‘Pain and Glory’, ‘While At War’ lead Goya nominations

‘Pain and Glory’, ‘While At War’ lead Goya nominations
Other nominees include ‘Intemperie’, ’The Endless Trench’ and ’Fire Will Come’.

Alejandro Amenábar’s While At War leads the nominations for Spain’s 34th Goya Academy Awards but will face-off against Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain And Glory at the ceremony on January 25 in Malaga.

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Amenábar’s Spanish Civil War drama has secured 17 nominations while Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical film has 16 nods.

While At War has proved a box office hit following its debut at Toronto, ranking as Spain’s third highest-grossing domestic film of 2019 and taking more than $11.3m to date.

Pain and Glory
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‘Pain and Glory,’ ‘While at War,’ ‘’Endless Trench’ Lead Goya Nominations

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‘Pain and Glory,’ ‘While at War,’ ‘’Endless Trench’ Lead Goya Nominations
Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” will go head-to-head with two other big Spanish films – Alejandro Amenábar’s “While at War” and “The Endless Trench,” from Aitor Aguirre, Jon Garaño and José Mari Goenaga – at Spain’s 34th Goya Academy Awards, to be held Jan. 25 in Malaga.

Pain and Glory” garnered 16 nominations,” “While at War” 17 and “The Endless Trench” 15.

Though most pundits would put “Pain and Glory” as the frontrunner, the outcome is difficult to predict. World-premiering in Spain before competing in Cannes, where Antonio Banderas won the best actor prize, “Pain and Glory” was reckoned by Spanish critics to be Almodóvar’s best film in a decade.

But ever since the screenplay for Luis Buñuel’s “Viridiana,” which went on to win the Palme d’Or, was written off in Spain as nonsense, the Spanish industry has steadfastly refused to kowtow to internationally acclaimed directors or indeed talent.

Screening at Ventana Sur,
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Spanish Pics Hit the Croisette

Spanish Pics Hit the Croisette

(Television Abierta, Mediapro)

First solo feature from Mariano Cohn, this is a pointed social dramedy about a thief trapped in a 4 x 4 by the car’s owner.

Sales: Latido

“Advantages of Traveling by Train”

(Morena Films, Señor y Señora Films, Logical Pictures)

Aritz Moreno’s debut feature, penned by Javier Gullón, revolves around stories told by untrustworthy narrators: a young editor and a psychiatrist who unexpectedly meet on a train.

Sales: Seville Intl.

“A Sun That Never Sets”

(Miramemira, Kowalski Films, 4 A 4 Prods., Tarantula)

Olivier Laxe, 2016’s Cannes Critics’ winner, now plays Un Certain Regard with this arthouse thriller about a convicted arsonist returning to his native Galician forests.


(Fragil Zinema)

A young junkie gives her newborn baby to a child trafficking racket and soon regrets the act. Juanma Bajo Ulloa directs.


(Animation Bikes A.I.E., Cvc Group, Aleph Media)

The first Spain-China co-production is an animated
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Colombia’s Fidelio Films Brings Packed Slate to Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico — Colombia’s Fidelio Films has had a week to remember at this year’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (Ficg) as its full slate of TV and film projects has impressed in a number of sections.

The company’s feature film “The Life and Death of Espíritu Perdomo” won the “El Taller” post-production prize and the Cinema226 development, co-production, production and promotion prizes at the Co-production Meeting for feature films, its series “Tenebris” is pitching at the first-ever Ficg TV Pitchbox, and its shopping the first season of another series, “Tiburon Island,” which won the Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) development grant for television series last year and received a TV Pitchbox special mention.

“Tenebris” was created by David Figueroa García and Mauricio Leiva Cock, and is produced by Mauro Mueller and Juan Diego Villegas from Fidelio Films. The show’s eight hour-long episodes will be directed by Ed Sánchez.
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See-Saw promotes Simon Gillis to COO, film division

Simon Gillis.

See-Saw Films has promoted Simon Gillis to the newly created position of chief operating officer of the company’s film division.

Based in London, Gillis will continue to report directly to joint managing directors Emile Sherman and Iain Canning. Having most recently served as See-Saw’s head of commercial affairs, Gillis will now oversee the film division’s day-to-day operations across its London, Sydney and La offices, including production finance and strategy, business development, legal and business affairs.

