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Juan José Campanella, Cris Morena, Gastón Gorali Team for ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)

Juan José Campanella, Cris Morena, Gastón Gorali Team for ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)
Academy Award-winning Juan José Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”), top Latin American producer-director-songwriter Cris Morena (“Rebelde Way”) and director-producer Gastón Gorali (“Underdogs”), a driving force on Argentina’s burgeoning animation scene, are teaming to create “Escape to India,” a flagship Latin American toon feature.

Based on a children’s book authored by Gorali and Marcelo Birjmajer, “Escape to India” is set up at Mundoloco CGI, founded by Campanella, Gorali, Jorge Estrada and Roberto Schroder, creators of Campanella’s “Underdogs,” the biggest Latin American TV feature to date. Mundoloco CGI is now one of the biggest digital animation studios in Latin America.

An epic musical designed by Morena, who is composing its songs, as well as a feminist, comedic road-movie whose protagonist is a plucky cow, “Escape to India” is produced by Campanella and directed by Gorali.

Backed by big name talent, but winningly original, “Escape to India” looks like one of the projects which is set
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Location Basque Country: Upcoming Basque Movies

San Sebastian — The strength of the Basque industry as a potential co-production partner for Basque Country shoots will be seen, when push comes to shove, in its movies. Here, profiles of upcoming Basque movies whether playing this year’s San Sebastián Festival, in production or projects.

Advantages Of Traveling By Train

Pre-acquired by Entertainment One’s Seville International and co-produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora and Madrid’s Morena Films “Advantages” marks the much-awaited feature debut of Aritz Moreno. Film –in pre-production– is penned by Javier Gullón (Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy”) adapting Spain’s Antonio Orejudo novel.

Another Day Of Life

One of Europe’s most awaited animation films, the Indie Sales-sold “Day” revolves around the truth of war through the near-suicidal journey across Angola of Polish famed war reporter Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow direct a hybrid animation-live action inspired by but not adapting the journalist’s first novel. Produced
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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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Chilean Creator of ‘Besieged,’ Nicolas Acuña, to Helm Dynamo-Red Arrow Series (Exclusive)

“Besieged” (“Sitiados”) creator Nicolas Acuña of prominent Chilean production house Promocine is attached to direct a series being developed by Colombia’s Dynamo (“Narcos”) in partnership with Munich-based TV distributor, Red Arrow.

Tentatively titled “Coke Way,” the series is set against the cold war of the ‘50s and ‘60s in Chile and the rise of the cocaine biz in Latin America. Chilean scribes Matias Ovalle and Jonathan Cuchacovich have penned the pilot script, said Dynamo’s Diego Ramirez.

“We are closing with an Ott that has expressed interest in the project for Latin America,” he said. “It’s more of a prequel to ‘Narcos,’” he noted.

With Netflix quite entrenched in the international TV arena, Amazon venturing into overseas production and now Apple TV, which just announced a $1 billion budget for TV content, the market has indeed grown more exciting, said Ramirez. “For us independent producers, these are interesting times as it leads to more production of
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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture

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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture
Madrid — Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “The Distinguished Citizen,” a lament for small-town small-mindedness, won big at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards taking its top best picture prize, and multiple further plaudits.

Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma and Martina Gusman. Also present, among directors: Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.

In all, Spanish productions swept 12 or the 14 jury prizes, voted by a jury of professionals who had participated in previous editions. That may be put down in part to “A Monster Calls” featuring among contenders, and winning big time in the technical department, and “The Distinguished Citizen” being co-produced out of Spain.

“The
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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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Film Review: ‘Four Hands’

Film Review: ‘Four Hands’
One of the reasons the proposed “Toni Erdmann” remake is being met with resistance in some quarters is its specificity: Maren Ade’s offbeat delight seems so wholly defined by those actors playing those characters in that exact situation. It’s a potential issue very much avoided by her countryman Oliver Kienle’s impressively slick thriller “Four Hands,” which operates within its highly exportable genre on such clean lines that it feels almost inevitably destined for a Hollywood remake. As usual, that will be a shame — aside from the language barrier necessitating dreaded subtitles, there is nothing to stop wider international audiences embracing this elegant and engrossing film as is.

In its opening third, before the suspense plot picks up its own inexorable tick-tock momentum, the film actually shows significant promise as an investigation of trauma, duality and a knottily co-dependent sororal relationship — so much so, that it’s almost disappointing when it switches to full-on genre
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15 Takeaways from Conecta Fiction

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — A higgledy-piggledy maze of cobbled streets, granite-stoned convents and white veranda towns houses, Santiago seems suspended in time. Over June 20-23, it bore witness at Conecta Fiction, an inaugural TV forum, to a revolution: That of scripted TV and nascent Latin America-Europe co-production. The two-and-a-half days were so packed with events as to make nigh impossible much on-site reporting. Following, in retrospect, 15 takeaways from the first-ever Conecta Fiction meet.

