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Mediapro, Latido Join Mariano Cohn, Fernando Sokolowicz on Gaston Duprat’s ‘Mi Obra Maestra’ (Exclusive)

Mediapro, Latido Join Mariano Cohn, Fernando Sokolowicz on Gaston Duprat’s ‘Mi Obra Maestra’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Mediapro Group, the global independent production, rights and services company, will co-produce Argentine Gaston Duprat’s “Mi obra maestra,” starring Guillermo Francella (“The Clan”), Duprat’s follow-up to “The Distinguished Citizen,” which won star Oscar Martínez a Volpi Cup best actor award at last year’s Venice Festival and swept best picture and actor at July’s Platino Awards.

Madrid-based Latido Films has also come on board “Mi Obra Maestra,” acquiring world sales to the comedy which goes into production on Aug. 21, shooting for seven weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Jujuy and Rio de Janeiro.

“Mi Obra Maestra” is produced by Mariano Cohn, Duprat’s co-director on “The Distinguished Citizen” in a directorial duo partnership which goes back at least to 1991 short “El hombre que murió dos veces.” Going forward, Duprat will produce Cohn’s next feature.

“Mi obra maestra” is co-produced out of Argentina by Fernando Sokolowicz, a
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San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — “Marrowbone,” the awaited directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, screenwriter of “Jurassic World 2” director J.A. Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen at this year’s San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

As will Florida-set “Life and Nothing More,” Spaniard Antonio Mendez Esparza’s follow-up to Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Aquí y Allá”; “Fe de Etarras,” Netflix’s second original movie in Spain, and Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño’s anticipated “Handia,” a flagship of new Basque cinema.

San Sebastián’s Perlas, a fest standouts section, closes with Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “Loving Pablo,” announced yesterday as Venice-bound and a true-event tale of Pablo Escobar’s love affair with a TV presenter. Javier Bardem plays Escobar, Penelope Cruz his unlikely lover.

“Handia,” “Life and Nothing More” and “El Autor,” directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Canibal”), vie in San Sebastian’s main competition for its top Golden Shell award
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San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — “Marrowbone,” the awaited directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, screenwriter of “Jurassic World 2” director J.A. Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen at this year’s San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

As will Florida-set “Life and Nothing More,” Spaniard Antonio Mendez Esparza’s follow-up to Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Aquí y Allá”; “Fe de Etarras,” Netflix’s second original movie in Spain, and Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño’s anticipated “Handia,” a flagship of new Basque cinema.

San Sebastián’s Perlas, a fest standouts section, closes with Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “Loving Pablo,” announced yesterday as Venice-bound and a true-event tale of Pablo Escobar’s love affair with a TV presenter. Javier Bardem plays Escobar, Penelope Cruz his unlikely lover.

“Handia,” “Life and Nothing More” and “El Autor,” directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Canibal”), vie in San Sebastian’s main competition for its top Golden Shell award
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Javier Camara to Star in Netflix’s Second Original Spanish Film Production

Javier Camara to Star in Netflix’s Second Original Spanish Film Production
The Young Pope” actor Javier Camara is set to star in a new comedy for Netflix, from the writers of the smash-hit “Spanish Affair” franchise. “Fe de Etarras,” which has started production in Madrid, marks the streaming giant’s second original Spanish film after Roger Gual’s “Seven Years,” which debuted last October.

The project comes from writers Borja Cobeaga and Diego San Jose, the team behind Universal’s 2014 Spanish-language hit “Spanish Affair” and its 2015 sequel. The first film grossed €56.2 million ($78.0 million) at the Spanish box office, selling 9.5 million tickets and becoming the most successful local production of all-time. The sequel delivered €36.1 million ($38.8 million) and ranks as the third biggest Spanish film of all-time, after English-language production “The Impossible.”

Cobeaga will also direct the film which co-stars Julian Lopez, Miren Ibarguren and Gorka Otxoa and features Tina Sainz and Ramon Barea in special appearances. It is produced by Mediapro.

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Netflix Orders Comedy About Dysfunctional Terrorist Cell as Second Spanish Original Film

Netflix Orders Comedy About Dysfunctional Terrorist Cell as Second Spanish Original Film
Netflix unveiled its second original feature film from Spain on Tuesday. Fe de Etarras, a comedy about a dysfunctional terrorist cell in Madrid, stars Javier Camara (Narcos), Julian Lopez, Miren Ibarguren and Gorka Otxoa.

The film is written and directed by Borja Cobeaga, who describes it as “a crazy comedy about a serious subject –- like Friends, but in a safe house.”

