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Juan Manuel Zúñiga Develops First Feature ‘Mongo’

Juan Manuel Zúñiga, whose graduation short “Number Eighty” competes at Mexico’s Morelia’s Festival, is preparing his debut feature “Mongo.”

An intimate emigration drama “Eighty” turns on Chano, a illegal Mexican immigrant deported back to his homeland after spending most of his life in the U.S. As he rebuilds an old motorcycle with a retired racer, he learns where his home really is.

Immigration movies “usually focus on people who cross the U.S. border to the U.S., ignoring those that have built a whole life and family there. If they’re deported, they’re supposed to feel like they’re back home. But all they have is solitude.”

An aim of Mexico’s prestigious Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica film school, Zúñiga first short, “Don Sabás,” was a fest favourite, snagging a nomination for the 2012 Student Academy Awards. Zúñiga worked as an assistant producer on Francisco Vargas’ “The Violin,
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Stockholm unveils 2015 line-up; Ai Weiwei to attend

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Stockholm unveils 2015 line-up; Ai Weiwei to attend
Full line-up of the Stockholm film festival includes feature and documentary competition line-ups.Scroll down for full line-up

The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 11-22) has unveiled the line-up for its 26th edition, comprising more than 190 films from over 70 countries.

The Stockholm Xxvi Competition includes Marielle Heller’s Us title The Diary of a Teenage Girl and László Nemes’ Holocaust drama Son Of Saul.

It marks the first time Stockholm has a greater number of women than men competing for the Bronze Horse – the festival’s top prize.

The documentary competition includes Amy Berg’s An Open Secret, an investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry; and Cosima Spender’s Palio, centred on the annual horse race in Siena, Italy.

Announcing the programme, festival director Git Scheynius also revealed that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will visit Stockholm for the first time as chairman of the jury for the first Stockholm Impact Award, which
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France’s Pyramide Intl. Takes Guatemala Drama ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)

France’s Pyramide Intl. Takes Guatemala Drama ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)
Madrid – One of Europe’s most prestigious arthouse companies, Paris-based production-distribution-sales house Pyramide whose sales slate includes the Oscar-nominated “Leviathan,” has taken world sales rights to Chema Rodriguez’s feature film project “Seven Hours,” a portrait of the devastating psychological ravages of Guatemala’s Civil War.

Co-penned by Rodriguez (“Nightfall in India,” “The Railroad All Stars”) and Mexico’s Francisco Vargas (“The Violin”), “Seven Hours” is now scheduled to shoot late October, said “Seven Hours” producer Jose Nolla.

“I am delighted to sign one more Latin American film which is a cinematography we care a lot about here at Pyramide. ‘Seven Hours’ is a beautiful script, poetic and political; we were deeply moved by the story and the way this very contemporary subject is handled. We believe it is going to be a strong film in the vein of ‘La jaula de oro’ and ‘Ixcanul,’” said Pyramide head Eric Lagesse.
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Mexico’s Camara Carnal and France’s Noodles Join Chema Rodriguez’s ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)

Mexican filmmaker Francisco Vargas, the driving force behind international fest hit “The Violin,” is teaming with Spanish companies Producciones Sin Un Duro and Jose Nolla’s Iconica plus French outfit Noodles Prods to co-produce Spaniard Chema Rodriguez’s Guatemalan civil war drama “Siete horas” (Seven Hours).

Co-penned by Rodriguez (“Nightfall in India,” “The Railroad All Stars”) and Vargas, project has just won a Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund award for Mexican projects in development stage at the 3rd Los Cabos International Film Festival.

Set in the early ’80s in the GuatemalaN village of Rio Negro, during the country’s ghastly civil war, “Seven Hours” turns on the last days that a small boy, called Jesus Tecu Osorio, lived as “adopted son” in the house of one of the men who killed his family and another 177 women and children.

In wrenching detail, “Seven hours” records Jesus lying on his stomach, listening to
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400 Screens, 400 Blows - Sleepers of 2008

400 Screens, 400 Blows is a weekly column that takes an in-depth look at the films playing below the radar, beneath the top ten, and on 400 screens or less.

