Jesus Movie Review

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JESÚS Breaking Glass Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Fernando Guzzoni Written by: Fernando Guzzoni Cast: Nicolás Durán, Alejandro Goic, Gastón Salgado, Sebastían Ayala, Esteban González Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 9/14/17 Opens: September 1, 2017 with September 19, 2017 DVD/VOD In the superb episodic TV drama “Homeland,” a 16-year-old girl involved […]

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Peru’s Magaly Solier to Star in Chile-Peru-Argentina Co-Production ‘They All Come Back’ (Exclusive)

Santiago De Chile — Chile’s Giancarlo Nasi of Quijote-Rampante Films and docu director-producer Maite Alberdi (“The Grown-ups”) have teamed up to co-produce “They All Come Back” (“Todos Vuelven”), the directorial fiction debut of docu filmmaker Maria Paz Gonzalez (“Hija”).

Gonzalez is also the lead producer of docu-feature “Stealing Rodin,” which is having its world premiere at the Santiago Int’l Film Festival (Sanfic).

Peruvian actress-singer Magaly Solier, lead of 2009 Berlinale Golden Bear winner “The Milk of Sorrow,” will star as a Peruvian immigrant in Chile who struggles with issues of identity, fraying family ties and displacement, a phenomenon not uncommon among the rising influx of immigrants in Chile from Haiti, Venezuela, Peru and Colombia.

“The Chilean government just passed a new law to regulate immigrants’ rights, replacing an antiquated one,” said Nasi.

Solier will be composing and singing six of her own songs in the drama, slated to start principal photography in late December or early January
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Sanfic: ‘Penal Cordillera,’ ‘Los Colonos,’ ‘The Monster Within’ Make Santiago Lab Forum Cut

Felipe Carmona’s “Penal Cordillera,” Felipe Galvez’s “Los Colonos” and Rodrigo Susarte’s “The Monster Within” are three of the 20 fiction feature projects which will be pitched at next week’s Santiago Lab in Chile, the Santiago Intl. Film Festival’s major industry forum for feature film projects.

In a major departure, for the first time, the Lab has opened up from just Chilean projects to titles from the whole of Ibero-America – Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

In one of building links between two powerhouse nations in Latin American arthouse movie production, Chile’s Felipe Carmona, a playwright-director, is teaming with Argentine talent-to-track Alejandro Fadel – director of Cannes 2012 Critics’ Week Acid prize winner “The Wild Ones” and co-scribe of Pablo Trapero’s “Lion’s Den,” “Carancho” and “White Elephant” – to write the screenplay of “Penal Cordillera,” which is set up at Chile’s Cinestación and El Otro Film.

Based on true events, “Penal
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Chilean Oscar-Winning Punkrobot to Produce Animated Series ‘Guitar & Drum’ (Exclusive)

Chile’s Oscar-Winning Punkrobot Animation Studio will present at the upcoming Mip Junior and Mipcom a pilot of “Guitar & Drum,” an short-format animated TV series of 40 episodes of five-minutes each.

Punkrobot leapt to international recognition with its 2015 “Bear Story,” which won best animated short at the 88th Academy Awards, becoming the first Chilean movie ever to take an Oscar.

“Guitar’s” main characters are a guitar and a drum who have other musical instruments as friends. Punkrobot partners María Elisa Soto-Aguilar y Antonia Herrera are attached to direct.

“It’s necessary nowadays to launch a message to children that all features making us different and special persons are able to make up a big team, an orchestra if we join together to create a great melody,” Punkrobot CEO Patricio (“Pato”) Escala told Variety. He added that financing for the first season is also secured. Escala is president of Chile’s national lobby Animachi.

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Sanfic: Fernando Guzzoni Prepares First English-Language Feature (Exclusive)

Chilean filmmaker Fernando Guzzoni, whose critically lauded father-son drama “Jesus” bows Sept. 1 in the U.S. via Breaking Glass, is developing his first English-language pic for Focus Features.

“We’ve been in talks since Toronto [where “Jesus” had its world premiere] where they asked me to present them a project,” said Guzzoni.

Titled “People Still Die of Love,” the romantic drama is a “reflection on the crisis of modern love, where relationships are often fleeting,” but tinged with dark humor, said Guzzoni. He has written a first draft in Spanish, which he’ll later write in English, he said.

