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Lila Avilés’ ‘The Chambermaid,’ Set for Toronto, San Sebastián, Drops Trailer, Poster (Exclusive)

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Lila Avilés’ ‘The Chambermaid,’ Set for Toronto, San Sebastián, Drops Trailer, Poster (Exclusive)
Madrid — In a strong year for Mexican cinema – think Sebastián Hofmann’s “Time Share,” Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo” – the world premiere at Venice of the latest films by two of Mexico’s biggest names – Alfonso Cuarón and Carlos Reygadas – shouldn’t distract from another narrative: the ever increasing number of movies by Mexican women directors hitting major festivals, scoring deals and winning post-production plaudits.

The Good Girls,” from Alejandra Marquez Abella (“Semana Santa”), selected for Toronto Platform, has just been picked up by Luxbox.

Now Lila Avilés’ “The Chambermaid” (“La camarista”), one of the most-awaited of Mexico’s feature film debuts, made the Toronto Discovery cut, announced Tuesday, after already being selected for the New Directors’ competition at later-September’s San Sebastian Festival in Spain. Variety has had exclusive access to its first trailer and poster, dropped by sales agent Alpha Violet, which suggests the film’s tenor and charm.

A winningly grounded fiction film,
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Los Cabos Goes to Cannes Highlights Immigration with ‘Bayoneta,’ ‘Werewolf,’ ‘No Longer Here’

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Six Mexican films featured at November’s Los Cabos in Progress will make the cross-Atlantic trip to participate in this year’s Cannes Film Festival Market pix-in-post initiative, Los Cabos Goes to Cannes.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival, now heading into its 7th year, aims to grow and strengthen a pan-North American cinema culture, promoting filmmakers and films from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Los Cabos also hosts an industry platform intended to link professionals throughout the territories.

A well-rounded selection of films: Two fiction, Kyzza Terrazas’ “Bayoneta” and Fernando Frias’ “I’m No Longer Here”; two docs, Betzabé García’s “#Mickey” and Rodrigo Iturralde Álvarez and Georgina González Rodríguez’s “Finding the Werewolf”; and, notably, two animated features, “A Costume for Nicolas” from Eduardo Rivero and “Olimpia” from J. M. Cravioto, make up this year’s selected films-in-progress.

A constantly recurring theme in North American cinema, immigration
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'I Dream in Another Language' Leads Mexico's Ariel Awards Nominations

'I Dream in Another Language' Leads Mexico's Ariel Awards Nominations
Ernesto Contreras' <em>I Dream in Another Language</em> (<em>Sueno en Otro Idioma</em>), a drama about forbidden love and a dying Mexican dialect, racked up 16 nominations, including a best picture mention, for Mexico's 60th Ariel Awards.

<em>I Dream in Another Language</em> made its world premiere last year at Sundance and took home the Audience Award in the festival's world cinema dramatic competition.

Contreras, currently president of the Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, will face stiff competition in the best picture category. Other nominees include Amat Escalante's <em>The Untamed</em> (<em>La Region Salvaje</em>), best director winner at Venice; Sebastian Hofmann's ...
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Sundance ’18 and Rotterdam ’18: ‘Time Share’ / ‘Tiempo Compartido’

By Peter Belsito and Sydney LevineThis Mexican film is a nasty, nettling little puzzle piece that cleverly probes patriarchal insecurity and corporate invasiveness through the course of one botched family vacation.

A very funny film exposing the possible nightmare scenarios lying under modern corporate vacation paradises.

Pedro and Eva arrive at the Vistamar mega-resort to “heal” their lives. A nice break, holiday makers Pedro and Eva think. All-inclusive holiday paradise Vistamar has beautiful swimming pools and golf links. Settling into a private villa with their young son, they’re surprised to find another family at the door; a clerical mistake has left them double-booked. Eva decides there’s nothing else to do but share their rooms with the exuberant sunburnt family suddenly standing at the door.

The families make do, actually they begin living together, attending the resort’s time-share seminar and enjoying its pools and activities, and they are
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Sundance 2018 Interview: Sebastián Hofmann and Julio Chavezmontes Talk Time Share

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During the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak to co-writer/director Sebastián Hofmann and co-writer/producer Julio Chavezmontes about their recent collaboration on the dark comedy Time Share. The film stars Luis Gerardo Méndez, a well-meaning husband who takes his wife and son on a family vacation at a swanky resort, only to find out that his villa has been double-booked, and he’s forced to spend his relaxation time dealing with a myriad of stresses that pushes his sanity, and his marriage, to the brink.

