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2017 | 2016

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Film Madrid Energizes Shooting Support

19 May 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As the impact of big international shoots grows in Spain, local authorities are realizing the value of boosting film commission activities in their territories.

Madrid’s regional government launched Film Madrid in early 2016 to promote and advise film and TV shootings, taking over the role the Madrid Film Commission played from 2004-14.

The new office aims to play an active role in a region that hosts more than 1,500 film and TV companies, a centerpiece of Spain’s film-tv industry.

Initial Film Madrid efforts were twofold: Alerting the Madrid-based film and TV sector of its launch and raising awareness among political authorities of the socio-economic potential of the film industry.

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Madrid Ramps Up Efforts to Lure Production

One key measure, framed in a 2014 law, allows film and TV producers the free use of spaces the regional government owns or controls.

Another priority is internationalization. “We aim to be, from a public perspective, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Cannes: Myriad Pictures Boards Zosia Mamet, Scott Speedman’s ’Shadow Girl’

17 May 2017 11:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Myriad Pictures had boarded “Shadow Girl,” starring Zosia Mamet (“Girls”) and Scott Speedman (“Animal Kingdom”).

Presided by Kirk D’Amico, Myriad will introduce “Shadow Girl” to buyers at the Cannes Film Market which kicked off yesterday.

Targeting a still underserved Ya and adult female audience which has made a large hit of such titles as “Me Before You,” “Shadow Girl,” marks a move towards the mainstream for Claudia Myers who broke through to attention with “Fort Bliss” – a “solid, affecting drama,” Variety said.

Billed as a magical love story and from an original screenplay by Myers which also has coming of age elements, “Shadow Girl” stars Mamet as a girl, Holly, who has literally faded with the death of her mother until near invisible – until she meets Shane, a disgraced Mma champ, who can make her out. But Holly discovers she bears more responsibility than she imagined for Shane »

- John Hopewell

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Sundance comedy-drama 'The Last Word' gets UK deal

30 March 2017 3:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Us outfit Myriad strikes deal for feature starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.

Vertigo Releasing has nabbed UK rights to Sundance comedy-drama The Last Word, starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.

The deal was negotiated by Ed Caffrey from Vertigo and Kirk D’Amico from Myriad Pictures.

Director Mark Pellington’s (Arlington Road) feature follows a retired businesswoman (MacLaine) who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist (Seyfried) takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.

The film is likely to get a June or July 2017 release.

Caffrey said: “We’re very excited to be working with Kirk and the whole team behind The Last Word on the UK release. Shirley MacLaine is Hollywood royalty and delivers a fantastic performance that we’re confident will really travel.”

Said Myriad president and CEO D’Amico: “I am delighted that Vertigo will release »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Berlinale 2017: The Queen of Spain Review

14 February 2017 5:49 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Poking fun Hollywood, and the golden age of movie-making in particular, Fernando Trueba’s The Queen of Spain laughs at the industry with the same affection and romanticism that Hail, Caesar! carried, to find that compatible balance between ridicule and adulation. Given this meta endeavour is set within the business it allows the filmmaker a licence to be overstated, and he uses that freedom in quite remarkable fashion, with an aesthetic almost as vibrant as that of which we saw in his enchanting, Oscar-nominated animation Chico & Rita.

Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines) has been presumed dead, but makes a shocking return to world of make believe by turning up on the set of the Hollywood blockbuster set in Spain and starring their most famous export, the fictional creation of Macarena Granada (Penélope Cruz) – a character who first graced the screen in Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams »

- Stefan Pape

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Queen of Spain’

13 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The opening fifteen minutes of “The Queen of Spain” promise a delightfully retrograde romp back in time to the Technicolor pleasures of that golden moment in the mid-1950s when Hollywood came to Spain. Glamorous movie stars, blacklisted writers, campy production designers, fabulous sets, and hunky grips all coming together to make movies and snub their noses at Generalissimo Franco. Then the plot kicks in, and it becomes clear Fernando Trueba is having so much fun revisiting characters from 1998’s “The Girl of Your Dreams” that he’s forgotten how to build a story out of multiple strands and make it all work. Penélope Cruz is always irresistible and the cast of Spanish greats know how to chew the scenery, but this overlong semi-farce with serious overtones seems mostly designed for the local blue-rinse crowd.

