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Guillermo del Toro Holds Masterclass, Opens Theater, Announces Scholarship at Guadalajara

Guillermo del Toro Holds Masterclass, Opens Theater, Announces Scholarship at Guadalajara
Guadalajara — Excitement surrounding Guillermo del Toro’s presence at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival reached fever pitch by the end of last week. The genial four-times Oscar winner did not disappoint.

Del Toro received a rousing standing ovation when he made his first appearance at this year’s 33rd edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival. It had long been planned that the director would come back to his home town to open a theater in his name and give a masterclass. That was before the genial Mexican won best director and best picture at last Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Spots for Saturday’s scheduled masterclass filled immediately when an astounding 30,000 requests for entry were made in the first half hour. In typical selfless fashion, del Toro offered to host another, and when that one filled, he volunteered for a third. All free of charge, and open to the public, including at
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Mexico’s Machete, France’s Cine-Sud to Co-produce Federico Cecchetti’s Second Film (Exclusive)

Morelia, Mexico — Mexican producer-distributor Machete and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion are co-producing Mexican-Italian helmer Federico Cecchetti’s next feature, “Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara,” which Cecchetti developed at the Cannes Festival’s directors’ residence Cinefondation last year. Cecchetti’s debut feature “Mara’Akame’s Dream” (“El Sueno del Mara’Akame”) won the Best First Mexican Feature Prize at the Morelia Film Festival in 2016 and a Silver Ariel Award, Mexico’s Oscar equivalent, for Best First Film this year.

Described by Cecchetti as a “fantastic biography,” “Letters” traces the journey taken by French poet, actor and playwright Antonin Artaud in the Tarahumara sierra during the 1930s from the perspective of a young Tarahumara Indian named Rayenari whose life is transformed upon meeting the Frenchman. Their encounter explores the enigmatic bond that exists between magic, poetry, art and madness.

Just as in “Mara’Akame’s Dream,” Cecchetti will be working with non-actors except for one French actor for
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Dispatch from Cuba and the Havana Film Festival, December 2016

Could there be a more perfect moment than this? Sitting in the garden behind the Hotel Nacional, looking at the Cuban flag so proudly waving over the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The same site where the defense was built during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this moment of time marks a particularly precarious balance between peaceful coexistence and military aggression as we contemplate the recent death of Castro and election of Trump, wondering how it will play out in 2017.Hotel Nacional, Headquarters of Festival de Cine Nuevo Iberoamericano, Havana, Cuba

Cuba, ten days after the death of Fidel Castro, head of state for 52 years,may be a bit more subdued, but life here goes on, even with the influx of American tourists (other tourists have always been here); there is a sense of harmony. And in spite of the scarcity of luxuries for its people, the people
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Los Cabos: Luis Salinas Preps ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Waves,’ ‘Tribus’ at Mexico’s Machete

Machete Producciones burst onto the international scene from the get-go, producing Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which won Cannes Camera d’Or, its first feature award, and Diego Quemada Diez’s “La Jaula de Oro,” which walked off with one of the big prizes at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2013.

Now Machete Productions producer Luis Salinas is at it again, working with company partner Edher Campos, to develop three features: “Brooklyn Treehouse” and “Las olas “ (“The Waves”) and “Tribus.” Latter two titles, as “Leap Year” and “La Jaula,” are again first features.

Brooklyn Treehouse” is a futuristic comedy thriller directed by Isabel Šuba (“Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts”), which is set to be shot in U.S. with a U.S., Mexican and European cast, Salinas said. Penned by Swiss-born but Mexico-based screenwriter Alexander Albrecht, it turns on four young people who share an apartment with a French artist in New York.
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Los Cabos: Luis Salinas Preps ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Waves,’ ‘Tribus’ at Mexico’s Machete

Machete Producciones burst onto the international scene from the get-go, producing Michael Rowe’s “Leap Year,” which won Cannes Camera d’Or, its first feature award, and Diego Quemada Diez’s “La Jaula de Oro,” which walked off with one of the big prizes at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2013.

Now Machete Productions producer Luis Salinas is at it again, working with company partner Edher Campos, to develop three features: “Brooklyn Treehouse” and “Las olas “ (“The Waves”) and “Tribus.” Latter two titles, as “Leap Year” and “La Jaula,” are again first features.

