5 items from 2013
Bafta winner Michael Radford refuses to have his name on recently released movie after three-year tussle over finances with producer
It is a story of love during war and of a stubborn, long-eared, four-legged animal that wanders through the battlefields of Spain's bloody civil war in the 1930s. But the recently released La Mula, or The Mule, is a film without a director, after Britain's Michael Radford refused to add his name to a film that he co-wrote and mostly directed.
Radford, who won a Bafta and was Oscar-nominated for Il Postino, walked away a few days before shooting was due to end. "We thought it would only be a few days and that we would finish the film when he came back, because there was only a week left," said Secun de la Rosa, one of the main actors.
Instead, Radford was replaced by a director with a French accent in a balaclava. »
- Giles Tremlett
Spain’s Javier Ruiz Caldera, whose “Ghost Graduation” was picked up by Fox for North and Latin America, will direct inept spy action-comedy “Anacleto Secret Agent,” produced by Francisco Ramos at Spain’s Zeta Cinema.
The bigscreen makeover of a beloved Spanish cartoon is described by Ramos as “a kind of Spanish “Austin Powers.”
Zeta Cinema will also produce “Mostoles no es lo que parece, o la importancia de llamarse Encarna,” a dramedy toplining Carmen Ruiz and Carmen Castano from helmer Vicente Villanueva (“The Opposite of Love”).
Backed by the Zeta Group, a publishing conglom, Zeta is one of the few shingles putting substantial movies into production in Spain.
Its current slate also includes Mario Casas starrer “Ismael,” helmer Javier Fesser’s 3D toon “Mortadelo y Filemon contra Jimmy el Cachondo” and, first up, the Film Factory-sold live action “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” Oskar Santos’ family comedy set for release Oct. »
- John Hopewell
The first trailer and teaser art for the latest flick from Alex de la Iglesia, Spain’s most prominent black comedy helmer, have arrived, and we have your first look at the goods! Check out the latest on Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi (Witching and Bitching).
The flick centers on a band of thieves trying to flee to France after purloining 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse is placed on them, and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese town of Zugarramurdi.
Witching's ensemble cast boasts some of Spain’s biggest film and TV stars, such as Mario Casas (I Want You), Hugo Silva (Sex, Parties and Lies) and Carmen Maura, who earned a Best Actress award at San Sebastian in 2000 for her role in Commonwealth. Further cast members are Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto and Jaime Ordonez.
According to De la Iglesia, »
- Uncle Creepy
Want to see an insane trailer for a new Spanish movie that features Jesus with a shotgun and more crazy awesomeness?! The film is called Witching and Bitching, and it comes from director Álex de la Iglesia. The movie looks like an adrenaline filled head rush that is perfectly described as being "loud, angry, wild, bloody, sexy and brutal." I really want to see this movie!
Hugo Silva and Mario Casas (both currently very hot properties in the Spanish film market) play two hapless thieves, whose plan to rob a jewellery store unravels quickly when they have to bring one of their's son along, the ex-wife borrows the getaway car, they end up headed to France for Eurodisney instead of the planned Morocco, and they run into a coven of witches in the Basque country.
This is the last thing I expected to see today, and I hope you enjoy the trailer. »
- Joey Paur
It seems rather appropriate that on the day I'm redrafting my thesis chapter on The Day of the Beast, the first trailer for mad maverick Álex de la Iglesia's new film should be released. I've always been pretty impressed at how de la Iglesia has continued to carve his own path, only lightly dipping his toe in more commercial fare once or twice, but pretty much sticking to his metaphorical guns on insanity, violence, and strong political commentary in his work. The trailer for Witching and Bitching looks like delightful, bloody and outrageous fun.Hugo Silva and Mario Casas (both currently very hot properties in the Spanish film market) play two hapless thieves, whose plan to rob a jewellery store unravels quickly when they have to...
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5 items from 2013
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