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Miami Moviegoers Reveal the Role of Art Houses for Latin American Audiences

Like everything else, Miami is bigger than it used to be. At 5.5 million, the burgeoning Miami-Dade population is the eighth largest metro area in the U.S. You hear Spanish everywhere, from the glitzy Vegas-level Faena Hotel — resplendent wth full-length lobby murals from Pedro Almodovar’s poster designer Juan Gatti, a stuffed peacock, and Damien Hirst’s $15-million 14K gold-painted mastodon skeleton encased in glass perilously close to the ocean — to the famed neon-deco restorations lining Collins Avenue on South Beach, Little Havana’s Ball & Chain, the wild grafitti art at Wynwood Walls and a gut-busting range of South American restaurants, from Chile to Peru.

And you hear Spanish at Miami-Dade College’s sprawling Miami Film Festival, which — after eight years under director Jaie Laplante — leans into its Ibero-American identity via a strong program dominated by Spanish-language films amid a diverse array of narratives, shorts and documentaries.

Headquartered at Belle
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Miami Moviegoers Reveal the Role of Art Houses for Latin American Audiences

Like everything else, Miami is bigger than it used to be. At 5.5 million, the burgeoning Miami-Dade population is the eighth largest metro area in the U.S. You hear Spanish everywhere, from the glitzy Vegas-level Faena Hotel — resplendent wth full-length lobby murals from Pedro Almodovar’s poster designer Juan Gatti, a stuffed peacock, and Damien Hirst’s $15-million 14K gold-painted mastodon skeleton encased in glass perilously close to the ocean — to the famed neon-deco restorations lining Collins Avenue on South Beach, Little Havana’s Ball & Chain, the wild grafitti art at Wynwood Walls and a gut-busting range of South American restaurants, from Chile to Peru.

And you hear Spanish at Miami-Dade College’s sprawling Miami Film Festival, which — after eight years under director Jaie Laplante — leans into its Ibero-American identity via a strong program dominated by Spanish-language films amid a diverse array of narratives, shorts and documentaries.

Headquartered at Belle
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Netflix Takes International Svod Rights to Mateo Gil’s ‘Thermodynamics’ (Exclusive)

Barcelona — Streaming giant Netflix has acquired international Svod rights to Mateo Gil’s romantic comedy “The Laws of Thermodynamics,” produced by Zeta Cinema, Atresmedia Cine and On Cinema 2017.

“Thermodynamics” world premieres on April 13 at the 35th Miami Film Festival as one of the fest’s marquee events, competing in the festival’s Knight Competition and HBO Ibero-American Feature Film showcases.

Starring Vito Sanz, seen in Spaniard Nely Reguera’s (“Maria (and the Others)”) and Berta Vázquez, whose credits include Fernando González Molina’s “Palm Trees in the Snow,” “The Laws of Thermodynamics” is a “scientific” romantic comedy that tries to scrutinize the film genre as well as love relationships according to the quantum theory and especially, the three thermodynamic laws. The analysis includes fake documentary segments.

A former co-scribe of Academy Award winner Alejandro Amenábar (“The Sea Inside”), Gil has presented all his previous films – thriller “Nobody Knows Anybody,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’
Twenty years ago, Robin Williams approached director Gus Van Sant about developing irreverent Portland cartoonist John Callahan’s memoir, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” with the intention of playing its author — a quadriplegic skirt-chaser, wheelchair racer, born-again bastard, tactlessly un-p.C. disaster — in what sounds like it would have been a wild, Charlie Kaufman-esque pinwheel of a movie. Instead, we get super-chameleon Joaquin Phoenix in the role, and though the end result couldn’t be more different, it’s a keeper in any case.

Coming off a run of some of the most disappointing films in his career (the absolute nadir being 2015’s treacly self-help lesson “The Sea of Trees”), Van Sant has rebounded with one of his best, a life-affirming sweet-and-sour concoction that recalls such crowd-pleasers as “Good Will Hunting” and “Finding Forrester,” and which will very likely launch Phoenix (back at work with his “To Die For” director) and co-star
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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Realive Interview: Mateo Gil on His Latest Science Fiction Effort

Mateo Gil made a name for himself firstly as the writer of Alejandro Amenábar - he co-wrote such films as Thesis, Open Your Eyes (later remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky) and The Sea Inside - but he has been directing his own feature length films for quite a while now. His latest effort, Realive (aka Proyecto Lázaro), is in the science fiction genre and follows the story of a young man named Marc (played by Tom Hughes), who makes a very tough and unique decision once he learns that he has terminal cancer: to kill himself before dying due to the disease, and then freeze his body hoping that he can be resuscitated in the future (a process known as cryonics). Marc’s plan...

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Horror Highlights: Spooker-Roo Spectacular at the Pike Drive-In Theatre, The Devil’S Candy Blu-ray, Realive, The Lodgers

The Pike Drive-In Theater in Montgomery, Pa, has an upcoming double feature that will leave horror fans squirming with antici... pation, as they will host back-to-back screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead this September. In addition to more details on that event, we also have The Devil's Candy Blu-ray, the Realive trailer, and key art and stills from The Lodgers in today's Horror Highlights.

