazioa, Draftoon Animation) (Spain, Argentina).
Premio Platino for Best Documentary Feature Film
-"New Girls 24 Hours" (Chicas nuevas 24 horas), by Mabel Lozano (Mafalda Entertainment, S.L., Aleph Media S.A., Puatarará Films, Hangar Films, Arte Vital) (Spain, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Peru).
Premio Platino for Best Screenplay
Premio Platino for Best Iberoamerican Debut Feature Film
-"600 Miles" (600 Millas), by Gabriel Ripstein (Lucia Films) (Mexico).
-"The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime" (El patrón: radiografía de un crimen), by Sebastián Schindel (Magoya Films S.A., Estrella Films) (Argentina, Venezuela).
Premio Platino for Best Film Editing
Premio Platino for Best Art Direction
Premio Platino for Best Cinematography
-Sergio Armstrong, for "The Club" (El club).
Premio Platino for Best Sound Direction
- Carlos Aguilar
Academy Award-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent,” from Colombia’s Ciro Guerra, and “Ixcanul,” directed by Nicaragua’s Jayro Bustamante, lead nominations for the 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, whose 13 category candidates were unveiled at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires Thursday.
Highlighting 2015’s best movies from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, the 3rd Platino award ceremony will take place at Uruguay’s Punta del Este on July 24.
Two multi-prized films of Latin American tragic realism, depicting how indigenous peoples have been plundered and decimated by the so-called modern world, “Ixcanul” and “Serpent” both vie for eight Platino plaudits. Of Latin stars, Penelope Cruz has scored an actress nomination for Spaniard Julio Medem’s “Ma Ma,” where she plays a star-crossed mother; Argentina’s Ricardo Darin, star of Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” shares with fellow “Truman” star Javier Camara, a best actor nom for his perf in friendship drama, »
- John Hopewell
Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury of the Film4Climate Global Video Competition, a new festival dedicated to shorts intended to raise climate-change awareness around the world.
The fest, which is an initiative of the World Bank’s Connect4Climate program, will be unveiled this May 16 in Cannes at the Plage Royale.
The venerable Italian auteur, whose “The Last Emperor” won nine Oscars, will preside over a large group of prominent jurors which includes U.S. producer Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”); British-American documaker Robert Stone (“Pandora’s Promise”); Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki (“Zombie and the Ghost Train”); Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is the only Pakistani to have won two Oscars (“Saving Face,” and short “A Girl in the River”); Argentine director Pablo Trapero (“The Clan”); and Carole Tomko, director of productions at Paul Allen’s Vulcan Prods.
Vulcan Prods, known for making pics such as “Ivory Rising,” about the illegal ivory trade, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Once made up of almost pure-play Spanish film vendors, Spain’s sales sector is diversifying to survive.
One reason: the number of Spanish star-driven pics with high production values has plunged as average Spanish movie budgets dropped from $3.4 million in 2009 to $2.0 million in 2015.
Despite some exceptions, local films have followed the trend of foreign-language fare the world over and sell abroad at lower prices than 10 years ago. International buyers are becoming increasingly selective in foreign-language acquisitions and struggle ever more to open them theatrically.
International business is also polarizing. Per Canales, “There’s practically no middle ground: Either you make good sales on films with a theatrical opening or small sales for other release windows.”
Latido Films CEO »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Cannes — Telefonica Studios, the film-tv production arm of telco giant Telefonica, has entered Mexico, boarding “The Black Minutes,” starring Diego Luna and Demian Bichir, a flagship movie project from Canana, the Mexico City and L.A.-based production-sales company of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz.
Channelled via Movistar Mexico, its telephony-Internet company, and Terra Networks Mexico, its Internet portal, Telefonica Studio’s investment, which sees it co-producing “The Black Minutes,” is its first in Mexico, as the company drives ever-deeper into Latin America’s movie industry.
