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Primer Plano Takes Worldwide Rights to Thriller ‘Witness’ (Exclusive)

4 December 2014 2:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pascual Condito’s sales-distribution company, the Primer Plano Film Group, has taken worldwide distribution rights to Argentine Santiago Fernandez’s psychological thriller “Intimate Witness.”

Playing in Ventana Sur as one of the six titles at Blood Window’s 2nd Bloody Works in Progress, “Witness” is produced by Buenos Aires-based Magma Cine and Mexico’s Nimbus Comunicacion, in what looks likely to be a growing axis between South America and Mexico.

Pic has covered approximately 85% of its $700,000 total budget, financed with distribution advances, prodcos’ own funds, plus public subsidies through Argentina’s Incaa film institute, said  producer Juan Pablo Gugliotta, at Buenos Aires’ Magma Cine, also the lead-producer on Pablo Fendrik’s Participant PanAmerica-backed “El Ardor.”

Fernandez established himself as a scribe-turned-helmer to track after helming chiller “The Second Death,” which Paris-based Reel Suspects sold to Germany, Japan, Spain and a bevy of Latin American territories led by Mexico.

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- Emiliano De Pablos

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Thierry Fremaux gives masterclass

2 December 2014 1:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.

In a wide-ranging session that looked back over his first 13 years in the job and addressed the impact of digital cinema on selection policy, Fremaux said the rise in number of Latin American entries coincided with his start on the job.

“When I first arrived [in 2001, after he was hired by Cannes president Gilles Jacob] I was afraid of being biased but it was by coincidence that I arrived at the same time of the new generation of filmmakers in Argentina,” he said.

“We have received so many Argentinian and Mexican films over recent years. This is a community with a lot of vitality.”

In 2014 alone, Damián Szifrón’s acclaimed Wild Tales screened in competition, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja screened in Un Certain Regard, Pablo Fendrik’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Thierry Fremaux gives Ventana Sur masterclass

2 December 2014 1:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.

In a wide-ranging session that looked back over his first 13 years in the job and addressed the impact of digital cinema on selection policy, Fremaux said the rise in number of Latin American entries coincided with his start on the job.

“When I first arrived [in 2001, after he was hired by Cannes president Gilles Jacob] I was afraid of being biased but it was by coincidence that I arrived at the same time of the new generation of filmmakers in Argentina,” he said.

“We have received so many Argentinian and Mexican films over recent years. This is a community with a lot of vitality.”

In 2014 alone, Damián Szifrón’s acclaimed Wild Tales screened in competition, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja screened in Un Certain Regard, Pablo Fendrik’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ventana Sur Market Works to Fuel Biz in Latin America, Europe

30 November 2014 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Over the past decade, one of the biggest shifts in the international movie business has been the rise of local film industries. Latin America has proved a pacemaker in growth. Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie market, which kicks off its 6th edition in Buenos Aires Dec. 1, has positioned itself sagely to not only grow with it but channel and drive change.

Final numbers have to come in. But on its first half-day of trading, this Monday, its organizers – Argentina’s Incaa Film Agency and the Cannes Festival and Cannes Film Market – were reporting at least several hundred more international buyers attending this year.

Once an after thought for a highly Hollywood-centric industry, Latin’s America’s movie ramp up cannot but attract attention.

Fueled by government subsidies, tax coin, TV promotion, new generations of filmmakers, ever cheaper high-tech digital cameras and the local audience’s hunger for films reflecting their own social realities, »

- John Hopewell

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‘Absence,’ ‘Town,’ ‘Paradise’ Make Rio Fest Premiere Brasil Line-Up

25 September 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chico Teixeira’s “Absence,” Daniel Aragao’s “I Swear I’ll Leave This Town” and Andre Ristum’s “The Other Side of Paradise” world premiere in the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil.

The Rio Fest runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 8.

“Absence,” “Town” and “Paradise” all figure in the feature film section. Also competing for Rio Fest’s top Redentor fiction feature prize: “Obra,” from Gregorio Graziosi, which bows at Toronto Discovery section.

Both “Town” and “Obra” are early sales titles on FiGa/Br, the new Brazilian sales label set up this year by L.A.-based FiGa Films.

Of other titles, Visit Films sells Fellipe Barbosa’s “Casa Grande,” also in the fiction feature cut. Playing out of competition: Pablo Fendrik’s Bac Films-sold “El Ardor,” an Amazon Western, first seen at Cannes, staring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga.

The world’s biggest new Brazilian pic spread, »

- John Hopewell

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Rio Film Festival: Luminaries Light Up RioMarket

25 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participation in Rio Festival’s RioMarket looks set to improve on last year’s numbers, according to festival co-director Walkiria Barbosa.

Among the many luminaries set to attend and conduct seminars and talk on panels are Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”); Mexican producers Alex Garcia (“Words With Gods”) and Monica Lozano (“Instructions Not Included”); costume designer Janie Bryant (“Mad Men”); and a healthy contingent of Hollywood execs.

