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Celina Murga Seeks Foreign Actress For Scorsese-Inspired ‘Irene’ (Exclusive)

Celina Murga Seeks Foreign Actress For Scorsese-Inspired ‘Irene’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Argentina’s Celina Murga, whose 2014 Berlin competition player “The Third Side of the River” was exec produced by Martin Scorsese, is seeking a foreign actress to star in her next film, “Irene.”

One highlight of this week’s San Sebastian’s 5th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, “Irene” is inspired by Roberto Rossellini and Martin Scorsese, more particularly Scorsese’s reflections in “Voyage to Italy” on Rossellini’s “Europe ’51.” “Irene” is a ‘re-reading or visit to ‘ Europa ’51, seen from the present and set, in this case, in contemporary Argentina,” Murga said.

But Murga looks set to depart quite quickly from Rossellini’s original which reflects his ardent Catholicism, she observed in San Sebastian.

In Rossellini’s original, the eponymous heroine ends up interned in a psychiatric ward. Murga’s Irene, who also suffers the death of her son, but by suicide not because of a moment of carelessness, may enjoy a happier destiny.
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Locarno: Puentes Showcases Latin American Talent, Trends

Locarno: Puentes Showcases Latin American Talent, Trends
Locarno – Enriched by projects such as Marcela Said’s “Los Perros,” Gonzalo Tobal’s “Dolores” and Paula Markovitch’s “Lead Actor,” the 6th Puentes Europe-Latin America Co-production Workshop, which holds its final session at this week’s Locarno Fest, also bears testament to production trends driving much of Latin America’s movie production.

Unspooling Aug. 6-10, and an initiative of the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (Eave), a leading European training facility, the final leg of Puentes, a film development iniitiative, is also a showcase for fast emerging Latin American talent.

“Los Perros,” from Marcela Said (“The Summer of Flying Fish”), was developed at the Sundance Lab and Cannes Cinefondation and won the 2015 Berlinale Co-production Market.

An unsettling, perhaps potentially controversially drama, it turns on Mariana, 40, trapped in the role her father and husband have created for her of conceiving children, who finds solace with an exquisitely mannered retired colonel. Her riding instructor,
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Veiroj, Katz, Hernandez Cordon Set For Miami Fest’s Encuentros (Exclusive)

Veiroj, Katz, Hernandez Cordon Set For Miami Fest’s Encuentros (Exclusive)
Madrid – Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate,” Ana Katz’s “My Friend From the Park” and Julio Hernandez Cordon’s “Wounded Man” feature in the Miami Festival’s 12th Encuentros.

A highly respected Latin America/U.S. Hispanic art pics-in-post showcase created and curated by Toronto programmer Diana Sanchez, one of the world’s foremost experts on Latin American production, both movies made and those in the pipeline, Encuentros runs March 12-13.

Part of the VeoMiami’s industry program at Miami Dade College’s Miami Intl. Film Festival, which unspools March 6-15, it also includes Juan Sebastian Quebrada’s “Strange Days” and Fernando Lavanderos’ “Lost North.”

A comedic drama, “The Apostate” marks the anticipated latest film from Uruguayan-Spanish Veiroj, director of the Directors’ Fortnight-selected “Acne,” plus “A Useful Life,” a tribute to film as inspiration.

Starring Alvaro Ogalla, and Spain’s Marta Larralde (“Leon and Olvido”) and Barbara Lennie, a Spanish
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‘Perros,’ ‘Actor,’ ‘Return’ Highlights at Puentes

Marcela Said’s “Los Perros,” Paula Markovitch’s “Leading Actor” and Gorki Glaser-Muller’s “The Return” feature among 10 projects at the 6th Puentes Europe-Latin America Producers Workshops.

A one-year training-networking course for early-in-development projects organized by the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (Eave), the first workshop of Puentes 2014-2015 edition has just taken place in Montevideo, Uruguay (Nov. 27-Dec. 1), with the partnership of Montevideo-based Mutante Cine.

“As Puentes is more and more becoming an established brand with extremely good results in terms of festival exposure and international distribution, the number and level of applications is constantly getting higher, and the selection is thus becoming more and more competitive,” said Mutante’s Agustina Chiarino, Puentes project manager.