Time Share also nabbed the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting during Sundance 2018, and both Hoffman and Chavezmontes discussed the real-life inspiration behind the project, finding the balance between comedy and tragedy in their script, their experiences collaborating with Méndez, and more.

I'm excited to speak with you guys today. This movie is funny, surreal, and makes you uncomfortable,
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Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro G. Iñárritu Endorse Emiliano Rocha Minter's 'We Are The Flesh'

The next generation of Mexican filmmakers, Julio Chavezmontes of Piano Films, and Moises Cosio of Detalle Films, executive producer of Atom Egoyan’s “Remember," Jodorowsky’s “The Dance of Reality,” and Apichatpong Weersethaku’s “Cemetery of Splendor,” are premiering "We Are The Flesh” ("Tenemos la carne") in Iff Rotterdam’s Bright Future Section.

The directorial debut by 25-year-old Emiliano Rocha Minter has the support of Academy Award-winning directors Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Amores Perros”) and Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity), with Cannes-winning director Carlos Reygadas ("Silent Light", "Post Tenebras Lux”) involved as a co-producer. This makes "Tenemos la carne"/ "We are the Flesh" the first Mexican film, let alone a feature debut, to receive the endorsement of three of the most important directors working today. That is a film to see! It will also be on offer at the Berlinale’s Efm by its international sales agent, Reel Suspects.

In addition to Reygadas, Mexican director Sebastian Hofmann, of the Sundance New Frontier film "Halley," Yann Gonzalez, French director director of Cannes Critics’ Week Special Screening “You and the Night,” and Splendor Omnia’s Natalia Lopez, are co-producers of the film. Mexican associate producers are Simplemente’s Rune Hansen, Monica Reina and Celia Iturraga. "We Are The Flesh" was supported by the Mexican Film Institute's (Imcine) Foprocine fund.

"We Are the Flesh" takes place in a post-apocalyptic Mexico in which a brother and sister find their way into one of the last remaining buildings after years of wandering. Inside, they find a man who makes them a dangerous offer to survive in the outside world. You can view the trailer below:
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‘Halley’ VOD Review

Stars: Alberto Trujillo, Hugo Albores, Luly Trueba | Written by Sebastian Hofmann, Julio Chavezmontes | Directed by Sebastian Hofmann

When watching movies you can take them on face value and just enjoy the explosions and entertainment value or you can look at the underlying meaning and see much more. This takes more brain work but it also asks you a simple question, what do you get out of this movie? What is it trying to say to you? Halley is a movie that definitely asks you to decide what the meaning is of what you are seeing, instead of just throwing the answer in your face.

Halley is the story of Beto (Alberto Trujillo) a man who to all intent and purposes is dead. Unable to hide the fact that he is decomposing he decides to withdraw from the world and quits his job in the gym. In his attempt to quit
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White Shadow wins at Eeff

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White Shadow wins at Eeff
East End Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 award winners, bringing 13th edition to a close.

White Shadow has won the Best Feature award at this year’s East End Film Festival (Eeff).

Noaz Deshe’s debut feature is set in Tanzania and, focusing on a young albino, is an exploration of folk religion.

The film was chosen by a jury comprising of Eeff’s director-in-residence Sebastian Hofmann, Screen International chief film critic Mark Adams, BFI director of partnerships Eddie Berg, English photographer and video artist Gillian Wearing and screenwriter Peter Straughan.

Deshe will be invited to the festival in 2015 as director-in-residence.

In addition, Tom Berninger’s Mistaken for Strangers was named Best Documentary by a jury comprising British film-makers Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard, director Emad Burnat, documentary film-maker Tristan Anderson and BBC Storyville’s Shanida Scotland.

The inaugural Accession Award, championing the art of cinematography, was judged by Barry Ackroyd and awarded to Jonathan Fairburn’s [link
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East End fest unveils line-up

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East End fest unveils line-up
World premiere of Dermaphoria, starring The Vampire DiariesJoseph Morgan and Ron Perlman, to open 13th edition of the London festival.

The line-up for the East End Film Festival (June 13-25) has been revealed.

The 13th edition of the festival - which runs for 13 days - will open on Friday 13th June with the world premiere of Dermaphoria. The Us film is the second feature from Ross Clarke, the east London-based filmmaker and DJ who directed homeless documentary Skid Row in 2007 and co-founded music festival Lovebox.

Based on a novel by Craid Clevenger, Dermaphoria follows an experimental chemist who wakes up in a New Orleans jail with amnesia, accused of arson and links to a drug-manufacturing ring. The cast includes Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Walton Goggins (The Shield), Anwan Glover (The Wire) and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy).

