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‘Roma,’ ‘Birds of Passage’ Carry Latin America’s Best Hopes of Oscar Glory

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‘Roma,’ ‘Birds of Passage’ Carry Latin America’s Best Hopes of Oscar Glory
Ever since 2009 when two Latin American films, Argentine winner “The Secret in Their Eyes” and Peru’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” were shortlisted for the foreign-language film Oscar, roughly every other year a Latino movie has secured a nom in that category.

However, only three pics since the 1940s have brought home the top prize, as Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” did earlier this year, preceded by Argentina with “The Secret in Their Eyes” in 2009 and “The Official Story” in 1985.

But the region’s native sons have done better in other categories. In recent years, a Mexican director has won the Academy Award for direction and snagged a best picture win or nomination for his film. Alfonso Cuaron won multiple Oscars for “Gravity” in 2014, followed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, who triumphed in 2015 and 2016 and Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water” in March.

Cuaron’s evocative black-and-white opus “Roma
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Bernardo Zupnik Selected as Argentina’s Academy President

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Bernardo Zupnik, one of the Argentine film industry’s most senior figures, has been voted in as the president of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cecilia Roth, famed for her performances in early Pedro Almodovar films, will serve as vice-president, and producer-turned-director Juan Vera, who has just debuted behind the camera with Ricardo Darín starrer “An Unexpected Love,” is the Academy’s new second vice-president.

The appointment marks the latest career turn for Zupnik, one of Argentina’s most famous independent distributors who headed for years, along with his daughter Paula Zupnik, Distribution Co., which released many of the largest U.S. independent and Argentine titles, such as 2009 Oscar winner “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which grossed $9.3 million domestically. He has also held public sector positions such as deputy director of the Argentine Film Institute (Incaa).

His appointment comes as Incaa is under increasing fiscal pressure,
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Top Spanish Series at Mipcom

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Top Spanish Series at Mipcom
The Accident

(Mediaset-Globomedia)

Starring Inma Cuesta (“Julieta”), a thriller about a wife discovering the truth about her husband.

Sales Agent: Eccho Rights

Arde Madrid

(Movistar Plus, Andy Joke)

Warmly received at San Sebastian, a B&W comedy-thriller half-hour set in 1961 Madrid’s Dolce Vita, featuring Ava Gardner.

A Different View

(Boomerang, Rtve)

A suspense dramedy portrait of the Spanish society in the ’20s, via a traditionalist Lycee in the provinces.

El Continental

(Gossip Events & Productions, Rtve)

One of Rtve’s big plays, a 10-hour, 1920’s set gang war thriller, with Alex Garcia and Michelle Jenner (“Isabel”).

Hierro

(Movistar Plus, Arte, Portocabo, Atlantique)

Movistar Plus’ first international co-production and Portocabo’s calling card, a murder investigation set against spectacular landscapes of the mid-Atlantic Hierro.

Sales Agent: Banijay Rights

Gigantes

(Movistar Plus, Lazona Producciones)

Building buzz before its San Sebastian Fest world premiere, Enrique Urbizu’s brutal Madrid crime family parable on the legacy of violence,
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Argentina's Cannes title 'The Angel' among latest foreign-language Oscar entries

Argentina's Cannes title 'The Angel' among latest foreign-language Oscar entries
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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'El Angel' to represent Argentina in Oscar foreign-language category

'El Angel' to represent Argentina in Oscar foreign-language category
Serial killer drama premiered in Un Certain Regard.

Luis Ortega’s El Angel has been selected as Argentina’s foreign-language Oscar submission, following in a rich tradition that most recently saw his country win the prize for The Secret In Their Eyes in 2010.

The Orchard holds Us rights to the true story based on the life of serial killer Carlitos, whose murderous spree terrorised Buenos Aires in the early 1970s. Newcomer Lorenzo Ferro stars with Chino Darín.

Pedro Almodóvar presents El Angel, which premiered in Un Certain Regard and screened at Tiff. The Orchard will release in New York and
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Oscars: Argentina Picks Luis Ortega’s ‘The Angel’ For Foreign Language Race

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Argentina has selected Luis Ortega’s well-received Cannes Film Festival crime drama The Angel (El Angel) as its contender for the Foreign Language Oscar. The film, produced by Pedro Almodóvar, broke box office records in its home country; The Orchard acquired U.S. rights after its Un Certain Regard bow and has set a November 9 theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles for the film before rolling it out nationally.

The pic from Ortega, who directed and co-wrote with Sergio Olguin and Rodolfo Palacios, is a portrait based on Argentina’s real-life serial killer dubbed “The Angel of Death.” The pic picks up the story when Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro), a 17-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face in 1970s Buenos Aires, meets Ramon (Chino Darín) who embark on a journey of discovery, love and murder. When he is finally caught, the press dubs Carlitos “The
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Toronto: Juan José Campanella’s ‘The Weasels’ Acquired by Latido Films (Exclusive)

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Latido is bringing onto the Toronto market “The Weasels,” the first live-action film from Argentina’s Juan José Campanella since he won a foreign-language Oscar for “The Secret in Their Eyes” in 2010.

