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The Many Facets of New Argentine Cinema

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Mubi's retrospective New Argentine Cinema is playing from August 7 - September 28, 2017 in most countries around the world. La CiénagaBeginning in the mid-1990s, young directors, the majority of whom had graduated from one of many film schools in Argentina, began producing low-budget, independent films in a style that earned this group the classification of the New Independent Argentine Cinema.Part of this upsurge had to do with a small grants program that was initiated by the National Film Institute (Incaa) in the mid-1990s. These recent graduates have made short films (cortometrajes), and then have gone on to raise funds through co-production funding (Hubert Bals Fund at the Rotterdam film festival, the Visions Sud Est program from Switzerland, among others). They have relied on their own networks of like-minded young people rather than depend on the traditional film sector structure (the film union, established director’s associations, and the few
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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Steps Out for the First Time Since the Death of Her Controversial Father

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Steps Out for the First Time Since the Death of Her Controversial Father
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is back to work following the death of her father.

The Argentinian-born royal visited the Jessehof homeless center in Delft, Netherlands, on Tuesday after losing her father, Jorge Horacio Zorreguieta, earlier this month. Zorreguieta died at the age 89 following a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on August 8.

Maxima wore a pink and yellow patterned shirtdress with bold pink earrings for her day at the center, where she met with people at the center. Jessehof provides a safe space for the homeless and those dealing with social isolation.

Less than two weeks ago, Maxima — along with her husband,
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Mantarraya Prods. Kicks Off Shoot of ‘Nahui’ (Exclusive)

Mantarraya Prods. Kicks Off Shoot of ‘Nahui’ (Exclusive)
Principal photography on Mantarraya’s artist biopic “Nahui” kicks off Monday in Mexico City with Irene Azuela, who has starred in “Miss Bala” and in Netflix’s “Sense8,” in the titular role.

“It’s our most ambitious film to date,” said Mantarraya’s Jaime Romandia, who describes it as a period piece and the first biopic in the company’s slate.

Azuela plays opposite Julio Bracho whose credits include TV series “El Capo” and Jorge Negrete’s biopic “Cantinflas,” as Dr. Atl, a painter and writer with whom Nahui had a tumultuous affair. Her real name was Carmen Mondragon but Dr. Atl gave her the moniker Nahui Olin, a symbol of Aztec renewal meaning “four movements.” At the peak of her career in the ‘20s and ‘30s, Nahui also posed as a model for the likes of Diego Rivera, Jean Charlot and Edward Weston.

Mantarraya is also prepping another pic with Tort, “Los
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Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)

Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)
Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to “The Long Night of Francisco Santis,” a Cannes hit that established Argentine first-time directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez as emerging talents.

Breaking Glass is planning a limited theatrical opening, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the third quarter of 2017.

“A dark journey of the soul” which makes for an “atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut,” according to Variety, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” was acquired for world sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique, a company which has carved out a reputation for backing notable first movies such as Houda Benyamina’s 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines.”

The Long Night” world-premiered at Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival, where it won best film, then segued to an appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to play a number of festivals – including Busan, Jerusalem and Warsaw – before holding its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival,
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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical announce Neighboring Scenes: New Latin…

The Film Society of Lincoln Center
 and Cinema Tropical announce
 Neighboring Scenes: New Latin…
The Film Society of Lincoln Center

and Cinema Tropical announce

Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American CinemaJanuary 26–31: The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the second annual Neighboring Scenes, a showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema, co-presented with Cinema Tropical

Exhibiting the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today, the festival highlights impressive recent productions from across the region. Featuring titles from Paraguay, Peru, and the Dominican Republic for the first time, as well as films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes celebrates the expanding range of contemporary Latin American filmmaking in its second edition.

“This year, we are pleased to highlight several emerging filmmakers, with many fantastic debut and second films in a range of styles — from political thriller and bleak comedy to observational documentary,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes. “Furthermore, half of the works
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France’s Bodega Films Acquires Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Captain Koblic’ (Exclusive)

France’s Bodega Films Acquires Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Captain Koblic’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Paris-based Bodega Films has acquired French rights to ‘70s thriller “Captain Koblic,” which re-teams “Chinese Take-Out” director Sebastian Borensztein with Argentina’s Ricardo Darin (“The Secret in Their Eyes,” “Wild Tales”), the most bankable of Latin American actors who has never made movies in Hollywood.

Bodega Films will release “Captain Koblic” in theaters across France in early 2017, said Guido Rud at Buenos Aires’ FilmSharks Intl, the movie’s sales agent.

Disney has picked up Latin American rights to the title. Pablo Bossi (“Francis: Pray For Me”), the producer of “Nine Queens,” one of Darin’s international breakthroughs, produces with Juan Pablo Buscarini, Jose Ibanez, Spain’s Atresmedia Cine and Viacom’s newly-bought Telefe, Argentina’s No. 1 broadcast network.

