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Eiff announces awards by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-06-24 17:36:52

Joseba Usabiaga and Bárbara Goenaga as Ane and Gorka in Pikadero Ben Sharrock's debut Pikadero was announced as the winner of the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival today. The romantic comedy, written in the Basque language, tells the story of a couple's fledgling relationship that comes under pressure because they can't get time alone. You can read what he told us about the film here.

The jurors also gave a special mention to Brakes, directed by Mercedes Grower, which received its World Premiere at the Festival.

The Michael Powell Jury - which included Kim Cattral, Iciar Bollain and Clancy Brown - said: “We wanted to recognise the very personal and individual voice of director Ben Sharrock for his film Pikadero. In a year when the jury viewed a selection of very distinctive and different films his film really stood out.
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La Punta Del Iceberg Trailer: In Spain, Suicide Is Not Painless

David Cánovas has made a series of short films in Spain and now his feature debut, La punta del iceberg (The Tip of the Iceberg) is about to open in theaters. (Note: the headline includes an obscure reference to the theme song from Robert Altman's Mash.) The trailer reveals it to be a drama, and possibly a thriller, starring Maribel Verdú (Pan's Labyrinth), Álex García, and Bárbara Goenaga (Timecrimes). After a large company is shaken by the suicide of three employees in a short period of time, Verdú is sent to investigate the circumstances. As might be expected, work stress appears to be a contributing factor, but is something else driving people to take their own lives? Something that might make the movie into a...

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Film Republic signs San Sebastian title 'Pikadero'

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Film Republic signs San Sebastian title 'Pikadero'
Exclusive: San Sebastian and Zurich comedy-drama gets UK sales company.

Film Republic has picked up international sales rights to Edinburgh-based Ben Sharrock’s well-received debut feature Pikadero, which premiered in the New Directors competition in San Sebastian and won the Critics’ Award at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Spain-uk co-production is the company’s first UK acquisition.

Set against the backdrop of Spain’s economic crisis, Pikadero follows a penniless, young couple who have trouble consummating their fledgling relationship in their parents’ homes.

Since screening in San Sebastian and Zurich, the film has been screened at festivals in Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Braunschweig and Huelva, among others, winning the Fipresci Prize and Best Feature Film Award at Kiev’s Molodist, the Best Editor award and Special Achievement in Acting for Barbara Goenaga in Tirana, and a Special Mention for Best New Director at the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival.

Most recently, Pikadero had been
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Location, dislocation and sexual frustration by Amber Wilkinson

Pikadero, the Basque language debut feature from Edinburgh-based filmmaker Ben Sharrock, had its world premiere in the New Directors section of San Sebastian Film Festival this year and has gone on to win the Fipresci prize and Best Film award at the Ukraine's Molodist Film Festival in Kiev. It stars Joseba Usabiaga and Bárbara Goenaga as Ane and Gorka - a pair of twentysomethings who are trapped by the economic crisis. The title refers not only to riding schools but is also slang for a public place used for sexual trysts - theonly option for Ane and Gorka since they both still love at home. Sharrock's gently absurd film follows the pair as they try - and fail - to get some time alone at the same time as they begin to question their hopes for the future. I caught up with Sharrock...
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Short Film Lineup Announced

Giving UK horror fans yet another reason to attend their scare-packed festival, the fine folks at Film4 FrightFest have announced their short film lineup that features over thirty shorts, including the cannibalistic wrestling tale, El Gigante:

Press Release: "Film4 FrightFest 2015 has expanded its Short Film Showcase event, with three strands and over thirty shorts from around the world, including eleven World Premieres and seven European Premieres. With films from thirteen countries, this is the most diverse and exciting shorts event yet programmed.

Highlights include the London premiere of actress Karen Gillan’s intense directorial debut Coward, and the UK premiere of Shevenge, a darkly funny tale of revenge, directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson. Local FrightFest alumni will also be returning: screenwriter and director James Moran is back with screams and laughter in Ghosting, and Dan Auty brings us nostalgia and magic children in his new
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San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles

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San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles
The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.Scroll down for full line-up

The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has revealed the 13 films competing for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which includes a prize of $55,000 (€50,000).

The New Directors section, comprising first or second works by international filmmakers, includes Iona, Scott Graham’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Shell, which world premiered at San Sebastian in 2012.

Iona stars Ruth Negga as the title character who takes her teenage son to the island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime.

New Directors line-up

Synopses provided by the festival

After Eden

Hans Christian Berger (Canada)

A tale of love and temptation in the age of Internet pornography. A reclusive university student tracks down his favourite porn star in the real world and becomes her anonymous follower - until he finds the courage to connect in person
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D’Arcy, Davenport, Valverde Star in ‘Gernika’

D’Arcy, Davenport, Valverde Star in ‘Gernika’
Madrid – James D’Arcy (“Master and Commander,” “Cloud Atlas”), Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Maria Valverde (“Exodus”) star in “Gernika,” a love story set against the infamous bombing of the Basque village, immortalized in Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica.”

Shot in the Basque Country, including in Gernika itself, the film marks the sophomore outing for Basque director Koldo Serra, who debuted impressively with “Backwoods,” a thriller portraying deep Spain prejudice and violence and starring Gary Oldman and Paddy Considine.

A Spain-u.S. co-production, “Gernika” is lead-produced by Daniel Dreifuss at new shingle Anima Pictures and, out of Spain, Jose Alba at Pecado Films. Carlos Clavijo at Travis Produce and Sayaka ProduccionesNahikari Ipiña co-produce.

