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8 items from 2017

Sanfic: Neto Villalobos’ ‘Untamed Helmets’ Casts a Light on Male Friendship

25 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Santiago De Chile  — A deadpan comedic ode to male friendship and budding adulthood on the streets of San José, Costa Rica, Neto Villalobos’ “Untamed Helmets” (“Los Cascos Indomables”) is among the eight rough cuts participating at Sanfic’s work in progress section.

Armed with a degree in sociology and subsequent studies in film direction from Barcelona, Villalobos used his investigative field work skills to identify a set of non-pro actors to play the band of motorcycle messengers in his film. Just like in his feature debut “All About the Feathers” (“Por las Plumas”), only the female role is played by an actor. In “Untamed Helmets,” theatre actress Daniela Mora plays the girlfriend of lead character Mancha (“Blotch”), named after the wine-colored birthmark on his face. Glam-rock music plays an integral element in the comedy.

“Helmets” was developed at the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation Residence, Puertos Cine, Paris Co-production Village, Produire aud Sud, the »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Sanfic: Alfredo Castro to Star in ‘My Tender Matador’ for Forastero (Exclusive)

23 August 2017 2:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chile’s Alfredo Castro, star of multiple Pablo Larrain’s titles and Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar,” is attached to play the lead role of La Loca del Frente in “Tengo Miedo Torero” (My Tender Matador), a big-screen adaptation of the only novel of Pedro Lemebel, maybe the most politically transgressive of writers who emerged in the last years of Chile under Augusto Pinochet.

The casting of Castro, star of Larrain’s breakthrough “Tony Manero” and last seen in Cannes Critics’ Week entry “Los Perros,” is a first building block in a flagship project from leading Chilean production house Forastero which speaks of  its heightened ambition to make films that enroll Latin American co-production and high-level talent to leverage big festival play into overseas theatrical distribution.

“My Tender Matador” also looks on paper like a highlight at San Sebastian’s main industry event, its Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which runs Sept. 24- »

- John Hopewell

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Sanfic: ‘Dry Martina,’ ’Unidad Xv,’ ‘Untamed Helmets’ Showcased in Works in Progress

14 August 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three movies by key Latin American production houses – Martin Desalvo’s “Unidad Xv: La Fuga,” José Manuel “Che” Sandoval’s “Dry Martina” and Neto Villalobos’ “Cascos Indomables” – will be unveiled in rough-cut at this year’s Sanfic-Santiago Intl. Film Festival which kicks off Aug. 20 in Santiago de Chile with Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit,” starring Ricardo Darin.

They will be joined by another five titles at Sanfic’s 2017 Latin American Work in Progress. Now in its  sixth year, the section has grown in status as a first-look showcase for titles which go on to screen at other pix-in-post sections and eventually big festival berths in the upcoming year. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “To Kill a Man,” which won 2013’s Sanfic Latin American Work in Progress and went on to become a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, is one case in point. The competition allots $3,000 cash prizes to winners.  One title chosen from the competition will be screened at »

- John Hopewell

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Chile’s Cinestación, Italy’s Stayblack Team for Manuela Martelli’s ‘1976’ (Exclusive)

17 July 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Aligning two like-minded up-and-coming companies making acclaimed auteur-driven cinema, Jonas Carpignano’s Italy-based Stayblack has boarded “1976,” the directorial feature debut of actress Manuela Martelli, set up at Santiago de Chile-based Cinestación, headed by director-producers Omar Zuñiga and Dominga Sotomayor.

Aline Kuppenheim, the protagonist’s glamorous, smothering, but purblind mother in “Machuca,” will play “1976’s” lead.

Stayblack’s credits include both of Carpignano’s own films, “Mediterraneo” and “A Ciambra,” the latter a Europa Cinemas Label Award winner for best European film at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. It also marks the first fruit of the Emerging Film Fund, a joint initiative between Martin Scorsese and Sikelia producer partner Emma Koskoff and Rodrigo Teixeira’s Brazil-based Rt Features.

“1976” is also Stayblack’s first project with Latin America and Cinestación’s first co-production with Italy. Sotomayor, Zuñiga, and Stayblack’s Carpignano and Jon Coplon will produce.

