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Jirafa Films, Sutor Kolonko Team on ‘Vaterland,’ ‘The Best We Can’ (Exclusive)

6 December 2016 3:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires — Chile’s Jirafa Films and Ingmar Trost’s Cologne-based Sutor Kolonko are teaming on two co-productions: “Vaterland,” to be co-directed by Francisco Hervé and Tom Schreiber and starring August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”), the lead in Terrence Malick’s upcoming “Radegund”; and “The Best We Can,” a bittersweet dramedy to be shot in Czech in the Czech Republic by Chilean Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (“To Kill a Man”).

Co-written and co-directed by directors from the producing partners’ countries, and co-developed by Jirafa and Sutor, “Vaterland” is an attempt to construct a true co-production, said Jirafa’s Augusto Matte. It also continues Jirafa’s drive into Europe-based film alliances which offset risk and sole dependency on Chilean state-funding. That is making a virtue out off necessity, as Chile, like other countries in Latin America, suffers a growth paradox. The more state funding stimulates production levels, the »

- John Hopewell

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San Sebastian: Chile’s Jirafa, Italy’s Alba Team for Francisca Alegria’s Debut ‘The Cow That Sang Its Song’ (Exclusive)

26 September 2016 12:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — Building Chile’s growing pantheon of eye-catching young women directors, already one of the strongest of any national cinema in Latin America, Chile’s Jirafa Films (“The Blind Christ”) has closed a deal with Rosanna Seregni at Italy’s Alba Produzioni for Alba to co-produce the feature debut of Chile’s Francisca Alegria, a prize-winning Columbia U. alum.

Jirafa’s Augusto Matte announced the deal at the San Sebastian Festival. The co-production pact will now allow the partners to apply to a newly-created Chile-Italy bilateral co-production fund, he added.

A family drama, “The Cow That Sang Its Song About the Future” expands on the magical realist universe, poetic symbolism and shooting style – fluid dolly shots, a realist treatment of supernatural elements – of her Columbia U. School of the Arts Mfa degree short “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye” (pictured). This world premiered at Telluride, »

- John Hopewell

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San Sebastian: Almendras, Jirafa, Arizona, Film & Roll Set ‘A Work of Love’ (Exclusive)

21 September 2016 6:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — In a career departure and sign of the growing empowerment of top Latin American filmmakers, Chilean Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (“To Kill a Man”) will direct “A Work of Love,” a bittersweet dramedy to be shot in Czech in the Czech Republic.

Almendras leapt to fame with two searing social indictments: “Man” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” which was selected for 2016’s Sundance and Berlin Panorama editions. Set in Almendras’ native Chile and shot in Spanish, both attacked failings in Chile’s justice system.

To shoot in b/w, “A Work of Love” is produced by Chile’s Jirafa Films, the company behind “Much Ado” and Christopher Murray’s Venice competition player “The Blind Christ,” Guillaume de Seille’s Paris-based Arizona Films, a producer on “Man and “Much Ado,” and Veronica Vinkova’s Film & Roll in the Czech Republic.

Written by Almendras, “A Work of Love” turns on Petr, »

- John Hopewell

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European Pair Board Chilean Marcela Said’s ‘Los Perros’ (Exclusive)

31 August 2016 10:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s Augenschein Filmproduktion and Portugal’s Terratreme Filmes have boarded Chilean Marcela Said’s “Los Perros,” which is being produced by France’s Cinema Defacto and Chile’s Jirafa, the production house behind Christopher Murray’s Venice competition player, “The Blind Christ.”

Augenschein and Terra Trema join Argentina’s Rei Cine as international co-producers.

“Co-production helps distribution around the world, permits us to work with talent all over and the director to make a film with the resources required, and it avoids risk, allowing us to earn income from early distribution and first sales,” said Jirafa’s Augusto Matte.

A Venice Gap Financing Market title starring Antonia Zegers (“The Club”) and Alfredo Castro (“From Afar”), “Los Perros” is shaping up as one of the highest-profile projects now moving towards production in Chile.

That’s partly because of its subject: the sexual attraction between an upper-class woman and her horseback riding instructor, »

- John Hopewell

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San Sebastian: Escalante’s ‘Untamed,’ Murray’s ‘Blind Christ,’ Arango’s ‘X Quinientos’ at Horizontes Latinos

19 August 2016 12:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Three major Latin American bows this late summer – Mexican Amat Escalante’s “The Untamed” and Christopher Murray’s “The Blind Christ,” both Venice competition contenders, and “X Quinientos,” from Colombia’s Andres Arango, which is slated for Toronto – have made the cut of the 2016 San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos showcase.