For those needing a refresher course, in “A Girl of Your Dreams,” a Spanish film »

- Jay Weissberg

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The Queen Of Spain review [Berlinale]: Dir. Fernando Trueba (2017)

13 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Queen Of Spain review: Penelope Cruz reunites with her Belle Epoque director Fernando Trueba for this madcap comedy which features an interesting international cast.

The Queen Of Spain review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2017.

Queen Of Spain review

Told primarily in its native tongue, but with some English, mostly coming from the American actors in the picture, Trueba’s film is set in 1950s Spain where returning actress Macarena Granada (Cruz) is welcomed home to shoot a Hollywood-financed historical production. We’re introduced to the actress and via reels of archived footage from the day, some real, some enhanced with Cruz’s likeness skillfully inserted. We’re painted an instant picture of Granada’s life up-to-now, both private and professional before quickly shifting to the then present-day and the character of Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines), who has also returned home after a long period of time missing. »

- Paul Heath

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Berlinale: Orlando Bloom’s ‘Romans’ Inks Distribution Pacts (Exclusive)

13 February 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Romans,” the priest-abuse drama starring Orlando Bloom, has been pre-bought up by a raft of distributors at the Efm, where Wide Management is shopping the pic.

Directed by Ludwig and Paul Shammasian (“The Pyramid Texts”), the movie stars Bloom as middle-aged man who struggles to come to terms with the abuse he suffered by a local priest during his childhood.

Wide Management has sold the film to Latin America, Portugal (A2 Filmes), Cis (Akm Movie Distribution), and Spain (La Aventura Audiovisual). Wide Management has also closed a U.S. deal, which will soon be unveiled.

Romans,” now in post, is produced by Sheetal Vinod Talwar of Wsg Entertainment, James Harris and Mark Lane of The Tea Shop & Film Company, and Jasper Graham of Dreamscape Films.

Meanwhile, Wide Management has sold Jacky Katu’s “Crazy in Love” to Japan (New Select), and Germany (Neue Donau), as well as Adriano Giotti’s »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Party’

13 February 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may have its uses in describing butter cookies and cat videos, but it’s fair to say that “short and sweet” is an over-applied compliment: Sometimes it’s better to be short and severely, cheek-shrivelingly sour. So it proves in “The Party,” a deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down in 71 minutes flat. Slight and self-contained, it won’t go down in cinema history as anything but, perhaps, the most purely fun film ever made by peculiar British experimentalist Sally Potter. Still, this sketch of an ambitious Westminster politician and dinner-party hostess (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose life comes spectacularly apart before the canapés are even served, is a consummate drawing-room divertissement, played with relish by a dream ensemble. Notwithstanding a somewhat strained twist, it’s as slender, sharp and snappish as a wishbone; chic arthouse distributors should »

- Guy Lodge

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Berlinale: Liam Neeson’s ‘Hard Powder’ Nearly Sells Out Internationally (Exclusive)

13 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Upcoming action thriller “Hard Powder,” starring Liam Neeson, has sold almost all international rights, with the U.S. under negotiation, European film-tv group Studiocanal said Monday.

The sale of the Rocky Mountains-set movie to nine of the dozen biggest markets for international productions marks the first to independent distributors for a big title at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Hard Powder,” which is fully financed and sold by Studiocanal, will be distributed directly by the company in its four home territories: U.K., France, Germany and Australia-New Zealand. The other major licensing deals comprise Italy (Eagle), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Latin America (Leda Films), China (Bona Films) and Scandinavia (Svensk).

Other territories sold include Benelux (The Searchers), Poland (Monolith), Eastern Europe (Freeman), Greece (Spentzos), Middle East (Salim Ramia), South Africa (Times Media),  Indonesia (Pt Amero) and Singapore (Shaw).