The deal roles off negotiations between Bodega and “Koblic” sales agent FilmSharks Intl. at this month’s Ventana Sur market.

Set during Argentina’s Dirty War, Darin plays a navy captain who,
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‘Neruda,’ ‘Aquarius,’ ‘The Clan,’ ‘Tempestad’ Top 2016 Fenix Awards

‘Neruda,’ ‘Aquarius,’ ‘The Clan,’ ‘Tempestad’ Top 2016 Fenix Awards
Could Chile’s Pablo Larrain, director of Natalie Portman-starrer “Jackie,” snag Oscar nominations for two films this year? With Oscar buzz around Portman’s performance, Larrain’s “Neruda,” Chile’s submission for the foreign-language Academy Award, won the best picture award at Wednesday night’s 3rd Fenix Ibero-American Film Awards in Mexico City.

Open to recent movies from Latin America, Spain and Portugal which open theatrically or snag major festival prizes, the Fenix certainly serve as significant recognition for “Neruda,” which faced off in the best picture category with titles such as Kleber Mendoca’s “Aquarius,” a Cannes competition player, and Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” which won Trapero best director at Venice.

The plaudit will also serve notice to “Neruda’s” distributors. “Neruda,” which won four Fenix Awards in all, has sold nearly around the world but still has to open in most territories, said its sales agent,
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Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)

Puenzos Power Up ‘Argenshow,’ Animation Hybrid ‘Last Wish,’ New TV Dramas, as ‘Unseen’ Bows at Ventana Sur (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Historias Cinematograficas, the family production house boasting the talents of Academy Award winning Luis Puenzo (“The Official Story,” “Old Gringo”) and Lucia Puenzo (“Xxy,” “The German Doctor), plus Nicolas and Esteban Puenzo, has set a 2016-17 production-development slate which must rank as one of the largest of any independent family business in Latin America.

Confirmed in the run-up to Ventana Sur, and presented a few weeks back behind closed doors at Los Cabos, the line-up is bulking, heterogenous, and ambitious. It also represents the latest projects from one of the few companies in Argentina capable of making films which gross seven-figure box office outside Argentina.

Slate takes in Lucia Puenzo’s French-language debut “Bluebeard,” brothers Esteban and Nicolas Puenzo’s feature debuts, two movie projects from Luis Puenzo – one a animated-live action feature, another a historical epic – and two potentially notable TV drama series.

However ranging, the slate
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Afm: FilmSharks inks deals on Ricardo Darin-starring 'Captain Koblic'

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Afm: FilmSharks inks deals on Ricardo Darin-starring 'Captain Koblic'
Exclusive: Spanish-language drama recently premiered in Busan.

FilmSharks has licensed territories on 1970s-set Ricardo Darin thriller Captain Koblic following its recent international premiere in Busan.

Rights have gone in the Us (Somos Distribution), Japan (Only Hearts), Australia and New Zealand (Bonsai), Colombia (Cinecolor) and Turkey (Filmarti).

The Buenos Aires-based sales agent is in advanced talks here with buyers for France, Italy and Germany.

Captain Koblic (formerly Koblic) previously sold to Disney for Latin America, Paris Filmes for Brazil, Dea Planeta for Spain and Seven Films for Greece.

Sebastian Borensztein directed the film about a Navy officer during Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ who refuses to take part in death flights and flees to a coastal city.

There he encounters a thuggish police chief played by Coppa Colpi winner Oscar Martinez.
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[Locarno Review] The Idea of a Lake

If made with the best of intentions to explore the always effective chestnut of memory through photographic means, it’s with great misfortune that, in the case of Milagros Mumenthaler’s second feature, The Idea of a Lake, we instead have to zero in on its predominate bad arthouse trait. Of course, this being that the film seemingly admits defeat: a narrative that circles around a lead character moving fruitlessly towards something they’ll never reach, as if we’re supposed to applaud the same vague statement over and over again.

The misguided lead in question, Ines (Carla Crespo), appearing to be in the third trimester of her pregnancy, a point where, obviously, lineage becomes a greater pressure on the mind. This isn’t helped by her strained relationship with her mother, Tessa (Rosario Bléfari); the telephone exchange that opens Idea of a Lake includes the classic parental line about
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Golden Leopard Winner Milagros Mumenthaler Returns to Locarno With ‘The Idea of a Lake’

Golden Leopard Winner Milagros Mumenthaler Returns to Locarno With ‘The Idea of a Lake’
Locarno — In 2011, it wasn’t just Alpine weather which took Locarno by storm in 2011. “Back to Stay,” an intimate family drama from Milagros Mumenthaler, a then practically-unknown young Swiss-Argentine director, won its top Golden Leopard, best actress and a Fipresci international critics’ award. Five years later, she’s back with her second feature, “The Idea of a Lake,” which says much about the style of film she likes to make as well as her own family past.