Telefonica’s partnership with Canana is also a graphic illustration of how business is turning ever more on key scaled content creators and financiers, such as Im Global and Canana, linking to pay TV giants like Netflix or telco Telefonica, that are looking to high-profile content to »
- John Hopewell
Madrid –Co-financed by Participant Media, Gael Garcia Bernal starrer “Neruda,” directed by Chile’s Pablo Larrain (“No” “The Club”) and one of the highest-profile entries at Cannes 2016 Directors’ Fortnight, has closed robust pre-sales in the four biggest of Europe’s Big Five territories. Alongside the U.S., these rank as the world’s weightiest markets for foreign-language cross-over fare.
Now Wild Bunch Distribution has closed France, Piffl Medien Germany/Austria, Good Films rights to Italy, and Network Distributing the U.K. In a relationship with Pablo Larrain which dates back to “Tony Manero,” Paris-based sales agent Funny Balloons has also licensed “Neruda” to Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Portugal (Alambique) and Switzerland (Filmcoopi).
- John Hopewell
A suffocating drama, Pablo Larraín's The Club (El Club) feels like an painful attack by a swarm of mosquitoes. It's not, by the way, to be mistaken for Pablo Trapero's film titled El Clan,/b>, which also came out last year. * (Trapero is in Argentina, Larraín is in Chile, and I was the one who kept mixing them up). Our own Jaime Grijalba Gomez, who lives in Chile, considers The Club one of the five best Chilean films of 2015. Here are his comments: "Pablo Larraín, who also directed the Oscar nominated No and Post Mortem, among others, this time sets his eye towards the idea of a community formed through secrecy and crime. "A group of priests from all over the country live in...
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Kurdish workers drama and Rodrigo Plá’s A Monster With a Thousand Heads triumph at festival; industry prizes revealed.
Dust Cloth about two Kurdish cleaning ladies struggling to make ends meet in Istanbul took home the Golden Tulip Prize in the National Competition in a jury headed by Turkish actress Müjde Ar. The film also won awards for Best Actress for Asiye Cinçsoy and Best Screenplay.
The other big winner was Cold Of Kalandar, which won Best Director for Mustafa Kara, best cinematography by co-cinematographers Cavanhir Sahin and Kürsat Üresin, as well as Best actor, which was awarded to Haydar Sisman.
In the International Competition, presided over by Argentinean director Pablo Trapero, the Golden Tulip was awarded to Pla’s A Monster with a Thousand Heads. The sleek thriller »
Santo Domingo– Matías Bize’s “The Memory of Water,” Salvador del Solar’s “Magallanes,” Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” and Cesc Gay’s “Truman” figure among 20 Platino Award best pic nomination candidates announced Thursday at a press-conference in Santo Domingo.
Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” Pablo Larrain’s “The Club,” Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate” and Paula Ortiz’s “The Bride” also made the best pic cut for the third Platino kudofest, awards aimed at highlighting talent and movies from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
Starring Elena Anaya and Benjamín Vicuña as a couple battling to overcome the loss of their small son, “Memory” competed at 2015’s Venice Days and took the Silver Colon at Spain’s Huelva Fest. Sold by Germany’s Global Screen, it most recently received plaudits from critics and audiences at this week’s Latin American Fest in Lleida, Spain.
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- Emilio Mayorga
Panama City — The 5th Iff Panama wrapped Wednesday night with a closing ceremony in which Venezuelan-Mexican pic “From Afar,” by Lorenzo Vigas, Panamanian drama “Salsipuedes’ helmed by Ricardo Aguilar Navarro and Manolito Rodriguez and documentary “Time to Love,” from Panama’s Guido Bilbao, won the three audience prizes – Best Ibero-American Film, Best Central American and Caribbean Film and Best Documentary, respectively. Panamanian documentary, “Drifting Away,” by Miguel Gonzalez, received a separate prize from 507 Red Lager Premium for Best Panamanian Film.
Edgar Rodriguez, a producer of “From Afar” accepted the award, stating that it demonstrated that audiences are willing to see different kinds of film, not just mainstream pics. He concluded by dedicating the prize to his native Venezuela, saying that there needs to be such rays of hope for “a people filled with light.”
