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Ireland's Element Pictures expanding, reveals staff moves (exclusive)

Ireland's Element Pictures expanding, reveals staff moves (exclusive)
Emma Norton has been promoted to development producer.

Element pictures is set to expand on the company’s development and production activities after making a number of new and in-house appointments.

The Irish company behind the Oscar-nominated Room and Yorgos Lanthimos’ forthcoming The Favourite has made a number of key promotions.

Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures made the announcement as it prepares to go into production with its latest project, Rosie, directed by Paddy Breathnach (Viva) from a script by Roddy Doyle (The Snapper).

Emma Norton has been promoted to development producer at Element, after previously working
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George Rr Martin series 'Nightflyers' receives Irish Film Board Funding

Other recipients include Rosie, written by Roddy Doyle and Pat Collins’ Folkland.

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George Rr Martin

The Irish Film Board has backed a major new international production from the creator of Game of Thrones in its latest round of funding decisions.

Filming is due to get underway this spring on Nightflyers, the first production based out of Limerick’s newly built Troy Studios. The forthcoming production was granted €850,000 by the Ifb - the single biggest award in its latest round of funding decisions. New features by Cathy Brady, Brian Kirk and Paddy Breathnach are also being supported.

Sets are currently being constructed in Troy’s vast studio space based in Ireland’s mid-west, with filming due to begin in the coming weeks. Originally commissioned as a pilot, Syfy confirmed it was going to series after creator George Rr Martin revealed the plans on his blog. Martin and Jeff Buhler are credited as co-writers, with Mike Cahill (Another
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New George Rr Martin series 'Nightflyers' receives Irish Film Board Funding

Other recipients include Rosie, written by Roddy Doyle and Pat Collins’ Folkland.

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George Rr Martin

The Irish Film Board has backed a major new international production from the creator of Game of Thrones in its latest round of funding decisions.

Filming is due to get underway this spring on Nightflyers, the first production based out of Limerick’s newly built Troy Studios. The forthcoming production was granted €850,000 by the Ifb - the single biggest award in its latest round of funding decisions. New features by Cathy Brady, Brian Kirk and Paddy Breathnach are also being supported.

Sets are currently being constructed in Troy’s vast studio space based in Ireland’s mid-west, with filming due to begin in the coming weeks. Originally commissioned as a pilot, Syfy confirmed it was going to series after creator George Rr Martin revealed the plans on his blog. Martin and Jeff Buhler are credited as co-writers, with Mike Cahill (Another
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Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding

Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding
Other recipients include Virginia Woolf romance Vita & Virginia and new Hong Khaou, Carmel Winters films.

Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.

Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West.

In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.

The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures.

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Horror Channel announce March premieres

Horror Channel presents nine fear-filled premieres in March including the UK TV premiere of Bad Milo!, Jacob Vaughan’s laugh-out-loud comedy horror blending sharp social satire with copious amounts of slimy gore. Broadcast on Fri 31st March at 11.20pm, Bad Milo! stars Ken Marino as normal nice guy Duncan, who discovers that a cute bloodthirsty creature is living in his lower intestines. Every time he gets stressed, it crawls out of his rectum to feed on the flesh of those riling him up. Check out our review here.

Dark laughs also run amok on Fri 3rd March at 10.55pm with the network premiere of Paul Andrew Williams’ blood-drenched hostage thriller The Cottage, starring Andy Serkis, Reece Shearsmith and Jennifer Ellison. Feuding brothers David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) abduct a young woman (Jennifer Ellison) and hole up in a remote rural cottage, But their hostage turns the tables and
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Top 30 Films of 2016: Animation, Latin America, and New Auteurs Rule

Top 30 Films of 2016: Animation, Latin America, and New Auteurs Rule
Contrary to the alarmist accounts that cinema as an art form is agonizing and nearing the end of its relevance, 2016 sent a clear message stating that sequels, rehashed ideas, and spinoffs, deserved to be axed and replaced with new concepts — even if that means less billion-dollar tent poles per year. Of course, independent and international films are the heroes that continue to reignite audiences passion for the medium, though most of them struggle to achieve the financial success they deserve.

