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Mexico City — “Santa & Andrés,” “Devil’s Freedom” and “Woodpeckers” divvied up many of the top awards at a 32nd edition of Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival, the country’s biggest film event, which registered the full impact of two global phenomena: Indignation at the strictures of U.S. President Donald Trump against immigrants; the energizing force of digital platforms.
The first feature to be picked up by a sales agent at last October’s Morelia Festival, where it screened in rough-cut, Everardo Gonzalez’s “Devil’s Freedom” confirmed buzz and strong critical support from the Berlin Festival by taking pretty well every major plaudit it was eligible for, including the Mezcal Prize for best Mexican film and best Ibero-American documentary.
A harrowing documentary account of the devastating psychological and emotional damage of Mexico’s drug wars via interviews with masked victims and victimizers, “Devil’s Freedom” typified at the highest »
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Exclusive: Hofmann will voice a character in the feature from the producers of Rabbit School.
German actor Louis Hofmann, one of this year’s European Shooting Stars, is set to lend his voice to a character in the animated feature The Heinzels, which will be the next collaboration by Dirk Beinhold’s Akkord Film and director Ute von Münchow-Pohl following Rabbit School – Guardians Of The Golden Egg.
Legend has it that the Heinzels – or Heinzelmännchen in the original German – are little house gnomes who completed all the household chores for the lazy citizens of Cologne every night until they were ousted by a malevolent tailor’s wife.
In the screenplay by Jan Strathmann, the Heinzels are back, headed by cheeky gnome girl Helvi (to be voiced by Jella Haase, Chantal from Fack Ju Göhte). They repair a derelict pastry shop and thus find a new purpose in life.
Producer Beinhold revealed to Screen that prepping on Akkord »
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