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HBO Latin America Orders ‘Hard,’ ‘Hospede Americano,’ ‘Pico da Neblina’ in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro — HBO announced during Rio2C it has commissioned three new series in Brazil. As happened with the other HBO productions in the country, the series will run on HBO Brazilian channels and eventually on HBO channels worldwide subtitled or dubbed.

“Hard” will be the first HBO Brazilian series adapted from a foreign production. Leading local production house Gullane Filmes will adapt Cathy Verney’s French series that airs on Canal Plus since 2008. In it, a recent widow learns her deceased husband was in the porn production business and faces the challenge of saving the company she’s inherited.
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‘3%’ Season 2 Teaser: We Finally Get a Look at Paradise as Netflix Reveals Premiere Date — Watch

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Sometimes, when Netflix releases a “date announcement,” it’s little more than a text on a screen. And sometimes, it’s a proper teaser that gives us a true taste of what’s in store for the upcoming season.

The latter is the case when it comes to the below teaser for “3%” Season 2, which we now know will premiere on April 27. What we don’t know is what comes next for Michele (Bianca Camparato) and the others, as the world of the gritty sci-fi drama looks like it’s about to get a whole lot bigger, even as the danger grows.

“3%,” the first original Netflix series from Brazil, was an unexpected pleasure when it premiered in November 2016. In classic dystopian fashion, the show, set in the not-too-distant future, depicted a world where 97 percent of the population lives in squalor, while a select few are able to move to the paradise known as the Offshore…
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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Nosipho Dumisa— “Number 37”

“Number 37”

Nosipho Dumisa has directed and produced award-winning short films and commercials, and has extensive television credits. Dumisa is one of the first black female feature film directors from South Africa. Television series “Suidooster” and short “Nommer 37” are among her previous credits. “Number 37” is Dumisa’s feature directorial debut.

“Number 37” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 10.

W&H: Describe the film in your own words.

Nd: “Number 37” is a thriller about a down-on-his-luck paraplegic man who, when he witnesses a murder committed by a ganglord, [becomes involved in] a dangerous blackmail scheme in order to evade the sadistic loan shark he owes money to. It’s all about what can go wrong when ambition, curiosity, greed, fear, and horrific bad decision-making collide.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Nd: Having grown up watching genre films like thrillers, horror — gorging myself on them when my parents were asleep — action,
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Frightfest Glasgow: ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Review: Dir. Issa Lopez

Tigers Are Not Afraid Review: Remember when Guillermo Del Toro burst onto the movie scene with Pan’s Labyrinth? Well we might have found our next Del Toro with Tigers Are Not Afraid’s Issa López .

Tigers Are Not Afraid review by Kat Hughes.

Tigers Are Not Afraid Review

Estrella (Paola Lara), a ten-year-old girl living in Mexico finds herself the owner of three wishes soon after her mother disappears. After her wish first – the bring her mother back wish – has some unexpectedly frightening repercussions, she finds herself on the streets. Before too long, Estrella partners up with a young boy, El Shine (Juan Ramón López), and his band of orphaned boys. The newly formed group find themselves at war with the local cartel, witnessing and enduring things that no child should ever have to.

Every once in a while a film comes along that defies words. One that is simply sheer perfection,
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Bizzers Like “Sound” of South-South Co-Prods

Bizzers Like “Sound” of South-South Co-Prods
When veteran producer Neil Brandt of South Africa’s Fireworx Media decided to set up shop in Brazil in 2015, he didn’t worry that the company’s creative vision would be lost in translation.

Though the two countries don’t share a common tongue, they have poignant similarities. Regional powerhouses and bulwarks of the Brics trade bloc, both are nations faced with rampant inequality that’s nonetheless proven to be fertile ground for their creative minds.

“There are an enormous amount of stories to told in both countries,” says Brandt. “There’s friction in these societies. Where there’s friction, there’s sparks, and where there are sparks, there are stories.”

