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Film Review: ‘The Mute’

28 August 2013 12:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An over-honest judge is made voiceless after a drive-by shooting he’s convinced isn’t accidental in Daniel and Diego Vega’s largely deadpan black comedy, “The Mute.” The brothers’ follow-up to their debut, “October,” has a similarly restrained style but delivers more of a bite, with a damning portrait of a society where corruption is endemic and betrayal so common it barely rates a raised eyebrow. While there are moments of power, the pic’s metaphor of enforced silence — the one person wanting to shout against the system is muted — renders the concept overly obvious. Fest chatter will be more vocal.

Lead Fernando Bacilio’s win in Locarno as best actor, notwithstanding his deliberately one-note perf, should boost the film’s profile, along with Carlos Reygadas’ attachment as one of the co-producers. It also helps that Peruvian cinema is riding the wave of interest in Latin America, which means »

- Jay Weissberg

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Albert Serra Film Wins Locarno Top Prize

17 August 2013 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Story of My Death,” Catalan director Albert Serra’s imagined meeting of two oft-filmed historical figures—Casanova and Dracula—won the Golden Leopard Saturday night at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, the first edition under the stewardship of festival director Carlo Chatrian.

The international competition jury headed by Filipino helmer Lav Diaz awarded the second-place Special Jury Prize to Portugal’s Joaquim Pinto for “What Now? Remind Me,” a widely admired diary film documenting the filmmaker’s battle against his combined HIV and Hepatitis C infections. Pic also nabbed the top prize of the Fipresci international film critics association.

The prolific Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo copped the best director Leopard for “Our Sunhi,” his second new film to premiere this year, following Berlin competition entry “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon.”

A double winner earlier this year at SXSW, Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12” added another two prizes to its festival tally, »

- Scott Foundas

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Tiff 2013′s Cwc Includes Latest from Spielmann, Eimbcke, Rasoulof, Seidl & Corneliu Porumboiu

13 August 2013 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Final batch of Tiff titles were announced today and among the international hodgepodge of items trickling we find Berlin (Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose), Cannes (The Selfish Giant – Europa Cinemas Label winner and Stranger by the Lake by Alain Guiraudie), Karlovy Vary (Crystal Globe winner Le Grand Cahier ) and Locarno (Corneliu Porumboiu’s When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism) Film Fest items added to the Toronto Int. Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema lineup. Alongside those that have already premiered elsewhere, the titles that have got our attention are world premiere offerings from the likes of award-winning Icelandic helmer Ragnar Bragason (Metalhead), Revanche‘s Götz Spielmann (October November – see pic above) and Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke’s Club Sandwich. Here’s the added titles to the section which already includes: Catherine Martin’s A Journey (Une Jeune Fille), Ingrid Veninger’s The Animal Project, Terry MilesCinemanovels, Bruce Sweeney »

- Eric Lavallee

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2013 Toronto Festival: 90 New Titles Added Including New Miyazaki, Turturro, Durkin, Gibney, MacDonald and Wheatley

13 August 2013 8:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The titles just keep coming as we are now just over three weeks away from the start of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and they have gone and added 90 new feature length titles to the program and it's not as if they are titles you haven't heard of. New to the Galas selection is Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties which premiered at Cannes earlier this year (read my review here) and Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. In the Special Presentations selection you find the bulk of the more noted titles including Alex Gibney's new documentary The Armstrong Lie about cyclist Lance Armstrong, Johnnie To's Blind Detective which also premiered at Cannes, James Franco's Child of God based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, John Turturro's Fading Gigolo which features Woody Allen in one of the roles, Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now »

- Brad Brevet

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Toronto adds 75+ titles to line-up

13 August 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Fred Schepisi’s Words And Pictures and John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo are among the Tiff line-up of galas and special presentations.

The Contemporary World Cinema strand includes first views of Jan Hrebejk’s Honeymoon, Donovan Marsh’s iNumber Number and Fernando Coimbra’s A Wolf At The Door.

The Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Sept 5-15.

