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HBO Latin America’s ‘The Bronze Garden’: Directors Pablo Fendrik, Hernán Goldfrid Talk Genre, Shot Set-Ups, Character

After decades of Latin American realism in cinema and soap opera in TV, restrained by customs and context, a lot is beginning to stir and transgress entertainment conventions.

Argentina – with Mexico, one of the few Latin American countries to forge its own genre tradition, is once again the stage for a fresh take on TV fiction entertainment that suggests that, when it comes to higher-end drama, Latin America can have a lot to offer.

One case to point: New HBO Latin America Original “The Bronze Garden,” which will bow out after eight episodes on Friday, Aug. 18 in the U.S.,. Partnering HBO Latin America and Adrian Suar’s Pol-ka Producciones in production terms, it was hailed by HBO after seven episodes as its most-watched Latin American series of the year.

Pablo Fendrik (“Blood Appears,” “Ardor”) and Hernán Goldfrid (“Thesis on a Homicide”), two young Argentine directors that have constantly shown their control over the grammar of movie
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Sanfic: ‘Dry Martina,’ ’Unidad Xv,’ ‘Untamed Helmets’ Showcased in Works in Progress

Sanfic: ‘Dry Martina,’ ’Unidad Xv,’  ‘Untamed Helmets’ Showcased in Works in Progress
Three movies by key Latin American production houses – Martin Desalvo’s “Unidad Xv: La Fuga,” José Manuel “Che” Sandoval’s “Dry Martina” and Neto Villalobos’ “Cascos Indomables” – will be unveiled in rough-cut at this year’s Sanfic-Santiago Intl. Film Festival which kicks off Aug. 20 in Santiago de Chile with Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit,” starring Ricardo Darin.

They will be joined by another five titles at Sanfic’s 2017 Latin American Work in Progress. Now in its sixth year, the section has grown in status as a first-look showcase for titles which go on to screen at other pix-in-post sections and eventually big festival berths in the upcoming year. Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “To Kill a Man,” which won 2013’s Sanfic Latin American Work in Progress and went on to become a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, is one case in point. The competition allots $3,000 cash prizes to winners. One title chosen from the competition will be screened at
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'X-Men' Buzz: 'The New Mutants' Cast Change; 'The Dark Phoenix' Brings Back Quicksilver

  Production on the next X-Men movie, The New Mutants, is scheduled to begin in Boston next month, which means that the cast is still being finalized. We know that Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga and Blu Hunt will star in the movie, which follows a group of young mutants as they learn how to control their superpowers while seeking to escape a secret facility.  Last month we heard that Rosario Dawson was in talks to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mentor for the teenage mutants. Now comes word that Dawson will not be joining the project. Instead, another quality actress is stepping in for her and will portray the good doctor. Alice Braga, star on both the big screen (I Am Legend; Predators; Ardor, above) and the small screen (TV's Queen of the...

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Guadalajara: ’Cordillera,’ ‘Nudo Mixteco,’ ’White Devil’ at Co-Production Meeting

Guadalajara: ’Cordillera,’ ‘Nudo Mixteco,’ ’White Devil’ at Co-Production Meeting
Guadalajara, Mexico — Chilean Patricio Guzman’s “Cordillera,” Dolores Fonzi-starrer “The White Devil” and “Nudo Mixteco,” a women’s drama produced by Lucia Carreras, are among projects to be pitched at an expanded 13th Guadalajara Co-Production Meeting, which runs March 12-14 at the Mexican Festival.

Produced by Chile’s Alexandra Galvis and Renate Sachse in Paris and directed by Guzman, the doyen of Latin American documentary filmmakers, “Cordillera” marks the final part of a documentary trilogy begun by 2010’s “Nostalgia For the Light” and continued with “The Pearl Button,” a best screenplay winner at the 2015 Berlin Festival.

In it, Guzman sets out to explore the Andes, a “wall which separates us [Chileans] from the world” and a mountain range which “contains the history of all mankind,” Guzman has said.

A fiction feature, “Nudo Mixteco” turns on immigration and, above all three indigenous women’s doubts and fears as they battle for
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Argentina’s Artear Braves the Digital Age as Adrian Suar Drives Into Movie, TV Content

Argentina’s Artear Braves the Digital Age as Adrian Suar Drives Into Movie, TV Content
Nobody could accuse Argentina’s Adrian Suar of not leading from the front. The most-prolific high-level multi-tasker in Latin America’s film-tv business, Suar is set to star in the upcoming movie “Futbol o yo,” produced by the Disney-backed Patagonik Film Group, as he advances on a full roster of TV series at Pol-ka Producciones, the TV production house he co-owns with Argentine broadcaster Artear.

A romantic comedy, “Futbol o yo” has gone into production as Suar, who also serves as program director for Artear-El Trece, the flagship free’to’air channel of media conglom Clarin Group, is helping to steer the top Argentine TV network fully into a digital age.

The most visible sign: a new contents production center, inaugurated in downtown Buenos Aires in January, which allows Artear program honchos access to contents to feed a multi-distribution network which takes in three newscasts, eight channels and four apps as Artear repositions,
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Ventana Sur: Argentina’s Magma Cine Boards Jorge Navas’ Musical Action Movie ‘Buenaventura Mon Amour’ (Exclusive)

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

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

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

Dolores Fonzi, Esteban Lamothe, Julieta Zylberberg Set for ‘The White Devil’ (Exclusive)
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.
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Watch: First Trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Neruda’ (Exclusive)

Watch: First Trailer for Gael Garcia Bernal’s ‘Neruda’ (Exclusive)
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,
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‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania

‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania
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,
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Los Cabos: Nicolas Puenzo on TV Drama ‘Cromo’

Los Cabos: Nicolas Puenzo on TV Drama ‘Cromo’
Relevant, marking the entry of the Puenzo family’s Buenos Aires-based Historias Cinematograficas into TV, and sold by Pyramide International, a prestige Paris-based art film sales company, “Cromo” is an Latin American TV series which marks several milestones and was reportedly attracting interest from major TV players at Los Cabos Festival, which wrapped Saturday.