They are joined by a clutch of Latin American major 2016 fest standouts – Daniel Burman’s “El Rey del Once,” Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “Much Ado About Nothing, are just two” – a world premiere and majorly movies by emerging talents from Latin America which once again, as in San Sebastian’s Competition lineup, throws the fest focus solidly on a new generation of a new generation of filmmakers.

Of Horizontes Latinos’ 13 entries, nine are first or second features, all by directors who released their feature debut this decade. Only three directors are over 40. With 10 movies under his belt, more than twice that »

- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

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San Sebastian: Amat Escalante among Horizontes Latinos line-up

17 August 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Untamed, from Cannes best director award winner, among 13 titles.

The 64rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the 13 titles in its Horizontes Latinos programme, comprising some of the best Latin American films of the year to date.

Films selected may have competed or premiered at international festivals, but will have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or had their commercial release in Spain.

The selected films compete for the Horizontes Award, decided by a specific jury and coming with €35,000, of which €10,000 will go to the director of the winning film, and the remaining €25,000 to its distributor in Spain.

The titles include The Untamed, from Amat Escalante, who won the Best Director Award in Cannes for Heli in 2013. The film, which will premiere in competition at this year’s Venice, centres on a young couple living in the Mexican lowlands whose lives are changed when a meteorite crashes into an nearby mountain.

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5 Things Young Producers Abroad Have in Common

6 August 2016 1:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — Over Aug. 6-8, 16 production companies from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Israel and Turkey will meet at the Locarno Fest, in the Swiss Alps, to enjoy its glorious weather – if Saturday was anything to go by – multiple industry workshops and presentations and each other companies in an informal networking event, Match Me! Most companies were set up this century, many this decade. Between them, they represent many of the ambitions and concerns of young production houses in Europe and Latin America working the international fest circuit today. Here are brief profiles and five things they have in common:

1.Empowerment:

“Turkey is one of the few European countries where local films have a bigger share than Hollywood films,” said Muge Ozen, who’s moving “Wedlock” and “In Five Years” at Locarno. “There’s been an incredible increase at the Israeli box office over the last couple of years, Israeli audience who preferred overseas movies, »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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Now Casting: ‘Pippin’ and Other Opportunities

1 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Your chance to tour the nation as well as get on an extreme makeover show is imminent! The touring production of “Pippin,” as well as a gig for classically trained actors is up for grabs! Check out the casting notices below and find your next audition! “Pippin”Several lead and supporting roles are being cast for the national touring production of the classic musical about a prince “who longs to find passion and adventure in his life,” according to the casting notice. Auditions are July 22 in New York City. Halloween Horror Nights 2016Working in theme parks can be extremely rewarding considering the access to a new live audience daily and the chance to portray a new character. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is seeking scareactors to portray various monsters in Los Angeles. Actors with experience in stilt walking with intermediate to advanced skills are also being sought. Auditions are July 7–9 by appointment in L. »

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Submissions Deadline Approaches for San Sebastian Films in Progress 30

26 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Films in Progress, the twice-yearly event organized by the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals, is now receiving submissions for its 30th edition.

The initiative has the objective of promoting the completion of Latin-American feature films faced with difficulties at the post-production stage and of promoting their international distribution. The films must have a running time of more than 60 minutes and must be totally or partially produced by production companies in Latin American countries.

Films in Progress has contributed to the completion and dissemination of remarkable Latin American productions. Films presented at the last three editions of Films in Progress, such as "Matar a un hombre" (To Kill a Man) and "Aquí no ha pasado nada" (Much Ado about Nothing) by Alejandro Fernández Almendras, "Historia del miedo" (History of Fear) by Benjamín Naishtat, "Ixcanul" by Jayro Bustamante, "La Mujer de Barro" (The Mud Woman) by Sergio Castro, "Mi amiga del Parque" (My Friend from the Park) by Ana Katz or "Rara" by Pepa San Martín have gone on to participate and garner awards at important international festivals such as Berlin, Rotterdam and Sundance.

Films in Progress 30 and the V Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum will run on the same dates, seeking to generate professional synergies, foster co-productions and the international circulation of films.

