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Guanajuato 2016 Review: El TAMAÑO SÍ Importa, Starring Ximena Ayala And Vadhir Derbez

Rafa Lara’s El Tamaño Sí Importa, which world premiered at the Guanajuato International Film Festival, is a romantic comedy that merely intends to sell its two protagonists as rising Mexican stars: The Amazing Catfish’s Ximena Ayala and Eugenio Derbez’s 25-year-old son Vadhir Derbez. From the shameless product placement (something that, I must clarify, is now fairly common in this type of film), supposedly innovative visual resources (i.e. displaying the male protagonist’s social media outlets whenever someone takes him a photo), gratuitous musical moments (having a scene with the singer of Moenia, a popular Mexican band from the nineties), to the foreseeable and cheesy cameo of a long-haired Eugenio Derbez that’s clearly only there for the “father and son together” moment; this is the kind of...

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Ag Studio’s Morbido TV Loads Up on Genre (Exclusive)

Ag Studio’s Morbido TV Loads Up on Genre (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires –Ag Studios’ Morbido TV, its flagship pay TV channel for Latin America and U.S. Hispanic, is loading up on horror, fantasy, sci-fi, occult-and-more, and driving into original content production, as it aims for a spring 2016 launch.

Despite Morbido TV’s start-up status, its hires, own-shows and early buys rep one of the most ambitious rollouts of a regional genre channel which, in Morbido TV’s case, aims to be much more: A talent hub, production force and driver of a pan-regional culture industry richly grounded in Latin American sensibility.

Morbido TV will be the first 24-hour horror-fantasy-genre channel in Latin America, said Eduardo Caso, CEO of Ag Networks, Ag Studios multi-platform division.

Among new plans, Mexico’s Rafa Lara (“5 de Mayo: La Batalla”) is attached to direct “Terror Mx,” Morbido TV’s first original production, an episodic series framing “the complete history of horror-fantasy cinema in Mexico,
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Los Cabos: Lara Sets World War II Drama ‘Red Days’

Los Cabos – Rafael Lara, director of a rare Mexican war movie, “5 de Mayo: La Batalla,” has set his next movie: “The Red Days,” the little-known tale of a Holocaust hero, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s Schindler, who saved the lives of 40,000 Spaniards and 5,000 Jews.

Set between 1939 and 1945, and inspired by a true story, “The Red Days” narrates Bosques’ actions from the point of view of victims of the Spanish Civil War, teen Alberto and his family who flee across the border into France, where they are imprisoned in a concentration camp on the beach.

As they are befriended by a Jewish family, the Rossembergs, Bosques, Gilberto Bosques, Mexico’s consul in Paris and then Marseilles, sets out to follow the instructions of the government of Mexico to save as many Republican Spaniards as possible, shipping them to Mexico.

But he goes far beyond the call of duty, relocating the Mexican Embassy in two castles,
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Los Cabos Raises the Ante with Stars, TV, Buzzed-Up Titles

Los Cabos Raises the Ante with Stars, TV, Buzzed-Up Titles
Mexico City – In a visionary move, Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival launched in 2012 as a crossroads for the U.S., Mexican and Canadian industries – just as Mexican talent fires up the U.S. Latino market, Mexico consolidated as a film power which could bring significant money to the table and Canadian film authorities and filmmakers began to cultivate co-productions with Latin America.

Three years later, running Nov. 11-15, and bookended in 2015 by Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Demolition Man” and Michael Fassbender starrer “Steve Jobs,” Los Cabos boasts far more star presence: Academy Award winner Jared Leto, Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor.

Fest also bows news sections- Tastes, a gastronomy focus; American Specials, for audience friendly fare; Outdoor screenings; and Spotlight, featuring Alex Ross-Perry (“Listen Up Phillip,” “Queen of Earth”) and his regular d.p. Sean Price Williams.

In industry terms, the 4th Los Cabos has made another forward-thinking strategic land-grab launching Cabos TV.
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'The Witch', 'Tale Of Tales' to screen in Los Cabos

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The festival, set to run in Mexico from November 11-15, has unveiled the selections in its After Dark, American Specials and Green programmes.

Entries in the After Dark genre section feature films that have garnered acclaim at other festivals and include Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales and the Latin American premieres of Robert EggersThe Witch (pictured) and Bo Mikkelsen’s What We Become.

The American Specials selections present Mexican permieres of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and Marielle Heller’s The Diary of A Teenage Girl.

The Green strand presented by Discovery Channel showcases the Latin American premiere of Cyril Barbançon and Andy Byatt’s Hurricane 3D and the Mexican premieres of Louie Psihoyos’s Racing Extinction and Luc Jacqyet’s La Glace Et Le Ciel.

Festival top brass have also announced entries in the Cabos In Progress initiative for films in post that are made in or being produced with Mexico.

