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Los Cabos: Dynamo Launches Office in Mexico (Exclusive)

Dynamo, the leading Colombian production company that has produced such hits as “The Hidden Face” and “Undertow,” and provided production services to such high-profile projects as Netflix’s “Narcos” and Tom Cruise-starrer “American Made,” has opened offices in Mexico in a bid to further expand its operations, which it has consolidated in New York and Spain.

Company has formed a joint venture with Mexican producer Juan Uruchurtu, who has line produced or produced such projects as Univision-Netflix series “El Chapo,” comedy “El Acorazado,” HBO’s “Sr Avila,” and Clarovideo’s “La Hermandad.”

Uruchurtu will run the Mexico office, which already has a premium content original in development for a leading Ott.

Dynamo is also developing TV series in Spain and Colombia aside from at least two feature films. “With these projects, we are consolidating our presence in Colombia, Spain and Mexico,” said Dynamo CEO Andres Calderon, who is based in New York.

Dynamo has combined
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Mipcom: Colombia’s Dynamo and YouTube Sensation Enchufe TV Co-Produce Enchufe’s First Movie (Exclusive)

Basking in the success of its production service involvement in Netflix’s mega hit “Narcos,” Univision’s “El Chapo” and Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise-starrer “American Made,” Colombia’s powerhouse production company Dynamo,is melding digital and traditional media in its upcoming feature film production, “Rock ’n Cola.”

Sony Pictures Int’l Prods. will distribute the comedy in the U.S. and Latin America with Sony’s Diego Suarez and Raymundo Diaz overseeing the project.

The comedy, now in post, taps the talent of wildly popular YouTube channel, Enchufe TV, which boasts more than 22 million subscribers. Written and directed by Jorge Ulloa of Touche Films, a co-founder and executive producer of Enchufe TV, the comedy stars a pan-Latin American cast comprised of Enchufe’s Raul Santana and Nataly Valencia, Mexican thesp Mariana Trevino, Peruvian stand-up comedian and actor Carlos Alcantara and Colombian thesp Biassini Segura. Top YouTubers of the region, Fernanfloo (El Salvador
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The Sacrifice Trailer: Strange Bird Deaths and an Awakening Monster, From The Squad Director

Director Jaime Osorio Marquez made his feature debut six years ago with the very moody and impressive The Squad (El Paramo). (Here's my review, as well as one by my colleague Swarez. Now he's returning with his sophomore feature, The Sacrifice (Siete Cabezas), which looks just as moody and impressive, if not more so because of the weight of its themes. Here's a synopsis found at IMDb: "Marcos, a withdrawn park ranger, sees the fragile balance achieved in his isolation collapse with the arrival of a couple of biologists investigating strange bird deaths. "Unfortunately, the desire and envy for normality represented by the couple awaken the monster he has been trying to control. His face, his legs, and his arms don't belong to him and...

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Cannes: Latido Films Acquires Burning Blue, Dynamo Production ‘Siete Cabezas’

Cannes: Latido Films Acquires Burning Blue, Dynamo Production ‘Siete Cabezas’
Cannes — Latido Films has acquired international rights to into-the-woods thriller “Siete Cabezas,” produced by Dynamo, Colombian producers of Netflix mega-hit “Narcos,” along with Burning Blue, headed by Diana Bustamante.

Burning Blue has, for five consecutive years, had films participating at Cannes with titles such as Argentine Diego Lerman’s 2014 drama “Refugiado,” and Colombian César Augusto Acevedo 2015 feature “Land and the Shade,” which took home four awards, including Cannes Camera d’Or.

The company has a history of producing riskier cinema intended for an international audience, frequently participating in international co-productions across the globe.

In addition to heavy involvement in “Narcos,” Dynamo, one of Colombia’s biggest film producers, has produced titles such as Sebastian Cordero’s “Rabia,” and 2010 Sundance Audience Award winner “Undertow.”

Cine Colombia, the largest distribution and exhibition company in Colombia, will handle domestic distribution on “Siete Cabezas.”

Helming the project is Colombia’s Jaime Osorio Marquez whose 2011 writing and directorial debut,
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Latido Films scores deals on Colombian project

Latido Films scores deals on Colombian project
Exclusive: Sales outfit boards Siete Cabezas and Killing Jesus.