For “The Sound of Animals Fighting,” an ambitious South Africa-Brazil co-prod directed by fast-rising South African helmer Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, there was a natural entry point for a film that travels from the gritty streets of Johannesburg to the underworld of Sao Paolo. Taking inspiration
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Get Ready Because a Ton of Great Movies Are Leaving Netflix Next Month

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Netflix gives, and it takes away. While there are a few exciting additions coming to the streaming service next month, we will also have to say goodbye to a handful of classic films. Everything from childhood favorites like Anastasia to Nicholas Sparks romances like Safe Haven will be gone come the end of March. Better start binge-watching now! RelatedBates Motel, Queer Eye, and 53 Other Exciting New Titles Hitting Netflix in February March. 1 A Gang Story Anastasia Baby's Day Out Eyewitness FernGully: The Last Rainforest First Response Forget and Forgive Hitch Jaws Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge Less Than Zero Memento Slums of Beverly Hills The Chase The Craft The Panic in Needle Park Trigger Point Two Wrongs xXx March 4 Chloe Safe Haven March 6 The Finest Hours March 8 Victoria March 11 Believe Glitch March 12 Standby Disney's The Santa Clause Disney's The Santa Clause 2 Disney's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause March 13 Breakout Kings,
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‘Yardie’ First Trailer: Idris Elba Channels Martin Scorsese and ‘City of God’ in His Directorial Debut

‘Yardie’ First Trailer: Idris Elba Channels Martin Scorsese and ‘City of God’ in His Directorial Debut
After nearly two decades of acting in front of the camera, Idris Elba is finally jumping into the director’s chair for his feature directorial debut, “Yardie.” The movie premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. While the gangster thriller is still seeking U.S. distribution, StudioCanal UK has debuted the first trailer for the film, and it solidly sells the its many genre influences, from classics like Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” to “City of God.”

Yardie” centers on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), whose brother was murdered in their home of Kingston when D was just a child. D ended up being raised by the local mafia boss and years later has the chance to take revenge on the man who killed his brother. Everaldo Creary, Shantol Jackson, and Stephen Graham co-star.

Watch the first trailer for “Yardie” below.
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Local Investment, Kudos Boost Italian Cinema’s Profile

Local Investment, Kudos Boost Italian Cinema’s Profile
This year looks like a turning point for Italian cinema, which is getting a hefty injection of new types of funding just as fresh narratives flourish and pics get more international traction.

The four Oscar nominations scored by Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” came just as movie admissions were picking up after a dramatic 12% box office drop in 2017, and as eagerly awaited film legislation went into effect that is pumping at least €400 million ($490 million) annually into all Italian film industry sectors, from development to distribution.

Italy’s substantial Berlinale presence, comprising Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin” in competition and two titles in Panorama — Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo’s “Boys Cry,” and Iran-born Babak Jalali’s “Land” — is another positive sign, especially since these directors are all young.

Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera calls the D’Innocenzo brothers, who are 29, first-timers with strong personalities. Though in the past Barbera has lamented stagnation and a scarcity
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Selton Mello Announces U.S. Directorial Debut, ‘Cathedral City’ (Exclusive)

Selton Mello Announces U.S. Directorial Debut, ‘Cathedral City’ (Exclusive)
Selton Mello, one of Brazil’s most marketable talents both behind and in front of the camera, is making his U.S. directorial debut with the upcoming musically charged drama “Cathedral City.”

Mello made his name on screen in Brazil in films like “Lisbela and the Prisoner” and “To the Left of the Father,” and then moved into writing, directing and producing his own projects. His second directorial feature, “The Clown,” Brazil’s Oscar submission, earned one of highest grosses for an art film in recent years in Brazil. His third directorial outing, the well-reviewed “The Movie of My Life,” starred “Black Swan’s” Vincent Cassel.

His U.S. debut will be behind the camera, for a story he says he fell in love with on his first read, more than four years ago. “Cathedral City,” penned by John Newman is about a musician who discovers his late father’s secret life. It will be
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Oscars 2018: Guillermo Del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) would make history as 4th Latin American writer to win Original Screenplay

Oscars 2018: Guillermo Del Toro (‘The Shape of Water’) would make history as 4th Latin American writer to win Original Screenplay
Guillermo Del Toro is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (with co-writer Vanessa Taylor) for the fantastical love story “The Shape of Water.” Should Del Toro win for his screenplay he would make history as only the fourth Latin American writer to win an Oscar.

