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Rodar y Rodar Launches Mario Casas-Starrer ‘Mauthausen’ (Exclusive)

Berlin–Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar — the prestige producer of successful psychological thrillers such as “The Orphanage” and “Julia’s Eyes”– will produce “The Photographer of Mauthausen,” the third outing as a feature film director of Mar Targarona (“Kidnapped”), Rodar co-ceo with Joaquín Padró.

Vicente CanalesFilm Factory has acquired international rights. The historical thriller will be produced in partnership with Belgium’s Umedia. Also backing the projects are Spanish public broadcaster Tve and its Icaa and Icec film institutes.

“Mauthausen” recreates the travails of Catalan photographer Francesc Boix, an inmate in the Mauthausen concentration camp from the winter of 1942, when he was 22, alongside his father and 1,500 Spanish Republicans, were imprisoned by the German army during their exile in France after the Spanish Civil War.

Spanish thesp Mario Casas (Michael Radford’s “The Mule,” Fernando González Molina’a “Palm Trees in the Snow”) will star. “It’s a role that could
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Bar’

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Bar’
“The Bar,” a Spanish thriller about a bunch of people stuck inside a bar and its basement, trying to survive a mysterious attack, is easily the worst movie I’ve seen at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. The irony is, it’s a movie that’s out to do nothing more than entertain you. But I’ve sat through paint-drying art films here (like “Spoor”) that weren’t nearly as grueling. The director, Álex de la Iglesia, is a former comic-book artist and protégé of Pedro Almodóvar who specializes in dark comedies, and he stages every scene — every moment — of “The Bar” for maximum “intensity,” which means that the characters don’t talk, they shout, and the film is paced like an action sequence that never ends (even though it all takes place in two rooms and a sewer), and almost nothing that happens makes any sense. This
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‘Logan’, ‘T2 Trainspotting’ to screen out of competition at Berlin

Logan and T2 Trainspotting are amongst the films to screen at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, organisers announced on Tuesday. This year’s Berlinale kicks off in Germany next month with Etiemme Comar‘s Django listed to open proceedings on February 9th.

The festival will also play host to the world premiere of Gurnder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, which also screens out of competition.

Here’s the official release.

Competition

The following films will be celebrating world or international premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2017.

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone)

South Korea

By Hong Sangsoo (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Right Now, Wrong Then)

With Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, Moon Sungkeun, Kwon Haehyo, Song Seonmi, Ahn Jaehong, Park Yeaju

World premiere

El Bar (The Bar)

Spain

By Álex de la Iglesia (Mad Circus, The Day of the Beast, The Oxford Murders)

With Blanca Suárez,
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Berlinale 2017 Will Premiere ‘Logan,’ ‘Trainspotting: T2,’ and Hong Sangsoo’s Latest

Berlinale 2017 Will Premiere ‘Logan,’ ‘Trainspotting: T2,’ and Hong Sangsoo’s Latest
The Berlin International Film Festival announced 13 additions to its 2017 line-up, including the international premiere of Danny Boyle’s hotly anticipated “Trainspotting” follow-up, “Trainspotting: T2,” and the world premiere of James Mangold’s “Logan,” the third in the growing “Wolverine” franchise, starring Hugh Jackman. Both films will play out of competition.

Read More: ‘Logan’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Final Wolverine Movie Mixes The Superhero Genre With The Western

Hong Sangsoo’s “On the Beach Alone at Night” will make its world premiere at the festival, the latest from the idiosyncratic Korean director whose last film, “Right Now, Wrong Then,” garnered attention at festivals in 2016.

Other promising titles include the world premiere of “The Tin Drum” director Volker Schlöndorff’s “Return To Montauk,” starring Stellan Skarsgård, and “Viceroy’s House,” a period drama from the woman behind “Bend it Like Beckham,” Gurinder Chadha. The Austrian actor Josef Hader also will make
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‘Logan,’ ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Among Films to Premiere at Berlinale

‘Logan,’ ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Among Films to Premiere at Berlinale
The 67th Berlin Intl. Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, has added a further 13 films to its Competition and Berlinale Special sections, including Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting,” starring Ewan McGregor, James Mangold’s “Logan,” starring Hugh Jackman, and Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.

