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Toronto: Javier Bardem Says He Turned Down Colin Farrell's Role in 'Minority Report'

Toronto: Javier Bardem Says He Turned Down Colin Farrell's Role in 'Minority Report'
He's a fan of Steven Spielberg, but Spanish-born star Javier Bardem passed on playing Colin Farrell's role in Minority Report when it was offered to him.

"When I met him [Spielberg], I was really star-struck," Bardem recalled when delivering a master class on Monday night at the Toronto Film Festival. But the Spanish movie star insisted he wasn't ready to board the 2002 American neo-noir science fiction film at the time.

"Now I can, because I've done those roles. But at the time, it was difficult for me to jump into a foreign language performance," Bardem added. "My English is...
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San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘El Autor,’ ‘Handia,’ ‘Life and Nothing More’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — “Marrowbone,” the awaited directorial debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, screenwriter of “Jurassic World 2” director J.A. Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” will screen at this year’s San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

As will Florida-set “Life and Nothing More,” Spaniard Antonio Mendez Esparza’s follow-up to Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Aquí y Allá”; “Fe de Etarras,” Netflix’s second original movie in Spain, and Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño’s anticipated “Handia,” a flagship of new Basque cinema.

San Sebastián’s Perlas, a fest standouts section, closes with Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “Loving Pablo,” announced yesterday as Venice-bound and a true-event tale of Pablo Escobar’s love affair with a TV presenter. Javier Bardem plays Escobar, Penelope Cruz his unlikely lover.

“Handia,” “Life and Nothing More” and “El Autor,” directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Canibal”), vie in San Sebastian’s main competition for its top Golden Shell award
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How 'A Ghost Story' Became the Most Haunting Movie of 2017

How 'A Ghost Story' Became the Most Haunting Movie of 2017
David Lowery knows that you're probably going to laugh at the sheet. He did too, a little bit, when he first saw it. So did Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. It's a natural reaction, he says. You don't have to fight it. Get it out of your system. Or don't. There were days on the set of A Ghost Story, Lowery's experimental mood-piece-of-a-movie, where the 36-year-old director would look up and find himself face to face with an adult under a large white cloth with two black eyeholes, expecting to be told what to do,
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‘Summer Camp’ DVD Review

Stars: Diego Boneta, Alex Gonzalez, Jocelin Donahue, Maiara Walsh, Andres Velencoso | Written by Alberto Marini, Danielle Schleif | Directed by Alberto Marini

With a title like Summer Camp you’d be forgiven for thinking that this film would be yet another stalk and slash fear flick. It isn’t. Helmed by longtime Filmax producer Alberto Marini, in his directorial debut, the film follows similar story beats to some of his most well-known films including the [Rec] franchise and The Last Days.

Looking for fun times as counselors at a European summer camp for children, four Americans never suspect their first experience abroad might be their last. For the rapid-fire spread of an extreme rage-inducing infection plunges the group into a dark vortex of horror and madness catapulting them into a race against time – and each other – to find the source of the mystery contagion and make it out alive.

Yet another Spanish movie
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Spanish Broadcasters Bankroll Film Growth

While Hollywood might have moved away from producing mid-budget movies for adults, Spain has moved in. Two broadcaster-backed production houses, Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema and Atresmedia Cine, can now create event movies that can blow even Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters out of the water in Spain.

They have snagged Academy Award nominations, including for Naomi Watts in “The Impossible,” and yielded some of the world’s highest-grossing independent movies; “The Impossible” garnered $180 million worldwide. Though all made out of Spain, given their high budgets, they attract Hollywood partners, especially if shot in English. Produced by Apaches Ent., Telecinco Cinema and Peliculas La Trini, “A Monster Calls” was financed and distributed by Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate.

They also look set to yield some of Spain’s biggest international sellers, such as Telecinco Cinema’s upcoming “Marrowbone,” a Cannes 2016 sales hit for Lionsgate.

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Telecinco Cinema to Receive the CineEurope Independent Producer of the Year Award

Madrid — Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Mediaset España, Spain’s biggest TV network, has won the 2017 CineEurope Independent Producer of the Year Award.

Adjudicated by the International Union of Cinema (Unic), Europe’s umbrella assn. of national exhibitor associations. Telecinco Cinema’s two driving forces, CEO Ghislain Barrois, and Alvaro Augustin, its director general, will accept the Award at the 26th CineEurope, whose prize ceremony takes place on June 22 in Barcelona.