The selections
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Heli Is Mexico's Oscar Submission, While La Jaula De Oro (The Golden Cage) Goes For The Goya

The Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences (Amacc) confirmed that Amat Escalante's Heli is Mexico's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards. Heli was chosen over such films as Eugenio Derbez's Instructions Not Included, Claudia Sainte-Luce's The Amazing Catfish (winner at Tiff 2013), Rafa Lara's Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla, Hari Sama's The Dream of Lu, and Paula Markovitch's The Prize. Mexico has never won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, achieving only eight nominations in the history of the award: Macario (1960), The Important Man (1962), Tlayucan (1962), Letters from Marusia (1976), Amores Perros (aka Love's a Bitch, 2000), The Crime of Father Amaro (2002), Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and Biutiful (2010). The 86th Academy Awards will announce its nominations on January...

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Isa of the Day: Mexican Epic, 'Cinco de Mayo' being sold by Raven Banner of Canada

This a great blending of companies and material. Canada's sales agents have always led the way internationally and Mexico is our pick of cinema territory on the rise.

Toronto-based sales and distribution outfit Raven Banner has picked up international rights to Rafa Lara’s historical epic Cinco de Mayo: The Battle and will commence world sales in Cannes.

Directed by young Mexican sensation, Rafa Lara, the $10 million dollar action adventure is the biggest budget Mexican film to date and was released on a record 500 prints in Mexico. U.S. theatrical is through Pantelion/Televisa/Lionsgate. The film took more than $1 million in its first weekend of domestic release last week.

Cinco de Mayo: The Battle chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza played by Kuno Becker (Goal!, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. The film, recounts the bravery of a people pushed to the limit, fighting for their nation, their families and their pride. The film features an all-star Mexican cast (Angelica Aragon, Kuno Becker, Mario Zaragoza, Liz Gallardo and Christian Vasquez). The film was produced by Paco Gallastegui, Rafa Lara and executive produced by Televisa CEO, Emilio Azcarraga.

Today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

The deal with Raven Banner was negotiated by Managing partners, Michael Paszt and James Fler and producers Paco Gallastegui and Rafa Lara. The film screens in the Cannes market on May 16.

“This is such an ambitious epic with flawless production values,” says Paszt. “We’re honoured to be bringing the biggest Mexican film of all time to the international marketplace.”

Director, Lara's previous film, La Milagrosa, was sold in more than 50 territories.

About Raven Banner Entertainment

Raven Banner Entertainment is a sales, distribution and production company, based in Toronto, specializing in genre films for the worldwide market. Through its expertise in strategic project management and campaigns, Rbe can also assist in any and all capacities of production, from acquisitions, representation, negotiations, marketing management and plans, and sales.
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Cine Latino: ¡Que viva México! 8 Things You Should Know About Cinco de Mayo

Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Wednesday. Lionsgate and Pantellion films are releasing Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla, the first film to ever depict the Battle of Puebla. Directed by Rafa Lara, the film opens in Los Angeles and Orange County on Friday, May 3. We got the opportunity to speak with director Rafa Lara, Kuno Becker and Angelica Aragon on all things Cinco de Mayo. Click on the image below. We're only a few days away from Cinco de Mayo but before you indulge in margaritas and all-you-can-eat tacos and guacamole, here are a few fun facts on what you're really celebrating on May 5. 1. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla, not Mexico’s Independence Day. You heard right. The holiday...

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Cine Latino: ¡Que viva México! 8 Things You Should Know About Cinco de Mayo

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Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Wednesday. Lionsgate and Pantellion films are releasing Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla, the first film to ever depict the Battle of Puebla. Directed by Rafa Lara, the film opens in Los Angeles and Orange County on Friday, May 3. We got the opportunity to speak with director Rafa Lara, Kuno Becker and Angelica Aragon on all things Cinco de Mayo. Click on the image below. We're only a few days away from Cinco de Mayo but before you indulge in margaritas and all-you-can-eat tacos and guacamole, here are a few fun facts on what you're really celebrating on May 5th. 1. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla not Mexico’s Independence Day. You heard right. The...

