19 items from 2015
You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.
On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.
Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September »
- Heather Wixson
The familiar student who desperately needs money to go on a class trip and accepts the wrong job is the starting point of Juanra Fernandez’s Para Elisa, but there’s a whole lot of things going on within the story that elevates the Spanish film into some terrifyingly original places. Filled with dread and tension, it’s impossible not to be at first be mesmerized by the beauty of the film, before being completely sideswiped by its sheer terror.
The film’s protagonist, Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva), is a beautiful student caught up in associating herself with people who might not be the best at helping her with decisions. Alex, her ex-boyfriend/drug dealer, is a cruel and arrogant guy who won’t leave her alone, but seems to care about her; her best friend Úrsula (Sheila Ponce), who seems to be the only person who’s in Ana’s corner, »
- Jerry Smith
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
Dark Sky Films will release Juanra Fernandez's debut horror film Para Elisa (For Elisa) on DVD and VOD on September 1st. Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina's odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, Bandolero), is not a child but rather a deranged woman her own age. Before Ana really understands what's happening, she finds herself trapped in the house and made to serve as Elisa's new toy - a toy that like many...
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Spanish horror film Para Elisa (For Elisa) will arrive on DVD and VOD on September 1st. But, the DVD-palooza doesn't stop there. Also in this round-up: Honeyspider and Cop Car DVD release details and Howl-o-Scream 2015 details.
Para Elisa: Press Release: "A job at a magnificent house owned by a famous musician seems too good to be true – and it is – in the tension-filled horror film Para Elisa. The acclaimed new Spanish film comes to DVD and VOD on September 1, 2015, from Dark Sky Films.
Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina’s odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, »
- Tamika Jones
Madrid – Broad Green Pictures’ Gabriel and Daniel Hammond are putting their money where their mouth is. Bursting onto the scene at 2014’s Toronto with the proclaimed desire to cultivate talent, and paying a reported $3 million for U.S rights to Andrew Garfield/Michael Shannon-starrer “99 Homes,” from Ramin Bahrani, this weekend Broad Green will put its back behind the U.S. theatrical release of Spaniard Carlos Marques-Marcet’s long-distance love story “10,000 Km,” bowing it in the U.S. on 13 screens in 13 cities.
That may hardly seem a hell of a rollout. But — with one exception, the Weinstein Co. release “Eva” — the last Spanish-language movie from Spain to see such a screen-count bow was “The Orphanage,” getting on eight years ago, which Picturehouse opened on 19 screens in very late 2007, per Pau Brunet, “10,000 Km” exec producer and, in a parallel life, the doyen of Spanish box office analysts at boxoffice.es
- John Hopewell
Handled by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment, “Toro” has also been acquired by Moscow-based All Media Company for Cis territories, Selim Ramia & Co for Middle East and Cinemundo in Portugal.
Film will be ready for delivery by 2016’s first quarter, Canales said.
A groundbreaking full-on upscale action thriller in Spain, “Toro” boast a topnotch cast led by three of Spain’s most popular actors: Mario Casas (“Unit 7”), Luis Tosar (“El Nino”) and Jose Sacristan (“Magical Girl”).
Described as a hyper-realistic film that unspools over 48 hours, “Toro” toplines Casas as an ex-con going straight until he receives the unexpected visit of his brother, whom he hasn’t seen in five years, asking for help because he owes a lot of money to a dangerous gangster. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Whether projects, movies in production, completed film, market screeners or titles that made the Cannes cut, these are titles from Spain be moved at Cannes and that have varying degrees of international market potential:
Colombia-Spain revenge drama in which a nurse tracks down a paramilitary man who killed her daughter. Samuel Martin Mateos and Andres Luque helm.
Oberon Cinematografica/Alebrije Cine y Video/Ikiru Films Filmax
Extraordinary fact-based espionage thriller turning on Trotsky’s assassination. Monica Lozano co-produces.
