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Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” Submitted as Argentina’s Foreign-Language Oscar Pick

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Lucrecia Martel’s first feature in nine years may earn her an Academy Award nomination. Argentina has submitted “Zama” as their foreign-language Oscar pick, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. The writer-director’s last film, 2008’s “The Headless Woman,” was named Best Film by the Argentinean Academy, and Martel also picked up honors for writing and directing the thriller.

An adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 novel of the same name, “Zama” is set in the 18th century and centers on a Spanish officer (Daniel Gimenez Cacho, “The Promise”) stationed in a remote South American town awaiting a transfer to Buenos Aires. The Spanish-language epic made its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival and is currently screening at the New York Film Festival.

The last woman-directed film Argentina submitted in the foreign-language Oscar race was Lucía Puenzo’s “The German Doctor,” which failed to earn a nom at the 2014 ceremony.

Other films in the running for this category at the 2018 Oscars include Roya Sadat’s “A Letter to the President,” a drama about an official grappling with tribal laws, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” an adaptation of human rights activist Loung Ung’s non-fiction book, and Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib,” a dramedy about a father and his estranged son.

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Platino Awards: Edward James Olmos on Latino Power and Donald Trump

Platino Awards: Edward James Olmos on Latino Power and Donald Trump
Madrid — Soon to be seen in “Blade Runner 2049,” where he reprises his role as Gaff, Edward James Olmos sounded a note of large hope for Latino moviemaking as he talked to journalists in Madrid a day before he receives the 2017 Honorary Platino Award for career achievement.

Latinos account for more than 20% of the population but only 4% of images in the U.S., said Olmos, a seasoned voice of Hollywood’s Latino film and TV community who shot to fame in “Miami Vice” to snag an Oscar nomination for “Stand and Deliver.”

That contrasts with Afro-Americans – 12% of Americans and 17% of images. In 1940, there were 750 cinema theaters in the U.S. screening movies in Spanish. Now there are only 35, Olmos said, adding he was shocked no mention was made in “Argo” of the fact that the real-life Tony Mendez played by Ben Affleck in the film was Mexican-American.

The situation, Olmos argued, can only get better.
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Berlinale: FiGa Films Boards Julia Solomonoff’s ‘Nobody’s Watching’(Exclusive)

Berlin—Partnering on an anticipated title from a distinguished Latin American woman director which offers an original take on Latin-America-u.S. emigration, Sandro Fiorin’s Miami-based FiGa Films has boarded Julia Solomonoff’s upcoming “Nobody’s Watching.”

One of the foremost sales companies of Latin American films, FiGa Films will handle international sales on this singular Latin American/U.S production.

Largely set in New York, and spoken in English and Spanish, “Nobody’s Watching” marks Solomonoff’s follow-up to “Sisters,” backed by Walter Salles, and “The Summer of la Boyita,” co-produced by Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo. Solomonoff produced Julia Murat’s “Pendular,” which plays in this year’s Berlinale Panorama section.

“A film about immigration but not about a man searching for a green card,” in Solomonoff words, “Nobody’s Watching” stars Argentine actor Guillermo Pfening (“The German Doctor,” “Boyita”). Pfening plays Nico, an attractive Argentinean
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Nicolas and Luis Puenzo, Juana Burga on ‘The Unseen’

Nicolas and Luis Puenzo, Juana Burga on ‘The Unseen’
Buenos Aires — Somewhere on a high Andes plateau, a pregnant Quechua girl’s father dies. She determines to leave with her young husband. So begins an odyssey which takes the couple across a benighted landscape, as dry as the moon, a Bolivia Altiplano laid waste by industrial exploitation and bloody militia, heading to Chile and the sea. They meet Ruiz, a 50-year-old, war-scarred photographer who seeks to save them from the war zone, salvaging what remains of his humanity. Written by Nicolas and Lucia Puenzo, and helmed by Nicolas, a co-director of TV series “Cromo,” survival thriller “Los Ultimos” (The Unseen) is set in a future which seems ever more part of the present. Luis, Lucia, Esteban and Nicolas Puenzo produce; Lucero Garzon associate produces. Sneak peeked at Los Cabos,”The Unseen” now plays at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte pix-in-post showcase, curated by Cannes Cinefondation’s Georges Goldenstern. Variety
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Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)

Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Historias Cinematograficas, the family production house boasting the talents of Academy Award winning Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story,” “Old Gringo”) and Lucia Puenzo (“Xxy,” “The German Doctor), plus Nicolas and Esteban Puenzo, has set a 2016-17 production-development slate which must rank as one of the largest of any independent family business in Latin America.

