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Michael Rowe Scores Los Cabos Double Win With ‘Alicia’

14 November 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexico-based Michael Rowe, who leapt to notice winning the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’Or for his debut, “Leap Year,” scored double this weekend with his new feature, “Alicia,” winning a development award and Ctt Exp & Rentals Award from the festival’s Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund.

“Alicia,” Rowe’s fourth feature, was one of only two titles, with Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Comprame un Revolver,” which won more than a single plaudit  from the fund, which mixes straight cash with awards in services from Mexican companies.

Written by Rowe and Montserrat Varela, “Alicia” turns on a 14-year-old girl who lives with her grandmother and estranged mom and suffers from severe sexual repression. Then, one day in the subway, a casual sexual encounter acts like it releases a genie in a bottle, initiating Alicia’s exploration of her identity and a plunge into extreme sexuality, Rowe told Variety.

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Bali Festival Awards Prizes to ‘Eddie the Eagle,’ ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’

2 October 2016 3:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dexter Fletcher’s “Eddie the Eagle” was named as the best international feature by audiences at the 10th edition of the Bali International Film Festival in Indonesia. Better known as the “Balinale,” the festival wrapped up on Friday (Sept. 30.)

New Zealand drama “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” by Taika Waititi was picked as the best overall film and “indie Movies,” a feature length omnibus film was picked as the best Indonesian film.

“Daughters of the Forest” by U.S. director Samantha Grant was named as the best documentary. And a juried selection gave a further prize to Michael Rowe’s “Early Winter.”

The festival, organized under the principles of “no boundaries, no limits to creativity or the means of expression,” screened 20 features, 13 documentaries and 69 short films.


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Early Winter set for theatrical release in October

13 September 2016 7:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Early Winter.

Michael Rowe.s Early Winter will have an Australian theatrical run beginning October 13, thanks to Rialto Entertainment. . Early Winter, an Australian-Canadian co-production, follows the middle-aged David, (Paul Doucet) who works as a janitor in a retirement home, as he begins to suspect his younger wife Maya (Suzanne Clement) of having an affair. . Though Early Winter is set in Quebec, writer-director Rowe is said to have drawn on experiences from his former life in Ballarat for the film, particularly scenes depicting life in aged care facilities. Early Winter won the Venice Days Award at the Venice Film Festival last year and is currently in competition for the upcoming Aacta Awards. Rowe, who now calls Mexico home, also won the prestigious Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 for his film Leap Year. .Both Early Winter and Leap Year are exemplars of Michael Rowe.s filmmaking philosophy using his »

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