Cobeaga wrote Spain’s most successful comedy ever, A Spanish Affair, which ranks as the country’s top-grossing homegrown title of all time. Produced by Barcelona-based Mediapro, the new comedy will premiere simultaneously in the 190 countries in which Netflix...
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Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More

Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More
The 5th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2016 lineup, including the opening night film, “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. As part of the festival’s signature Critics Focus program, MTV’s Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson will present and lead a conversation around the film, alongside David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone.

Director of Programming Michael Tuckman said of Nicholson’s pick, “I could not be more thrilled with Amy Nicholson’s choice of ’20th Century Women’ to kick off our 5th Anniversary edition of festival. Annette Bening’s performance is Oscar-deserving and the rich depth of the balance of the leading cast is Altman-esque in its quality. Amy’s discussion after the film will bring a cunning critic’s eye to this fabulous film for audiences.”

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San Sebastian unveils 2016 Spanish selection

San Sebastian unveils 2016 Spanish selection
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.Scroll down for full line-up

This 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the line-up of Spanish titles that will play across its sections.

There will be a total of 15 Spanish-produced films on show, including four shorts.

Competing for the Golden Shell – the festival’s top prize – will be Alberto Rodríguez’s El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) and Jonás Trueba’s La Reconquista (The Reconquest), all of which are world premieres.

Goya Award-winning director Alberto Rodríguez is nominated for his third Golden Shell following 2014’s Marshland and 2005’s 7 Virgins. El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors) [pictured top] tells the story of spy Fransisco Paesa.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen presents his third feature Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) – following 2013’s Goya-nominated Stockholm – which tells the story of a detective
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San Sebastian reveals 2016 Spanish selection

San Sebastian reveals 2016 Spanish selection
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.Scroll down for full line-up

This 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the line-up of Spanish titles that will play across its sections.

There will be a total of 15 Spanish-produced films on show, including four shorts.

Competing for the Golden Shell – the festival’s top prize – will be Alberto Rodríguez’s El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) and Jonás Trueba’s La Reconquista (The Reconquest), all of which are world premieres.

Goya Award-winning director Alberto Rodríguez is nominated for his third Golden Shell following 2014’s Marshland and 2005’s 7 Virgins. El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors) [pictured top] tells the story of spy Fransisco Paesa.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen presents his third feature Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) – following 2013’s Goya-nominated Stockholm – which tells the story of a detective
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Eleven Films Presented at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival Receive 39 Goya Award Nominations

The Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de España has announced the nominees for the 30th edition of the Goya Awards, to be presented on February 6.

The finalist with most nominations is "La Novia" (The Bride) , which had its world premiere in the Zabaltegi section at the last edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The film by Paula Ortiz is nominated in twelve categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Inma Cuesta), Best Actor (Asier Etxeandia), Best Supporting Actress (Luisa Gavasa), Best New Actor (Álex García), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Makeup and/or Hairstyles.

"Truman," the film by Cesc Gay which competed in the Official Selection and won the best actor award for Ricardo Darin and Javier Cámara at the last edition, earned six nominations: Best film, Best Director, Best Actor (Ricardo Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Cámara), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

The winner of the best actress award at the last Festival, Yordanka Ariosa for Agustí Villaronga’s "El Rey de La Habana" (The King of Havana), received a Best New Actress nomination alongside another two in the Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Another two titles screened in the Official Selection have landed nominations: "Amama" (When a Tree Falls) for Best New Actress (Iraia Elias), and the film by Álex de la Iglesia, "Mi Gran Noche" (My Big Night) , premiered out of competition, which competes for the Best Art Director, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Special Effects Goya Awards.

Another two titles that premiered in this year’s Zabaltegi section are also among the finalists. Álvaro Longoria’s "The Propaganda Game" is nominated for best documentary, while Fernando Colomo competes for the best new actor award with his movie "Isla Bonita."

Dani de la Torre’s "El Desconocido" (Retribution) , screened in the Velodrome section, garnered eight candidacies: Best New Director, Best Actor (Luis Tosar), Best Supporting Actress (Elvira Mínguez), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Supervision, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Special Effects.

Furthermore, Borja Cobeaga's "Negociador" (Negociator), which premiered in the Zabaltegi section at the 62nd edition of the Festival, landed a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

"Un Otoño Sin Berlin" (An Autumn without Berlin) by Lara Izagirre, opening film of the Zinemira section, also got a nomination for Best new Actress for Irene Escolar.

Two films that also screened at the San Sebastian Festival compete for the Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language Award: Pablo Trapero’s "El Clan" (The Clan) screened in the Pearls section following its premiere at the Venice Festival; and Salvador del Solar’s "Magallanes" winner of the Films in Progress Award at the 62nd edition of the Festival, before going on to form part of this year’s Horizontes Latinos selection.

