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Sergio Diaz (‘Roma’ sound editor) on evoking the Mexico City of Alfonso Cuaron’s past, from the rich to the poor [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sergio Diaz (‘Roma’ sound editor) on evoking the Mexico City of Alfonso Cuaron’s past, from the rich to the poor [Exclusive Video Interview]
Because “Roma” is based on Alfonso Cuaron‘s own experiences growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s, sound editor Sergio Diaz spent a lot of time with the director talking about “his memories.” Together, they wanted to weave together “all the specific sounds in that period,” which required Diaz to do his “own research.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Skip Lievsay (‘Roma’ sound mixer) on Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘insane approach to making movies’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Diaz did “many, many passes” on the soundtrack, providing “different options” for the director to choose from. He searched far and wide for “the bird sounds in Mexico City, for the car sounds, for the atmospheres, for the vendors,” keeping in mind the specific period he needed to convey in this story of a poor maid (Yalitza Aparicio) working for a middle-class family.

After amassing these various audio elements Diaz needed to “build specific
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‘Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race

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‘Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race
“You have a first image,” Alfonso Cuarón said. “You just know that it is always going to be there. You don’t question that.” For “Children of Men,” it was a pregnant woman with a baby, fighting through a parting crowd. For “Roma,” he said, “the first image that triggered everything was Cleo walking up the metal stairs to the rooftop.”

Set in 1971 in his old neighborhood in Mexico City, “Roma” is a deeply personal portrait of the filmmaker’s beloved nanny, who got pregnant out of wedlock when he was a child, and still lives in his family home to this day. As he was conjuring the movie, Cuarón told his brother Carlos (who co-wrote Oscar-nominated “Y Tu Mama Tambien”): “I want to do it. I just know that I need to do it. I don’t know if people are going to see it.”

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‘Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race

‘Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race
“You have a first image,” Alfonso Cuarón said. “You just know that it is always going to be there. You don’t question that.” For “Children of Men,” it was a pregnant woman with a baby, fighting through a parting crowd. For “Roma,” he said, “the first image that triggered everything was Cleo walking up the metal stairs to the rooftop.”

Set in 1971 in his old neighborhood in Mexico City, “Roma” is a deeply personal portrait of the filmmaker’s beloved nanny, who got pregnant out of wedlock when he was a child, and still lives in his family home to this day. As he was conjuring the movie, Cuarón told his brother Carlos (who co-wrote Oscar-nominated “Y Tu Mama Tambien”): “I want to do it. I just know that I need to do it. I don’t know if people are going to see it.”

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Cinepolis Nabs Worldwide on Horror Pic ‘My Favorite Birthday’ (Exclusive)

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Cinepolis Nabs Worldwide on Horror Pic ‘My Favorite Birthday’ (Exclusive)
In line with its continued bid to release a diversity of strong titles, Cinepolis Distribution has picked up all worldwide distribution rights to horror drama “My Favorite Birthday” (“Mi Cumpleaños Favorito”) by helmer-scribe Agustin ‘Oso’ Tapia (“Club Eutanasia”).

Tapia has described “Birthday” as “a story where two genres collide: Film noir with the supernatural.” The horror pic follows a young girl about to turn seven who receives a magical puppet theater for her birthday. The unusual gift allows her to spy on unsuspecting adults around her.

Seasoned film and TV producer Leonardo Zimbron and genre producer Beatriz Bouras (“Influencia”) are producing the drama, which is currently shooting on location.

Fernanda Castillo, wildly popular for her performance in Mexican box office hit “Ya Veremos,” leads the cast along with Juan Rios and Ivan Arana.

“Horror is without a doubt one of Mexico’s most representative genres,” said Zimbron. “It’s wonderful
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Gael García Bernal to Star in Jonas Cuarón Showtime Drama About Undocumented Immigrants

Gael García Bernal to Star in Jonas Cuarón Showtime Drama About Undocumented Immigrants
Gael García Bernal is reteaming with Jonas Cuarón and they’re heading for TV.

