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Toronto: Le Pacte Acquires France on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)

Madrid — In a bellwether deal, Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, one of France’s most distinguished independent distributors, has secured French distribution rights to “Campeones,” directed by Academy Award-nominated Javier Fesser (“Binta and the Great Idea”).

Sold by Madrid-based Latido Films and produced by Spain’s Morena Films (“Altamira,” “Cell 211,” “Comandante”), Telefonica pay TV division Movistar + (“Tadeo Jones 2,” “Dragonkeeper”) and Fesser’s Películas Pendleton, “Campeones” has already tied down a Spanish distribution deal with Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi), whose releases include some of the biggest Spanish comedies ever.

Le Pacte’s French rights pick-up is another early market indicator of interest in the film,” as Latido Films prepares to move “Campeones,” currently in post-production, at Toronto’s market.

Founded by Labadie in 2007, Le Pacte plays off a mix of big name auteur titles (Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson,” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake”), films from on-the-rise French talent (such as Thomas Lilti, whose
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Cannes: Latido, Morena, Movistar + Team on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Latido, Morena, Movistar + Team on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Madrid-based Latido Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to “Campeones,” an anticipated comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-nominated Javier Fesser (“Binta and the Great Idea”) and produced by Morena Films (“Altamira,” “Cell 211,” “Comandante”). Telefonica pay TV division Movistar Plus and Fesser’s Películas Pendleton.

Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi), which has scored heavily with Spanish movies’ domestic release, will handle distribution in Spain.

In a sign of strong TV backing, the key to a film getting made on a good budget these days in Spain, Movistar + and public broadcaster Tve have acquired pay and free-to-air rights respectively to Spain.

Campeones” marks the fifth feature from a director whose “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure” garnered €22.9 million ($25.0 million) in Spain in 2003, becoming one of its highest-grossing films ever.

An upscale mainstream director who has often championed marginalized or socially-challenged minorities in films which broke out to considerable audiences, Fesser won Oscar
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Cannes: Latido, Morena, Movistar + Team on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Latido, Morena, Movistar + Team on Javier Fesser’s ‘Campeones’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Madrid-based Latido Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Spain to “Campeones,” an anticipated comedy-drama directed by Academy Award-nominated Javier Fesser (“Binta and the Great Idea”) and produced by Morena Films (“Altamira,” “Cell 211,” “Comandante”). Telefonica pay TV division Movistar Plus and Fesser’s Películas Pendleton.

Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi), which has scored heavily with Spanish movies’ domestic release, will handle distribution in Spain.

In a sign of strong TV backing, the key to a film getting made on a good budget these days in Spain, Movistar + and public broadcaster Tve have acquired pay and free-to-air rights respectively to Spain.

Campeones” marks the fifth feature from a director whose “Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure” garnered €22.9 million ($25.0 million) in Spain in 2003, becoming one of its highest-grossing films ever.

An upscale mainstream director who has often championed marginalized or socially-challenged minorities in films which broke out to considerable audiences, Fesser won Oscar recognition for “Binta and the Great,” a
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Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’: Why the Showtime Series Could Help the Legendary Filmmaker Get His Mojo Back

Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’: Why the Showtime Series Could Help the Legendary Filmmaker Get His Mojo Back
Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin are a match made in heaven. Stone’s upcoming documentary series “The Putin Interviews” could be just the project to give the filmmaker’s career the shot in the arm in desperately needs. The director of iconic films like “Platoon” and “JFK” has never wavered from tackling challenging political stories, both documentaries and narrative features, but the results as of late have been lackluster.

Read More: Michael Moore on Broadway: 5 Things You Should Know About His Attack on Trump

“The Putin Interviews,” a four-night series airing on Showtime this June, could change all that. While Stone has always been an outspoken critic of governments around the world, the recent rise of issues like surveillance, hacking and cyberwarfare have made him even more energized, and concerned, about current events.

“What’s going on right now is pretty shocking,” Stone said at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
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Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’

Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’
Oliver Stone has interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years. Now, Stone and his documentary producer Fernando Sulichin have turned those chats into “The Putin Interviews,” a four-hour documentary series airing over four nights this June on Showtime.

Check out a first look at “The Putin Interviews” below. Stone most recently interviewed Putin in February, after the U.S. presidential elections (in which Putin and Russia are believed to have actively influenced). Showtime compares “The Putin Interviews” to David Frost’s famed conversations with Richard Nixon in 1977.

