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Comedy Film Projects ‘Astronauts,’ ‘Friends’ Highlights at Madrid Pitchbox

Madrid — Two female-driven feature comedy projects with potential international appeal, Cristina Trenas and Isabel Delclaux’s “Three Astronauts” and Roberto Goñi and Laura Molpeceres’ “Two Friends,” proved top highlights at the fifth edition of Pitchbox, held in Madrid.

Organized by online platform Filmarket Hub, the films-in-development showcase took place May 22, attracting a typically select but high-quality caliber of executives and represented companies from key players such as Telecinco Cinema, Atresmedia Cine, Tve, Warner Bros. España, DeAPlaneta, Tornasol Films, Morena Films, Latido Films, Dynamo and TriPictures.

The seven projects pitched, previously filtered and analyzed by Filmarket Hub, generated a wide-ranging selection in terms of film genres and budgets, while reflecting women’s growing visibility in creation, direction and lead characters.

Event’s networking also served to confirm that Spanish film industry problems remain, from regulatory uncertainty to under-capitalized public funding schemes and the commitment to independent production of many public broadcasters.
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Madrid Pitchbox Welcomes Fresh Talent to New Edition

Madrid Pitchbox Welcomes Fresh Talent to New Edition
Larry Levene-produced “3 Astronauts,” Jorge Dorado and Ivan Sainz-Pardo’s “The Road of Life” and Gsus López’s “Story at Dawn” figure among the seven finalists at the fifth edition of Pitchbox, a films-in-development showcase organized in Madrid by online platform Filmarket Hub. Taking place May 22, the event encourages new film talent discovery — and it gives Madrid a new line in co-production forums as well.

The projects will be pitched in front of a select group of executives from key Spain-based film companies, among them Atresmedia Cine, Telecinco Cinema, Rtve, Avalon, DeAPlaneta, TriPictures and Dynamo. After the pitch fest, the participants meet in a networking session.

“The companies can know first-hand a wide-ranging project selection which has already been filtered and analyzed, giving them direct access to the best emerging talent through an entertaining event format,” says Filmarket Hub co-founder Bernardo Gómez.

With more than 12,000 users across Europe and Latin America,
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‘A Monster Calls’ Snags Seven Platino Awards Nominations

‘A Monster Calls’ Snags Seven Platino Awards Nominations
Television networks from across Latin America and Spain have again signed on to broadcast the 4th Annual Platino Ibero-American Film Awards. The premier Ibero-American entertainment awards show takes place in Madrid on July 22 and will be aired by TNT in Latin America along with nearly 20 other local networks including Mexico’s Televisa, Telefe in Argentina, Canal Brazil, Chile’s Ucv, Señal Colombia, Spain’s Rtve, Galavision in the U.S., and Venezuela’s Venevision. Broadcasting pact talks with other networks are still underway.

On May 31, Premios Platino ambassador Juan Carlos Arciniegas of CNN Espanol and thesps Angie Cepeda, Edward James Olmos, Kate del Castillo and Miguel Angel Silvestre unveiled the nominations for the awards at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

This edition has marked a new record with 847 qualifying films of which seven have participated in prominent A-list film festivals including Venice, Cannes, Mar del Plata and San Sebastian.
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Exclusive Mindscape Clip Adds a Little Blood to Teatime

Jorge Dorado's brain-twisting horror-thriller Mindscape lands on UK DVD and Blu-ray this August 25 courtesy of Studiocanal, and to get you in the mood for some memory-scouring detective work, we have an exclusive clip for you to feast your eyes on.


Mark Strong, in his first leading role in a feature film, plays John, a mind detective paid to enter people’s memories and uncover the reality behind their alleged crimes. But what will he make of his new assignment, the brilliant but troubled teenager Anna (Taissa Farmiga)?

As John enters her mind and becomes more involved in her sometimes brutal memories, he must decide if she is indeed the victim of unspeakable trauma or a very clever and manipulative sociopath. Produced by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, Unknown, Non-Stop), Mindscape is a suspenseful horror with a fantastic twist...