Confirmed in the run-up to Ventana Sur, and presented a few weeks back behind closed doors at Los Cabos, the line-up is bulking, heterogenous, and ambitious. It also represents the latest projects from one of the few companies in Argentina capable of making films which gross seven-figure box office outside Argentina.

Slate takes in Lucia Puenzo’s French-language debut “Bluebeard,” brothers Esteban and Nicolas Puenzo’s feature debuts, two movie projects from Luis Puenzo – one a animated-live action feature, another a historical epic – and two potentially notable TV drama series.

However ranging, the slate
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Los Cabos: Lucero Garzon Boards ‘The Desert Bride’ (Exclusive)

Los Cabos — Lucero Garzon, the Paris-based sales agent-turned-producer, has boarded “La novia en el desierto” (“The Desert Bride”), the first feature of Argentine first-time filmmakers, Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato. Garzon will serve as associate producer.

Shooting from mid-November in the San Juan desert in north-west Argentina, “The Desert Bride” marks Garzon’s second commitment to a Latin American production since she ankled last year as head of international sales at Pyramide International, one of the plum jobs on Europe’s arthouse movie sales scene.

Her first, futuristic thriller “Los Ultimos,” the debut of Argentina’s Nicolas Puenzo, a cinematographer on “The German Doctor,”receives a work-in-progress screening at Los Cabos Festival on Saturday and then competes at Primer Corte, Ventana Sur’s pix-in-post showcase curated by Cannes Cinefondation George Goldenstern, in early December.

Presented at the Berlin Co-Production Market, “The Desert Bride” is produced out of Argentina by El Perro en la Luna,
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Nicolas Puenzo’s ‘Los Ultimos,’ Natalia Beristain’s ‘The Goodbyes,’ Kiki Alvarez’s ‘Soul Sister’ Selected For Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte

Madrid — Nicolas Puenzo’s “Los Ultimos,” Natalia Beristain’s “The Goodbyes” and Kiki Alvarez’s “Soul Sister” have made the cut of Ventana Sur’s 8th Primer Plano, its traditionally arthouse pix-in-post showcase which is one of the Latin American movie market’s main industry draws.

Curated by Cannes’ Cinefondation’s Georges Goldenstern, Primer Corte highlights the awaited feature movie directorial debut of Nicolas Puenzo, a cinematographer on “The German Doctor,” the buzzed up bio from Mexico’s Beristain, the latest from Cuba’s Kiki Alvarez, whose steamy “Venecia” played Toronto. But it also takes in two broader comedies, Bolivia’s “Las Malcogidas” and “Las Oriyinales” as comedy continues to break out of home territories, scoring pan-Latin American and remake deals.

Written by Nicolas and Lucia Puenzo, and helmed by the former, Nicolas, a co-director of TV series “Cromo,” “Los Ultimos” is set in the near future, turning on a couple,
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Kuschevatzky, Campanella, Oreiro Head Up New Argentine Academy

Kuschevatzky, Campanella, Oreiro Head Up New Argentine Academy
One of Argentina’s highest-profile film-tv executives, Telefe movie division head Axel Kuschevatzky, a former director of Telefonica Studios, has been named the new president of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

Kuschevatzky heads up a new board of directors which includes actress Natalia Oreiro (“Gilda,” “The German Doctor”) as second vice president. Up-and-coming actor Joaquin Furriel (“The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime”) figures among its spokespersons.

Mauricio Macri’s government has sought to reverse many policies put in place under his predecessors. Argentina’s film industry has bucked that trend. Its Academy is a case in point. Rather than abandoning the Academy, its president, Juan Jose Campanella, an Academy Award winner for “The Secret in Their Eyes,” will now serve as its first vice president.

