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Cisneros Media Distribution To rep Brazil’s Movie Royalty, the Barretos (Exclusive)

Cisneros Media Distribution To rep Brazil’s Movie Royalty, the Barretos (Exclusive)
Miami-based Cisneros Media Distribution (Cmd) has snagged exclusive worldwide representation rights to the award-winning slate of Brazil’s first family of cinema, the Barreto clan. Deal follows a similar pact recently unveiled at the L.A. Screenings with Brazilian indie production powerhouse, Medialand.

“We are extremely proud to represent these unique work of art that reflect so many different times of Brazilian cinema,” said Marcello Coltro, executive VP of Cisneros Media Distribution. “The Barreto family members – Luiz Carlos and Lucy and their children, Bruno, Fabio and Paula – are internationally renowned for having produced, written, directed and filmed movies that have received many awards and a vast gallery of fans in the globe,” said Coltro, who is also Brazilian.

Among the gems in the Barreto catalog is “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” helmed by Bruno Barreto and produced by his parents. Starring Sonia Braga, “Dona Flor” topped Brazil’s box office ranking for 35 years,
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Fellipe Barbosa: The Hollywood Interview

Fellipe Barbosa Moves Out of Casa Grande

By Alex Simon

Brazilian cinema has traditionally been a mix of fantasies about the bourgeois class (Dona Flor and her Two Husbands) or dark tales of life in its slums, the flavelas (Pixote). Fellipe Barbosa delivers a debut feature that takes a serio-comic look at the changing face of the upper class in his country, with Casa Grande, winner of the Rio De Janiero International Film Festival’s Best Film prize, which opens November 15 at Cinema Village in New York and debuts online simultaneously via Fandor.

Casa Grande tells the story of a posh Rio family whose carefully-manicured façade is slowly crumbling as father Hugo (Marcello Novaes) runs out of money after a series of bad investments go south. Meanwhile, his teenage son Jean (Thales Cavalanti) attends a fancy prep school and is thinking about college, until finding love with a girl from
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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‘Absence,’ ‘Town,’ ‘Paradise’ Make Rio Fest Premiere Brasil Line-Up

‘Absence,’ ‘Town,’ ‘Paradise’ Make Rio Fest Premiere Brasil Line-Up
Chico Teixeira’s “Absence,” Daniel Aragao’s “I Swear I’ll Leave This Town” and Andre Ristum’s “The Other Side of Paradise” world premiere in the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil.

The Rio Fest runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 8.

“Absence,” “Town” and “Paradise” all figure in the feature film section. Also competing for Rio Fest’s top Redentor fiction feature prize: “Obra,” from Gregorio Graziosi, which bows at Toronto Discovery section.

Both “Town” and “Obra” are early sales titles on FiGa/Br, the new Brazilian sales label set up this year by L.A.-based FiGa Films.

Of other titles, Visit Films sells Fellipe Barbosa’s “Casa Grande,” also in the fiction feature cut. Playing out of competition: Pablo Fendrik’s Bac Films-sold “El Ardor,” an Amazon Western, first seen at Cannes, staring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga.

The world’s biggest new Brazilian pic spread,
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Chile’s ‘Gloria’ Tops First Platino Awards

Chile’s ‘Gloria’ Tops First Platino Awards
Panama City – Already a sales and fest hit, Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s fourth feature “Gloria” won picture at the first Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, held Saturday in Panama City.

In what was probably the closest to a shoo-in for an award, “Gloria’s” Paulina Garcia nabbed actress for her turn as a 58-year-old divorcee searching for love and affection. Garcia already took best actress at Berlin last year for the same perf.

Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, his regular co-scribe, scooped the first Platino in history with best screenplay for “Gloria,” “a real attempt to connect [with audiences],” Lelio told Variety of his dramatic comedy.

For auteurs, the road to a real audience connection is littered with corpses, but “Gloria,” bucking the trend and sold by Funny Balloons, was one of the biggest sales stories at last year’s Berlin, deals including a Roadside Attractions U.S. pick-up. It now has three Platino Awards under its belt.
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The Platinum Awards: The First Major International Iberoamerican Cinema Awards

Winners have been announced! See below.

The First Edition of the Platinum Awards, a gala presentation in Panama April 5th, sponsored by Egeda and Fipca was an idea born two years ago in Panama at the Festival'sl Forum with Iberoamerican filmmakers and the Iberoamerican Producers Association (Fipca). Panama's Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce offered to pay for the first edition which is being held now. Jose Pacheco, the Deputy Minister and also the President of the Panama Film Commission, along with Arianne Marie Benedetti, then had to convince their government that the investment in the awards, along with the investment in cinema would further the country's extraordinary influx of capital and would help establish the Premios Platinos as the most important global event promoting and supporting the Iberoamerican film industry. Everyone here for the 4th Annual Panama Film Festival was quite excited and it was an extraordinary affair. Twenty-two Spanish speaking countries in the Americas as well as Brazil, Portugal and Spain gathered along with world press (John Hopewell of Variety and I myself of SydneysBuzz/ LatinoBuzz and Indiewire were the only gringo press around) and producers, directors, actors, cinematographers and writers to pay homage to the great talent arising out of the Iberoamerican countries whose potential audience exceeds that of the United States.