Hurd talks about production experience, through to “The Walking Dead,” Bryant her costume design on “Mad Men.” Actor Chad Coleman teams with Hurd for a Fox Presents.. The Walking Dead presentation.

RioMarket, whether TV or Film, features screenings, one-on-one meetings. The major conferences focus will, however, be on TV, with a first-ever standalone RioMarket TV, and on international co-production.

That reflects new realities in the industry. Now fulfilled by 129 pay channels, new 2012 Brazilian TV content quotas – obliging its pay TV operators to »

- John Hopewell

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Key Players in the 2014 Cannes Market: Bac Films Strap on Boots for Lacote’s Run, Fendrik’s El Ardor & Cailley’s Love at First Fight

31 May 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bac Films

Circa 1988, the Paris-based company created by Jean Labadie is a company of many hats. The French Distribution and International Sales Co. Bac Films is an indie outfitter that counts Frédéric Jardin’s Sleepless Night, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader, Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet’s The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears and the sublime Michel Franco’s After Lucia (2012 Cannes) as their recent slate. Head of Sales Gilles Sousa will be once again repping Baltasar Kormákur’s latest (they worked with him on The Deep).

Croisette 2014 Offerings:

Bac Films populate three sections this year. They’ve got Thomas Cailley’s Love at First Fight (aka Fighters) in the Directors’ Fortnight (see pic above), Un Certain Regard selected Philippe Lacôte’s Run and Pablo Fendrik’s El Ardor (starring Gael Garcia Bernal) gets Special Screening status. We’ve been highly anticipating the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer – he »

- Eric Lavallee

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Six films added to Cannes lineup, with Gael García Bernal and Catherine Deneuve on the bill

30 April 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's customary for a few films to be added to the Cannes Film Festival lineup in the weeks following the initial announcement, raising cinephiles' hopes for whatever big-name prospect was left out to begin with -- and usually dashing them. A further six films were added today, the highest-profile of which is another French title: André Téchiné's "In the Name of My Daughter," starring Guillaume Canet and Catherine Deneuve. None of them, however, will play in Competition, which remains fixed at 18 features -- currently the lowest number since the 1990 festival. The new arrivals are: "In the Name of My Daughter" (Out of Competition): Titled "The Man Who Loved Too Much" in French, the latest from veteran director André Téchiné is based on the mysterious real-life case of heiress Agnes Le Roux, who disappeared without trace in 1977. Adele Haenel ("House of Tolerance") plays Le Roux, Catherine Deneuve her mother Renee, »

- Guy Lodge

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

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Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

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Tough as Nails: Malala Yousafzai Becomes Subject of Davis Guggenheim Docu

9 April 2014 8:40 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Variety reports that Jeffrey Skoll’s Participant Media is teaming with Image Nation Abu Dhabi as co-financer and collaborating once again with a docu helmer always in it for a good cause in Davis Guggenheim on a project surrounding the international, inspirational youth figure Malala Yousafzai. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce the project which they hope will find a distributor first and then bring goodness alongside teachers, books and classrooms into theaters sometime early next year.

Gist: In 2012 Malala Yousafzai was wounded when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 14-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her community, was shot in the head and neck, sparking international media outrage. Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest such nominee in history.

Worth Noting: One of our favorite producer-philanthropists, Jeff Skoll »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #55. Pablo Fendrik’s The Ardor

26 February 2014 7:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Ardor

Director: Pablo Fendrik

Writer(s): Pablo Fendrik

Producers: Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Peña, Gael García Bernal

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga

In terms of visibility and breaking out, we’re betting that Pablo Fendrik’s third feature film (debut in the English language) will raise his profile much like Miss Bala did for Gerardo Naranjo. The auteur Argentinian filmmaker who paired with actor Arturo Goetz on distinctly antagonistic items such as The Mugger (2007) and Blood Appears (2008) has been cooking up this environmental-thriller for a while now.

Gist: Gael Garcia Bernal portrays a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Alice Braga) of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.

Release Date: Seeing that both of his debut films screened in Cannes, this logically should be included in the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #56. Wim Wenders’ Everything Will be Fine

26 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Everything Will Be Fine

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer: Bjorn Olaff Johanessenn

Producers: Gian-Piero Ringel, Erwin M. Schmidt

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marie-Josée Croze

Initially, Sarah Polley had been attached in the role that went to McAdams (we’re hoping it’s because Polley is hard at work on her adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace), but even still, for Wim Wender’s first fiction feature since 2008′s Palermo Shooting, it’s got quite the exciting cast (and yes, it bears the same title as a 2010 film from Danish filmmaker Cristoffer Boe). The 2011 documentary Pina apparently gave Wenders the 3D bug, so we are curious to see how that technology will further influence the art house auteur.

Gist: While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a writer accidentally runs over and kills a child. The accident and its aftermath deeply traumatizes him. »

- Nicholas Bell

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