1.Latin America-europe TV Co-production: An Imperious Necessity

A boutique Latin America-Europe drama TV co-production forum, Conecta Forum brought together a swathe of high-caliber Latin America channel, broadcaster and fiction TV heads with producers and counterparts in Spain, plus a choice presence of largely French commissioning editors and producers from the rest of Europe. Many, maybe most, had never met. Nearly all sang the virtues, and necessity of international TV co-production. “A few years ago there were no international co-productions, now
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San Sebastian: Ricardo Darín To Be Honored at San Sebastian

San Sebastian: Ricardo Darín To Be Honored at San Sebastian
Barcelona – Argentina’s Ricardo Darín will receive the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award for career achievement on Sept. 26. The prize is the highest distinction given by the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.

The Donostia Award was launched in 1986 and began by recognizing stars from Hollywood classic era –Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Glenn Ford– to later expand to eminent and far more recent U.S, and European figures such as Al Pacino, Michael Caine and Susan Sarandon.

Buenos Aires-born Darín will receive the award at a presentation of Santiago Mitre’s “The Summit.” Via its Donostia Award, the festival will honor one of most charismatic and well-known of contemporary Latin-American actors who has worked with many of the Spanish-speaking world’s most prestigious filmmakers including Juan José Campanella, Adolfo Aristarain, Pablo Trapero, Fabián Bielinsky, Fernando Trueba, Cesc Gay and Mitre.

Darín is the second Latin-American actor distinguished with the honor, after Benicio del Toro in 2014. Darín’s recognition is in line with San Sebastian aim of strengthening links with Latin America, seen in its thriving Latin-American Co-production Forum, launched by fest director José Luis Rebordinos in 2011.

A co-production between K&S Films and La Union de los Ríos (Argentina), Mod Producciones (Spain) and Maneki Films (France), “The Summit” was also penned by Mitre and offers two intertwining plots –one focused on the personal life of an Argentine president, played by Darin, and the other depicting the political intrigue at a Latin American summit. Alongside Darín, Dolores Fonzi, Érica Rivas, Elena Anaya, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Christian Slater figure in the cast. The feature world premiered in Cannes’ One Certain Regard and is sold by Spain’s Film Factory Entertainment. It will be released in U.S. on Aug. 18 via Warner Bros Pictures International.

Darin’s career dates back to when he was five and began acting in TV series. His international breakthrough came with Fabian Bielinsky’s “Nine Queens.” Some of his most noteworthy performances have been in movies of Juan José Campanella’s, led by “The Secret in Their Eyes” who won a best foreign-language Academy Award). Darin also starred in ”Son of the Bride,” nominated for an Academy Award, ”Moon of Avellaneda,” also from Campanella, Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief,” Sebastián Borenzstein’s “Kóblic,” Damián Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s “White Elephant.”

Though he can shown large range, if there’s a Darín touch, perhaps its the light and tender irony he gives to many of his characters.

Spanish director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón said of Darín: “All the characters he plays seem to have been especially written for him and only for him to play them. Darín lends transparency to characters he embodies.”

On of Latin America’s most bankable actors, whose presence can help pre-sell a movie, Darin’s selectiveness with the films he stars in has made his involvement an important pointer to a movie’s quality.

“The Secret of Their Eyes,” earned $6.4 million for Sony Pictures Classics in 2010 and “Wild Tales,” another Sony Pictures Classics pickup accumulated $44 million worldwide, a standout figure for a Spanish-language feature.

Darín took the best actor Silver Shell Award in San Sebastian for Cesc Gay’s “Truman.”

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San Sebastian to Honor Argentine Actor Ricardo Darin With Lifetime Award

San Sebastian to Honor Argentine Actor Ricardo Darin With Lifetime Award
Argentina’s internationally most acclaimed actor, Ricardo Darin, will receive the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival in September, organizers said Wednesday. The ceremony will take place Sept. 26.

Darin’s credits read like a list of must-watch Latin American cinema, including three films nominated for Academy Awards: Son of the Bride, Wild Tales and The Secret in Their Eyes, which won the 2009 Foreign Language category.

Darin is a regular at San Sebastian, where he won the Silver Shell for his role in Truman in 2015. This year he will present his latest work,...
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British TV Rules Monte Carlo TV Fest, With Double Wins for ‘Victoria,’ ‘Fleabag’

British TV Rules Monte Carlo TV Fest, With Double Wins for ‘Victoria,’ ‘Fleabag’
British television dominated the 57th Monte Carlo Television Festival where ITV’s glossy period drama “Victoria” won Golden Nymph Awards for both best TV drama and actress, while edgy series “Fleabag,” from the BBC and Amazon, scooped the best comedy prize and the actress nod in that section.

