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Spain’s Julio Medem Dips Toe Into High-Profile TV Drama with ‘Jai-Alai’ (Exclusive)

Spain’s Julio Medem Dips Toe Into High-Profile TV Drama with ‘Jai-Alai’ (Exclusive)
Julio Medem, one of Spain’s preeminent film directors (“Vacas,” “Sex and Lucia,” “Ma Ma”), is dipping his toe into high-profile TV fiction arena with Miami-set Basque ball game, crime series “Jai-Alai.”

The in-development project, whose first season will consist of 10 episodes, has also attached to direct award-winning Mexican filmmakers David Pablos (“Las elegidas”) and Gabriel Ripstein (“600 Miles”).

Based on an original idea by Medem and Mexican producer Eva Ruiz de Chávez, the series will take place over three decades. From the ’70s, when the Basque ball became one of the most profitable sports in the U.S. and the Miami Jai Alai, an excellent way to launder money from trafficking cocaine; its ’80s decline and its end in the ’90s.

With “The Godfather” as one of its major sources of inspiration, “Jai-Alai” will tell the story of Xalba, the patriarch of a pelotari dynasty who transfers control of his crime empire to Ategi, his reluctant
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Sony, Impala, Caos, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, Dani Rovira, Michelle Jenner Shoot ‘Miamor Perdido’

Sony, Impala, Caos, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, Dani Rovira, Michelle Jenner Shoot ‘Miamor Perdido’
Madrid — Nobody knows anything, etc. But Sony in Spain may well be on to a winner with its latest production there, “Miamor Perdido,” a romantic comedy which teams the director, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, and star, Dani Rovira of “Spanish Affair,” whose two movie installments, released in and, grossed a combined $117.5 million in Spain.

Michelle Jenner, beloved to Spanish audiences since she played Catholic Queen Isabel TV series for public broadcaster Rtve, plays the other part of a love-hate relationship.

Sony Pictures Intl. Productions produces with Discontinue La Película Aie, a tax vehicle. Impala and Caos Films. Rtve has Spanish TV broadcast rights.

Written with Rovira in mind, and billed as a “romantic comedy of a universal nature supported by two leading and eccentric comedic characters with a screwball comedy and slapstick sensibility,” “Miamor Perdido” turns on the on-off relationship between a couple, Mario and Olivia, whose cat, Miamor disappears when they break up a first time, though they are
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Location Basque Country: A Tale of Three Provinces

Location Basque Country: A Tale of Three Provinces
San Sebastian — The three Basque provinces, Alava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, share green and mountainous landscapes and one of the more attractive tax credits in Spain: a 30% tax shelter for local film, TV and animated productions. Their respective film commissions are teaming to co-ordinate in joint actions for international promotion under the Film Basque Country umbrella. “We are not competitors but strategic allies,” says Bizkaia’s Bilbao city councilor Xabier Ochandiano. But there are some nuances in each territory’s film offer.

Alava

Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, is re-launching its film office, as the big-screen adaptation of best-selling novel “El silencio de la ciudad blanca,” a benchmark for the city’s image, is scheduled to roll there by next year.

The feature adaptation of Eva García Sáenz de Urturi’s crime-thriller book, “El silencio” is produced by Atresmedia Cine, the powerful film arm of Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia, in partnership with Barcelona’s Rodar y Rodar (“The
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An Overview of Spanish Independent Cinema in 3 Films

We are excited to partner this year with L.A. Ola, a showcase of the best contemporary independent cinema from Spain, to show several of their films on Mubi in May and June, 2017. Agata's FriendsFor the third consecutive year, the L..A. Ola showcase strives to bring the best of Spain’s current independent cinema to Los Angeles for a short but concise program. This year, the festival will take place in various L.A venues from May 18 - 21 and will later travel to the East Coast with four of the program’s feature films for a special New York edition, which will show from June 2 - 4 at Anthology Film Archives. Although some of the films showcased are already well into their international festival lifespan, some of the films might have their U.S. premier at L.A. Ola. But for us here in the U.S., L.A. Ola
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4th Paris Images Trade Show Announces Threefold Increase in Foreign Production Spend in France in 2016

4th Paris Images Trade Show Announces Threefold Increase in Foreign Production Spend in France in 2016
The organizers of the five-event Paris Images Trade Show, one of the world’s biggest film production and post-production trade fairs, has disclosed that total foreign spend under France’s tax rebate for international shoots tripled in 2016, with a further rise predicted this year.