Looking at the current Puentes edition lineup, “we realize there’s a strong tendency towards more commercially viable and market-oriented projects alongside the traditional arthouse and festival films, and a growing interest in genre projects in general,
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Argentina’s Villegas, Cepa, Set ‘Villa Gesell’ (Exclusive)

Argentina’s Villegas, Cepa, Set ‘Villa Gesell’ (Exclusive)
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentine director Juan Villegas, helmer of three features — “Saturday,” “Los suicidas” and “Idleness” — and producer of films by Celine Murga, including the Martin Scorsese exec produced “The Third Side of the River,” will return behind the cameras for “Villa Gesell.”

Esteban Lamothe, a rising star of Argentine cinema since he broke through with Santiago Mitre’s “The Student,” will topline with Griselda Siciliani, a theater and TV actress who played the Elvis impersonator’s estranged wife in Armando Bo’s Sundance hit “The Last Elvis.”

Set in the seaside resort of Villa Gesell, some 60 miles down Argentina’s Atlantic coast from Mar del Plata, Villegas’ fourth feature is set up as a co-production between Tresmilmundos Cine, the label he owns with Murga, and Cepa Audiovisual. Also based out of Buenos Aires, and headed by Andres Longares and Felicitas Raffo, Cepa has risen to prominence as a producer on “7th Floor,
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Buenos Aires’ Tresmilmundos, Cordoba’s Germina Link on ‘Verano’ (Exclusive)

Buenos Aires’ Tresmilmundos, Cordoba’s Germina Link on ‘Verano’ (Exclusive)
Mar Del Plata – In a groundbreaking move, Buenos Aires’ Tresmilmundos Cine, headed by director-producers Juan Villegas and Celina Murga, is linking to Paola Suarez’s Germina Films in Cordoba to produce Julian Giullanelli’s Cordoba Sierra-set “El otro verano.”

Giullanelli’s second feature marks a pioneering co-production between a prestigious Buenos Aires production house, which lead produced the Murga-directed Berlin Competition player “The Third Side of the River,” exec produced by Martin Scorsese, and one of the most active international producers based out of Cordoba, site of Argentina’s biggest regional film hubs.

Cordoba’s rise as a film power is recent. Playing the Berlinale’s Generation section, Germina’s second feature, “Atlantida,” from Ines Maria Barrionuevo, is one of the most prominent Cordoba-produced features to date.

Giullanelli always aimed to shoot “El otro verano” in the province of Cordoba. So co-production is natural, Villegas said at the Mar del Plata Festival,
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Ciné Sud Promotion: Two Films in Toronto, One in Venice, One in Locarno

Ciné-Sud has two films selected for Toronto: the Iranian feature “ Red Rose” (handled internationally by Udi – Urban Distribution International) and the Vietnam-France-Norway-Germany co-production “Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere” by Nguyen Hoang Diep which will premiere September 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Venice/ Critics Week before moving to Toronto And with no international sales agent to date.

In Locarno, "Los ausentes" (“The Absent Ones) by Nicolas Pereda, a Mèxico-Spain-France coproduction is screening out of competition on August 11! The international sales agent is Caravan Pass, a former production company formed in 2005 in Paris by Natalie Dana. In 2014 founder Natalie and industry celeb-acquisitions persona, Elizabeth Dreyer, turned the company to international sales as well. They are actively seeking completed/ unlaunched films and projects at the financing stage.

Natalie Dana worked in sales at some of the industry’s most recognizable sales agencies, including Mercure and Celluloid Dreams. She also headed distribution for various film distributors and selected films for the prestigious Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival for five years. Under her guidance, Caravan Pass has produced or co-produced four feature films and two documentaries, partnering with notable production companies in several countries including Brazil and Italy.

Elizabeth Dreyer began her career in acquisitions, acquiring completed films and projects for North America for Miramax Films and Focus Features. As an independent consultant she has since sourced and sold remakes to international producers, advised renowned distributors around the world on pre-buys and completed film pickups, and developed feature films for proven French film producers looking to access the international market. She most recently handled sales and acquisitions for Celluloid Dreams.

Ciné-Sud Promotion itself started in 1993 as a company designed to promote art house films (Rachid Bouchareb, Wang Chao, Guillermo Del Toro, Raymond Depardon, Djibril Diop Mambety, Julio Medem, Jafar Panahi, Manuel Poirier, Arturo Ripstein, Paulo Rocha, Carlos Saura, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Jean-Philippe Toussaint… amongst others). There is still the press promotion department which is now under the leadership of Claire Viroulaud, publicist for many art house movies.

In 2001 Thierry Lenouvel, the founder, created a production arm and has thus far produced or co-produced 30 films which have won more 150 international awards.