Spanish sales outfit Latido Films is strengthening its links with Latin American cinema at every market, and Cannes is no exception. The Madrid-based company has scored two key Latin American deals at the start of the Marché, boarding international sales for Siete Cabezas (pictured) by El Paramo director Jaime Osorio Marquez and Killing Jesus, the debut feature of Laura Mora.

They are two of the most anticipated Colombian films of the year. With Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent winning the Directors’ Fortnight prize in 2015 and Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s Land And Shade winning the Camera d’Or that same year, Cannes has been a strong launchpad for the country’s films in recent years.

Diana Bustamante, who produced Land And Shade and is on the Critics’ Week jury this year, is a driving force in the new wave of Latin American cinema. She has teamed
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Cannes 2017: who's in the running?

Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.

With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.

Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.

Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.

Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the
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Ventana Sur: Argentina’s Magma Cine Boards Jorge Navas’ Musical Action Movie ‘Buenaventura Mon Amour’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, a pioneering company on the pan-Latin American co-production scene, has boarded Jorge Navas’ musical action movie “Buenaventura Mon Amour,” adding further muscle to one of the highest-profile titles from Colombia hitting markets and festivals next year.

The film is set up at Bogota-based Mon Amour Producciones, run by Steven Grisales, a former CEO and partner at Rhayuela Cine, executive-producer of recent Colombian titles such as Jaime Osorio’s 2011 war-horror film “El Paramo,” an international sales hit for Wild Bunch.

Rhayuela and Itaca Films also co-produce “Buenaventura,” backed by Caracol Cine, Revista Shock and Oasis Films.

Aiming at describing the rich cultural universe of Colombian Pacific coast, the film follows a group of friends, salsa choke and hip-hop dancers, in the poor and violent Buenaventura port city. Looking for a way out of their marginalised reality, the friends compete in a dance and music tournament but will
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San Sebastian: Films in Progress Highlights Upcoming Movies by Adrian Biniez, Jaime Osorio, Gustavo Rondon

Madrid — Adrian Biniez’s anticipated “Las Olas,” “Un gran dragón,” Jaime Osorio’s follow-up to “El Paramo,” and first-timer Venezuelan director Gustavo Rondon’s “La familia” are three of the six titles at the year’s San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post competition.

Also in the mix: Alvaro Aponte-Centeno’s “El silencio del viento” (“Silence of the Wind”), Santiago Esteves’ “La educacion del Rey” (“Rey’s Education”) and Alexandra Latishev Salazar’s “Medea.”

A twice-a-year competition, taking place in March at the Toulouse Cinelatino Rencontres and at September’s San Sebastian, Films in Progress runs Sept. 19-21, parallel to San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, the Spanish fest’s other big industry event.

“Las Olas” (“The Waves”), the third feature from Biniez, and a co-production between Uruguay’s Mutante Cine and Germany’s Pandora Film Produktion, turns on a Montevideo messenger, in his mid-thirties, who goes to a beach,
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Bam: 'Embrace Of The Serpent' Ad scoops top prize

Claudia Pedraza’s debut feature scooped the $20,000 top prize at the Bogotá Audiovisual Market.

The seventh edition of the Bogotá Audiovisual Market closed on Friday (July 15) with this year’s award-winners illustrating the energy and diversity of the Colombian film industry.

La Sed (The Thirst) won the Efd (Equipment and Film Design Colombia) Prize, which comes with $20,000 (€18,000) worth of Efd shooting equipment. The film marks director Claudia Pedraza’s [pictured] debut feature after working as first assistant director on Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent.

La Sed, a Marejada Films production, is a drama set in a world where the lack of water has made living conditions extreme. With a budget of $490,000 (€443,000), the film will be shot next year in La Guajira desert in Colombia, the same location where Ciro Guerra is planning to shoot Pájaros De Verano, his next feature following the success of Embrace Of The Serpent, which won at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes
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Bam: 'Narcos', 'Land And Shade' producers team for Jaime Osorio Marquez's new film

Bam: 'Narcos', 'Land And Shade' producers team for Jaime Osorio Marquez's new film
Exclusive: Mainstream and auteur Colombian companies join efforts for the comeback of El Páramo director.

Bam (Bogotá Audiovisual Market) runs from July 11-15 and is abuzz with positive energy this year.

Colombia’s growing economy, the country’s historic ceasefire deal and, on the film front, an effective film policy to support the local industry and attract foreign investors have given the local industry a visible confidence boost.