Described by Andrew Sunshine, VP of the Film Expo Group, which manages CineEurope, as “one of the major feature film studios no only in the Spanish market but in Europe also,” Telecinco Cinema launched in 1999 as Estudios Picasso Fabrica de Ficción, which channeled a government-imposed obligation to invest part of its revenues in Spanish or other European movie production.

Making a virtue out of a necessity, Telecinco Cinema has gone on to co-produce six of the top
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Warner Bros. Grabs Worldwide Rights to Spanish Film ‘Toc Toc’ (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Pictures Intl. has grabbed worldwide rights, including Spain, to Vicente Villanueva comedy “Toc Toc,” one of the highlights in the 2017 movie slate by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of Spanish TV giant Atresmedia Group.

Toc Toc” adapts the same-title stage play, written by French author Laurent Baffie, which has been successfully released in more than 20 countries. It turns on several patients suffering obsessive-compulsive disorder who interact while waiting at a doctor’s office for the arrival of their therapist.

Co-produced by Atresmedia Cine and Lazona, “Toc Toc” has just terminated a seven-week shoot in Madrid, and is scheduled for a summer release in Spanish theaters via Warner Bros..

Villanueva, who helmed “The Opposite to Love,” a 2011 romantic comedy backed by Atresmedia, Zeta and Sony Pictures, has directed in “Toc Toc” a high-profile Spanish cast led by helmer-actor Paco Leon, Rossy de Palma, Adrian Lastra and Alexandra Jimenez,
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‘A Monster Calls’ Becomes Biggest Movie Hit of the Year in Spain

‘A Monster Calls’ Becomes Biggest Movie Hit of the Year in Spain
Madrid – A hat trick: “A Monster Calls” has overtaken “The Secret Life of Pets” to become the highest-grossing film in Spain so far this year, besting big Hollywood studio titles and giving director Juan Antonio Bayona his third No. 1 movie of the year, at least for now.

Starring Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, and distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., “A Monster Calls” grossed €235,341 ($262,057) on Friday at Spanish cinema theaters for a total Spanish gross of €21.9 million ($24.4 million), and counting.

Bayona’s first feature, “The Orphanage,” which was godfathered by Guillermo del Toro, topped Spanish movie charts in 2007, earning €25.1 million ($27.9 million) and again beating all Hollywood contenders; “The Impossible” (€42.4 million, or $47.2 million) followed suit in 2012.

Whether Bayona can hold on to his current title as 2016 box-office champ remains to be seen, however. “A Monster Calls” may face tough competition from “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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The Executioner (El Verdugo)

Now for something truly remarkable from the neglected Spanish cinema. Luis García Berlanga's wicked satire is a humanistic black comedy, free of cynicism. The borderline Kafkaesque situation of an everyman forced into a profession that horrifies him is funny and warm hearted - but with a ruthless logic that points to universal issues beyond Franco Fascism. The Executioner Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 840 1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / El Verdugo / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 25, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert . Cinematography Tonino Delli Colli Film Editor Afonso Santacana Original Music Miguel Asins Arbó Written by Luis García Berlanga, Rafael Azcona, Ennio Flaiano Produced by Nazario Belmar Directed by Luis García Berlanga

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Criterion brings us 1963's The Executioner (El Verdugo), a major discovery for film fans that thought Spanish cinema began and ended with Luis Buñuel. I've seen politically-charged Spanish films from
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San Sebastian: Latin America, Post-Toronto News, a Basque Surge and Studio Coin

San Sebastian — Following on eOne Seville Intl., which announced last week its acquisition of world sales rights on Aritz Moreno’s “Advantages of Travelling By Train,” Barcelona-based Filmax has confirmed it has acquired international sales and Spanish distribution rights to another prime Basque film property, crime caper “Operacion Concha.”

Lead-produced by Bilbao’s Abra Produczioak, structured as a co-production with Mexico, and shooting in February, “Operacion Concha” is a film industry scam comedy set during the San Sebastian Festival, in the line of “Ocean’s Eleven,” said Abra’s Joxe Portela.

For Filmax’s Carlos Fernandez, the “Operacion Concha” pick-up forms part of the company’s bet on Spanish cinema, which paid off with “Truman.” Filmax, for example, has also taken Spanish and world sales rights to Patxo Telleria’s conniving bank manager comedy “Igelak,” which received a Basque gala screening at San Sebastian.

Both deals also confirm that the
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6 Things We Learned About Telefonica’s Movistar Plus Series

San Sebastian — Movistar Plus, the pay-tv arm of Spain’s Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telcos, held a round table Saturday at the San Sebastian festival to present its first six original TV series.