The mission remains constant: Quality, without frontiers, without constraints of form, style or genre, researching emerging talents and supporting already acclaimed directors with projects whch deliver a singular and important message for and about humanity and our society utilizing strong cinematic forms.

This is only a part of all Thierry has created. Read on, dear reader, read on.

Amiens International Film Festival

Although many festivals now have competitions for cash prizes and forums for pitching and co-production meetings, Amiens stands out with its Fund for Aid for the Development of Feature Film Script and its ties to its creator, Ciné Sud, that privately owned feature film production company transformed by prolific producer Thierry Lenouvel created the Fund in 1996.

The Screenplay Development Fund (Fonds d'aide au développment du scénario or Fads) is awarded during the Amiens Film Festival to a project at one of the most critical stages in the life of a movie, that is at script stage. In its 19 years of existence it has supported 79 feature film scripts of which 39 were completed, 9 are shooting now, 21 are in development. More than 632,600 Euros have been granted. Cnac, the Venezuelan film organization has given a grant of 10,000 € for the past five years.

Fads partners: National Film Centre and Moving • International Organization of la Francophonie • Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs • Moroccan National Center for Cinema (Ccm) • Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema • Regional Council of Picardy • Central Fund for Social Activities picture • Independent National Film Centre (Cnac - Venezuela)

In 2014, four scholarships of € 10,000 each were granted to directors of the following projects:

Family Gustavo Cordova Rondon (Venezuela) which has also won:

Cnac Script Development Fund (Venezuela)

Amiens Script Development Fund 2013

Ibermedia Development Fund 2013

And it has been selected to participate at:

Produire Au Sud Andean Workshop 2013

Ibermedia Project Development Workshop 2013

Oaxaca Screenwriters Lab 2014

Berlinale Talent Project Market 2014

The Court Of My Mother Idriss Diabaté (Côte d'Ivoire)

My Favorite Fabric Gaya Jiji (Syria)

Territoria Nora Martirosyan (Armenia)

And an additional grant of € 7,000 was awarded to the French project Dance Silent of Pradeepan Raveendran.

The rules and the application form of the next Script Fund of Amiens (due August 18!) that he created is available online or on request…from Thierry or even from me!

And, last but not least, Thierry brings "Cinema in Motion" from San Sebastian (who decided to stop the program in 2013) to Venice where it's now called " Final Cut in Venice", a workshop to help six works in progress from Africa and Arabic World toward completion with the support of French and Italian technical industries.

For more information contact:

Thierry Lenouvel

thierry [At] cinesudpromotion.com

Some films produced by Ciné-Sud:

Tirana. Year Zero by Fatmir Koci (France/Albania/ Belgium), Competition/Venice 2001, Golden Alexander/Thessaloniki

Rachida by Yamina Bachir Chouikh (France/Algeria), Official Selection/Cannes 2002

Fuse ! (Gori Vatra) by Pjer Zalica (Bosnia/Austria/Turkey/France), Silver Leopard/Locarno 2003

Wall by Simone Bitton (France/Israel), Directors Fortnight/Cannes 2004, Special Jury Prize/Sundance, Grand Prix/Marseille, Pesaro, Montreal, Jerusalem

Moolaade by Sembene Ousmane (Sénégal/France/Burkina/Maroc), Grand Prix Un Certain Regard/Cannes 2004, Best Foreign Film/American Critics Awards

Falafel by Michel Kammoun (Lebanon/France), Bayard d’Or/Namur 2006, Silver Muhr/Dubai, Bronze Palm/Valencia

Pomegranates And Myrrh by Najwa Najjar (Palestine/Germany/France), Competition/Sundance 2009, Rotterdam, 1st price in Doha

Rachel by Simone Bitton (France/Belgium), Forum/Berlin 2009, Competition/Cinema du Réel 2009

Every Day Is A Holliday by Dima El Horr (France/Lebanon/Germany),Toronto 2009, Roma, Dubai, Rotterdam, New York 2010

Mothers by Milcho Manchevski (Macedonia/Bulgaria/France),Toronto 2010, Berlin (Panorama) 2011

The Stoplight Society by Ruben Mendoza (Colombia/France/Spain/ Germany), best Colombian film of the year/Cartagena 2011, Best Director/Amiens 2010, Best 1st film/Huelva 2010