Stone and Sulichin were granted wide access to Putin’s personal and professional lives. “It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” Stone told the Sydney Morning Herald. “”It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard… He talks pretty straight. I think we did him
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Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’

Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews’
Oliver Stone has interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years. Now, Stone and his documentary producer Fernando Sulichin have turned those chats into “The Putin Interviews,” a four-hour documentary series airing over four nights this June on Showtime.

Check out a first look at “The Putin Interviews” below. Stone most recently interviewed Putin in February, after the U.S. presidential elections (in which Putin and Russia are believed to have actively influenced). Showtime compares “The Putin Interviews” to David Frost’s famed conversations with Richard Nixon in 1977.

Stone and Sulichin were granted wide access to Putin’s personal and professional lives. “It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” Stone told the Sydney Morning Herald. “”It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard… He talks pretty straight. I think we did him
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Oliver Stone’s Vladimir Putin Interviews to Air on Showtime as Four-Hour Documentary

Oliver Stone’s Vladimir Putin Interviews to Air on Showtime as Four-Hour Documentary
Snagging an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin has stood as a Holy Grail for several news organizations. ABC NewsGeorge Stephanopoulos has been pursuing just such a “get,” and the idea has surfaced elsewhere as well. Premium cable network Showtime appears to have gotten the scoop.

The CBS Corp.-owned pay-cable network will over four consecutive nights in June air “The Putin Interviews,” a series of conversations between filmmaker Oliver Stone and the Russian chief of state. The documentary program will debut on Monday, June 12, at 9 p.m. eastern, with three more segments slated to appear over the next three nights.

“If Vladimir Putin is indeed the great enemy of the United States, then at least we should try to understand him,” Stone said in a prepared statement.

Stone and his longtime documentary producer Fernando Sulichin, interviewed the Russian leader more than a dozen times over the course of two years, Showtime
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An In-Depth Look at Cuban Cinema’s Relationship With the Oscars During Fidel Castro’s Reign

Fidel Castro (Courtesy: Jorge Rey/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

No matter how you felt or reacted when you heard the news, Fidel Castro’s death on November 25 shook the world. There’s no argument that the late Cuban leader definitely left a legacy, but what was the state of the film industry throughout his reign — and where does it go from here?

Castro was a controversial and revolutionary ruler who served as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 as well as President from 1976 to 2006 and turned Cuba into a one-party socialist state. Siding mostly with Russia (previously the Soviet Union), he largely opposed the U.S. throughout his dominion. In 2006, health issues forced Castro to hand over control of the country to his younger brother, Raúl. Raúl is the last surviving Castro brother as the eldest, Ramón, passed away earlier in 2016. Now, Castro has been cremated with little details about his death known.
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Watch Oliver Stone’s Controversial Fidel Castro Doc That HBO Wouldn’t Show

Watch Oliver Stone’s Controversial Fidel Castro Doc That HBO Wouldn’t Show
Back in 2002, Oliver Stone and his film crew flew to Cuba for three days and visited the country’s leader Fidel Castro for his documentary “Comandante.” The dictator, who died this past Friday, November 25, and the filmmaker discussed many topics ranging from his love life, political repression, free elections, among other subjects.

Stone’s doc, partly produced by HBO, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was planned for broadcast on the cable network. Unfortunately, two weeks before it was supposed to air, the film was pulled after Castro executed three hijackers of a ferry to the Us and imprisoned more than 70 political dissidents.

“I was heartbroken,” Stone told the New York Times at the time. “Comandante” was never theatrically released in the states but Stone created two other documentaries about the Cuban President, “Looking for Fidel” (2003) and “Castro in Winter” (2012), which chronicles Castro’s deteriorating heath and position in Cuba.
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Oliver Stone Interview: Why ‘Snowden’ Is His Answer to American Bullies

Oliver Stone Interview: Why ‘Snowden’ Is His Answer to American Bullies
Nobody owns Oliver Stone. I’ve talked with this filmmaker for decades, and he’s consistent to a fault. The Oscar-winning writer-director (“Platoon,” “JFK,” “Wall Street”) has always gone his own way. If there’s an impediment, he’ll find a way around it. Hell, he’ll even con the El Salvador government to give him army soldiers for a movie critical of El Salvador.

Which is one reason why Stone met with Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow, not once, or twice, but nine times. Stone will tell you: You can’t trust the United States government. You can’t trust the Nsa, CIA, or FBI. You can’t trust the Hollywood studios, because those are corporations run by lawyers. And you certainly can’t trust the media.