Set in the Antarctic and Argentina’s wild North, the timely 12-hour eco-thriller “Cromo” turns on an idealistic scientist, Valentina, who sets out to expose environmental crimes in the dangerous and exotic wetlands of Argentina’s North. But something goes wrong. Her husband and lover, work colleagues, investigate what’s happened to her and through that, what’s happening to the region’s rivers.

With every episode directed by Lucia Puenzo (“Xxy,” “The German Doctor”), Nicolas Puenzo, cinematographer on “The German Doctor,” and Pablo Fendrik (“El Ardor”) and the production shooting with two units simultaneously, “this wasn’t a writers’ desk,
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New to Streaming: ‘Junun,’ ‘A Pigeon Sat,’ ‘The Iron Giant,’ ‘Yakuza Apocalypse,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A Pigeon Say On A Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)

The third installment in Roy Andersson’s trilogy looks and operates quite a bit like the two that precede it, thus making A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence an easy sell to the already-converted. But rather than preach to his choir, the Swedish helmer makes enough approaches to constitute an evolution, most notably in its remarkably grim,
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Toronto: 'Cromo' TV series set for film treatment

Toronto: 'Cromo' TV series set for film treatment
Exclusive: Argentinean TV drama Cromo, playing in Toronto’s first TV strand, is being developed into a feature film after Pyramide International acquired the sales rights.

The eco-thriller, produced by Xxy filmmaker Lucía Puenzo, was originally produced as a 12-part series – three of which are showing at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) in its new Primetime strand.

But Puenzo and her brother Nicolás Puenzo are now in talks to adapt it into a feature film after securing a deal with the Paris-based production and distribution house, which will also sell the TV series to international broadcasters.

The drama, directed by Pablo Fendrik (El Ardor), is based on the real stories of a team of scientists that set out to expose environmental crimes in northern Argentina.

It stars Emilia Attia as idealistic scientist Valentina, who travels to the swamp town of Corrientes in northern Argentina to test the local water supply in a bid to expose
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Toronto: Pyramide, Puenzos, Fendrik Launch ‘Cromo’

Flagging a prime new Latin America movie launching onto the international market at Toronto, Pyramide, one of Europe’s premier arthouse companies, has closed France and international distribution rights on “Cromo,” a new and pioneering production directed by Argentina’s Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo and Pablo Fendrik.

“Cromo” has large interest in itself: It is the first full thriller from Lucia Puenzo, with compatriot Lucrecia Martel the best known of distaff helmers in Latin America.

“Cromo” also employs a mixed feature/TV model – the feature takes in the full narrative arc of series episodes 1,2 and 8 – that, if successful, could help establish a new alternative mixed financing/ revenue model for Latin American fiction for both movies and TV.

Set up at Historias Cinematográficas, the Buenos Aires production house created by Oscar-nominated Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story”), and produced by Lucia and Nicolas Puenzo, “Cromo” is billed as a timely eco-thriller about a an idealistic scientist,
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Pyramide acquires TV drama Cromo

Pyramide acquires TV drama Cromo
Argentine miniseries from the director of Wakolda screening at Toronto.

Pyramide International has picked up sales on Argentine Lucia Puenzo’s eco-thriller miniseries Cromo ahead of its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival’s new TV strand Primetime tomorrow (Sept 11).

“We signed it last week after seeing the episodes which will be shown at Toronto. We thought it looked fabulous,” Pyramide chief Eric Lagesse told ScreenDaily.

Episodes one, two and eight will premiere in Tiff’s new Primetime section aimed at cutting-edge projects blurring the boundaries between film and TV.

It is the first time the Paris-based auteur film specialist Pyramide has handled sales on a TV series.

“The wall between cinema and TV is no longer as impermeable as it was in the past,” said Lagesse. “There is still a strong cinematic quality to the look and feel of the series.

“You can tell that it’s made by people with a cinema background who are
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Tiff 2015’s tv-focused Primetime Programme lineup announced

The rise in critical acclaim for television shows over the years has been well-documented, with a corresponding rise in interest among viewers to discuss and analyse television the way films are at festivals. While festivals dedicated to television shows, such as Atx and PaleyFest, are on the rise, film festivals still outweigh them.

For its 2015 incarnation, however, the Toronto International Film Festival will be doing something unique, beginning a programme dedicated to television. Titled the Primetime Programme, the section of the festival will conduct screenings and Q&A sessions just like the films that play at Tiff, focusing on specific episodes of shows instead. The lineup for the inagural Primetime programme has now been announced, and can be seen below.

Casual Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2, created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman, making its World Premiere

Festival favourite Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) directs this wonderfully endearing
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Win: The Burning On Blu Ray

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To celebrate the release of The Burning, available now on Blu Ray and DVD, we are giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy.

Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in this tale of unfolding revenge.

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.

Part love story, part western, Fendrik turns this latter genre on its head as so-called civilisation becomes a destructive force over both the rich jungle setting and the communities living within it.
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