The actress statuettes went to Jenna Coleman, who plays the titular queen in “Victoria,” and to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the star, creator and writer of “Fleabag.”

Scottish comedian Robbie Coltrane took the prize for best actor in the long fiction section, which comprises TV movies and miniseries, for his performance in Channel 4’s four-part “National Treasure.” Coltrane plays a beloved television comedian accused of rape. The show goes out on Hulu in the U.S.

The fiction jury headed by Argentina’s Juan Jose Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) also awarded the Golden Nymph for best long fiction to French Isis-themed telepic “Ne m’abandonne pas” (“Don
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Monte Carlo TV Festival Hosts World Premieres: ‘Absentia,’ ‘The Last Tycoon’

Monte Carlo TV Festival Hosts World Premieres: ‘Absentia,’ ‘The Last Tycoon’
Faced with increased rivalry from nearby Cannes, the Monte Carlo Television Festival is pulling out all the stops this year with two world premieres of hotly anticipated Hollywood shows as “Absentia” and “The Last Tycoon,” will grace the Grimaldi Forum red carpet.

Long known as a glitzy launching pad for high-end global TV fiction and a celebration of top notch news content — the festival celebrates 57 years with this edition — the competitive event is seemingly undeterred by announced plans for yet another ambitious TV fest, called Cannes Series, that is slated to run concurrent with Mip. Expected to launch next year in Cannes, of course, which is about an hour’s drive down the Cote d’Azur.

Monte Carlo itself runs June 16-20 — shortly after the L.A. Screenings in May.

“We are very fortunate to have the shows that we are screening,” says fest CEO Laurent Puons. Monte Carlo historically runs in “a perfect time slot for
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‘Inés of My Soul,’ ‘Malinche,’ ‘Penumbra’ Re-Write Women’s Past

Madrid — Women might well write more of the future, in real terms and fiction. First projects at Spain’s inaugural Conecta Fiction, a pioneering Latin America-Europe co-production forum, underscore how screenwriters, women and men, are rewriting women’s roles in the past.

Ambitious historical drama-thrillers produced by some of Latin America’s most prominent production houses, such as Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain’s Fabula (“Neruda”) in Chile and Dynamo Producciones, the Colombian producer of “Narcos,” this new breed of often super women series add a novel dimension to Latin America’s vibrant high-end drama scene.

Other projects at Conecta Fiction’s first Intl. Co-production Pitching Session, to take place June 21, include sci-fi “Strange Fishing Sundays” and crime thriller “Crack,” from Buenos Aires-based Storylab, backers of Netflix’s first Argentine premiere “Stockholm” – showing Spanish-language producers boldly embracing modern genre.

Produced by Chilean broadcaster Fabula (“Gloria,” “A Fantastic Woman”) and Chilevision, owned
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Summit’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Summit’
It’s not just in its star, Ricardo Darín, that Argentinian director Santiago Mitre’s Un Certain Regard title “The Summit” seems built to evoke his countryman Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in their Eyes.” There is a similar enveloping silkiness to the filmmaking, which purrs along like a prowling, predatory animal, and a similar sense of place and noirish atmosphere. But the point of massive divergence for these two well-made genre thrillers is in how they end. “Eyes” closed with a series of high-wire revelations, each more enjoyably outlandish than the last; “The Summit” opts for a mid-stride ambiguity that leaves us scrambling to piece together our own resolution.

In fact, it’s possible that Mitre’s consummate craft, which has been building across his directorial career and culminated prior to this with his 2015 Critics’ Week prizewinner “Paulina,” works against him here. Elevated by strong performances
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Cannes: Cite Films Launches Sales on ‘The Desert Bride’

Fulfilling expectations, Paris-based Cite Films has closed key early major territories at this year’s Cannes Film Market on Un Certain Regard player “The Desert Bride,” one of the highest-profile Latin American movies on the Riviera.

Buying distributors include some of the strongest arthouse players in their territories, such as Spain’s Golem, Brazil’s Imovision and Cineart for Benelux.

Switzerland’s Filmcoopi, Greece’s Strada, and China’s Time In Portrait Ent. have also stepped up to the plate for the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, a romantic road movie which is “the feel-good story of a woman’s metamorphosis, the transformation of her life and vision of herself, made delicately step-by-step, about someone who was a bird in a cage and finds her freedom and rediscovers life,” Cité Films founder Raphael Berdugo said at Cannes.