Football focus

The festival, which coincides with the World Cup in Brazil, will welcome
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East End Film Festival Line-Up Announced Led by Dermaphormia, Chef, Leave to Remain & Palo Alto

The East End Film Festival returns to the city of London this summer celebrating its thirteenth year, and running in the height of the World Cup, Director Alison Poltock says she’s determined to make it the festival’s best year ever.

Opening on Friday, 13th June, the festival will run in East London for thirteen days, playing host to over 100 feature narrative and documentary films, and close to 100 shorts, the majority of which will be either World, UK, or London premieres.

Ross Clarke’s sophomore feature, Dermaphormia, will kick events off as the Opening Night Gala selection. Clarke has lined up an impressive cast for his first narrative film, following his award-winning documentary Skid Row, led by Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Nicole Badaan, Walton Goggins (Django Unchained), Lucius Falick, Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Anwan Glover (The Wire), and Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy). The crime-thriller centres on an experimental
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CineMart unveils 25 selections

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CineMart unveils 25 selections
New projects from Peter Webber, Naomi Kawase [pictured], Alessandro Comodin, Eran Kolirin are in the 2014 selection.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market CineMart (26 – 29 January) has completed its selection for the 2014 edition.

The selection includes new projects from directors including Peter Webber, Naomi Kawase, Alessandro Comodin, Eran Kolirin, Alexis dos Santos and Alejandro Landes, Shereen Seno and Igor Drljaca.

Returning producers include Cedomir Kolar (Asap Films), Helena Danielsson (Hepp Films), and Piotr Kobus (Mañana).

Iffr and Cph:dox, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, combine forces at Iffr on the Art:Film initiative, which connects visual art to cinema. The three Art:Film projects presented at CineMart 2014 are Fierté nationale by Sven Augustijnen, Tarda Primavera by Michael Frammartino, and Invention by Mark Lewis.

The CineMart projects are eligible for two prizes: the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (€30,000 for a European co-production) and the the Arte France Cinéma Award (€5,000).

CineMart’s Bianca Taal and Nienke Poelsma said about the selection: “We are
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2013 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival: Official Lineup

Get ready for 10 truly terrifying nights when Washington, D.C.’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival haunts the AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 10-19 for the fest’s 8th annual edition.

Things really jolt alive on the 10th with the Opening Night film Willow Creek, a surprising genre entry by comedian-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, who tells the tale about a couple of amateur Bigfoot hunters who get in way over their heads in the woods. Goldthwait will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Film Comment‘s Laura Kern. Also playing on this opening night are a program of scary short films and the feature An American Terror, a post-Columbine fright flick by Haylar Garcia.

As for the other nine nights, sticking true to the “International” in the fest’s name are movies such as the Ireland/France/Sweden co-production Dark Touch by Marina de Van about
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Sacro Gra among Rio additions

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Organisers at the Rio Film Festival have brought in an extra 11 titles ahead of the September 26 opening night gala screening of Thierry Ragobert’s Amazonia 3D.

The late arrivals include Gianfranco Rosi’s fresh Venice Golden Lion winner Sacro Gra as well as Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra, Shane Salerno’s Salinger and Kim Ki-duck’s Moebius.

Rounding out the additions are Greg Mottola’s Clear History, Nimrod Antal’s Metallica Through The Never, Hong Sangsoo’s Our Sunhi, Bruce Labruce’s Gerontophilia, Catherine Breillat’s Abuse Of Weakness, Shinji Aoyama’s Backwater and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Finding Vivian Maier.

Festival top brass also announced the full line-up of films in the Latin Première and Environment sections.

The Latin Première selection will present 21 features, of which five will be Latin American premieres. All films in the section are eligible for the Fipresci Best Latin American Film award.

Latin PremièreIl
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Sacro Gar among Rio additions

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Organisers at the Festival do Rio, the Rio Film Festival, have brought in an extra 11 titles ahead of the September 26 opening night gala screening of Thierry Ragobert’s France-Brazil co-production Amazonia 3D.

The late arrivals include Gianfranco Rosi’s fresh Venice Golden Lion winner Sacro Gra as well as Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra, Shane Salerno’s Salinger and Kim Ki-duck’s Moebius.

Rounding out the additions are Greg Mottola’s Clear History, Nimrod Antal’s Metallica Through The Never, Hong Sangsoo’s Our Sunhi, Bruce Labruce’s Gerontophilia, Catherine Breillat’s Abuse Of Weakness, Shinji Aoyama’s Backwater and John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s Finding Vivian Maier.

