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Spanish Tax Breaks Boost Production

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Spanish Tax Breaks Boost Production
Spain’s big shoot business is rocking, galvanized by more regional options and incentives that are highly competitive — at least in rates.

With a long tradition of hosting international productions, Spain earned larger global visibility after “Game of Thrones” filmed there from 2014 to 2018.

Production services has become one of the healthiest audiovisual sectors in Spain, driven by a golden age of local and international TV drama, as well as greater legal stability of its incentives. Spain’s mainland offers 20% tax rebates for international productions, capped at €3 million ($3.4 million); in the Canary Islands, the rate is 40%, with a €5.4 million ($6.1 million) ceiling.

“Tax advantages are attracting all kind of international productions,” says Nostromo’s Adrián Guerra, president of producers’ association Profilm.

“There are so many productions going on all over Spain that it’s becoming difficult to crew up on new productions,” he adds.

Challenges remain. The tax system is predominantly luring low-to-mid-range foreign projects.
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Emma Roberts’ Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Paradise Hills’ Sold to Samuel Goldwyn (Exclusive)

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Emma Roberts’ Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Paradise Hills’ Sold to Samuel Goldwyn (Exclusive)
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to science-fiction thriller “Paradise Hills,” starring Emma Roberts, Milla Jovovich, Danielle Macdonald and Awkwafina, Variety has learned exclusively.

Alice Waddington directed “Paradise Hills,” which debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Jeremy Irvine, Arnaud Valois, and Eiza Gonzalez also star.

The story is set on an isolated island, where Roberts’ character wakes up and finds herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves. The facility is run by the mysterious Duchess, portrayed by Jovovich, and offers calibrated treatments including etiquette classes, vocal lessons, beauty treatments, gymnastics, and restricted diets in order to resolve all physical and emotional shortcomings within two months.

Roberts’ character finds solace and friendship in other Paradise Hills residents — played by Macdonald, Awkwafina and Gonzalez — and soon realizes that lurking behind all this beauty is a sinister secret.

The film
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"Casa Netflix" opens its doors to the Spanish film industry in Madrid

SVoD platform estimates it will employ 20,000 people in Spain.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Francisco Ramos, vice-president of originals for Spain and Latin America for Netflix, officially inaugurated the premises of the company’s first physical European hub, dubbed Casa Netflix, in Madrid today (April 4).

“Spain’s long history of production, great talent schools, great history and companies,” said Hastings in response to the question of why the company is investing so heavily in Spain. “It’s a very developed industry and we hope with the investments that we are making, and with others, it will continue to grow.”

Hastings
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Netflix Madrid Production Hub Inaugurated by Reed Hastings

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Madrid — Netflix CEO Reed Hastings officially inaugurated the U.S. streaming giant’s Madrid Production Hub, its first European production center, on Thursday morning.

While the hub’s first three sound stages look impressively efficient, they are designed principally for TV work, not gargantuan movie blockbuster production.

So it was Netflix’s plans for Spanish production which rreally made an impact at the inauguration. Francisco Ramos, Netflix vice president original contents, revealed two new Spanish series: “El Inocente,” created by Oriol Paulo, produced by Belén Atienza and Sandra Hermida; and “Los favoritos de Midas,” co-creted by Mateo Gil, starring Luis Tosar, and produced by Adrián Guerra and Nuria Valls at Nostromo Pictures.

Based on a best-seller by Harlan Coben, written by Jordi Vallejo, Paulo and Guillém Clúa, “El inocente” turns on an ex-con, Mateo, who nine years before accidentally killed a man, who, now out of jail, and with his
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Alexander Skarsgard, Nat Wolff Military Drama ‘The Kill Team’ Lands at A24

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Alexander Skarsgard, Nat Wolff Military Drama ‘The Kill Team’ Lands at A24
A24 announced on Thursday that it has picked up North American rights to war drama “The Kill Team,” starring Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgard.

The Kill Team” follows a young soldier in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan who witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians and considers reporting them to higher-ups as the heavily-armed, increasingly violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them.