“The Desert Bride” has received “serious interest” from the U.
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Lat Am buzz movie 'The Desert Bride' scores key deals in Cannes

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Exclusive: Road-movie drama stars Gloria actress Paulina Garcia.

Raphael Berdugo’s Cité Films has closed key deals on buzzed-about Cannes Un Certain Regard drama The Desert Bride.

Deals have closed in Spain (Golem), following interest from multiple parties, Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Benelux (Cineart), Greece (Strada), Brazil (Imovision) and China (Time In Portrait Entertainment).

Multiple Us buyers have expressed strong interest. Memento previously acquired rights in France.

Cité generally only handles sales on its own in-house titles but made the call to board the project for sales ahead of the market.

The film marks the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato.

Producers are Atán, Pivato, Chile’s Ceibita Films and, from Argentina, Eva Lauria, Raul Aragon and El Perro en La Luna.

Paulina Garcia, the best actress winner at Berlin 2016 for Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria, stars as a 54-year-old live-in-maid in Buenos Aires who mundane life is tuned upside down when she loses her job
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New Films by Hosoda, Webber, Solanas on Charades’s Strong First Slate (Exclusive)

New Films by Hosoda, Webber, Solanas on Charades’s Strong First Slate (Exclusive)
Charades, the Paris-sales banner recently launched by Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars — former sales execs at Wild Bunch, Gaumont and StudioCanal, respectively — rolled into Cannes with its first slate, headlined by Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” (working title), Peter Webber’s “Inna de Yard,” Juan Solanas’ “My Name Is Luz” and Devashish Makhija’s “Ajji.”

“Inna de Yard” is a documentary feature directed by Webber, who previously helmed “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” “Emperor” and “Hannibal Rising.” Laurent Baudens, Laurent Flahault and Gael Nouaille are producing the doc via Borsalino Prods.

Taking place above Kingston in Jamaica, the film follows legendary voices of reggae including Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I and Cedric Myron, who reunite to record the “Inna de Yard,” which revisits their staple songs. The film also delivers a snapshot of everyday lives of these musicians, who reminisce about their collaborations with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff.
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Cannes: France’s Cite Films, Memento Films Board ‘The Desert Bride’ (Exclusive)

Paris — Building the film’s status as one of Latin America’s buzzed-up Cannes titles, Raphael Berdugo’s Cite Films has made the unusual move – for Cite at least – of taking world sales rights to Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “The Desert Bride.”

A Paris-based production company, Cite Films generally only handles world sales on its own in-house co-productions.

In a second development which will raise the caché of “The Desert Bride,” Memento Films, one of France’s most prestigious upscale distributors, has boarded “The Desert Bride” as its French distributor.

Both events will only stoke buzz on a title which marks the feature debut of Argentine directorial duo Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato and a model of Argentine-Chile co-production. Produced by Atán, Pivato, Chile’s Ceibita Films and, from Argentina, Eva Lauria, Raul Aragon and El Perro en La Luna, “The Desert Bride” stars Paulina Garcia, a best actress
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Cannes 2017: 22 Films We Can’t Wait to See at This Year’s Festival

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Cannes 2017: 22 Films We Can’t Wait to See at This Year’s Festival
The Cannes Film Festival generates more attention and excitement than any other film festival in the world, but each year is an unpredictable journey. The Official Selection, alongside the sidebars of Directors Fortnight and Critics Week, offer up a tightly-curated into a range of international cinema from both familiar sources and surprising newcomers. This year’s edition is a reliable combination of top-tier directors whose work will be shown at Cannes until the end of time, notable filmmakers who usually deliver something worthwhile, and unproven quantities with a lot of potential.

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In order to work through all of these different possibilities, we’ve broken down our list of anticipated Cannes titles into three categories: A-list auteurs, Discoveries and Safe Bets. Every day of Cannes will bring new updates on the latest films, some of
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Monte Carlo TV Fest to Open With Sony’s ‘Absentia’; Helen Mirren to Be Honored

Monte Carlo TV Fest to Open With Sony’s ‘Absentia’; Helen Mirren to Be Honored
Rome – The 57th Monte Carlo Television Festival will open with the world premiere of Sony’s new TV series “Absentia,” and will also present Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren with a lifetime achievement award.

Directed by Oded Ruskin, who is known for the hit Israeli series “False Flag,” “Absentia” stars Stana Katic (“Castle”) (pictured) as an FBI agent who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. The 10-episode thriller skein, set to debut this fall, is a Sony Pictures Television Networks’ original produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions and shot in Europe. Key cast and crew are expected to make the trek to Monte Carlo for the June 16-20 festival, which will be officially opened by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The festival, a showcase for high-end international television and for new TV trends, has assembled a wide-ranging lineup this year, the bulk of which sees European and U.S
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