The British cast also includes Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) and Luther
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Memory-trawling investigator John Washington (Mark Strong in his first major lead role) is given the job of entering the mind of a young girl (Taissa Farmiga, sister of Vera) accused of a cannabalistic triple murder at her boarding school. Washington - recovering from a stroke and unsure of his abilities as a mind detective - is confronted with a neurological nightmare as he flushes out her repressed traumas (or is the victim of a cunning sociopath). Intriguing psychological thriller from Spanish director Jorge Dorado.
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Lost Episode Festival Toronto 2014: Anna And Patrick Headline Weekend Lineup

The Lost Episode Festival Toronto, or Left, is prepping for a weekend of thrills, horror and debauchery on July 5 and 6. The festival takes place at the famed Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in downtown Toronto. The fest will be hosting the Canadian theatrical premieres of Jorge Dorado's thriller Anna, starring American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga and Brian Cox, and Mark Hartley's Patrick, starring You're Next's Sharni Vinson. There will also be short film programs and the midnight program will feature a burlesque show by Nerd Girl Burlesque. The Lost Episode Festival Toronto (Left) announced today the programme of feature films, short films, live burlesque, and the 50 Hour Film Competition awards show, 5-6 July at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Tickets are now available online here,...

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Review: Anna

There is something fascinating about the concept of a person with the ability to get into another person’s mind, with also having the ability to experience their memories. This is the case in Jorge Dorado’s film Anna. Also known in other regions as Mindscape, the film is an experience, full of the thrill of a universe that involves memory detective agencies. If just that small glimpse of a synopsis sounds like an interesting time, then well, it is everything you would expect it to be, and then some.

From the beginning, the film keeps the audience interested, hooking you immediately with a strong start. We meet John Washington, (Mark Strong), a memory detective with the ability to assist in solving crimes by getting into the minds of witnesses. Due to a traumatizing event in his past that ends up coming back to haunt him, and ultimately negatively affecting a session,
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Exclusive: Dive Into Taissa Farmiga's Mind in This Sultry Music Video for Thriller 'Anna'

Exclusive: Dive Into Taissa Farmiga's Mind in This Sultry Music Video for Thriller 'Anna'
Last year Taissa Farmiga (debatably) played a sociopath in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." Her mental state is once again questioned in "Anna," a dark thriller co-starring Mark Strong. Until you see it, check out this seductive music video for "Say Goodbye," a track that appears in the film. Read More: Taissa Farmiga On Stepping Into the Spotlight for 'Anna' and Turning to Her Sister, Vera, for Career AdviceSung by Natalia Safran, "Say Goodbye" is a sultry, Bond-like tune that definitely suits "Anna's" mood. The music video shows scenes from the Jorge Dorado-directed film, which is about a man who is able to enter people's memories and is hired to determine whether or not a young girl is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.  Anna" was released in theaters on June 6. It's also now available to view on video-on-demand platforms.
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 6th. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 6th. What Will You See?
These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings.  Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 6th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Anna Director: Jorge Dorado Cast: Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga, Brian Cox, Indira Varma, Noah Taylor Synopsis: "A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma." Theatrical Release: Los Angeles Burning Blue Director: D.M.W. Greer Cast: Trent Ford, Tammy Blanchard, Morgan Spector, Rob Mayes, William Lee Scott, Cotter Smith, Michael Cumpsty, Michael Sirow, Mark Doherty, Chris.
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Film Review: ‘Anna’

Film Review: ‘Anna’
Following his superlative turn as a betrayed secret agent in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” Mark Strong was long overdue for a lead role. And for once the sepulchrally handsome British actor gets to be the good guy in “Anna,” a likable if overly familiar psychological thriller about a “memory detective” charged with rummaging through the repressed recall of a troubled young woman accused of a terrible crime. The film opens June 6 in limited release.