He will work with heads of production Nicky Earnshaw (UK), Libby Sharpe (Australia), and head of development, Katherine Bridle. See-Saw’s TV division will continue to be co-run by its COO, Hakan Kousetta and head of TV, Jamie Laurenson.

Gillis will be responsible for sourcing and structuring the financing, sales and distribution for See-Saw’s feature film slate, as well as exploring new lines of business. He will also
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‘Widows’ & ‘Lion’ Outfit See-Saw Films Promotes Simon Gillis To COO

See-Saw Films’ Head of Commercial Affairs Simon Gillis has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of the company’s film division, effective immediately.

Based in London, Gillis will continue to report directly to joint MDs Emile Sherman and Iain Canning and will oversee the film division’s day-to-day operations across its London, Sydney and La offices, including production finance and strategy, business development, legal and business affairs.

Gillis will continue to work closely with the film division’s Heads of Production, Nicky Earnshaw (UK), Libby Sharpe (Australia), and Head of Development, Katherine Bridle. See-Saw’s TV division will continue to be co-run by its COO, Hakan Kousetta and Head of TV, Jamie Laurenson.

See-Saw’s upcoming slate includes Francis Lee’s Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, which will start shooting in March. Gillis recently brokered pre-sales on Ammonite on behalf of See-Saw’s in-house sales arm,
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New Regency, See-Saw Acquire Javier Gullón Sci-Fi Thriller ‘N’

Exclusive: New Regency has acquired N, a Javier Gullón short story he pitched as a grounded science fiction film with franchise potential. See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman and Pacific View’s Peter Dealbert are attached to produce.

The deal was mid-six against seven figures and had at least six bidders vying both for film and TV. Gullón chose to do it as a feature and he’ll write the script. Fox will handle worldwide distribution through its deal with New Regency.

A small group of journalists are invited to a remote location on the South Island of New Zealand to witness a scientific discovery in DNA that seemingly will change the course of history. What could go wrong? The journos find themselves forced to confront an experiment that could threaten the human race. One female journalist is left to fend for herself, alter the course of the future
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New Regency, See-Saw Set Sci-Fi Thriller 'N'

New Regency and See-Saw Films are partnering on the sci-fi thriller N, based on a short story by Javier Gullón.

The story focuses on a small group of journalists who are invited to a remote part of the world to witness a scientific discovery that will seemingly change the course of history, only to be forced to confront an experiment that could threaten the human race as we know it. One female journalist is left to fend for herself, alter the course of the future and, against all odds, escape alive.

N will be the first project developed and produced under the ...
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Seville International Selling Spain’s ‘Advantages Of Traveling By Train’; Myriad Boards SXSW Pic ‘Fast Color’ – Afm Briefs

Seville International said Tuesday it will sell international rights at the upcoming American Film Market to Advantages of Traveling by Train, the upcoming Spanish comedic horror pic being directed by Aritz Moreno and written by Javier Gullón (Enemy). Production is set to start in December with a cast that includes Luis Tosar, Ernesto Alterio, Pilar Castro, Belén Cuesta, Ingrid García Jonsson, Javier Botet and Gilbert Melki. The plot centers on Helga, an editor and train traveler whose seatmate, a psychiatrist and an expert in personality dysfunctions, recounts to her the worst case he’s faced: the sordid and crazy tale of an extremely dangerous paranoid man obsessed with garbage. The story leads Helga down an unpredictable path as she sets out on an investigation following her encounter. Morena Films’ Merry Colomer and Juan Gordon are producers with Sr & Sra’s Leire Apellaniz and Logical PicturesFrédéric Fiore.

Myriad Pictures has
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Seville International launching Afm sales on 'Advantages Of Traveling By Train'

Spanish shorts director Aritz Moreno makes feature debut on mystery.

Seville International is launching sales at the Afm next week on the Spanish-language film Advantages Of Traveling By Train.

Morena Films is producing the feature and is ramping up for a production start in December and will shoot mostly in San Sebastián, Spain, with select scenes being shot in Paris, France.