Brooklyn Treehouse” is a futuristic comedy thriller directed by Isabel Šuba (“Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts”), which is set to be shot in U.S. with a U.S., Mexican and European cast, Salinas said. Penned by Swiss-born but Mexico-based screenwriter Alexander Albrecht, it turns on four young people who share an apartment with a French artist in New York. They
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‘Santitos’ Alejandro Springall to Direct ‘Sonora,’ In Talks With China Film Group

Producer-helmer-scribe Alejandro Springall is set to go behind the cameras once more with his long-gestating road movie that could be the first Latin American pic to be distributed in China.

Springall is in talks with the China Film Group for a possible theatrical release in the hermetic country.

“China currently allows an average 26 foreign titles a year, but the market is expected to open up next year,” said Springall who has visited the country. Producer Bertha Navarro, a partner of Guillermo del Toro in Tequila Gang, estimates the budget will fall under $3 million.

Best known for his acclaimed cross-border dramedy, “Santitos,” in 1999, the last feature Springall directed was the 2010 Eugenio Derbez romcom “No eres tu, soy yo.”

“I rarely direct features, but this project greatly appeals to me,” said Springall, who admits he is a history buff. Titled “Sonora,” the drama is based on the story “La Ruta de los
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‘Yellow Line’ Takes Feature, Audience Award at Spain’s Lleida

‘Yellow Line’ Takes Feature, Audience Award at Spain’s Lleida
Lleida – One of the two major winners at Mexico’s 2015 Guadalajara Festival, Celso García’s debut “The Thin Yellow Line” scooped both Best Feature and the Audience Award at the 22nd Lleida Catalonia Latin America Festival.

“Line” is sold by Madrid-based Latido Films, which informed Variety that they’re near to closing negotiations for a U.S. distribution deal and other sales pacts in Latin America.

Mentored and produced by Guillermo del Toro and his partner at Mexico’s Tequila Gang, Bertha Navarro, as well as Alejandro Springall, Celso Garcia’s double win in Spain adds to a slew of some 20 fest plaudits including the Jury Prize and Audience Award for best Mexican feature at Mexico’s 2015 Guadalajara fest, best screenplay and Jury Award at Spain’s Gijón Fest, and Glauber Rocha and Bronze Zenith kudos at Montreal.

Starring Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosío, Silveiro Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Fernando Becerril and newcomer Américo Hollande,
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Jalisco Up Next! — Celso García to Caress ‘Velvet’

Jalisco Up Next! — Celso García to Caress ‘Velvet’
On-the-rise Mexican helmer Celso Garcia is prepping “Velvet,” his follow-up to “The Thin Yellow Line,” produced by Guillermo Del Toro and Bertha Navarro, Del Toro’s partner at Mexco’s Tequila Gang, as well as Alejandro Springall.

“Velvet” is inspired by the life of Mexican Julia Pastrana, who was born in 1834 with a rare illness, hypertrichosis — popularly known as “werewolf syndrome” — consisting of abnormal, disproportionate hair growth over the entire body. No taller than five feet, Pastrana was called “the ugliest woman in the world,” traveled as a freak attraction throughout the U.S., and had a “tragic, intense and exciting life,” in García’s words.

“Velvet” will be structured as a Mexican-u.S. co-production, international talent, per Garcia. To be released in Mexico on July 1, “Line’s” international sales are handled by Madrid-based Latido Films.

“Line” took the Ibero-American feature Jury Prize and Audience Award for a Mexican feature at Mexico’s 2015 Guadalajara Fest.
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Cannes: Guillermo del Toro Production Sold by Latido (Exclusive)

Cannes: Guillermo del Toro Production Sold by Latido (Exclusive)
Cannes jury member Guillermo del Toro’s latest new-talent push, “The Thin Yellow Line,” will be brought onto the market at Cannes by Latido Films.

Produced by Del Toro along with Bertha Navarro, Del Toro’s partner at Tequila Gang, and Alejandro Springall, “The Thin Yellow Line” marks fellow Mexican Celso Garcia’s feature debut.

“The Thin Yellow Line,” selected for this year’s Cannes Cinefondation Atelier, follows five men hired to paint a yellow line on a lonely road joining two long-forgotten Mexican towns. The road movie is a departure from the auteur genre movies Del Toro makes and produces outside the U.S.