No doubt the Nsa and Google are working furiously in tandem to create a similarly helpful gizmo that fits, let’s say, inside your left nostril. But they’ll have nothing on the “remote viewing” practiced by Mindspace, a shadowy outfit headed by a psychiatrist (Brian Cox, leading with cleft chin and strange hair). The suspiciously genial shrink assigns Strong’s John Washington, a troubled seeker of truth, with flushing out the repressed traumas of Anna,
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Anna is a Smart, Effective Thriller [Review]

Generally speaking, thriller/horror movies centered on kids usually prescribe to the idea that the kid is either possessed by demons or is the devil reborn and everything about the marketing for Jorge Dorado's English language debut screams typical but truth is that Anna refuses to fit into the mold.

Written by Guy and Martha Holmes, Anna stars Taissa Farmiga as the titular character, a troubled teenage girl whose parents are preparing to institutionalize her because of her erratic behaviour. As a last ditch effort to avoid locking up her daughter in the loony bin, Michelle (Saskia Reeves) hires a new breed of help: mind detectives, individuals with heightened Esp abilities who, with a bit of help, can enter individual's minds and sift through their memories.

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Taissa Farmiga Is a Marvel in Horror Flick Anna

Taissa Farmiga Is a Marvel in Horror Flick Anna
Every year, Hollywood churns out a handful of supernatural thrillers about precocious, haunted children who may or may not be homicidal, and the mind games they play on adult psychologists, detectives, and the like.

The suspense in these films lies in whether these supposed juvenile offenders are victims of parental or institutional abuse, innately insane, or just gifted at making outlandish shit up. The audience's only clues in solving this dilemma tend to be muddled, flashy, echoey, clanging flashbacks, which abruptly end just when they're starting to make sense.

The films' success depends on you caring about these smart-alecky, never particularly likable little prodigies. So it's not high praise to say that Anna, the debut film of Jorge Dorado, is a slightly above-av...
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Anna Review

Jorge Dorado’s Anna, previously known as Mindscape, has drawn unfavorable comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s Inception, due to the fact that both films involve a man peering inside the minds and memories of others to uncover long-hidden secrets. However, if you’re interested in checking out this thriller, the absolute best thing you could do for yourself would be to get that comparison out of your head. Anna is nowhere near as creative, original or exciting as that now-classic mind-bender. It’s not even on the same level. Instead, Anna is a much smaller-scale affair, content to deliver passable thrills and predictable twists while giving its two leads, Mark Strong and Taissa Farmiga, plenty of time to shine.

If that sounds like a critique, it is and it isn’t (cue Inception foghorn). Though Anna doesn’t bring much of anything to the table – and many will fault it for that,
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Exclusive: Mark Strong Tries To Find Out Who's Crazy In Clip From 'Anna'

What's the line between sanity and insanity and who's equipped to determine the boundaries? That question seems to lie at the center of the upcoming thriller "Anna," and one man with some unique abilities will try to unravel a particular mystery with his unique gifts. Produced by Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop," "Orphan"), directed by Jorge Dorado and starring Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga and Brian Cox, the story follows detective John Washington, who has the special ability to enter people’s minds and memories. And those are put to the test when he takes on the case of a troubled teenage girl named Anna, who is accused of an attempted triple homicide. And in this exclusive clip, we see what John is up against, a suspect who herself has an intriguing way of looking at things. "Anna" opens in theaters on June 6th. Watch below.
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Discover Clues About Anna In Thriller’s Official Trailer and Photos

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Discover Clues About Anna In Thriller’s Official Trailer and Photos
Discover clues about the life of troubled title teen in the official trailer and photos from the upcoming thriller, ‘Anna.’ The drama, which will be distributed into theaters by Vertical Entertainment on June 6, was helmed by first-time feature film director Jorge Dorado and written by Guy Holmes. The film stars Mark Strong, Brian Cox and ‘American Horror Story’ actress, Taissa Farmiga, in the title role. Vertical Entertainment has released the following synopsis for ‘Anna’: Leading man Mark Strong plays John Washington, a detective with the unique ability to enter people’s minds and memories (presumably to help people recall event details pertinent to solving cases). Washington takes on the case [ Read More ]