Japan is in final talks. A number of other territories are still in negotiation, »

- John Hopewell

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Berlinale: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Was a ‘Universal Effort’

13 February 2017 9:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Call Me by Your Name,” Luca Guadagnino’s coming of age drama that wowed audiences at Sundance, won wide praise from Berlinale journos and film critics following its Panorama Special screening on Monday at the Berlin Film Festival.

Based on the novel by André Aciman, the story chronicles the love affair between Italian-American Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his father’s new American assistant, Oliver, played by Armie Hammer.

Speaking at a press conference, Guadagnino described the work as a “film for families. I like to think it’s a film for the transmission of knowledge and hope that people of different generations comet to see the film together.”

Hammer, who also stars in Stanley Tucci’s Berlinale competition entry “Final Portrait,” said he could “certainly relate to how Luca was able to execute human desire, craving – this very  human emotion, between these two characters. These are primal emotions of desire that people feel. »

- Ed Meza

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Jack Kilmer to Star in Terrorist Attack Film ‘Violent Delights’

13 February 2017 9:39 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jack Kilmer and Timur Magomedgadzhiev have come on board to star in the terrorist attack film “Violent Delights.”

Rachel Palumbo is making her feature directorial debut from a script by Taylor Laughlin. Her short film “Sapere Aude” was recently picked up by Amazon Studios.

Violent Delights” was unveiled Monday at the Berlin Film Festival by producers Bruce Nahin and Taylor Laughlin, and executive producer Kelsey Roberts. Production will commence this summer in Paris and Los Angeles.

The film follows a diverse group of musicians and art students who find themselves caught in the crossfire of a Parisian terrorist attack. The story centers on the lead singer of an American punk rock band, played by Kilmer, and two expressionist painters. Their lives parallel a young man from an immigrant family (portrayed by Magomedgadzhiev) as they each search for inspiration in the city of Paris.

Kilmer, the son of Val Kilmer, played »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Bright Nights’

13 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You know that movie about the father and his estranged teenage son going on a road trip? While that hackneyed premise is unquestionably rich with possibilities, there needs to be something memorable about such a script to distinguish yet another reworking, and Thomas Arslan’s well-acted, attractively shot “Bright Nights” offers minimal variation on the theme. More in line with Aslan’s early, minimalist films like “Vacation” than the more recent “Gold,” this two-hander largely shot in northern Norway is simple and honest, but in an already overpopulated field won’t stand out in the crowd. German and Norwegian cinemas will probably see modest returns.

Industrial engineer Michael (Georg Friedrich) receives word that his father died of a heart attack in northern Norway. They hadn’t seen each other for a while, but he’s still affected, more so than his sister who simply doesn’t care: “He gave us no opportunity for forgiving, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Berlinale: Sally Potter Takes a ‘Loving Look’ at a ‘Broken England’

13 February 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In her biting political comedy “The Party,” which bowed in competition Monday at the Berlinale, writer-director Sally Potter sought to present “a loving look at the state of England, a kind of broken England.”

Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz and Cillian Murphy star in the film, which revolves around a house party to celebrate the appointment Scott Thomas’s character Janet as a minister in Britain’s shadow cabinet – only for chaos to ensue.

Potter told reporters at the Berlin Film Festival that she wrote the dialogue to focus on “what people don’t say or feel they can’t say,” while the film’s black-and-white palette offered “an incredible space for emotional color – the magic that the brain can see things in different ways, in this abstract world of light and dark. Many of my favorite films are in black and white, and I’d »

- Ed Meza

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‘The Queen of Spain’ Clip: Penelope Cruz Sizzles As 1950s Spanish Starlet — Berlin

9 February 2017 8:29 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Here's a clip from Fernando Trueba's The Queen of Spain, starring Penélope Cruz, which premieres February 13 as part of the Berlinale Special Series. Ricardo Mario Darin Bas and Antonio Fernandez Resines also star in this pic about Spanish actress Macarena Granada, who returns home to Spain in the mid-1950s having enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood. She is to play Queen Isabella the First of Castille in a prestigious period drama. At the studio she meets… »

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Berlinale: Myriad Pictures to Sell ‘Red Dog: True Blue’ at European Film Market (Exclusive)

5 February 2017 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Myriad Pictures will handle worldwide sales, excluding Australia/New Zealand, China and the U.S., on “Red Dog: True Blue,” the prequel to 2011 international box office smash hit “Red Dog.”

