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Cannes: Cristina Zumarraga, Pablo Bossi Launch Tandem Films (Exclusive)

Cannes: Cristina Zumarraga, Pablo Bossi Launch Tandem Films (Exclusive)
Paris — Argentina’s Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens”), a leading producer of the new Argentine Cinema, and Spain’s Cristina Zumarraga, who has overseen production of some of its biggest (“Alatriste”) and most challenging (“Even the Rain”) productions, are teaming on a new production house, Tandem Films.

Based out of Madrid, it looks set, at least in a first-phase, to work a Latin America-Spain-Europe access, producing high-end film and TV from a broad range of more accessible but still artistically-ambitious Spanish-language auteurs.

Tandem Films’ first-slate projects include “Insomnes,” from Gustavo Hernandez (“The Silent House), starring Belen Rueda (“The Orphanage”), and “La Elvira,” a sweeping period adventure from Norberto Lopez Amado (“Sara’s Notebook”).

Further directors with projects in development include Iciar Bollain (“The Olive Tree,” “Even the Rain”), Juan Pablo Buscarini (“Perez”) and Mariela Seresesky (“The Open Door”).

Spain’s new subsidy regulations “means that it’s important to have a certain financial muscle,
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63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival Unveils Zinemira Program

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Read More: San Sebastian Film Festival Announces 2015 Competition Titles The 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced the eight films that will compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award in this year's Zinemira program. The section is dedicated to films produced in the Basque country and includes four world premieres. The Irizar Award will be decided by a specific jury and comes with €20,000 gross for the producers of the winning film. Additionally, makeup artist Karmele Soler will be honored with the Zinemira Award at the Basque Film Gala on September 22. Soler was born in San Sebastian and became an apprentice of the makeup artist Romana González on José Luis Garci's film, "Sesión continua" (1984). Her work includes foreign titles such as "También la lluvia (Even the Rain)," "Sin vergüenza (No Shame)" and "Palmeras en la nieve (Palm Trees in the...
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What Hollywood tells us about war and poverty

World Bank study recommends 51 films using development as a plot device - sometimes at expense of accuracy and complexity

International development is just about at the bottom of the list of things that the average westerner thinks about each day. News organisations are closing their foreign bureaus. One of the big Us television networks turned down more money for global health reporting after a series, entirely funded by grants, led to a dip in viewers. In other words ratings were so bad that the network turned down millions of dollars. It is that tough.

Aside from advocacy efforts like (the much-criticised) Kony 2012 and Oxfam advertisements, how do people learn about the world around them? The answer could be Hollywood. Reporting on Africa does not get much attention in the Us, but a film staring Leonardo DiCaprio about Sierra Leone does.

A film like Blood Diamond, setting aside its problems, brings
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This week's new film events

Movies At The Mansion, Luton

A classier interpretation of pop-up cinema here: screenings in the opulent state rooms of Wrest Park, recently reopened after a major restoration of its gardens. After a free screening of The Gruffalo for kids, there's a choice of movies by Stanley Kubrick (whose own mansion wasn't far from here). The epic 18th-century sweep of Barry Lyndon should look right at home in these surroundings, while The Shining at least offers labyrinthine topiary for the gardening set. Kubrick's producer Jan Harlan introduces the screenings.

Wrest Park, Sat

The Passion Of Carl Dreyer, London

Most of Carl Dreyer's films were considered failures at the time; today many of them are considered masterpieces, particularly his best-known works, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc and Vampyr. Beautifully crafted, grippingly dramatic and infused with an uncanny spiritual intensity, his movies seem to come from another place – or at least
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Review: Even the Rain (También la lluvia)

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If today's political activists are seeking inspiration from history, they should look no further than the 16th-century Spanish historian, social reformer and Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas. As one of the early Spanish settlers in the West Indies, Las Casas participated in many of the atrocities -- slavery, torture and murder -- the settlers committed against the indigenous peoples. But Las Casas later saw the error of his ways, gave up his slaves, and devoted his life to fighting for the rights of the Indians, whom his fellow colonists considered less than human. Through his writings and activism, Las Casas is considered one of the first advocates for universal human rights.