“The new board’s appointment represents an ongoing project initiated under Juan Jose Campanella’s leadership four years ago,” Kuschevatzky said.

That includes a film restoration program.
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Telefonica Peru Taps Javier Beltramino, Eyes Movie, Series Production

Telefonica Peru Taps Javier Beltramino, Eyes Movie, Series Production
Madrid — Making another move in Latin America, Spanish telco Telefonica has plans to enter movie production in Peru, with Media Networks, its Peruvian B2B content production-distribution company, tapping Javier Beltramino, a former production manager at Telefonica Studios in Argentina, to launch and run a Fiction Development Division.

Beltramino will report to Luis Delamer, CEO Media Networks and Telefonica Group Director Video LatAm.

Also heading up the Area de Realización, charged with directing currently non-fiction TV content for Telefonica TV channels in Peru, Beltramino’s goal is to produce a first Peruvian feature in the next 12 months.

Media Networks’ first movie would be a majority Media Networks production made in co-production with the independent production sector in Peru. Directed by a Peruvian, and with Peruvian cast, the creature would be a comedy or horror titles, the two film types which work best in Peru, Beltramino said. The objective, however, would
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Paradiso Takes U.S. Rights to Natalia Oreiro-Starrer ’Gilda’ (Exclusive)

Paradiso Takes U.S. Rights to Natalia Oreiro-Starrer ’Gilda’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Paradiso Distribution has taken all U.S. rights on “Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor” (I Am Gilda, The Latin Music Saint), Guido Rud, CEO of its sales agent, FilmSharks Intl., announced at San Sebastian.

Headed by CEO Alejandro Suaya, Paradiso will release “Gilda” theatrically during the first quarter of 2017. Paradiso is a new company co-owned by Miami-based Rola Entertainment, which occasionally distributes Warner Bros. features in Latin America.

Disney’s Buena Vsta Intl. distributes in Latin America. “Gilda” stars Uruguay-born Natalia Oreiro who headlined Lucia Puenzo’s “The German Doctor” and Benjamin Ávila’s “Clandestine Childhood.” The movie is inspired by singer Míriam Alejandra Bianchi a Buenos Aires-born kindergarden teacher who gave up everything to achieve her dream of becoming a singer superstar. She did just that, but died tragically in a traffic accident at 34. Talented, charismatic, Bianchi also composed, adopting the stage name of Gilda,
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Netflix Announces ‘Seven Years,’ Its First Original Film in Spain

Netflix Announces ‘Seven Years,’ Its First Original Film in Spain
Madrid – – Starring Spanish actor-turned-director Paco Leon, drama “Siete Años” (Seven Years), the first Netflix original film shot and produced in Spain will debut around the globe on Oct. 28 on the U.S. streaming giant.

Directed by Goya-Award winner Roger Gual (“Smoking Room,” “Tasting Menu”) and written by Jose Cabeza and Julia Fontana, “Seven Years” tells the story of four friends and founding-partners in a company who one night are forced to find a solution that can save their friendship and themselves. They must face a complicated decision: Who must sacrifice his freedom to save the rest from personal and financial ruin.

Seven Years” is produced for Netflix by Colombian Cristian Conti (“Undertow,” “Rage”) at Barcelona-based Cactus Flower and Argentine composer-producer Federico Jusid at Madrid-based Metronome.

Netflix, which will celebrate its first year of operations in Spain on Oct. 20, unveiled in March its first local original TV drama, teaming with Ramon Campos’ outfit Bambu Producciones.
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Colombian Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Sweeps the 3rd Platino Awards

Colombian Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Sweeps the 3rd Platino Awards
Punta Del Este, Uruguay — Making good on its Academy Award nomination, Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” swept the 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards on Sunday night in Uruguay, winning in seven of the eight categories for which it was up for a prize.

Opening Uruguay’s new Punta del Este Convention Center, the 2016 Platinos will go down as serving further and perhaps final kudos recognition for a title which also won the top prize at Cannes’ 2015 Directors’ Fortnight and the Sloan Award at this year’s Sundance Fest, consolidating Guerra’s reputation as one of the most exciting and original talents working out of Latin America today, after two features which garnered acclaim at Cannes (“Wandering Shadows,” “The Wind Journeys”), but hardly the international resonance of “Embrace of the Serpent.”