Latido will introduce the film to buyers via what Latido head Antonio Saura describes as a “pre-trailer.”

“The Weasels” reunites the sales agent and most of the high-pedigree production team behind “The Secret in Their Eyes:” Campanella’s Buenos Aires label 100 Bares and top Argentine network Telefe, which is a Viacom Intl. Media Networks company, produce the pic, in co-production with Spain’s Tornasol (“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”) and Argentina’s Jempsa, whose late head, Jorge Estrada Mora, produced five of Campanella’s films.

“The Weasels” returns Campanella to the semi-comedic mode, but hardly same comic tone, of 2001’s Oscar-nominated “The Son of the Bride.”

Based on an Argentine classic, 1976’s “Los muchachos de antes no usaban arsénico,
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Film News Roundup: Women Moviegoers Show Support for ‘Aquaman,’ ‘Venom’

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Film News Roundup: Women Moviegoers Show Support for ‘Aquaman,’ ‘Venom’
In today’s film news roundup, female moviegoers are most excited to see “Aquaman,” Matt Jackson starts his own company, and a Columbian thriller is getting a Korean remake.

Survey

Aquaman,” “Venom,” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” are the upcoming movies that female moviegoers are most excited to see, according to a survey by Atom Tickets.

The online ticket seller announced the results Friday in celebration and support of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, and launched a digital and social media campaign to promote Women’s Equality Day with a ticketing offer of half off a movie ticket for first-time buyers.

The results were based on an Aug. 23 survey of 10,000 women who are “frequent moviegoers.” “Night School” was ranked as the most-anticipated comedy title in the survey. Women ranked their favorite genre as action/adventure, followed by comedy and sci-fi/fantasy.

An overwhelming number of women (90%) said
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Producer Matt Jackson Launches Jackson Pictures, Sets First-Look Deal With eOne

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Veteran producer Matt Jackson, whose credits include Molly’s Game and Southside with You, has launched Jackson Pictures and secured a first-look deal with eOne.

Jackson was an executive at several production companies over his long career and was president of production at Im Global when he was named head of film production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Company in 2016. Mgc was acquired by eOne in January and the latter company’s Joanne Lee is joining Jackson Pictures as vp.

“Matt is a talented executive who helped us build a diverse slate of films at a critical point in The Mark Gordon Company’s trajectory before we were fully acquired by eOne,” said Mark Gordon, now Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer of Film, Television and Digital. “I appreciate his contributions and look forward to working alongside him as an independent producer on future films.”

Said
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Iciar Bollain, Isaki Lacuesta, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Carlos Vermut Join San Sebastian Competition

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Iciar Bollain, Isaki Lacuesta, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Carlos Vermut Join San Sebastian Competition
Madrid — New movies from recent San Sebastian Golden Shell winners – Carlos Vermut’s “Quién te cantará” and Isaki Lacuesta’s “Entre dos aguas” – will screen in main competition this year along with Iciar Bollaín’s “Yuli” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “The Realm.”

Announcing the complete line-up of Spanish films at San Sebastian in Madrid on Friday, San Sebastian director José Luis Rebordinos also confirmed that Enrique Urbizu’s “Giants,” one of the most-awaited of upcoming Movistar + original series, will world premiere out of competition at the Spanish festival, the highest-profile in the Spanish-speaking world.

An explosive mix of downbeat social realism, notable style, darker psychological portraits and edgy and varying genre beats has turned Carlos Vermut (“Magical Girl”) into one of Spain’s most courted young filmmakers. A female-centric melodrama, produced by Enrique Lopez-Lavigne’s Apache Films and sold by Film Factory Entertainment, “Quién te cantará” stars Najwa Nimri (“Sex and Lucia
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Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)

Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)
This year, a record 928 people were invited to join the motion picture academy and will be eligible to vote for the 2019 Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous four years: 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.

The executive committee of the branch must endorse the application before forwarding it to the Board of Governors for final approval.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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Annecy: India’s Green Gold Boards Gastón Gorali’s ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)

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Annecy, France — India’s Green Gold Animation has boarded 3D animated musical comedy “Escape to India,” it was announced at Annecy’s Mifa. The company will co-produce alongside Gastón Gorali of Argentina’s Mundoloco, who’s producing his first feature.

“When Gastón told me about the idea and showed me the character sketches, I immediately fell in love with the project. We felt emotionally connected with the storyline, and more importantly, we loved all the talent involved in ‘Underdogs’,” said Green Gold Animation CEO Rajiv Chilaka, referring to the 2013 animated feature directed by Mundoloco co-founder Juan José Campanella.

Based in Hyderabad, Green Gold Animation also has offices in L.A. and Singapore. The studio specializes in animation for TV, with two of its three toon features ready for release: “Hanuman vs. Mahiravana,” which is based on an untold myth from the ancient Indian epic poem “Ramayana,” and “Kung Fu Dhamaka,
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Paramount Pictures Commits to First Local Movie in Argentina: ‘Re Loca’ (Exclusive)

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In a historic move, Paramount Pictures has acquired all Latin American distribution rights to Argentine women’s empowerment comedy “Re Loca,” marking the Hollywood studio’s first local movie in Argentina.