Six things we learned about the series, which confirm Movistar Plus as one of the key drivers, with Sky and France’s Canal Plus, of higher-end premium drama production in Europe:

1. Netflix, HBO Et Al…Beware

Netflix, HBO or any other digital platform which launches in Spain looks set to face formidable opposition. At the round table, Domingo Corral, Movistar Plus’ original production director, confirmed that the company has 20 series in development. They will begin to be made available on Movistar Plus’ linear Series channel and Yomvi catch-up/pay-per-view service from September 2017, kicking off with “La Zona,” by brothers Jorge and Alberto Sanchez-Cabezudo.

Luis Miguel Gilperez, president of Telefonica España, recently announced that Telefonica
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San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival.

Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic dramedy “La Reconquista,” a first big fest bow for Jonas Trueba, an engaging, audience-friendly arthouse auteur..

Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” will celebrate its European premiere at San Sebastian, screening out of competition, as announced last week.

Presented Thursday in Madrid, the 11 Spanish features selected for this year’s San Sebastian invite several off-the-cuff conclusions. First, eight are world premieres: The large spread of fresh films from Spain remains one of San Sebastian’s biggest lures.

Again, Spanish producers used to think thrice before premiering
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Bajo Ulloa, Martin Cuenca Unveil New Projects at Paris’ Small is Biutiful

Madrid — Juanma Bajo Ulloa’s “Baby,” Manuel Martin Cuenca’s “Brando” and Cristina Andreu’s “Mara 13 Mara 18” are among the seven projects to be pitched at the highly popular 2016 Spain-Ile de France Small is Beautiful forum, a networking event now in its ninth edition.

Maria Leon (“The Sleeping Voice,” “Alli abajo”), regarded in Spain as one of the finest Spanish actresses of her generation, is attached to star in fantasy romantic drama “Not the End,” helmed by Cesar and Jose Esteban Alenda, another project to be unveiled in Paris.

Taking place June 24 in Paris, and part of its alternative Spanish film festival Different!, the meet serves to introduce a cream of edgier Spanish movie projects, arthouse and niche mainstream, to three dozen or so Paris-based distributors and international sales agents, in one of the world’s capitals of non-popcorn cinema.

Small is Biutiful often marks the first time Spanish movies
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Spanish Film Sales Agents Look to Latin America, Small Screen

Once made up of almost pure-play Spanish film vendors, Spain’s sales sector is diversifying to survive.

One reason: the number of Spanish star-driven pics with high production values has plunged as average Spanish movie budgets dropped from $3.4 million in 2009 to $2.0 million in 2015.

Despite some exceptions, local films have followed the trend of foreign-language fare the world over and sell abroad at lower prices than 10 years ago. International buyers are becoming increasingly selective in foreign-language acquisitions and struggle ever more to open them theatrically.

“If distributors were already cautious, they are now still more,” says Vicente Canales at Film Factory Ent. “Buying a film, they need to see important theatrical elements in it to acquire it.”

International business is also polarizing. Per Canales, “There’s practically no middle ground: Either you make good sales on films with a theatrical opening or small sales for other release windows.”

Latido Films CEO
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Spanish Film Industry Gets a Boost From TV Nets, Movistar Plus

For Spain’s top movie players, TV production could prove their salvation.

When Spain’s largest telco, Telefonica, bought total control of its biggest pay TV operator, Canal Plus Spain, in May 2014, it was an unprecedented move for Europe’s “big five” movie territories.

The positive consequences of that telco-content convergence, compounded by Netflix’s launch in Spain last October and HBO promising a Spanish streaming service by this year-end, are now playing out all over Spain’s content industry.

Co-producing and promoting 10-15 titles a year, Spain’s biggest broadcast networks Mediaset España and Atresmedia have helped fire up Spanish films’ domestic market shares to 25.5% in 2014 and 19% last year — both modern highs.

Led by “Julieta,” Pedro Almodóvar’s fifth competition entry, Spain boasts its biggest festival presence at Cannes for years with four features. But all the other films — Catalan Albert Serra’s “The Death of Louis Xiv,” a
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Corazon Takes Mexico, Latin America VOD on ‘The Apostate’ (Exclusive)

Guadalajara – Who said distributors can no longer rely on TV sales? In a deal model which looks set to multiply in the Mexico, as competition in Latin America’s VOD space heats up, Eckehardt Von Damm’s Corazon Films has acquired all rights for Mexico and VOD for the whole of Latin America – both Svod and Tvod – to Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate.”

“New VOD platforms in the region allow local distributors to be more aggressive as Latin American films become more palatable,” said Sandro Halphen, Corazon head of development and rights’ manager.