Sadly, Las Casas probably would be very disillusioned by the state of today's world, where oppressed peoples continue to suffer in so many ways. But he also might find hope, for his modern-day activist brethren are still raging against their oppressors.
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Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) 2011: Nominations: El Infierno, Chicogrande, Abel

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El Infierno, Chicogrande, and the other nominations of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) have been announced. The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) are presented by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. “The Ariel is the Mexican Academy of Film Award. It has been awarded annually since 1947. The award recognizes excellence in motion picture making, such as acting, directing and screenwriting in Mexican cinema. It is considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican movie industry.” The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) “ceremony will take place on May 7 [, 2011] at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.” The full listing of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) nominations is below

Best Picture

Abel

Chicogrande

El infierno (Hell)

Best Director

Felipe Cazals, Chicogrande

Luis Estrada, El infierno (Hell)

Diego Luna, Abel

Best Actress

Karina Gidi, Abel

Mónica del Carmen, Año bisiesto (Leap Year)

Maricel Álvarez, Biutiful

Úrsula Pruneda, Las
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International Women's Film Festival in Germany Announces Lineup

The International Women's Film Festival in Dortmund Germany has announced the eight films that will be in competition for International Feature Film Competition for Women Directors. The Oscar nominated También la lluvia (Even The Rain) directed by Icíar Bollaín, will be the opening film. Other films include: Attenberg - Athina Rachel Tsangari Brownian Movement - Nanouk Leopold Dom - Zuzana Liová La mosca en la ceniza (The Fly in the Ashes) - Gabriela David Lo spazio bianco (The White Space) - Francesca Comencini Noir Océan (Black Ocean) - Marion Hansel Rich Ting West (Heading West) - Nicole van Kilsdonk Here's…
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Berlin International Film Festival 2011: Winners: Nader And Simin, A Separation

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Nader and Simin, a Separation and the other winners of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival have been announced. The 61st Annual Berlin International Film Festival, often called the Berlinale, is “one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events.With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly-attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world.” The full listing of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival winners is below.

Golden Bear for Best Film

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi

Silver Bear – The Jury Grand Prix

A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr

Silver Bear – Best Director

Ulrich Köhler for Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness)

Silver Bear – Best Actress

to the actress-ensemble in Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi

Silver Bear – Best
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Berlin: Golden Bears for Everyone

The 61st Berlinale is nearly at an end with last night seeing the coveted Golden Bear being handed to only the worthiest. So who walked away with a gold bear? Who got a silver and who got… well nothing. A side note before we start, well done to Tomboy for winning the Teddy Jury Award, Night Fishing and Broken Night for best short films and an honourable mention for The Guard in the first feature category. Here’s the winners;

International Jury

Best Film!

Nader And Simin, A Separation by

Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear

The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr

Silver Bear for Best Director

Ulrich Kohler for Sleeping Sickness

Silver Bear for Best Actress

To the ‘actress-ensemble’ in Nader And Simin, A Separation

Silver Bear for Best Actor

To the ‘actor-ensemble’ in Nader And Simin, A Separation

Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the Categorycamera

Wojclech Staron
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Berlinale Closes Pt. 1: Jury Prizes, Teddys, and More

We haven't mentioned the Berlinale at all in the heat of Oscar week. So let's do that, shall we? Better late than never. The festival closes tomorrow but the awards were handed out over the past two days.

"Nader and Simin: A Separation" Golden Bear

Asghar Fahradi, who got a lot of Oscar buzz a couple years back (though no nomination) for About Elly, won this year's Golden Bear for Nader & Simin: A Separation (2011). The Hollywood Reporter explains the film like so.

Farhadi's drama traces the breakup of a Iranian family set against the political tensions in Tehran. While not overtly political, Nader and Simin is starkly critical of conditions in Iran, notably the country's huge class divide. It was widely tipped to win Berlin's top prize, not least because of the current upheaval in the Middle East.