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The U.S. Trailer for Taissa Farmiga-Starring Anna

​Taissa Farmiga and Mark Strong stars in the psychological thriller, Anna, opening in select theaters and hitting VOD on June 6th. Here, you'll find the official U.S. trailer for the Jorge Dorado-directed film. Dorado's credits include a slew of shorts; he also worked under Guillermo del Toro on The Devil's Backbone.

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Mark Strong is a Psychic Detective of Some Sort in Anna Trailer

Jorge Dorado’s “Anna” is one of those movies that looks really good, but the trailer really does it no favors. Well, the last parts of the trailer, anyway. Everything before that is pretty good, and it’s building and building and then finally — it ruins it by giving away the third act twist. Such a shame. Anyways, it’s still worth watching, if just for Mark Strong’s strong (see what I did there?) presence as a psychic cop. Or P.I. I’m really not sure what he is in the movie, to be perfectly honest with you. Leading man Mark Strong plays John Washington, a detective with the unique ability to enter people’s minds and memories (presumably to help people recall event details pertinent to solving cases). Washington takes on the case of a troubled teenage girl named Anna, played by up-and-coming young actress Taissa Farmiga,
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Efm 2014: Mindscape Finds Vertical Distribution

Deadline is reporting that, in a pre-emptive strike, Vertical Entertainment picked up North American rights to the Jaume Collet-Serra produced flick Mindscape from Ombra Films and StudioCanal on the eve of Efm, which kicked off today. Stay tuned for specific release information soon.

Mindscape, from the creative mind behind Orphan and Unknown, Jaume Collet-Serra, is directed by Jorge Dorado and stars Mark Strong ("Low Winter Sun"), Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story"), and Brian Cox (Trick 'r Treat).

It's produced by Collet-Serra, Juan Sola, Peter Safran, and Mercedes Gamero; Miguel Angel Faura is co-producer.

Mindscape is a hypnotic psychological thriller about a man with an extraordinary ability to enter people's minds and manipulate their memory. When he takes on the case of a brilliant troubled teenager, he winds up in a dangerous game of seduction and betrayal that spirals out of control.


John (Strong) is a recently widowed man with
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Zombie, Indiana, a Circus of the Dead teaser trailer, news on the line-up for FearFest Glasgow, an Escaping the Dead trailer, the trailer for Bb, and much more:

Zombie, Indiana Release Details: “The newest novel in Scott Kenemore’s bestselling series, Zombie, Indiana is the tale of a harrowing undead attack on the heartland of America. From the highest echelons of state government—to the gritty world of an eastside narcotics detective—to the elite folds of the state’s most-expensive prep school—this novel explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists… each of whom has some dark secrets to keep.

Indiana governor Hank Burleson has spent eight years cutting social services, castrating the unions (not literally…yet), and chipping
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Line-up announced for Frightfest Glasgow 2014

Film4 FrightFest Glasgow 2014 has today announced a 4(!) day event to include eight World, European and UK premieres, Ti West special event and Sunday repeat screenings in the festivals biggest programme ever. From Thursday February 27th to Sunday March 2nd, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Gft for the 9th year with an impressive slate of the hottest new horror films.

The line-up in full:

Thurs 27 Feb – Gft Screen 2 21:00 In Conversation With Ti West (Special event)

Nobody does nostalgia-brushed spookiness and minimalist horror like independent director Ti West, King of the slow-burn shocker. FrightFest has been there from the very start – our video label released his 2005 debut feature The Roost – and we’ve watched with pride as the Delaware-born quirky talent has grown in global genre stature through The House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S and now his game-changing Eli Roth produced The Sacrament.
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