A double Rotterdam Tiger winner with “Thursday Till Sunday,” her »

- John Hopewell

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Chilean Cinema Punches Above Its Weight

22 May 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“We’re there to talk about cinema, not national flags,” Cannes’ topper Thierry Fremaux argued after announcing Cannes’ Official Selection this year. That said, 2017’s Cannes looks set to serve another reminder of one of world cinema’s biggest success stories: Chile’s emergence as a foremost Latin America’s filmmaking nation.

Led by Marcela Said’s Critics’ Week entry “Los Perros,” Chile boasts four films selected across major sections. From Latin America, only Argentina compares in presence.

At Berlin, “A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile’s Sebastian Lelio, was arguably the single most talked-about competition title.


Cannes’ Producers Network Spotlights 6 Leading Chileans

Since 2012, four Chilean directors — Marialy Rivas, Andrés Wood, Sebastian Silva and Alejandro Fernandez Almendras — have taken Sundance awards; Pablo Larrain won at Cannes (“No”), Berlin (“The Club), Venice and Toronto (“Jackie”). Chilean movies can garner significant overseas box office for foreign-language films and attract prestige foreign producers: “Gloria” and “No, »

- John Hopewell

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Match Factory bolsters Cannes slate

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sales company adds films from Alejandro Fadel, Ísold Uggadóttir.

Midway through this year’s Cannes Film Festival market, The Match Factory has acquired two titles - And Breathe Normally by Ísold Uggadóttir and Die, Monster, Die by Alejandro Fadel.

Die, Monster, Die, the latest film from the Argentinean director Alejandro Fadel, is soon to start shooting in the Argentinean province of Mendoza.

The project was developed at Cannes’ Cinéfondation Résidence and is Fadel’s second feature as a writer and director. 

Fadel co-directed Love (First Part) which premiered in Venice’s Critic’s Week. As a writer, he has worked with Pablo Trapero, Damián Szifrón, Walter Salles, Adrian Caetano and Peter Weber, among others.

His first feature The Wild Ones (Los Salvajes) [pictured] premiered in Cannes’ Critic’s Week in 2012.

In Die, Monster, Die, the body of a woman is found brutally beheaded by a remote meadow at the foot of the snowy Andes. In this isolated »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Cannes: Films From Rio’s ‘Butterflies,’ ‘Clamor,’ ‘Voices’ To Pitch at Cannes Producers Network

18 May 2017 10:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes— Rita Toledo’s “The Man Who Talked to Butterflies,” Felipe Sholl’s “Voices” and “Manu De Martino’s “Clamour” are three out of a total of six projects presented on May 19 at a Cannes’ Producers Network industry breakfast.

Films from Rio represents a development and promotion drive by some of Brazil’s major cultural, industry and training agencies, with the program, now in its third edition, taking six projects and their producers to the most important film markets in the world.

“The Marché du Film in Cannes is their final stop, after producers attended and worked at the Rio Festival and then Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur,” said Cannes Film Market’s head of Industry programs Julie Bergeron.

Produced by Carol Benjamin at Daza Film, which backed Leandra Leal’s SXSW Audience Award winner “Divine Divas,” ”Butterflies” is directed by Toledo, the screenwriter of Vinícius Reis’ “Noites de reis.”. It »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Iffr: Hubert Bals Fund restructures

29 January 2017 8:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Changes made to fund which support filmmakers from developing countries.

The Hubert Bals Fund has undergone a makeover. The Fund, founded in 1988 to support filmmakers from developing countries and one of the core parts of International Film Festival Rotterdam, has restructured.

As Iwana Chronis (soon to leave her position as Head of the Fund) explains:

“It seemed like a good a decision to cancel the fall (2016) selection round in order to have a moment to breathe and see how we could organise things differently and then to re-start at the festival with the new team, the new policies and the new financing (structure).”

With Chronis stepping down, Marit van den Elshout (head of Iffr Pro) will take over at the helm. She will be working closely with Iffr Pro Fund coordinator Fay Brennan.

The Fund has a track record for supporting films from talents like Chen Kaige, Carlos Reygadas and Elia Suleiman early in their careers. There »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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