Though the awards had no clear favourite, “Embrace of the Serpent,” with “Ixcanul,” had scored the most nominations
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Cannes: FilmSharks Brings ‘Gilda’ to the International Market

Cannes: FilmSharks Brings ‘Gilda’ to the International Market
Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. has acquired international sales rights to musical drama “Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor,” about Argentina’s legendary cumbia star, played by Natalia Oreiro (“The German Doctor”).

Picked up by Buena Vista Intl. for Argentina, the film, aka “I am Gilda (The Latin Music Saint),” is currently shooting in Buenos Aires, directed by Lorena Muñoz, who co-penned the script with Tamara Viñes.

Set up at Habitacion 1520 Producciones, a Buenos Aires-based company led by Muñoz and partners Benjamin Avila and Maximiliano Dubois, “Gilda” also has on board Telefe/Telefonica Studios and Direct TV Latin America.

The film tells the story of Argentine cumbia singer Gilda, born Myriam Alejandra Bianchi, who succeed in music after working as gardener and P.E. teacher, acquiring the status of a popular saint in Argentina after her tour bus crashed in 1996, killing her, her mother, her daughter and part of her band.
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Buena Vista takes FilmSharks' 'I Am Gilda' for LatAm

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Buena Vista takes FilmSharks' 'I Am Gilda' for LatAm
Exclusive: Biopic stars Natalia Oreiro at late pop icon Gilda.

Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks is in talks with international buyers on the biopic I Am Gilda (The Latin Music Saint) starring Natalia Oreiro as the late Argentinian pop icon Gilda.

Buena Vista International has boarded Latin American rights and will release the film in the fourth quarter.

Lorena Muñoz directed I Am Gilda (Spanish title Gilda No Me Arrepiento De Este Amor), which charts the story of how Miriam Alejandra Bianchi became the iconic pop star Gilda and her tragic end in a car crash.

Angela Torres, Lautaro Delgado, Susana Pampin and Daniel Melingo also star.

Oreiro has starred in The German Doctor, among others.
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Gonard Launches Inside Content (Exclusive)

Gonard Launches Inside Content (Exclusive)
Madrid – Geraldine Gonard, the former managing director of Madrid’s Imagina Intl. Sales, has hung her own shingle, Inside Content, a financing, co-production and pre-sales company focusing on content from Latin markets and Europe.

Inside Content is based out of Madrid. It will focus primarily but not exclusively on scripted TV, but has made its first move taking world sales rights to “The Night My Mother Killed My Father,” the latest comedy from Inés Paris (“Miguel and William”).

Inside Content play off two major assets: Gonard’s now extensive experience in film and TV sales, having served as managing director and COO at Iis from 2007 to 2015, sales and then general director at Grupo Pi (2001-06), and as a sales exec at Sogepaq (1997-2001); the vibrant lift in the international TV drama business in the last two-to-three years which Gonard, heading up Iis, Spain’s main scripted drama export house, has experienced first hand and indeed,
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Studiocanal Seals First Sales on Marion Cotillard, Daniel Auteuil, Fatih Akin, Adele Exarchopoulos Movies (Exclusive)

Studiocanal Seals First Sales on Marion Cotillard, Daniel Auteuil, Fatih Akin, Adele Exarchopoulos Movies (Exclusive)
Led by Marion Cotillard-starrer “From the Land of the Moon,” Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has announced 50 sales deals off its Berlin’s European Film Market on a slate of prestige European titles with often big festival promise plus the scale to play select multiplexes abroad.

Dealings demonstrate the benefits of film-by-film production-financing-sales alliances with some of the best producers in Europe’s business, as well as the big plus of movies helmed by name directors such as Nicole Garcia (“From the Land of the Moon”) and Fatih Akin (“Goodbye Berlin”) and starring Cotillard, Pierre Niney, Daniel Auteuil and Adele Exarchopoulos and Guillaume Gallienne.

