19 items from 2016
Brazilian TV giant Globo has announced the international launch at Natpe this January of three new TV series: “Above Justice,” “Nothing Remains the Same” and “Supermax.”
All three suggest new fiction production trends coursing through Globo. Underscoring an increasingly consolidated tendency at now most big Latin American TV players, including Televisa and Telemundo Internacional, Globo’s announcement suggests the growing importance in its content catalogue of shorter fiction formats, in addition to their classic, internationally well-known, telenovelas.
A 16-episode production, written by Manuela Dias (“Dangerous Liaisons”) and helmed by “Brazil Avenue” co-director Jose Luiz Villamarim, “Above Justice” boast a star-studded cast, led by “Brazil Avenue” thesps Adriana Esteves and Caua Reymond. The series follows four different people arrested over one single night in Brazil’s Atlantic coast city of Recife. Their seemingly independent story lines intertwine in a narrative turning on crime, justice and revenge.
Essaying some innovative scheduling, Rede Globo aired the series Aug. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Telling a story within a story within a story, the sci-fi comedy Zoom concerns a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director who all have a hand in telling the story of the others life, despite living in different dimensions. Starring Allison Pill, Gael García Bernal, and Tyler Labine, today we have an exclusive clip from the feature, which is Nsfw (if you glance at the wallpaper).
The sophomore feature from Pedro Morelli, off a script penned by first-time screenwriter Matt Hensen, this exclusive clip introduces Pill’s character, a comic book artist who is dreaming of the perfect body, and we can see some satirical elements come into play as she meets to discuss cosmetic surgery. Check out the clip below for the film now in limited release and available on VOD.
Zoom is a fast-paced, pop-art inspired, multi-plot contemporary comedy. The film consists of three seemingly »
- Jordan Raup
For better or worse, Pedro Morelli’s sophomore effort “Zoom” is a film that never once compromises its vision or style. At times reminiscent of a less emotionally poignant “Stranger Than Fiction” and at others a less challenging take on “The Congress,” “Zoom” is at its best when it fully embraces its wackier sensibilities. Visually distinct with […]
- Ally Johnson
Pedro Morelli's Zoom is comprised of three stories which are all linked together in startling ways - a beautiful model (Mariana Ximenes) begins writing a book, a famous director (Gael Garcia Bernal) sets out to make an arthouse movie and a sex doll factory employee (Alison Pill) decides to get breast implants. Zoom premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival but now that... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
One of the problems that comes from being a hardcore fan of films is that most of your time is spent trying to enjoy your passion despite the shackles of a medium that is plagued with repetition and paint-by-numbers efforts. If you see more than a dozen movies a year, it isn’t long before you’re trapped in the tedium of not simply knowing that the good guys are probably going to win, but who is going to turn out to be the double-crosser as soon as you see them, why and when the rom-com couple are going to have their second act “distancing” they have to overcome, and on and on.
This is why certain writers and directors can get a jump on popularity just off the back of putting something out that makes you sit up and notice that you have no idea what’s going to happen. »
- Marc Eastman
This is what happens when men try to tell a story primarily about women — and also try to ape Charlie Kaufman — and fail miserably. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There are naked breasts everywhere in Brazilian-Canadian indie Zoom. Real breasts, photographs of real breasts, prosthetic breasts meant to be taken as real, doll breasts (on Real Doll-esque sex toys), comic-book-style animated breasts. Two of Zoom’s three concurrent interconnected stories are about, in large part, body image and body insecurity. In one, a woman frets over the size of her breasts; in the other, a man frets over the size of his penis. Take a guess if we ever see a penis.
- MaryAnn Johanson
History has certainly shown that storytelling is a circular concept, both simultaneously affecting society and (of course) inspired by the world around it. The Wachowskis’ underrated Cloud Atlas dealt heavily with the complex relationship between art and life as well as the influence that the former can have on subsequent generations, ultimately inspiring a movement that can change the shape of the future. While Zoom isn’t quite as ambitious as that sprawling 2012 film, it deals with some similarly intriguing concepts, albeit in a less impactful way.