Deadline reported on Friday that Showtime has made a pilot commitment to a new drama that will bring together García Bernal and series creator Cuarón for the first time since the latter’s 2015 thriller “Desierto.” The as-yet-untitled project will be based on Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s book “Undocumented America,” which is due to be released next summer.

Read More: Pablo Larraín Is Shooting a New Movie With Gael García Bernal in Chile — Exclusive

García Bernal would play an undocumented immigrant who poses as an immigration officer to help rescue his wife from Ice custody. The Deadline story describes the series as “an emotional thriller about a man enmeshed in a dangerous double life; torn between his desire to help in any way possible and his family.” Immigration also formed a major part of the plot of “Desierto,
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Gael García Bernal To Star In Showtime Undocumented Immigrants Drama With Pilot Commitment From Makeready

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Gael García Bernal To Star In Showtime Undocumented Immigrants Drama With Pilot Commitment From Makeready
Exclusive: Showtime has given a pilot commitment to an untitled drama starring and executive produced by Golden Globe Award winner Gael García Bernal (Mozart In the Jungle) and created by Jonás Cuarón (Gravity).

Lie To Me creator Sam Baum will also serve as an executive producer, along with journalist and Daca recipient, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, whose upcoming book Undocumented America inspired the series. Brad Weston’s Makeready and Showtime will serve as studio co-production partners.

The as-of-yet untitled project centers on a Mexican-American family man living undocumented in the United States. When his wife is detained by Ice, desperate and resourceful undocumented immigrant Marco (Bernal) assumes the identity of an immigration officer to rescue her. The project is an emotional thriller about a man enmeshed in a dangerous double life; torn between his desire to help in any way possible and his family.

Weston, Pam Abdy, and Scott Nemes will
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The Wall Review

Doug Liman’s The Wall faces the same problem as Netflix’s Sand Castle – is there anything left unsaid about an already mass-criticized Iraq invasion? We’ve heard it all. Government debriefings, conspiracy theories, oil-slick motivations. At this point – almost a decade after occupancy began to wind down – what more is there to exploit? Not much, which is why writer Dwain Worrell draws up this cat-and-mouse sniper battle like a modern-times Enemy At The Gates. One location, sun-soaked tension and a maniac shooter with his sights locked on American troopers. Imagine Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto, except instead of Jeffrey Dean Morgan hunting Mexican border crossers, a Middle Eastern man takes exception to the flag-waving “invaders” who just want to “help.”

Stop me if you’ve heard/seen/experienced these patriotic paradoxes before.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Sergeant Allen Isaac – “Eyes” for short – who’s 22 hours into a military stakeout with
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The Rock's Rampage Gets Walking Dead Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The Rock's Rampage Gets Walking Dead Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Back in February, Dwayne Johnson revealed that production will begin on Rampage in April, while sharing that his character is a "Primatologist" who serves as the head of an anti poaching unit in Rwanda. Since then, the cast has started to come together, with Naomie Harris playing a geneticist who teams up with Dwayne Johnson's character, and Malin Akerman portraying the villain, the head of the corporation responsible for creating the three monsters seen in the film. Today we have word that the cast has gotten even bigger, with The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan signing on.

Deadline reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will portray Agent Russell, who works for a secret government agency known as Oga, with the character described as someone who, "rolls with serious swagger and attitude." It isn't known if he has any connection to Dwayne Johnson's character or not. Regardless, he joins
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Stx, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ and Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio

Stx, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ and Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio
After two years, Stx Entertainment has “Bad Moms,” “The Gift” … and more than a half-dozen other titles that range from near misses (“Desierto”) to outright flops (“The Bye Bye Man”). Never mind, said motion picture group chairman Adam Fogelson at his studio’s CinemaCon presentation Tuesday. He’s more than confident that his studio’s next chapter — or as he called it, “Stx 2.0” — is filled with hitmakers.

Read More: Stx Entertainment Acquires Jonás Cuarón-Directed Tiff Winner

Fogelson began by pointing to his studio’s early wins including “Bad Moms.” Starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, it took in $113 million domestic on its way to becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of 2016. A sequel, “A Bad Moms Christmas,” goes into production next month with a November 3 release date.