Since it has an urban setting, he’s hoping to shoot in New York or Los Angeles, or possibly the U.K.

Guzzoni is closing co-production deals for his third feature, “Blanca,” with Argentina’s Ivan Granovsky and Marion Klotz of Autocroma boarding the project. He’s also in talks with potential co-producers from France, Germany, Mexico and the U.S.
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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights

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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights
New projects revealed, including thriller described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”.

New films by internationally feted Polish filmmakers Jan Komasa, Kuba Czekaj and Dorota Kedzierzawska were among 20 projects presented to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers at the sixth edition of the Polish Days (8-10 August) during this week’s New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

Komasa - who made his feature debut with Suicide Room - and his producer Leszek Bodzak of Aurum Film (The Last Family) pitched the contemporary social drama Corpus Christi which is based on screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz’s first screenplay for cinema.

The €1m project is being structured as a Polish-French co-production and will begin principal photography in spring 2018.

Bodzak also presented a second feature project, Borys Lankosz’s thriller Dark, Almost Night, which he described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”, to begin shooting this autumn with The Last Family’s Dawid Ogrodnik and Aleksandra Konieczna in the cast
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Locarno Festival contender 'Easy' scores deals

Locarno Festival contender 'Easy' scores deals
Exclusive: Quirky road trip comedy follows journey from Italy to small village in Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine.

Paris-based sales company Premium Films has announced first deals on Italian director Andrea Magnani’s road trip comedy Easy (pictured) ahead of its premiere in the Filmmakers of the Present competition at Locarno.

The debut feature has sold to China (Lemon Tree), Turkey (Fabula) and Ukraine (Multi Media Distribution) ahead of the screening. Tucker Film will release the picture in Italy on August 31.

Rising Italian comedy actor Nicola Nocella stars as a Isidoro, a former teenage go-cart champion going by the nickname of Easy, who has fallen prey to depression and obesity in adulthood.

His dynamic, ultra-successful brother Filo gives Easy a challenge that will get him behind the wheel again: to drive a coffin from Italy to a small village in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine.

It is an Italian-Ukrainian co-production involving Kiev-based Fresh Production Group alongside Italy’s Pilgrim
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Breaking Glass Pictures sets release dates for 'Jesús'

Breaking Glass Pictures sets release dates for 'Jesús'
Jesús premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last autumn.

Breaking Glass Pictures, who acquired North American rights to Chilean writer-director Fernando Guzzoni’s Jesús last November, has unveiled release dates for the film.

Jesús will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on September 1, New Orleans on September 8, with other markets to follow leading up to the DVD/VOD release on September 19.

Nicolás Durán and Alejandro Goic star in the film that centres on eighteen-year-old Jesús, who is trapped in a dead end cycle of drugs, sex, apathy, and an obsession with violence.

After he and his friends attack a young boy, Jesús has no choice but to turn to his father for help, despite their troubled relationship.

The film held its Us premiere at the Neighboring Scenes Series held by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin, Giancarlo Nasi produced, while [link=nm
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Cannes’ Producers Network Spotlights 6 Leading Chileans

On May 23, Cannes’ Producers Network will train its spotlight on six Chilean producers, a mix of seasoned pros and novices from the country’s enviable film industry.

Sebastian Freund


A producer since 1997, Freund’s credits include blockbuster “Stefan v/s Kramer,” which he co-directed, and Matias Lira’s priest scandal drama “El Bosque de Karadima.” “I’m open to both auteur and mainstream stories, as long as they move me and have something to impart,” he says. He joined Demente as CEO-partner in 2015 and he’s developing, among others, Pablo Illanes’ “The Grave” and thriller “The Crying Boy,” which he directs. He’s also taking biopic “Gabriela” to Cannes. It centers on Chile’s 1945 Nobel laureate in literature Gabriela Mistral, played by Paulina Garcia. Argentina’s Arte Mecanica co-produces and talks are underway with Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes and France’s Dibona Films.

Gonzalo Justiniano

Sahara Films

From his
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Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)

Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)
Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to “The Long Night of Francisco Santis,” a Cannes hit that established Argentine first-time directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez as emerging talents.

Breaking Glass is planning a limited theatrical opening, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the third quarter of 2017.