Distributed in Italy by Look Now!, “Lake” is freely inspired by “Pozo de aire,” a book of poems and photos by Guadalupe Gaona –also the film’s stills photographer. But there’s a sense of semi-autobiography about it as well. It begins with Ines, an Argentine photographer in her thirties who is pregnant, setting out to publish a book dedicated to the memory of her father. She has only one photo, of a
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Colombian Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Sweeps the 3rd Platino Awards

Colombian Ciro Guerra’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Sweeps the 3rd Platino Awards
Punta Del Este, Uruguay — Making good on its Academy Award nomination, Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” swept the 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards on Sunday night in Uruguay, winning in seven of the eight categories for which it was up for a prize.

Opening Uruguay’s new Punta del Este Convention Center, the 2016 Platinos will go down as serving further and perhaps final kudos recognition for a title which also won the top prize at Cannes’ 2015 Directors’ Fortnight and the Sloan Award at this year’s Sundance Fest, consolidating Guerra’s reputation as one of the most exciting and original talents working out of Latin America today, after two features which garnered acclaim at Cannes (“Wandering Shadows,” “The Wind Journeys”), but hardly the international resonance of “Embrace of the Serpent.”

Though the awards had no clear favourite, “Embrace of the Serpent,” with “Ixcanul,” had scored the most nominations
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Platino Awards: Telefe, Telefonica Studios Board Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Black Snow’ (Exclusive)

Punta Del Este, Uruguay — Argentine TV network Telefe and Telefonica Studios have boarded Martin Hodara’s thriller “Black Snow,” starring Ricardo Darin, signing on as co-production partners.

Axel Kuschevatzky announced the deal to Variety at Punta del Este, the Uruguayan resort where Darin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday night’s 3rd Platino Ibero-American Awards ceremony.

Marking the second feature from Argentina’s Martin Hodara, who teamed with Darin to co-direct 2007’s “La señal,” “Black Snow” is produced by Spanish outfits A Contracorriente Films, Bowfinger International Pictures and Gloriamundi Producciones. Argentina’s Pampa Films and Tieless Media co-produce. Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. handles world sales.

The announcement of the involvement of Telefe, Argentina’s top free-to-air broadcast network, and Telefonica Studios, the production arm of telco giant Telefonica, come as FilmSharks revealed further sales at Punta del Este on another Darin title, Sebastián Borensztein’s “Koblic.”

Opening in Spain (via DeAPlaneta), Argentina and Uruguay
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On Mubi Off #5: "The Official Story" & "Spotlight"

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On Mubi Off is a column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIThe Official Story (Luis Puenzo, 1985)My instinct to stand, whenever possible, slightly outside the zeitgeist leads me to look askew at things like the Academy Awards. To my mind, they're a good excuse to have a party (heavily attended, so I can pay that much less attention to the ceremony itself), though I realize they have a certain fleeting cachet that can boost the prospects of a film or a career. As a metric of quality, however, they're about as worthless as any mass-consensus accolade. I love Oscar-feted films like The Silence of the Lambs and Schindler's List—to name two stopped-clock cases where AMPAS's tastes corresponded to my own—despite and not because of the number of nude
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Jorge Estrada Mora, Argentinian Producer, Dies at 68

Jorge Estrada Mora, a cosmopolitan, multifaceted and enterprising producer who helped take Argentina cinema onto the world stage, died Dec. 9 from a prostate tumor. He was 68.

From the get-go, Estrada Mora’s life and cinema knew few borders. He was born in Colombia, in the Antioquia highlands, educated at Washington and Lee University in Virginia – going on to serve on its board until 2012 — worked in the oil business for Geosource in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Kenya, and settled in Argentina.

It was from Argentina, that he launched an effective second career as a film producer, emerging from the get-go as one of its internationally most ambitious producers.

Among early productions, all set up at Buenos Aires’ Jempsa — which he founded in 1987 — 1987’s “Under the Earth,” from Beda Docampo Feijoo, was set in Poland; 1988’s “Southbound,” from Juan Bautista Stagnaro, shot in Yugoslavia; “The Loves of Kafka,” also Docampo’s, in
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Latin American Filmmakers Touch a Nerve With Politically Charged Movies

Latin American Filmmakers Touch a Nerve With Politically Charged Movies
In Latin America, filmmakers have found a political conscience, and with it, touched a nerve at the box office. Films that deal with government and police corruption, corporate irresponsibility and economic inequality are hitting theaters, as well as bubbling up internationally at festivals such as Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian, the last being the biggest showcase for Latin American and Spanish films and kicks off Sept. 18.