Fogelson noted that of the 10 movies Stx has released in 19 months, five have starred or were directed by women. “We have
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Alfonso Cuarón is Done Filming ‘Roma,’ Says It’s The Movie He ‘Always Dreamed of’ Making

Alfonso Cuarón is Done Filming ‘Roma,’ Says It’s The Movie He ‘Always Dreamed of’ Making
Alfonso Cuarón is back! The filmmaker has remained relatively quiet since winning Best Director at the Oscars three years ago for “Gravity,” but at a press conference (via Filmeweb) in Mexico earlier today, he confirmed he has finished production on his next movie, a family drama titled “Roma.” This is the first time the title has been revealed.

Read More: How Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki Faked Their Way Through Film School

News broke last September that Cuarón would be directing a new movie set in Mexico, his first since “Y Tu Mamá También” made him a star on the international film circuit. At the time, the only details around the project were that it would be set in the 1970s and follow the year in the life of a middle-class family. The director is remaining tight-lipped on plot details for now, but he did reveal just how important it
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New to Streaming: ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro)

Crimson Peak works as many things: a melodramatic romance; both the recreation of a period and a revival of the way movies have made us perceive it; a genre-jumping comedy; and a critique of capitalistic excess. It does these things earnestly and without compromise, and it’s far braver — far more admirable — for having done so. What Guillermo del Toro’s new film doesn
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Oscar Nominees 'Manchester by the Sea,' 'Hacksaw Ridge' Hit Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Loving (historical romantic drama; Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga; rated PG-13) Almost Christmas (romantic comedy; Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover; rated PG-13) Trolls (animated comedy; voices: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffery Tambor; rated PG) Baby, Baby, Baby (comedy-drama; Brian Klugman, Adrianne Palicki; rated R) American Pastoral (crime drama; Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly; rated R) Desierto (action-drama; Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan; rated...

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Ventana Sur: Morbido TV to launch in two weeks

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Ventana Sur: Morbido TV to launch in two weeks
Mexico’s renowned Morbido Fest is moving forward with its latest brand extension as brass prepare to launch the long-awaited pay-tv channel backed by Alex Garcia’s Ag Studios and have set their sights on reaching Us audiences by late 2017.

Morbido Fest CEO Pablo Guisa Koestinger and Mexican genre master Adrián Garciá Bogliano are in Buenos Aires at the Ventana Sur market to secure rights from producers to a raft of new and catalogue horror, fantasy and sci-fi content.

Scherzo Diabolico and Here Comes The Devil director Bogliano acts as general coordinator of the channel, which is scheduled to launch in Mexico in two weeks and in March as an app-based streaming platform throughout Latin America, excluding Brazil.

Speaking on Wednesday on a genre festival panel at the market’s Blood Window sidebar, Koestinger said all films will play in their original language with subtitles.

Morbido TV plans to include Brazilian content once it can afford to provide
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Arthouse Audit: ‘Moonlight’ Shines as Iggy Pops With ‘Gimme Danger’

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Moonlight’ Shines as Iggy Pops With ‘Gimme Danger’
Moonlight” (A24) remains the top story. Barry Jenkins’ best-reviewed film of the year expanded to a range of big city theaters this week. The movie continued as the top 2016 specialized performer in head to head comparisons this year. This performance is more than enough to buttress its elevated awards expectations, as critics groups start voting in in a few weeks.

But it wasn’t the only successful widened release. Subtitled film “The Handmaiden” (Magnolia) continued to impress, as it added far more than the usual number of second week theaters. It’s playing to both Korean-American and conventional arthouse audiences.

On a Halloween-adjacent weekend that seemed to scare off most distributors, two rock-related documentaries braved the competition. Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger,” with an initial conventional theater release, scored well, while “Oasis: Supersonic” (A24) mostly went for initial one-night events before adding streaming as its main venue.

The best reviewed
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Arthouse Audit: ‘Moonlight’ Soars to Near-Record Levels; ‘The Handmaiden’ Beats the Odds

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Moonlight’ Soars to Near-Record Levels; ‘The Handmaiden’ Beats the Odds
The slumbering specialized world woke up this weekend.