A24 plans to release the film sometime in 2019.

Also Read: A24 Picks up British Horror Dress Film 'In Fabric'

The project was written and directed by Award-nominated short-form documentary filmmaker Dan Krauss. “The Kill Team” was produced by Adrián Guerra through Nostromo Pictures, together with Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner from Temple Hill Entertainment.

Krauss was nominated for an Emmy for his feature documentary of the same name, on which this film is based and was also nominated for Academy
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A24 Buys Alexander Skarsgard-Nat Wolff Military Drama ‘Kill Team’ (Exclusive)

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A24 Buys Alexander Skarsgard-Nat Wolff Military Drama ‘Kill Team’ (Exclusive)
A24 has acquired the North American rights to military drama “The Kill Team,” starring Alexander Skarsgard, Nat Wolff and Rob Morrow.

The deal was announced Thursday on the second day of the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif.

A24 is planning to release the film, written and directed by Emmy and Academy award nominee Dan Krauss, in 2019.

The Kill Team” follows a young soldier in the Us invasion of Afghanistan who witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians and considers reporting them to higher-ups as the heavily-armed, increasingly violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them.

Producers are Adrián Guerra through Nostromo Pictures, together with Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner from Temple Hill Entertainment. Nostromo Pictures’ Nuira Valls and Miguel Ángel Faura are executive producers, and Ben Smith from Temple Hill is co-producer.

Krauss was nominated for Emmy and DGA Awards for his
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Spain Welcomes a Surge of Foreign Shoots

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When it comes to attracting foreign shoots in Spain, the motto could well be: “It’s the tax breaks, stupid.”

Of course, Spain has long been a foreign shoot locale: Think Samuel Bronston’s ’60s epics such as “El Cid.” International movies have always sought stunning locations, Mediterranean climate and low-cost labor. Since 2015, however, Spain has offered tax rebates for international shoots of up to 20%; 40% in the Canary Islands.

Tax credits are available to Spanish shoots and co-productions, reaching 25% in the Peninsula, 45% in the Canaries. Also, Navarre is dangling a 35% tax credit for local and international productions.

Three years after their launch, the rebates are having a huge impact on the sector: As a shooting locale, the country has never been more active in the past half century.

Benefits attract a wide range of projects. The biggest, among TV dramas, is “Game of Thrones,” which first lensed part of Season
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Milla Jovovich & More Join Emma Roberts In ‘Paradise Hills’

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Milla Jovovich & More Join Emma Roberts In ‘Paradise Hills’
Exclusive: Resident Evil franchise star Milla Jovovich, Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia 2, War Horse), and Awkwafina (Ocean’s Eight, Crazy Rich Asians) are heading to Paradise Hills, the sci-fi thriller from first-time director Alice Waddington. The group joins Emma Roberts, Eiza Gonzalez, and Danielle Macdonald in the film, which is currently shooting in Spain.

The pic is set in the not-too-distant future and follows Uma (Roberts), who wakes up one morning in Paradise Hills, a high-class treatment facility on an isolated island where well-off families send their daughters to be reformed.

Colossal helm Nacho Vigalondo co-wrote the screenplay with Brian Deleeuw based on an original idea from Waddington and Sofia Cuenca. Adrián Guerra and Nuria Valls are producing the project via Nostromo Pictures.

Lionsgate is handling international rights while CAA reps U.S. rights.

Jovovich is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman; Awkwafina by UTA, Principato-Young Entertainment,
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Afm: Spanish genre aces team on thriller 'Inside'

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Afm: Spanish genre aces team on thriller 'Inside'
Exclusive: Creatives behind Buried, [Rec] (pictured) and Kidnapped join for English-language thriller.

[Rec] writers Jaume Balagueró and Manu Diez, Kidnapped director Miguel Vivas and producers Adrián Guerra and Núria Valls of Nostromo Pictures (Buried, Red Lights) are joining forces on thriller Inside.