Awards

Films in Progress Industry Award granted by the companies Daniel Goldstein, Deluxe Spain, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Video, Nephilim Producciones, No problem Sonido, and Wanda Visión. The award consists of the post-production of a film until obtaining a Dcp subtitled in English and its distribution in Spain.

Ibermedia TV Films in Progress Award, going to the winning film of the Films in Progress Industry Award. Granted by the Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities (Caci) by means of the Ibermedia Program, the award consists of including the film in the Grant Program for Television Broadcast: authorization of non-exclusive broadcasting on Ibermedia TV and Ibermedia Digital for the value of USD25,000 (full-length feature film) or USD15,000 (documentary).

Registration 

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- Sydney Levine

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Exclusive photos: Fran Kranz in new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

20 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood, the Dream Factory, is the apt setting for the latest cinematic update on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fran Kranz, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, and Rachael Leigh Cook are among the cast in the new Midsummer adaptation. HitFix has an exclusive early look at the film. The new vision of one of the Bard’s greatest comedies is set in present-day Hollywood, a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists, and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. The Athenians are Hollywood glitterati, the mechanicals (Bottom and his troupe of wannabe actors) are film students, and the fairies of the forest are hippies in Topanga Canyon, nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains just east of Malibu. Staging or filming a Shakespeare project four centuries after the incomparable playwright lived and after countless artists have already mounted productions of his plays poses several challenges. (Yes, really four centuries, »

- Emily Rome

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Watch: First Trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Neruda’ (Exclusive)

11 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Variety has been given exclusive access to the Participant Media co-financed “Neruda,” directed by Pablo Larrain, starring Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia BernalMozart in the Jungle,” and weighing in as one of the most anticipated and highest-profile of titles at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Participant Media owns North American rights as part of its co-financing deal and will be looking to close U.S. distribution at Cannes. Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons has clinched robust pre-sales on “Neruda.”

Lead-produced by Fabula, headed by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain, whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated “No,” also from Pablo Larrain, “Neruda” also exemplifies the multi-lateral international co-production backing which is helping to scale up movies from Latin America in terms of budget, scale and VFX, taking them to another production level.

No conventional bio, Larrain’s movie captures Pablo Neruda, the best-known of Latin American poets, »

- John Hopewell

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In ABC’s Castle, “Much Ado About Murder” is the Play the Thing?

5 May 2016 4:21 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

This episode of Castle has taken on Shakespeare…sort of.  The play supposedly being done in Castle, “Much Ado About Murder” is Hamlet, and they work hard to link the case mechanics to that story.  On top of the Hamlet thing, the title is a twist on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  Although Castle 8 x 20 may not do justice to the Bard,  it does create some intrigue. Add in the recently announced firing of the Castle co-lead Stana Katic and you get a subtext of commentary to the audience about the show’s current issues – especially if you’re remotely familiar with the works

In ABC’s Castle, “Much Ado About Murder” is the Play the Thing? »

- Joy D'Angelo

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Watch ‘Eastbound & Down’ actor Erick Chavarria’s Shakespeare reading

29 April 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Erick Chavarria first read Shakespeare when he knew very little English, but he was immediately struck by the Bard’s poetry. “‘The beast with two backs’ — all these rich phrases really resonated with me,” Chavarria said.  The Guatemala-born actor, who played Danny McBride’s step-brother on Eastbound & Down and more recently appeared in The Duff and Get Hard, read Shakespeare’s plays in Spanish during middle school, and then he encountered the Bard again as a high schooler after he’d moved to Maryland. It was in college, playing one of the Watchmen in Much Ado About Nothing, that he discovered his comedic acting ability. “We got a lot of laughs. And I really enjoyed that. I would get people on campus like saying, ‘Hey, you're the guy from the play,’” Chavarria recalled. “After that, I was getting cast in mostly comedies, and that’s still the case.” For HitFix »

- Emily Rome

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Cassel-starrer ‘Movie Life,’ ‘Attitude Test,’ ‘Butterflies’ Make Guadalajara Goes To Cannes Cut

26 April 2016 2:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Brazilian Selton Mello’s “A Movie Life,” starring Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), “Attitude Test,” from Chilean producer-turned director Augusto Matte, and Colombian Juan Zapata’s English-language globetrotting love story “Butterflies” all feature at the 2016 Guadalajara Goes to Cannes, a Cannes Film Market pix-in-post showcase ranging across Latin America.