Fahradi dedicated his prize to jailed filmmaker Jafar Panihi who was also
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Spanish Films in Berlin: Even The Rain, Amador, Medianeras & Escuchando Al Juez Garzon

The 61st edition of Berlinale kicked off late last week, and with the inclusion of four spanish films, four less than the last year. The already well known “También La Lluvia” (“Even The Rain”) by Icíar Bollaín, “Amador” by Fernando León de Aranoa and “Medianeras” by Gustavo Taretto, all presented out of competition at the panorama section. The fourth film, “Escuchando Al Juez Garzón”, by cult filmmaker Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”) is a documentary shot on black and white based on a popular figure in a Spanish judge -- this will be showcased at Specials section of the Berlinale. Although we have covered before films like “También La Lluvia” and “Amador”, the film “Medianeras” comes from out of nowhere. Directed by Argentinian Gustavo Taretto, this is an adaptation of its 2005 short film of the same title that won over forty international awards. This coproduction between Spain and Argentina
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Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) 2011: Winners: Black Bread, Buitiful, Lope

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Black Bread, Buitful, and the other winners of the 2011 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) have been announced. The 25th Annual Goya Awards “known in Spanish as los Premios Goya, are Spain’s main national film awards, considered by many in Spain, and internationally, to be the Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards.” The full listing of the 2011 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) winners is below.

Film

Pa negre (Black Bread)

Director

Agustí Villaronga, Pa negre (Black Bread)

New Director

David Pinillos, Bon Apetit

Production Supervision

Cristina Zumárraga, También la lluvia (Even the Rain)

Photography

Antonio Riestra, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Original Screenplay

Chris Sparling, Buried

Adapted Screenplay

Agustí Villaronga, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Art Direction

Ana Alvargonzález, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Leading Actress

Nora Navas, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Leading Actor

Javier Bardem, Biutiful

Supporting Actress

Laia Marull, Pa negre (Black Bread)

Supporting Actor

Karra Elejalde, También la lluvia (Even the Rain)

New Actress

Marina Comas,
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Goya Awards Winners: Black Bread, Javier Bardem, Nora Navas

Alex de la Iglesia's A Sad Trumpet Ballad Best Film Balada triste de trompeta / A Sad Trumpet Ballad Buried * Pan negro / Black Bread También la lluvia / Even the Rain Best Spanish-Language Foreign Film Contracorriente / Undertow (Peru) El hombre de al lado (Argentina) El infierno (México) * La vida de los peces (Chile) Best European Film * The King's Speech (UK) The Ghost Writer (France) The White Ribbon (Germany) A Prophet (France) Best Director Alex de la Iglesia for A Sad Trumpet Ballad Rodrigo Cortés for Buried * Agustí Villaronga for Black Bread Iciar Bollaín for Even the Rain Best Actress Elena Anaya for Room in Rome Emma Suárez for La mosquitera Belén Rueda for Los ojos de Julia / Julia's Eyes * Nora Navas for Black Bread Best Actor Antonio de la Torre for A Sad Trumpet Ballad * Javier Bardem for Biutiful Ryan Reynolds for Buried [...]
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Interview: Tambien La Lluvia Director

Director Iciar Bollain's political drama También La Lluvia is up for fourteen Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Academy Awards, and now American audiences will be able to see the must-see Spanish import.

Spanish director Bollain tells CineMovie, Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu was attached to the project before he left to direct and write the Oscar nominated Biutiful and how she came to the project as well as casting Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in her first big budget film. 

Watch our video interview with the Spanish director.

Movie Clip:  Gael Garcia Bernal in También La Lluvia

También La Lluvia's Goya nominations include Best Picture and Best Director for Bollain, and Best Actor for the film's Luis Tosar who will compete with Javier Bardem's performance in Biutiful.  Bolivian and first-time actor Karra Elejalde also received a nomination for Best New Actor

Read more...
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This Week In Trailers: También la lluvia (Even The Rain), Funkytown, Cold Weather, Griff The Invisible, The Underdog Knight 2

  • Slash Film
This Week In Trailers: También la lluvia (Even The Rain), Funkytown, Cold Weather, Griff The Invisible, The Underdog Knight 2
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? También la lluvia (Even The Rain) Trailer Director, and native Spaniard, Icíar Bollaín certainly has picked someone unique to talk about the Bolivian Cochabamba water
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Nine International Movies Compete for Best Foreign Language Oscar