“A dark journey of the soul” which makes for an “atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut,” according to Variety, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” was acquired for world sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique, a company which has carved out a reputation for backing notable first movies such as Houda Benyamina’s 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines.”

The Long Night” world-premiered at Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival, where it won best film, then segued to an appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to play a number of festivals – including Busan, Jerusalem and Warsaw – before holding its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Buys ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy,’ Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up ‘Lavender’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Gravitas Ventures has secured the worldwide rights to “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” the debut film from writer-director Jeff Grace. The comedy follows a successful singer-songwriter who helps his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell, Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Heather Morris, Michael Ian Black and David Cross.

“It was impossible to resist the witty and memorable characters in Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, said in a statement. “It’s a laugh-out-loud bromance that we know will resonate with audiences near and far.
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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires North American Rights to Fernando Guzzoni’s ‘Jesus’ (Exclusive)

Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires North American Rights to Fernando Guzzoni’s ‘Jesus’ (Exclusive)
Maintaining its acquisition of select upscale fest hits, Philadelphia-based Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up North American rights to “Jesus,” Fernando Guzzoni’s wrenching father-son drama-thriller which is set against a background of youth cut adrift in contemporary Chile.

Well-reviewed – Variety praised Guzzoni’s “striking” second feature – “Jesus” will have its U.S. premiere on Jan. 27 at the Neighboring Voices Series held by the Film Society of New York’s Lincoln Center.

Chilean Guzzoni established himself as a talent to track winning the San Sebastian New Directors Award with his debut, “Dog Flesh,” a portrait of a former torturer under Augusto Pinochet, suggesting old habits of violence die hard.

Exploring the anomie of much modern day youth and Chile’s generational chasm and insinuating the spinelessness of an older generation of Chileans, “Jesus” joins a Breaking Glass film roster which includes Xavier Dolan’s Cannes-winner “Laurence Anyways,” Dominican Republic-set “Sand Dollars,
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Breaking Glass acquires Chilean festival hit 'Jesús'

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Breaking Glass acquires Chilean festival hit 'Jesús'
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Fernando Guzzoni’s thriller, which premiered in Toronto last autumn.

Jesús went on to screen at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and will receive its Us premiere at the Neighboring Voices Series held by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Nicolás Durán stars alongside Pablo Larrain collaborator Alejandro Goic in the story of a Santiago teenager who gets involved in an incident that may tear him apart from his father, with whom he has a fraught relationship.

Breaking Glass CEO Richard Wolff and Amanda Rae Simon negotiated the deal with Premium Films CEO Jean-Charles Mille and Leslie Saussereau.

Fernando Guzzoni has crafted an intense and unrelenting thriller about the strained relationship between a dysfunctional father and son, which implodes when the boy commits a heinous act and turns to his father for help,” said Richard Ross, co-president of [link
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical announce Neighboring Scenes: New Latin…

The Film Society of Lincoln Center
 and Cinema Tropical announce
 Neighboring Scenes: New Latin…
The Film Society of Lincoln Center

and Cinema Tropical announce

Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American CinemaJanuary 26–31: The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the second annual Neighboring Scenes, a showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema, co-presented with Cinema Tropical

Exhibiting the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today, the festival highlights impressive recent productions from across the region. Featuring titles from Paraguay, Peru, and the Dominican Republic for the first time, as well as films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes celebrates the expanding range of contemporary Latin American filmmaking in its second edition.

“This year, we are pleased to highlight several emerging filmmakers, with many fantastic debut and second films in a range of styles — from political thriller and bleak comedy to observational documentary,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes. “Furthermore, half of the works
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Sundance Institute Holds Second Mini-Lab at the 38th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema

Sundance Institute Holds Second Mini-Lab at the 38th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema
Speaking at the 38th Havana Film Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Paul Federbush, the international director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film mentoring program, noted that the Institute’s Episodic Labs for television was currently designed to support individuals developing TV series for the U.S. market. Given the “explosion in the world TV market,” it was only a matter of time before it would be introduced to other international markets, he added.

The Institute has exported its Features Labs to various territories, including India, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, Japan and since last year, a mini-lab in Cuba, with three instead of six projects.