K&S Films/Matanza Cine/El Deseo/Fox Intl. Productions/Telefonica Studios Film Factory
Major Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero (“Lion’s Den”) helms ’80s-set, noir abduction thriller chronicling the real-life case of Argentina’s Clan Puccio. Big fall fest plans.
The Corpse of Anna Fritz
Corte y Confeccion de Peliculas/Play Time Movies/A Contraluz/ Bnc Produccions/Silendum Film Factory
Tyro Hector Hernandez Vicens »
- Emilio Mayorga
Kicking off in Dominican Republic’s upper middle-class community in Montecristi – whatever happened to Latin America’s poverty-porn school of filmmaking? – “On the Road, Somewhere” marks the feature debut of the now New York-based Dominican Guillermo Zouain.
This is one of the more mainstream offers in the Panama Fest’s main Central America/Caribbean Competition. But one which cleverly frames the tale of three high-school best friends on a summer road-trip, their last together before college, in a bigger picture, the hesitant, muddled and eminently self-aware journey into young adulthood.
The road-trip begins with Oliver, Moises and Hemingway, aiming to visit Oliver’s high-school g.f., who’s off to study in New York, and vacationing on the south side of the island. Co-edited by Israel Cardenas, a filmmaker in his own right (“Cochochi,” “Sand Dollars”), it points to a first-time filmmaker who has learnt his craft. Shot-set ups, scene lengths, »
- John Hopewell
Welcome to the New Guatemalan Cinema, plus two exceptional actresses still at the height of their powers – Geraldine Chaplin, Cuba’s Alina Rodriguez – little known new talents – El Salvador’s Arturo Menendez, Costa Rica’s Patricia Velazquez, Dominican Guillermo Zouain.
Though only 10 titles, the Intl. Film Festival of Panama’s main Central American-Caribbean section packs large breadth, multiple riches and discoveries: Half are either world premieres – Velazquez’s “Two Waters,”; Panama’s “Box 25,” directed by Delfina Vidal and Mercedes Arias; Guatemalan Cesar Diez’s “Liberated Territory” – or at least Latin American preems: Zouain’s “On the Road, Somewhere” and “The Greatest House in the World,” from Ana Bojórquez and Lucía Carreras.
Rounding up the Central American-Caribbean section is “Naked Screen,” the latest from Nicaragua-based French director-actress Florence Jaguay (“La Yuma”). Playing out of section, two more Central American titles receive in Special Screenings: “Maikol Yordon,” Costa Rica’s first blockbuster; and five-part “Historias del Canal, »
- John Hopewell
Madrid – Adding another awaited title to a powerful 2015 production slate, Telefonica Studios has boarded action thriller “Toro,” the second feature from Kike Maillo whose 2011 debut, “Eva” starring Daniel Bruhl, was sold by Wild Bunch and is seeing a belated U.S. release from the Weinstein Co.
Aligning once more with some of the movers and shakers in Spain’s motion picture business, Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Toro” with “The Impossible” producers Apaches Entertaintment and Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of TV network group Atresmedia whose production credits include “I Want You” and “Red Lights.”
Already teaming with Telefonica Studios, Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo to finance, produce and sell Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s upcoming “The Clan.” Film Factory, a preeminent Spanish sales company, is handling world sales on “Toro.”
Written by up-and-coming scribes Fernando Navarro »
- John Hopewell
The Australian Idol winner and former judge on The X-Factor who will represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sebastian will play Krit Corbin, lead singer of a small town rock band who has numerous addictions, including women.
The novel is set in the steamy coastal Alabama town of Sea Breeze, where an interconnected group of older teens hook up and break up. The protagonist is Cage York, who looked set for a free ride to college for baseball until a DUI.
His coach orders him to spend the summer baling hay, where he meets uptight, snarky brunette Eva Brooks, whose long-time beau Josh has just been killed along with four other soldiers near Baghdad.