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Nine International Movies Compete for Best Foreign Language Oscar
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. Sixty-six films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Algeria, Hors la Loi (Outside the Law), Rachid Bouchareb, director

Canada, Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, director

Denmark, In a Better World, Susanne Bier, director

Greece, Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos, director

Japan, Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, director

Mexico, Biutiful, Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu, director

South Africa, Life, above All, Oliver Schmitz, director

Spain, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain), Ic&#237ar Bolla&#237n, director

Sweden, Simple Simon, Andreas Ohman, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2010 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's
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Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus Grabs 15 Goyas (Spanish Oscar Noms)

2010 was the weakest year at the Spanish box office in a decade – proof that the films with the most box office potential fell flat. Actually, very few have performed decently. Ironically the biggest flops and the most coldly received by critics films are the ones top lining the nominations for this year's Spanish Academy Awards, the Goyas. Alex de la Iglesia's “Balada Triste de Trompeta” gathered 15 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Antonio De La Torre), Best Supporting Actress (Terele Pávez) and Best Newcomer Actress (Carolina Bang). “Pan Nere” follows with 14 nominations, the surprise hit by Agustí Villaronga will compete for Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Sergi López), Best Actress (Nora Navas), Best Newcomer Actor (Francesc Colomer) and Best Supporting Actress (Laia Marull). Following Agustí Villaronga's film we find “También la Lluvia” by Icíar Bollaín with 13 nominations fighting for Best Film,
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Oscar Watch: Even the Rain (From Spain)

See the trailer here. Today I was treated to, or better expressed, awarded, an intimate lunch where I got to sit at a table for six which included Even the Rain's director Iciar Bollain ♀ and its producer Juan Gordon, its U.S. distributor Vitagraph's David Schultz, and one of its most important theatrical exhibitors Landmark Theater's buyer David McAllister, Maya's Tonantzin Esparza and a critic (whose name I did not catch). The discussion was sociable, stimulating and sometimes acutely focused on the film itself. Luckily for Vitagraph, a small and very well connected distributor whose output is some 15 films…
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Oscar 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Possibilities: Undertow, When We Leave, Even The Rain

Manolo Cardona, Cristian Mercado in Javier Fuentes-León's Undertow / Contracorriente (top); Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Tosar in Iciar Bollain's Even the Rain (middle); Sibel Kekilli in Feo Aladag's When We Leave (bottom) Oscar 2011: Best Foreign Language Film Predictions: Biutiful, The First Beautiful Thing, Carancho Here are a few other possibilities for the 2011 Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film list of semi-finalists: Iciar Bollain's También la Lluvia / Even the Rain (Spain), about two filmmakers (Gael Garcia Bernal and Luis Tosar) exploiting Bolivian extras. The film also offers an analogy to Christopher Columbus' exploitation of American natives. Oliver Schmitz's mother-daughter drama Life, Above All (South Africa). South Africa has done well in the past decade, with a nomination for Yesterday (2004) and a victory for Tsotsi (2005). Javier Fuentes-León's Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Undertow / Contracorriente (Peru), which deals with ghosts, forbidden gay love, and social conformism.
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Vitagraph Films Like Chances for 'Even the Rain'

Vitagraph Films, a film distributor that services only one to a trio of titles per year, have made the rare pick-up. Following last year's purchase of Germany's The Baader Meinhof Complex, the company have grabbed yet another Foreign Oscar hopeful for a theatrical release sometime next year -- as Spain's Even The Rain will only play in it's host country in January. The film had to beat out other hopefuls such as Daniel Monzón's Celda 211 and Andrucha Waddington's Lope for the country's nomination (worth noting, Luis Tosar star of Even the Rain appeared in all three nominated films) and will now have to go through the two step nomination process for the Oscars: where a longlist is made into a shortlist. Icíar Bollaín directed Tosar in the dark relationship drama, Take My Eyes. Bollaín's Even The Rain, a.k.a “También la Lluvia” was recently presented at
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