Argentinian scribes Aida Bortnik and Luis Puenzo made history as the first Latin Americans to land a writing nomination when they contended for Best Original Screenplay for “The Official Story” (1985). It would take 17 years before there would be more Latin American nominees: Mexican siblings Alfonso Cuaron and Carlos Cuaron were up for Original Screenplay for “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2002).

Del Toro received his first Oscar nom for Original Screenplay for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006), competing against fellow Mexican writer Guillermo Arriaga for “Babel.” But Del Toro’s friend and fellow countryman Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu would beat him to the punch when it came to winning.
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Rome’s Iconic Cinecitta Studios Set for Three-Year Overhaul

Rome – The Italian government is investing about €60 million ($74 million) to revamp and relaunch Rome’s Cinecittà Studios, plans for which appear to be gathering steam just a few months after the iconic facility reverted to state ownership.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced a three-year overhaul that would entail new facilities, an on-site museum, a restoration lab, and a video-game production hub on the backlot where Federico Fellini made his movies and where Hollywood classics such as “Ben Hur” were shot.

“This is the symbolic beginning of the new future for Cinecittà,” Franceschini told reporters Wednesday on the Cinecittà lot. He said that the sprawling studio’s long-gestating relaunch is “part of an [overall] investment that aims to put cinema and the audiovisual industry as a whole at the center of the [economic] development of this country.”

Located on the outskirts of Rome, Cinecittà returned to state ownership last July after languishing for roughly a decade in private hands.

“Putting
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‘Yardie’ Review: Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut Is Hard to Enjoy and Even Harder to Understand — Sundance 2018

‘Yardie’ Review: Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut Is Hard to Enjoy and Even Harder to Understand — Sundance 2018
It’s easy enough to understand why Idris Elba would choose to make “Yardie” for his directorial debut. For one thing, it’s the kind of story that seems pretty hard to mess up: Adapted from Victor Headley’s 1992 novel of the same name, “Yardie” is a nuts-and-bolts revenge saga about a young Jamaican kid who survives the gang warfare in his home country, grows up to be a low-level hood, and then traffics a brick of coke to London with the ulterior motive of finding the man who killed his brother. Borrowing heavily from the likes of “City of God,” “Goodfellas,” and “Layer Cake,” it’s a premise so familiar that even a first-time filmmaker should be able to wrangle it into decent shape. And yet…

And yet it’s hard to understand virtually anything else about “Yardie.” Literally. This flat and formulaic crime yarn has all sorts of flaws — woefully under-developed characters,
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Natpe: Brazil’s Globo Unveils Its Drive into Diversity, New Generation Talent

By Tuesday at 10 am Miami time, in one of Natpe most extensive presentations, Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest broadcast network, will have talked up one of the weightiest line-ups of any international company at this year’s TV trade fair.

Led by “The Edge of Desire,” written by Gloria Perez, the reigning queen of Brazilian’s TV creators, the series represent the current flagships of the Latin American broadcaster which has arguably fared best in recent audience results as it faces off with ever-increased competition from both digital platforms and the rapidly ramping production slates of established U.S. players – Turner, Fox, HBO Latin America, Sony, to name just a few – and is now angling to become a production partner of international dramas.

The presentation comes two months after Globo Group director Roberto Marinho Neto and Globo CEO Carlos Henrique Schroder gave a presentation on Nov. 19 on the eve of the Intl. Emmy Awards
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‘White Gold’ to Shine at Fox Premium, Brazil

‘White Gold’ to Shine at Fox Premium, Brazil
The growing demand for high-end TV series in Latin America is paving the way for more diversity and pan-regional content. Case in point is the Sao Paolo-based Barry Company’s “White Gold” (“Ouro Branco”) for pay TV channel Fox Premium, which will air the series in Brazil and the rest of Latin America next year under a multi-season pact.

Currently shooting on location in Rio de Janeiro and Uruguay, the 10-episode series is directed by Barry Co. co-founder René Sampaio (“Brazilian Western”) and Tomás Portella (“Special Operations”).

Set in 1990s Brazil, “White Gold” showcases top Brazilian talent Raphael Logam (“Last Stop 174”) and Rui Ricardo Dias (“Lula, the Son of Brazil) who play the leads, as well as Fernanda Machado (“Elite Squad”), Leandro Firmino (“City of God”) and Sérgio Malheiros (“Hopefuls”).

