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Ricardo Darín drama 'An Unexpected Love' to open Iff Panama

Ricardo Darín drama 'An Unexpected Love' to open Iff Panama
Festival runs from April 4-10.

Argentinian rom-com An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado) starring Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán will open the Panama International Film Festival on April 4.

Patagonik artistic director Juan Vera made his directorial debut on the film from Patagonik Film Group and Kenya Films about a couple who separate after 25 years of marriage, triggering much soul-searching about love and the passage of time.

Vera and Daniel Cupado wrote the screenplay. Darín produced alongside his son Chino and Vera. Morán won last year’s Karlovy Vary best actress award for Florianópolis Dream.

An Unexpected Love will screen
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Visit Films Sells Key Territories With Maria Alché Debut ‘A Family Submerged’ (Exclusive)

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Madrid — New York’s Visit Films announced at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market, that the company has secured distribution in Mexico and Spain on Maria Alché’s directorial debut, “A Family Submerged.”

In Mexico, the film was snagged by top indie production and distribution company Interior 13 Cine, distributors for Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Colombian Oscar-hopeful “Birds of Passage.” Spanish distribution went to Surtsey Films, experts in theatrical placing of festival hits like Panos Cosmatos’ Sitges best director winner “Mandy” and Árpád Bogdán’s “Genesis,” a winner at Spain’s Valladolid Film Festival.

The film is held up as a case of a successful independent Argentine film which has not only charmed critics and won festival prizes but snagged a prestige sales agent and now broken out to commercial sales in key, major territories for a Spanish-language movie.

“A Family Submerged” turns on Marcella, played by Argentine film and theater actress Mercedes Morán,
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Film Factory Boards Andres Wood’s Fox-Distributed ‘Arana’ (Exclusive)

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Buenos Aires — Vicente CanalesFilm Factory Entertainment has boarded “Araña,” directed by one of Chile’s foremost filmmakers, Andrés Wood, and distributed in North and Latin America by 20th Century Fox.

Produced by Alejandra García at Santiago de Chile’s Wood Producciones, “Araña” is co-produced by Brazil’s BossaNovaFilms and Argentina’s Magma Cine, two of Southern America’s most ambitious co-production players.

BossaNovaFilms already teamed on Wood’s Sundance winner, “Violeta Went to Heaven.”

Written by Wood and Guillermo Calderón, co-writer of Pablo Larrain’s “The Club” and writer of his “Neruda,” regarded by some as his finest film to date, “Araña,” a political thriller, also joins a lineage of Latin American movies which in their multi-lateral co-production structure, stars – such as Mercedes Morán, who plays Inés, more mainstream tropes, and above norm budget, set out to score audiences outside their country of origin.

Wood’s credits include “Sundance winner “Violeta Went to Heaven,
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Ventana Sur: Meikincine Takes ‘Just Love,’ ‘Super Crazy’(Exclusive)

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Buenos Aires — Lucia and Julia Meik’s Buenos Aires boutique sales company Meikincine has acquired international sales rights to two of the more mainstream Argentine propositions at this year’s Ventana Sur: Andy Caballero and Diego Corsini’s “Just Love,” and “Re Loca,” the Argentine remake of Chile’s “Sin Filtro.”

The “Re Loca” deal is for world rights outside Latin America, where Paramount will handle distribution, as previously announced.

Teen comedy-musical “Solo el Amor” (“Just Love”) turns on the across-the-tracks romance between a pop band lead singer-writer Noah and Emma, a young over-achiever female lawyer, who literally bump into each other. Their love gives Noah’s songs an authentic edge they previously lacked. But Noah’s fame, millions of online followers and manipulating manager threaten to wreck their passionate affair. Can “just love” pull them through?

Making its market debut at Ventana Sur on Dec. 12, “Just Love” stars 24-year-old Franco Masini,
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San Sebastian Festival: Isaki Lacuesta’s ‘Between Two Waters’ Wins Golden Shell

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San Sebastian Festival: Isaki Lacuesta’s ‘Between Two Waters’ Wins Golden Shell
San Sebastian — Isaki Lacuesta’s “Between Two Waters” won big at San Sebastian Saturday night, taking its top Golden Shell, the second time the Catalan director has won the award, after 2011’s “The Double Steps.”

Otherwise, the big winner of the night was Benjamin Naishtat’s covert violence thriller “Rojo,” which took director, actor (Dario Grandinetti) and cinematography (Pedro Sotero).

