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Chelo Loureiro, Emilio Aragón Team on Animated ‘Valentina’ (Exclusive)

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Cannes – Spanish producer-turned director Chelo Loureiro of Galicia’s Ábano Producións has teamed with Spanish multi-hyphenate Emilio Aragón at Caribe Music to produce the upcoming animated feature “Valentina.”

Valentina turns on a girl who is tired of having Down syndrome, and believes it to be the reason she’ll never be a trapeze artist. But Valentina’s grandmother tells her that if a caterpillar can become a beautiful butterfly, nothing is impossible. As a matter of fact, Valentina’s grandma wants to become a orchestra conductor and hasn’t given up that dream.

A celebrated Spanish TV showman and director-producer, Emilio Aragón was born in Cuba and worked as a popular clown in the late ‘70s, was a co-founder of TV series production house Globomedia in the ‘90s, directed the dramedy “Pajaros de papel” (Paper Birds), wrote the musical score for the film, and recently produced Spanish hit TV drama
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FantasFilms to Bring Dave Made A Maze, The Ranger, Mohawk and More to Brazilian Cinemas

Fantaspoa has been bringing the latest in genre cinema to South America with their film festivals and have just announced that they're expanding into distribution. The newly announced FantasFilms will bring around 20 feature films per year to Brazilian cinemas, including Dave Made a Maze, The Ranger, Mohawk, and more:

From the Press Release: Every May and June, the city of Porto Alegre in Brazil becomes an international hub where artists, filmmakers, actors, and cinephiles from across the globe gather for Fantaspoa: South America's largest festival of fantastic cinema and the sole member of the Méliès Federation on the continent.

This year, in addition to the festival itself, Fantaspoa has announced its own distribution arm: FantasFilms.

The newly-launched company will team up with Marcelo de Souza's Mares Filmes, with plans for distributing around 20 feature films per calendar year to Brazilian cinemas. All of the films selected will come exclusively from the festival lineup.
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Full Line-up Announced for 41st Annual Portland International Film Festival

Earlier today the folks at the Northwest Film Center announced the full line-up for this year’s Portland International Film Festival, and have published a Pdf for all to read online. The printed copies will be making their way around town this week.

The Northwest Film Center is proud to reveal the 41st Portland International Film Festival (Piff 41) lineup. This year’s Festival begins on Thursday, February 15th and runs through Thursday, March 1st. Our Opening Night selection is the new comedy The Death of Stalin from writer/director Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). The film, adapted from the graphic novel by Fabien Nury, stars Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Palin. The Death of Stalin will screen simultaneously on Opening Night at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum (1219 Sw Park Ave) and on two screens at Regal Fox Tower 10 (846 Sw Park Ave).

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The 2017 Animated Contenders: "Birdboy: The Forgotten Children"

by Tim Brayton

For the finale of our five-part tour of some of the more obscure films competing for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, we turn to a film that premiered over two years ago, but has only just opened in the U.S. this very weekend: the Spanish psychological horror cartoon Birdboy: The Forgotten Chidlren. The film is based on the comic Psiconautas by Alberto Vázquez, who co-writes and co-directs with Pedro Rivero; it's the duo's second film based on these characters, following the 2011 short Birdman, which serves as the new feature's backstory (the short is available online).

The basic hook here couldn't be any more direct or nasty-minded. This is a silly talking animal film warped into a portrait of the world as bleak, hopeless hell. "Psychological horror," I called it, because I'd be hard pressed to name any better category, but that's not really enough to communicate the sheer,
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‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’ Review: A Dark Animated Delight About Cute Animals, Hard Drugs, and Hope for the Future

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‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’ Review: A Dark Animated Delight About Cute Animals, Hard Drugs, and Hope for the Future
The opening moments of “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” unfold like an urgent warning to any parents who might think that this is just another kid-friendly animated film about cute animals who learn valuable lessons. “The future is past,” a voice insists from the darkness, speaking in Spanish and accompanied by exclamatory subtitles (an English-language version is also available). “The garbage is the present. Blood is the law!” From there, we’re hurled through the history of a once-vibrant storybook world, a colorful idyll where bunnies and mice and all sorts of creatures lived in harmony until a nuclear disaster scorched the island and turned its survivors against each other.

