9 items from 2013
Latin American filmmakers are an emerging global force, riding on a wave of genre films. So much so that Latin America’s biggest movie market, Ventana Sur, which means Southern Window, has launched Blood Window, a slice of the mart dedicated to horror.
More widely available digital distribution systems, whether set-top boxes or game consoles or even mobile phones streaming content, have created a demand for youth-skewing genre pics in Europe, Asia and especially the United States.
“Ironically, it’s easier to find interest abroad when producing genre films than here in Argentina,” says scribe-helmer Ramiro Garcia Bogliano.
Javier Fernandez at Buenos Aires’ Incaa, which co-organizes Ventana Sur with the Cannes Festival’s Film Market, likens the rise in Latin American genre to what happened in South Korea a little more than a decade ago, and more recently Spain.
Some highlights of the surge:
Argentina’s Andy Muschietti (“Mama”) and »
- John Hopewell
The Hidden Face (Spanish: La cara oculta), 2011.
Directed by Andrés Baiz.
A Spanish orchestra conductor deals with the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend.
Trailers revealing too much in general is nothing new, but some go one step further and divulge a plot point or character trajectory so fundamental to your enjoyment of the film that you’re robbed of all surprise and discovery. The Hidden Face comes saddled with such a trailer, and while one should always remain sympathetic to the plight of any Spanish-language film that doesn’t come with Guillermo Del Toro’s stamp of approval, this is certainly one example of the less you know, the better.
We’re first introduced to Adrián (Quim Gutiérrez), and we watch as he looks despondently into the viewfinder of a digital camera - the recording is of his now ex-girlfriend, Belén »
- Flickering Myth
Since a new film law took effect in January, Colombia has emerged as the go-to location for a growing number of international filmmakers.
Also helping lift production: the country has turned the page on the notorious drug violence of its past. According to the latest U.S. State Dept. travel warning, “security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years.”
Per the new film law, dubbed Law 1556, foreign shoots of feature films and TV movies investing over $500,000 in Colombia can avail themselves of cash rebates of 40% on local qualified film spend and 20% cash rebates on lodging, catering and transportation expenses.
The law creates a $14 million film fund and complements the 2003 film law, which offered subsidies and tax savings of up to 41.23% to resident producers. The old law led to a surge in local production and resulted in improved crew competence and depth.
It also contributed to a growing shooting and production services infrastructure. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Director: Andres Baiz. Review: Adam Wing. Sometimes you watch a film that reawakens your love of cinema. Other times you’ll watch a movie you know nothing about, with zero hype, limited expectations and no knowledge of what to expect. The Hidden Face, A Spanish thriller starring Quim Gutierrez, Martina Garcia and Maria Soledad Rodriguez, is the type of film that punches you in the face repeatedly with cinematic joy. So do yourself a favour. Dodge the trailers and avoid the spoilers. Just sit back and enjoy one of the most riveting thrillers of the year, and I’ll do my best not to give too much away. After the sudden disappearance of his girlfriend, a young composer (Gutierrez) is left in a new home with his life in pieces and the suspicions of the local police force at his door. He gets over the heartbreak a little too quickly for their liking, »
The line-up for this year’s Dundead film festival has been announced.
The festival, now in its third year, offers genre fans living in Dundee and the surrounding areas an opportunity to see a mixture of old and upcoming horror films at Dundee Contemporary Arts over a four day period, May 2 – 5, 2013.
This year’s festival will open with the UK premiere of Would You Rather, David Guy Levy’s twisted psychological thriller, and close with a preview screening of The ABC’s of Death, an anthology film containing 26 shorts (one for each letter of the alphabet) by 26 different directors.
The line-up also includes preview screenings of John Dies At The End, The Hidden Face, The Lords Of Salem and Kiss Of The Damned, while three of director Brian De Palma’s films will be screened as part of a mini retrospective.
In addition, for those looking for something a little different, »
- Jamie Neish
Welcome 2013! Bollywood is already happening along with the New Year but what is more special this year is the number of sequels that have been awaited and promise to do justice to the rhe prequels and the expectations of the s. We have shortlisted the much waited ones for our readers and here is what we have:
Finally, one of the most awaited sequels is releasing in the first month of the New Year itself. Race was a super hit in 2008 and its sequel releases on 25th January 2013. Adding to the original cast of Anil Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ameesha Patel are a part of Race 2. Only time will tell if we miss Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Sameera Reddy and Akshaye Khanna. The music of the film released on 6th January 2013 and it is composed by Pritam. As »
- Samreen Tungekar
Having acquired the official rights of the 2011 Spanish Film La Cara Oculta directed by Andres Baiz, Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films are ready to awe Indian audiences with coming-of-age questions that few dare to ask, with their forthcoming release Murder 3. Says Mr. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, "At Fox we have access to great stories from around the world and are always evaluating which can be adapted for the Indian audiences - and having identified La Cara Oculta it was but natural for us to leverage our long standing relations with Vishesh films and their strong creative sensibilities to adapt it for Indian audiences. Once Bhatt Saab saw this film, he strongly felt that this film would be the best fit to take the Murder brand forward and so Murder 3 was born." Marking the directorial debut of Vishesh Bhatt, Murder 3 inspired by the Spanish language »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Having acquired the official rights of the 2011 Spanish Film La Cara Oculta directed by Andres Baiz, Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films are ready to awe Indian audiences with coming-of-age questions that few dare to ask, with their forthcoming release Murder 3. Says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, "At Fox we have access to great stories from around the world and are always evaluating which can be adapted for the Indian audiences - and having identified La Cara Oculta it wa »
Mahesh Bhatt will base Murder 3 on a Spanish horror story. The filmmaker has acquired the rights to remake La Cara Oculta. He told The Times of India: "Murder 3 is the 2013 equivalent of the controversial Arth in the thriller genre which released in 1983. "Then it was the institution of marriage that was deconstructed and 30 years later Murder 3 deconstructs love and questions its very existence in today's world of relationship crimes. Now that we have the official rights of the film we look to doing it justice and taking the Murder franchise (more) »
- By Zakia Uddin
9 items from 2013
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