El Campo by Hernan Belon (Argentina/Italy/France) – Venice 2011/Critics Week

Fat, Bald, Short Man (Colombia/France) – more than 20 selections in 2011/2012

La Playa by Juan Andres Arango (Colombia/Brazil/France) – Cannes 2012/Official Selection, Un Certain Regard

Villegas by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina/France) – Cannes 2012/Official Selection

La Sirga by William Vega (Colombia/Mexico/France) – Cannes 2012/Directors Fortnight

Qissa by Anup Singh (India/Germany/France/Holland) – Toronto 2013/Netpac award, Rotterdam 2014/Audience Award

Dust On The Tongue by Ruben Mendoza (Columbia/France) – Cartagena 2014/Best film, best director

Mateo by Maria Gamboa (Colombia/France) – Cartagena 2014/Jury Special award

Run, Boy, Run by Pepe Danquart (Germany/France) – Cannes Junior 2014

In post-production :

Red Rose by Sepideh Farsi (Iran/France/Grèce)

Los Ausentes by Nicolas Pereda (Mexico/Spain/France)

Ausencia by Chico Teixeira (Brazil/France)

Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere by Nguyen Hiang Diep (Vietnam/France/Norvège/Allemagne)

In development :

Kill Two Birds With One Stone by Fejria Deliba (France)

Embrace Of The Serpent by Ciro Guerra (Colombie/Vénézuela/France)

Mantra, Song Of Scorpions by Anup Singh (Inde/Suisse/France)

Sal by William Vega (Colombie/Allemagne/France)

Parable Of A Blind Christ (Chili/France)

Land And Shade by Cesar Acevedo (Colombie/France)

D’Une Rive L’Autre by Sepideh Farsi (France)
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Meirelles’ ‘Nemesis,’ Baiz’s ‘Animals’ and Jimenez’s ‘Voice Over’ Presented at Miami Fest (Exclusive)

Meirelles’ ‘Nemesis,’ Baiz’s ‘Animals’ and Jimenez’s ‘Voice Over’ Presented at Miami Fest  (Exclusive)
Madrid – Fernando Meirelles’ “Nemesis,” Colombian Andres Baiz’s “Domestic Animals” and “Nobody is Watching,” from Argentina’s Julia Solomonoff, feature among ten projects to be pitched at the 31st Miami Festival’s mid-March Ace Co-Production Lab.

Presented by Latin American pay TV channel Moviecity, Miami Encuentros, the pix-in-post showcase of fest’s VeoMiami industry program, will highlight five movies, including “Voice Over,” from Cristian Jimenez (“Bonsoi”), and “Lulez,” by Luis Ortega (“Verano maldito, “Monobloc”). Toronto fest programmer Diana Sanchez curates Encuentros, which offers a $35,000 Moviecity pre-sales contract prize.

A project-based workshop, the Ace Co-Production Lab consists of case studies, pitching sessions, panels, one-to-one meetings, and networking events. Juan Pablo Galli, general manager of Argentina’s Disney-backed Patagonik, will deliver a master-class; panelists include the double Oscar nominee Luc Dery (“Incendies,” “Monsieur Lazhar”) at Microscope Productions, and Roya Vakili ,at Fox International Pictures (Fip).

Political thriller “Nemesis,” from Meirelles (“City of God,
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Esteban Lamothe: International Star You Need to Know

Claim To Fame

The 36-year-old became the face of Argentine indie cinema starring in Santiago Mitre’s debut, political thriller, “The Student” (2011). His performance made him one of the country’s most sought-after actors.

(From the pages of the April 9 issue of Variety.)

Crossing Over

Empowered by U.S. and European finance, top Argentine helmers are moving into larger pictures. Lamothe is likely to follow. He is learning English, and will appear in two of the buzziest Argentine films this year: Natalia Smirnoff’s “El cerrajero” and Victoria Galardi’s “I Thought It Was a Party.”

Stix To Pix

Lamothe came to Buenos Aires from the provinces, waited tables, attended acting classes, appeared in a play, and found his calling.

Other Credits

Co-starred with best friend and former fellow waiter Esteban Bigliardi in road-movie bromance “Villegas,” a Cannes 2012 special screening.