This year’s edition saw a a hugely-raised Hollywood star quotient, a half score or more of A-list talent hailing into town to tub-thump titles: Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”), Ryan Gosling (“First Man”), Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Robert Pattinson (“High Life”), Chris Hemsworth (“Bad Times at the El Royale”), John C. Reilly (“The Sisters Brothers”).

As Venice becomes ever more an Oscar platform, movies will now hit San Sebastian three weeks later, often off Toronto, their stars in tow, to capitalize on and push their potential Academy Award glory.
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Argentina Selects Luis Ortega’s ‘El Angel’ for Foreign Language Oscar Submission

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Argentina Selects Luis Ortega’s ‘El Angel’ for Foreign Language Oscar Submission
Luis Ortega’s Pedro Almodovar-backed ‘El Angel,’ which premiered at Cannes and screens at this week’s San Sebastian Film Festival, has been selected as Argentina’s submission for consideration for the Academy Award for best foreign language picture.

Sold by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory, produced by Argentina’s K & S and and Pedro Almodovar’s El Deseo and co-produced by Argentine broadcast network Telefe – a quartet with previous Oscars clout – their film “Wild Tales” was nominated for best foreign-language feature in 2015 – “El Ángel” also marks a move into feature film production for Underground Producciones, one of Argentina’s foremost drama series production houses (“El Marginal”).

The film examines the teenage beginnings of Argentina’s longest-serving prisoner, the near-celebrity Carlos Robledo Puch. Dubbed the “Angel of Death” because of his age, baby face and angelic blonde curls, Carlos and his older friend from school, Ramón, started experimenting with petty crime when still in school,
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Light, bright start for San Sebastian by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-09-22 09:14:39

Mercedes Morán and Ricardo Darín in An Unexpected Love, which will open San Sebastian Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival San Sebastian Film Festival kicked off last night with an opening ceremony that aimed for a lighter and fresher feel than usual by adding a dose of humour courtesy of Spanish Affair writers Borja Cobeaga and Diego San José, working alongside Borja Echevarría. The shift from the normally more traditional opening tone, dovetails with the festival's keenness to embrace younger, newer voices.

Explaining the change, director José Luis Rebordinos said: “These are bad times for humour. You get the impression that we all feel as if we’re under attack when someone ridicules or laughs at our convictions. Humour has always been an essential part of artistic expression and serves as a catalyst, making us question ourselves and the topics which reappear time and again. In this case, we
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Official Us Trailer for Luis Ortega's Argentinian Crime Drama 'El Angel'

"We all have a destiny." The Orchard has unveiled an official Us trailer for the Argentinian crime biopic El Angel, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film also played at the Sarajevo and Toronto Film Festivals, and will next stop by Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. El Angel tells the story of one of Argentina's most notorious criminals, a boy known as "The Angel of Death" because of his cherubic looks. It all starts with Carlitos at age 17, when he meets a friend in his high school named Ramón and together they form a dangerously charming duo. The young man with the golden curls and the deadly aim was arrested in 1972, having just turned 20, with 11 homicides and over 40 thefts to his name. Starring Lorenzo Ferro as Carlos, along with Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego, Mercedes Morán, Luis Gnecco, Peter Lanzani, and Cecilia Roth. This looks like
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Argentina’s Mercedes Morán Puts Her Prolific Year in Context at Sanfic Actor’s Studio

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Argentina’s Mercedes Morán Puts Her Prolific Year in Context at Sanfic Actor’s Studio
Santiago, Chile — At the Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) to present Luis Ortega’s “El Angel,” Argentine actress Mercedes Morán also gave actor’s studio on Wednesday night for local industry professionals and aspiring filmmakers and actors. A long time pillar of Spanish-language cinema, Argentine actress Morán is having a year that most actors could only dream of. And she is fully aware of her good fortune.

“It’s like a fantasy, right?” she wondered. “Any actress who loves cinema wants to have films that are circulating. And what cinema allows us to do, unlike theater, is to travel, and one can go where the film goes. It makes me very happy when I can travel with the movies and meet the people who make movies.”

However, to chalk up her current wave of international recognition to good fortune is to do the actress a disservice. Morán has put in her time,
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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record

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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record
The major domestic box office successes of films such as “The Clan” and “Wild Tales” have established August as the month to release a big domestic film in Argentina. This year, Luiz Ortega’s “El Angel” not only joins those ranks, but tops them with the country’s largest ever first four-day box office trail of 56 million Argentine Pesos ($1.9million), from an Aug. 9 bow.