Re Loca” also represents the first project partnering Paramount and Argentina’s Telefe, both units of Viacom since Viacom bought broadcast network Telefe in November 2016, adding it to Viacom International Media Networks Americas.

Like Vimn America’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Brazil’s Porta Dos Fundos, one of the country’s hippest comedy creators with a huge online following, Viacom’s purchase of Telefe was designed to drive up its Spanish-language content ownership. “Re Loca” is one movie example of how that strategy can now play out, leveraging and twinning Viacom assets.

Produced by Telefe, along with Sebastián Aloi’s Buenos Aires production house Aeroplano, “Re Loca” stars Natalia Oreiro as Pilar, a downtrodden copywriter at an
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Netflix’s Narcos Star Says I Love Zombies

The star of Netflix hit series Narcos Juan Pablo Raba will topline black comedy-horror film I Love Zombies. Henry Rivero (El Comandante) will co-direct alongside César Oropeza (Puras joyitas), author of both the screenplay and the popular graphic novel. On top of that, Variety reports that Goya Award winner Marcelo Pont Vergés (The Secret in Their Eyes), […]

The post Netflix’s Narcos Star Says I Love Zombies appeared first on Dread Central.
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Cannes: Juan Pablo Raba, of Netflix’s ‘Narcos,’ to Star in ‘I Love Zombies’ (Exclusive)

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Cannes: Juan Pablo Raba, of Netflix’s ‘Narcos,’ to Star in ‘I Love Zombies’ (Exclusive)
Colombian thesp Juan Pablo Raba, the star of Netflix hit series “Narcos,” will topline black comedy-horror film co-production “I Love Zombies,” which teams Colombia’s MadLove with Georgia’s Alief and Zentropa Spain.

Henry Rivero (“El Comandante”) will co-direct alongside César Oropeza (“Puras joyitas”), author of both the screenplay and the popular graphic novel that inspired it. Goya Award winner Marcelo Pont Vergés (“The Secret in Their Eyes”), the comic-book illustrator, is also attached as film production designer.

The co-production partnership was confirmed at Cannes by MadLove co-founders Natalia Agudelo and Nicolás Herreño with Alief‘s Miguel Govea and Brett Walker, and David Matamoros and Angeles Hernández at Zentropa Spain.

“I Love Zombies” was selected for Ventana Sur’s Beyond The Window pitch sessions last year. The film narrates a dystopian tale of socio-political intrigue with dark humor and action, where a Central Government’s suicide expedition enters into devastated
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Ricardo Darin-Mercedes Moran Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Sells To France, Russia, Israel For FilmSharks

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Exclusive: Argentinian rom-com An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado) featuring Latin giants Ricardo Darin and Mercedes Moran — who are both in Cannes with different movies — has been picked up on promo at the market for France, Russia and Israel.

Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks has closed deals with Eurozoom for France, Big Film for Russia and Cis and Nachson Film for Israel. This follows deals announced yesterday with Filmax for Spain, Alpha Films for Brazil, Wiesner Distribution for Central America, Cinecolor for Peru, Colombia and Chile, Av Jet for Taiwan, and Feelgood for Greece. Additional deals are pending. As previously announced, Buena Vista International will launch the movie in South America in August on more than 300 prints.

In the Spanish-language movie, The Secret In Their Eyes star Darin and La Cienaga actress Moran play a married couple who try to separate and realize they preferred life when they were together. Juan Vera directs.
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‘A Fantastic Woman’: Groundbreaking transgender love story on track to win Chile its 1st Oscar for Best Foreign Film

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‘A Fantastic Woman’: Groundbreaking transgender love story on track to win Chile its 1st Oscar for Best Foreign Film
“I hope I’m the last cisgender man playing a transgender woman,” said Jeffrey Tambor when he won his second Emmy for playing Maura Pfefferman in “Transparent” in 2016. That series arrived at a moment when the conversation around transgender representation was evolving from a call for greater representation of transgender characters in general to a call for more transgender actors to be hired to actually play those roles. Now “A Fantastic Woman” is helping to break that ground with its transgender protagonist played by a transgender actress leading the way to a potential first ever Oscar victory for Chile.

Daniela Vega stars in the film as a trans woman whose lover dies suddenly, leaving her in a tense conflict with his surviving family. It’s nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, and it’s likely to win according to our latest predictions. Based on the combined forecasts
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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake

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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake
Sony Pictures' A Prophet remake may finally be moving forward, despite practically no activity on the project since director Sam Raimi came aboard back in January 2016. Today we have word that the studio is still hoping to start production sometime this year, and a new report claims the director has reached out to Michael B. Jordan to play the lead role of Marcos Colon, with Josh Brolin being eyed to portray Cesar. Those roles were portrayed by Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup in the original film from Jacques Audiard, although the Marcos Colon role was named Malik El Djebena.

That Hashtag Show broke the news today, revealing that director Sam Raimi is hoping to start production by the end of this year, so even if Michael B. Jordan or Josh Brolin don't fill those roles, we certainly may hear more about casting soon. This project has been in the works for quite some time,
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