Critically acclaimed “Moonlight” (A24) pulled a sensational response far beyond its already high expectations. But it wasn’t the only positive story: “The Handmaiden” (Magnolia) beat the odds against subtitled films. And Michael Moore’s election special “Trumpland” (Dog Eat Dog) scored strong numbers in theaters along with its iTunes debut.

Openers

Moonlight” (A24) – Metacritic: 99; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto, New York 2016

$413,175 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $103,685

In a lackluster year at the specialty box office, even a $30,000 initial platform per theater average for Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” would have looked great. Instead, with a rare 99 Metacritic score, ahead of any other film this year, the opening PTA of $103,685 is sky high and among the top initial results ever.

How good is it? It is second only to “The Revenant” (which opened on Christmas weekend) among releases over the last two years.
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‘Neruda’ Trailer: Pablo Larraín’s Other Oscar Hopeful Gets a Rousing New Look — Watch

‘Neruda’ Trailer: Pablo Larraín’s Other Oscar Hopeful Gets a Rousing New Look — Watch
Gael García Bernal’s Inspector Oscar Peluchonneau will not play a supporting character in poet Pablo Neruda’s story, even if it means traveling all over Chile to find him. Pablo Larraín’s latest Spanish-language drama, “Neruda,” stars Luis Gnecco as the beloved writer who is forced into hiding after political tides shift in Chile.

Set in 1948, the film tells the cat-and-mouse story of fugitive Communist politician and popular poet Neruda as he’s forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Bernal) hot on his trail. While he and his wife, painter Delia del Carril (Mercedes Morán), move from location to location, he cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make his search more perilous — using this as chance to become a symbol for liberty.

“Supporting character? Me?” says Bernal in the new trailer released by The Orchard Movies. “No, sir. Because I’m going to catch you.
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Gael Garcia Bernal and 'Desierto' Director Jonas Cuaron On Surviving A Desert Set and Immigration Themes

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Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the horror thriller Desierto as an immigrant crossing the desert into the United States with a group of people when a sniper (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) decides to take matters into his own hands. Garcia and Desierto director talk to CineMovie about shooting in a remote desert two hours away from the closest town, and the difficulties of the shoot, while also keeping in mind that many make the journey under the hot sun under worse conditions.

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Interview: How Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Desierto’ Was Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Duel’

Interview: How Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Desierto’ Was Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Duel’
Desierto is Jonás Cuarón‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker. The co-writer of Gravity made his directorial debut in 2007 with Year of the Nail, a movie he wrote, produced, shot, co-edited, and did the art design for. He had slightly fewer jobs to do on his second feature, but that doesn’t mean it was less of a challenge to […]

The post Interview: How Jonás Cuarón’s ‘Desierto’ Was Inspired by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Duel’ appeared first on /Film.
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Reviews: "Desierto" and "Under the Shadow"

by Nathaniel R

Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Gael García Bernal in "Desierto"

Two more Oscar submissions are now in limited release in the Us: Mexico's Desierto and the UK's Tehran set film Under the Shadows. Both are what you might call horror films though one suspects only the latter would accept the label. 

Desierto

We'll go anywhere with Gael García Bernal, who has blessed us with a number of fine road trip / travel movies in his career like Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Motorcycle Diaries , and The Loneliest Planet. In short, he's the perfect choice as a protagonist if you want us to sign up for a gruelling journey...
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Foreign Film Race Pt 5: "Hey, I know that face!"

"Everything u ever wanted to know about the foreign film category"

Pt 1 All the trailers (A-i) | Pt 2 All the trailers (J-y) 

Pt 3 Debuts | Pt 4 Female Directors 

Pt 5. Actors You Know & Possibly Love

Successful actors really rack up the frequent flyer miles. Some pick up a second or third or fourth language and actually use those languages in their careers. Others merely stick to films in their native tongue but are magnetic or lucky enough to become well known all over the world.

So after surveying the 85 movies that are hoping to be nominated for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, here are 12 actors you may already know (or at least recognize) who star in one or more of the submissions this time around... 

Gael García Bernal made his feature film debut in the Oscar nominated Amores Perros (2000) and Oscar just kept right on gazing at him. As did we.
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