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Toronto: Globo-Conspiraçao’s ‘Under Pressure’ Proves a TV Blockbuster

12 September 2017 5:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Globo and Conspiraçao, one of Brazil’s biggest independent production houses, have a huge hit on their hands which looks likely to vindicate and accelerate the Brazilian’s TV colossus’ push into high-end series and the Brazilian movie community’s disembarking in TV series creation.

Co-produced by Globo and Conpiraçao and show-run by screenwriter Jorge Furtado and movie director Andrucha Waddington (“House of Sands,” “Lope”), a Conspiraçao partner and co-creative director of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, “Under Pressure,” a social realist medical thriller, just screened in the Toronto Festival’s Primetime showcase. It has punched, after seven episodes, an average rating of 27.4% and audiences of around 40 million.

That makes “Under Pressure,” a one-hour drama screening in Tuesday primetime at 10.30 pm., one of Globo’s biggest hits in years and a flagship show for next month’s Mipcom where it will be sold by Globo International.

From an original idea by series co-director Mini Kerti, “Under »

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Tiff 2017 Announces More Galas and Special Presentations, Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” to Premiere

15 August 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Brie Larson on the set of “Unicorn Store,” which will make its world premiere at Tiff 2017: Larson’s Instagram account

The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled yet another round of films and projects set to screen at its 2017 edition next month. With these new numbers, there is now a total of 20 Galas and 64 Special Presentations. Six of the 20 Galas are directed or co-directed by women, or 30 percent. The number is smaller for Special Presentations: Women helmed 13 of the 64 films, approximately 20 percent.

Among the most high-profile of the female-helmed special presentations is Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, “Unicorn Store.” Written by Samantha McIntyre (“Married,” “People of Earth”), “Unicorn Store” stars Larson as a young woman who is invited to the store of her childhood dreams.

Of the six new galas Tiff announced today, only one is helmed by a woman: Tali Shalom-Ezer’s “My Days of Mercy.” The first film since Shalom-Ezer’s 2014 feature debut, “My Days of Mercy” stars Ellen Page (“Freeheld”) as Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row. She falls in love with Kate Mara’s (“House of Cards”) Mercy, whose family is on the other side of Lucy’s political cause.

Another notable Tiff addition is a screening of the Agnès Varda-co-directed “Faces Places” (“Visages Villages”) at the fest’s Masters Program. The Cannes l’Oeil d’Or-winning doc follows Varda and her fellow director, Jr, as they make their way through rural France, photographing and interviewing the people they encounter.

All of the new projects for Tiff’s Primetime television lineup feature a female director or female showrunner. Michelle MacLaren helmed an episode of “The Deuce,” HBO’s upcoming series about the burgeoning porn industry, while Mini Kerti directed an ep of “Under Pressure,” which follows the day-to-day events of an under-equipped, understaffed hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Jantje Friese and Amy Seimetz are the respective co-showrunners of “Dark,” Netflix’s first German-language series, and Starz’s sex work drama “The Girlfriend Experience.”

Tiff will be held September 7–17, 2017. Check out the recently added women-directed and co-directed Galas, Special Presentations, and program screenings below. Lists adapted from Tiff.

Galas

“My Days of Mercy”

Tali Shalom-Ezer, USA

World Premiere

Special Presentations

“Number One” (“Numéro Une”)

Tonie Marshall, France

World Premiere

“Outside In”

Lynn Shelton, USA

World Premiere

“Radiance” (“Hikari”)

Naomi Kawase, Japan/France

North American Premiere

Unicorn Store

Brie Larson, USA

World Premiere

Wavelengths Features

Caniba

Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, France

North American Premiere

“Le fort des fous”

Narimane Mari, France/Algeria/Switzerland/Germany/Greece/Qatar

North American Premiere

Tiff Masters Program

Faces Places” (“Visages Villages”)

Agnès Varda, Jr, France

Canadian Premiere

Our People Will Be Healed

Alanis Obomsawin, Canada

World Premiere

*Previously announced with the Canadian feature lineup

Zama

Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/USA

North American Premiere

Primetime Lineup

Dark

Germany, 2 episodes

Showrunners: Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar

Director: Baran bo Odar

World Premiere

The Deuce

USA, 2 episodes

Showrunners: David Simon, George Pelecanos

Directors: Michelle MacLaren, Ernest Dickerson

Episode 1, Canadian Premiere

Episode 2, World Premiere

The Girlfriend Experience

Season 2, USA, 4 episodes

Showrunners and directors: Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan World Premiere

“Under Pressure”

Brazil, 2 episodes

Showrunners: Andrucha Waddington, Jorge Furtado

Directors: Andrucha Waddington, Mini Kerti

International Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

“Alanis”