That number is slightly misleading when considering both inflation in Argentine and the devaluation of the Argentine peso when calculated U.S. dollar earnings, but the film’s almost 453,000 admissions is still the fifth best ever for a domestic release in Argentina.

Also worth consideration is that “El Angél,” opening Chile’s Sanfic Festival on Sunday, faces stiff box office competition this year, as the Ricardo Darín vehicle “An Unexpected Love,” set to open this year’s San Sebastián festival, also hit cinemas earlier this month
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San Sebastián Adds Films by Mendoza, Groeningen, Garrel, Strickland to the Golden Shell Race

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San Sebastián Adds Films by Mendoza, Groeningen, Garrel, Strickland to the Golden Shell Race
Brillante Mendoza’s “Alpha, the Right to Kill,” Felix Van Groeningen’s Brad Pitt-produced “Beautiful Boy,” Louis Garrel’s “A Faithful Man” and Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric” will compete for San Sebastian’s Golden Seashell, the Basque festival announced Friday.

Further new main competition titles unveiled take in Liu Jie’s “Baby” and Tuva Novotny’s debut “Blind Spot.”

The six titles join 12 already-announced competition contenders. San Sebastian has yet to unveil its closing film.

Festival’s official selection – which takes in competition and out-of-competition titles – opens Sept. 21 with Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán-starrer “An Unexpected Love.” Playing in competition, the film represents the directorial debut by Juan Vera, Argentine producer of titles by Pablo Trapero and Lucrecia Martel.

Felix Van Groeningen won the Panorama audience award at the 2013 Berlinale with “Alabama Monroe,” Oscar-nominated for best foreign language film. In “Beautiful Boy,” his English language debut, toplining Steve Carell and Timothée Chamalet,
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'The Angel' scores record debut for local production in Argentina (update)

'The Angel' scores record debut for local production in Argentina (update)
Serial killer crime drama debuted in Cannes, will open in North America through The Orchard. Film Factory handles sales.

August 13 Update: Luis Ortega’s The Angel (El Angel), based on the exploits in the 1970s of Buenos Aires serial killer Carlitos Robledo Puch, has scored the highest ever debut for a local production in local currency in Argentina.

The Argentina-Spain crime drama from Fox International Productions, K&S Films and Pedro Almodovar’s El Deseo opened at the weekend on a $1.52m on 354 screens via Fox International.

Fox executives said the 41.98m Argentinian Pesos gross beat the former record-holder, Pablo Trapero’s El Clan,
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'The Angel' scores record debut for local production in Argentina

'The Angel' scores record debut for local production in Argentina
Serial killer crime drama debuted in Cannes, will open in North America through The Orchard. Film Factory handles sales.

Luis Ortega’s The Angel (El Angel), based on the exploits in the 1970s of Buenos Aires serial killer Carlitos Robledo Puch, has scored the highest ever debut for a local production in local currency in Argentina.

The Argentina-Spain crime drama from Fox International Productions, K&S Films and Pedro Almodovar’s El Deseo opened at the weekend on a $1.52m on 354 screens via Fox International.

Fox executives said the 41.98m Argentinian Pesos gross beat the former record-holder, Pablo Trapero’s El Clan,
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Locarno 2018. Patterns and Atmosphere

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While I’ve been reveling in many of the old films presented at the Locarno Festival, so far the new ones mainly seem to think making movies is merely the choice of film references and personal re-interpretation of favorite tropes. This approach nearly sidesteps two of the most essential qualities of the cinema: a hunger or need to film something, to reveal something to the audience that one is excited about, eager and driven to communicate; and an acute perspective on the world, a strong stance taken, one which places something at stake in the making and watching of a picture, rather than the respectful regurgitation of techniques and themes.Thankfully, the festival also has Jodie Mack, an exuberant sprite of cinema whose frame-by-frame animations of object patterns like wallpaper catalogs or lacework into giddy, materialist flicker films are some of the most delightful of short filmmaking. She has brought to Locarno her first feature,
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San Sebastian: Reygadas, Brechner, Katz, Martinessi Figure in Horizontes Latinos

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San Sebastian: Reygadas, Brechner, Katz, Martinessi Figure in Horizontes Latinos
Madrid — Carlos Reygadas’ “Our Time,” Alvaro Brechner’s “A Twelve-Year Night” and Ana Katz’s “Sueño Florianópolis” feature in San Sebastian’s Latin America-focused Horizontes Latinos, the biggest section at the Spanish festival after its main competition and New Directors’ strand.