The rest of the Latin American cast includes Uruguayan actor César Troncoso (“Clandestine Childhood”) and Argentine thesps Julieta Zylberberg (“Wild Tales”), Jean Pierre Noher (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and
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'Bingo: The King of the Mornings' ('Bingo: O rei das manhas'): Film Review

'Bingo: The King of the Mornings' ('Bingo: O rei das manhas'): Film Review
Rounding off a vintage year for scary clowns on the big screen, Bingo: The King of the Mornings is a boisterous Brazilian comic drama charting the explosive rise and fall of a blue-haired children’s television star with debauched offscreen appetites. Oscar-nominated editor Daniel Rezende, whose credits include Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Fernando MeirellesCity of God, does a pretty solid job on his feature directing debut. Currently screening in U.K. theaters following a successful domestic run, the film was chosen as Brazil’s official Academy Awards contender in the foreign-language category, though it ultimately failed to make the final...
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Bingo: The King of the Mornings review – hectoring tale of porn star turned clown

Daniel Rezende’s version of the life of Brazil’s Bozo takes the myth for granted and is guilty of some lazy screenwriting tricks

Daniel Rezende is the Oscar-nominated editor who worked on Meirelles’s City of God and Malick’s The Tree of Life; now he makes his feature directing debut with this movie – Brazil’s official Academy Awards entry for best foreign film. It is a strangely heavy-handed and hectoring redemption drama, based on the true story of the former porn actor Arlindo Barreto, who in the 80s became a huge hit throughout Brazil as “Bozo”, a wacky clown on Saturday morning kids’ TV. But he was contractually obliged to keep his real identity a secret. Unable to taste the pleasures of celebrity, Barreto underwent a kind of drug-fuelled breakdown, after which he jettisoned his vanity and emerged spiritually enlightened.

The corporate brand identity of Bozo is apparently
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A More Open System Is Needed to Fix Oscar’s Foreign-Language Problem (Opinion)

A More Open System Is Needed to Fix Oscar’s Foreign-Language Problem (Opinion)
It’s time for the Academy to change the way it awards foreign-language film.

This year, 92 distinct nations have selected and submitted what the Academy blindly accepts as each country’s best film to compete for the foreign-language Oscar. However magnanimous the Academy’s intent, that’s an overwhelming number of movies that now need to be divided up and screened by a dedicated subset of the membership in an imperfect process that results in a shortlist of nine movies, from which a separate committee will choose the final five nominees.

Ironically, while 92 is a record-setting number for this category, the year’s best foreign language film may not even be among them. That’s because the system — a squirrely, ever-evolving set of rules — is based on a pair of outdated premises.

First, the award was created in 1945 to raise awareness for foreign cinema at a time when overseas movies were either dubbed or ignored in the
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Latin America Boasts Strong Oscar Entries

Latin America Boasts Strong Oscar Entries
A transgender woman is front and center in what many deem the strongest foreign-language Oscar contender from Latin America this year, Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastian Lelio. Protagonist Daniela Vega could even be the first transgender thesp to receive a lead actress nod. Sony Pictures Classics snagged North American, Australian and New Zealand rights before its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Fest, where it took home the Silver Bear for Screenplay and the Teddy Award, extended to Lgbt-themed pics.

“The press has commented that my recent films, ‘Gloria,’ ‘Disobedience’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman,’ form a trilogy, but it wasn’t a conscious decision on my part,” says Lelio. “But they all explore the lives of women that are somehow at the margins of society.”

Out of the record 16 Latin American films in the race — two more than last year — six, or 37.5%, are directed by women. That tops female representation in the category overall: women helmed
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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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What ‘Bingo’ Director Daniel Rezende Learned From Being a Film Editor

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What ‘Bingo’ Director Daniel Rezende Learned From Being a Film Editor
“You look at it, you know it’s right.” That’s what Daniel Rezende came to realize when he was directing “Bingo: The King of Mornings.” Rezende is an Oscar-nominated film editor for “City of God” and has also worked on “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Tree of Life,” so he knows how to follow his instincts. And he told TheWrap’s Awards Editor Steve Pond how his experience as an editor shaped his work when directing his feature film debut. “There’s no such thing as a rule on how to make a movie,” Rezende said at The Wrap
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