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Bollain’s ‘Olive Tree,’ Almodovar’s ‘Julieta,’ Ortiz’s ‘Bride’ On Spain’s Oscar Short-List

20 August 2016 3:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Iciar Bollain’s “The Olive Tree,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta” and Paula Ortiz’s “The Bride” have made Spain’s short-list for its Oscar submission. The country’s final Academy Award candidate will be announced on Sept. 7.

The short-list pits three titles by auteurs from three Spanish filmmaking generations, each offering, in different measure, an offshore appeal beyond their arthouse-to-crossover Spanish market base.

“The Olive Tree” (pictured) marks the seventh film by actress-turned-director Iciar Bollain, whose feature helming debut, comedy “Hi, Are You Alone?,” dates from 1996.

Produced by Madrid-based Morena Films and Germany’s Match Factory Productions, and sold internationally by eOne’s Seville Intl., “The Olive Tree” is written by Ken Loach’s regular scribe Paul Laverty, who was inspired by a newspaper article he read.

Indirectly addressing the social, economic and emotional effects of Spain’s still-recent boom-to-bust crisis, the film follows a family in a village in Eastern Spain, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Olympics: Egyptian Judoka Under Investigation After Snubbing Israeli Opponent (Video)

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Updated 1:30 p.m. Pt: Israeli Judoka Ori Sasson took the bronze after defeating Cuban Alex Garcia Mendoza, a second medal for the country the 2016 Rio Olympics. Previously:  An Olympic judo match between Israel and Egypt reached a dramatic ending on Friday after an Egyptian judo fighter Islam El Shehaby was jeered for refusing to shake hands with his Israeli opponent, which is a major breach of judo etiquette. The International Judo Federation is now looking into the incident in Rio. Israeli Judoka Ori Sasson defeated Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby with two throws for an automatic victory. But instead »

- Itay Hod

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CAA, Wme, Participant, Im Global Sign On For Los Cabos’ First Formal Market (Exclusive)

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

CAA’s Micah Green, Wme’s Deborah McIntosh, Participant Media’s Jonathan King, the Weinstein Co.’s Dan Guano and execs from Im Global, FilmNation, IFC and Mundial are firmed up for Los Cabos Meet-Mart, the Mexican fest’s first formal market.

Mexican presence will be led by Gaston Pavlovich, the investor attempting to finance “The Irishman,” and Alex Garcia at Ag Studios and Ag Capital.

“Los Cabos Meet-Mart will be a market where we will introduce the best Latin American talent to the U.S. and international market, including the 15-20 top sales companies in the world,” said Los Cabos Fest director Alonso Aguilar Castillo.

Unspooling Nov. 9-13 , Los Cabos has grown in just four years to include an impressive North American presence.

Netflix, Amazon, Universal, Sony, Warner, Paramount execs have attended in the past, as have large European sales agents the Match Factory, Gaumont, Memento and Kinology.

Taking »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes Film Market Faces Pressure From Digital Giants, Lack of Bankable Stars

10 May 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The lack of bankable stars. Competition from television. Monster franchises overwhelming independent films. Tightening VOD windows. Competition from the digital giants. Such are the concerns facing sellers and buyers attending this year’s Marché du Film, Cannes’ market. One challenge has come in the packaging of material with stars already attached. “Packages have been on my mind because they’ve been falling apart,” said Laura Walker of Alex Garcia‘s indie financing company Ag Capital, which recently found itself in a bidding war over David Grann‘s new book Killers of the Flower Moon. “More companies are buying packaged products, »

- Jeff Sneider

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