Over recent years, France has invested significantly in its technical infrastructure, including the construction of new studio facilities, such as Luc Besson’s Paris Studios and the Provence Studios near Marseille. The country also boasts world-leading animation and VFX shops, including Illumination MacGuff, Mikros Images, TeamTO, Buf and Cube Creative.

One of the key drivers of the rising demand for Gallic technical facilities is France’s Trip international tax rebate scheme, whose rate was upped from 20% to 30% of spend in France from Jan. 1, 2016.

Trip has had a key role in tripling foreign investment, said two of Paris Images’ organizers, Valérie Lépine-Karnik, CEO of Film France, and Yann Marchet,
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‘Chronic’s’ Michel Franco, Emma Suarez, Televisa Team for ‘April’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)

‘Chronic’s’ Michel Franco, Emma Suarez, Televisa Team for ‘April’s Daughter’ (Exclusive)
One of Mexico’s highest-profile and most resolutely independent young directors, Michel Franco, whose Tim Roth starrer “Chronic” won best screenplay at 2015’s Cannes Festival, has gone into production on its follow-up, “Las hijas de Abril” (“April’s Daughter”), a mother-daughters relationship drama starring Spain’s Emma Suarez, co-star of Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta.”

Videocine, the movie distribution arm of Latin American TV network giant Televisa, has acquired theatrical distribution rights for Mexico. Set up at Franco’s Mexico City label Lucia Films and kept under wraps until the present, “April’s Daughter” is currently 10 days into a shoot in Puerto Vallarta, the Mexican resort.

Also written by Franco, “April’s Daughter” plumbs the same keystone family ties whose exploration catapulted Franco to international notice when “After Lucia” won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award in 2012.

Suarez plays a woman who, having rebuilt her life abroad, returns to Mexico to reconnect with her youngest daughter,
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Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More

Key West Film Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ’20th Century Women’ and More
The 5th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2016 lineup, including the opening night film, “20th Century Women,” directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. As part of the festival’s signature Critics Focus program, MTV’s Chief Film Critic Amy Nicholson will present and lead a conversation around the film, alongside David Fear, Senior Film/TV Editor of Rolling Stone.

Director of Programming Michael Tuckman said of Nicholson’s pick, “I could not be more thrilled with Amy Nicholson’s choice of ’20th Century Women’ to kick off our 5th Anniversary edition of festival. Annette Bening’s performance is Oscar-deserving and the rich depth of the balance of the leading cast is Altman-esque in its quality. Amy’s discussion after the film will bring a cunning critic’s eye to this fabulous film for audiences.”

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Basque Cinema Energizes San Sebastian Fest

Basque Cinema Energizes San Sebastian Fest
San Sebastian — Once, only a few years ago, ta question under discussion between the San Sebastian Festival and the Basque government, was how the festival, taking place at the Basque Country’s most elegant seaside resort, could help the Basque film industry.

Now, increasingly, the talk is on how the Basque industry is energising the San Sebastian Festival.

Over the last week, as the 64th San Sebastian edition kicked into gear, a series of news announcements and events have underscored how the Basque industry has scaled in up budgets, ambition and international reach:

*”2 Guns” and “Everest” director Baltasar Kormakur has inked to co-produce “Red Fjords,” a large scale crime thriller, set in 1616 Iceland, originated and produced by Bilbao-based Eduardo Carneros and also produced by Tornosal Films, which backed Academy Award winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

*Entertainment One’s Seville Intl. has acquired world sales rights to Basque Aritz Moreno
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EOne’s Seville Intl. Acquires ‘Advantages of Traveling by Train’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian, Spain — In a stellar deal for the burgeoning Basque industry, Entertainment One’s Seville International has acquired world sales rights outside Spain to “Advantages of Traveling by Train.”

