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Telefonica’s Movistar + Unveils Enrique Urbizu’s ‘Giants’

Telefonica’s Movistar + Unveils Enrique Urbizu’s ‘Giants’
Madrid — Shot in 2:35 aspect ratio, an immediate widescreen declaration of intent that this is not a run-of-the-mill TV series for Spain, Enrique Urbizu’s new project, “Giants,” is one of seven premium original series in production at Telefonica’s pay TV unit Movistar + which formerly unveiled the drama late last week in Madrid. Following, five points on one of Movistar +‘s biggest premium TV series bets:

1. O.K., But What Is It About?

Sales agent Emmanuelle Guilbart at Paris-based All About Content announced the briefest of details to Variety when bringing the series onto the market at April’s Mip TV. Now, much more is known. The series narrates the conflicts and internal struggles of a family of drug dealers in Madrid. The three sons are raised with an iron fist by a widowed, violent man, Abraham Guerrero, soon to be kingpin of Madrid’s criminal underworld, who is
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Atresmedia, Warner Bros. Fire Up Oriol Paulo’s ‘Mirage’ (Exclusive)

“Mirage,” the supernatural thriller by Oriol Paulo, one of Spain’s hottest young writing-directing talents (“Julia’s Eyes,” “The Body”) is set to go into production Nov. 17, powered by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of TV network Atresmedia Group, and producers Think Studio and Colosé Producciones.

Warner Bros. Pictures handles distribution in Spain on a feature project that is shaping up as one of the highest-profile Spanish movies moving towards production this year.

Written by Paulo and Lara Sendim, “Mirage” stars Adriana Ugarte (“Julieta”) as Vera Durán, a happily married mother, whose life turns into a nightmare when in the attempt to avoid a crime ends up provoking a series of chain reactions that change her life completely.

Atresmedia Cine CEO Mercedes Gamero said the supernatural thriller is in the vein of “Frequency,” “White Noise” and “Unknown.”

Action is set between 1980, 2000 and 2014.

Suspense thriller “The Invisible Guest,” which previously teamed Atresmedia Cine,
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Horror Highlights: Phantasm: Ravager on Shudder, Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Piff After Dark, Slasher.Com, Atomica, The Eyes, A Haunting At Silver Falls II

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The latest horror flick filled with immense badassery to be added to Shudder's library is the fifth sequel in the Phantasm franchise, Phantasm: Ravager. Also in today's Highlights: details on the Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Portland International Film Festival's After Dark program, release details for Slasher.com and The Eyes, a new poster for Atomica, and production news and photos for A Haunting at Silver Falls II.

Phantasm: Ravager Comes to Shudder: "Joining Shudder is Phantasm: Ravager- the final installment of the long-running Phantasm series.

In addition to Phantasm: Ravager, streaming exclusively on Shudder is the remaster of Don Coscarelli’s 1979 classic Phantasm, as well as its sequels Phantasm III and Phantasm IV.

Phantasm was recently restored by J.J. AbramsBad Robot and Coscarelli, and given both a new 4K remaster and a 5.1 surround sound mix, which will be the version presented exclusively on Shudder."

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Clive Barker Reel
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‘The Invisible Guest’ (‘Contratiempo’): Film Review

A car crash on a twisting, lonely back road triggers a pile-up of twisting and turning events in Oriol Paulo’s satisfyingly crafted thriller The Invisible Guest, the follow-up to his acclaimed The Body. Paulo may indeed be incidentally interested in themes such as the shifting truth, justice and the way arrogant, powerful people react to losing control of their lives, but he’s far more interested in keeping the viewer engaged and breathless. This he does very well, indeed. But in this tricksiest of films, psychological depth is as invisible as the titular guest.

That said, offshore business is likely for Guest. It's the...
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) Locks In Emotional Thrills

Locked-room mysteries don't get much more fiendish than the one at the heart of The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo), the new film by Spanish writer/director Oriol Paulo (The Body). Even better, that's just the starting point for an increasingly potent thriller. High-powered businessman Adrián Doria (Mario Casas) stands accused of murdering his lover in the aforementioned locked room. Complicating things still further, he's well known and also married, or at least he was until his wife learned of his arrest and the circumstances surrounding it. She departed from Adrián post-haste, with their young daughter in tow. He's already been convicted in the court of public opinion, but things are about to get even worse. According to his longtime attorney, a witness to the crime has come...