Guido Bilbao said that at a time when Panama is in the news for the wrong reasons, »
- Martin Dale
Panama City — Argentine film director Pablo Trapero held a master class at Iff Panama to talk about his latest film, “The Clan,” which is Argentina’s second biggest all-time local hit, after Damián Szifrón’s black comedy “Wild Tales,” and is now playing at the fest.
During a talk held in Panama City’s American Trade Hall, Trapero shared some of his experiences. “I’ve learned to calm my anxiety as a director. Directors always want to start shooting straight away. But it’s better to wait for the conditions to be able to tell your story. Time is always on our side.”
“The Clan” is a based on one of the most chilling events in Argentine crime history, involving a upper middle-class Buenos Aires family, owner of a sports shop, whose secret business was kidnapping and murder. With the patronage of elements of the Argentine military, their business thrives. »
- Martin Dale
Fox International Productions president Tomas Jegeus on Monday identified the potential of local-language hits to succeed beyond their native borders in a broad presentation in Las Vegas.
Seven months after the former co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution filled the role vacated by Sanford Panitch, Jegeus spoke confidently about global production hubs and the complementary interplay between local and Hollywood releases.
“Local-language films are not confined to local borders,” said Jegeus during his seminar at Caesars Palace. “It doesn’t happen often but there’s great potential for these films to break out.”
One shining example was French smash The Intouchables, which grossed more than $400m worldwide and took 51% of that revenue outside France. The 2012 comedy remains the highest grossing French film outside its home country.
Jegeus noted that recent Fox Star release P.K. took 32% of its global haul outside India, where it grossed around $76m.
South Korean smash The Admiral was also cited as big »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Viva! Film Festival | Belfast Film Festival
More than just cinema and more than just Castilian (fancy seeing a film in Kaqchikel?), this long-running Hispanic affair makes good use of its new home at Home with extra art exhibitions and an eye-catching theatre programme. Films include premieres of Alex de la Iglesia’s riotous New Year’s Eve farce Mi Gran Noche (Sat) and Basque family drama Amama (Mon), while Ricardo Darín’s Truman – the big winner at this year’s Goya awards – is the excuse for a celebration of everyone’s favourite Argentinian actor. Other Latin American highlights include Pablo Trapero’s The Clan (Wed), on a real-life Argentinian crime family, and Embrace Of The Serpent, in which a shaman takes explorers on a hallucinogenic trip into the Amazon (Sun). Even further out there is psychedelic 1973 Mexican horror The Mansion Of Madness (Fri), art-directed by renowned surrealist Leonora Carrington.
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- Steve Rose
Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.
Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.
“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”
In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out »
- Martin Dale
The Clan (El Clan) Fox International Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Pablo Trapero Written by: Pablo Trapero, Esteban Student Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Antonia Bengoechea, Gastón Cocchiarale, Stefanía Koessl Screened at: Fox, NYC, 2/22/16 Opens: March 18, 2016 This year as in every other, horror films will be introduced to the big screen, each trying to equal or excel the originality and tension of classics like “Carrie” and “The Exorcist.” “The Clan” is billed as a biopic, part thriller, part political (though Republican politics can be viewed as horror as it is by some now in the U.S.), but is not [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
In a spectacular coup, rating with “Wild Tales” and “The Clan” as the biggest first frames gross punched by an Argentine movie in modern history, Patagonik’s comedy “I Married a Dumbass” (Me case con un Boludo), a Buena Vista Intl. pickup for Latin America, has sold 1 million tickets over its first 11 days at the Argentine box office.
A movie ticket sells currently at an average $5.19 in Argentina. Having reached an estimated $5.2 million box office by March 27, “Dumbass” has already surpassed Hollywood pics such as Deadpool ($4.1 million) and “The Revenant” ($3.2 million). The question now is how much further it can get.
Bowing March 17 in 385 screens, “Dumbass” cumed 1,010,589 admissions through March 27. Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan” broke the one million tickets record for a local film in ten days (with 1,141,146 tickets) in 2015, while Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” had previously crossed the same line in 2014 after 11 days (1,122,168), according to B.O. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
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