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On October 13, 2010, the world held its collective breath as the global media broadcast the miraculous rescue of 33 Chilean miners that had been trapped 200 stories below ground for 69 days following the disastrous collapse of a copper-gold mine in Copiapó, Chile. Spurred on by the support and faith of the miners’ families encamped outside the mine, the Chilean miners’ rescue is one of the most moving real-life events of modern times, watched by more than a billion people around the world.
On October 13, 2015, Chilean Consulates across the United States and in Canada will celebrate the five-year anniversary of this daring rescue with events, including special screenings of Alcon Entertainment’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ new film The 33.
Made with the cooperation of the real-life miners, their families and their rescuers, The 33 opens nationwide on November 13, 2015, exactly one month after the five-year anniversary of the rescue.
- Melissa Thompson
Life’s inevitable spiral towards death – it’s something we’re all tragically caught in. We have an unknown amount of time on this planet, and how we use said time is what defines us. That, in essence, is the story of Camino, Josh C. Waller’s latest collaboration with stunt-actress and perennial badass, Zoë Bell. It’s the thought that an honorable death is a life not wasted, no matter how the subject of that mentality might feel. Of course, that’s not exactly how we do things here in America, and as you can infer from the above picture, Waller takes us to a war-torn Colombian jungle in order to assess the worth of a human life – something Bell does herself when thrust into a frantic fight for survival.
Heading deep into the isolation of backwoods South America, Zoë Bell plays an award-winning photojournalist named Avery Taggert, who »
- Matt Donato
A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.
Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere
Director: Can Evrenol
Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.
Sales: Salt Co. (international); Xyz Films (domestic)
Toronto Festival Selection / World Premiere
Director: Tammy Davis
Cast: Tai Maipi,
Synopsis: Set in New Zealand where a Maori teen faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.
Sales: Cmg (international)
Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.
Sales: Beta Cinema
(international); UTA (U. »
- Variety Staff
Exclusive: The sales agent will introduce worldwide buyers to Alejandra Márquez Abella’s Mexican feature directorial debut ahead of its September 10 world premiere in Toronto.
Cristina Garza and her Mundial team handle world sales on the Discovery selection about a young widow who attempts to bond with her son and new boyfriend on a beach vacation. Abella wrote the screenplay.
Nicolas Celis and Sebastián Celis produced Semana Santa, while the executive producer roster includes Jim Stark, Andrés Clariond Rangel, Alex García, Santiago García Galván, Joakim Ziegler and Øyvind Stiauren.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for the unforgettable true story of The 33.
In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine.
Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.
A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up. »
- Melissa Thompson
"That's not a rock, that's the heart of the mountain - she finally broke..." Warner Bros has debuted the full trailer for the Chilean mining catastrophe movie The 33, directed by Patricia Riggen, starring an ensemble international cast: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo, Naomi Scott, Gustavo Angarita, and Alejandro Goic. This is one of those uplifting, inspirational movies of hope and perseverance. It's Hollywood-ized, but it still looks pretty good. Here's the first official trailer for Patricia Riggen's The 33, direct from Warner Bros' YouTube: In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: Sam Fleischner’s drama will screen in the prestigious annual round-up by Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional as it emerged that sales agent Curator Films has secured a Mexican distribution deal.
The showcase will take in roughly 20 cinemas in Mexico City from July 10-August 7 before Alfhaville rolls it out on DVD, VOD and cultural channels.
Andrew Gallagher of Los Angeles-based international sales agent Curator Films brokered the distribution deal with Alfonso Lopez of Alfhaville. Alejandro Grande of Cineteca Nacional was also involved in negotiations.
Gallagher recently licensed rights to Sundance Channel in France and Benelux.
The drama premiered »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Like it’s 1999: Ruizpalacios’ Sprightly Directorial Debut
There’s something in the air of Alonso Ruizpalacios’ directorial debut, Güeros, a beautifully shot period piece examining a particular moment in time in a familiar coming-of-age package. Playful in a way that’s earned the director comparisons to the early works of fellow Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron, particularly 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien, you may not remember the particulars of the mise en scene here, but the film is a vibrant string of inspired visuals significantly enhancing the kind of narrative we’ve seen done to death across a multitude of cultures. But Ruizpalacios displays a unique mastery of cinematic language, and his impressive film marks him as a director to keep an eye on.