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Invisible Guest

Kicking off the latest incarnation of the Austin, Texas based genre bending film festival Fantastic Fest, fans got to witness the intense and powerhouse crime thriller The Invisible Guest from Spain. As nervous laughs weaved through the theater, the audience was shown great respect by the project as a whole with smart execution, pinpoint timing and just like that fantasy of whichever girl or guy we coven, there is so much more underneath that goes to places we never dreamed of. The film opens with a murder that has happened during a payoff to keep quiet a terrible secret and the events that happen on a back stretch of road. As the police break into the room and see a man over his former lover’s dead body, we meet Adrian, an individual who denies the accusations that he did any of this and claims a mysterious man was in the hotel room.
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‘Tunnel,’ ‘Boy Missing,’ ‘Chosen’ Screen at Madrid de Cine

Madrid — Three much-anticipated Spanish titles — “At The End of the Tunnel,” “Boy Missing” and “The Chosen” — will play at the 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, Spanish cinema’s annual international market. “Boy Missing” and “At the End of the Tunnel” are Hollywood studio releases in Spain.

Unspooling June 27-29, the Spanish Screenings are Spain’s equivalent of UniFrance’s mid-January Rendez-Vous with French Cinema and the U.K.’s London Screenings. They also serve to debate the state of the industry and underscore its key trends.

One seems obvious at this year’s meet: an appetite for thrillers. From the turn of the century, Spain carved out a reputation for horror movies, such as [“Rec”] or “The Orphanage,” which broke out to substantial box office in Spain and abroad. This year, it is thrillers, not chillers or gore, which predominate on the slates of Spain’s top international sales houses.

The move into thrillers is due,
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Film Factory Acquires International on Sony-Distributed ‘Boy Missing’ (Exclusive)

Film Factory Acquires International on Sony-Distributed ‘Boy Missing’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Sony Pictures Releasing has set an Aug. 19 release date in Spain for “Boy Missing” (“Secuestro”), the latest suspense thriller from Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar, producers of “The Orphanage,” “Julia’s Eyes” and “The Body,” three of Spain’s highest-profile psychological thrillers of the last decade.

The sales agent of “Wild Tales” and “The Clan,” Vicente CanalesFilm Factory has acquired internationals sales rights to “Boy Missing,” reflecting a common practice in Spain, where a Hollywood studio handles domestic distribution in the country and a sales agent handles international sales.

Public broadcaster Rtve, pay TV operator Movistar Plus, regional TV network Televisio de Catalunya and cable net Cosmopolitan TV share TV rights in Spain in a strong show of local TV interest in the title.

Film Factory will host a private screening of “Boy Missing” at this week’s 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, an arrangement used by sales agents
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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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Highland Film Group Takes ‘Kidnapped’ (Exclusive)

SitgesArianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier’s L.A.-based Highland Film Group (Hfg) has picked up international rights to “Kidnapped,” Spanish helmer-producer Mar Targarona’s new feature as helmer, which Sony Pictures Releasing will bow in Spain.

“Kidnapped’s” trailer preems at Coming Soon, a sidebar at Catalonia’s 48th Sitges Film Festival which kicked off Friday Oct. 9.

Penned by helmer-scribe Oriol Paulo (“The Body”), “Kidnapped” turns on the mysterious disappearance of a prestigious lawyer’s son. Just a few hours later, the kid turns up with some bruises explaining that a man has tried to kidnap him but he managed to flee. Police capture the thug but the evidence is not enough to arrest him. The lawyer decides to exercise justice of her own but cannot control the consequences

“We thought the story of a mother’s desperate quest for justice for her son was incredibly relatable and
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Mipcom: Imagina Offers ‘Liaisons’

Mipcom: Imagina Offers ‘Liaisons’
Barcelona– Madrid-based Imagina Intl. Sales is unveiling dramedy “Liaisons,” produced by Bulgaria’s Emo Vision for pubcaster Btv, at the Mipcom TV market.

Directed by Victor Bojinov and Vassil Steffanov “Liasons” got a 42.3% share in Bulgaria, 10 percentage points above the broadcaster’s average.

Series portrays secret and public love lives, often involving criss-crossing dramedic imbroglios.

Spain’s foremost TV fiction sales company, Imagina also includes in its lineup “Olmos & Robles,” a detective comedy skein produced by 100 balas and aired by Spanish pubcaster Tve, punching an audience of three millions viewers last September. Also produced by 100 Balas and in Imagina’s Mipcom catalog: comedic show “Duck Soup.”

