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Tallinn Black Nights: Programmer Puts Spotlight on Spanish Pics

19 November 2015 5:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While the Spanish film business is being buffeted by the country’s economic crisis, it’s still producing local hits. One champion of Spanish film is Xavier García Puerto, who became the Spanish-language film advisor for the Black Nights Film Festival in 2011.

Garcia Puerto said that a new generation of Spanish helmers is energizing the local business, nabbing garnering on the international festival circuit.

“One of the reasons for this change would be that the former generation of auteurs, like, for instance, Isaki Lacuesta, showed the new crops of filmmakers that it was possible to do this kind of cinema”, said García Puerto. “But what is also important is the fact that they decided to go ahead with their projects without any backup or help from the (traditional Spanish) institutions.”

When selecting Spanish works for the Black Nights Film Festival, he tries to illustrate the wide range of styles in Spanish film. »

- Tara Karajica

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'Embrace of the Serpent' Wins Mar del Plata Film Fest

7 November 2015 2:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ciro Guerra's Embrace of the Serpent took the Astor for best film at the 30th edition of the Mar del Plata film festival, which officially closed on Saturday night with a ceremony at the Astor Piazzola hall of the city's Auditorium Theater. Earlier this year, the Colombian-Venezuelan-Argentine co-production topped the Director's Fortnight at the last edition of Cannes, and was selected by the Colombian Film Academy as the country's submission for the Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. In the international competition, the jury formed by Ricardo Aronovich, Elvio Gandolfo, Isaki Lacuesta, Fiorella Moretti and Marco

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Furries! With Machine Guns! Isaki Lacuesta's Murieron Looks Absolutely Gonzo!

5 March 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Given that the old Alex de la Iglesia is still going strong there doesn't appear to be any particularly pressing need for Spain to discover a new Alex de la Iglesia, but what the hell. Isaki Lacuesta appears to be taking a run at that title with Murieron Por Encima De Sus Posibilidades. What's it actually about? I have no idea, but there's an awful lot of crazy per square inch in the first teaser.Take a look below....

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