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San Sebastian — Two of Latin America’s most reputed actors, both mainstay’s of Pablo Larraín movies, Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero,” “Far Away, “Los Perros”) and Luis Gnecco (“Neruda,” “Much Ado About Nothing”) are attached to star in “The Saddest Goal.”
Lead-produced by Macarena Lopez’s Manufactura de Películas (“Rara”) and co-produced by Mexico’s Lucia Films, headed by Michel Franco (“After Lucia,” “Chronic,” “April’s Daughter”), “The Saddest Goal” is a standout project at San Sebastián’s Europe-Latin America Co-production Market, which runs Sept. 24-27.
Deborah Osborn’s Sao Paulo based Big Bonzai (“Dominguihos”) will co-produce out of Brazil.
Carrying Pablo Larrain’s breakthrough “Tony Manero,” Castro has shown large range and an ability to play nuanced characters staring, or constituting key cast, in Larrain’s “Post Mortem,” “No” and “The Club,” Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar” and most recently Marcela Said’s “Los Perros,” where he portrays a ex-Chilean colonel under investigation »
- John Hopewell
Cannes’ biggest achievement is that it’s the most important festival in the world while San Sebastián remains the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world. The festival has maintained its staple sections while constantly innovating. From a bigger Basque presence to TV series, here are 10 not-to-be-missed 2017 novelties, events and trends.
Arnold Schwarzenegger presents “Wonders of the Sea 3D,” which he narrates. He leads a strong star presence including Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (“Loving Pablo”), Alicia Vikander (“Submergence”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Todd Haynes and jury head John Malkovich. Also attending will be Donostia honorees Ricardo Darin, Monica Bellucci and Agnès Varda, her prize representing a drive to “open up the Donostia Awards to cineasts we love, but who perhaps don’t have the glamor of stars,” says San Sebastian director José Luis Rebordinos.
High-end TV goes high-profile at San Sebastián: Alberto Rodriguez’s 1580 Seville-set serial killer thriller »
- John Hopewell
Over the last decade, few countries in international have yielded so many top festival winners as Chile. Some – think Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio – are now crossing over into English-language filmmaking. But Chile’s groundswell of new talent, now dating back a decade, shows no sign of ceasing. Here are 10 Chilean directors to track, some of whom presented news projects at the 2017 Sanfic-Santiago Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Aug. 27:
Francisca Alegria Screenwriter-director
You could see it coming. Few recent Latin American fiction shorts have had a larger impact on the North American festival circuit than Francisca Alegría’s Forastero/Jirafa-produced “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye” which won three honors at the 2016 Columbia U. Film Festival, played Telluride, Toronto and the New York festival before winning best short at 2017’s Sundance. Alegría’s is now building on the short for a first feature, “The Cow That Sang Its Song About the Future »
- Jamie Lang, John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
Santiago De Chile — Chilean helmer-scribe Roberto Doveris (“Plants”) is producing “The Prince,” the directorial debut of veteran art director Sebastián Muñoz, with a prestige cast headlined by Chile’s Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero,” “From Afar”) and Argentina’s Gaston Pauls (“Nine Queens”).
“The Prince” is slated to start shooting in February. It will also be the first time Doveris lead produces a film. He is currently preparing his second directorial outing, “The Sequel.”
Muñoz’s multiple art director credits include Alicia Scherson’s “Il Futuro” and her seminal feature debut “Play,” as well as Cristian Jimenez’s “Optical Illusions” and Pablo Larrain’s HBO Latin America TV series “Profugos.”
