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Cannes: France’s Mpm Film Takes Carolina Jabor’s ‘Liquid Truth’ (Exclusive)

25 May 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Paris-based production-sales company Mpm Film has acquired worldwide rights outside South America to Carolina Jabor‘s “Liquid Truth.”

The feature marks the second fiction feature directorial outing by producer-director Jabor, who debuted with “Good Luck,” a box office hit, and also directed documentary “O mistério do samba.” One of the fast-rising women art film directors in Brazil, Jabor also has a cachet as a TV director, helming multiple episodes of Conspiraçao’s flagship TV hit, “The Invisible Woman.”

Produced by top Brazilian independent company Conspiraçao Filmes, whose credits include Andrucha Waddington’s “Lope,” omnibus feature “Rio, I Love You,” and Globo Filmes –the film arm of Brazilian media giant Globo, “Liquid Truth” was 100% financed by Globo using its access to Brazilian tax-break money.

The international sales agent deal was brokered by Ricardo Monastier for Mpm and Leonardo Barros for Conspiracao.

Based on a recent stage play by Catalan author »

- Emilio Mayorga and John Hopewell

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'Dark Skull' named best picture at Cartagena

6 March 2017 3:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jurors, audiences award prizes at culmination of Colombian event; the oldest film festival in Latin America.

Kiro Russo’s adventure mystery earned top honours as the 57th annual Cartagena International Film Festival came to a close on Monday night.

Dark Skull centres on a troublesome young man sent to work in the Bolivian tins mines of the Oruro region. The film premiered in Locarno last autumn.

Vladimir Duan was named best director for So Long Enthusiasm and also scooped the best film prize in the Colombian competition. It premiered in the Berlinale’s Forum strand last month.

Christopher Murray’s Venice Film festival hit The Blind Christ won the Fipresci award.

The Cartagena International Film Festival ran from March 1-6. For further details click here.

Best Film

Dark Skull

Best Director

Vladimir Duan, So Long Enthusiasm


The Blind Christ

Best Film, Colombian Competition

So Long Enthusiasm

Best Director, Colombian Competition

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How to Remember a Dictatorship: Paz Encina’s "Memory Exercises"

8 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In May 1954, Paraguayan General Alfredo Stroessner overthrew President Federico Chávez, instituting a dictatorship that would violently rule over the country for thirty-five years. The regime regularly tortured and murdered political opponents and infamously sheltered Auschwitz physician Josef Mengele. In 2008, the country’s Truth and Justice Commission counted no less than 59 summary executions and more than 300 disappearances, nearly 19,000 incidents of torture, and nearly 20,000 arbitrary detentions during the dictatorship. Though Stroessner’s rule ended with another coup d’état in 1989, he never faced justice and his Colorado Party has ruled the country since with only a five-year interruption.Martín Almada, a victim of imprisonment and torture during the regime, spent fifteen years searching for documents that would prove his experience to the many that doubted him. In 1992, a tip-off led him to a cache of 700,000 documents detailing terror by Stroessner’s regime and a network of CIA-backed dictators in South America’s Southern Cone. »

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To Rotterdam ’17 (Iffr) from Sundance ’17

8 February 2017 5:35 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Films and projects travel from Sundance to Rotterdam and Rotterdam’s love affair with Latin America becomes apparent.

Making their way from Sundance to Rotterdam, “Lemon” was Opening Night in the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sloan Prize Winner “Marjorie Prime” played in Voices while director Michael Almereyda was on the Jury of the Hivos Tiger Competition. His documentary, “Escapes” also played in the Regained section of the festival.

Marjorie Prime”: Director Michael Almereyda, Lois Smith and Jon Hamm

“Chile’s “Family Life” by Alicia Scherson and Cristian Jimenez, Singapore’s “Pop Aye”, “Lady Macbeth” and “Sami Blood” all screened here after premiering in Sundance as well.

Pop Aye director Kirsten Tan won the Big Screen Competition and in addition to the cash prize may also count on a guaranteed release in Dutch cinemas and on TV.

“The Wound” by John Trengove has even longer legs, reaching from Sundance World »

- Sydney Levine

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