Related‘Snowden’ Trailer: Oliver Stone And Joseph Gordon-Levitt Take Down The Nsa

So who does he trust? His wife and kids.
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Oliver Stone Interview: Why ‘Snowden’ Is His Answer to American Bullies

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Oliver Stone Interview: Why ‘Snowden’ Is His Answer to American Bullies
Nobody owns Oliver Stone. I’ve talked with this filmmaker for decades, and he’s consistent to a fault. The Oscar-winning writer-director (“Platoon,” “JFK,” “Wall Street”) has always gone his own way. If there’s an impediment, he’ll find a way around it. Hell, he’ll even con the El Salvador government to give him army soldiers for a movie critical of El Salvador.

Which is one reason why Stone met with Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow, not once, or twice, but nine times. Stone will tell you: You can’t trust the United States government. You can’t trust the Nsa, CIA, or FBI. You can’t trust the Hollywood studios, because those are corporations run by lawyers. And you certainly can’t trust the media.

Related‘Snowden’ Trailer: Oliver Stone And Joseph Gordon-Levitt Take Down The Nsa

So who does he trust? His wife and kids.
See full article at Indiewire »

Zannou, Gely, Morena, Mare Nostrum Team for ‘I Spit on Your Graves’

Cannes — Cyril Gely, scribe of Omar Sy hit “Chocolat,” is adapting U.S.-set thriller “I Spit on Your Graves,” the celebrated American race relations/revenge novel that made and killed -literally – French literary legend Boris Vian, a friend of Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

Set in a contemporary Southern U.S., to be shot in English,“I Spit on Your Graves” will be directed by Santiago Zannou, a Spanish Academy best new director Goya winner for “The One-Handed Trick.” Morena Films, producers of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and Oliver Stone’s “Comandante,” one of Spain’s best financed and most cosmopolitan of production houses, produces with France’s Mare Nostrum, headed by Alexandra Lebret, which garnered with Morena on Antonio Banderas’ “Altamira.”

Written in 1946, “I Spit” became a sensation when a copy was found on the bedside table of a strangled girl. France’s Catholic Church claimed that the
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Mip TV: Mediapro Makes First International TV Co-Production Moves (Exclusive)

Madrid – Sporting 30 offices in 20 countries, and already Spain’s biggest rights broker and a high-profile movie producer, Mediapro, one of Spain’s biggest heavyweight TV-film congloms, is making its first moves into high-end international TV co-production as, like other big ambitious companies in Europe – think Lagardere, or even Spain’s Telefonica – it zeroes in on high-end contents as a major growth driver.

Content represents “the major bet of the company for the next five years, where it aims to grow most,” said Javier Mendez, head of content at Mediapro, which also owns top Spain-based TV-film sales house Imagina Intl. Sales (Iis).

In early moves, Mediapro – which is headed by Jaume Roures and Taxto Benet and best-known as the co-producer of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and “Midnight in Paris” and as a long-term partner with Al Jazeera’s beIN Sports in and
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San Sebastian: Alvaro Longoria on North Korea, Oliver Stone and Media Manipulation

San Sebastian: Alvaro Longoria on North Korea, Oliver Stone and Media Manipulation
Where are the hovels, mud-splattered chickens, and downtrodden peasants?

The opening of “The Propaganda Game” feels like a propaganda film as the camera sweeps over North Korean capital Pyongyang’s most splendiferous buildings, to an orchestral score, as children skateboard and smiling citizenry walk by. The sequence is in fact shot by director Alvaro Longoria himself, anticipating his film’s major point. “The Propaganda Game” marks the second directorial outing for Longoria, helmer of the Javier Bardem-produced Goya Award winning “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony” and producer of the Oliver Stone-directed “Comandante” and “Looking For Fidel,” a Fidel Castro docu diptych.

Aided by exclusive access behind the world’s last iron curtain gained via a key facilitator, Spaniard Alejandro Cao de Benos, the only foreigner working for the North Korean government, “The Propaganda Game” follows Longoria as he shoots any scene he wants – but on a
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‘Wind Traces,’ ‘Guns,’ ‘Intimate Julia’ Win Guadalajara Co-production Meeting

Jimena Montemayor’s “Wind Traces,” Nathalia Isabel Orozco’s “When the Guns Go Silent” and “Intimate Julia,” from Karina Minujin, were among six winners at the Guadalajara Festival’s 11th Co-production Meeting, one of its most important industry events.

Notably, of the six feature film projects, five were directed or co-helmed by women, a sign of how they are beginning to play a somewhat more significant role – outside Argentina, already notable for its notable distaff directors – in Latin American countries’ national cinemas.