Chile’s Marianne Mayer-Beckh of El Otro Film (“Rara”) and Nicolas Grosso of Le Tiro Films (“Rara,” “La Visita”) in Argentina, have also boarded the drama as co-producers. Castro and Pauls lead a cast that includes newcomer Juan Carlos Maldonado who plays the ‘Prince’ and dozens of extras »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Santiago De Chile — In 2005, the Palace of Fine Arts in downtown Santiago, Chile, hosted a collection of sculptures by the French master Auguste Rodin. Late one morning, after a party celebrating another of the museum’s exhibits, security guards were shocked to find that one of the Rodin pieces had gone missing during the previous night’s festivities. For a frantic afternoon officials at the museum debated how to move forward. Authorities were contacted and a search begun. But, just as things moved into high gear, a young man, a local art student, Luis Onfray, showed up with the statue in his backpack, claiming he had found the piece in a patch of flowers in the park across the street. As quickly as the robbery had been discovered, the piece had been returned. The story of the pieces abduction, however, and its evening on the town, had just begun to unfold and the international art community would »
- Jamie Lang
Santiago De Chile — Teaming up with producer Isabel Orellana at Araucaria Cine (“Nunca vas a estar solo”), Alicia Scherson (“Family Life,” “Il Futuro”) is tackling the world of men for the first time in her second adaptation of a Roberto Bolaño novel after “Il Futuro,” her 2013 screen adaptation of the Chilean novelist’s “Una Novelita Lumpen.”
“Most of my films have displayed a more female perspective; it was a challenge to immerse myself in the world of a male, one obsessed with war games, to boot,” said Scherson.
After struggling with the script for a year, changing the original setting from Spain in Bolaño’s novel “The Third Reich” to Chile made all its disparate elements fall into place.
Scherson’s “1989” takes place in Chile during a time of transition after military dictator Augusto Pinochet has stepped down but before a democratic government has established itself.
“It’s a time of great uncertainty, the »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
One of the festival’s biggest sidebars, Horizontes Latinos offers a contemporary showcase of feature films not yet screened in Spain, produced totally or partially in Latin America, directed by filmmakers of Latin origin or which have as their setting or subject matter Latino communities in the rest of the world.
This year, Horizontes opens with Lelio’s transgender drama “A Fantastic Woman,” a Participant Media-backed film, produced by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Chile-based Fabula. Picked up by Sony Pictures Classics in the U.S. in one of Berlin’s highest-profile deals, “A Fantastic Woman” won a Silver Bear for best screenplay and a Teddy award at February’s Berlinale, and was one of its most talked-up titles.
- Emiliano De Pablos
Madrid — Three awaited Latin American films – Aly Muritiba’s “Ferrugem,” Armando Capos’ “Agosto” and Ruben Mendoza’s “Niña Errante” – feature at a six-title 2017 San Sebastián Films in Progress, one of the best-attended of pix-in-post competitions in the Spanish-speaking world.
Organized with the Toulouse Cinelatino Festival, Films in Progress this year also adds a prize from one of the biggest sales agents in the region, a Film Factory Prize consisting of the offer of a €30,000-€40,000 ($33,000-$44,000) minimum guarantee for sales rights to one of the titles in the section.
The San Sebastián Films in Progress runs Sept. 25-27.
Three other titles – Nicolas Buenaventura’s “Kairos,” Maria Alche’s “Immersed Family” and Leandro Leal’s “Rodantes” – make up a section in which Brazil has a prominent presence, fruit of its government’s forceful backing for art films via Ancine, and five of the six titles are international co-productions, including three with France, as »
- John Hopewell
Locarno, Switzerland — Alicia Scherson’s “1989,” Fernando Frías’ “Borderless” and Maite Alberdi’s “The Mole Agent” figure among 16 titles announced Tuesday at San Sebastian’s 2017 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, its biggest industry event.
Also in the mix: Santiago Loza’s “Breve historia del planeta verde,” Pablo Aguero’s “Akelarre,” Sergio Castro San Martin’s “El Gol Mas Triste,” “Planta Permanente,”· from Argentina’s Campo Cine, and Rodrigo Sepulveda’s “Tengo miedo torero,” one of five often high-profile art films from Chile at this year’s Forum.
In a mark of recognition of the scale which the Forum has acquired, this year it will run an effective extra fourth day, from Sunday Sept. 24 through Wednesday Sept. 27, with Sunday dedicated to producer’s pitching their project to an industry audience.