Adorable silhouettes bleed into red and black monsters, and the nice sounds of nature are replaced by a queasy synth score that sounds like it was borrowed from “The Neon Demon.” Within minutes, we’re introduced to a young mouse named
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Exclusive: ‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’ Clip Hints at the Darkness That Lies Within

It's my pleasure to share with you today an exclusive Birdboy: The Forgotten Children clip. The upcoming animated release from Gkids captures the dark coming-of-age tale laid out in the pages of Alberto Vázquez's "Psiconautas" comic and brings the story to life in a visually striking way. Vázquez co-directed this 2015 award-winning film alongside co-writer/co-director Pedro Rivero, and now Gkids is bringing it Stateside for a big-screen release. The feature-length film follows up on the 2011 animated short Birdboy from the writing/directing duo and centers on …
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‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’: Inside the Year’s Darkest, Most Daring Hand-Drawn Animated Movie

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‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’: Inside the Year’s Darkest, Most Daring Hand-Drawn Animated Movie
While “The Breadwinner” has deservedly grabbed all of the accolades for GKids (including a Golden Globe nomination), Oscar voters should not overlook another GKid animated feature contender: “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.” The Spanish dystopian fable, directed by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero, is the darkest and most daring hand-drawn animated movie of the year. It alternates between the horrific and the comical, and its imagery assaults the viewer like a nightmarish Goya painting.

Indeed, the twisted tale about troubled animated critters living on a post-apocalyptic island first sprung from Vázquez’s graphic novel. It was initially adapted into a short by the two filmmakers as a prequel to the feature. Following an ecological crisis that fosters crime, repression, and drug trafficking, Dinky, a young teen mouse, hatches a plan to escape with her friends, including Birdboy, a shy, tormented bird who lives in a lighthouse and consumes drugs to subdue the demon living inside him.
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Birdboy: The Forgotten Children Trailer Searches for Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic World

In the official trailer for the post-apocalyptic animated film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, co-directors Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez show that "there is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds":

"Gkids presents Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, opening in New York and Los Angeles on December 15, 2017, and expanding to select cinemas nationwide in January! There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever. Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-director Alberto Vázquez and winner of the Goya Award for
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Trailer for Animated Pa Film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is co-directed by Spain's Pedro Rivero & Alberto Vázquez based on a short film they created in 2011 of the same name. The film will hit select theaters in the Us on December 15th this year.

Synopsis:

There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.

Birdboy features the voice talents of [Continued ...]
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Trailer for Animated Post-Apocalyptic 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children'

"I want to help you, but I don't know how." GKids has released a brand new Us trailer for the animated film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, which is finally arriving in limited Us theaters this December. This first premiered back in 2015 and played at festivals throughout 2016, but hasn't ever been available in the Us until now. Based on a graphic novel and short film by co-directors Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin. Featuring the voices of Félix Arcarazo, Andrea Alzuri, Eva Ojanguren, Josu Cubero, Jorge Carrero, and Nuria Marín. Even though this is arriving a few years late, it looks like an intriguing post-apocalyptic animated feature that's a bit different than what we normally see. Might be worth a watch. New Us trailer for Pedro Rivero & Alberto Vázquez's Birdboy: The Forgotten Children,
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‘Birdboy’ Directors On Their Animated Horror Film & The Medium’s Boundless Opportunities For Expression

‘Birdboy’ Directors On Their Animated Horror Film & The Medium’s Boundless Opportunities For Expression
Before making his second directorial outing Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, Spanish writer-director Alberto Vázquez had the benefit of a long time spent with the material. Adapted from Psiconautas, a dark coming-of-age comic he wrote and subsequently turned into a short film, Birdboy saw Vázquez team with Pedro Rivero in the making of a unique animated film. A pink-skied, post-apocalyptic tale rife with fear for the future of the planet, Birdboy is led by a cast of…
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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race

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A New Animation Festival Launches, With Plans To Impact the Oscar Race
Aiming to make an impact this Oscar season, the inaugural Animation Is Film Festival from GKids, the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and Acifa-Hollywood launches October 20-22 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater.

The festival will present a selection of new animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America, with juried and audience prizes and filmmakers attending most screenings. Additionally, the festival will feature studio events, special screenings, short film programs, and a Vr lounge.

Aif seems well timed: The Academy now allows all members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to be seen what the dynamic will be in terms of mainstream versus indie nominees.

GKids, which has nine Oscar nominations (including this year’s “My Life as a Zucchini”), has seven movies in contention this season; four showcase in competition at Aif. The highlight is “The Breadwinner” (October 20), a coproduction of Ireland,
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Gkids boards dystopian animation 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children'

Film won best animated feature at 2016 Goya Awards.

Gkids has acquired North American rights to Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero’s animated feature.

The distributor plans an autumn theatrical release in Spanish and a new English-language version for the film adapted from Alberto Vázquez’s graphic novel and short film, Birdboy.

Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life.

Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.

The dystopian fantasy was an official selection in several festivals including Annecy, BFI London, Fantasia and San Sebastian, among others.

The film won best animated feature at the 2016 Goya Awards and was nominated for best animated feature at the 2016 European Film Awards
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Cartoon Movie wraps, Latido to grow animation offering

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Cartoon Movie wraps, Latido to grow animation offering
France animation event eyes permanent home in Bordeaux.