Volker Schlondorff, who won an Oscar with “The Tin Drum,” comes to Berlin with “Return to Montauk,” starring Stellan Skarsgard, Alex de la Iglesia, whose “The Day of the Beast” won multiple awards at the Goyas, brings “The Bar,” and Marcelo Gomes, whose credits include “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,” brings “Joaquim.”

The pics join those revealed last month, such as Oren Moverman’s “The Dinner,” Sally Potter’s “The Party” and Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Other Side of Hope,” and the opening film, Etienne Comar’s “Django,” which was announced last week.

Competition

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the
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'T2 Trainspotting', 'Logan' join Berlin lineup

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'T2 Trainspotting', 'Logan' join Berlin lineup
X-Men spinoff and Trainspotting sequel to play Out of Competition.

A further 13 films have been invited to screen in the Competition and Berlinale Special section at the 67th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

The festival has added commercial clout to its Out Of Competition lineup in the shape of Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting and X-Men spinoff Logan.

There are also competition berths for new films by Hong Sangsoo, Thomas Arslan, Volker Schlöndorff, Sabu, Álex de la Iglesia and Josef Hader.

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s latest, Viceroy’s House, will have its world premiere out of competition at the festival. Starring Hugh Bonneville alongside Gillian Anderson, the period drama set in 1947 India depicts Lord Mountbatten, the man charged with handing India back to its people.

Also having its world premiered out of competition will be Álex de la Iglesia’s The Bar, a comedy-thriller about a group of strangers who get
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Films From Hong Sang-soo, Volker Schlöndorff, James Mangold & More to Premiere at Berlinale 2017

After an initial line-up that included Aki Kaurismäki‘s The Other Side of Hope, Oren Moverman‘s Richard Gere-led The Dinner, Sally Potter‘s The Party, and Agnieszka Holland‘s Spoor, the Berlin International Film Festival have added more anticipated premieres. Highlights include one of two (maybe three) new Hong Sang-soo films this year, On the Beach at Night Alone, along with Volker Schlöndorff‘s Return to Montauk with Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss, as well as the high-profile world premiere of James Mangold‘s Logan and the international premiere of Danny Boyle‘s T2: Trainspotting.

With Paul Verhoeven serving as jury president for the 67th edition of the festival, check out the new additions below.

Competition

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone)

South Korea

By Hong Sangsoo (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Right Now, Wrong Then)

With Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, Moon Sungkeun,
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) Locks In Emotional Thrills

Locked-room mysteries don't get much more fiendish than the one at the heart of The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo), the new film by Spanish writer/director Oriol Paulo (The Body). Even better, that's just the starting point for an increasingly potent thriller. High-powered businessman Adrián Doria (Mario Casas) stands accused of murdering his lover in the aforementioned locked room. Complicating things still further, he's well known and also married, or at least he was until his wife learned of his arrest and the circumstances surrounding it. She departed from Adrián post-haste, with their young daughter in tow. He's already been convicted in the court of public opinion, but things are about to get even worse. According to his longtime attorney, a witness to the crime has come...

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Invisible Guest

Kicking off the latest incarnation of the Austin, Texas based genre bending film festival Fantastic Fest, fans got to witness the intense and powerhouse crime thriller The Invisible Guest from Spain. As nervous laughs weaved through the theater, the audience was shown great respect by the project as a whole with smart execution, pinpoint timing and just like that fantasy of whichever girl or guy we coven, there is so much more underneath that goes to places we never dreamed of. The film opens with a murder that has happened during a payoff to keep quiet a terrible secret and the events that happen on a back stretch of road. As the police break into the room and see a man over his former lover’s dead body, we meet Adrian, an individual who denies the accusations that he did any of this and claims a mysterious man was in the hotel room.
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Film Factory to sell Alex de la Iglesia thriller 'The Bar'

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Film Factory to sell Alex de la Iglesia thriller 'The Bar'
Exclusive: Company is launching sales on Álex de la Iglesia’s thriller at Cannes.

Film Factory has picked up worldwide sales rights to Álex de la Iglesia’s prestige thriller The Bar (El Bar) and is touting to buyers on the Croisette.

Pokeepsie Films, Nadie Es Perfecto and Atresmedia Cine produce the film from the Spanish genre specialist, whom Film Factory managing director Vicente Canales hailed as “one of the most ground-breaking and talented directors in contemporary cinema.”

