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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards Honor TV Series for First Time

Mexico’s Fénix Ibero-American Film Awards Honor TV Series for First Time
In a nod to the exponential growth of quality TV series, Mexico’s Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards have included television content among the nominees this year. The selection is determined by Cinema23 which is comprised of 700 film professionals from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Nominees for the 4th Fenix Awards include 20 feature films, nine documentaries and 13 TV series, Cinema23 announced. Winners will be unveiled at the Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza, Mexico City on December 6, 2017. The glittering event will be broadcast live across the Americas, except Canada, via E! Entertainment Television, Studio Universal, Canal 52Mx and Cinelatino.

The nominations were pre-selected out of a pool of 800 projects by a committee comprised of critics, programmers, festival directors and film academics. In a second phase, Cinema23 members specializing in a particular field, be they actors, directors, editors or cinematographers, voted on their choices for their specific category.

Netflix has at least three original series in contention: “Narcos,” “3%” and
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Goya Awards and Gowns

The 31st annual Goya Awards (Spain's Oscars) were held over the weekend in Madrid and we'd be remiss if we didn't share the winners -- particularly considering we recently posted statistics about their all time favorite actresses. This year's big winners were Raúl Arévalo's revenge drama The Fury of a Patient Man (which took Best Film and 3 other prizes) and A Monster Calls (which took Best Director and swept the technical categories with 9 wins). 

Ana Alvarez, Penélope Cruz, and Belen Lopez

Spain's Oscar submission, Almodóvar's Julieta, won only Best Actress for Emma Suarez who plays the older version of the titular character. Incredibly Suarez also won Best Supporting Actress for another film (The Next Skin) so Spain really worships her this year.  (After the jump a complete list of winners as well as other gowns and tuxes...)
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'A Monster Calls', 'The Fury Of A Patient Man' share Goya glory

'A Monster Calls', 'The Fury Of A Patient Man' share Goya glory
J.A. Bayona’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel wins nine awards at the Spanish Goyas but Raúl Arévalo’s debut as a director takes best film.

A Monster Calls went into the Goya Awards on Saturday night (Feb 4) with 12 nominations and ended up taking home nine prizes from the Spanish Film Academy, including best director for Juan Antonio Bayona.

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The director, just weeks away from starting shoot on a Jurassic World sequel, was visibly moved with the film’s performance, not only when he took to the stage to collect his Goya for best director, but also when his collaborators on the film did so for the film’s other eight wins of the night, including best cinematography, special effects, sound and production design.

With a box office of $28.6m (€26.5m), A Monster Calls was the biggest film in Spain last year.

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Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ Tops Spain’s 31st Goya Awards

Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ Tops Spain’s 31st Goya Awards
Madrid — In a huge achievement for a first film, actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ took best picture and best first feature at the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goyas on Saturday night.

An outstanding genre-blending romantic drama which soon morphs into a road movie then brutal vengeance thriller, “The Fury of a Patient Man” also snagged original screenplay (“David Pulido, Arevalo) and supporting actor for Manolo Solo.

Produced by Beatriz Bodegas at Madrid-based Canica Films, “Fury” – which is set in a “normal” Spain rarely seen in movies, depicting its bars, roadside motels, card games and family fiestas – seemed as if it would have to settle for a clutch of awards as J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls, ” starring Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver, swept every prize it was nominated for during most of Saturday’s Goya ceremony. But its original screenplay win over “A Monster Calls
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'A Monster Calls' tops Goya nominations in Spain

Bayona’s film scoops 12 nods, followed closely by ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ and ‘The Fury Of A Patient Man’.

The 2017 Goya award nominations were announced in Madrid today (December 14) by actors Natalia de Molina and Javier Cámara, Goya winners last year with Food And Shelter and Truman respectively. The ceremony for the 31st edition of the awards will be held on February 4.

J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, which tops the box office so far in Spain this year with $27.6m (€25.9m), leads the nominations with 12 nods including best film, best director for Bayona, best adapted screenplay (for Patrick Ness who wrote the adaptation of his own novel), best supporting actress for Sigourney Weaver, best music, best cinematography, best production design and art direction. Bayona is currently in Hawaii preparing Jurassic World 2.