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Cinco De Mayo: The Battle - Watch 3 New TV Spots

Watch new spots from Rafa Lara's Cinco de Mayo: The Battle. The film stars Pablo Abitia, Angélica Aragón, Kuno Becker, Liz Gallardo, Ginés García Millán and Noé Hernández, finding theaters via Pantelion Films on May 3rd. On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world’s largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico. Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza played by Kuno Becker (Goal!, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. Meanwhile, two young Mexican lovers manage to find love amidst the chaos of war. Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla chronicles
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Cinco De Mayo: The Battle poster and images

We have photos and the poster for Pantelion Films' Cinco de Mayo: The Battle, starring Pablo Abitia, Angélica Aragón, Kuno Becker, Liz Gallardo, Ginés García Millán and Noé Hernández. The war drama opens May 3rd under the direction of writer Rafa Lara, who also produces with Paco Gallástegui. On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world’s largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico. Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla chronicles the story of Mexico’s Battle of Puebla, the most important battle in Mexico’s history. When the unbeatable French army invades Mexico to set up a monarchy, General Ignacio Zaragoza played by Kuno Becker (Goal!, From Prada to Nada), must defend the city of Puebla, commanding a poorly armed and outnumbered troop of men. Meanwhile, two young Mexican lovers manage to find love amidst the chaos of war.
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Film News: Week One of the 2013 Chicago Latino Film Festival

Chicago – The 29th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (Clff) kicked off last week with the premiere of Rafa Lara’s “Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla” on April 11th, 2013, and exhibited its first weekend of films, all at the AMC-Loews Theatres at 600 N. Michigan in Chicago. The festival runs through Wednesday, April 25th, and many film and special appearances are scheduled for Week One.

Scene from ‘Matrimonio,’ the Feature Film on Clff’s Night of Argentina, Friday, April 19th, 2013

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The highlight this week will be on Friday, April 19th, at the ‘Night of Argentina.’ Clff will honor filmmaker Jorge Perugorria that with the Gloria Career Achievement Award, part of a gala celebration. Perugorria will also participate in a 20th anniversary special screening of “Fresa y chocolate” on Monday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 17th, and screen his latest film “Amor crónica” on Tuesday, April 16th and Thursday,
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Labios Rojos director Rafa Lara to direct 5 De Mayo: La Batalla

1862 Battle of Puebla film 5 de mayo: la batalla to be helmed by Rafa Lara Mexican director Rafa Lara, known for films like Labios rojos and La Milagrosa, will helm the recreation of Mexico's 1862 Battle of Puebla, reports Variety. 5 de mayo: la batalla, written by Francisco Gallastegui and Lara, is budgeted at around $5.5 million and makes use of 5,000 Mexican armed forces, with backing of $2.5 million from the State of Puebla. At Huelva's Co-Production Forum, Lara said that the film tells of the invasion of December, 1861 of Mexico by Emperor Napoleon III, the destruction of Mexico's Oaxaca Battalions who died from a huge gunpowder explosion, as well as the ambush...
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Labios Rojos director Rafa Lara to direct 5 De Mayo: La Batalla

1862 Battle of Puebla film 5 de mayo: la batalla to be helmed by Rafa Lara Mexican director Rafa Lara, known for films like Labios rojos and La Milagrosa, will helm the recreation of Mexico's 1862 Battle of Puebla, reports Variety. 5 de mayo: la batalla, written by Francisco Gallastegui and Lara, is budgeted at around $5.5 million and makes use of 5,000 Mexican armed forces, with backing of $2.5 million from the State of Puebla. At Huelva's Co-Production Forum, Lara said that the film tells of the invasion of December, 1861 of Mexico by Emperor Napoleon III, the destruction of Mexico's Oaxaca Battalions who died from a huge gunpowder explosion, as well as the ambush...

Labios Rojos director Rafa Lara to direct 5 De Mayo: La Batalla

1862 Battle of Puebla film 5 de mayo: la batalla to be helmed by Rafa Lara Mexican director Rafa Lara, known for films like Labios rojos and La Milagrosa, will helm the recreation of Mexico's 1862 Battle of Puebla, reports Variety. 5 de mayo: la batalla, written by Francisco Gallastegui and Lara, is budgeted at around $5.5 million and makes use of 5,000 Mexican armed forces, with backing of $2.5 million from the State of Puebla. At Huelva's Co-Production Forum, Lara said that the film tells of the invasion of December, 1861 of Mexico by Emperor Napoleon III, the destruction of Mexico's Oaxaca Battalions who died from a huge gunpowder explosion, as well as the ambush...
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Global Showbiz: Japan, Mexico, Russia, UK

Hulu Offering Miramax Films In Japan Miramax has signed a multi-year deal to stream its films on Hulu in Japan. The studio also said it plans to expand to other Asian markets and has its eye on other television and digital platforms in Asia. Under the agreement, Miramax films are already available through Hulu in Japan via Blu-ray and game consoles, Internet-enabled TVs, tablets and smartphones. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The titles available to Japanese subscribers include There Will Be Blood, Pulp Fiction, Chocolat and Spy Kids. The deal comes less than a month after the subscription service debuted in Japan. Earlier this month, Miramax signed digital streaming deals in Latin America, UK, and Turkey. Mexican Rom Com ‘Labios Rojos’ Gets Release Date Lionsgate and Pantelion Films are rolling out Mexican romantic comedy Labios Rojos on Oct. 14 in limited release. The romantic comedy, written and directed by Rafa Lara,
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