The action takes place at a watering hole one morning where a regular leaves the establishment and is promptly shot dead.

When a customer who attempts to help the dead man is also killed, the clientele hole up inside, wondering not just why the killings are occurring, but where the killer is located. De la Iglesia wrote the screenplay with Jorge Guerricaechevarri.

Blanca Suárez, who starred in De la Iglesia’s 2015 comedy My Big Night and Pedro Almodovar’s I’m
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[Review] My Big Night

My Big Night tells you what it is right up front: big with a capital “B,” a maximalist extravaganza satirizing the day-to-day life on a show business set that has a dark bite lurking in the colorful madness’s shadows. Directed by the always gonzo Álex de la Iglesia (Witching and Bitching, The Last Circus), My Big Night brings the Spaniard’s wicked edge behind the scenes, letting a flashy, Edgar Wright-esque cartoonishness dominate this pastiche.

Poking fun at fame, jealousy, ego, and superstitions, My Big Night takes place during the filming of a New Year’s Eve TV special while a union strike rages just outside the set. Jose — played by Pepón Nieto as a mix between Nick Frost and Jean Reno, with the deadpan weariness of Ricky Gervais’ best performances — is an unemployed actor, called in at the last minute to replace an extra whose absence relates
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My Big Night Review

Compared to their American equivalents, Spanish imports rock a vibe that can’t be duplicated. Just check any of Telemundo’s saucy daytime dramas versus our straight-faced network soap operas, and you’ll be treated to silliness abound. But that’s on a nationally televised level – graduate to big-budget theatrics, and we’re talking productions that are nuttier than a Payday bar (or whatever your favorite peanut-laced treat is).

My Big Night is, without a doubt, one of the more ludicrous ensemble pieces I’ve seen in recent memory, guided by the zany ambition of Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus and Witching & Bitching). Are you ready for over-dramatized comedics and a cornucopia of chaos driven by goofy, slapstick maturity? Or, would it be immaturity? Not quite sure. How would you define a subplot where some Fabio-lookin’ pop star has his semen stolen by a Bj-specialist who doesn’t swallow?
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Comedic Mayhem is Unleashed in Exclusive 'My Big Night' Poster

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Read More: Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Spanish Dark Comedy 'My Big Night' After premiering to considerable acclaim at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, "My Big Night," which chronicles the chaos and shenanigans that arise behind the scenes of a New Years Eve television special, has been referred to by many as Álex de la Iglesia's finest film in years. The official synopsis reads: "It's only October, but the network's annual black-tie New Year's Eve spectacular has already been in production for a grueling week and a half, and setbacks continue to accumulate. A falling crane has just taken out an extra, and the show's hosts are at each other's throats. Oversexed pop sensation Adán (Mario Casas) discovers he's been duped by a semen thief, while legendary divo Alphonso (real-life singer Raphael) is stalked by an armed and unstable would-be songwriter (Jaime Ordóñez), who's disgruntled after years of...
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Atresmedia, Warner’s ‘Palm Trees’ Dislodges ‘Star Wars’ from Spanish B.O. No. 1 Berth

Distributed by Warner Bros. Intl. Pictures Spain, Fernando Gonzalez Molina’s epic romance “Palm Trees in the Snow,” an Atresmedia Cine production, dislodged over Epiphany “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from the No. 1 B.O. berth in Spain.

Vicente CanalesFilm Factory Ent. handles international sales.

The ambitious Spanish-language pic, toplining local film and TV stars Mario Casas and Adriana Ugarte, held its leading position over the Jan. 8-10 weekend, scoring €10.5 million ($11.3 million) at the local B.O.

Bowing Dec. 25, “Palm Trees” collected $4.97 million in 2015, and $6.3 million-plus in 2016. By Jan. 13, the film had cumed $12.1 million, overhauling Telecinco Cinema’s “Capture the Flag” as the second biggest Spanish release of 2015. The film has sold to date 1.72 million tickets.

And it is showing legs, topping $2.1-plus million over the last weekend, down just from $2.97 million, the weekend before.