This was pointed out with great enthusiasm by Javier Camára, the actor nominated for Best Male Actor for his role in David Trueba's Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados). He plays a high-school English/ Latin teacher in 1966 Spain who drives to Almeria in hopes of meeting his hero, John Lennon. Along the way, he picks up two runaways. The movie title, Living is Easy With Eyes Closed, comes from a line in Lennon's song Strawberry Fields Forever which he wrote while filming How I Won the War in Almeria. (Camára is also a fan of Real Madrid.)

In this first edition 701 films have participated. Of these, each of the countries made a pre-selection of their candidates through their representatives Fipca and national film academies. Subsequently, a jury of prominent industry professionals has selected the winners just announced at the gala on April 5 in Panama. The Directors of the event are Adrian Solar Lozier for Fipca and one of Chili's most recognized producers and Enrique Cerezo Torres, one of the founders of Egeda twenty-five years ago, its chief executive for the past seventeen years, President of the Madrid Film Commission and President of the Madrid School of Cinema. (He is also the President of the Athletic Football Club of Madrid.)

Mexican singer and actress, Alessandra Rosaldo, and Colombian journalist Juan Carlos Arciniegas whose TV show on film is featured on CNN Latino, co-hosted the televised event. Canal Plus of Spain and others representing television across the Americas were present.

The winners in each of the eight categories were named to a huge audience of the most important Latin American cinema talent who sat on pins and needles waiting to hear the winners.

Accepting the Platinum Award of Honor, Sonia Braga, known to U.S. audiences from the 1976 breakout Brazilian film, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, and again in 1985 and 1988 with Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Milagro Beanfield War respectively, was elegant and eloquent in her acceptance.

The most nominated films were The German Doctor: Wakolda, Gloria and Living is Easy with Eyes Closed. The surprise was that Living is Easy did not win a single award. Already the winner of 11 Awards and nominated for 5 other awards, David Trueba definitely can not hide behind the loser category. The Spanish film Living is Easy with Eyes Closed won six Goya Awards including Best Director.

And The Winners are:

Best Iberoamerican Fiction Film: Gloria (Chile). Nominated were The German Doctor: Wakolda (Argentina), Heli (Mexico), Witching and Bitching (Spain), La jaula de oro (The Golden Cage) (Mexico), Roa (Colombia) and Living is Easy with Eyes Closed Spain) compete for the title of Best Latin American Film of the Year.

Best Female Performance: Paulina García (Gloria). Nominated were Karen Martínez (The Golden Cage), Laura De la Uz (Ana's Film), Marian Álvarez (Wounded), Nashla Bogaert (Who's the Boss?), Natalia Oreiro (Wakolda). You can read Gloria's review and interview with Sebastian Lelio and Paulna Garcia here: Review by Carlos Aguilar and Interview with Sebastian Lelio and Paulina Garcia by Sydney Levine. You can soon read more about upcoming Dominican Republic's Nashla Bogaert whom I met and interviewed in Panama. She is my choice of the one to keep an eye on.

Best Male Performance: Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included). The equivalent of the Platinos, our own Academy Award usually steers clear of comedy in the best actor category, as if comedy were not as difficult as drama. But this was well deserved in terms of popularity as this film's huge success in both U.S. and Mexico shows. U.S.$44 million in U.S. and U.S.$ 41 million in Mexico are not to be ignored. This major hit hit a major nerve in U.S. and Mexico. Also nominated were Antonio de la Torre (Cannibal), , Javier Cámara (Living is Easy with Eyes Closed), Ricardo Darín (Thesis on a Homicide) and Víctor Prada (The Cleaner).

Platinum Award For Best Director: Amat Escalante (Heli). Nominated were Sebastian Lelio (Gloria), David Trueba (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed), Lucia Puenzo (The German Doctor: Wakolda). You can read Heli's Review by Carlos Aguilar and the Interview with Amat Escalante by Carlos Aguilar.

Platinum Best Screenplay Award: Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Maza (Gloria). Also nominated were Daniel Sánchez Arévalo (Great Spanish Family), David Trueba (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed), Lucia Puenzo (The German Doctor-Wakolda)

Platinum Award For Best Original Score: Emilio Kauderer for Foosball (Football). Also nominated were Karin Zielinski for El Limpiador (The Cleaner) -- you can read its Review by Carlos Aguilar , Joan Valent (Zugarramurdi Witches)

Platinum Award For Best Animated Film: Foosball (Football). Nominated were Anina -- you can read Anina's Review by Carlos Aguilar , The Secret Of Jade Medallion, Justin And The Sword Of Value, Uma History Of Love And Fury

Platinum Award For Best Documentary: Con la Pata Quebrada (With a Broken Leg). Nominated were: Cuates de Australia (Friends from Australia), Eternal Night Of The Twelve Moons, The Day That Lasted 21 Years from Brazil about the U.S. instigated coup d’etat in 1964, Still Being.