Two thrillers, a popular genre in Spanish cinema, scored 11 each. Smoke And Mirrors, by Alberto Rodríguez, big winner at the 2015 edition of the Goyas with Marshland
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‘A Monster Calls,’ Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Cruz Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations

‘A Monster Calls,’ Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Cruz Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations
Madrid — Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls,” Sigourney Weaver, with a supporting actress nod, and Penelope Cruz, a best actress contender for Fernando Trueba’s “The Queen of Spain,” all figure among nominations for next February’s 31st Spanish Academy Goya Awards.

In recognition of the two Spanish directors who have arguably burst onto the scene to largest impact from the turn of the century,“A Monster Calls” and Alberto Rodriguez’s “Smoke & Mirrors” lead nominations for next February’s 31st Spanish Academy Goya Awards.

Announced Wednesday in Madrid by actor Javier Camara (“Talk to Her,” “Truman”) and actress Natalia de Molina (“Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed”), the Goya nominations also feature Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,’ Spain’s foreign-language Oscar submission, which is up for best picture.

Starring Liam Neeson, Weaver and Felicity Jones, Bayona’s coming-of-age fantasy “A Monster Calls” scored 12 category nods; a true-event-based Spanish espionage expose,
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Costa Rica International Film Festival 2016 Announces Full Lineup, Kelly Reichardt Tribute

Costa Rica International Film Festival 2016 Announces Full Lineup, Kelly Reichardt Tribute
The Costa Rica International Film Festival (Crfic) has announced its complete lineup for its fifth edition. This year, 72 films have been chosen to represent the world’s best in independent cinema, with four world premieres and three Latin American premieres taking place, and over 60 features to be presented for the first time in the region.

“At Crfic we are interested in approaching the idea of artistic diversity; covering a broad spectrum of styles and proposals found in contemporary national and international cinema,” said Marcelo Quesada, Artistic Director for the Festival. “Our identity and our program is built around a free, coherent and risky cinema that moves away from the usual places and bring us closer to different voices and world visions from over 30 countries.”

Read More: Costa Rica Selects Esteban Ramirez’ ‘Presos’ as Oscar Submission

Taking place at the capital city of San José, the festival will run from December
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The Best Films at the 2016 Venice Film Festival

With the jury winners announced this past weekend (see at the bottom), the 73rd Venice International Film Festival has now come to an end. As always, it was a strong kick-off to the fall festivals, with some premieres of dramas that we’ll see over the next few months, as well as a great many that won’t arrive until next year (or perhaps later, pending distribution). We’ve wrapped up the festival by selecting our 9 favorite films, followed by our complete coverage. Check out everything below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa)

Having experimented with feature-length fiction films, shorts, and archival-footage documentaries in the course of his career, Sergei Loznitsa’s output since his 2014 Ukrainian crisis documentary Maidan has both garnered him greater acclaim than before and zeroed in on cinema as a collectively generated form. – Tommaso T. (full review)

Hacksaw Ridge
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’
A jolting opening segues into a scattered, slightly confusing beginning, but Spanish actor-turned-director Raúl Arévalo quickly brings his deeply impressive debut under control, reining in the narrative with a hand that betrays almost none of a neophyte’s unsteadiness. It’s a taut little story of devolving nastiness, uncompromising in its relentless, western-influenced linearity, and yet Arévalo still finds time for the most elusive attribute in the familiar territory of the lean revenge thriller: surprise. The bait-and-switch structure, by which the hesitant, complicated, real-world romance of the first half is revealed to have much darker and knottier import in the second, makes the film, which Arévalo co-wrote with David Pulido, a singular dish, best served cold.