Secret Treat

Ever since seeing “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,
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Cannes 2012: Theater Roof Collapses, Screenings Canceled Amid Wild Weather

Cannes 2012: Theater Roof Collapses, Screenings Canceled Amid Wild Weather
As wind and rain swept through Cannes Sunday night, part of the roof collapsed at the Soixantième Theatre, the temporary structure behind the Palais that hosts Special Screenings, Day-After screenings and Tributes. Photos: Cannes Day 5: 'Amour' Premiere, 'The Sapphires' Photocall The collapse forced the cancellation of the last two screenings of the night, a special screening of Gonzalo Tobal‘s Villegas and a day-after screening of Christian Mungiu’s Competition entry Beyond the Hills. A festival crew arrived on the scene early Monday morning and repaired the damage, a festival spokesperson told THR. Villegas was rescheduled and screened Monday at

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Cannes Competition, Certain Regard, Critic's Week and Director's Fortnight By Numbers

Looking at the Cannes Film Festival Competition titles, the top international sales agents are Wild Bunch with with 3 films: The Angel’s Share by Ken Loach, Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu and Holy Motors by Leos Carax. Wild Bunch actually has 12 films in all the festival sections including Critic's Week and not yet counting Director's Fortnight. MK2 follows with 3 in Competition: After the Battle by Yousry Nasrallah, Like Someone in Love by Abbas Kiarostami, On the Road by Walter Salles and 4 in all sections. FilmNation follows with 2 in Compeitition: Lawless by John Hillcoat and Mud by Jeff Nichols.

U.S. has 5 indies in Competition. Wes Anderson’s opening film Moonrise Kingdom (Isa: Focus), Jeff NicholsMud (Isa: FilmNation), Lee Daniels' The Paperboy (Isa: Nu Image/ Millenium), whose last feature Precious screened in Un Certain Regard in 2009, New Zealand director Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, Australia-born John Hillcoat’s Lawless (formerly titled The Wettest County). If you add Philip Kaufman's Hemingway and Gellhorn (HBO TV) which is out of competition, U.S. has 6.

Thierry Fremaux says, “What I also think is interesting is that none of these films are shot in New York or Los Angeles but rather in the South… they show another America.”

Latin America is represented by Mexico's favorite arthouse director (in Europe at least) Carlos Reygadas and his Post Tenebras Lux. Brazil's Walter Salles has made a French Brazilian English language film of American icon Jack Kerouac (On the Road) which might count on the Latin America scorecard. So. Korea has two films: The Taste of Money by Sang-Soo Im and In Another Country by Sang Soo Hong. No women are represented.

Late Addition (April 30): 1 Female Director Added Out of Competition: Candida Brady whose documentary Trashed (U.K.) has no international representation. That Makes 2 films without international sales representation. Midnight Screenings include The Sapphires by Wayne Blair (Australia), Maniac by Franck Khalfoun (U.S.) (Isa: Wild Bunch) Making 7 U.S. films.

Looking at Un Certain Regard sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival, 17 films hold a berth. 2 female directors are included: French Catherine Corsini of Trois Mondes and French Sylvie Verheyde of Confessions of a Child of the Century. Latin American films include La Playa the debut of Juan Andrés Arango (Brazil, Colombia, France), Después de Lucia by Michel Franco (France, Mexico), Elefante Blanco of Pablo Trapero (Argentina, France and Spain), A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos (Brazil), Villegas by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina, France, Netherlands).and if you can count the French production 7 Dias en la Habana by directors Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspar Noé, Laurent Cantet, that will make a total of 6. 2 American indies are Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin and The Central Park Five by directors Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David Mcmahon. Late Additions (April 30): Djeca – Children of Sarajevo by Aida Bejic ♀ (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey) Makes 3 female directors, and Gimme the Loot by Adam Leon (U.S.) Makes 3 U.S. indies. Closing night film will be Renoir by Gilles Bourdo (France) (Isa: Wild Bunch)

Looking at the Critic's Week, there are no women in Competition. All 7 Competition films are debuts by males. Two French female directors have films in Special Screenings by themselves in their own exclusive ghetto. Sandrine Bonnaire's second feature (but first fiction feature) J'enrage a son absence (I am Enraged by His Absence) (Isa: Films Distribution), and Alice Winocour's debut Augustine. 2 films are from Latin America: Argentinian Los Salvages (The Wild Ones) and Mexican-Spanish-u.S. coproduction Aqui y Alla. That is the only U.S. film. The sales agent with the most (2) films is Films Boutique. 4 Films have no international sales agents.

Looking at Directors Fortnight, Latin American films take the center stage in honor of the recently deceased Chilean director Raoul Ruiz. His most recent film The Night in Front (La Noche en Frente) will be premiered in a special tribute session.

