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Ventana Sur: Cinepolis Corners Soccer Comedy ‘Penalty’ for Mexico and Central America (Exclusive)

Ventana Sur: Cinepolis Corners Soccer Comedy ‘Penalty’ for Mexico and Central America (Exclusive)
Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis’ fledgling distribution arm outbid other key players to seize Mexican and Central American theatrical distribution rights to Colombian hitmaker Dago Garcia’s Mexican remake of his 2001 soccer comedy blockbuster “La Pena Maxima” (“Penalty”).

“Penalty” will make its market debut at Ventana Sur on Nov. 30 with Elba McAllister and Diana Dudek’s Cineplex USA handling worldwide rights.

“It deals with a universal theme,” said Garcia who also pointed out that soccer fever is on the rise as expectation builds for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Mexican version, a co-production with Cristina Palacio’s Bogota-based Alibi Films, stars one of Mexico’s biggest comedy stars, Adrian Uribe, and a nearly all-Mexican cast that includes Jose Sefami (“Amores Perros”), Tere Monroy (“Aqui Entre Nos”) and a Colombian cast led by Julieth Restrepo (“The Rose Seller”).

Netflix has pre-bought the worldwide Ott rights to the film. Talks are underway for its U.S. theatrical
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Mexico’s Matthias Ehrenberg Launches Arthouse Label (Exclusive)

Mexico’s Matthias Ehrenberg Launches Arthouse Label (Exclusive)
Los Cabos, Mexico – Mexico’s Matthias Ehrenberg of Rio Negro Prods, whose wide ranging film credits include Gloria Trevi biopic “Gloria,” 1999 box office hit “Sex, Shame & Tears” and Julian Schnabel’s Oscar-nommed “Before Night Falls,” has formed arthouse label Barracuda Films under which he is producing a number of auteur films and docus. The new shingle’s slate includes “Soren” by Sundance winner (“Zona Sur”) Juan Carlos Valdivia, a romantic drama starring Jose Angel Bichir about a young couple whose lives are changed upon meeting the titular character.

Ehrenberg is also a co-producer on docu “Aquarela” by Victor Kossakovsky (“Vivan las Antipodas”), which delves into the power of water and its impact on humanity. Docu is currently in production and has shot in Venezuela, Russia and Greenland to date. Other producers of the multi-country production include Aconite Prods (U.K.), Danish Documentary Production, Louverture Films (U.S.) and Ma.Ja.
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Us Briefs: Gems honour for Marcos Carnevale

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Us Briefs: Gems honour for Marcos Carnevale
Plus: Robert De Niro in line for Fslc Chaplin Award; and more…

Marcos Carnevale collected the career Precious Gems Award on Sunday as the four-day Gems festival ended under the auspices of the Miami International Film Festival.

Carnevale, the director of such films as Inseparables, Elsa y Fred and Corazón de León, took part in an on-stage conversation looking back on his work.

The Gems Audience prize went to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.

Robert De Niro will receive the Film Society Of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award on May 8, 2017, and take part in a career tribute. De Niro stars in The Comedian, which will premiere at AFI Fest on November 11 and opens in North America through Sony Pictures Classics.Aisling Walsh’s Maudie has won the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival’s Super Channel People’s Choice Award. Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake won the Viff Most Popular International Feature, Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s [link
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“Elsa & Fred”

Lotus International, the international sales agent and the U.S. distributor, Millennium Entertainment, will open “ Elsa & Fred” theatrically on November 7.

Writer-Director Michael Radford and stars Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Scott Bakula, George Segal and James Brolin team up to make an endearing film for many reasons.

The terms of endearment of Shirley Maclaine here are those of love, pure love as she takes three small steps with Christopher Plummer. Even at the ripe old ages of 75 and 80, love is young and ecstatic. And what memories septuagenarians and octogenarians have -- of Fellini, Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastrioanni defining new versions of love. This is a targeted film, made on a budget easily recouped.