Looking to replicate the commercial success of female-driven genre titles from Spain including The Orphanage, The Others, [Rec] and Mama, the remake of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s 2007 French horror À L’Intérieur follows a recently widowed mother-to-be living in an isolated new home who receives a most unwelcome visitor: a predatory woman who will stop at nothing to snatch her unborn child.

Trapped and disorientated, the young mother must unleash all her reserves of strength to protect her baby and survive the night.

Embankment Films will launch sales on the project at the upcoming Afm with the production aiming for a February 2016 shoot. Casting on the film is underway.

Embankment’s [link
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Shirley Temple Black Dead at 85, Channing Tatum Writing Magic Mike 2, Terry Gilliam Revisiting Don Quixote, Tony Hugh Jackman

R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black has died at her home in Woodside, California, at the age of 85, reports the New York Times. Born in Santa Monica, California, on April 23, 1928, Shirley Jane Temple began taking dance lessons at the age of three and appeared in her first movie at the age of four. Her first significant role came in 1934, when she was chosen to star in Stand Up and Cheer. She was signed to a year-long contract with Fox based on her performance in that movie and a string of feel-good song-and-dance movies followed. Notes Black in her 1988 autobiography Child Star:

People in the Depression wanted something to cheer them up, and they fell in love with a dog, Rin Tin Tin, and a little girl.

Temple received an honorary Academy Award at the age of six and was the most popular movie star in the U.S. from 1935 to
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Terry Gilliam Reveals ‘Don Quixote’ To Finally Begin Filming!

There have been endless rumours over The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for a very, very long time…with a first draft appearing back in 1998. Since then, they’ve gone through numerous casts and continual funding problems but finally, maybe, finally Gilliam says it’s a ‘go’!

Those folks over at Empire were talking about his upcoming The Zero Theorem (Check out a great short behind-the-scenes clip and the bizarre, brilliant trailer by clicking here) and they got onto the subject of the elusive Don Quixote film that’s been troubled by everything from literal injury to fighter jets getting in the way.

It’s now due to start filming late September in the Canary Islands with producer Adrián Guerra who’s been behind the likes of Buried, Red Lights and more recently Grand Piano – so he likes to back a smaller, interesting project it seems. When Gilliam was asked
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Terry Gilliam Reveals Don Quixote Start Date

Terry Gilliam Reveals Don Quixote Start Date
The tale of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is movie lore by now. Not-quite-making-of doc Lost In La Mancha charted the foiling of his first attempt to make it due to a combination of injury, Nato fly-bys and rotten luck. Undeterred, and with a refusal to surrender that would impress even the Spanish hidalgo, Gilliam is having another crack and has concept art to show for it and a new start date lined up.When Empire caught up with Gilliam to talk The Zero Theorem, he revealed that production on Don Quixote will kick off on September 29 in the Canary Islands. Gilliam now has Spanish producer Adrián Guerra, veteran of Buried, Red Lights and Elijah Wood’s Grand Piano (movies made under similarly restrained circumstances) to run interference for him, help raise capital and shoot down any errant fighter jets. “He’s really smart, loves movies,
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Grand Piano, Starring Elijah Wood, Finds Us Distribution

Magnolia Pictures' Magnet Releasing has acquired Us distribution rights to Grand Piano , which had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin yesterday. Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, the film was directed by Eugenio Mira ( Agnosia ) and produced by Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (producers of Buried , Red Lights ). Wood plays Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, who has stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public for a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of an expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: .Play one wrong note and you die.. In the sights of an anonymous sniper (Cusack), Tom must get through the most...
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Grand Piano to open Sitges

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Grand Piano to open Sitges
Grand Piano, a thriller starring Elijah Wood, will open this year’s Sitges Festival in October

Spain’s Sitges Festival (October 11-20) has unveiled a selection of titles for its 46th edition.

Grand Piano, the new film by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) with an international cast led by Elijah Wood, John Cusack and Alex Winter, will open the festival.

A production by Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (Buried), the real-time thriller tells the story of a retired piano player who finally goes back to work under threat of death by a mysterious killer if he misses one note.