Festival top brass also announced the full line-up of films in the Latin Première and Environment sections.

The Latin Première selection will present 21 features, of which five will be Latin American premieres. All films in the section are eligible for the Fipresci Best Latin American Film award
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East End fest reveals 2014 dates

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East End fest reveals 2014 dates
Sebastian Hoffman to co-curate focus on new wave in Mexican Cinema; partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest strengthened.

The East End Film Festival (Eeff) has announced its dates for the 13th edition of the festival, which will run from June 13-25, 2014, for 13 days.

“There’s a recurring theme of the number 13 with next years festival which I’m expecting in this case will prove lucky for us,” said Eeff’s director Alison Poltock.

“Standing up against massive events like the World Cup, I’m determined to make this the biggest and best ever East End Film Festival – a proper coming of age celebration as Eeff enters its teenage years.”

The festival will run directly after Sheffield Doc/Fest which closes June 12. As in previous years, both festivals will share a selection of films, and Eeff will run the East End Bar at Doc/Fest as part of a growing informal partnership between them.

Meanwhile, Mexican
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Fantastic Fest 2013′s Second Wave Includes A Field in England, Almost Human

Fantastic Fest is taking place from September 19 – 26 at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline in Austin, Texas. We previously gave you the first list of films to screen at the festival and the second wave has just been announced, which includes A Field in England and Almost Human:

Field In England, A (England, 2013)

North American Premiere

Director – Ben Wheatley, 90 mins

During the British Civil War, when magic was science, an alchemist forces a group of deserters to help him locate buried treasure, and sends them all straight into the mouth of madness.

Afflicted (Canada, 2013)

Us Premiere

Director – Clif Prowse, 85 mins

Derek and Clif, best friends documenting their journey across the world, are in for an unexpected adventure when one of them comes down with a sinister sickness.

Almost Human (USA, 2013)

Us Premiere

Director – Joe Begos, 80 mins

A man who disappeared under mysterious circumstances returns to wreak havoc upon a small town.
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Fantasia 2013 Award Winners Include Big Bad Wolves, Curse of Chucky

This year’s Fantasia International Film Festival has come to a close and we have a list of award winners, including Big Bad Wolves and Curse of Chucky:

Montreal – Thursday August 8th, 2013 - After Tuesday night’s sold-out screening of the Canadian premiere of The World’S End, presented by director Edgar Wright and actor Nick Frost, the Fantasia International Film Festival can confirm record attendance numbers this year, boasting more than 125,000 festival-goers for its 17th edition, surpassing last year’s record of 109,000 (a 15% increase). Over the course of its three-week film marathon, it presented over 131 features from 31 countries and more than 220 shorts from across the globe.

Fantasia’s 2013 edition opened with the North American Premiere of Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw and closed with the Canadian Premiere of Edgar Wright’s The World’S End. A lifetime achievement award was given to Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski. World
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Cheap Thrills wins at Fantasia

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Cheap Thrills wins at Fantasia
Festival honours E.L. Katz’s genre thriller.

The Fantasia International Film Festival has given the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature to Cheap Thrills.

The festival hosted the Canadian premiere of E.L. Katz’s genre thriller yesterday [Aug 4].

Winner of SXSW’s Audience Award, the Fantasia jury described the film as “darkly humorous, smart and bloody in ways that will make many viewers squirm with glee.

“This abundantly confident first feature provides a thoroughly entertaining snapshot of modern blue collar desperation in a world addicted to easy money and childish amusement.”

A special mention went to Halley, by Sebastian Hofmann.

A quiet and austere immersion into the deterioration of one man’s life, the jury branded it “a mesmerising experience that will likely challenge most viewers, it’s a haunting journey worth taking.”
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Fantastic Fest 2013 Announces the First Wave of Programming

It’s almost here, it’s almost here! Less than 2 months from now, Fantastic Fest 2013 will start in the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location and I plan to be there covering the event. This event is something I look forward to all year. Good people, great films, amazing times. The official announcement has been released and while I can cross off some of the guesses that would play the fest, I can’t believe I missed out on one obvious title, Man of Tai Chi. Read below for what has been announced for the first wave!

From the Press Release

Austin, TX-Wednesday, July 24, 2013- Fantastic Fest is tying on the black belt for the red carpet premiere of Man Of Tai Chi and the festival’s initial lineup of incredible genre films. Fantastic Fest will take place September 19-26 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline.

“Every year we
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