9 items from 2013
The true story tale deals with the collapsed Copiapo copper mine in 2010 and the 33 miners who remained trapped more than 2,000 feet underground.
Binoche replaces Jennifer Lopez who dropped out due to "American Idol" commitments. Kate Del Castillo, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Juan Pablo Raba, Tenoch Huerta, Jacob Vargas, Marco Trevino and Alejandro Goic also star.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Here's a look at today's casting news: Dustin Hoffman (Luck) will join director Stephen Frears' untitled cycling project that stars Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong. Juliette Binoche (Words and Pictures), James Brolin and Oscar Nuñez (The Office) join Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen in The 33, director Patricia Riggen's film about the Chilean workers trapped in a mining disaster. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. First up is The 33, with word of Binoche, Brolin and Nuñez's addition coming via Deadline. The movie recaptures the story of the 2010 Copiapo copper mine collapse and the 33 miners who becamed trapped more than 2,000 feet underground. Binoche replaces Jennifer Lopez in a strong female role. Kate Del Castillo, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mario Casas, Juan Pablo Raba, Tenoch Huerta, Jacob Vargas, Marco Trevino and Alejandro Goic fill out the cast. The 33 will shoot on location in Bogotá, Colombia. Here's the »
- Dave Trumbore
Los Cabos – Three awaited Mexican movies – “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” “Flying Low” and “Natural Philosophy of Love” – all world preem at the 2nd Baja International Film Festival whose Hollywood industry presence underscores that the U.S. is at least beginning to take Mexico’s talent pool more seriously.
Baja’s U.S. presence includes Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, agencies CAA, Paradigm, Management 360, investor Palmstar Media Capital/Merced Media Partners and sales agents Voltage Pictures, Panorama Media, Xyz Films, FiGa Films and Shoreline Entertainment.
Produced by Billy and Fernando Rovzar’s Lemon Films (“After Lucia,” “Saving Private Perez”), “Mexico’s Most Wanted” is Im Global/Canana’s Mundial first third-party sales pick-up out of Canana’s native Mexico.
A propulsive crime thriller, “Wanted” also reps Lemon’s »
- John Hopewell
Frances Ha (15)
Gerwig does a winning line in klutzy/ditzy in what's essentially a tailor-made showcase for her natural comic talents. An aspiring dancer whose sense of fun is starting to look a lot like immaturity, Frances is having trouble negotiating that tricky stage between studenthood and adulthood. A very minor crisis, admittedly, but this is more about character and tone, and Gerwig's New York misadventures are rendered with a casual verve that brings to mind the French New Wave or Manhattan-era Woody Allen.
The Wolverine (12A)
The X-badass rips into Japan in this solo adventure, but while Jackman's as mean and buff as ever, the story feels a little long in the claw, »
- Steve Rose
When the football World Cup is on, Mexico's criminals and cops suspend hostilities – ordinarily
Violence, nihilism and despair are the keynotes of Everardo Gout's brutal Mexican thriller. The title refers to that unofficial grace period that operates in football-crazy Mexico during the World Cup, when both the bad guys and the cops take time off, being simply too glued to the TV coverage to ply their respective trades. The action flashes headspinningly backwards and forwards in Mexico City between three World Cups during the last decade, 2002, 2006 and 2010 – sometimes, uncomfortably, the football commentator has to keep saying what year it is – and the storylines unfold in parallel.
Tenoch Huerta plays Lupe, a tough if somewhat fanatical young cop who is not afraid to use his firearm to tackle the bad guys or indeed terrify errant youngsters into sticking to the straight and narrow path of law-abiding righteousness. He attracts the »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★☆☆ Nominated for the Caméra d'Or prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Everardo Valerio Gout's multi-layered Mexican crime drama Days of Grace (Días de gracia) makes its way onto selected UK screens this week after a spell in distribution purgatory. Stylishly shot on location in Mexico City over the course of three subsequent FIFA World Cups, the film follows a central triumvirate of morally ambiguous individuals, each desperately trying to survive on the mean streets of this hostile concrete jungle. Gout's feature debut may owe several debts to the Elite Squad series, but also carries the bite to match its bark.
Days of Grace begins - as is so often the case with films of this ilk, at its finale - with three figures caught in a stand-off as a menacing dog slavers away in the background. We then jump back to 2002, where cop Lupe is 'shaking town' two young boys suspected of peddling cocaine. »
- CineVue UK
Sam Fleischner’s terrifically conceived and executed sophomore feature, “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” alternates between an autistic 13-year-old boy’s extended walkabout in the New York subway system and his undocumented Mexican family’s frantic search for him above ground. Having an autistic protagonist (played by Jesus Valez, a non-professional with Asperger syndrome) creates a uniquely fluid relationship between the central character and the diverse flow of activity around him, which he sometimes connects with, sometimes reacts against and often ignores, lost in his own mental meanderings. Consistently fascinating and suspenseful, “Doors” should open a few in niche play.
The film opens on a typical day for this family living in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Ricky (Valez) cuts school, where he barely finds acceptance, his special needs left unaddressed by the administration. Teenage sister Carla (Azul Zorrilla) picks him up after classes and sees him home, while mother Mariana (Andrea Suarez, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Madrid — Mundial, the six-month-old Mexico-based sales-financing venture teaming Hollywood’s Im Global and Mexico’s Canana, has acquired international rights to “Chavez,” actor-turned-director Diego Luna’s portrait of Cesar E. Chavez, a legendary ‘60s U.S. civil rights leader.
Since “Chavez” was lead-produced by Canana, the Mexico City-l.A. production shingle founded by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, it was always in the cards that Mundial would end up selling “Chavez” internationally.
Following on Mundial’s acquisition earlier this week of “Libertador,” a biopic of 19th-century independence fighter Simon Bolivar, reportedly budgeted at north of $50 million, the Chavez pickup gives Mundial two of the biggest movies, both in post-production, from Latin American directors this year.
A second international rights pickup announced Friday, crime thriller “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” which is produced by top Mexico shingle Lemon Films, »
- John Hopewell
Now in its 12th year, the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the premiere artistic showcases and industry marketplaces for independent cinema. Sundance might still be the place to go to discover new talent on the cheap, Toronto is the festival to generate Oscar buzz, but Tribeca has an eclectic mix that both reflects the soul of native New Yorkers and what the city means to the rest of the world as a cultural international capital. In between tonight’s opener — the music documentary Mistaken for Strangers about the National — and the closing night’s special screening of Martin Scorsese »
- Jeff Labrecque
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