Award-winning shorts director Aritz Moreno makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Enemy screenwriter Javier Gullón based on the novel by Antonio Orejudo. Advantages Of Traveling By Train follows a young editor who takes her seat on
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Javier Gullón Sells Sci-Fi Short Stories To Kroll & Co. And Legendary TV

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Exclusive: We hear on good authority that Spanish screenwriter Javier Gullón has sold his sci-fi stories First and Satellite respectively to Kroll & Co. and Legendary TV. Gullón will adapt both projects.

First, which we understand is being developed as a feature project, is a youth driven sci-fi thriller about first love and follows a group of friends and the first two alien/human hybrids who are inexplicably drawn to each another against all odds. The project has the seeds to be a franchise. Sue Kroll’s Kroll & Co will produce with Pacific View. Jennifer Malloy brought the project into to Kroll & Co.

Gullón’s Satellite will be developed as a TV series. Gullón will also serve as Ep. Logline is being kept under wraps but is said to have the emotional nature of Arrival and the wonderment of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Pacific View’s Peter Dealbert will also executive produce.
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Basque Production: Higher-Profile Titles at San Sebastian, or Coming Down the Pipeline

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A selection of Basque pictures, projects and productions in 2018:

70 Big Ones

Sayaka Producciones, Pokeepsie Films, La Panda Producciones and Setenta Invisibles L.P. Aie produce the next thriller from Basque genre specialist Koldo Serra (“The Backwoods”), starring Emma Suárez, Nathalie Poza and Hugo Silva. It features a desperate woman in need of $41,000, with two muggers in her way. Filmax handles world sales.

Above 592 Metres

Maddi Barber’s latest explores the life chances left when a territory is completely altered by the construction of the Itoiz dam in the Navarrese Pyrenees. Selected by prestigious shorts program Kimuak, “Above” screens at the 9th Zinemira Basque film showcase and competes for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award.

Advantages Of Traveling By Train

Acquired by Entertainment One’s Seville International and produced by San Sebastian-based Sr. y Sra. and Madrid’s Morena Films, this film, starring Luis Tosar and Pilar Castro, marks Aritz Moreno’s feature debut,
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San Sebastian: France’s Logical Pictures, Filmax Board Aritz Moreno’s ‘Advantages’ (Exclusive)

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San Sebastian: France’s Logical Pictures, Filmax Board Aritz Moreno’s ‘Advantages’ (Exclusive)
San Sebastian — Based in Lyon, France Logical Pictures, proud of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming,” has come on board to co-produce Aritz Moreno’s much-awaited directorial debut “Advantages of Traveling by Train,” starring Luis Tosar and Pilar Castro.

Sold internationally by Entertainment One’s Seville International, Filmax has picked up Spain’s distribution rights to “Advantages,” which is produced by Señor y Señora –an up-and-coming San Sebastian-based production house owned by Moreno and producer-director Leire Apellániz – and Madrid’s Morena Films, producer of Iciar Bollaín’s San Sebastian competitor “Yuli,” Daniel Monzón’s “Cell 211.” “Advantages” marks the first movie produced at Morena Films by Merry Colomer.

Logical Pictures’ DNA is based on innovating and financing new forms of independent cinema. Therefore, betting on the adaptation of such a unique and quirky best selling novel, directed by a promising first-time director, sounded perfect for us,” Logical’s president Frédéric Fiore told Variety.
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New to Streaming: A24 on Netflix, ‘Tully,’ ‘On Chesil Beach,’ 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 platforms. 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, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton)

The 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captured the imagination of not only tennis enthusiasts, but of the whole world. There has always been the persistent rumor that Riggs threw the match to settle debts with the mob. Whether or not that is true seems highly irrelevant to directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan
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Spanish thriller The Fury of a Patient Man set for U.S. remake

Albert Hughes, co-director on the likes of Menace II Society and The Book of Eli, has signed on to direct a remake of the Goya Award-winning Spanish thriller The Fury of a Patient Man, THR has revealed.

The film is scripted by Javier Gullon and “centers around a quiet man who seeks revenge on the criminals who turned his life upside down after a violent robbery. The man enlists the help of a recently released convict who was part of the crime.”