Pick-up by Corazon Films, a production-distribution shingle that releases a mix of U.S. (Scott Hick’s “Fallen,” “American Ultra”) and Mexican movies, ticks off another major territory for “The Apostate,” an irreverent belated coming-of-age comedy from Spanish-Uruguayan director Veiroj which, world premiering at Toronto, won a Fipresci award and Special Jury Prize at San Sebastian.

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Madrid de Cine: ‘Wild Tales’ Wins Spanish Export Award

Madrid de Cine: ‘Wild Tales’ Wins Spanish Export Award
Madrid – Auguring a potential new phenomenon, the Spain-Latin America B.O. crossover, Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” won the Fapae-Rentrak 2015 award at the 9th Madrid de Cine-Spanish Film Screenings for the best Spanish movie export of 2014.

Produced out of Spain by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar and Esther Garcia at El Deseo and Hugo Sigman and Matias Mosteirin at K & S Films in Argentina, and co-produced by Telefe-Telefonica Studios, “Wild Tales” was sold by Vicente CanalesFilm Factory to 48 countries. A Cannes Competition player that swept July’s Platino Awards, “Wild Tales” was a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pick-up, and a Warner Bros. release in Latin America, Spain and – unusually for a Spanish-language film – France.

Made for the Spanish film of the past year with most international impact, Fapae-Rentrak Prize is recognition of the strategy of film’s producers and Canales of standing form when they first brought “Wild Tales
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Telefonica Studios Boards Carlos Saura’s Documentary ‘La Jota’

Telefonica Studios Boards Carlos Saura’s Documentary ‘La Jota’
Telefonica Studios, the production arm of giant Spanish telco Telefonica, has boarded Carlos Saura’s documentary “La Jota,” about same-name dance and music from the Spanish region of Aragon, the legendary director’s motherland.

Rolling for six weeks from Nov. 13 in a studio at Los Angeles de San Rafael, in Segovia, “La Jota,” in line with previous Saura popular song and dance features, casts a high-profile list of artists such as Miguel Angel Bernal, Sara Baras, Ara Malikian, Carlos Nunez, Juan Manuel Canizares, Giovanni Solima and Enrique Sonilis.

A leading light of the 1960s’ Nuevo Cine Español, Saura has directed memorable movies related with popular music and dance, whether in fiction (“Carmen,” “Tango,” “El amor brujo”) or docu-features (”Blood Wedding,” “Fados,” “Flamenco, Flamenco”).

The exploration of his Aragonese musical roots marks Spanish film master’s follow-up to “Zonda: Folclore Argentino,” which world premiered in September at Venice Days’ Special Events,
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Afm: ‘Spanish Affaire’ Stars Join Filmax’s ‘100 Meters’

Afm: ‘Spanish Affaire’ Stars Join Filmax’s ‘100 Meters’
Julio Fernandez’s Filmax Group will produce Marcel Barrena’s “100 Meters,” a real-life based dramedy, toplined by Dani Rovira and Karra Elejalde, stars of Spain’s B.O. juggernaut comedy “Spanish Affair.”

Filmax International, Filmax Group sales arm, will be presenting the project for the first time to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

With French smash hit comedy “Intouchables” as its main film reference, “100 Meters” is an inspirational and feel-good movie on the emotional tale of Ramon Arroyo, a successful Spanish entrepreneur and happy family man who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told that soon he won’t be able to walk even 100 meters.

Ramon’s bravery and determination lead him not only to prove his doctors wrong, but to compete in several editions of one of the toughest triathlon events on the planet, the Ironman.

After starring in 2014’s comedy “Spanish Affair,” the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time in domestic,
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Tokyo Film Review: ‘The Actor’

Tokyo Film Review: ‘The Actor’
One of those “actors are real people, too” romantic comedies, a la “Lost in Translation” or “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton,” in which a jaded showbiz type mellows after falling for a genuine down-to-earth gal, Satoko Yokohama’s “The Actor” puts a Japanese twist on a relatively common Western plot, while giving local thesp Ken Yasuda the juiciest role of either his or his onscreen persona’s career. Crafted according to local commercial customs, yet remarkably playful in its own right, the film blurs the lines between its protagonist’s best-known roles — a mix of samurai, gangsters and so forth — and the off-script personal life he’s trying to cobble together offscreen. The result proves clever enough for the Japanese market, and yet a wee bit tricky for foreigners to follow.

Though reasonably well respected for his ability to improvise in character, Takuji Kameoka (Yasuda) seems to have forgotten who he really is,
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