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Panama City – Already a sales and fest hit, Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s fourth feature “Gloria” won picture at the first Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, held Saturday in Panama City.
In what was probably the closest to a shoo-in for an award, “Gloria’s” Paulina Garcia nabbed actress for her turn as a 58-year-old divorcee searching for love and affection. Garcia already took best actress at Berlin last year for the same perf.
Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, his regular co-scribe, scooped the first Platino in history with best screenplay for “Gloria,” “a real attempt to connect [with audiences],” Lelio told Variety of his dramatic comedy.
For auteurs, the road to a real audience connection is littered with corpses, but “Gloria,” bucking the trend and sold by Funny Balloons, was one of the biggest sales stories at last year’s Berlin, deals including a Roadside Attractions U.S. pick-up. It now has three Platino Awards under its belt. »
- John Hopewell
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Avengers Assemble (aka Marvel’s The Avengers): one of the best superhero movies ever made, this is funny, poignant, exciting, and involving [my review] [at Netflix] Call Me Kuchu: powerful documentary about gay men fighting for equal rights and human dignity in Uganda [at Netflix] Fright Night: 2011 update of the classic 80s comedy horror features a killer performance by David Tennant as a stage magician [my review] [at Netflix] Populaire: ridiculous charming and totally delightful, this is a sly sendup of sports movies within a hugely smart and funny nostalgic romance [my review] [at Netflix] The Queen of Versailles: entertaining look at the financial troubles of one of the wealthiest families in America… and perhaps one of the most dysfunctional [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Machine: the bleak chic of this Sf drama is intriguing, but the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Juan José Campanella followed his Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes with an animated fusbol film that took the Argentine box office by storm last year. The movie, called Metegol at home, was the most expensive Argentine production in history at $21m, but also a very successful release in South America when it hit theaters […]
The post The Weinstein Co. Will Release Animated ‘Metegol’ as ‘Underdogs’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Some call it table soccer, the majority of us call it foosball, and the Weinsteins are calling it a cash cow. Variety announced that they acquired rights in multiple territories (including the actively growing soccer market of the U.S.) to Juan Jose Campanella’s animated feature — yes, this is from the same Argentinian filmmaker who directed the Best Foreign Picture thriller The Secret in Their Eyes. An English cast and August 27th release date will be put in place.
Gist: This tells the story of Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and of a foosball team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ. Guided by their leader, the charismatic Right Winger, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Weinstein Company, which picks up the odd animated feature in hopes of capturing that "Hoodwinked" magic, has acquired rights in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France to "Underdogs," an animated feature from Oscar-winning Argentinean director Juan Jose Campanella ("The Secret in Their Eyes"). TWC will dub into English the Spanish-language film, originally titled "Foosball," which played the London and Miami fests and opened last year in many territories including Argentina, where it was a hit. (Trailer below.) Disney often dubs such Hayao Miyazaki films as "The Wind Rises" into English. TWC will open the English-language version voiced by a cast of American actors (to be announced) on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. “This film’s magical story, heart and humor, along with its top notch animation, truly resonated with us," states TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, "and is sure to captivate parents just as much as it will their children. »
- Anne Thompson
Regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself on, chances are you can’t escape the buildup for the upcoming Oscars. And we’re not going to help you. Many believe the Oscars are nothing more than a popularity contest, citing examples like How Green Was My Valley beating out Citizen Kane in 1941, Rocky knocking out Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men and Network in 1977 (a puzzle that will remain unsolved until the end of days) and Crash beating Brokeback Mountain in 2005. And those are just the atrocious examples of Best Pictures. The list is practically endless when you start looking into all of the other categories.
But, once in a while, it’s nice to balance out your scrambled eggs with an order of sunny side up. Yes the awards show is littered with disappointments because of obvious stale choices or glaring robberies, but »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
The battle for the Foreign Language Film Oscar has been one of the most interesting races in the past few Oscar years. We’ve had a mix of classics (A Separation, Amour), solid wins and upsets (The Secret in Their Eyes, The Lives of Others). So what will the category leave us with this year?
Two films that seem to be in the “happy to be nominated” roles are Omar and The Missing Picture. Omar was a film many prognosticators had in their lineups. It’s a Palestinian film that has an incredibly dense structure and is thematically pretty weighty. If you were to look over the recent history of the Academy a film such as this has upset a few times. But unfortunately there are bigger contenders and given the politics of the film will probably keep it from triumphing. The Missing Picture was »
- Terence Johnson
Award-winning animation to hit UK cinemas in August.
Directed by Juan José Campanella, the film was Argentina’s highest grossing film of 2013 and follows the adventures of Amadeo and his table football team who magically come to life.
“The casting of Rupert and Rob was inspired and was my perfect cast. I loved Rupert’s work in Harry Potter and I knew he would bring an honesty and intelligence to the part of Amadeo,” commented The Secret in their Eyes director.
Rupert Preston of Vertigo added: “We are incredibly excited to be working with such a talented film-maker as [link »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
It may stand as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema, but can you remember a scene from Battleship Potemkin that wasn’t the massacre on the Odessa steps? Likewise Nosferatu; over ninety years on, is there a more iconic image than Count Orlok’s shadow creeping upstairs into Ellen’s room?
This list isn’t necessarily a rundown of twelve films’ most famous scenes, the moments that linger long after the closing credits have crawled up the screen and the lights have blinked back into life. No, these are the sequences that elevate a good film into a great one. But these flashes of brilliance often come at a cost; so sudden, shocking or spectacular are their arrivals that they can inadvertently provide an early peak. In fact, they can become the only scene you associate with the film.
For filmmakers, this is something of a mixed blessing. »
- Dan Wakefield
"Ichabod is the hardest part I've played," Tom Mison, star of the freshman fantasy-drama "Sleepy Hollow," airing Mondays on Fox, tells Zap2it. "There's so much that we need to balance with him. To slightly veer in any one direction a little too much, and it will collapse."
"Sleepy Hollow" can be described as a combination of author Washington Irving (in particular, his stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"), the film "National Treasure" and the biblical book of Revelation.
Mison's Ichabod Crane was a spy for Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War, when he beheaded the Hessian Horseman and apparently perished. But, he survived and slumbered underground for over two centuries, only to emerge in present-day Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Sony Pictures Classics, the art-house and indie wing of the major studio, has an eye for Oscar-quality foreign films. The past four years, Spc has taken home the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for Argentina's The Secret In Their Eyes, Denmark's In A Better World, Iran's A Separation, and Austria's Amour. But their winning streak was threatened when the Academy cut their latest acquisitions, Iran's submission (Asghar Farhadi's The Past) and Saudi Arabia's pick (Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda), from their categories' shortlist. Despite these insane turn of events, Spc is bouncing back by picking up a heralded drama out of Hungary. The Wrap reports Sony Pictures Classics has bought the North American distribution rights for Janos Szasz's The Notebook--or A Nagy Fuzet as it's known in its home country. After a world tour of film festivals--from Karlovy to Hamburg, London to Chicago, Toronto and Stockholm--The Notebook is readying for »
12 items from 2014
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