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Madrid — Aligning two like-minded up-and-coming companies making acclaimed auteur-driven cinema, Jonas Carpignano’s Italy-based Stayblack has boarded “1976,” the directorial feature debut of actress Manuela Martelli, set up at Santiago de Chile-based Cinestación, headed by director-producers Omar Zuñiga and Dominga Sotomayor.
Stayblack’s credits include both of Carpignano’s own films, “Mediterraneo” and “A Ciambra,” the latter a Europa Cinemas Label Award winner for best European film at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. It also marks the first fruit of the Emerging Film Fund, a joint initiative between Martin Scorsese and Sikelia producer partner Emma Koskoff and Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features.
A double Rotterdam Tiger winner with “Thursday Till Sunday,” her »
- John Hopewell
Although there’s no shortage of regional film festivals throughout the year, few — if any — are better curated than the Maryland Film Festival. With a slate organized by Director of Programming Eric Allen Hatch, the downtown Baltimore festival, which takes place from May 3-7, offers the finest in independent and international cinema of the past year, as well as some of our most-anticipated world premieres.
Now in its 19th year, we’re pleased to debut the full line-up for the 6-screen festival, and can exclusively reveal that Brett Haley‘s The Hero (one of our favorite films from Sundance) will be the Closing Night film. World premiering at the festival is Stephen Cone‘s Princess Cyd, his follow-up to one of last year’s finest films, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, along with Josh Crockett‘s Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks.
We can also exclusively reveal the Opening Night Shorts — 5 short »
- Jordan Raup
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Exclusive: The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, “Blind,” a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with “Albion: The Enchanted Stallion,” a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff.
Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th anniversary of “Spaceballs.” Also in this category will be “The Greatest Show on Earth,” from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros. »
- Kate Erbland
Exclusive: Ryan Kampe and his team have closed multiple territories on a raft of recent festival picks.
Shanghai Jushi Films has acquired Chinese rights to Sundance and Rotterdam selection Columbus, Sundance and Berlinale selection Dayveon, SXSW and Rotterdam documentary Rat Film, Rotterdam and Toronto selection X500, and Tribeca award winner Kicks.
Kogonda’s comedy Columbus starring John Cho, Parker Posey, and Haley Lu Richardson, has also gone to Front Row for the Middle East, while FilmRise has picked up North American rights to Amman Abbasi’s Arkansas-set rites-of-passage drama Dayveon.
Binci / Lemon Tree Media has acquired Chinese rights to a slew of titles, including Sundance and Rotterdam selection Family Life directed by Alicia Scherson and Cristián Jiménez, and SXSW and Champs-Élysées award winner From Nowhere by Matthew Newton.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Doctv, a centerpiece financing system for documentary production in Latin America, will sink $1.3 million into 18 documentaries for its sixth and soon-to-launch edition.
The announcement was made at this week’s Guadalajara Festival in Mexico by Ibermedia, the regional film-tv fund for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Caci, an Ibero-America film and TV agency umbrella, and heads of two Latin America public broadcasters.
Submissions are open to country members of Caci. The call for applications for the 6th Doctv will begin on March 30, running through May 30.
This new edition of Doctv will be devoted to documentaries on music. “Through music, we can connect societies and cultures,” said Emile Vandoorne, Peru’s Director of Audiovisual at its Culture Ministry, adding that the initiative “aims to boost a cooperative spirit and increase mutual knowledge of all our countries.” The Dominican Republic will oversee the organization of the sixth edition, with Tanya Valette its co-ordinator. »
- Emilio Mayorga
The Miami International Film Festival announced the winners of its 34th edition on Saturday. Cristian Jimenez and Alicia Scherson’s “Family Life” took the Knight Competition grand jury prize and Nely Reguera’s “Maria (And Everybody Else)” won the HBO Ibero-American feature film prize.