Helmed by a Basque, using a Basque tax shelter, and made with a Basque and Spanish crew, “Gernika” is supported by a host of Basque entities, led by pubcaster Etb, the region of Vizcaya and the Bilbao City Council.
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Splitting Hairs with Village of Shadows: A Movie Review

Director: Fouad Benhammou. Writers: Fouad Benhammou, Pascal Jaubert, and Lionel Olenga. Cast: Christa Theret, Bárbara Goenaga, Cyrille Thouvenin, Ornella Boulé, Axel Kiener, and Jonathan Cohen. Village of Shadows, or Le Village des Ombres for French speakers, is a moody thriller that spends much of its time in darkness. This is French director Fouad Benhammou's first film at the helm and Benhammou uses too little light in many scenes. Village of Shadows is well written, but horror and thriller fans might find the film's pacing on the slow side of the scale. This is one of only a few horror titles that has put this reviewer squarely on the fence on whether to recommend this film or not. The film begins with a scene from 1944. Two German soldiers are hidden in a barn with a force lingering outside. One man confronts a strange entity while another attempts suicide. This is no picnic.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Negotiating for Picasso Film ‘Guernica’

A long-gone time (February) brought news that Antonio Banderas was set for the coveted Picasso role in 33 Days, a semi-biographical depiction of the beloved painter and the effort expended to craft one of his masterpieces, Guernica. The uptake has been a little slow on this one in the time sense — or, nothing has actually happened, save for a title change that reflects the aforementioned painting — but Variety now has news of a big casting grab — one that could also mean things are really snapping together.

They’re reporting that Gwyneth Paltrow is currently in talks for Guernica 33 Days, having been pegged for the crucial role of Dora Maar; in real life — and in the actual film — Maar was a French photographer who acted as Picasso’s lover during the painting’s months-long creation. Along with her, Imanol Arias and Bárbara Goenaga have also boarded, being hired to play José Bergamín and his assistant,
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The Solution Entertainment Group Takes International Rights To Grand Piano Starring Elijah Wood

The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.) has acquired international rights to Grand Piano, the new thriller from Spanish producing team Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (upcoming Red Lights, Buried), starring Elijah Wood (upcoming The Hobbit, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy), written by Damien Chazelle and to be directed by sought after Spanish director Eugenio Mira (The Birthday), it was announced today by The Solution.s founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Guerra and Cortés will produce the film, scheduled to start shooting in July, under their Spain-based company, Nostromo Pictures.

Forced into early retirement because of crippling stage fright, Wood is a piano virtuoso who returns to the stage where the recital turns deadly and he is forced to literally play for his life in the tense and twisted psychological thriller.

The Solution will be presenting the title to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
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Steven Zaillian Rewriting Timecrimes Remake

Writer-producer Steven Zaillian has shifted his remake of the 2007 thriller Timecrimes from United Artists to DreamWorks and is now rewriting the script.

We first reported on the remake almost exactly three years ago, when Zaillian was only attached as a producer of the United Artists project. Zaillian moved the project over to DreamWorks, where he has under a first-look deal. Timothy J. Sexton wrote the original drafts of the remake.

The original Timecrimes was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo and centers on a man who continually goes back in time to try and shape the events of a crime. Nacho Vigalondo will executive produce the remake along with Garrett Basch and original Timecrimes producer Eduardo Carneros.

Steven Zaillian also recently wrote the remake script for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which arrives in theaters December 21.

Timecrimes was released December 12th, 2008 and stars Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández,
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"Agnosia," Reviewed

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Reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2010.

"Agnosia," like "Julia's Eyes," which screens at the festival today, is the product of a Guillermo del Toro protege -- Eugenio Mira, whose first film, 2004's "The Birthday," caught the director/producer/force of nature's attention, if few others'. And it looks like it -- working off a screenplay by "The Devil's Backbone" writer Antonio Trashorras, Mira adeptly assembles lush, gothic visuals of the type that have become del Toro's signature. If only the film had the same amount of emotional impact. "Agnosia" is certainly the most lavishly beautiful film at Fantastic Fest, but it's structured around a story that doesn't seem to have enough to it to support a feature, either in what's at stake or in the characters.

The film starts with a group of investors arriving in the countryside to try out a new telescopic rifle, the joint product of German weapon manufacturer
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Sitges 2010 Announces First Wave Of Programming

It's been called the Cannes of genre cinema an the first wave of programming has been announced for Sitges 2010, a lineup featuring the best in genre film of all types from all around the globe. Here's the full announcement!

The Shining celebrates its 30th anniversary and the 43rd Sitges - International Fantasy Film Festival of Catalonia, that will take place from 7 to 17 October, would like pay homage to it through the image for this year's official poster. The Shining (1980), by Stanley Kubrick, is one of the few undoubtedly classic horror films that still holds up with the passage of time, going beyond the genre and the director himself.

The Festival will also be remembering the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future by Robert Zemeckis, offer a special tribute to the deceased Paul Naschy with the screening of the documentary El hombre que vio llorar a Frankenstein, and will be
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Updated: Eugenio Mira shooting baroque retro-futuristic thriller Agnosia

Updated: We have added a production still and a concept piece which has been provided for us, both of which are after the break. We have also been informed that this is not a "retro-futuristic thriller" (although the synopsis sounds like it) and it's more in the vein of The Prestige or The Elephant Man.

Eugenio Mira (The Birthday) is at work on his second feature length film entitled Agnosia which stars Eduardo Noriega, Bárbara Goenaga, Felix Gomez, Lluis Homar and Martina Gedeck. Billed as a baroque, retro-futuristic thriller, it's about an optician who designs a massive deadly lens and is set in Spain in the late 19th century. With a screenplay written by Antonio Trashorras (The Devil's Backbone). Word is that shooting will start this month (if it's not already underway).

I'm trying to get more details, so stay tuned!

To boot, you can check out Mira's incredibly stylish
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