Myriad will introduce the family film to buyers at the upcoming Berlin European Film Market.

Reuniting the creative team behind the original “Red Dog”  – writer Daniel Taplitz (“Chaos Theory”), producer Nelson Woss (“Ned Kelly”) and director Kriv Stenders (“Kill Me Three Times”) –  “Red Dog: True Blue” had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Festival. It will now screen Friday as the opening film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation Kplus, one of the two sections at the world’s biggest fest focus for children, youth and family movies.

Red Dog: True Blue” was greeted enthusiastically by critics in its Australian homeland, where it has grossed more than $5 million to date, a solid result. It also received an upbeat reaction at Sundance, »

- John Hopewell

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Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ Tops Spain’s 31st Goya Awards

4 February 2017 4:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — In a huge achievement for a first film, actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ took best picture and best first feature at the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goyas on Saturday night.

An outstanding genre-blending romantic drama which soon morphs into a road movie then brutal vengeance thriller, “The Fury of a Patient Man” also snagged original screenplay (“David Pulido, Arevalo) and supporting actor for Manolo Solo.

Produced by Beatriz Bodegas at Madrid-based Canica Films, “Fury” – which is set in a “normal” Spain rarely seen in movies, depicting its bars, roadside motels, card games and family fiestas – seemed as if it would have to settle for a clutch of awards as J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls, ” starring Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver, swept every prize it was nominated for during most of Saturday’s Goya ceremony. But its original screenplay win over “A Monster Calls »

- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga

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Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez to Star in ‘Love Child’

2 February 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez are starring in the dark comedy “Love Child,” with Todd Solondz directing.

The project will begin foreign sales next week at the Berlin Film Festival through Imr International, the joint venture between MadRiver Pictures and Insiders. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa will produce.

Solondz’ script  is centered on a delusional 11-year-old boy who’s obsessed with his mother and attempts to orchestrate an accident that nearly kills his abusive father. The boy then encourages the handsome man living in the family’s guesthouse to romance his mother, but becomes enraged when the two fall in love.

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A Monster Calls,’ Sigourney Weaver, Penelope Cruz Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations

Cruz is up for a Goya Award for lead actress in “The Queen of Spain.” She’s part of the ensemble cast of Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” along with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, »

- Dave McNary

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Berlinale Adds New Films Starring Catherine Deneuve, Geoffrey Rush

20 January 2017 6:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New films from Stanley Tucci, Martin Provost and China’s Liu Jian complete the Berlinale’s competition lineup and will see their world premieres at the next month’s festival.

Only Liu’s film, the animated “Have a Nice Day,” will actually compete for the Golden Bear. “Final Portrait”, Tucci’s biopic of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti with actor Geoffrey Rush, and “Midwife,” starring Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve, are part of the official competition section but will not actually vie for the main awards.

In all, the competition lineup features 24 films, all but two of which will have their world premieres at the festival and 18 of which will compete for the prestigious Golden and Silver Bears.

The festival also announced the Berlinale Special, which will once again present a selection of television series as part of the official program. It marks the third time TV programming has featured at Berlin, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

20 January 2017 5:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres

20 January 2017 5:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the competition are

18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

The Berlinale Special will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries, and extraordinary formats, as well as brand new series from around the world.

Berlinale Special Galas will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and Zoo Palast. Other Special premieres will take place at the Kino International. Moderated discussions will follow the screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year. Audiences »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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