New seasons from Globomedia series “B & B Magazine,” and “Anclados —both broadcast on commercial Spanish channel Telecinco—, and Voz Audiovisual’s “Serramoura” to be aired soon on Galician pubcaster Tvg, sums up to Imagina offer.

“B & B” is a sitcom set in a fashion
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Mipcom: Spain’s Plano a Plano, France’s Making Prod Team on ‘Salazar’ (Exclusive)

Madrid –Madrid-based Plano a Plano, Spain’s highest-rating indie TV production house, is teaming with French prodco MakingProd, part of the Makever group, to develop “Salazar,” an epic thriller. Based on true events, the historical limited series turns on a real-life, though totally forgotten hero: Inquisitor Alonso de Salazar, called the Witches’ Advocate.

Plano a Plano’s first move into international co-production is an early milestone for the Madrid-based producer, headed by the creative tandem of Cesar Benitez, an experienced, highly-respected producer – of hit comedy features, such as 1995 “Boca a Boca,” starring a young hunky Javier Bardem, pioneering teen soap “Al salir de clase, and long-running cop series “El Comisario” – and seasoned writer-producer Aitor Gabilondo, a scribe on “El comisario” and now creator-writer of Plano a Plano’s door-opening hit “El Principe.”

Few companies in Spain have grown so fast. Founded in 2010, Plano a Plano is already celebrating having produced
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San Sebastian: Ivana Baquero, Julio Perillan Topline ‘Sister of Mine’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian: Ivana Baquero, Julio Perillan Topline ‘Sister of Mine’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Ivana Baquero, a child star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and Spanish-u..S actor Julio Perillan (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) topline family drama “Sister of Mine,” the third feature of up-and-coming Pedro Aguilera (“Influence,” “Naufragio”), one of Spain’s more prominent art film directors who can score major fest berths.

“Sister of Mine” is also the latest production from Colombia’s Cannes-winning Ciudad Lunar. “Sister” has now initiated principal photography. Shooting will run through mid-October.

Pic was presented as a project at the 2013 San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, whose fourth edition takes place from Monday at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival, which kicks off today in the Basque Country resort. “Sister” was unveiled in Paris at the Small is Biutiful co-pro meet.

“Sister” is a co-production between Cristina Gallego at Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar – whose “Embrace of the Serpent,” topped this year’s Cannes Directors
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Cannes: Film Factory Takes Oriol Paulo’s ‘The Invisible Guest’

Backed by Warner Bros. and a combo of top-notch Spanish producers, Orio Paulo is set to direct suspense thriller “The Invisible Guest,” his follow-up to 2012 box office hit “The Body.”

Film Factory Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to “The Invisible Guest” and will introduce it to buyers at Cannes.

With principal photography scheduled for September, Warner Bros. will release “Guest” in Spain in 2016.

Think Studio (“Three Many Weddings”), Atresmedia Cine (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Marshland”), Nostromo Pictures (“Buried”) and Colose Producciones produce.

Mario Casas, once a Spanish teen heartthrob who has grown into character parts, stars with Barbara Lennie (Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl”). “Body” star Jose Coronado also toplines.

Also written by Paulo, “The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one
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Berlin: Zentropa Spain, Sweden Team on Thriller ‘Vulcania’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Zentropa Spain, Sweden Team on Thriller ‘Vulcania’ (Exclusive)
As Lars von Trier’ – the man, “Nymphomaniac,” the media feeding frenzy – hit Berlin Sunday, Zentropa Spain and Zentropa Sweden – two affiliate companies of Von Trier’s European network of production houses, established by his Zentropa production powerhouse – are teaming to produce Jose Skaf’s “Vulcania,” a debut feature thriller tinged with supernatural elements.

Two of Spain’s fastest-rising young thesps, Aura Garrido (“The Body”) and Miquel Fernandez (“The End”), are attached to star.

Based on Diego Soto’s original screenplay, the Spanish-language “Vulcania” is a genre-blending thriller come-intimate drama set in an industrial dystopia from which nobody escapes, said David Matamoros, at Zentropa Spain, its lead producer.

Backed by national pubcaster Tve, Catalonia’s state TV TV3, and the Spanish and Catalan film boards, “Vulcania” rolls in Tarrega-Lleida and the Catalan Pyrenees from May. Swedish regional fund Film I Vast is in talks to board “Vulcania”; international sales rights are under negotiation,
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International Star You Should Know: Aura Garrido

International Star You Should Know: Aura Garrido
Immediate Diversification

Since breaking through with 2010’s “Plans for Tomorrow,” Aura Garrido has proved chameleonic, moving from the mature-beyond-her-years teen in Juana Macias’ “Plans” to the moping granddaughter in Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo’s Canal Plus Espana original series “Crematorium” to the actress who energizes a film director’s life in Jonas Trueba’s “The Wishful Thinkers.” “An actress’s career involves a large element of luck, and I’ve been lucky enough to be given (a range of) roles,” she says.

