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Karlovy Vary: Films Boutique Kicks in Sales on ‘The Cakemaker,’ ‘Los Perros’ (Exclusive)

3 July 2017 2:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin-based Films Boutique, a sales company that is belying its moniker with breakouts such as “Divines” and “On Body and Soul,” has kicked in sales on Karlovy Vary Competition entry “The Cakemaker” and “Los Perros,” which screens in Another View.

Of other Films Boutique titles, Indian Miransha Naik’s “Juze” plays out of competition, while German Valeska Grisebach’s “Western,” world premiering in Cannes Un Certain Regard, is in Horizons. That makes for a four-picture presence – among the largest of any sales company at Karlovy Vary.

“We try to grow with the films and directors we represent,” said Films Boutique international sales executive Louis Balsan, who will attend Karlovy Vary with Gabor Greiner who oversees acquisitions. “That means we might now have more in bigger festival sections,” Balsan added.

Israeli writer-director Ofir Raul Graizer’s feature debut, “The Cakemaker,” which world premieres at Karlovy Vary, turns on Thomas, played by German TV actor Tim Kalkhof, who »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Los Perros’

1 June 2017 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Of the national cinemas whose new waves have come of age, at least on the international stage, in the past decade or two — take Russia or Romania or Greece — many, if not most, have a strong element of scathing national self-criticism. Whether through realist portrayals or allegory, nascent cinematic movements often derive a lot of their internal energy from social critique. And Chile’s recent filmmaking resurgence is no exception: From Pablo Larraín’s “Pinochet Trilogy” to the recent mournful and excoriating tone-poem documentaries of Patricio Guzmán, Chile has been cinematically reckoning with the way its uneasy present is informed by its shameful past for quite some time. Chilean filmmaker Marcela Said’s “Los Perros” fits easily into this continuum, marking not only a supremely assured and intriguing sophomore feature but carving out its own oblique niche of coolly clipped bourgeois assassination at the same time.

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Cannes: First Poster of Marcela Said’s Critics’ Week Entry, ‘Los Perros’ (Exclusive)

11 May 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Variety has had first access to a highly symbolic poster of a high-profile Latin American film from one of its fast-rising woman directors, Cannes Critics’ Week entry “Los Perros,” from Chile’s Marcela Said (pictured) whose debut “The Summer of Flying Fish” was a first AMC-Sundance Channel pickup for its newly-launching Latin American service.

Created by Guillermo Lorca, the poster shows a young girl surrounded by a pack of hounds, all on on a red luxury carpet draped over a mound. More than anything else, the poster is unsettling in its ambivalence: the young girl wears a white dress, which could be a symbol of innocence, though her blue-rinse hair and knowing look contradict that impression. The red rug, at first glimpse, looks like a heap of blood drenched cadavers, of dogs or maybe even human beings. The dogs range from serene to one sniffing at the carpet, »

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Latin American projects set for Toulouse works in progress

7 March 2017 3:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Joint initiative between San Sebastián and Cinélatino-Rencontres de Toulouse has selected six films from 198 applications.

Six films have been selected for the 31st edition of Films in Progress (March 23-24), the works in progress initiative between Cinélatino-Rencontres de Toulouse and the San Sebastián Film Festival.

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The selection includes Los Perros, by Chilean director Marcela Said whose fiction debut The Summer of the Flying Fish [pictured] premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight in 2013.

A Latin American and European co-production (Chile-France-Argentina-Portugal-Germany), Los Perros stars Pablo Larraín regulars Alfredo Castro and Antonia Zegers. The story revolves around a bourgeois married woman who feels attracted to her horse-riding instructor, a former military man with a dark past who was involved with Chile’s Pinochet regime.

Alongside Marcela Said, a number of other women directors are involved in this year selection.

Making their feature debut are Argentinian filmmakers Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, who will co-direct »

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