Spookerroo Spectacular Returns to the Pike Drive-in Theater: Press Release: "The Pike Drive-in Theater in Montgomery, Pa is bringing a unique screening of two of among the most popular, retro horror classics of all time Friday and Saturday Night Sept. 15 and 16, 2017.

The double feature playing each night will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the cult horror comedy musical and long-time midnight screening perennial at indoor theaters, and the original (1978) Dawn of the Dead, the zombies-invade-a-shopping-mall
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New Oscar Chart ~ Foreign Hopefuls including Spain

Last month we shared speculation about what countries Argentina, Chile, Denmark, and The Czech Republic among others might submit to the Oscars this years. And we'll soon have more charts up. Spain narrowed down their finalists to three which is worth noting. The most successful countries in terms of Oscar in the later portions of the alphabet are Spain (19 nominations and 4 wins), Sweden (14 nominations and 3 wins) and Poland (10 nominations and 1 win). If you include the former Soviet Union stats with Russia's stats since 1992, they're approximately tied with Sweden.

Maribel Verdú in "Abracadabra" which is a finalist for Spain

Spain is currently in their longest dry spell of all time in this Oscar category (their last nominee The Sea Inside, which won, was 13 whole years ago). They will select their submission on September 7th but they've narrowed down their choice to the following three pictures: 

1898: Our Last Men in the
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France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’

France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’
Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, the upscale Paris-based arthouse film company, has taken a co-production stake in Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen‘s political corruption thriller “El Reino,” probably one of the most talked-about Spanish productions of the upcoming months.

Doing so, Le Pacte, which acquired French distribution rights to Sorogoyen’s previous film, serial killer thriller “May God Save Us,” a best screenplay winner at 2016’s San Sebastian Festival, goes one step further in its commitment to Sorogoyen, already consolidated as a Spanish directors to track.

In “El Reino,” the French outfit joins forces with “May God Save Us” producers Tornasol Films, the Spanish company behind Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” and Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia whose credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Warner Bros. Pictures España and Latido Films are also re-teaming with Sorogoyen on “El Reino,” after having handled respectively local distribution and international
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Syfy Films Releases ‘Realive’

Syfy Films Releases ‘Realive’ In Theaters September 29 and on VOD and Digital HD October 3 Syfy Films today announces the release of the upcoming sci-fi film Realive, in theaters on September 29 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 3. The film is written and directed by Mateo Gil (“Vanilla Sky,” “The Sea Inside”). The cast includes Tom Hughes (“About Time,” …

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Realive coming to theaters from Syfy

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Realive will release in heaters September 29 and on VOD and Digital HD October 3. Check out the full details below.

From the Press Release

Syfy Films today announces the release of the upcoming sci-fi film Realive, in theaters on September 29 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 3. The film is written and directed by Mateo Gil (“Vanilla Sky,” “The Sea Inside”). The cast includes Tom Hughes (“About Time,” “London Town”), Charlotte Le Bon (“The Walk,” “The Hundred-Foot Journey”), Oona Chaplin (“Taboo,” “Game of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (“The Fall,” “The Journey,”). Realive premiered at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal followed by official selections of the FrightFest Film Festival in the U.K. and Sitges International Film Festival in Spain.

In Realive, Marc Jarvis (Tom Hughes) is diagnosed with a disease and given a short time to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body.
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Syfy to Release Mateo Gil's Realive [Trailer]

Syfy Films will release Mateo Gil's (“Vanilla Sky,” “The Sea Inside”) cryo sci-fi film, Realive, in theaters on September 29 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 3. We reviewed the flick when it premiered at Fantasia Film Fest last year.

The cast includes Tom Hughes (“About Time,” “London Town”), Charlotte Le Bon (“The Walk,” “The Hundred-Foot Journey”), Oona Chaplin (“Taboo,” “Game of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (“ [Continued ...]
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Europe Is King in Best Foreign-Language Film Category — How Does the Rest of the World Stack Up?

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The greatest thing about the best foreign-language film category is the recognition of works from all around the world. Throughout the years, movies made outside the United States of America have gotten the recognition they deserve thanks to the implementation of this specific award. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, let’s take a look back at the distribution of nominations and wins across the seven continents that make up this big world we inhabit.

This year’s best foreign-language film contenders are: Toni Erdmann (Germany), The Salesman (Iran), Land of Mine (Denmark), A Man Called Ove (Sweden), Paradise (Russia), The King’s Choice (Norway), My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada), and Tanna (Australia). This site’s namesake, The Hollywood’s Scott Feinberg, lists the first five of those as frontrunners and the other four as major threats.
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Oscars: How Often Do Non-English Films Like ‘A Man Called Ove’ Win For Best Makeup and Hairstyling?