Cinema is far from dead, and that’s obvious if one is looking away from the star-studded formulaic products and into the land of unknown, subtitled, or thematically challenging content. Latin American films had an enviable year that include an Oscar nomination, presence at all world-class festivals, and success finding distribution in the Us and numerous markets. Animated crafted outside of studio constraints took narrative risks unseen previously and demonstrated
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Oscars: Here’s Why Britain Has A Foreign-Language Submission With ‘Under the Shadow’

Oscars: Here’s Why Britain Has A Foreign-Language Submission With ‘Under the Shadow’
Wait a second. Can the U.K. submit a film for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Oscar?

Sure. As long as it’s not in English. Take last year: Ireland, not Cuba, submitted Spanish-language film “Viva.” And France controversially chose the Turkish “Mustang” as its official entry over a list of top French auteurs.

If the submitting country paid for the movie and supplied key personnel, it doesn’t matter what language it’s in. The French produced “Mustang” and its director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, born in Turkey, is based in Paris. (Her next movie is English-language.) And the Irish produced “Viva,” even though director Paddy Breathnach shot with local actors in Havana.

And thus the UK’s selection organization, BAFTA, has submitted writer-director Babak Anvari’s well-reviewed Sundance mother-daughter drama “Under the Shadow” (October 7, Vertical Entertainment and Xyz Films), a 1988 Iran-Iraq War thriller shot in Farsi starring Narges Rashidi,
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Oscars: Here’s Why Britain Has A Foreign-Language Submission With ‘Under the Shadow’

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Oscars: Here’s Why Britain Has A Foreign-Language Submission With ‘Under the Shadow’
Wait a second. Can the U.K. submit a film for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Oscar?

Sure. As long as it’s not in English. Take last year: Ireland, not Cuba, submitted Spanish-language film “Viva.” And France controversially chose the Turkish “Mustang” as its official entry over a list of top French auteurs.

If the submitting country paid for the movie and supplied key personnel, it doesn’t matter what language it’s in. The French produced “Mustang” and its director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, born in Turkey, is based in Paris. (Her next movie is English-language.) And the Irish produced “Viva,” even though director Paddy Breathnach shot with local actors in Havana.

And thus the UK’s selection organization, BAFTA, has submitted writer-director Babak Anvari’s well-reviewed Sundance mother-daughter drama “Under the Shadow” (October 7, Vertigo Entertainment and Xyz Films), a 1988 Iran-Iraq War thriller shot in Farsi starring Narges Rashidi,
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'Aquarius' wins Sydney Film Prize

'Aquarius' wins Sydney Film Prize
Brazilian film debuted in Competiton at Cannes.

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Brazilian social justice drama Aquarius has won the $47,000 (Au$63,000) Sydney Film Prize, the major award of the Sydney Film Festival (June 8-19).

Mendonca Filho’s story of a strong-willed homeowner’s battle against unscrupulous real estate developers was awarded the top prize at the closing night of the 63rd Sff on Sunday.

Jury president and UK producer Simon Field said Aquarius, which premiered in Competition at Cannes last month, is “a compelling and relevant statement about contemporary Brazil, and the power of an individual standing up for what she believes.”

“Mendonça Filho has created a film that is both political and personal – witty, sexy and playful. A film of effortless verve and intelligence,” he said.

“At the heart of the film is Sonia Braga’s astonishing and brave performance of a fearless character, resisting pressures from her family, and the corporate
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Mongrel Internartional strikes UK deal on 'Viva'

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Mongrel Internartional strikes UK deal on 'Viva'
Mongrel International has licensed UK rights in Cannes to Viva, last season’s Irish foreign-language Oscar submission.

Studiocanal and Element Pictures Distribution have acquired all UK and Irish rights to the Irish-Cuban film in a joint distribution venture.