With awards season in full bore, I thought I would go back and look at some of the year's most wonderful sleepers, the films that "fell through the cracks" and are not appearing in awards lists or on top ten lists -- one reason being that they came out earlier in the year and were not issued on "for your consideration" Academy DVD screeners. I'd like to start with one of the most overlooked great films of the year, one that was virtually ignored by both the press and the public: The Dark Knight. Just kidding. Let's start by looking at The Violin, which is very much worth tracking down. 2006 was the year of the much-publicized "Mexican New Wave," and most writers focused
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Gilles Jacob's picks for 08' edition of the Cannes Résidence

  • Sort of like what the Sundance labs do to nurture promising (mostly U.S) filmmaker talent, the Cannes Résidence, presided by Gilles JacobGilles Jacob
[/link], does the exact same with world talents. This year's six new candidates include the Mexican helmer Francisco Vargas Quevedo whose festival favortie El Violin (The Violin) garnered international acclaim and he is joined by Rebecca Daly (Irish, 28 years old), Nikias Chryssos (German, 29 years old), Adrian Sitaru (Romanian, 36 years old), Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguayan, 35 years old) and Yang Heng (Chinese, 32 years old). Each year twelve participants are selected and invited to live in Paris for four and a half months as they embark on a course designed to help them in the writing and production of their films, with invaluable help and support from film professionals. The Résidence has received more than ninety directors since 2000, and assisted in the making of some fifty films. Recent examples include
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'Road' leads to top nods at Miami fest

'Road' leads to top nods at Miami fest
NEW YORK -- Andrea Arnold's Scottish thriller Red Road took home the World Cinema features $25,000 prize and the International Federation of Film Critics prize at the 24th annual Miami International Film Festival.

The awards were announced Saturday along with the news that the fest's director for the past five years, Nicole Guillemet, will be succeeded by former 20th Century Fox Theatrical marketing director and inaugural 2003 Bangkok International Film Festival executive director Patrick de Bokay. Guillemet's departure was announced in December.

Marco Williams' international look at prisoner love stories, Banished, won the $25,000 best documentary jury prize, and Francisco Vargas Quevedo's Mexican political drama The Violin (El Violin) won the $25,000 Ibero-American dramatic features prize.

Audience awards in the three main categories went to Dror Shaul's Israeli coming-of-age tale Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) in the World Cinema section, Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo's thriller The Night of the Sunflowers (La Noche de Los Girasoles) in the Ibero-American dramatic feature section and Alberto Arvelo's Venezuelan youth orchestra docu To Play and To Fight (Tocar y Luchar) in the documentary features group.

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2006 Preview

  • Official Festival Site October 18th to the 28th, 2007Counting Down: updateCountdownClock('October 18, 2006'); Today begins the oldest film festival in Canada, and yet at age 35 the fest shows no signs of aging. Young, hip and avant-garde this yearâ€.s selection gathers the more challenging titles from Cannes and Toronto with a pinch of picks from Sundance and Berlin. In a city with an haute reputation for its fests, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is a gathering place for up-and-coming talents. From October 18th to 28th, there are a good chunk of films worth checking out (let us not forget the shorts, tributes, retrospectives, professional gatherings and events), below youâ€.ll find the complete listing plus for the sake of sanity we also posted on a seperate page a top 10 suggestion list of films that are worth the price of admission.                 International Selection: Louve dâ€.Or The International Selection includes first,
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Wang drives 'Car' to win

CANNES -- Chinese director Wang Chao scooped the Prix Un Certain Regard here Sunday, the top prize in the Festival de Cannes' sidebar, for his film Luxury Car. The film follows the journey of an aging country teacher who goes to the city to find his missing son, and finds his daughter is working there as a prostitute. The Certain Regard special jury prize went to Rolf de Heer's ancient Aborigine tale Ten Canoes. Best actor honors in the sidebar were shared by Dorothea Petre for her performance in How I Celebrated the End of the World from Romanian helmer Catalin Mitulescu and Don Angel Tavira for his role in The Violin by Mexico's Francisco Vargas.

San Sebastian fest announces Films in Progress dates

San Sebastian fest announces Films in Progress dates
MADRID -- The Films in Progress section of the 53rd annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, intended to facilitate postproduction for films from South America and Spain that are experiencing problems in completion, will run Sept. 20-21, festival organizers announced Tuesday. This year's selected titles include El Bano del Papa, directed by Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone (Uruguay); E Proibido Proibir, directed by Jorge Duran (Brazil); Esas no son Penas, directed by Anahi Hoeneisen and Daniel Andrade (Ecuador); La Perrera, directed by Manuel Nieto (Uruguay); El Rey de San Gregorio, directed by Alfonso Gazitua (Chile); El Telon de Azucar, directed by Camila Guzman (France-Cuba); and El Violin, directed by Francisco Vargas (Mexico).

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