Wp = World premiere

IP = International premiere

Np = North American premiere

Cp = Canadian premiere

Tp = Toronto premiere

GALASBlood Ties Guillaume Canet (France-us) NAPBright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) Marion Vernoux (France) NAPWords & Pictures Fred Schepisi (Us) Wpspecial Presentationsa Promise (Une Promesse) Patrice Leconte (Belgium-France) NAPThe Armstrong Lie Alex Gibney (Us) NAPBlind Detective Johnnie To (Hong Kong) NAPChild Of God James Franco (Us) NAPThe Face Of Love Arie Posin (Us) WPFading Gigolo John Turturro (Us) WPThe Finishers Nils Tavernier (Belgium-France) WPHow I Live Now Kevin Macdonald (UK) WPThe »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto unveils gala, special and world line-ups

13 August 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres of Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Fred Schepisi’s Words And Pictures and John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo are among the TIFF line-up of galas and special presentations announced on Tuesday [13].

The Contemporary World Cinema strand includes first views of Jan Hrebejk’s Honeymoon, Donovan Marsh’s iNumber Number and Fernando Coimbra’s A Wolf At The Door.

The Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Sept 5-15.

Wp = World premiere

IP = International premiere

Np = North American premiere

Cp = Canadian premiere

Tp = Toronto premiere

GALASBlood Ties Guillaume Canet (France-us) NAPBright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) Marion Vernoux (France) NAPWords & Pictures Fred Schepisi (Us) Wpspecial Presentationsa Promise (Une Promesse) Patrice Leconte (Belgium-France) NAPThe Armstrong Lie Alex Gibney (Us) NAPBlind Detective Johnnie To (Hong Kong) NAPChild Of God James Franco (Us) NAPThe Face Of Love Arie Posin (Us) WPFading Gigolo John Turturro (Us) WPThe Finishers Nils Tavernier (Belgium-France) WPHow I Live Now [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Vivan Los Vegas: ‘Mudo’ Shows Way Forward for Peru

6 August 2013 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — Over 2009/10, Peru broke out, thanks to Claudia Llosa’s Berlin Golden Bear winner “The Milk of Sorrow,” Javier Fuentes-Leon’s “Undertow,” which took Sundance’s World Cinema Audience Award, and Daniel and Diego Vega’s “October,” which walked off at 2010’s Cannes with its Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.

Finally, a New Peruvian Cinema was born.

Three years later, there are few more anticipated Latin American second features than the Vega brothers’ “El mudo” which screens in competition Wednesday at Locarno.

“El mudo” underscores the filmmakers’ counter-establishment courage to make a putdown of a seemingly corruption-sodden modern-day Peru at a time that the country has become the darling of the financial world.

But the dramedy-thriller also says a lot about the paths top-end Latin American movies are now exploring.

“Sorrow” and Hector Galvez’s “Paradise,” which played Venice Horizons in 2009, were both set in Lima’s marginalized, humble outer-burbs. »

- John Hopewell

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The Life Of A Judge: Trailer For El Mudo, A Sly, Dark Comedy

6 June 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Sibling directors Daniel and Diego Vega have become two of the most promising filmmakers in modern Peruvian cinema, and all with just one film under their belts. 2010's October was a drama with comedic elements about a Scrooge-like loner forced to take care of an orphaned baby. It was well-received by critics and audiences and went on to win the Un Certain Regard Prize at that year's Cannes Film Festival.The Vega Bros. (sadly, no relation to a Tarantino film) are back with sophomore feature El Mudo, another dark comedy about a judge who, after a series of unexpected happenings, turns paranoid with the fear that someone is out to murder him. With the Peruvian justice system being regularly accused of corruption and judges being seen as...

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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Daniel & Diego Vega’s El Mudo

2 April 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#88. Daniel & Diego Vega’s El Mudo

Gist: Among the hodge-podge of Peruvian government officials, there is a man named Constantino Zegarra. He doesn’t fit anywhere and looks down on his colleagues because he has never succumbed to an act of corruption and, every time he has had the opportunity to do so, he has made an effort to impede it. Over his two decades as a government official he has cultivated purity – the fuel for his soul.

Prediction: Un Certain Regard. In 2010 the Daniel and Diego Vega were included in the exact same section with Octubre and walked away with the Jury Prize. El Mudo was an 2011 Atelier supported project and was recently selected to participate in Films in Progress 23 in Toulouse as part of the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine. This potentially means that the Peru, France, Mexico co-production is either deep into the beginning or towards the end of editing phase. »

- Eric Lavallee

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