Christopher Plummer plays himself as an elegant, gorgeous, refined and gentle man, disguised as an old grump and Shirley plays herself, defining herself as a stunning older woman as beautiful as she was when young. In her case, even her face work is forgivable and almost lovable because she knows, and you know she “knows” you know.

My memories of Rome were awakened by the beauty of the city, my memories of Fellini. This device of making love to the audience, so successful in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” by allowing the audience’s eyes to caress the city, is also effective here. The movie also triggered my memories of walking and talking at two almost back-to-back film festivals with Michael Radford…for some reason I am thinking Mill Valley or Napa Valley in the fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg)…where walking on new streets in new cities, we talked about our lives and his next film (which was not this one) and enjoyed being together in the collegial way festivals sometimes lend themselves to being.

And my memories of Shirley MacLaine, when I was training at 20th Century Fox International in Amsterdam, so homesick that when it was advertised she was playing live, I went to her hotel and introduced myself as working for Fox and welcoming her to Amsterdam. Her first words were she did not work with Fox (was involved in a lawsuit with them?) which I was prompt to report back to my boss, David Raphael. I remember especially her strong hand as she took my wrist and urged me to have tea with her at the hotel where she was staying and dismissed her entourage. We spent a good three hours talking about so many things, as I attempted to explain the Dutch and how I was experiencing my year in Amsterdam, and I felt so much better afterward.

The next thing I heard about her was when I went to 20th Century Fox’s home office to say my good-byes and they told me to go say hello to her as she was filming Herb Ross’ “The Turning Point” (1977) there on the lot of 20th Century Fox. I was too shy unfortunately to go see her. But it was a turning point in my life too.

This is a movie for women of “uncertain age”. It has a great cast, an accomplished director who is reflected in the character of Christopher Plummer. We hope it might cross over, but its budget is reasonable enough that it need not break box office records in order to break even. I notice that Intramovies, one of last two remaining independent international sales agent-production companies to remain standing in Italy (and both are owned by women of un certain age – Paola Corvino of Intramovies and Adriana Chiesa of Adriana Chiesa Enterprises) is the producer who brought in Rome, the eternal city of sacred and profane love.

The film premiered at Afm 2013 where Inferno was selling it. Something has transpired over the past year and Inferno’s product or Inferno itself has morphed into Lotus International (That is a story to look into another time), just as the U.S. distributor, Bill Lee’sMillennium Entertainment (“ Fading Gigolo” by John Turturro for Theatrical, Tv, Dvd-Video, Vod, Airline; “ The Assassin Next Door” (“Kirot”) by Danny Lerner and “Gacy” by Clive Saunders) and not to be confused with NuImage’s Millennium Films, is rumored to be about to change its name.

Lucky for me, I had not seen the Spanish-language original of “Elsa & Fred” directed by Marcos Camerole in 2005. I had heard such great things about it over a year of festivals and markets, but somehow always missed it. That Argentinean-Spanish coproduction won nine prestigious international awards.

It also sold well, although late to the U.S. where DistriMax took the rights (2008). But that is how “foreign” films fare in the U.S. Independent producers and financiers abroad don’t even bother factoring in the U.S. market – except for remake rights, if they are smart enough. But the story and movie itself was so good that it accomplished a rare feat of distribution: it crossed the borders of Latin American countries, something that rarely happens, and sold to both Venezuela - Amazonia Films and Chile - Four Films and played well in Spain -Altafilms Grupo Alta Classics and Argentina -Columbia TriStar Films de Argentina andLk-tel It also sold to Switzerland -Stamm Film Ag and the Netherlands - Filmfreak Distributie, It even sold to Taiwan which is a greater feat for Spanish language films.