Damian Alcazar plays Tono, the crew’s foreman, a lonely old man struggling to regain his life.

“ ‘The Thin Yellow Line’ is a story in which nothing goes as planned. It’s a story with straight lines, curves and potholes, just like life itself,” Garcia said.
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‘No eres tú, soy yo’

Reviewed by Khia Beauchesne

(April 2011)

Directed by: Alejandro Springall

Written by: Alejandro Springall and Luis Aura

Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Martina García, Alejandra Barros and Juan Ríos

“No eres tú, soy yo” opens with the protagonist Javier (Eugenio Derbez) scrubbing in to assist with a surgery. The shots of the hospital and Javier as he enters the operating room with his co-workers are well-composed and colorful and have just the perfect amount of contrast. Fortunately, the audience can expect these brilliant frames throughout most of the movie.

Viewers quickly gather that Javier is the type of character with no luck whatsoever. During the first five minutes, Javier begs the senior surgeon to let him perform the surgery, but seconds later, the power goes out. Later, his best friend/business partner Martin (Juan Ríos) calls him to help out with a DJ gig their company is hosting. At the party, once again
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‘No eres tú, soy yo’

Reviewed by Khia Beauchesne

(April 2011)

Directed by: Alejandro Springall

Written by: Alejandro Springall and Luis Aura

Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Martina García, Alejandra Barros and Juan Ríos

“No eres tú, soy yo” opens with the protagonist Javier (Eugenio Derbez) scrubbing in to assist with a surgery. The shots of the hospital and Javier as he enters the operating room with his co-workers are well-composed and colorful and have just the perfect amount of contrast. Fortunately, the audience can expect these brilliant frames throughout most of the movie.

Viewers quickly gather that Javier is the type of character with no luck whatsoever. During the first five minutes, Javier begs the senior surgeon to let him perform the surgery, but seconds later, the power goes out. Later, his best friend/business partner Martin (Juan Ríos) calls him to help out with a DJ gig their company is hosting. At the party, once again
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Top 5: Best in Mexican Cinema in 2010

[Editor's note: I've asked our team of world film correspondents to dish out their top 5 films of the year from their respective countries. Here's Christine Davila's take on the Best in Mexican Cinema in 2010.] To be clear, this is a list of Mexican films which either: traveled far in the 2010 film festival front, were critically acclaimed, received a healthy theatrical run, and which I consider the strongest celluloid among the Mexican narrative feature film trenches from where I culled and screened deep. Okay maybe not that deep, considering there are only about 100 feature narrative films produced in Mexico a year. But given that figure, this small percentage illustrates a strong dose of diversity and range of genre, budget, but more importantly original strong stories and voices. Before I begin....one special mention goes out to REVOLUCIÓN by Carlos Reygadas, Amat Escalante, Fernando Eimbcke, Mariana Chenillo, Patricia Riggen, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Garcia, and Rodrigo Plá. The first time I ever heard use of the word Portmanteau was when this movie starting popping up at festivals beginning with the world premiere
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DVD Playhouse: December 2010

DVD Playhouse December 2010

By

Allen Gardner

America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper
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Blu-ray Review: Cronos (Criterion Collection)

Prior to receiving Criterion's Blu-ray release of Guillermo del Toro's feature directorial debut, Cronos, I'd never seen the film. Along with Mimic, it was the only del Toro film I hadn't seen as well as the only del Toro film I didn't own. I had, however, heard plenty about it, but most of what I'd heard originated from online sources so, as with most anything I read online, I took it with a grain of salt.

Del Toro seems to have become a bit of a favorite among online movie fans. I always get the impression a lot of his work is looked at through rose colored glasses so I can never tell if what I'm reading is actual opinion or affected opinion. In the case of Cronos this is bona fide del Toro, in line with The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth. It's the reason he's achieved such
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Blu-Ray Review: Cronos

Guillermo del Toro's name seems to pop in relation to a new project every week, but he hasn't actually directed that many movies. Instead of picking up whatever comes along, he has generally chosen projects that appeal to his very specific interests. del Toro's first film Cronos (1993) -- which is now available on Blu-Ray from The Criterion Collection -- lays out the stylistic and thematic approach that del Toro still follows to this day. Cronos is a good movie -- not a great one -- that paved the way for superior works like The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth.

