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Exclusive: Metrodome inks deals for autumn festival titles and more.
UK distributor Metrodome has closed deals on a raft of autumn festival films including Simon Stone’s The Daughter, Eva Husson’s Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) and Julio Medem drama Ma Ma, starring Penelope Cruz.
Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill star in Simon Stone’s well-received Venice closer The Daughter, produced by Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue, in which a man returns home to discover a long-buried family secret.
The deal was negotiated between head of acquisitions Giles Edwards, acquisitions manager Ella Field and Mongrel International’s Charlotte Mickie, with Metrodome set to release with a theatrical component in 2016.
Eva Husson’s Toronto drama Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story), picked up from Films Distribution, explores the sexual exploits and awakenings of a group of teenagers on the beaches (and in the beds) of Biarritz.
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San Sebastian – “Far From the Sea’s” was never going to be an easy role. But then Elena Anaya, ever more frequently regarded and sought after as one of the finest European actresses of her generation, hardly ducks out of a challenge. She has played in English French (“Mesrine”), a sexual vamp (“Sex and Lucia”) a vampire’s bride (“Van Helsing”). “Elena’s main feature is how far she can go in the most compromising scenes, I mean physically. She is very good at difficulties and tension. She’s very open-minded, the word ‘risk’ is part of her work. This is why I picked her,” said Pedro Almodovar’s who cast her as an a victim of abduction who undergoes horrific plastic surgery in “The Skin I Live In.” In Imanol Uribe’s “Far From the Sea,” produced by Antonio Perez, she plays a woman, whose emotional clock stopped at the age of eight, »
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Ma Ma is an upcoming Spanish drama written and directed by L.A.-based Spanish director Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia, Room in Rome), co-produced by and starring Penélope Cruz. The film marks Cruz’s first film as a producer, and her first lead role in a Spanish-language film in five years.
Magda (Cruz) is a woman who, facing a tragedy, reacts shining all the life she’s got inside of her, from the imaginable to the unimaginable things. She and her closest live unpredictable humor scenes and delicate happiness.
- Gary Collinson
Julio Medem (“Sex and Lucia”) directed the pic, which stars Cruz as a woman with an unending capacity for love who’s faced with a grim medical diagnosis of breast cancer. She then connects with a soccer star (played by Luis Tosar) dealing with the loss of his wife and daughter — and together, they raise her son while grappling with the realities of their situations.
CAA, which represents Cruz, brokered the deal. Seville International is handling international sales and eOne is releasing the film in Spain and Canada.
- Dave McNary
The deals are already starting to pop at Tiff and the red carpet isn’t even out yet. Oscilloscope Laboratories has just acquired U.S. rights to Ma Ma, the pic directed by Sex And Lucia helmer Julio Medem that stars Penelope Cruz. The deal comes ahead of the movie’s world premiere Tuesday in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto Film Festival. Cruz stars as Magda, a woman whose strength, grace, and unending capacity for love guide her through both tragedies and… »
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the Julio Medem drama “Ma Ma,” starring Penelope Cruz. The film, on which Cruz also serves as producer, will see its world premiere on Sept. 15 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The latest offering from Medem (“Sex and Lucia”) has Cruz playing Magda, a single mom dealing with a “grim” medical diagnosis who finds someone equally embattled in Luis Tosar’s Arturo. Also Read: 10 Toronto Breakouts: From 'Len and Company' Star Jack Kilmer to 'Hardcore' Director Ilya Naishuller “I am thrilled to have ‘Ma Ma’ released in the U.S.,” Medem said in a statement. “Magda is a strong woman. »
- Matt Donnelly
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
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The Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has revealed the members of its three international juries - Venezia 72, Orizzonti (Horizons) and ‘Luigi De Laurentiis’ Venice Award for Best Debut Film.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Winter Sleep;
Italian director Francesco Munzi, in competition at last year’s Venice with Black Souls, winner of nine David di Donatello awards from the Italian Academy;
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice 1989 for A City of Sadness, and in competition at this year’s Cannes »
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Already released in Brazil, "Paulo Coelho's Best Story" recounts the ups and downs in the life of author most famous for "The Alchemist," the 1988 novel about an Andalusian shepherd boy's journey to Egypt. Starring Julio Andrade and Paz Vega ("Sex and Lucia," "Talk to Her," "Spanglish"), the film features art direction from Pedro Almodovar regular Antxón Gómez and Oscar-winning make-up artists Montse Ribé and David Marti. The film traces the prolific author's journey, which begins humbly in Brazil, to his triumph as an international literary celebrity who endured bouts of mental disorders, drug-taking and success as a rock musician and lyricist. Look for the film on July 31. »
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