According to Box Office Mojo its international gross was almost $3,000,000:

Foreign Total

-

7/28/05

n/a

-

$2,796,813

3/1/09

Argentina

Sony

7/28/05

$88,441

7.1%

$1,247,302

11/13/05

Belgium

Cnc

5/30/07

$2,153

100%

$2,153

6/3/07

Mexico

Zima

8/4/06

-

-

$804,202

11/16/06

New Zealand

Rialto

1/16/08

$3,018

10.2%

$29,679

3/9/08

Spain

Alta

11/11/05

$128,771

20.9%

$616,169

12/11/05

Taiwan

-

2/13/09

$3,160

33.2%

$9,509

3/1/09

Venezuela

-

10/17/08

$12,237

13.9%

$87,799

Information courtesy of The Internet Movie Database. Used with permission.

o Elsa & Fred (2014)

o Movie

o Director: Michael Radford (I), Production Co: Cuatro Plus Films [Us]

o Country: United States , Filming Location: New Orleans,… More

o Genre: Comedy | Family | Romance

o Elsa & Fred (2005)

o Movie

o Director: Marcos Carnevale, Production Co: Shazam S.A. [Ar]

o Aka: Elsa y Fred | Elsa és Fred | Intramontabile effervescenza

o Countries: Argentina | Spain , Filming Location: Madrid, Spain

o Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance

The new and nearly word-for-word remake of the film has sold to Canada’sMétropole Films Distribution, Israel’sUnited King Films Ltd and Diamond Films for Argentina, the distributor of “The Hunger Games” trilogy and other exciting films. All three of these companies are top caliber which attests to the excellence of this film. If other rights are still available after one year, as they seem to be, this may the right time to acquire them – so listen up all you distributors out there in the world aiming at the cultured klatch of women who pay their own way to movies, theater, concerts and dancing! Reviewed at Wilshire Screening Room, October 12, 2014. Opens in theaters November 7, 2014.
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Miami Film Fest: Plummer & MacLaine Star in 'Elsa & Fred'

Miami Film Fest: Plummer & MacLaine Star in 'Elsa & Fred'
Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine were charming the hell out of each other -- and everyone else in Miami – during Friday night’s gala opening of the Miami International Film Festival, which hosted the world premiere of “Elsa & Fred,” Michael Radford’s remake of the 2005 Argentine crowd-pleaser “Elsa y Fred.” But don’t tell Plummer it’s a remake. “I don’t like that word,” said 84-year-old Plummer, who did agree that working with his old pal Shirley was a joy, and seemed ready to take his one-man show “A Word or Two” on the road, or at least to Broadway (which he implied was a possibility). “For one thing, we’re in it, Shirley and I, and Michael totally rewrote it. So I prefer to think of it as the English-language version. “Some of the Argentine crew came and watched while we were filming,” he said, including director Marcos Carnevale.
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Scott Bakula joins Elsa And Fred

Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred English-language remake added Scott Bakula in Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer starrer. Based on 2005's Spanish-language Elsa y Fred film of directed by Marcos Carnevale, the film follows two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love. or to dream. In the original synopsis, Elsa is 82 years-old and for the past 60 years she’s dreamt of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene of “La Dolce Vita” at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it but Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Alfredo is a bit younger than Elsa and was always a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be
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Scott Bakula joins Elsa And Fred

Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred English-language remake added Scott Bakula in Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer starrer. Based on 2005's Spanish-language Elsa y Fred film of directed by Marcos Carnevale, the film follows two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love. or to dream. In the original synopsis, Elsa is 82 years-old and for the past 60 years she’s dreamt of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene of “La Dolce Vita” at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it but Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Alfredo is a bit younger than Elsa and was always a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be
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Seattle fest bows to French 'Spies'

Seattle fest bows to French 'Spies'
Michael Hazanavius' OSS 117: Nest of Spies, a French spy spoof, earned the Golden Space Needle Audience Award as best film at the 32nd annual Seattle International Film Festival, which concluded its 25-day run Sunday. Runners-up were Goran Dukic's Wrist Cutters: A Love Story, Marcos Carnevale's Elsa & Fred, Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Quinceanera and Charles Sturridge's Lassie. Dukic also took the prize for best director. The Trials of Darryl Hunt, an account of a man wrongly imprisoned in a rape/murder case, won the best documentary award for its directors Rickie Stern and Annie Sundberg.

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