Camilo Vives (recently deceased, head of production for Icaic) Platinum Award for Best Iberoamerican co-production, in memory of his Presidency of Fipca for over 10 years and co-chair of the Forum Egeda / Fipca was The German Doctor Wakolda which beat out Anina, Esclavo de Dios and La jaula de oro. Read more on The German Doctor Wakolda here: Review by Carlos Aguilar and Case Study by Sydney Levine.

See more on the Platinum Award website: www.premiosplatino.com.

Alessandra Rosaldo stated: "These Awards will be the most valuable Iberoamerican Film Excellence Awards, something this industry needs and demands to reward the creativity and talent of our film industry.

Juan Carlos Arciniegas said: "The Platinum Awards are pioneers, transcend borders and put our countries in a fair competition that will highlight the diversity of the region cinematically. These awards will write the history of the participating films."

Eugenio Derbez, Blanca Guerra, Victoria Abril and Patricia Velasquez were some of the presenters.
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Q&A with Lucy Barreto, Bruno Barreto and Matthew Chapman about Reaching For The Moon

Matthew Chapman, Anne-Katrin Titze, Bruno Barreto, Lucy Barreto under the marquee of The Paris Theatre. Photo: Ed Bahlman

The Paris Theatre, one of the most prestigious cinemas in the Us, had a full house for a Saturday night screening of Bruno Barreto's incandescent Reaching For the Moon, starring the formidable trio, Miranda Otto, Glória Pires and Tracy Middendorf. We began the post-screening discussion with numbers as producer Lucy Barreto, director Bruno Barreto, and co-screenwriter Matthew Chapman spoke about the film's coming of age in a 40 minute conversation with the participation of an enraptured audience.

The ribbon for the opening of The Paris Theatre was cut by Marlene Dietrich in 1948. Barreto celebrated his own anniversary - 35 years ago his film Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands opened at the Paris in 1978 and an after party was held at Studio 54 with guests including Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli.

Lucy Barreto
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Fantastic Fest 2011 Day #5 Recap: ‘Clown,’ ‘Knuckle’ and ‘Elite Squad: The Enemy Within’

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I may no longer be in Austin enjoying Fantastic Fest, but it doesn’t mean my movie watching stops. On Monday I did some catching up thanks to screeners and finally got to one of the more buzzed films at the festival: Clown (or Klovn: The Movie). Now, the film has absolutely nothing to do with face paint and big shoes, but it does feature a buffoon. This Danish road trip comedy stands out at Fantastic Fest because it is a straight comedy without any genre elements, but that’s the beauty of this festival. Not everything is necessarily genre, and the programmers pick whatever they feel strongly about. Anyways, let’s get back to the film.

Clown follows Frank and Casper, two long-time friends that are preparing for a wild canoe getaway from their female companions to go on a “Tour de Pussy.” However, when Frank is stuck with
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Brazilian Sex Comedy Blockbuster Dona Flor And Her Two Husbands to Be Remade

Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos / Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Brazil's biggest box-office hit until last year's The Elite Squad 2, will be remade. At the Gramado Film Festival, currently being held in the small southern Brazilian town, actor-director Reginaldo Faria announced that his son, Marcelo Faria, will star in a new film adaptation of Jorge Amado's bestseller. The project will also mark television director Pedro Vasconcelos' feature-film debut. Bruno Barreto's acclaimed 1976 sex comedy starred Sonia Braga, José Wilker, and Mauro Mendonça. A (quite tame) American remake directed by Robert Mulligan, and starring Sally Field, Jeff Bridges, and James Caan, was released as Kiss Me Goodbye in 1982. It was a critical and box-office disappointment. Additionally, there was a 1998 Brazilian TV miniseries toplined by Giulia Gam, Edson Celulari, and Marco Nanini. Set in Salvador in the early 1940s, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands tells the story
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Review

The UK cinema release of Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro in Portuguese), could scarcely come at a more timely moment. Released on 12th August, the week following Britain's worst rioting in a generation, the film deals with law, order, human rights and the role of the police.

Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within is set thirteen years after the original film. Captain Nascimento is commander of Bope, Rio de Janeiro’s special police operations battalion, which is engaged in a bloody war with the city’s savage drug gangs. Under Nascimento’s leadership, Bope has been so successful that many of the drug gang members are either dead or in Rio’s maximum security prison, Bangu 1. However, when a riot between two rival gangs erupts in Bangu 1, Bope is called in to control it.

Unfortunately, the operation ends badly, and
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Best Movies of 2010 That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Best Movies of 2010 That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
[1] As the year comes to an end, anybody and everybody are posting their best of the year lists. Most of these lists contain variations of the same 15 or 20 films. To break the mold, some are even posting lists of the best films of the year that you probably haven't seen. I find that even these lists are filled with the same movies. And if you're a film geek reading a site like /Film, chances are you know about most of the movies on these lists. I wanted to do something different and compile a list of the best films of the year that you've never heard of. The selections should be movies that (for the most part) none of your family or friends have heard of, and you might even have to do some extra legwork to get your hands on. It is not an easy task. Even though we
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