The prologue, which seems oddly unrelated in both form and content to the rest of the film but makes sense down the road, is a cleverly bruising piece of action cinema, as getaway driver
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Tiff 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, Vr Offerings and Much More

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s Tiff picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning Pop Vr section and even a handful of last minute additions to the Tiff Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

Read More: Tiff Lineup: 5 Reasons to Get Excited About the 2016 Program

Both the Next Wave and Tiff Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has
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Venice 2016. Lineup

The selection for the 2016 Venice Film Festival has been announced, with new films by Terrence Malick, Pablo Larraín, Lav Diaz, Wang Bing, Amat Escalante, Tom Ford, and more.COMPETITIONVoyage of TimeThe Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)Une vie i (Stéphane Brizé)La La Land (Damien Chazelle)The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)El ciudadano ilustre (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat)Spira Mirabilis (Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti)The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)La región salvaje (Amat Escalante)Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)Piuma (Roan Johnson)Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky)Brimstone (Martin Koolhoven)Jackie (Pablo Larraín)Voyage of Time (Terrence Malick)El Cristo Ciego (Christopher Murray)Frantz (François Ozon)Questi Giorni (Giuseppe Piccioni)Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)Les beaux jours D'Aranjuez (Wim Wenders)Out Of COMPETITIONSafariOur War (Bruno Chiaravolloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri)I Called Him Morgan (Kasper Collin)One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik)The Bleeder (Philippe Falardeau)The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua
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The Fury Of A Patient Man Delivers A 70's Style Revenge Trailer

Spanish cinema has been enjoying a wave of 70's influenced, character driven crime pictures in recent days and it would appear that Raúl Arévalo's upcoming effort The Fury Of A Patient Man falls very much into that category. And does so very, very well. Madrid, August 2007. Curro is the only one arrested for the robbery of a jewelry store. Eight years later, his girlfriend Ana and their son are waiting for Curro to get out of prison. Jose is a solitary and reserved man who just doesn ?t seem to fit in anywhere. One morning he goes for a coffee at the bar where Ana and her brother work. That winter his life gets interwoven with the others’ at the bar, who take him...

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Annecy: Jordi Mendieta on Awaited Spanish Movie ‘Pijamas’

Annecy–As a fortysomething confirmed bachelor, Paco has attained his lifelong dream –working, spending all the time at home in pijamas. Then a gorgeous girl, Jilguero, suddenly challenges his contentment. That’s the oddball premise of “Memoirs of a Man in Pijamas,” an awaited animated feature created by Paco Roca and co-directed by Roca and Carlos Fernandez.

Mentored by vet toon Spanish producer Manuel Cristóbal, whose credits include Ignacio Ferreras’ Annecy prized “Wrinkles” and “The Missing Lynx,” from Raúl García and Manuel Sicilia, “Pijamas” is co-produced by Barcelona-based Dreamteam Concept, Galicia’s Ladybug Films and Ángel de la Cruz, and Spanish Academy Goya-winning screenwriter of “Wrinkles” and co-director of “The Living Forest.” De la Cruz also co-writes “Pijamas.”

If “Wrinkles,” based on a graphic novel by Paco Roca, was a singular portrait of two seniors friends in a nursing home, “Pijamas” is an equally left-of-field play, channelling “Seinfield” and Larry David. It is one out of five feature projects selected by France;s Annecy Fest to be pitched at a session taking place on June 15. Variety talked to Jordi Mendieta, a producer at Dreamteam.

What the production state of ‘Pijamas,’ and its origins?

Mendieta: Ongoing. After “Wrinkles,” we thought of making a animated romantic comedy, something never done before [in Spain]. This is an experiment for us. But we have tested it, and had enthusiastic reactions, especially when we showed the original newspaper comic strips -later they turned into two comic books- created by Paco Roca.

How did you jumped from live action cinema to animated movies?

Mendieta: I first made contact with Moonbite, a Galician vidgame shingle, and we became partners. Then they set up the studio in Barcelona. We saw vidgames as one business line but 2D and 3D animation as another. So I started to talk with Angel de la Cruz and Manuel Cristóbal –who were developing “Pijamas.”

And financing an animated feature? Are there significant differences from live action?

Mendieta: In terms of broadcaster support, animated features in Spain are considered features –with no distinction from live action. They can take on the risk of producing an adult animated movie. Paco Roca’s prestige and the international success of “Wrinkles” [sold by 6 Sales for U.S., Canada, Russia, China and Latin America territories] helped a lot. What’s different is animation’s production process and length and the budget has to be adapted accordingly.