The 2017 festival took place from March 3 through 12, and is the only major film festival to be produced by a college or university.
View the complete list of winners below:
Best Director: Daniel Hendler for “The Candidate”
Best Performance: Lola Amores and Eduardo Martinez for “Santa & Andres”
(Jury: Michel Franco, Bahia Ramos and Grainne Humphreys)
HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Competition:
Best Film: “Maria (And Everybody Else)” directed by Nely Reguera
Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition:
Best Screenplay: Tomas Alzamora for “Little White Lie »
- Variety Staff
Guadalajara, Mexico — Chilean Patricio Guzman’s “Cordillera,” Dolores Fonzi-starrer “The White Devil” and “Nudo Mixteco,” a women’s drama produced by Lucia Carreras, are among projects to be pitched at an expanded 13th Guadalajara Co-Production Meeting, which runs March 12-14 at the Mexican Festival.
Produced by Chile’s Alexandra Galvis and Renate Sachse in Paris and directed by Guzman, the doyen of Latin American documentary filmmakers, “Cordillera” marks the final part of a documentary trilogy begun by 2010’s “Nostalgia For the Light” and continued with “The Pearl Button,” a best screenplay winner at the 2015 Berlin Festival.
In it, Guzman sets out to explore the Andes, a “wall which separates us [Chileans] from the world” and a mountain range which “contains the history of all mankind,” Guzman has said.
A fiction feature, “Nudo Mixteco” turns on immigration and, above all three indigenous women’s doubts and fears as they battle for »
- John Hopewell
What a surprising city Rotterdam is and the Festival and Cinemart are full of surprises too.
Being in The Netherlands is like a homecoming for me. My first major job in the film industry was with 20th Century Fox International and City Fox Films in Amsterdam in 1975 which is when I first attended the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, three years after its founding by Huub Bals. It was much smaller then. Iffr’s logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion as an alternative. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. It has become one of the most important events in the film world, an integral part of the winter circuit of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals.
Except for my »
- Sydney Levine
Why Sundance Goers, and Audiences at Every Festival, Should Embrace World Cinema Over Popular Main-Slate Titles“God’s Own Country”
Eager to brave the extreme amounts of snow piling on every sidewalk and road in Park City, scores of freezing, malnourished, and often overworked film journalists and industry professionals line up hours in advance in order to secure a satisfying seat to that star-studded, Oscar-friendly, English-language stunner people have been raving about at every party or bus top around town. It’s understandable, they are desperate to become conquerors and be the first to plant their flag on the year’s big discovery. Trendsetting is a currency that in film criticism, like in many other occupations, is vital to acquire a certain level of recognition and validation.
However, even though being able to predict the future and to see the merits of a film before the crowd has sunk their »
- Carlos Aguilar
Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari, and Eric Schlosser’s Berlinale Special selection documentary the bomb screens on Friday and explores the power and fascination of nuclear weapons. the bomb premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year as a multimedia installation.
Amman Abbasi’s feature directorial debut Dayveon premiered at Sundance last month and screens in Forum on Friday. Newcomer Devin Blackmon plays the eponymous 13-year-old grieving the loss of his older brother who falls in with a local gang. FilmRise acquired North American rights after the premiere in Park City.
Alicia Scherson and Cristián Jiménez’s Family Life premiered at Sundance before going to the Rotterdam Film Festival. Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Blanca Lewin and Cristián Carvajal star in the story of a lonely fabulist who concocts a tale »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Films and projects travel from Sundance to Rotterdam and Rotterdam’s love affair with Latin America becomes apparent.
Making their way from Sundance to Rotterdam, “Lemon” was Opening Night in the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sloan Prize Winner “Marjorie Prime” played in Voices while director Michael Almereyda was on the Jury of the Hivos Tiger Competition. His documentary, “Escapes” also played in the Regained section of the festival.
“The Wound” by John Trengove has even longer legs, reaching from Sundance World »
- Sydney Levine
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