15 items from 2014
Written and directed by Sean Gullette
An SUV drives across the Moroccan border, packed with drugs hidden from plain view. Two girls, Malika (Chimae Ben Acha) and Amal (Soufia Issami), smuggle the drugs across terrorist lines with little to lose. Malika, the newest recruit, is nervous but shows no sign of worry with her deadpan looks. Amal, although experienced in the trafficking game, has a poor poker face. With every passing mile, Amal looks at Malika with a profound sense of caution. Malika, on the other hand, approaches each mile with a sharp sense of focus. She just wants to finish the job and get back to her normal life. Whether she can get back to her life, and avoid the backlash of her boss Samir (Mourade Zeguendi), is another question. But it’s a question she’s willing to fight for. After a few tension-filled moments, Amal »
- Christopher Clemente
Panama City – Already a sales and fest hit, Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s fourth feature “Gloria” won picture at the first Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, held Saturday in Panama City.
In what was probably the closest to a shoo-in for an award, “Gloria’s” Paulina Garcia nabbed actress for her turn as a 58-year-old divorcee searching for love and affection. Garcia already took best actress at Berlin last year for the same perf.
Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, his regular co-scribe, scooped the first Platino in history with best screenplay for “Gloria,” “a real attempt to connect [with audiences],” Lelio told Variety of his dramatic comedy.
For auteurs, the road to a real audience connection is littered with corpses, but “Gloria,” bucking the trend and sold by Funny Balloons, was one of the biggest sales stories at last year’s Berlin, deals including a Roadside Attractions U.S. pick-up. It now has three Platino Awards under its belt. »
- John Hopewell
He premiered a pair of films at Tiff this past September, of course his latest film Enemy works in twos, and a rarity in the film news cycle, two lead actresses (Amy Adams with Story Of Your Life) are now attached to his next next two film projects. Variety reports that Emily Blunt (who worked with Quebecois confrère Jean-Marc Vallee on The Young Victoria) is the first person to potentially star in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Production is set to begin this summer.
Gist: Written by Taylor Sheridan, this focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped »
- Eric Lavallee
If you’re looking for proof that Hollywood is building ties to the rapidly growing Mexican film industry, one of the most vibrant in Latin America, look no further than the 29th Guadalajara Festival, which unfolds March 21-30 in the Jalisco city.
Companies set to attend the fest include Mundial, a joint venture between Canana and Hollywood-based indie Im Global; Ag Studio, which has companies in Los Angeles, Mexico City and now Brazil and Colombia; and U.S.-based Fox Intl. Channels, said festival market and industry director Estrella Araiza, who added that European shingles including Global Screen (Germany), Imagina (Spain) and Elle Driver (France), also will be on hand.
There’s good reason for the interest. In 2013, Mexican box office shot up 11.5% to $901.6 million, per Ihs Screen Digest, making Mexico the 10th largest theatrical market in dollar grosses in the world, fueled by a new phenomenon — local blockbusters, led »
- John Hopewell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
Director: Pablo Fendrik
Writer(s): Pablo Fendrik
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
In terms of visibility and breaking out, we’re betting that Pablo Fendrik’s third feature film (debut in the English language) will raise his profile much like Miss Bala did for Gerardo Naranjo. The auteur Argentinian filmmaker who paired with actor Arturo Goetz on distinctly antagonistic items such as The Mugger (2007) and Blood Appears (2008) has been cooking up this environmental-thriller for a while now.
Gist: Gael Garcia Bernal portrays a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Alice Braga) of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.
Release Date: Seeing that both of his debut films screened in Cannes, this logically should be included in the »
- Eric Lavallee
Zoe Kravitz joins Jeremy Allen White, Caleb Landry Jones, Frank Dillane, and star Dakota Fanning in Gerardo Naranjo’s currently untitled feature project that centers on a punk-rock roadie (played by Fanning) who finds herself during a cross-country band tour in the 1980′s. No word currently on what role Kravitz has signed up to play. Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray and Chris Ramirez will produce. Naranjo's last feature directorial effort was the acclaimed crime/drama Miss Bala, in 2011. Kravitz last appeared in last year's After Earth, with Will Smith and star Jaden Smith, and will next be seen in Lionsgate adaptation of the popular Ya novel Divergent. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Village Voice is Frozen the first Disney movie about girls rather than for them?