We meet thirteen year old Tomas (Sebastian Aguirre) as he drops a water balloon off of a roof onto a distressed mother. Briefly guilty for his »
- Nicholas Bell
There's no reverie Alonso Ruizpalacios's Güeros can't shatter, no presumed truth it can't complicate, no expectation of closure it won't dash. Set in Mexico City during 1999's 292-day student strike at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the film is about — if any one thing — proximity to decisiveness, about the young people who don't think they are the answer to the problems facing their world but are eager to sleep with the ones who do. Its three male leads — two college-aged men, Federico (Tenoch Huerta) and Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris), plus Federico's troublemaking adolescent brother Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre), sent to them for a lesson in maturity — spend most of the film without a mission, drivin »
An official, Midnight Screening selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Everardo Gout‘s award-winning (landed the Ariel Awards (a.k.a Mexican Oscar) for Best First Work and Editing) directorial debut Days of Grace (Dias De Gracia) lands theatrically tomorrow (05.01) via the Cinema Libre Studio folks.
In the exclusive clip below, we find Lupe (played by Tenoch Huerta from Sin Nombre and upcoming The 33) delivering on a promise to the injured Melquiadez, but not without taking a peak into a suspicious envelope that is on its way to a gang of men that appear to be involved in the kidnapping syndicate. Debuting on HBO Latino, HBO Go on May 1st, it also opens at the Empire AMC 25 in NYC and Sundance Cinemas West Hollywood on May 15th. Visit the official website for theatrical screening times.
- Eric Lavallee
Grace is Gone: Gout’s Aggressive Debut Charts Patterns of Criminality
Don’t let the poetic title fool you, as Everardo Gout’s directorial debut Days of Grace does not document an iota of such virtue. As one character points out, “To live in Mexico is to gamble with your life every day.” Belonging to a growing class of Mexican filmmakers determined to recreate the visceral, dangerous realities of everyday existence, Gout’s work is comparable to names like Gerardo Naranjo and Amat Escalante. Drawing upon three thematically related incidents to filter his exploration of violence, Gout chooses a significant waning period, that of the World Cup. The televised event sees crime rates drop by thirty percent as both sides of the law take a break from the usual rampage. While Gout may not reveal anything surprising, his intention to unnerve and agitate is apparent from the first frame, »
- Nicholas Bell
Read More: Exclusive: U.S. Trailer For Crime Thriller 'Days Of Grace'; Soundtrack Includes Nick Cave, Scarlett Johansson, And More Cinema Libre Studio has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Mexican writer-director Everardo Gout's debut feature "Days of Grace" ("Dias de Gracia)." The news comes a couple of years after the film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and opened in Mexico, where it went on to win an astounding eight Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent to the Oscars. Set in Mexico City over 12 years and benchmarked by the World Cup in 2002, 2006 and 2010, the film follows three very disparate lives that intersect as they are impacted by violence and abduction. Lupe (Tenoch Huerta), an idealistic cop, is tasked to investigate a crime ring and finds that justice has no value when a human life has a price. When Susana's (Dolores Heredia) businessman-husband Arturo is taken, she must go »
- Zack Sharf
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival was crushed with great films — "The Tree Of Life," "The Artist," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "The Kid With A Bike," "Melancholia," "Drive" — so perhaps it's easy to see why the epic, Mexican crime drama "Days Of Grace," which screened in the Midnight Movie lineup, didn't quite get the spotlight it deserved. But Cinema Libre is finally bringing the film stateside, and today we have the exclusive U.S. trailer. Marking the directorial debut by Everardo Gout, and starring Tenoch Huerta, Kristyan Ferrer, Dolores Heredia, Carlos Bardem, and Eileen Yañez, the Mexico City-set film spans twelve years — benchmarked by the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup — and follows three very disparate lives that intersect as they are impacted by violence and abduction. Lupe, an idealistic cop, is tasked to investigate a crime ring and finds that justice has no value when a human life has a price. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Gueros,” Rigoberto Perezcano’s “Carmin Tropical” and Max Zunino’s “Open Cage” will compete in the exquisitely curated Feature Film Program at Mexico’s 6th ArteCareyes Film and Arts Festival.
“A cultural festival” and “multidiscipline platform” promoting “the artistic content” of films and presenting new talents in music and contemporary art, per fest founder-director Filippo Brignone, ArteCareyes unspools March 4-8.
It also features a Careyes Creation Lab led by legendary New German Cinema director Volker Schlondorff and attended by some of the boldest contemporary talents in Mexican filmmaking. Another highlight, Direct From Fest, sees a special screening of Jim Strause’s “People, Places, Things,” chosen and presented by Sundance Festival director John Cooper.
Famed as a composer (“The Draughtsman’s Contract,” “The Piano”), Michael Nyman will receive fest’s 2015 Tane Tribute and introduce an anthology of his video work as well as an exhibition of his photos.
- John Hopewell
14 items from 2015
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