The film launched at the end of a year in Spain when its highest
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Us Briefs: Breaking Glass acquires 'My Big Night'

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Us Briefs: Breaking Glass acquires 'My Big Night'
Plus: Sony offers free Concussion screening to NFL players; and more…

Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to Álex de la Iglesia’s ensemble black comedy My Big Night, about the backstage preparations for a New Year’s Eve TV spectacular.

Spain’s Raphael, Mario Casas, Blanca Suarez and Hugo Silva star in the film that premiered in Toronto. Breaking Glass plans an April theatrical release after brokering the deal with Film Factory at Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires earlier this month.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has offered NFL players and their families free admission to Concussion when they present their Nflpa membership card at any Cinemark theatre in the Us. The offer extends for the duration of the film’s run starting on December 25 opening day. Will Smith plays forensic neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, who discovered Cte, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player.Mpi Media Group has wrapped production on Catfight by Onur Tukel. [link
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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Spanish Dark Comedy 'My Big Night'

Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Spanish Dark Comedy 'My Big Night'
Read More: Breaking Glass Acquires U.S. Rights to Lgbt Thriller 'Downriver' Breaking Glass Pictures has secured North American distribution rights to Álex de la Iglesia’s ensemble dark comedy, "My Big Night." The film, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes mayhem at a New Years Eve television spectacular, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The official synopsis reads: "It's only October, but the network's annual black-tie New Year's Eve spectacular has already been in production for a grueling week and a half, and setbacks continue to accumulate. A falling crane has just taken out an extra, and the show's hosts are at each other's throats. Oversexed pop sensation Adán (Mario Casas) discovers he's been duped by a semen thief, while legendary divo Alphonso (real-life singer Raphael) is stalked by an armed and unstable would-be songwriter (Jaime Ordóñez), who's disgruntled after years of...
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'My Big Night' to open Miami fest 2016

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'My Big Night' to open Miami fest 2016
Álex de la Iglesia’s comedy will head a strand of Spanish films set to play at the 33rd Miami International Film Festival that runs from March 4-13, 2016.

My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) follow the backstage shenanigans before a TV special celebrating a legendary pop singer. Star and Spanish pop icon Raphael is scheduled to attend the festival.

The film also stars Mario Casas, Santiago Segura, Carlos Areces, Blanca Suarez, Hugo Silva, Carmen Machi and Carolina Bang.

Álex de la Iglesia has made a perfect pop movie with My Big Night,” said the festival’s executive director and director of programming Jaie Laplante. “This riotously funny film is much more than one of the very best films by de la Iglesia, it is a party!”

The Spanish line-up includes Cinedwntwn Galas Truman from Cesc Gay starring Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara; Emilio Martínez Lázaro’s Spanish Affair 2 (Ocho Apellidos Catalanes) – now the biggest Spanish film of
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Film Review: The 33

Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit.

The 33 kicks off with a retirement party, where we are introduced to the majority of the cast and gain insight into the close-knit community the miner's families have created. Most of us have heard the adage that a movie must grab the audience’s attention within the first few minutes or risk losing them for good. Due to the nature of the story
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 13; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 13; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 13. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The 33 Director: Patricia Riggen Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Bob Gunton, Gabriel Byrne, Naomi Scott, Jacob Vargas, Oscar Nunez, Juan Pablo Raba Synopsis: "Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days." Love the Coopers Director: Jessie Nelson Cast: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Alex Borstein, Jon Tenney, June Squibb, Michelle Veintimilla Synopsis: "When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night...
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Antonio Banderas and ‘The 33’ Cast Pay Tribute to the Chilean Miners at AFI Fest Gala

Antonio Banderas and ‘The 33’ Cast Pay Tribute to the Chilean Miners at AFI Fest Gala
Although stars Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips and Cote de Pablo walked the red carpet at AFI Fest’s gala screening of “The 33” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Monday, the group that received the most cheers weren’t the actors — but four of the actual miners that were trapped for 69 days and rescued from 2,300 feet below Chile’s Atacama Desert.

The real miners played a key role in the making of “The 33.” Director Patricia Riggen spent extensive time interviewing all 33 men who survived the 2010 Copiapo mining accident.

“When you’re standing in front of those 33 guys, there’s something special in the air,” Riggen said. “The very first time that I met them, every kind of thing happened. (One of the miners) Elvis was kind of lost when they introduced me, so he didn’t know who I was. He suddenly comes back, he’s a
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