Madrid-based sales company Latido Films is looking to ramp up its animation offering.

Speaking to Screen during last week’s Cartoon Movie co-production forum in Bordeaux, Latido’s managing director and founding partner Antonio Saura explained: “I felt that there was something missing in our animation line-up until now, something that corresponded with the other types of movies we were carrying and which involved more adult, entertaining, intelligent movies with a niche quality.”

Latido Films’ sales roster to date has included animation titles Pacific Pirates, Birds Of Paradise, and A Valiant Rooster.

The company will now be handling sales on Salvador Simó Busom’s Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles which the director pitched in Bordeaux as a project in development with Manuel Cristóbal’s Sygnatia Films and their joint company The Glow Animation Studio .

The adaptation of the graphic novel by Fermin Solis centres on a chapter
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'A Monster Calls', 'The Fury Of A Patient Man' share Goya glory

'A Monster Calls', 'The Fury Of A Patient Man' share Goya glory
J.A. Bayona’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel wins nine awards at the Spanish Goyas but Raúl Arévalo’s debut as a director takes best film.

A Monster Calls went into the Goya Awards on Saturday night (Feb 4) with 12 nominations and ended up taking home nine prizes from the Spanish Film Academy, including best director for Juan Antonio Bayona.

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The director, just weeks away from starting shoot on a Jurassic World sequel, was visibly moved with the film’s performance, not only when he took to the stage to collect his Goya for best director, but also when his collaborators on the film did so for the film’s other eight wins of the night, including best cinematography, special effects, sound and production design.

With a box office of $28.6m (€26.5m), A Monster Calls was the biggest film in Spain last year.

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Toni Erdmann wins big at the 2016 European Film Awards

It was a big night for the German comedy-drama Toni Erdmann at the 2016 European Film Awards last night, with the film collecting five awards in Best European Film, Best European Director and Screenwriter (Maren Ade), Best European Actress (Sandra Huller) and Best European Actor (Peter Simonischek).

“It’s the first time a film made by a woman wins this award and it’s 2016,” said Ade when accepting her award. “I feel great luxury to make films at a time when we’re going through such crisis but I believe films can cross borders and easily transform the unfamiliar into empathy.”

Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

European Film

Elle, dir: Paul Verhoeven (France/Germany)

I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach (UK/France)

Julieta, dir: Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

Room, dir: Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland/Canada)

Toni Erdmann, dir: Maren Ade (Germany/Austria)

European Comedy

A Man Called Ove,
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Tallinn: Russia’s Igor Kovalyov wins at Animated Dreams

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Black Nights festival’s animation strand has unveiled its 2016 winners.

The 18th edition of the Animated Dreams festival at Tallinn Black Nights (Nov 11-27) has revealed its winners.

Ukrainian-born Russian director Igor Kovalyov took the top prize for his 20-minute short film Before Love [pictured], which had its premiere at the Holland Animation Film Festival earlier this year

Devised around a classic love triangle, the film follows a construction worker on a scaffold who observes a young woman spying on a man.

Kovalyov is an experienced animator, having worked on TV series The Rugrats between 1992 and 2006 as well as two spin-off features from that franchise and The Wild Thornberrys Movie. He has also directed multiple short films, including Milch in 2005, which was nominated for an Annie Award.

The Animated Dreams competition jury consisted of Giannalberto Bendazzi (Italy), Pedro Rivero (Spain) and Agne Nelk (Estonia). They commented that the prize was awarded to Before Love for “the smart way it
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Monster Fest announces final films for 2016 festival

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Australia’s premier genre festival – Monster Fest – has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films Dog Eat Dog and The Hollow Point from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback The Windmill Massacre (reviewed here), the hometown premiere of epic period western The Legend of Ben Hall with cast in person and acclaimed Tiff selections Prevenge and Interchange alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller Safe Neighbourhood and the devastating – and polarizing – Playground.

From the press release:

Select panels for the Swinburne University
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Toni Erdmann leads 2016 European Film Awards nominations

The European Film Academy has this week announced the nominations for the 2016 European Film Awards, with director Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann leading the field with five nods for Best European Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Screenwriter.

Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake will also contest the top award, alongside Elle, Julieta and Room. I, Daniel Blake is also up for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenwriter.

Check out the full list of nominations here…

European Film

Elle, dir: Paul Verhoeven (France/Germany)

I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach (UK/France)

Julieta, dir: Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

Room, dir: Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland/Canada)

Toni Erdmann, dir: Maren Ade (Germany/Austria)

European Comedy

A Man Called Ove, dir: Hannes Holm

Look Who’s Back, dir: David Wnendt

La Vache, dir: Mohamed Hamidi

European Director

Paul Verhoeven, Elle

Cristian Mungiu, Graduation

Ken Loach, I,
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