Featuring five titles in all, the May 17 work-in-progress sneak peek underscores not only the stylistic breadth of Latin American filmmaking as film-makers attempt to reach broader and new audiences.

Also playing Guadalajara Goes To Cannes is one title which went to Guadalajara’s own work-in-progress competition last month, Tomas de Leone’s “El Aprendiz,” winning $10,000 worth of counseling on securing a sales agent and festival strategy from Tom Davila’s consultancy Cinemaven Media.

Mello’s third feature, after “The Clown” punched exceptional B.O. for an arthouse feature in Brazil, “A Movie Life” is a rites-of-passage and family drama set in »

- John Hopewell

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These actors prove why you can’t escape Shakespeare — and why you don’t want to

22 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For four centuries, all the world has been his stage. William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest writer of all time, has influenced the English language and storytelling in countless ways since he penned his plays and poems in the 16th and 17th centuries. This Saturday, April 23, marks 400 years since his death, and it is also the day traditionally recognized as his birthday. Shakespeare’s queens, kings, fairies, fools, and lovers have entranced people across the globe, as his plays continue to resonate with us in new stagings again and again. Thoughout the history of film, a medium invented centuries after his death, the Bard’s work has ignited the imagination of such actors and directors as Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Baz Luhrmann, Julie Taymor, and Joss Whedon, who have shown us the enduring power of his words. “I always believed that there was something inherently cinematic about Shakespeare, particularly »

- Emily Rome

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Iff Panama: Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Samuel Larson Guerra on ‘La Ruta,’

10 April 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama City – It’s no coincidence that the massive wave of street protests which swept Brazil in 2013 as Brazil staged the 2013 Confederation Cup soccer tourney, were sparked by a hike in bus ticket prices in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. From the 1980s, Latin America escaped from the maws of dictatorship. But formal political democracy is one thing; what Latin Americans also merit, they argue, is a separation of the church and judicial and state and welfare state which includes not only the rights to education and a health service but, as Amnesty International argued at the time of the Brazil protests, an adequate public transport system. Like Pablo Larrain’s Berlin winner “The Club,” Rodrigo Pla’s Venice player “A Monster of a Thousand Heads” or Alejandro Fernandez Alemendras’s Sundance and Berlin-selected “Much Ado About Nothing,” Pituka Ortega Heilbron’s “La ruta” belongs to what could be »

- John Hopewell

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‘Blind Christ,’ ‘Children,’ ‘Winter’ Set for Toulouse Films in Progress

14 March 2016 2:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Christopher Murray’s “The Blind Christ,” Maite Alberdi’s “Children” and Emilio Torres’ “The Winter” are set for France’s 29th Toulouse Cinelatino Fest Films in Progress, a traditional launch-pad for titles bound for titles bound for Cannes and beyond.

The two-day screenings of movies in rough cut unspools March 16-17 in the city of Toulouse, nestling in the lap of the Pyrenees.

A biannual event, Toulouse’s Films in Progress selection features seven filmmakers who all have a feature film track record – quite possibly a record in the Toulouse/San Sebastian twice-a-year event.

Equally, three of the movies are Chilean as at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress in September 2015, and five of the six co-productions with France. Tellingly, four are multi-lateral co-productions with Europe, as directors and produces seek to scale up on movies, put films through multiple labs and tap expertise from multiple sources. All of »

- John Hopewell

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Forastero, Matte, Copano Team On ‘Attitude Test’

11 March 2016 9:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexico City – Jirafa Films (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Future”) and Forastero (“The Maid”), two of Chile’s very top production outfits, are teaming to make “Prueba de Actitud” (Attitude Test), signaling the entry into more mainstream comedy – though still with social point – of two of Chile’s most prestigious production houses.

Unveiled Thursday in early rough cut at the Miami Festival’s Encuentros pix-in-post competition, “Attitude Test” also marks the feature directorial debut of producer Augusto Matte and star Chilean stand-up comedian-actor-scribe Fabrizio Copano.

Produced by Forastero partner Florencia Larrea (“Aurora,” “Crystal Fairy & The Magic Cactus”), and co-directed by Jirafa Films producer Matte, teen comedy “Attitude Test” also reps a still relatively rare play for the young adult audience in Chile – addressed most notably to date by Nicolas Lopez in his “F…k My…” trilogy– as well as a hallmark mix for Chile of genre – here suave party party comedy – and social issue concern. »

- John Hopewell

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