Opening with Marcelo Martinessi’s “The Heiresses,” winner of the Sebastiane Latino Prize, Horizontes Latinos, as is its wont, mixes fest players, drawn from Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and Venice, with a brace of lesser-known movies – this year María Alche’s “A Family Submerged,” Eugenio Canevari’s “Figuras” and Ignacio Juricic’s “Enigma” – whose presence in such august company only serves to highlight their titles all the more.

Three titles are drawn from Cannes Directors’ Fortnight – an indirect tribute to the passion for Latin American movies of Edouard Waintrop, Directors’ Fortnight head from 2012 to this year’s edition.

The large theme which courses through the selection is, however, women. Only
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Locarno: Maria Alché on ‘Familia Sumergida,’ and an Excess of Light

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Locarno, Switzerland — Argentine actress, photographer, and director Maria Alché’s first directorial feature, “Familia Sumergida,” world premiered as part of Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present on Saturday. The film revisits themes and the tone of Alché’s shorts and photography, exploring the often-invisible lines between archives, memory and the present, deceased relatives and their living descendants.

“Familia Sumergida” follows Marcela (Mercedes Morán) after the death of her sister Rina. As though in a trance, she wanders around her house, feeling the strained relationships with her husband and children. Through an evocative use of light and objects as markers of both presence and absence, the film sees Maria move between the everyday present and dreamlike spaces of memory.

Variety caught up with the Alché to discuss directing other actors, the influence of theater, and the role of light and music in displacing narrative linearity.

How are acting and directing related for you?
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Visit Films acquires 'Diane', 'A Family Submerged' for Locarno (exclusive)

Dramas screen in Switzerland this weekend.

Visit Films has acquired international rights to Tribeca multiple award winner Diane and the majority of worldwide rights to A Family Submerged, both of which receive premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival this weekend.

President Ryan Kampe is in Switzerland introducing the films to buyers, and has also picked up most of the world on A Land Imagined from writer-director Yeo Siew Hua.

Diane will receive its international premiere in Locarno on Friday (August 3) and stars Mary Kay Place as a woman who gains new insights into her life while caring for her
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An Unexpected Love to open San Sebastian by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-08-02 17:55:23

Mercedes Morán and Ricardo Darín in An Unexpected Love, which will open San Sebastian Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival

Argentinian film An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado) has been announced as the opening film for this year's San Sebastian Film Festival. The film, which will vie for the Golden Shell in competition at the 66th edition of the festival, marks the directorial debut of Juan Vera, who has previously co-produced films including Zama and Carancho.

The film stars Mercedes Morán and Ricardo Darín as a couple who are facing a relationship crisis after 25 years of marriage.

Darín is a long-time attender of the festival and was awarded the Donostia for lifetime achievement last year. Morán also appears in The Angel, which screens in the festival's Pearls section.

The festival has also announced the full slate of the Muriel Box retrospective. It will feature all 28 films written and directed by the Surrey-born filmmaker,
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Juan Vera’s Directoral Debut, ‘El Amor Menos Pensado,’ to Open 66th San Sebastián Festival

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Long-time producer and debut director Juan Vera’s first feature “El amor menos pensado” (“An Unexpected Love”) will open the 66th edition of the San Sebastián Festival on Sept 19.

The film features Argentina’s most marketable leading man and 2017 Donostia Award winner Ricardo Darín, along-side 2018 Karlovy Vary best actress winner Mercedes Morán, who received the award for her role in Ana Katz’s “Sueño Florianopolis.” The actors previously appeared together in Juan José Campanella’s “Avellaneda’s Moon.”

Brought onto the American Film Market by Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl., the semi-serious comedy turns on the broken relationship of Marcos (Darín) and Ana (Morán) who have been married for twenty-five years. The two split after their son leaves Argentina to study abroad. But Ana finds single life monotonous, and Marcos can barely cope, so he asks her to go on a date.

Practically an institution on Argentina’s production scene,
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San Sebastian to open with 'An Unexpected Love' starring Ricardo Darín

The film is the debut of screenwriter and producer Juan Vera.

The 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival (September 21-29) will open with An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado), Juan Vera’s feature debut starring Argentina’s Ricardo Darín.

The Argentine film will play in the official selection, competing for the Golden Shell.

Darín, who also produces the film alongside his son Chino and Vera, stars opposite Mercedes Morán, winner of the best actress award at the recent Karlovy Vary Film Festival for Sueño Florianópolis.

An Unexpected Love is Vera’s directorial debut, and he co-wrote the film with Daniel Cúparo.
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