An antiques dealer named Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) lives with his wife Mercedes (Margarita Isabel) and young granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath). One fateful day, he comes across a mechanical gold scarab. The ancient device, which yields mysterious powers, slowly transforms Gris into a new being with strange uncontrollable passions. Gris'
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Finally, the skinny on Criterion's Cronos

Guillermo del Toro's 1993 chiller Cronos has been available for years, but fans will be very pleased methinks with the new Criterion blu-ray and DVD set to hit shelves December 7. So what's on it?

Director-approved Special Edition:

- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, including optional audio with the film’s original Spanish-language voice-over introduction as well as DTS-hd Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition

-Two audio commentaries, one featuring del Toro and the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and coproducer Alejandro Springall.

- Geometria, an unreleased 1987 short horror film by del Toro, finished by the director in 2010, plus a new video interview with him.

- Welcome to Bleak House, a video tour by del Toro of his office, featuring his collectibles and personal work

-New video interviews with del Toro, Navarro, and actor Ron Perlman
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High Resolution Look At Guillermo Del Toro’s Cronos Criterion Collection Release

This past week Criterion announced the release of a long rumored title, Guillermo Del Toro’s Cronos. We’ll finally be able to pick up a DVD and Blu-ray edition of the film on December 7th.

Along with all of the incredible supplemental materials that will accompany the discs, the cover art by Hellboy creator (and longtime Del Toro friend) Mike Mignola is absolutely gorgeous. Showcasing the Cronos device that turns our hero, Jesús Gris, into a blood craving monster, the artwork is what many love about Criterion Collection cover art, it’s simple.

It’s not a collection of floating heads, it’s not a badly photoshopped piece of marketing. It’s an elegant approach to a gruesome concept, executed by a fan favorite. The fact that Mignola drew the image is almost an easter egg in itself. His name isn’t anywhere to be found on the drawing,
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Criterion Cronos Coming!

Mark December 7th down on your calendars, kids! That's the date that the long talked about Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD release of Guillermo del Toro's classic tale Cronos is finally coming home in grand fashion! Talk about a holiday miracle!

Check out the specs and artwork below!

Director-approved Special Edition:

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Guillermo del Toro and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, including optional audio with the film's original Spanish-language voice-over introduction as well as DTS-hd Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition Two audio commentaries, one featuring del Toro and the other producers Arthur H. Gorson and Bertha Navarro and coproducer Alejandro Springall Geometria, an unreleased 1987 short horror film by del Toro, finished by the director in 2010, plus a new video interview with him Welcome to Bleak House, a video tour by del Toro of his office, featuring his collectibles and personal work New video interviews with del Toro,
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It’s Official: Criterion is Releasing Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos on Blu-ray This December with Cover Art by Mike Mignola

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At this year’s Saturn Awards, Guillermo del Toro told me Criterion would be releasing his debut feature Cronos on both DVD and Blu-ray this December. While I assumed he was telling me the truth, it’s always nice when you get the story officially confirmed. And that’s what happened a few minutes ago as Criterion just sent over the info on their December releases and they’ve included all the details on their version of Cronos - including cover art by Mike Mignola!

Hit the jump for the front and back cover and all the details:

Here’s what they sent over. Needless to say, this is a must own Blu-ray.

Cronos – Bd & DVD

Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) made an auspicious, audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi
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December 2010 Criterion Collection Titles Announced: Guillermo Del Toro’s Cronos, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome On Blu-ray, And The Bbs Box Set On DVD

Here we are with the last Criterion Collection new release announcement for 2010, and there are a couple amazing releases to talk about.

Last week we uncovered that Criterion was in fact prepared to finally release David Cronenberg’s Videodrome on Blu-ray on December 7th. This is the last of the Amazon pre-order announced titles that forced Criterion to reveal their cards a little early. I still haven’t seen the film, and I’m pretty glad that I waited, so that I can see this film in all of it’s high def insanity. While I’m sure there is something charming about watching the film on VHS, given the material, watching a recent fan edit trailer in HD, makes me really excited for the Blu-ray. The cover doesn’t necessarily change up the design much, aside from the color bars on the spine logo.

Now to the main course.
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