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Ventana Sur: Outsider/Todo Cine Latino Takes U.S. on ‘Silencio’ (Exclusive)

1 December 2015 4:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires –  “Un minuto de silencio,” from Italian director Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Outsider Pictures’ Latin label Todo Cine Latino.

An inevitably polemical docu-feature, it adds to one of the richest Latino lineups among U.S. distributors. Recent Outsider/Todocinelatino U.S. pickups include Cesar Acevedo’s Camera d’Or winner “Land and Shade” and Los Cabos winner “All of Me,” a Mexican docu-feature. It recently picked up Israeli Nitzan Gilady’s “Wedding Doll” with Strand Releasing, the first buy in a potentially significant U.S. upscale acquisition alliance.

“Silencio” highlights the last 25 years of politics in Bolivia, concentrating in particular on the 2002 political campaigns to elect Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada aka “Goni”, which most recently came to prominence (albeit fictionally) in the Sandra Bullock film “Our Brand is Crisis,” and the more recent government of Evo Morales. Interestingly, Sanchez de Lozada and »

- John Hopewell

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[Review] Our Brand Is Crisis

27 October 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s probably because I know little about politics and care even less that I find most film’s dealing with the subject matter enjoyable. George Clooney‘s The Ides of March is one—the actor taking on the director’s chair, a co-screenwriting credit, and co-lead in front of the lens. Highly political himself with the media, it’s no surprise he’d gravitate towards a play based on an actual campaign (“Farragut North”) or a documentary doing much the same. The latter is Rachel Boynton‘s film centered on the 2002 Bolivian presidential election overseen by Us firm Greenberg Carville Shrum’s marketing team of which the narrative Our Brand Is Crisis took both name and plot. Clooney was set to star here, too, before Sandra Bullock took a shine to the script.

Peter Straughan‘s fictionalization—the credits say “suggested by”—takes the behind the scenes happenings of »

- Jared Mobarak

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‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ Trailer: Cynical Politics, Suicidal Llama

8 September 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, Our Brand Is Crisis portrays a fictionalized account of the highly contentious 2002 Bolivian presidential election in which American consulting firm Greenberg Carville Shrum was brought in to apply techniques used stateside to secure the election of Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada over socialist candidate Evo Morales. Sandra Bullock stars as ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine, a consultant who retired after a humiliating professional setback… »

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