Paddy Breathnach’s story centres on a Havana-based youngster who aspires to be a drag queen and gets his dreams crushed when his estranged macho father returns from prison. Mark O’Halloran wrote the screenplay.

Jorge Perugorria stars with Luis Alberto Garcia and Hector Medina. Magnolia released Viva in the Us on April 29.

Robert Walpole and Rebecca O’Flanagan of Treasure Entertainment produced.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Passes to Film Festival Hit, Irish Oscar Entry ‘Viva’

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the Sundance Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival hit “Viva”! Shot entirely in Havana, the film was directed by an Irish director and was Ireland’s official Oscar entry last year!

Viva,” which opens in Chicago on May 6, 2016 and is rated “R,” stars Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría and Luis Alberto García from director Paddy Breathnach and Mark O’Halloran. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free passes to “Viva” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds
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Film Review: ‘Viva’

Film Review: ‘Viva’
Even the fiercest queens on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” aren’t put through the wringer half as rigorously as the twiggy protagonist of “Viva” — an aspiring Havana drag artiste who must survive severe poverty, prostitution, parental abuse and family tragedy atop the strain of lip-syncing for his life. Irish helmer Paddy Breathnach’s kind-hearted, fleet-footed Cuban diversion doesn’t wallow in such woe, however. If anything, this understandably Oscar-shortlisted crowdpleaser skirts the sharpest edges of its hard-luck tale, playing softball with matters of homosexuality and prejudice; heavily telegraphed melodrama, meanwhile, provides short-cut solutions to complex character conflicts. Like its eponymous stage performer, however, “Viva” appealingly makes up for a coy approach with gutsy, grabby follow-through on the high notes.

“Why is everyone on this island addicted to f—ing drama?” someone wails midway through “Viva” — though it seems unlikely that everyday life in Cuba trades in quite as many soap-operatic
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Review: Tender But Uneven Drag Queen Tale 'Viva'

There are two identities at war with themselves in director Paddy Breathnach’s tender but uneven “Viva,” a queer-positive movie about drag queens, queer communities, and self-expression in the slums of Havana, and a father and son story about estrangement and reconciliation. In truth, these interwoven ideas should be complementary; a homophobic and domineering father, a gay and timid son and the young man’s discovery of a passionate creative outlet in the midst of bleak poverty and few opportunities: the cathartic escapism of drag expressiveness. The foundational elements have all the necessary ingredients for compelling conflict. But despite an expressive visual eye, a strong capacity to communicate empathy and good craft, the promising “Viva” is hampered by a predictable narrative overburdened with one too many cliches that divide the movie’s strengths. Its normcore story meets its unique queer-core sensibilities and both cancel each other out — or at least don't add up as much.
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Viva Movie Review

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Viva Movie Review
Viva Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Paddy Breathnach Written by: Mark O’Halloran Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco, Luis Manuel Alvarez Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/26/16 Opens: April 29, 2016 Fathers want what’s best for their sons, but sometimes, while they mean well, they cannot accept what their boys are really like. Such is the case in Paddy Breathnah’s “Viva,” which boasts a sensational performance for Cuban actor Héctor Medina in the title role. If you doubt that his dad, a former boxer who served jail time for killing a man, would [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Toughen Up With This Clip From 'Viva'

Family and identity collide in the upcoming "Viva," a queer-positive story set in the slums of a Havana, where a father and son try to find some level of acceptance for each other. It's a film that debuted to a warm reception at the Telluride Film Festival last fall, and was Ireland's entry at this year's Oscars, and today we have an exclusive clip from the picture. Starring Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Héctor Medina, Luis Manuel Álvarez, Renata (Maikel Machín Blanco), and Laura Alemán, directed by Paddy Breathnach, and executive produced by Benicio Del Toro, the story follows a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father Angel abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. "Viva" opens in.
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Iff Panama Kicks off With Zest and ‘Viva’

Iff Panama Kicks off With Zest and ‘Viva’
Panama City — A bevy of international producers, directors and actors walked the red carpet in front of Teatro Balboa, in Panama City’s atmospheric historic quarter, for the opening ceremony of the 5th Panama International Film Festival, with Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” playing as the opening pic.

