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Proving it’s not just French comedies that travel, Film Factory has inked pre-sales in German-speaking Europe and Russia on Javier Ruiz Caldera’s “Three Many Weddings,” which world preems here, closing Venice Days.
Tiberius has taken all rights to Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland; Daro has acquired Russian rights. Both bought Ruiz Caldera’s prior movie, “Ghost Graduation,” which Fox picked up for North and Latin America and Family Films has just bought for France.
“Weddings” was due to screened to industry and press Wednesday.
“Weddings” is shaping up as one of Spanish cinema’s biggest box office bets of 2013. Warner Bros. will release the laffer in prime box office time Dec. 6, which kicks off a bank holiday weekend.
Inma Cuesta plays a young woman who is invited to the weddings of three ex-boyfriends in the same month, plunging her into a desperate search for a marriageable man.
- John Hopewell
★★★★☆ Blancanieves (2012), the new film from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger, is rooted in the cinema of old. It's both a rude adaptation of a classic fairytale, Snow White, and a return to the postmodern glamour of silent film. Like Michel Hazanavicius' Oscar-winning The Artist (2011) and Michel Gomes' Tabu (2012), Berger has been drawn to the obscure purity of monochrome images, boxed ratios, overloaded gestures and silent film cards. Blancanieves is a nostalgic tribute to the lost innocence of early cinema, longing to recapture that magical sense of discovery and enchantment in a ruthlessly cynical age.
Set in Seville during the 1920s, the golden era of silent film, the film centres around another lost showpiece, bullfighting, and a dark eyed young girl called Carmencita (played first by Sofia Oria). The daughter of a noble matador (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and flamenco dancer (Inma Cuesta), when her mother dies in childbirth, her father »
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The Cannes Film Market is teaming with the Paris Region’s Ile de France and Paris-based Espagnolas en Paris on Small Is Biutiful, a launch-pad for Spanish directors and producers seeking French distribution, co-production and sales agents.
A showcase of projects in development chosen by Espagnolas’ Javier Martin and Alain Coiffier, with Jose Maria Riba, which is traditionally attended by dozens of French execs, Small is co-organized by Ile de France Film Commission. The Market will upload directors’ prior pics — both shorts and features — onto Cinando, the Market’s database and networking website, which also operates a VOD service.
Cinando has created a new video library website, http://www.cinandoVL.com, for use by festivals and co-production markets, allowing their participants to view before meeting prior works by selected projects’ directors. The first event will be Cannes Cinefondation’s L’Atelier, said Cannes Market director Jerome Paillard.
Many festivals will »
- John Hopewell
Chicago – The silent film, which was revived by the 2011 Best Picture Oscar winner “The Artist,” is honored again in the new film “Blancanieves.” This artful re-imagining of the Snow White story – set in Spanish bullfighting rings – cherishes the feel of silent film, and features clever composition.
The story in “Blancanieves” is not as strong as “The Artist,” and the Snow White reworking is heavy handed, but director Pablo Berger adds his own outrageous camera work and point-of-view, imbibing the film with both a smart aleck “wink” at the camera and an example of silent film if Orson Welles had been directing back in those days. “Blancanieves” is a passionate night at the movies, unfolding in the clean lines of old time aspect ratio (square rather than rectangular) and mood music that approximates emotions in a varied and expressive way. This is a must see for admirers of the silent film era, »
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Title: Blancanieves The Cohen Group Director: Pablo Berger Screenwriter: Pablo Berger Cast: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Inma Cuesta, Ángela Molina, Pere Ponce, Macarena García, Sofía Oria, José Maria Pou, Ramón Barea, Emilio Gavira Screened at: Crosby St. Hotel, NYC, 3/26/13 Opens: March 29, 2013 How do you punish a wicked stepmother? Why, give her the silent treatment of course. To put everyone on an equal footing, however, director Pablo Berger, whose “Torremolinos 73” deals with an encyclopedia salesman and his wife who make an adult movie, gives everyone the silent treatment. Perhaps this is because “Blancanieves” is a silent film, paying homage to the 1920s silent pics in Europe, [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
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