At these labs, established mentors meet one-on-one with selected local filmmakers to guide them in their projects. Of last year’s Cuban mini-lab, two are going into production early next year: Armando Capo Ramos’ “August” and “1989” by Toronto-based Cubans Sebastian Barriuso, Rodrigo Barriuso and Lindsay Gossling.
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TorinoFilmLab reveals 2016 winners

Massoud Bakhshi’s Yalda wins two prizes at the event.

Production awards worth more than €470,000 were handed out at the 2016 TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event (Nov 23-25), held within the Torino Film Festival.

Three films were awarded Tfl co-production awards worth €50,000 each; Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority; Maya Da-Rin’s The Fever and Massoud Bakhshi’s Yalda.

Yalda also took home the audience award, voted for by attendees at event, worth €30,000.

Tehran-born Bakhshi’s feature debut, A Respectable Family, premiered at Cannes in 2012.

The international jury, which was chaired by the Venice Film Festival’s Artistic Director Alberto Barbera, also awarded production awards worth €40,000 each to three films; The Guest by Duccio Chiarini; The Orphanage by Shahrbanoo Sadat and The Staffroom by Sonja Tarokić.

New award

A new prize this year was the Lago development award, worth €5000, which went to Jan-Ole Gerster’s Imperium.

Apprentice by Boo Junfeng, Felicity by Alain Gomis, Jesús by [link
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The 20 Best Films at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

When a few hundred films stop by the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, it’s certainly impossible to cover everything, but we were able to catch over 120 features — and, with that, it’s time to conclude our experience, following the festival’s own award winners. We’ve rounded up our top 20 films seen during the festival, followed by a list of the complete coverage.

Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. Note that we didn’t include films screened at other festivals in our “best of” round-up, but you can see Venice, Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance wrap-ups at those links, which feature some of the most-praised films of the festival, including La La Land, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Certain Women, Elle, Things to Come, Nocturnal Animals, and many more.

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San Sebastian Festival Spotlights Young European and Latin American Talent

While the San Sebastian festival ranks — with Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur — as one of the world’s two biggest Europe-Latin American meet-marts, 2016 looks to also be a standout fest for young talent.

This year, nearly half (47%) of San Sebastian’s 17 competition entries are first features or made by directors under 40, vs. 9.5% of Cannes’ and 15% of the Venice Festival’s. That figure rises when factoring in two other San Sebastian sections: New Directors and Horizontes Latinos, a Latin America showcase.

This bold bet on a new generation of filmmakers looks set to help define this year’s San Sebastian Intl. Festival.

“This year, there are six first features [in competition] which will certainly get people talking,” says San Sebastian director Jose Luis Rebordinos. “Many films are not only made by young people, but talk about youth and its problems with social integration.”

Some movies, such as Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “May God Save Us” rage against the system.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jesús’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Jesús’
A dysfunctional father-son relationship unexpectedly improves after the teenager commits an atrocious crime and turns to dad for help in Fernando Guzzoni’s striking second feature, “Jesús.” The intense drama-thriller explores the generational gulf between adults who grew up under Pinochet’s dictatorship and modern-day youth living in a world with no moral compass. Already a director to watch since his narrative debut, “Dog Flesh” — a portrait of a former torturer under Pinochet — won San Sebastian’s New Directors Prize in 2012, Guzzoni stands out as one of Chile’s most exciting new voices.

Eighteen-year-old Jesús (Nicolás Durán, “No Filter”), born and raised in Santiago, probably behaves like a lot of kids of his age, less interested in finishing high school than in dancing in his amateur K-pop band, picking up girls, or getting wasted with his buddies and having random sex. But one of his “hobbies” is more specific to
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[Tiff Review] Jesús

Adolescent hijinks turn tragic on multiple fronts in Fernando Guzzoni‘s Jesús despite my not being sure there was going to be a solid point to the film until mid-way through. Everything previous merely sat as a slice of life for the titular character, a normal everyday Chilean punk named Jesús (Nicolás Durán) with too much autonomy and not enough direction. He’s practically raising himself after the death of his mother, Dad (Alejandro Goic‘s Héctor) constantly out of town working. So the eighteen-year old roams the streets dancing with a Korean Pop band for kicks, breaking into parks at night to drink and do whippits, or cruising for girls at parties to earn a blowjob. He means well most times, but his malleability when drunk inevitably spells trouble.

And it’s a good thing trouble comes — not for him, but the audience. Before then the only real action occurs off-screen,
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