Zoom – the first English-language feature (and second overall) from director Pedro Morelli (Entre Nós) – follows a trio of main characters played by Alison Pill (Milk), Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Brazilian star Mariana Ximenes, all of whom play individuals faced with an intensely personal and professional crossroads. As it plays out, Zoom gradually unveils the connections between these at first disparate storylines, »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
by Manuel Betancourt
Let's talk about the film Zoom. Have you heard of it? It’s this international co-production film that sounds like the hybrid lovechild of Stranger than Fiction and Adaptation, a third of which is animated, starring a 2D-animated Gael García Bernal. I caught the film earlier this year so I was fascinated (read: bemused) by the latest poster that puts the Mexican actor front and center alongside undersung actress Alison Pill. And yet, compared to the earlier poster that had been revealed for the film, this new floating heads one is pretty… uninspiring to say the least. It loses all the specificity of what makes the film worth seeking out.
But you should be excited for this unique movie. Here are 5 things that the new poster for Zoom isn’t telling you »
- Manuel Betancourt
Indulging in a daydream or letting your imagination run amok is something we can all relate to on a fairly intimate level – but what if those thoughts sprung into life, effectively blurring the line between fact and fantasy?
That’s a question posed by Zoom, Pedro Morelli’s imminent feature that’s pitched as a “fast-paced, pop-art inspired, multi-plot contemporary comedy.” That’s quite the mouthful, but nevertheless, Morelli’s metafictional romp has garnered praise following its run on the festival circuit, including last year’s Tiff.
Now closing in on a theatrical release, today brings forth Zoom‘s zany first trailer, introducing viewers to Alison Pill’s novelist and budding comic book artist who has unknowingly created a sentient character in Edward, and already we’re beginning to sense a refreshing mix of drama and heartfelt comedy based on the above teaser.
- Michael Briers
With just two weeks to go until its release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Pedro Morelli’s live-action/animated hybrid comedy drama Zoom which stars Alison Pill, Gael Garcia Bernal, Tyler Labine, Michael Eklund and Jason Priestly; take a look below…
An aspiring comic book artist (Alison Pill) works through her daily issues with a cartoon world of her creation starring Latin dreamboat Edward (Bernal), upon whom she unleashes her frustration in absurd and hilarious ways.
Zoom is set for release on September 2nd.
- Amie Cranswick
Mix one part A-ha’s “Take on Me” with a little “Stranger Than Fiction,” and apparently out comes “Zoom,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alison Pill. Directed by Pedro Morelli, the film looks like it could grab a lot of attention with its mixture of live action and animation in a story about a comic book creator whose work […]
- Charles Dean
Everyone has the power to create their own stories, but what if those stories were actually “real”? And what if the people in those stories are writing stories about you? It’s a heady idea, but one that the new metafictional film “Zoom” adopts head on to examine sex, drugs, and body-image insecurity.
Alison Pill plays Emma, a sex doll manufacturer by day and cartoonist by night, who longs to look like one of the synthetic creations with which she spends her time, and takes her frustrations out on the page by drawing the ideal man, high-flying, well-endowed film director Edward (Gael Garcia Bernal) shooting a passion project in Rio de Janeiro about model-turned-novelist Michelle (Mariana Ximenes), who in turn, writes about Emma. Things go awry when Emma decides to rob Edward »
- Vikram Murthi
Zoom trailer: The indie film will arrive in Us cinemas on September 2nd.
The Zoom trailer can be viewed in the player below.
The trailer for the forthcoming ‘comic book’ movie Zoom has arrived online. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill, and Mariana Ximenes and revolves around a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others.
Zoom actually premiered at the Toronto Film Festval last year, and is still to hit the streets, but we’re expecting this one in cinemas Stateside on September 2nd. It’s currently awaiting a UK release but we do have a new trailer.
Watch the Zoom trailer below. »
- Paul Heath
Elizabeth Rayne Aug 18, 2016
A comic book movie pretty much like no other, it seems: here's the trailer for Zoom!
How to begin to describe Zoom!, then.
Directed by Pedro Morelli, Zoom! stars Allison Pill (The Newsroom, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), Gael García Bernal, Mariana Ximenes, Cláudia Ohana, and Tyler Labine. It's a film that's a story within a story within a story. Finding out what's real and what isn't might just be a test.