At the two ends of the spectrum are the international critical successes of arthouse films such as Oscar nominated Embrace Of The Serpent and Cannes Camera d’Or winner Land And Shade and more mainstream hits such as Netfflix-backed TV series Narcos.

But they are not necessarily fighting in different corners as evidenced by an intriguing new collaboration.

Diana Bustamante, from Burning Blue, the production company behind Land And Shade, has revealed to Screen that her company and Dynamo, the Colombian production powerhouse behind Narcos and The 33, with
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Bogota: 'Narcos', 'Land And Shade' producers team for Jaime Osorio Marquez's new film

Bogota: 'Narcos', 'Land And Shade' producers team for Jaime Osorio Marquez's new film
Exclusive: Mainstream and auteur Colombian companies join efforts for the comeback of El Páramo director.

The Bogotá Audiovisual Market (July 11-15) is abuzz with positive energy this year.

Colombia’s growing economy, the country’s historic ceasefire deal and, on the film front, an effective film policy to support the local industry and attract foreign investors have given the local industry a visible confidence boost.

At the two ends of the spectrum are the international critical successes of arthouse films such as Oscar nominated Embrace Of The Serpent and Cannes Camera d’Or winner Land And Shade and more mainstream hits such as Netfflix-backed TV series Narcos.

But they are not necessarily fighting in different corners as evidenced by an intriguing new collaboration.

Diana Bustamante, from Burning Blue, the production company behind Land And Shade, has revealed to Screen that her company and Dynamo, the Colombian production powerhouse behind Narcos and The 33, with [link=nm
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Carlos Moreno to direct $5m Black River

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Exclusive: The English-language thriller is among several exciting Colombian projects in development revealed to Screendaily at the Bogota Audiovisual Market .

Dog Eat Dog director Moreno’s Black River tells the story of an Englishman who travels to the Amazon in search of his kidnapped father only to discover he was involved in criminal activities.

Diego Ramirez’s Colombian outfit 64-a is co-producing the project with Hugo Heppell of Hugo Films in the UK. “We are looking to shoot the film in the Amazon next year,” said Ramirez, who has several more English-language projects on his slate.

These include the $6m 18th Century-set Half Man (Media Hombre), also written and to be directed by Moreno. The story tells of the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, in which the forces of Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon engage the Spanish under Admiral Blas de Lezo.

“It will be an epic Ridley Scott-type film, which we’re also
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Bluray Review: The Squad

Scream Factory’s lineup of original releases have been somewhat of a hit or miss thing for viewers. Some, like the French Lovecraft-ian Dead Shadows were met with moderately positive praise and some of the them, such as The Monkey’S Paw was not. Personally, I’m a big supporter of the gang at Scream Factory releasing these either foreign acquisitions or like in the case of Larry Fessenden’s Beneath, films that have made their debut on horror-centric channels such as Chiller TV. Sure, some of them might not be the Best films around, but for every one that is just okay, there’s an entry that does a solid job telling a genre story with a deeper context than what would be expected. Jaime Osorio Marquez’s 2011 Columbian thriller El páramo is the newest import to get the Scream Factory treatment, with a brand new name, The Squad,
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Wide World of Horror: ‘El páramo (The Squad’) – once a soldier always a soldier

El páramo (The Squad)

Screenplay by Jaime Osorio Marquez

Directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez

Argentina/Colombia/Spain, 2011

The basic conceit of El páramo is what ultimately holds the film back. Try as it might the film can never move past what it presents in its opening minutes. That’s not a good trait in a film, usually at least. El páramo tries to move past its opening scenes and present the squad as having been altered by their discovery, but that’s a lie within the film. There’s no reason that the film couldn’t have done something with its lie, but instead it tries to present said lie as a truth. The question that the film ends up asking is, how can a squad that doesn’t function properly be changed into a squad that doesn’t function properly?

The answer to the above question is that they can’t be changed.
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The Squad Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

When a military base in Colombia goes silent, the nine soldiers sent to find out what happened expect the worst, but their idea of “worst” could never amount to the blood-drenched horror and psychological torment that awaits them. Continuing to distribute contemporary horror as well as beloved retro films, Scream Factory is bringing 2011′s The Squad to Blu-ray and DVD this fall.

A Colombian film that debuted in 2011, the home media release of The Squad will come out on October 21st. Special features will consist of the original theatrical trailer and a “Behind The Squad (making of)” featurette.