Of the victors, four will be first-time feature directors, if their films lift off. Three winning directors have studied or live abroad, another sign of Latin America’s newest cinema’s globalization. Many of the projects register or analyze the impact of sweeping historical change on individuals in a continent where, economic growth notwithstanding, people rarely feel masters of their fate.

A graduate of Mexico’s Centro de
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Berlin: Memento Films Intl. Rolls Out Sales on ‘The Propaganda Game’ (Exclusive)

Berlin – Sold by Paris-based Memento Films Intl., Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game” has closed a clutch of major markets, joining the select numbers of movies which, though not major independent Hollywood fare with a A-list star attached, have still broken out to sales at this week’s Berlinale European Film Market.

Given the “huge shift on arthouse/indie movies, to sell finished movies, not pre-sell,” as Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz observed at this year’s Berlin Festival, that is a notable achievement for a film still in post, and a docu-feature at that.

Kick-starting a first round of pre-sales, “The Propaganda Game” has closed Germany (Polyband), the U.K. (Metrodome) and Australia (eOne), as well as Switzerland (Praesens Film), Taiwan (Encore Film), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom) and Bulgaria (Bnt). Spanish theatrical distribution and TV sales are under negotiation, Longoria said.

Displaying the same sympathy for victims of a geo-political face-off which informed his Goya-winning debut,
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Berlin: Memento Films Intl. Boards Alvaro Longoria’s ‘The Propaganda Game’ (Exclusive)

In a relatively rare documentary pick-up, Paris-based Memento Films Intl. – better known for handling edgier U.S indie fare and fare such as Palme d’Or winner “Winter Sleep” – has acquired world sales rights to Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game.”

A vision of North Korea shot largely in North Korea and portraying the country as a battleground for a propaganda war between its ruling regime and a hostile West, “Game” is being brought onto the market by Mfi at Berlin’s European Film Market.

“The Propaganda Game” marks the second directorial outing for Longoria, helmer of the Javier Bardem-produced “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony” and producer of the Oliver Stone-directed “Comandante” and “Looking for Fidel,” a Fidel Castro docu diptych.

Aided by exclusive access behind the world’s last iron curtain to the official pageants and daily lives of citizens in North Korea, gained via a key facilitator,
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Morena Films, Alexandra Lebret Launch Mare Nostrum Productions (Exclusive)

Madrid – Morena Films (“Comandante,” “Che,” “Cell 211”), one of Spain’s best-financed and most international of producers, and Alexandra Lebret (pictured), managing director of the European Producers Club, have teamed to launch Mare Nostrum Productions, a joint venture film production house based out of Paris.

Lebret will head up Mare Nostrum as its president. For Morena, which opened offices in L.A. in September 2013 under producer Pedro Uriol, the move into France now gives it a production presence in the world’s two most significant movie production/sales hubs, while it will continue to also produce in and out of Spain.

As managing director from 2002 of the European Film Producers Club, a networking assn., as well as think-tank and lobby grouping 50 of Europe’s top producers, Lebret brings to the table an enviable host of producer contacts ranged across all of Europe.

First up, Mare Nostrum is co-producing two high-profile Morena productions.
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Watch Oliver Stone’s Unreleased Fidel Castro Documentary, with Commentary From the Director

In 2003, Oliver Stone, the provocative director behind Platoon and Natural Born Killers, debuted his documentary on Fidel Castro. The hour-and-a-half feature was an intimate showcase of the communist and revolutionary figure. Exploring the hierarchy of power within communist Cuba through archival footage and the fascinations of its figurehead, Stone’s Comandante marries the director’s political musings with a challenging man. Flash forward to today, Stone […]
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Watch: Oliver Stone's Controversial Fidel Castro Documentary 'Comandante' In Full

No stranger to controversy through films that have delved into American history and politics, often blurring the lines reality between and fiction, Oliver Stone's little seen 2003 documentary "Comandante" was another one that stirred up debate. Called everything from "an opportunity frustratingly squandered" to  "a backslapping love-in" to something "that Stone is bending...for his own personal interest," many believed that the filmmaker wasn't able to make an objective documentary on the controversial Cuban leader. Well, now you can judge for yourself. Over on Vimeo (and we'd imagine it's only a matter of time until it gets yanked), the entire film has been posted for your viewing pleasure. So now you can see how Stone and Castro interact, as the director tries to get El Caballo's perspective on a number of topics. Vintage footage is mixed with handheld filming and in person interviews, with the 99-minute film (likely culled from hours of.
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