Red Rock Pictures. Gary O.Toole secured the film rights, is »
- Don Groves
The Weinstein Company has released a Us trailer for the sci-fi drama Eva starring Daniel Bruhl (Rush), which was shot back in 2011 and is only now just getting around to a Stateside release. Check it out below…
The year 2014. Humans live along with machines. Alex, a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the Robotic Faculty: the creation of a child robot. During his ten-year absence, life has moved on for his brother David and Lana, who got her life back together after his departure. Alex’s routine is altered in an unexpected way by Eva, Lana and David’s amazing daughter. She is a very special, charismatic little girl. She and Alex have a special connection from the moment they meet. They set out on a journey together, which will bring them to a revelatory end.
- Gary Collinson
Eva Trailer. Kike Maíllo‘s Eva (2011) movie trailer stars Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura, Alberto Ammann, Claudia Vega, and Lluís Homar. Eva‘s plot synopsis: “It’s 2014. Humans live along with machines. Alex, a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
In the film Eva, Daniel Brühl plays a cybernetic engineer who, while attempting to craft a robotic child, is reunited with his former lover, who happens to be paired up with his brother. So the film, from director Kike Maíllo, has a blend of deep sci-fi and some heady romantic entanglement, all of which is on display […]
- Russ Fischer
The line between humans and robots has been walked by, among others, "Blade Runner" and "A.I." as well as this year's releases "Chappie" and "Ex Machina." The list gets even longer when we add films that tackle the "can a human be a computer?" question, like the excellent "Her" and the less excellent "Transcendence." Add to this genre "Eva," which takes place in an alternate reality where humans and robots live side by side. This alternate reality is also 2014, but the movie was made in 2011. This being 2015, the film has become the past's look at an alt-future that is also, now, the past.The film, from Spain, has been picked up by The Weinstein Company to run in selected theaters starting March 13. It stars Daniel Bruhl and Marta Etura and is directed by Kike Maillo. Check out the trailer below: Read More: Watch: Ryan Gosling's 'Lost River »
- Elizabeth Logan
There's a lot of artificial intelligence hitting the big screen this year. Next week brings Neill Blomkamp's Chappie and in April we have Alex Garland's Ex Machina followed by The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. Well, next month The Weinstein Company will bring another into the mix with Eva. This is the first time the film is coming to the United States, but it opened on screens overseas all the way back in 2011. Daniel Bruhl (Rush, A Most Wanted Man) stars in the film as a cybernetic engineer tasked with giving emotional intelligence to the first robot child. But he has to learn a bit from his brother's daughter Eva first. Watch! Here's the Us trailer for Kike Maíllo's Eva from The Weinstein Company: It's 2014. Humans live along with machines. Alex, a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission »
- Ethan Anderton
A.I. at the movies is suddenly a hot topic with Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie" and Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" around the corner, and The Weinstein Company want to be part of the conversation. First released in 2011 internationally, the studio is now bringing "Eva" to theaters stateside and the first U.S. trailer has arrived. Directed by Kike Maíllo, the movie is set in an alternate, slightly more futuristic present day where the challenge for science doesn't seem to be creating artificial intelligence, but emotional intelligence. But as always, playing God has its consequences. Here's the official synopsis: The year 2014. Humans live along with machines. Alex, a renowned cybernetic engineer, returns to Santa Irene to carry out a very specific mission for the Robotic Faculty: the creation of a child robot. During his ten-year absence, life has moved on for his brother David and Lana, who got her life back together after his departure. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris– In the run-up to its competition unspooling at Berlin, arthouse shingle Films Boutique has snatched up international sales rights to critically aclaimed Japanese helmer Sabu’s “Chasuke’s Journey” from Paris-based Backup.
Sabu is no stranger to Berlin. But while he has presented eight movies at the festival, it will be his first venture in competition. Sabu said he was particularly happy to finally nab a competition slot without having “to bend his sense of humor.” He added that his “partners (encouraged him) to prioritize his artistic values during the making” of the movie. Pic tells the tale of an angel who comes to Earth to save a woman after accidentally causing her death. “Sabu is one of today’s more daring and innovative filmmakers, and ‘Chasuke’s Journey’ is a film that could please both arthouse and genre-film lovers. It’s rare to see a film mixing fantasy, »
- Elsa Keslassy
19 items from 2015
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