The fest’s director Pituka Ortega Heilbron began by explaining how the fest has grown since its 2012 bow and this year is welcoming over 350 films and over 450 international guests.

She then reminded the audience of the power of film and cited the example of the Pakistan film “Girl of the River,” about honor killings, which in February of this year won an Academy Award for Best Short and led to the introduction of a law abolishing this abhorrent practice.

“Cinema can change the world,” she exclaimed to loud applause. She then listed the social issues raised in some of the films screening at the fest,
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5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup

5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup
Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.

Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.

“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”

In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out
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Panama International Film Fest Starts Tomorrow!

This Thursday, April 7th, there will be an inaugural press conference at 2:30 p.m. in American Trade Hotel’s Salon Viejo. The interview will be headed by the directors of Iff Panama, the President of Iff Panama Foundation, the Minister of Commerce and Industry (Mici), and the actors Luis Silva -protagonist of the movie "From Afar," winner of the Golden Lion of Venice- and the talented Luis Alberto García, who heads the cast of "Viva," which will open the festival.

Read More: 'Viva' Director Paddy Breathnach on Making an Irish Film in Cuba and Visceral Transformation

Among the events that the International Film Festival of Panama brings for its fifth anniversary celebration are: educational and industry programs that cover more than twenty different activities between seminars, workshops, chats and panels, 14 red carpets along with three nights of free outdoors screenings and the presence of more than one hundred special guests; not to mention 75 of the best films the world has to offer.

Read More: Panama: The Next Big Country for Latin American Films?

At 1:00 p.m. that same day, world renowned documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán will begin a four-day Documentary Seminar that he will conduct for members of the cinematographic industry in the American Trade Hall.

Read More: Iff Panama: 22 Unique Educational Activities

At 6:45 p.m.,the Red Carpet event of the Iff Panama's Opening Gala will start at Teatro Balboa, with international and national special guests attending. The Inaugural Ceremony starts at 8:00 p.m. and at 8:45 the screening of "Viva" will commence.

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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016

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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016
Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and César Augusto Acevedo’s Cannes Critics Week France 4 Visionary Award winner Land And Shade will screen at the International Film Festival of Panama.

Both selections will play in the Ibero American Showcase under the auspices of Iff Panama 2016, which runs from April 7-13.

Italian actress Lucía Bosé will be guest of honour at the festival’s fifth edition when three of films will screen — Death Of A Cyclist, Story Of A Love Affair, and No Peace Under The Olive Tree. High Heels will screen in special presentation.

Ibero American Showcase entries include Anna Muylaert’s Brazilian foreign language Oscar submission My Second Mother, Álex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night (Spain), 3 Beauties (Venezuela) by Carlos Caridad-Montero, and Spy Time (Spain) by Javier Ruiz Caldera.

Rounding out the section are: The Apostate (Spain-France-Uruguay) by Federico Veiroj; Road To La Paz (Argentina) by Francisco Varone; Semana Santa (Mexico) by [link
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Guadalajara: Premio Maguey Toasts the Global Gay Evolution

Guadalajara – Celebrating its fifth year at the Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival (Ficg), the Premio Maguey has been a standard bearer of Guadalajara’s vibrant Lgbt community.

This year’s theme is “evolution,” which in the words of Guadalajara Int’l Film Fest Board of Trustees president Raul Padilla, describes the Premio Maguey as “a space where sexual diversity is celebrated, and as a response to criticism towards Guadalajara as a homophobic, chauvinistic and hypocritical city.”

“We’ve also borne witness to the evolution in films about sexual diversity, where straight actors no longer balk at playing gay and directors don’t hesitate to deal with such themes,” said Cortes, citing Indian entry “Loev” whose director Sudhanshu Saria relates how he didn’t tell his crew what the film was about to avoid any conflict in a country where homosexuality is taboo. Its star, Indian heartthrob Shiv Pandit, may have
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