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Jorge Estrada Mora, a cosmopolitan, multifaceted and enterprising producer who helped take Argentina cinema onto the world stage, died Dec. 9 from a prostate tumor. He was 68.
From the get-go, Estrada Mora’s life and cinema knew few borders. He was born in Colombia, in the Antioquia highlands, educated at Washington and Lee University in Virginia – going on to serve on its board until 2012 — worked in the oil business for Geosource in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Kenya, and settled in Argentina.
It was from Argentina, that he launched an effective second career as a film producer, emerging from the get-go as one of its internationally most ambitious producers.
Among early productions, all set up at Buenos Aires’ Jempsa — which he founded in 1987 — 1987’s “Under the Earth,” from Beda Docampo Feijoo, was set in Poland; 1988’s “Southbound,” from Juan Bautista Stagnaro, shot in Yugoslavia; “The Loves of Kafka,” also Docampo’s, in »
- John Hopewell
Madrid – Announced Thursday as one of the two flagship series at Wild Bunch TV, Wild Bunch’s new TV sales-financing division which makes a Mipcom market debut, Cuban crime thriller “Four Seasons in Havana” aligns some of Europe’s best-known film-tv producing talents.
Wild Bunch TV sells world rights, which has direct distribution operations in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, sells international rights. Spain’s Tornasol Films, producer of Argentine Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” lead produces with Cuna in association with Nadcon, a joint venture launched in 2012 by German film-tv giant Constantin Film (“Resident Evil”) and Peter Nadermann, an architect of Nordic Noir, who from 1999 to 2012, produced or co-produced for Zdf subsidiaries Network Movie and Zdf Enterprises “Wallander,” “The Killing,” “The Bridge” and the “Millennium” film trilogy/TV series.
Pre-bought for Spanish free-to-air broadcast by nationwide pubcaster Tve, a cornerstone deal in film’s financing, »
- John Hopewell
Pan European outfit Wild Bunch is launching a new Paris-based television banner and two high-profile international projects: “Medici: Masters of Florence” with Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”) and Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) and “Four Seasons in Havana,” co-written by Leonardo Padura.
Wild Bunch’s co-chief Vincent Grimond (pictured above with the outfit’s head of sales Carole Baraton) said Wild Bunch TV is aiming to sell four or five shows per year with an estimated 50 million Euros of investment per year and expects to generate, in the long run, about 100 million Euros in annual revenue from the new division.
- Elsa Keslassy
Fox International Channels Latin America and Sony Pictures Television are backing Oscar-winner Juan Jose Campanella’s upcoming series “Entre canibales,” a political revenge thriller produced by Argentine leading broadcaster Telefe.
A high-end TV drama, designed as two 60-episode seasons, “Entre canibales” premieres Wednesday May 20 on Telefe, and is scheduled to air Monday to Thursday every week.
Fic Latin America has taken a co-production stake in “Canibales.” Under the deal, Fic will launch each episode of the series across the region via its Fox Life network, one day after “Canibales” segs broadcast on Telefe.
Sony Pictures Television will distribute the TV series in both the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets.
Uruguayan channel Monte Carlo TV, which has also joined the series as co-producer, snagging Uruguayan broadcasting TV rights, will air “Canibales” from Thursday May 21 in primetime.
- Emiliano De Pablos
By Anjelica Oswald
The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.
This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »
- Anjelica Oswald
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