Another three nominated were programmed as part of the Made in Spain section, following their premiere at the Malaga Festival: Daniel Guzmán’s "A Cambio de Nada" (Nothing in Return) , with six nominations, Leticia Dolera’s "Requisitos Para Ser Una Persona Normal," with three candidacies and Gracia Querejeta’s "Felices 140" (Happy 140) , which competes for two awards.
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Pagafantas to get German remake

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Pagafantas to get German remake
Exclusive: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.

Remake rights have been sold to Andreas Brauer of Hupe Films in Germany. The deal was confirmed by Cinema Republic director David Castellanos in Cannes.

It follows on from remake deals on the movie already done with Italy and Mexico.

There has been continuing strong interest in Pagafantas as it was scripted by Cobeaga and Diego San José, who also wrote major Spanish box office hit Spanish Affair.

Pagafantas was the first feature directed by Cobeaga, who was also behind Oscar-nominated short film Éramos Pocos.
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Iff Panama: Festival Audiences Embrace ‘Spanish Affair’

Iff Panama: Festival Audiences Embrace ‘Spanish Affair’
Panama – Alvaro Augustin, producer and CEO of Spain’s Telecinco Cinema, was delighted and even a little surprised at how strongly “Spanish Affair” (“Ocho Apellidos Vascos”) played at the opening night of the Panama Film Festival.

The film, which is the highest-grossing film of all time in Spain, had been totally embraced by the festival guests at the opening gala in the National Theater, and had enchanted both actress Geraldine Chaplin and Brazilian director Karim Ainouz. Chaplin went as far as to say that she felt her father, Charlie Chaplin, would have loved the film and talked of the parallels with the “Great Dictator,” in which Chaplin had to play a person he was not.

“I knew that the audience might miss as much as 50% of the jokes as they are so local to Spain and the language,” Augustin told Variety, “but it still seems to work with audiences outside of Spain.
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Iff Panama: Potential B.O. Juggernaut ‘Spanish Affair 2’ Gears Up

The pieces are falling into place for the production of “Spanish Affair 2” (“Ocho Apellidos 2”), the sequel to the 2014 comedy which, distributed by Universal Pictures International in Spain, and opening March 14 last year, powered to an extraordinary €55.2 million ($59.6 million) in Spain, becoming the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time at hometurf wickets.

Doing so, it also underscored a business model which is revolutionizing the popularity of movies not only in Spain but in Latin America: the combination of a well-crafted film that touches a national nerve and has a huge marketing push from a big nationwide broadcaster, here TV network Mediaset España, which co-produced via powerful film arm Telecinco Cinema.

Other national film industries – in Argentina, for instance – have taken note. Backing from Televisa and Globo also explain, though only in part, the rise of local movies’ market shares in Mexico and Brazil respectively.

Underscoring the crowd-pleasing status of the original,
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Check The Trailer For Borja Cobeaga's San Sebastian Winner Negociador (Negotiator)

Basque writer-director Borja Cobeaga is having himself quite a year. First out of the gate he served as a co-writer on Spanish Affair, a little comedy that became the top grossing Spanish film of all time on its 2014 release. So there's that. And then there's the matter of his Negociador (Negotiator), Cobeaga's third directorial effort in which he tackled a notoriously thorny subject - the secret negotiations between government representatives and Basque separatist group Eta - did it as a comedy, and ended up judged the top Basque film of the 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival. So, yes, monstrous commercial and critical successes in the same year aint so bad.Ramon Barea stars as the disheveled negotiator at the center of the story - a...

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Feelmakers Eyes Latin American Market

Looking to strengthen its presence among Latin American film audiences, new international VOD web portal Feelmakers makes a presentation Wednesday at a industry/press event in Ventana Sur.

Launched by a group of Spain’s enterprising young directors and movie execs, the platform offers a catalogue of nearly 400 films from different countries that – a key point – can be seen throughout the world, with some 50% of them currently being Spanish-language titles.

One of the newest moves at Feelmakers, the Special Feel section, is dedicated to the Spanish Academy Goya Awards’ 2015 edition, allowing online access to 27 of the 35 short films contending in the fiction, animated and documentary categories.