The anticipated feature debut of Aritz Moreno, “Advantages” is lead-produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora, an up-and-coming production house owned by Moreno and producer-director Leire Apellaniz.

Madrid’s Morena Films has boarded as a co-producer. The company’s previous credits include Oliver Stone’s Fidel Castro docu-trilogy, Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and movies by Spain’s Iciar Bollain (“Even the Rain”), Daniel Monzon (“Cell 211”) and Daniel Calparsoro (“Rob a Thief,” Spain’s No. 1 local box-office hit this year).

“Advantages” — penned by Javier Gullon, the screenwriter of Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy” — marks Señor y Señora’s first fiction feature. It adapts the cult novel by Spain’s Antonio Orejudo, published in 2000, turning on a literary agent, Helga, who is forced
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Penelope Cruz Passion Project ‘Ma Ma’ Comes to iTunes

Penelope Cruz Passion Project ‘Ma Ma’ Comes to iTunes
Penelope Cruz took to Instagram Thursday to announce her 2015 drama “Ma Ma” is now available on Apple’s iTunes.

“I’m so excited to share that my new film Ma Ma is now available to buy and rent from @iTunes!” the Oscar-winning actress wrote. “Making this movie has been an incredible experience for me and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you@oscilloscope.” The exclusive video on-demand release comes nearly a year after the film’s release in Spain and two months after the film was released in U.S. theaters.

Here’s the official synopsis: Honoring the high melodrama of Pedro Almodóvar and Douglas Sirk, Ma Ma follows Magda (Cruz) as she experiences tragedies and miracles alike. Just as Magda is diagnosed with breast cancer, she meets Arturo (Luis Tosar), a devoted husband and father in the midst of unspeakable loss. Their chance encounter leads both down a path of strength,
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New to Streaming: ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day,’ ‘Holy Hell,’ Quay Brothers, ‘Born to Be Blue,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau)

I played jazz trumpet growing up in Oklahoma, so Chet Baker’s somber swing always brought our ensemble back to earth when Dizzy Gillespie’s flying fingers sent us noodling in quick cacophony. We thought Baker was the romantic trumpeter, the kind you’d play when you wanted to impress a date — and whose pretty-boy face on the album cover
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San Sebastian unveils 2016 Spanish selection

San Sebastian unveils 2016 Spanish selection
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.Scroll down for full line-up

This 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the line-up of Spanish titles that will play across its sections.

There will be a total of 15 Spanish-produced films on show, including four shorts.

Competing for the Golden Shell – the festival’s top prize – will be Alberto Rodríguez’s El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) and Jonás Trueba’s La Reconquista (The Reconquest), all of which are world premieres.

Goya Award-winning director Alberto Rodríguez is nominated for his third Golden Shell following 2014’s Marshland and 2005’s 7 Virgins. El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors) [pictured top] tells the story of spy Fransisco Paesa.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen presents his third feature Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) – following 2013’s Goya-nominated Stockholm – which tells the story of a detective
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San Sebastian reveals 2016 Spanish selection

San Sebastian reveals 2016 Spanish selection
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.Scroll down for full line-up

This 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) has revealed the line-up of Spanish titles that will play across its sections.

There will be a total of 15 Spanish-produced films on show, including four shorts.

Competing for the Golden Shell – the festival’s top prize – will be Alberto Rodríguez’s El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors), Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) and Jonás Trueba’s La Reconquista (The Reconquest), all of which are world premieres.

Goya Award-winning director Alberto Rodríguez is nominated for his third Golden Shell following 2014’s Marshland and 2005’s 7 Virgins. El Hombre De Las Mil Caras (Smoke And Mirrors) [pictured top] tells the story of spy Fransisco Paesa.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen presents his third feature Que Dios Nos Perdone (May God Save Us) – following 2013’s Goya-nominated Stockholm – which tells the story of a detective
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San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut

San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival.

Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic dramedy “La Reconquista,” a first big fest bow for Jonas Trueba, an engaging, audience-friendly arthouse auteur..

Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” will celebrate its European premiere at San Sebastian, screening out of competition, as announced last week.

Presented Thursday in Madrid, the 11 Spanish features selected for this year’s San Sebastian invite several off-the-cuff conclusions. First, eight are world premieres: The large spread of fresh films from Spain remains one of San Sebastian’s biggest lures.

Again, Spanish producers used to think thrice before premiering
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Ma Ma review – manipulative melodrama

Even Penélope Cruz’s charisma can’t save this crass tear-jerker

Julio Medem’s melodrama leans heavily on the star appeal of Penélope Cruz. But even with Cruz radiating beatific charisma, there is little to recommend this unashamedly manipulative tale of a breast cancer survivor who strikes up a brief but meaningful relationship with a widower (Luis Tosar). The treatment of the subject is rather crass – Medem’s directorial flourishes are undermined by a score that pushes every weepy button it can shake a quavering violin at.

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Ma Ma review – Penélope Cruz shimmers in heartfelt Spanish drama

Cruz’s superb performance elevates this lovely if sometimes flawed drama about family, friendship and illness

There is such a lovely performance here from Penélope Cruz: rich, intelligent, generous – her best since Almodóvar’s Volver. Without Cruz, this movie might not have added up to as much. But with her vivid presence, it shimmers and throbs. Writer-director Julio Medem has created a very emotional drama; the word “weepie” does it a disservice, as it did to the movies of Douglas Sirk. Cruz plays Magda, an unemployed teacher and single mum to a bright teenage boy called Dani (Teo Planell). At the moment she discovers she has breast cancer, Magda forms a tender relationship with Arturo, a man dealing with a tragedy of his own: this is another of the film’s outstanding performances – that excellent Spanish actor, Luis Tosar. The movie further creates a kind of platonic love triangle,
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Movie Review – Ma ma (2015)

Ma ma, 2015.

Directed by Julio Medem.

Starring Penelope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia and Teo Planell.

Synopsis:

An upbeat single mother tackles love and mortality after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Besides her appearances in Pedro Almodovar’s films, Penelope Cruz’s potential as a serious actress remains largely untapped. On paper, Ma Ma is the right vehicle to show off her flair for pathos, romance and whimsy, however, the end result is far too ridiculous and cheesy to benefit her resume.

Cruz plays Magda, a recently laid off teacher who lives with her football-obsessed young son, Dani (Teo Planell). She is separated from her professor husband since he cavorts with his female students, but the eternally cheery Magda has apparently made peace with his philandering and leads a content life.

After a routine self-examination sends her to the doctor, Magda is told she has advanced breast cancer and needs
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Watch an exclusive clip from ‘Ma Ma’ – In cinemas June 24th

Coming to UK cinemas next week is the new drama from director Julio Medem called Ma Ma, and we have an exclusive clip from the film to share with you all.

The film is about a woman (Penelope Cruz) recently diagnosed with cancer who forms an unexpected bond with a soccer scout (Luis Tosar) whose wife has been gravely injured in a car accident.

Ma Ma is described as a wondrously imaginative melodrama about life, death, romance, and motherhood.

The film had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, and finally arrives in UK cinemas on June 24th, 2016.

Watch our Ma Ma exclusive clip below.

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Ma Ma Movie Review

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Ma Ma Movie Review
Title: Ma Ma Director: Julio Medem Starring: Penelope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Alex Brendemuhl, Silvia Abascal, Teo Planell, Samuel Viyuela. The Spanish melodramatic movie ‘Ma Ma’, presented at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, marks the return of director Julio Medem. The winner of a Goya (for his feature ‘Vacas’) – whose works have been compared to Krzysztof Kie?lowski’s – goes lyrical, with the story of a single mother who is diagnosed cancer. Magda (Penelope Cruz) is an unemployed teacher, who forms a sudden bond with Arturo (Luis Tosar), a widowed soccer scout, while she goes to see her son (Teo Planell) play a game. Thus begins a journey, that [ Read More ]

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