‘A Man Called Ove’ (Courtesy: Anders Nicander)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The Oscar race in the best makeup and hairstyling category is heating up — and there’s one potential nominee that deserves a little more attention than the others: A Man Called Ove, the Swedish submission for best foreign language film. This work has some major competition, for sure, but is poised to make history as its quite rare for non-English films to receive this honor.

A Man Called Ove — a film based on Fredrik Backman’s 2012 book of the same name that was written and directed by Hannes Holm — is a surprising contender up against superhero and sci-fi films like Deadpool, Star Trek Beyond, and Suicide Squad as well as your typical comedy-dramas such as The Dressmaker, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Hail, Caesar! now that the Academy has announced their shortlist for the category. That being said, A
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‘Realive’: Film Review | Paris Fantastic Fest 2016

‘Realive’: Film Review | Paris Fantastic Fest 2016
Those who dream of living on forever may want to alter their retirement plans after watching Realive, an inventive if somewhat mawkish sci-fi melodrama in which a terminally ill hipster finds himself regenerated in the near-distant future, only to learn that he may have been better off dead.

The second feature from Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil – screenwriter of The Sea Inside and Abre Los Ojos (aka the original Vanilla Sky) – this stylish chamber piece plays like a cross between Ex Machina and The Tree of Life, mixing a cleverly conceived biotechnical fable with sun-dappled sentimentalism that don’t always...
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Spain picks Almodovar’s 'Julieta' for Oscar race

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Spain picks Almodovar’s 'Julieta' for Oscar race
Romantic drama premiered in competition in Cannes.

Spain has selected Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta as its contender for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar race.

Starring Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte, the film premiered in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

It was selected from a three-strong shortlist that also included Iciar Bollain’s comedy-drama The Olive Tree and Paula Ortiz’s The Bride.

Marking Oscar-winner Almodovar’s 20th feature – his win came for 2002’s Talk To Her – the story of Julieta follows a broken-hearted woman who decides to confront the problems in her life, notably her estranged daughter.

Spain’s last winner in the foreign language Oscar category was Alejandro Amenábar’s Javier Bardem-starring drama The Sea Inside in 2005. Almodovar’s last film to be nominated in the category was 2006’s Volver.
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Pedro Almodóvar ‘Julieta’ Selected as Spain’s Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Pedro Almodóvar ‘Julieta’ Selected as Spain’s Foreign Language Oscar Submission
Pedro Almodóvar hasn’t won the Best Foreign Language Oscar since “All About My Mother” took the prize in 1999, but that might change this awards season as Spain has officially selected his new drama, “Julieta,” as its 2017 Oscar entry. The news comes after months of speculation as to which title the country would choose, but Almodóvar always seemed like a safe bet given that he’s represented Spain a previous five times at the Academy Awards. The country has won gold four times, most recently in 2005 for Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Sea Inside.”

Read More: Pedro Almodóvar Reveals the Spanish Films That Inspire Him Most

Julieta” follows the titular character at two critical points in her life. In 2015, she (Emma Suarez) is on the verge of madness when she loses her husband and her 18-year-old daughter runs away, but 30 years prior, her younger self (Adriana Ugarte) lives a prosperous life.
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Spain Picks Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’ for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Spain Picks Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’ for Foreign-Language Oscar Race
Pedro Almodovar’s drama “Julieta,” a U.S. pickup by Sony Pictures Classics, has been selected as Spain’s foreign-language Oscar candidate.

Members of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose “Julieta” from a three-film shortlist, announced Aug. 19, which also included Iciar Bollain’s “The Olive Tree” and Paula Ortiz’s “The Bride.”

Almodovar’s 20th film, “Julieta” adapts a trio of short stories – “Chance,” “Soon” and “Silence” – by Nobel Prize-winning Canadian author Alice Munro.

Starring Adriana Ugarte (“Palm Trees in the Snow”), Emma Suarez (“The Mosquito Net”) and Dario Grandinetti (“Talk to Her”) , the film marks the helmer’s return to women-centered storytelling, this time focusing on a mother’s emotional life story, driven by a constant sense of loss.

Julieta” is produced by Esther Garcia at El Deseo, brothers Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s Madrid-based outfit, in association with FilmNation Entertainment., which handled international sales.
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Film Review: ‘Realive’

Film Review: ‘Realive’
The general consensus of fantasy fiction is that nearly everyone wants to live forever, but most of those who actually get that wish fulfilled end up wishing they hadn’t. Such is the case in “Realive,” prominent Spanish scenarist Mateo Gil’s third directorial feature. This smoothly crafted English-language sci-fi tale finds a modern man cryogenically frozen, then thawed seven decades into the future as humanity’s first successful “reanimate.” But his subsequent disillusionment isn’t as moving as it’s meant to be here, primarily because Gil hasn’t created a protagonist with enough personality to seem particularly relatable, or to render his regret after getting what he thought he wanted more profound than petulant.

Those who welcome thinkier Sf cinema in the realm of recent “Ex-Machina” and “Another Earth” will find some similar rewards in this watchable, nicely produced if modestly scaled English-language enterprise, which straddles select thematic
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