Busy Call Sheet

The 24-year-old Madrid native has scored plum parts in big Spanish primetime TV dramas, like “Imperium” and “Crematorium.” But she’s also eagerly sought after by Spain’s emerging generation of movie directors, whether for upscale mainstream fare — Javier Ruiz Caldera’s “Ghost Promotion,” a Fox North and Latin America pick-up; and Oriol Paulo’s “The Body,” from “The Orphanage” producer Rodar y Rodar — or arthouse
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International Star You Should Know: Aura Garrido

International Star You Should Know: Aura Garrido
Immediate Diversification

Since breaking through with 2010’s “Plans for Tomorrow,” Aura Garrido has proved chameleonic, moving from the mature-beyond-her-years teen in Juana Macias’ “Plans” to the moping granddaughter in Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo’s Canal Plus Espana original series “Crematorium” to the actress who energizes a film director’s life in Jonas Trueba’s “The Wishful Thinkers.” “An actress’s career involves a large element of luck, and I’ve been lucky enough to be given (a range of) roles,” she says.

Busy Call Sheet

The 24-year-old Madrid native has scored plum parts in big Spanish primetime TV dramas, like “Imperium” and “Crematorium.” But she’s also eagerly sought after by Spain’s emerging generation of movie directors, whether for upscale mainstream fare — Javier Ruiz Caldera’s “Ghost Promotion,” a Fox North and Latin America pick-up; and Oriol Paulo’s “The Body,” from “The Orphanage” producer Rodar y Rodar — or arthouse
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Polish genre festival unveils line-up

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Polish genre festival unveils line-up
Poland’s first international genre film festival to host European premiere of Tsui Hark 3D Sea Dragon

Tsui Hark’s second 3D film Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, will receive its European premiere at Poland’s first international genre film festival, to be held in Warsaw from Dec 6-12.

Tsui’s film, which has taken $73m in China this year, will be shown at the six-day Black Bear Filmfest, which is being organised by Polish-born Artur Brzozowski and Tom Lukaszewicz in cooperation with the Arteria Foundation.

The festival will open with Belgian director Vincent Lanoo’s In The Name Of The Son (Au nom du fils), with director Lanoo and his lead actress Asstrid Whettnall confirmed as attending the screening. Lanoo’s film recently won the Méliès Award at the Sitges Film Festival.

Jim Mackle’s We Are What We Are, a remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 film, will be the
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Look into the Eyes of Evil with this International Trailer for Son of Cain

Spanish based distribution house Filmax International recently released a psychological thriller, titled Son of Cain, this year. Released exclusively in Spain, Son of Cain involves a gifted child with sociopathic tendencies. The film stars José Coronado (El Cuerpo), Julio Manrique (Soldiers of Salamina) and David Solans. Also, this is director Jesús Monllaó first feature and the script was developed from Ignacio García-Valiño's novel, Querido Cain. A trailer for this film has just been released and fans of thrillers can preview this title here. The story deals with a difficult child. Nico (Solans) is confrontational and abusive. He delights in little tortures and in the game of chess. A psychologist is brought in to treat this teenager, but even Julio (Manrique) is outmatched by this intelligent and sadistic young man. Can Nico's burgeoning evil be stopped? Currently, there are no plans to release this title in North America. International film
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DVD Review: 'The Body'

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★★★☆☆ Spanish horror The Body (2012) is the entertaining directorial debut from Oriol Paulo, the scribe behind 2010's Julia's Eyes. Opening on a stormy night, we see the white-eyed security guard of a morgue fleeing for his life, only to be hit by a car and end up in hospital, comatose. So the mystery begins. Enter Inspector Jaime Peña (José Coronado), a coffee-swilling chain-smoker who's haunted by his own dark past. He quickly discovers that a body has vanished without a trace, and that the only potential suspect is the dead woman's husband and business partner Álex (Hugo Silva), whom Jaime brings in for questioning.

After these riveting first fifteen minutes we, learn that Álex is indeed the murderer, but there's a twist - he wasn't responsible for the disappearance of the body. For the most part, the film's drama is contained within the setting of the shadowy morgue, accompanied by atmospheric (if hammy) thunder and lightning.
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