Produced by Alain Attal at Les Productions du Tresor, the company behind Maiwenn’s Vincent Cassel-toplining “My King” — and a case in point — “From the Land of the Moon” will be distributed in Europe’s by far three biggest territories of France, the U.K.
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Goteborg: Producers Gray and Hummelvoll Talk Political Thriller ‘Occupied’

Norway, the near future. Sparked by climate change, a catastrophic hurricane hits Norway, killing dozens. The sympathetic environment party head Jesper Berg, man of large principles and little realpolitik, is swept to power. His election victory comes, however, as the U.S. has become self-sufficient in energy; and civil war nixes Arab state oil production. Opening Norway’s first thorium clean energy plant, Berg declares a halt to oil and gas production in Norway, which the rest of Europe, teetering on an energy crisis, so desperately needs. Backed by the E.U., Russian forces take over Norway’s rigs.

Boasting one of the biggest original leaps of imagination of any series coming out of Europe, “Occupied” is based on an original idea by novelist Jo Nesbo (“Headhunters”). “Occupied” has the producer pedigree of Zodiak Media Group’s Yellow Bird, whose credits include “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Headhunters” and “Wallander,
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Ventana Sur: ‘Cielo,’ ‘Pass,’ ‘Sangre,’ ‘Kids’ Make Market Running (Exclusive)

Ventana Sur: ‘Cielo,’ ‘Pass,’ ‘Sangre,’ ‘Kids’ Make Market Running (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires – “Era el Cielo,” “This Too Shall Pass,” “Sangre en la Boca” and “No Kids” made some of the market running – in announcements, trading – at this week’s 7th Ventana Sur, Latin America’s top film market which for the first time fully caught the Latin American film industry in ongoing market transformation, as Netflix and other Internet content distributors feature ever more in film economics.

Primer Plano, the Argentine sales-distribution company, recognized that about 40% of its sales revenues now come from Over-The-Top operators. As Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute launched last week its own Argentine movie VOD platform, rumors ran rife at Ventana Sur, about Netflix six-figure dollar-sum offers for packages of films – though whether any deals of this caliber have actually gone down is a moot question.

Potential Netflix deals turned Ventana Sur’s rumor mill. Sales agents reported that buyers, especially TV operators, were keen to
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Rt Features, Mundial, Pact For Dutra’s ‘Cielo’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires – Brazil’s Rt Features and Mundial, a joint venture of Im Global and Canana, the top Mexican production house, have pacted for Mundial to acquire world sales rights to “Era el Cielo,” written by Lucia Puenzo (“The German Doctor”) and highly-anticipated next feature of Brazilian Marco Dutra.

Deal links Mundial with Rodrigo Teixeira’s Sao Paulo-based Rt Features, one of Latin America’s most exciting – and unusual – film outfits. Producer of Noah Baumbach’s “Francis Ha,” Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” and James Gray’s upcoming “To the Stars,” Rt Features has also driven hard into a new generation of Brazilian directors, melding arthouse concerns with genre and narrative drive. “Cielo” is Mundial’s first deal with Rt Features.

First out of the gate, so one of their leading lights, is Dutra, whose Dezenove-produced debut “Hard Labor,” earned an Un Certain Regard slot, established him immediately as a talent to track.
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Ventana Sur: FilmSharks Rolls Out ‘No Kids’ as an Original Movie and Remake (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires – Rome-based Microcinema Distribuzione has joined HBO (North America), Buena Vista Intl. (most of South America) and Spain’s Syldavia Films on the list of major territory sales for Argentine Ariel Winograd’s “No Kids,” the latest comedy produced by Argentina’s Disney-backed Patagonik, teaming with Academy Award winner Tornasol (“The Secret in Their Eyes”).

Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires based FilmSharks Intl. clinched the sales, announcing them at this week’s Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, where “No Kids” is a Thursday screening highlight.

Bvi has also acquired Latin American TV/VOD rights. Proof that it is not only French comedies that are crossing borders, as original movies or via remake sales, in new business, France’s Albertine Productions, in association with Selective Films, has taken the Gallic remake rights to “No Kids.”

In reported sales, “No Kids” has sold to Paris Filmes, Brazil’s biggest distributor, majors included,
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