"We have seen many good films from Latin America," said Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop when introducing the 2012 selection to press in Paris. One of four scheduled debates will focus on Latin American cinema, with Waintrop saying this year's selection was "more sensitive to Latin American cinema than Asian [films]."

Of the 7 Latino films to make the list, two are Chilean -- Ruiz's The Night in Front and Pablo Larrain's No, a Chilean-American film starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The other five come from Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia with 3 films La Playa, La Sirga (both by Burning Blue Productions! ♀) and a short film Jonathan Ceballos' short The Children of the Clouds (Los Ahijiados de las Nubes).

Films from South Korea, China, India, Algeria and Iran, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg are also included in the selection. The United States was involved in the production of three of this year's movies, including Michael Gondry's The We and I, which opens the event.

Noemi Livovsky (Camille Rewinds from France) is one of two women directors! The second which makes hr the 4th in all Cannes Festivals is also the only non-French one. Yulene Olaizola (Fogo) is from Mexico.

For the Rights Roundup, you can begin watching sales of titles in Cannes here, organized by international sales agent. There will be daily updates throughout Cannes. It's interesting to see that sales on several Competition titles have already been made as presales.

Winners of the International Sales Agent with the Most Films in The Different Cannes Selections:

1st Place: Wild Bunch with 12

2nd Place: Pyramide with 5

3rd Place: MK2 with 3 which it also co-produced.

Honorable Mention: FilmNation with 2.
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6 Latin American Films Participate in Films in Progress 21

Six films from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay participated in the 21st edition of Films in Progress at the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse, jointly organized with the San Sebastian Festival. The second part of this twice yearly rendezvous will take the shape of Films in Progress 22 at San Sebastian this coming September. A total of 118 films were received for Films in Progress 21.

The Selected Films

Cores (Isa:kinoosfera Films)

Brazil

Director: Francisco García

Cast: Pedro di Pietro, Simone Iliescu, Acaüa Sol.

A tale of friendship and let down between three young friends in Sao Paulo as Brazil undergoes its strong economic upsurge. Despite the odd feeling that things could actually change, the meaning of life disappears on those days when «all that is solid melts into the air».

El Lugar Del Hijo

Uruguay - Argentina

Director: Manuel Nieto.

Cast: Felipe Dieste, Alejandro Urdampilleta, Roxana Cabrera, Leonor Courtoisie, Germán de Silva.

Learning that his father has died in an inland town, a student sets out to the funeral. There he discovers that his father has left him an indebted estate and a house inhabited by his mistress, who has no intention of moving out and obliges the young boy to share. A tale of losing one’s roots and personal reconstruction; a metaphor on the inherited country and the youngsters who will eventually have to take charge of that inheritance.

Halley

Mexico

Director: Sebastián Hofmann

Cast: Alberto Trujillo, Lourdes Trueba

Alberto is dead and can no longer pretend otherwise. A degenerative disease makes his decomposition increasingly more noticeable. No make-up or perfume can disguise his condition. He leaves his job to fade into the boundaries of his death, but not before striking up an unusual friendship with Luly, manager of the gym at which he works as a night watchman.

La Sirga (Isa:tiburon)

Colombia - France – Mexico

Director: William Vega

Cast: Joghis Arias, Julio Cesar Roble, David Guacas, Heraldo Romero, Floralba Achicanoy

Alicia feels lost. The memory of war clings to her mind in a terrifying rumble. Thrown off her land by armed conflict, she tries to build a new life at “La Sirga”, a rundown boarding house on the shore of a large lagoon high up in the Andes mountain range. The place is owned by Oscar, her only surviving relative, an unsociable, solitary old man. There, in a miry, unstable beach, Alicia tries to plant new roots, until her fears and the threat of war reappear once again.

Tanta Agua (Isa:control Z Films)

Uruguay – Mexico - Holland

Directors: Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge

Cast: Néstor Guzzini, Malú Chouza, Joaquín Castiglioni

Family holidays where nothing goes as planned. A tale set in a half-empty thermal spa lashed by constant rain where the only thing they can do is stay together.

Villegas (Isa:cine-sud Promotion)

Argentina – Holland – France

Director: Gonzalo Tobal

Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Esteban Bigliardi.

Reunited after several years, cousins Esteban and Pipa travel by car to their grandfather’s funeral in Villegas, the small inland town where they grew up together. Their return becomes an intense emotional journey marked by reunions, the weight of the past and the end of an era.