The project reunites Hughes with Studio 8, with the two having recently teamed for the upcoming prehistoric epic Alpha, which is set to open on March 2nd 2018 [watch the trailer here]. Production on The Fury of a Patient Man is expected to get underway in the spring of 2018.
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Aftermath Review

Elliott Lester’s Aftermath deals with one of cinema’s most popular themes: grief. Why is something so morose utilized so often? Because it makes for inherent drama, as an on-screen character is forced to cope with darkened, crushing realities. Writer Javier Gullón wastes no time smashing two airplanes together during what will be their final descent, but we remain safely grounded. This isn’t about the midair disaster itself, but the pieces that need to be picked up – both figuratively and literally. It’s not what you might consider “fun” or “inviting,” but unhinged performances beckon a hopelessness that comes with a world of scorched memories. This one’s for the serious crowd, out there.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a construction worker named Roman, who expects to pick his wife and pregnant daughter up once their incoming flight lands. He enters the airport, and is led into a private
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Aftermath movie review: a series of unfortunate events

MaryAnn’s quick take… Deeply uninvolving, often weirdly stilted and amateurish, and emotionally inert, which is pretty unforgivable given its subject matter of grief and despair. I’m “biast” (pro): like Scoot McNairy, usually enjoy Schwarzenegger onscreen

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Somewhere over middle America, two large commercial passenger airliners collide in midair at high altitude, killing hundreds, everyone onboard both planes. How could such a thing happen in Us airspace, some of the best regulated in the world? It probably couldn’t, in fact. Though Aftermath is based on a true story, nothing like this has happened in the Us since at least 1965 (and then with far less catastrophic results): this movie was inspired by a 2002 disaster (also less catastrophic) in which a Russian airliner collided with a cargo plane over Germany while under Swiss air traffic control.
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Second Opinion – Aftermath (2017)

Aftermath, 2017.

Directed by Elliott Lester.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace, Martin Donovan, Hannah Ware, Mariana Klaveno, Kevin Zegers, and Larry Sullivan.


Two strangers’ lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is entering arguably the most interesting period of his career to date. The soon-to-be-septuagenarian seems well aware that he’s no longer credible as a gung-ho action star, and is slowly starting to lean towards lower-key (and certainly lower-budget) dramas that demand his grizzled grit rather than bulging biceps.

After 2015’s somber zombie drama Maggie proved Arnie’s more restrained acting chops, he follows up with this emotionally-charged dramatic thriller that touts one of his best and most considered performances to date.

Based on the very real 2002 Überlingen mid-air collision, Aftermath follows Roman (Schwarzenegger), a man whose wife and pregnant daughter are killed in a plane crash caused by negligent behaviour from air traffic control.
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Aftermath Review

Author: Andy Furlong

The effects of grief, accountability and personal catharsis are all explored in the aftermath of a horrific plane crash in this Arnold Schwarzenegger-led film based on real life events. How do you move on with your life when everyone that you loved has been taken from you? This is what Roman Melnyk must ask himself when confronted with the devastating loss of his family. While air traffic controller Jake (Scoot McNairy) who was on duty at the time of the crash, must try and rebuild his shattered life, knowing that the deaths of the victims rest heavily on his shoulders. Aftermath utilises these two contrasting characters to examine its key issues and themes.

Javier Gullón, the film’s screenwriter, who penned Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, a film with a psychological duality at its core, continues this thesis in Aftermath. In a corporate culture that is often
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Hell-Bent on Getting an Apology in Trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Aftermath

It looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a very dramatic performance in the Darren Aronofsky-produced thriller Aftermath. In the film, Schwarzenegger's wife and daughter are killed on an airplane after it collides with another plane. He's absolutely devastated and is hell-bent on getting an apology from the person who was held responsible. It actually looks like a powerful and intense movie worth watching. It looks like Schwarzenegger might give a great performance.

Two strangers’ lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Inspired by actual events, Aftermath tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller’s (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman’s (Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter.

The film was directed by Elliott Lester (Nightingale) from a script written by Javier Gullón (Enemy), and it also stars Mariana Klaveno, Kevin Zegers, Scoot McNairy, and Larry Sullivan. Aftermath will be released
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