Written and directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez, The Squad stars Juan Pablo Barragán, Alejandro Aguilar, and Mauricio Navas. For those unfamiliar with the film, we have the official synopsis, a look at the cover art (via Scream Factory), and the official trailer:

Los Angeles, CA – “The horror curators at Scream Factory have
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Scream Factory to Bring The Squad Home

Jaime Osorio Marquez's The Squad - a Colombian horror film that made the festival rounds in 2011 - is coming to the U.S. courtesy of Scream Factory this fall on October 21st. In the foggy mountains of Colombia, nine soldiers trudge through muddy terrain in search of an outpost that they believe has been invaded by guerrillas.

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Bogota’s Bam reveals winners

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Bogota’s Bam reveals winners
Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.

The 5th Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam) (July 14-18) closed on Friday night with awards and referrals to industry events in Locarno and San Sebastian.

The winner of Bam Screenings’ Cinecolour Colombia Prize, worth $10,000 in production services, was Filipe Aljure’s Three Scapulars (Tres Escapularios).

The road movie, produced by Cinempresa.com, focuses on freedom fighters Nico and Lorena who are ordered to assassinate an ex-guerrilla – a heavily pregnant woman named Indira. As the duo develop a romance, they begin to question having to kill the whistle blower and her innocent unborn child.

Special mentions went to Sergio Cabrera’s adaptation of Wendy Guerra’s semi-autobiographic novel Everybody Leaves (Todos se Van) about growing up in 1980s Cuba and Felipe Cano’s crime thriller The Seed of Silence (La Semilla del Silencio).

Bam Project winners

More than 250 applications were submitted for this
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Rhayuela, Alex Garcia Team On ‘Devil’s Breath’

Rhayuela, Alex Garcia Team On ‘Devil’s Breath’
Bogota – Bogota-based Rhayuela Cine, whose war/horror pic “El Paramo” has been optioned for a U.S. remake by Scott Lastaiti, is working with Alex Garcia’s Itaca Films in Mexico to develop “Devil’s Breath,” one of the latest high-profile additions to Colombia’s increasingly sought-after genre movie cannon.

“Devil’s Breath” also looks set to be the English-language debut for Rhayuela, one of Colombia’s top film production shingles.

Partnership with the L.A. and Mexico-based Garcia, the producer of “The Jesuit” who launched Bn Films with $150 million financing in December, continues a burgeoning film-by-film alliance between Rhayuela and Garcia’s Itaca which is also co-producing Rhayuela’s transmedia hip-hop franchise “Buenaventura Mon Amour.”

Latam Distribution, Garcia’s new sales and distribution company for Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market, has a first-option deal on all Rhayuela-Garcia co-productions.

“Devil’s Breath’s” exact plot is under wraps.
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The Squad (El Paramo) is Born of Nightmares: A Movie Review

Director: Jaime Osorio Marquez. Writers: Tania Cardenas, Jaime Osorio Marquez, and Diego Vivanco. Cast: Juan David Restrepo, Juan Pablo Barragan, Andrés Castañeda, and Mauricio Navas. Director Jaime Osorio Marquez's first film, El Paramo aka The Squad, is a chilling footstep into the horror genre. The film shows the fictional psychological breakdown of a military squad. Their loss may or may not be instigated by a supernatural phenomenon. Eerie music, a fog covered setting and use of darkness create for one of the most terrifying films to come out of South America (Colombia) in a long time. The film follows Ponce (Juan Pablo Barragan) in the early scenes. His face is grim as he enters yet another combat zone. He and his squad mates must reconnoiter a local communications array. The soldiers stationed there have not responded to radio transmissions and a fog in the area blurs the vision. Ponce
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The Squad giveaway - win an exclusive poster and DVD

To celebrate the 18th June UK DVD release of The Squad (Momentum Pictures) we are offering one winner the chance to win a limited edition, exclusively designed quad poster and a copy of The Squad on DVD. One runner-up will also win a copy of the DVD.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...

Bloody horror and nail-biting tension combine in this chillingly atmospheric story of a group of elite soldiers sent to a remote bunker to investigate the circumstances surrounding a mysterious communications breakdown with a fellow unit. With excellent direction from first-time director Jaime Osorio Marquez, The Squad is part psychological thriller and part full-blown horror genre will send faint-hearted viewers running screaming to the hills.

The Squad (Momentum Pictures) is available to download and on DVD from 18th June 2012. Check out our review and pre-order the film here.

To be in with a chance of winning,
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