The basics. With a day job working in a factory that makes hardcore sex dolls, Emma (Pill) becomes brainwashed enough to believe in the artificial ideals of beauty she is surrounded by. She then regrets going under the knife to boost herself a few cup sizes in an attempt to look more like these lifeless doppelgängers. Broke from the plastic surgery that was supposed to make her look more like the plastic bombshells, Emma is stuck with the silicone (saline? »
What if your imagination came to life? It’s the base question at the source of many sci-fi films, and most recently, the Alison Pill-led Zoom, which has received its first trailer. The story concerns a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director who all have a hand in telling the story of the others life, despite living in different dimensions. Combining some vivid, interesting animation — to liberate the comic reality created by Pill — along with live action, the film looks to be an interesting blend of heady drama and light comedy.
Zoom is the sophomore feature from Pedro Morelli, off a script penned by first time screenwriter Matt Hensen. See the trailer below ahead of a release next month, along with a poster for the film that also stars Gael García Bernal and Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil‘s Tyler Labine.
Zoom is a fast-paced, pop-art inspired, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Pedro Morelli’s Zoom—a metafiction about a comic book artist, a novelist, and a filmmaker—premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and an official trailer is now here to make you say “huh?” We will break it down for you: Alison Pill stars as Emma, a comic book artist who also works in a sex doll factory because that industry is seemingly more lucrative than comics. But she escapes it all by working on a comic book about an action filmmaker named Edward, who she has constructed as her dream man. Edward (played by Gael García Bernal) is deviating from his action roots to make an arthouse film about a model named Michelle (Mariana Ximenes), who is writing a novel...about a cartoonist named Emma. Things get very Stranger Than Fiction (in fact, the trailer borrows that idiom), but kind of like Stranger Than Fiction on »
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
"What is this all about?!" Screen Media Films has debuted a trailer for the indie comedy Zoom, about a comic book artist played by the talented Alison Pill (seen in Milk, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Midnight in Paris, Goon, Snowpiercer, Hail Caesar!, and "The Newsroom"). This is a funky mashup because it combines the rather crazy live-action story with an animated (or perhaps rotoscoped?) comic book story, which is all of her frustrations come to life after they've been illustrated on paper. Gael García Bernal plays the primary, suave comic book character, and the rest of the cast includes Tyler Labine, Jason Priestley, Mariana Ximenes, Don McKellar and Michael Eklund. This actually looks fun in a quirky way, and I like the way they mix the animated comics with the real world story. Might be worth watching when it's out. Here's the first official trailer (+ official poster) for Pedro Morelli's Zoom, »
- Alex Billington
Rio De Janeiro — Helmer Fernando Meirelles’ O2 Filmes, one of Brazil’s largest indie production companies in Brazil, will produce animation series “Suria”, O2’s founding partner Andrea Barata Ribeiro told Variety in an exclusive interview in Rio Content Market 2016.
The kids’ series, which will have 26 episodes of 11 minutes, will be helmed by Fabio Mendonca.
“The series is designed for the Latin American market. We are negotiating the distribution with regional pay-tv networks,” Barata Ribeiro said.
She added the series will be made in O2’s production center in Sao Paulo and will take about two years to be finished.
O2, which is a major producer of TV commercials, live-action series and features, such as Meirelles’ “City of God” and “Blindness”, recently created an in-house animation production unit, Barata Ribeiro said. The unit’s first production was for Pedro Morelli’s feature “Zoom,” a Brazil/Canada co-production starring Gael Garcia Bernal, »
- Marcelo Cajueiro
Guadalajara – “Gravity’s” Alfonso Cuaron, Gael Garcia Bernal, star of Emmy-winning “Mozart in the Jungle” and Diego Luna, who toplines Amazon’s “Casanova,” look set to attend this week’s 31st Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival, an event that, unspooling five says after Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s Academy Award director win, proves that these days Mexican fests hardly needs foreign Hollywood stars: They’ve got their own, or can draw on celebrities from other parts of the Spanish-speaking world.
They will be joined by top-of-the-class Mexican producers: Pablo Cruz at Canana, Leo Zimbron and Mark Alazraki at Alazraki Ent, both companies based out of L.A- and Mexico City, plus Monica Lozano, producer of “Amores Perros” and “Instructions Not Included.”
Running March 4- »
- John Hopewell
19 items from 2016
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