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Ventana Sur: Argentina’s Magma Cine Boards Jorge Navas’ Musical Action Movie ‘Buenaventura Mon Amour’ (Exclusive)

3 December 2016 4:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, a pioneering company on the pan-Latin American co-production scene, has boarded Jorge Navas’ musical action movie “Buenaventura Mon Amour,” adding further muscle to one of the highest-profile titles from Colombia hitting markets and festivals next year.

The film is set up at Bogota-based Mon Amour Producciones, run by Steven Grisales, a former CEO and partner at Rhayuela Cine, executive-producer of recent Colombian titles such as Jaime Osorio’s 2011 war-horror film “El Paramo,” an international sales hit for Wild Bunch.

Rhayuela and Itaca Films also co-produce “Buenaventura,” backed by Caracol Cine, Revista Shock and Oasis Films.

Aiming at describing the rich cultural universe of Colombian Pacific coast, the film follows a group of friends, salsa choke and hip-hop dancers, in the poor and violent Buenaventura port city. Looking for a way out of their marginalised reality, the friends compete in a dance and music tournament but will »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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10 Things We Learned About Latin America’s New TV Scene at Ventana Sur

1 December 2016 6:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires — Rarely have so many major players, from Hollywood studios to Latin American TV kingpins, spoken so concisely and fast about their TV drama co-production interests. Kicking off Fiction Factory, and with it Ventana Sur’s inaugural TV market, a 90-minute carousel of execs from Disney, Sony, Fox, HBO, Turner, Viacom, Discovery, DirecTV, History Channel, Televisa and ClaroVideo drilled down Wednesday in Buenos Aires on their TV series production interests, priorities and needs to an audience of TV producers from all over Argentina. Orchestrated by Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute, the session proved illuminating. Here are 10 things we learned about how Hollywood and beyond will be linking with Latin America to produce often radically new series for the region and the world:

1. Yes, It’S A Revolution

“This is a historic moment. Two or three years ago, this didn’t exist: So many majors, companies trying to connect with »

- John Hopewell

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France’s Manny Films, Argentina’s Haddock Join Tornasol, Salado on Alvaro Brechner’s ‘Memorias del Calabozo’ (Exclusive)

14 November 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Cabos, Mexico — Building the multi-partner co-production structure which is proving a hallmark of breakout international hits from Latin America, Paris-based Manny Films and Buenos Aires Haddock Films have joined Madrid’s Tornasol Films and Montevideo-based Salado to produce Alvaro Brechner’s anticipated “Memorias del calabozo.”

Also written by Brechner, “Memorias del calabozo,” was one of six projects presented at the inaugural Los Cabos Film Investors Summit on Friday. It won the Arte International Prize at the 2016 Berlin Co-Production Market.

The now four-way co-production reunites Tornasol and Haddock, which joined forces for Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

“Memorias del Calabozo” also marks Manny Films’ latest Latino co-production after Pablo Fendrik’s 2014 “El Ardor,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alicia Braga, and David Pablos’ Netflix pick-up “The Chosen Ones,” produced by Pablo Cruz at Canana and selected for Cannes 2015 Un Certain Regard.

More than anything else, »

- John Hopewell

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Dolores Fonzi, Esteban Lamothe, Julieta Zylberberg Set for ‘The White Devil’ (Exclusive)

8 July 2016 5:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An Argentine A-list cast of Dolores Fonzi (“Paulina”), Esteban Lamothe (“The Student”) and Julieta Zylberberg (“My Friend From the Park”) is slated to star in “El diablo blanco” (The White Devil), converting the project into one of the  highest-profile genre offerings coming down the pike in Latin America.

Juan Pablo Gugliotta, co-founder of Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, a pioneer in pan-Latin American co-production and auteur genre movies, will introduce the horror movie to potential co-production partners and sales agents at next week’s Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam).

The screenplay allows the involvement of one or two actors from outside Argentina, Gugliotta said.

The feature debut of Ignacio Rogers, a theater actor-turned-filmmaker who is writing the screenplay, “The White Devil” kicks off with three male friends going off camping in the mountains. They meet three girls and immediately hit it off. Romance flowers as they decide to continue the trip together. »

- John Hopewell

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Watch: First Trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Neruda’ (Exclusive)

11 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Variety has been given exclusive access to the Participant Media co-financed “Neruda,” directed by Pablo Larrain, starring Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia BernalMozart in the Jungle,” and weighing in as one of the most anticipated and highest-profile of titles at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Participant Media owns North American rights as part of its co-financing deal and will be looking to close U.S. distribution at Cannes. Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons has clinched robust pre-sales on “Neruda.”

Lead-produced by Fabula, headed by Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain, whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated “No,” also from Pablo Larrain, “Neruda” also exemplifies the multi-lateral international co-production backing which is helping to scale up movies from Latin America in terms of budget, scale and VFX, taking them to another production level.

No conventional bio, Larrain’s movie captures Pablo Neruda, the best-known of Latin American poets, »

- John Hopewell

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‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania

23 March 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – Graced by David Chase, Cuba Gooding Jr. Harlan Coben, Stephen Poliakoff, Frank Spotnitz, Lucia Puenzo and “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips, the Paris’ 7th Series Mania, a drive by French authorities to create a TV event that can sit side by side with Cannes Festival, will open April 15 with HBO’s sex-and-drugs laced 1970s music-scene drama “Vinyl,” whose creators include Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.

Closing April 24 with Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation “11.22.63,” the premiere French TV festival will also boast a new eight-series international competition as it steps up in scale, ambition and government backing. Industry participation is also expected to grow from last year’s 980 execs.

Fest will also feature four other competitions, focusing on American, French, a worldwide Panorama and Web series, plus as industry highlights, a European TV Series Co-Production Forum running April 19-21, featuring 16 TV projects, and a work-in-progress sneak-peak of “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French original series, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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