The festival has also named other titles in its official section including Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives; Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive; Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III and Ari Folman’s The Congress.

“When things work out there is no need for dramatic changes”, Sitges festival director Angel Sala told Screen
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A Visit To The Set Of Grand Piano Is Very Grand, Indeed

Spain might be in the throes of severe economic problems, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from the current state of its film industry. With Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible breaking box office records and Pablo Berger's Blancanieves the official Spanish selection for the foreign language Oscar, Spanish film, especially of the more fantastic variety, seems to be heading full steam ahead. I recently had the chance to visit the set of Grand Piano, currently wrapping up production in Barcelona. Directed by Eugenio Mira (The Birthday, Agnosia), produced by Rodrigo Cortés and Adrián Guerra (Buried, Red Lights), and starring Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Alex Winter and Kerry Bishé, the film is a tense, intimate thriller, with a complex plot and somewhat high-concept scenario that provides...
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'Red Lights' Movie Poster 9

Cillian Murphy, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Olsen starrer "Red Lights" gets a ninth poster. The Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) thriller opens via Millennium Entertainment on July 13, 2012 and is also scripted by Cortés, who in turn produces alongside Adrián Guerra. Joelly Richardson, Craig Roberts, Burn Gorman, Karen David and Jan Cornet also star. This comes after several character posters and the trailer we added last week. In "Red Lights", Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver.
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'Red Lights' Movie Poster 9

Cillian Murphy, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Olsen starrer "Red Lights" gets a ninth poster. The Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) thriller opens via Millennium Entertainment on July 13, 2012 and is also scripted by Cortés, who in turn produces alongside Adrián Guerra. Joelly Richardson, Craig Roberts, Burn Gorman, Karen David and Jan Cornet also star. This comes after several character posters and the trailer we added last week. In "Red Lights", Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver.
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John Cusack Wanted for Elijah Wood’s ‘Grand Piano’

The premise of Grand Piano is so silly and so high-concept that, in all actuality, I could see it working like a charm. The movie will cast Elijah Wood as a piano player who, after spending five years on a professional leave of absence, comes back to perform a concert, but finds a “threatening note” scribed on his sheet music. And, seeing as this is a thriller, said note leaves him “forced to play his best concert ever to save his life as well as his wife’s.”

I think it sounds like a load of fun; John Cusack might even be on the same page, as Variety reports that director Eugenio Mira has brought him into talks, presumably to play the man tormenting Wood‘s character into putting on a good show. (But don’t take my word for it.) It’s kind of what I’m hoping for,
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Elijah Wood Will Play the ‘Grand Piano’ In Rodrigo Cortes-Produced Indie Thriller

The post-lotr career of Elijah Wood — a period that’s now over eight years old, if you can believe it — has, for the star of such a massive franchise, been pretty low-key. If anything, he’s taken big parts in small films (Everything is Illuminated, Green Street Hooligans, Celeste and Jesse Forever), while, at the same time, taken big projects (Eternal Sunshine, Sin City) that gave him small parts.

Now, he may have found something of a middle-ground. According to THR, Wood will take the lead role in Grand Piano, an independent thriller scribed by Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) and directed by Eugenio Mira. The film centers on a piano player who, after spending five years on a professional leave of absence, comes back to perform a concert, but finds a “threatening note” scribed on the sheet music. Seeing as this is a thriller, said
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Tracking Shot February 2011: Cogan's Trade, The Wettest County in the World, The Ides of March

At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that are moments away from lensing and we feel are worth signaling out. This february we only have a fivesome of films worth mentioning that are definitely going to be major studio titles to watch out for in 2012ish. We begin with a foreign director whose success with Buried has officially put him in the company of the other Spanish directors that are considered a hot item to work with. Rodrigo Cortés moves from a one piece with Ryan Reynolds to a cast comprised of some big names (see below) and a new breakout talent in Elizabeth Olsen for Red Lights. We have a pair of Aussie filmmakers in John Hillcoat and Andrew Dominik saddling up for their respective projects (both filming in the U.S). Nick Cave will once again pair with Hillcoat for
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