What’s “Pajamas” about?

Mendieta: If you read the comicbooks, you will identify very quickly with its characters. “Pajamas” is the literal translation of ordinary and hilarious situations that everybody have experienced. It’s a realistic comedy about the relationship between friends and in couples. The guiding thread of all the episodes is Paco, Roca’s alter-ego, a sweet, charming guy who’s constantly ruminating about life and has many friends. It’s something like Woody Allen meets “Friends.”

Adult audiences represent a complicated target for animation. Especially if it’s a comedy, and particularly if you’re looking for theatrical release….

Mendieta: That may be true [laughs]. You have to take risks if you want to make interesting cinema. We want people coming out of theaters having seen a comedy and having laughed. And then, they realize that what they’ve seen is an animated movie. In fact, we begin and close with live-action, featuring Raúl Arévalo [Alberto Rodríguez’s “Marshland”], and María Castro [TV skein “Without Tits There Is No Paradise”]. Our purpose is to lead the audience into the animated world in a very natural way without their paying attention to it. We know it’s a challenge.

What is the current state of Spanish animation?

Mendieta: From the point of view of a new animation producer, I’ve realized that there’s a large interest in animation. Suddenly, multiple small 2D groups are launching. Some movies had to go to the Philippines or India for their animation, because there wasn’t enough teams here. This is a trend, there are very well trained technicians here and in fact we’re thinking about creating a 2D animation servicing network for all the world, since it’s much to animate cheaper here.

When will “Pajamas” be ready for delivery?

Mendieta: Our aim is to world premiere in a major festival in 2017.
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Marshland (La Isla Mínima) | Review

Caught in the Quagmire: Rodriguez’s Satisfying Period Neo-Noir

Having swept the 2014 Goya Awards back home (winning ten of its sixteen nominations, including Best Film), Spanish director Alberto Rodriguez’s Marshland is a character driven cop thriller with the brooding intensity attributed to the contemporary movement of Nordic Noir. Incorporating specific historical elements into its pulpy tapestry for a bit of extra resonance, Rodriguez and his regular co-scribe Rafael Cobos unveil their central mystery with such painstaking deliberateness it’s easy to overlook some of the narrative’s generalities.

Set in rural Spain, just five years after the death of Franco and the fall of his ruthless dictatorship, Rodriguez recalls a nation in transition, introducing an easily fueled binary of good cop vs. bad cop based on the juxtaposing political tenor. As usual, women are relentlessly maligned, even though its dire misogyny transpires off-screen, a typicality more easily forgiven thanks to its ‘period.
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Kendall Jenner Unveils New Class of Cfda/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists!

Now that she’s established herself as a fashion fixture in the modeling industry, Kendall Jenner is all about helping the next generation of wannabes find their place in the sun.

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star is featured in the November 2015 issue of Vogue magazine to introduce the latest batch of finalists for the Cfda/Vogue Fashion Fund contest, and she’s trying out a few new looks, herself.

Jenner poses with Gypsy Sport designer Rio Uribe, Jonathan Simkhai, Raul Arevalo, Chris Gelinas, Thaddeus O’Neil, Brother Vellies and several other lucky hopefuls. Check the pics!
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DVD Review: 'Marshland'

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★★★★☆ Opening with spectacular aerial shots of the labyrinthine Andalusian wetlands, where the raped and mutilated bodies of two local teenage girls are found, Marshland's (2014) plot twists prove as compelling, obscure, and ultimately treacherous as the terrain it features. True Detective fans will doubtless be struck by thematic similarities between the popular Us TV series and Alberto Rodriguez's brooding, stylish neo-noir. But the film's meticulously researched, realistic focus on rural 1980s post-fascist Spain is all Rodriguez's own. A volatile society in transition is embodied by a mismatched pair of detectives who are forced to compromise in order to solve the case.

Pedro (Raul Arevalo) is a young, ambitious, albeit sulky figure exiled from his big city existence in Madrid for criticising the anti- democratic comments of a high ranking squad officer. His symbolically shadowy counterpart, Juan (Javier Gutierrez), is a hedonistic, well-humoured stalwart of the old school, who has few
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