Anahí Berneri, Argentina

World Premiere

Angels Wear White” (“Jia Nian Hua”)

Vivian Qu, China/France

North American Premiere

Beyond Words

Urszula Antoniak, Netherlands/Poland

World Premiere

Good Favour

Rebecca Daly, Ireland/Belgium/Denmark/Netherlands

World Premiere

“Looking for Oum Kulthum”

Shirin Neshat, Germany/Austria/Italy/Lebanon/Qatar

North American Premiere

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” (“Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak”)

Mouly Surya, Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand

North American Premiere

Miami

Zaida Bergroth, Finland

International Premiere

“On Body and Soul”

Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary

North American Premiere

Wajib

Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/France/Germany/Colombia/Norway/Qatar/United Arab Emirates

North American Premiere

Western

Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria/Austria

North American Premiere

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Tiff 2017 Does TV: Primetime Line-Up to Premiere ‘The Deuce’ and ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

15 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the third year, the Toronto International Film Festival is bringing TV to the well-respected fest, spotlighting a few highly anticipated upcoming series from Netflix, HBO, and Starz, along with international entries representing new voices in the marketplace.

Read More:tiff Adds More Titles, Including ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ New Films From Brie Larson and Louis C.K., and Many More

As with last year, Tiff is focusing the Primetime line-up on a limited selection of options, but screening multiple episodes of its five picks. According to Tiff programmer Michael Lerman, the limited number of selections was part of a festival-wide decision to shrink the number of events down, in order to “tighten up the focus a little bit.”

“That way, we can hyperfocus on [the screenings] and make them the best events they can be,” he told IndieWire.

Making its Canadian debut will be HBO’s “The Deuce,” the highly anticipated »

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Tiff 2017 Does TV: Primetime Line-Up to Premiere ‘The Deuce’ and ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

15 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For the third year, the Toronto International Film Festival is bringing TV to the well-respected fest, spotlighting a few highly anticipated upcoming series from Netflix, HBO, and Starz, along with international entries representing new voices in the marketplace.

Read More:tiff Adds More Titles, Including ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ New Films From Brie Larson and Louis C.K., and Many More

As with last year, Tiff is focusing the Primetime line-up on a limited selection of options, but screening multiple episodes of its five picks. According to Tiff programmer Michael Lerman, the limited number of selections was part of a festival-wide decision to shrink the number of events down, in order to “tighten up the focus a little bit.”

“That way, we can hyperfocus on [the screenings] and make them the best events they can be,” he told IndieWire.

Making its Canadian debut will be HBO’s “The Deuce,” the highly anticipated »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Brazil’s Conspiraçao Ups the Ante on TV Production (Exclusive)

19 July 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Once TV production in Brazil, as over most of Latin America, was near monopolized by the in-house output of its dominant domestic commercial broadcast giants, led by Globo and Televisa.

No more. This month, HBO Latin America went into production on a third season of “Magnifica 70” (pictured, season 2), about a buttoned censor who falls in love with the star of a porn film he’s censoring. He ends up directing her films so they can pass censorship.

Its producer, Rio de Janeiro’s Conspiracao, was once far better known outside Brazil for big art films, such as Andrucha Waddington’s multi-generational ode to womanhood, “The House of Sand,” or more local hits – like Waddington’s own “Party Crashers,” which earned $12.9 million in Brazil in 2012, or Breno Silveira’s “Gonzaga: From Father to Son” ($7.2 million, also in 2012).

Now Waddington, Silveira and Claudio Torres, Conspiracao’s star movie directors and company partners, are »

- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

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Cannes: France’s Mpm Film Takes Carolina Jabor’s ‘Liquid Truth’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Paris-based production-sales company Mpm Film has acquired worldwide rights outside South America to Carolina Jabor‘s “Liquid Truth.”

The feature marks the second fiction feature directorial outing by producer-director Jabor, who debuted with “Good Luck,” a box office hit, and also directed documentary “O mistério do samba.” One of the fast-rising women art film directors in Brazil, Jabor also has a cachet as a TV director, helming multiple episodes of Conspiraçao’s flagship TV hit, “The Invisible Woman.”

Produced by top Brazilian independent company Conspiraçao Filmes, whose credits include Andrucha Waddington’s “Lope,” omnibus feature “Rio, I Love You,” and Globo Filmes –the film arm of Brazilian media giant Globo, “Liquid Truth” was 100% financed by Globo using its access to Brazilian tax-break money.

The international sales agent deal was brokered by Ricardo Monastier for Mpm and Leonardo Barros for Conspiracao.

Based on a recent stage play by Catalan author »

- Emilio Mayorga and John Hopewell

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