Films in Progress 21 in Toulouse carried the following awards :

Films in Progress Award Toulouse, in which several entities collaborate: Cnc (Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée) will contribute with a grant towards the completion of a project, carrying €10,000 for post-production work in France. MacTari will provide sound mixing services worth €15,000. Titra Tvs: will provide the subtitling for a first copy of the winning film. Caisse Centrale D’ActivitÉS Sociales Du Personnel Des Industries Electriques Et Gazieres (Ccas) will provide 5 weeks’ accommodation to the winning director in order that he or she may secure post-production or promotion of the film in France. Eaux Vives will coordinate post-production of the winning film, during four weeks and for an equivalent worth of €8,600. Firefly will provide the use of a suite of Firefly software tools for colour correction of the winning film. Commune Image will provide a film theatre equipped with a Christie Dlp Cinema projector with real-time viewing on an 8-metre screen and a Firefly Cinema calibration console for digital post-production in HD, 2K or 4K, for an equivalent worth of €17,000, or a similar service for 10 days in an image editing room for an equivalent worth of €10,000. Special CinÉ + in Progress Award, granted by the CinÉ + TV channel, worth €15,000, which guarantees purchase of the winning film by the channel and broadcast on television following release of the film in France.

European Distributors and Exhibitors Award: Europa Distribution undertakes to promote the winning film among its network of 110 members and particularly among the 35 European distributor members of the Europa Distribution International (Edi) project. Cicae (Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et Essai) will provide aid to diffusion of the winning film by distributing related information to the 2,000 Cicae member cinemas, thereby creating awareness of the film among distribution companies and boosting its circulation.
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Cannes 2012: line-up announced

Cannes 2012: line-up announced
New films by Michael Haneke, Jacques Audiard, Lee Daniels, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Wes Anderson are in competition at this year's festival

Cannes 2012 is shaping up to be an auteurs' reunion, with new films from old Croisette stagers such as Jacques Audiard, Ken Loach and Michael Haneke vying for this year's top honour, the Palme d'Or. Joining them in competiton are the likes of Walter Salles, Leos Carax, David Cronenberg, Thomas Vinterberg, Lee Daniels and Wes Anderson, whose Moonrise Kingdom is the first opening night film to be also in competition since 2008's Blindness.

Rust and Bone, the latest from Audiard, whose A Prophet won the Grand Prix in 2009, was long a shoo-in for a competition spot; ditto Haneke with Love, which reunites him with Piano Teacher Isabelle Huppert, and Abbas Kiarostami with Like Someone in Love. Matteo Garrone's followup to Gommorah is another welcome inclusion. Loach returns with The Angels' Share,
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Happy 65th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival! Check Out the Official Selection List! Is There An "Artist" in the Making?

1,779 films were submitted to be included as an Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival but in the end, only 54 films made it. From competition to Un Certain Regard to midnight screenings (I especially want to see Dario Argento's "Dracula" from the midnight screening category), here's your full list!

The Cannes Film Festival is taking place from May 16th to the 27th. Last year, "Drive," "We Need to Talk About Kevin," "Melancholia," "The Artist," and "The Tree of Life" all wowed festival attendees and ultimately made an impact on the year-end award-giving bodies (with "The Artist" ultimately taking the grand prize of them all -- the Best Picture Oscar). We'll see if the latest crop of Cannes films will have the same staying power as Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist." (visit the official Festival de Cannes site right here)

2012 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection

Competition:

Moonrise Kingdom, dir: Wes Anderson

Rust & Bone,
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Cannes 2012. Lineup

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Cannes 2012. Lineup
Cosmopolis

So we've known for some time now that Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom will be opening the Cannes Film Festival (site) on May 16. Yesterday, the Festival announced that Thérèse Desqueyroux, Claude Miller's final film, will close this year's edition on May 27. Miller's adaptation of François Mauriac's novel Thérèse Desqueyroux features Audrey Tautou in the title role as well as Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier.

And lineups for the Short Films Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection were unveiled on Tuesday. Jean-Pierre Dardenne will preside over the Jury.

Today, the Festival's announced the full lineup for the Official Selection of its 65th anniversary edition. This is a roundup-in-progress, obviously.

Competition

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. The synopsis at the official site: "Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact,
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The 65th Cannes Film Festival Line-Up

The 65th Cannes Film Festival has just announced its line-up of 53 films across four categories with some extremely impressive titles on offer including the latest efforts from filmmakers like Wes Anderson, David Cronenberg, Lee Daniels, Andrew Dominik, John Hillcoat, Walter Salles, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Jacques Audiard, Bernardo Bertolucci, Matteo Garrone, Dario Argento, Xavier Dolan, Carlos Reygadas, Takashi Miike and Jeff Nichols.