The generation that broke through 10 to 15 years ago is now almost all over 40, says Argentine producer Hernan Musaluppi. The subject matter those filmmakers choose reflects a mature, well-rounded world view that includes political and social opinions, he adds.

These films question the limits of real democratic change after the end of the continent’s dictatorships in the 1980s, or seek to deliver a more nuanced and ethically accurate portrayal of countries’ immediate past or abuse-sodden present.

In Pablo Trapero’s 1980s-set “The Clan,” playing in Venice and Toronto,
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Toronto: Forastero, Rizoma Link for Sandoval’s ‘Lots of Ex, Little Sex’

Chilean director Che Sandoval (“Much Better Than You”) will lend his keen sense of character and sharp ear for dialogue to “Lots of Ex, Little Sex,” from “The Maid” producer Forastero, and Rizoma, a driving force behind the New Argentine Cinema.

Now at a final draft screenplay, “Ex” is being moved at Toronto by Forastero partner Florencia Larrea and its new executive produce, Lucas Engel.

A dramatic comedy, per Sandoval, “Ex” will star Argentine Antonella Costa, who broke through as a Dirty War torture victim in Marco Bellis’ “Olympus Garage,” and starred in Eduardo Mignona’s “The Wind” and Alejandro Chomski’s “Today and Tomorrow.”

Costa plays Marcela, a 35-year-old Argentine singer who was a sex-fiend until 30, then falls in love and, when dumped, become frigid and loses her voice. Finally, she meets Chilean Carlos, who turns her on, and pursues him to Chile, thinking he’s her last chance with a man.
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San Sebastian: ‘Calabozo,’ Burning Sun,’ ‘Broken Years’ Set for Europe-Latin America Co-Pro Forum

Madrid – In what may be highlights of a now firmly established industry meet, Alvaro Brechner’s “Memorias del calabozo,” Israel Adrián Caetano’s “Beneath This Burning Sun” and Gerardo Tort’s “The Broken Years” will be pitched at San Sebastián’s upcoming Europe-Latin American Co-production Forum, along with Carlos Ameglio’s “Kiken” and Marite Ugas’ “Contactado.”

Now in its fourth edition, the Forum is a fest fixture. Indeed, running parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress over Sept. 21-23, it forms San Sebastian’s industry backbone, attracting a large third-party presence. A Focus on Canada, for instance, will run alongside the Forum, facilitating contacts between the Latin American, Spanish and Canadian producers in San Sebastian.

Three factors mark something of a departure at the Forum, however. As San Sebastian drives to shore up its world premiere credentials, it is insisting evermore that Forum projects are first looks: 11 of the
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Leonardo Sbaragalia, Rachida Brakni to Star in ‘11,247’

Leonardo Sbaragalia, Rachida Brakni to Star in ‘11,247’
Paris – Leonardo Sbaragalia (“Wild Tales”) and Rachida Brakni (“The Straight Line”) are attached to star in “11,247,” a psycho thriller set up at Spain’s Tornasol Films and Argentina’s Haddock Films, producers of Oscar-winning “The Secret in their Eyes.”

Like “Secret,” “11,247” explores what its director, Gabriel Mamruth, calls “the collateral damage” of Argentina’s Dirty War, waged by its Junta dictatorship, with a character setting out to discover the truth behind an life-changing event: Here, the discovery by a Spain-based Interpol agent, that his father, who supposedly disappeared during the dictatorship, is still alive, living under a false identity in Paris.

But when Lucas finally confronts his father, the truth is not as black-and-white as he may have expected, Mamruth explained at Small is Biutiful, a key Spanish film project forum that, part of the Paris Spanish film festival Different 8!, took place Friday in Paris.

Rodolfo de Souza (“Cartagena”) will play Lucas’ father.
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‘11247,’ ‘Morir,’ ‘3Lorca3,’ Set For 2015 Small is Biutiful

‘11247,’ ‘Morir,’ ‘3Lorca3,’ Set For 2015 Small is Biutiful
Madrid – “3Lorca3,” a directorial three-hander from Luis Miñarro, Roberto Gaston and Karim Ainouz, Fernando Franco’s “Morir” and “11247,” one of the latest projects from Academy Award winners Tornasol and Haddock Films, will be presented at 2015’s Small is Biutiful, a prestige Paris co-production forum for Spanish films.

Organized by Espagnolas en Paris and the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Cannes’ Marché du Film – a powerful combo – Small is Biutiful forms part of Different! The Other Spanish Cinema, firmly established as the major Spanish film fest/industry event in Paris. Now in its eighth edition, it serves as a significant industry corridor between edgier indie projects in Spain and France’s art-house/crossover industry, by far the largest in Europe.

Different8! kicks off June 12 with Rendez-vous a l’Opera!, a Spanish film sales event attended this year by a record 44 French distribution execs, plus the sales agents – Film Factory,
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