The New Yorker asks Richard Brody, film critic, to explain himself. Cute video but omg his desk is cramped
The Dissolve has a piece about the toxicity of twitter and its effects on intrafeminist battles. Really interesting and ties into what's been going on with the Dylan Farrow letter I think
Vf George Clooney's advice for posing on the cover of Vanity Fair
- NATHANIEL R
• Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) is attached to star in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel about a luxury residential unit. Hiddleston would play Robert Laing, a doctor who loves the idea of the tower, becomes obsessed with the architect, and gets embroiled in the complex mess surrounding the building. In the book, the building isolates the residents from the outside world and societal niceties soon devolve as residents segregate themselves by class and eventually regress to a primitive hunter/gatherer culture. Ben Wheatley (Doctor Who) is set to direct. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Dakota Fanning, Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”), Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and the “X-Men: First Class” duo of Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are set to star in the untitled English-language debut of “Miss Bala” director Gerardo Naranjo, it was announced Wednesday. Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky of Verisimilitude and Chris Ramirez of Lola Pictures will produce the film, which is fully financed and will start production in Nevada in late March. Naranjo wrote and will direct the movie, which is a co-production between Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures, the latter of which is also financing. Also »
- Jeff Sneider
“Harry Potter” actor Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) and “X-Men: First Class” thesps Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are also starring in the film, with Naranjo (“Miss Bala”) directing from his own script.
Fanning will portray a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s.
CAA arranged the financing, and Preferred Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the financiers. Domestic distribution rights will be represented by CAA and Preferred Content.
- Dave McNary
CAA arranged financing and negotiated the deal with Preferred Content on behalf of Lola. CAA and Preferred Content jointly represent Us rights.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
I still haven't seen Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala, which I realize is a gaping hole in my list of "have watched", but I'm sure I'll catch it at some point, though hopefully before his next film, which he's just lined up with Dakota Fanning set to star along with Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White and X-Men: First Class co-stars Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones. The film doesn't yet have a title, but the story follows Viena (Fanning), a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s. Production is set to begin in Nevada in late March. In other casting news, Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, The Sea Inside) is finally getting back to work after the lackluster response to his 2009 feature Agora. His next film is titled Regression and Dimension Films has already picked it up for distribution and Emma Watson »
- Brad Brevet
Miss Bala helmer's Gerardo Naranjo.s untitled English-language debut is now fully cast and financed, Verisimilitude and Lola Pictures announced today. Headlining the young cast is Daokta Fanning, who joins Frank Dillane ( Harry Potter ), Jeremy Allen White ("Shameless"), Zoe Kravitz ( X-Men: First Class ) and Caleb Landry Jones ( X-Men: First Class ). Production is slated to begin in Nevada in late March. The untitled film follows Viena (Fanning), a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s. "Its super exciting to work again with Alex and Hunter, I am equally looking forward to film in Nevada thanks to Chris Ramirez and Lola Pictures," says Naranjo. "I've always wanted to make a picture that would rely only on »
Fox International Productions’ exec Shebnem Askin has joined Fox Turkey as Executive Vice President of Programming at the TV channel, which is among the top five stations in the country’s booming TV market.
Askin, who was Senior Vice President of International Acquisitions and Sales at Fip, will now be in charge of boosting Fox Turkey’s entertainment offering and will be responsible for commissioning, acquiring and scheduling film, drama, factual, kids and event entertainment programming, as well as working with Fox Turkey’s channel partners.
At Fip Askin, who is a Turkish native, had been active on the co-productions and acquisitions side, including negotiations for Mexico’s Academy Award Entry “Miss Bala,” directed by Gerarado Naranjo, and for Gaumont’s upcoming “Mea Culpa” directed by Fred Cavaye. She most recently acquired for Fip the remake rights to “Metro Manila,” directed by Sean Ellis, which won the Audience Award for »
- Nick Vivarelli
15 items from 2014
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