More titles will likely be added in the coming weeks before the festival runs from May 16th-27th. Here's the ones we know of so far:

Opening Night Film:

"Moonrise Kingdom" - Dir. Wes Anderson

Closing Night Film:

"Therese Desqueyroux" - Dir. Claude Miller

In Competition:

"After the Battle (Baad el Mawkeaa)" - Dir. Yousry Nasrallah

"The Angels' Share" - Dir. Ken Loach

"Beyond the Hills" - Dir. Cristian Mungiu

"Cosmopolis" - Dir. David Cronenberg

"Holy Motors" - Dir. Leos Carax

"The Hunt (Jagten)" - Dir. Thomas Vinterberg

"In Another Country" - Dir.
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Cannes 2012 Lineup Announced: Hillcoat, Haneke, Audiard Among Those in Competition

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This morning the 2012 Cannes lineup was announced at a press conference in Paris and there’s a number of intriguing films in and out of competition this year.

John Hillcoat’s Lawless makes an appearance with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce forming an excellent cast for the director’s follow up to The Road and Michael Haneke’s Amour will debut at the festival as will new films from Alain Resnais, Jacques Audiard and Jeff Nichols whose Take Shelter as one of my favourites of last year.

Twilight fans wil be well served, not by an earlier screening of the final part of Breaking Dawn thankfully but with stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson leading Walter SallesOn the Road and David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmoplis. Interestingly Cronenberg Jr. also has a film playing – son Brandon has his film Anitviral in Un Certain Regard.
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Cannes 2012 Line-Up Revealed With New Films From Dominik, Kiarostami, Nichols, Audiard, Haneke & More

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After we got the news last night via a trailer that David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis would be joining the Cannes line-up, the rest of the titles have been revealed. It’s a strong one, with Andrew Dominik‘s Assassination of Jesse James follow-up being my most-anticipated of the bunch, along with the next features from Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy) and Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). We’ve also got new films from Michael Haneke, Take Shelter’s Jeff Nichols, Lee Daniels, Ken Loach, John Hillcoat and Walter Salles.

There are a good amount of rumored titles missing, as Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, new Terrence Malick, Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines and Park Chan-wook’s Stoker are nowhere to be found. We’ll have to wait until fall festival debuts for that batch, most likely. Playing in other categories we’ve got midnight films from Dario Argento
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Cannes 2012 Film Line-Up: Rust & Bone, Amour

Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard's Rust & Bone In Competition Jagten (The Hunt) by Thomas Vinterberg Paradies: Liebe by Ulrich Seidl On The Road by Walter Salles Post Tenebras Lux by Carlos Reygadas Vous N'avez Encore Rien Vu by Alain Resnais Mud by Jeff Nichols Baad El Mawkeaa (Apres La Bataille) by Yousry Nasrallah Beyond The Hills by Cristian Mungiu Like Someone In Love by Abbas Kiarostami Da-reun Na-ra-e-suh by Sangsoo Hong Amour by Michael Haneke Lawless by John Hillcoat Reality by Matteo Garrone Im Nebel (Dans La Brume) by Sergei Loznitsa Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg Holy Motors by Leos Carax Killing Them Softly by Andrew Dominik The Paperboy by Lee Daniels De Rouille Et D'Os by Jacques Audiard Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson   Out of Competition Une Journee Particuliere by Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure Io E Te by Bernardo Bertolucci Madagascar 3, Europe's Most Wanted by Eric Darnell
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Cannes 2012 Film Festival Selection – Killing Them Softly, Lawless & More

Cannes Film Festival bosses Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob have revealed the full official selection of films to play at this year’s 65th annual extravaganza on the South of France.

The big news coming out of the Paris press-conference reveal is that two of our most anticipated forthcoming films; John Hillcoat’s ‘Lawless’ (formerly The Wettest County in the World) and Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly’ (formerly Cogan’s Trade) will debut on the Croisette. With their ensemble casts, intriguing concepts and exciting talent behind the camera, we had our fingers crossed tightly that they might debut in Cannes and our prayers were answered this morning.

Killing Them Softly’ is based on George V. Higgins’ obscure novel “Cogan’s Trade” and casts Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game” believed to have been perpetrated by
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