Spanish feature films include Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry, “15 Years and One Day,” by Gracia Querejeta, and films from left-of-field auteur Javier Rebollo – a triple San Sebastian film festival winner, including best director in 2012 for “Woman Without Piano” – and some leading lights of Spain’s youngest waves of filmmakes,
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Vigalondo, Vermut Rip It Up in Mar del Plata

Mar Del Plata – The subject tabled by moderator Pablo Conde for Thursday’s CarlosVermut/Nacho Vigalondo Mar del Plata Masterclass was Spain’s new cineaste vanguard. Whatever the movies which “Open Windows” Vigalondo and San Sebastian Golden Seashell winner Vermut (“Magical Girl”) next make – and Vigalondo gave at least one more detail of his monster-in-a-suit project: its title, “Colossal” – one thing seems certain: Both will make a large effort to be entertaining.

The major impression taken away from the duo’s far ranging response to Conde’s question, where topics ranged for example from Vigalondo’s self-confessed prowess at barfing to his memories of making a home-movie version of “Alive!” as a kid, was that both, if they ever gave up directing, could have a second-flush career as stand-up comics.

Both also made a pretty good stab, however, at guiding a Mar del Plata audience through some hallmarks of the novíssimo cine español,
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San Sebastian crowns Magical Girl

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San Sebastian crowns Magical Girl
Carlos Vermut’s Spanish drama wins best film and best director; Dennis Lehane wins best screenplay for The Drop.Scroll down for other awards

Spanish drama Magical Girl has won the Golden Shell for best film at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

Carlos Vermut also won the Silver Shell for best director for the film, produced by Madrid-based Aquí y Allí Films and is sold by Films Distribution.

Jury chairman Fernando Bovaira described Vermut as “a disturbing, delicate and unique voice”.

The film, which debuted at Toronto and is currently screening at Zurich before going on to Busan, centres on the wish of an ill child who wants the dress in Japanese series Magical Girl Yukiko. Her father sets out to obtain it but enters a world of blackmail and tragedy.

It marks Vermut’s second film after Diamond Flash.

The Special Jury Prize went to Wild Life (Vie Sauvage), the new film by
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‘Magical Girl’ Tops San Sebastian Fest

‘Magical Girl’ Tops San Sebastian Fest
Magical Girl” was awarded the top Golden Shell and best director for rising Spanish helmer Carlos Vermut at the 62nd annual San Sebastian Film Festival on Saturday.

Sold by Films Distribution, “Magical Girl,” which marks the sophomore outing of Vermut, is a troubling drama turning on a father who attempts to fulfill the last wish of his daughter, who is battling leukemia. Pic is produced by Pedro Hernandez Santos’ Madrid-based outfit Aqui y Alli.

Cedric Kahn’s “Wild Life,” a true story starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Celine Sallette, scooped San Sebastian’s special jury prize. The movie, repped by Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, follows a father who lost the custody of his two children and spends 11 years on the run with them living off the radar across France.

Michael E. Roskam’s English-language debut “The Drop” earned a best screenplay nod for Dennis Lehane. Roskam last directed the Oscar-nominated “Bullhead.
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Feelmakers Full-Launches Global Docu, Toon, Short VOD Portal

San Sebastian – In a new international thrust from Spain, a group of enterprising young directors and movie execs are launching Feelmakers, a new international VOD web portal specializing in animation, documentaries and shorts from around the world.

Feelmakers has been online since early 2014. Its full-blooded launch has begun, however, just before vthe 62nd San Sebastian Festival where a industry/press presentation was headed by Feelmakers development head Millan Velazquez. Also on hand: Distinguished helmers Gracia Querejeta, director of Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry “15 Years and One Day,” and Javier Rebollo, a triple San Sebastian winner, taking Best Director for “Woman Without Piano” in 2012.

Further presentations will be made at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Europe’s best-known short film event, and at December’s Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie market.

The first VOD service dates back to the mid ‘90s. What sets Feelmakers apart from most services is its
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San Sebastian Film Fest Spotlights Financially Troubled, Creatively Fired-Up Spanish Biz

No film industry in Europe has been harder hit by crisis than Spain’s, yet the level of creativity from local filmmakers and producers is often firing on all cylinders.

Sixteen Spanish films will have their world premieres at San Sebastian, at least one local shingle is forming a joint venture with a Euro counterpart, and directors, though often working on far-reduced budgets, are aiming for a wider audience.

To put the Spanish woes in perspective, a couple of facts: Spain’s central government subsidy fund fell 56% from 2011 to 2014’s €33.7 million ($44.3 million), while average film budgets have plunged 50% to $2 million over the 2009-14 span, per producers’ association Fapae.

Yet, says San Sebastian Festival director Jose Luis Rebordinos, despite the crisis, the industry is “spectacular in creative terms.”

Spain’s surviving producers are also making some bold moves abroad.

Take, for example, Morena Films, one of Spain’s biggest and best-financed shops,
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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award

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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award
Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci.

The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.

In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.

Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept
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