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Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution

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Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution
Charter CommunicationsOtt service Spectrum Originals has reached a deal with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio for the U.S. rights to its popular series “Todo por el Juego,” (“Side Games”). The series will debut in the States on July 15.

The Mediapro Studio produced the series, which was developed by popular Argentine screenwriter Eduardo Sacheri, a two-time Argentine Academy Award winner best know for penning the 2009 foreign language Oscar-winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.” It’s showrun and directed by Daniel Calparsoro, who’s features have screening in the main competitions at Venice – “Blinded” and Torino – “Salto al vacío.”

The series is based on the novel “El Fútbol no es Así,” co-written by Laliga president Javier Tebas and author Pedro Torrens. Set in a fictionalized version of a top tier Spanish soccer association, the show turns on a businessman who works his way up to the presidency of a club
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Latido Films scores key sales in Cannes led by Juan Campanella's 'The Weasel's Tale' (exclusive)

Latido Films scores key sales in Cannes led by Juan Campanella's 'The Weasel's Tale' (exclusive)
It has also secured deals for Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Goya-winning political thriller The Realm.

Antonio Saura’s Latido Flms has sold Juan José Campanella’s The Weasel’s Tale to France (Eurozoom), Portugal (Outsider Films), Italy (Movies Inspired), Greece (Seven Films) and Hong Kong (Edko Films) after market screenings in Cannes.

An Argentina-Spain co-production, The Weasel’s Tale is a black comedy starring Óscar Martínez (The Distinguished Citizen), Graciela Borges (The Quietude) and Clara Lago (Spanish Affair) star. Campanella won the best foreign language Oscar in 2010 for The Secret In Their Eyes.

Latido has also secured deals for Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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Ricardo Darin Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Among FilmSharks Slate Set For Global Remakes — Cannes

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Ricardo Darin Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Among FilmSharks Slate Set For Global Remakes — Cannes
Exclusive: Ricardo Darin-starrer An Unexpected Love is one of a handful of films going global for Argentine outfit FilmSharks. Guido Rud’s label has sold remake rights for Juan Vera’s film to Recifilm for France and Btf for Mexico.

The film has to date been sold to more than 45 countries by sales outfit and remake rights specialist FilmSharks. A Chinese theatrical deal is said to be in advanced discussions. Mercedes Moran (El Angel) stars opposite Argentine superstar Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) in the rom-com about a marriage tested by their son leaving home. The film opened last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

FilmSharks has also struck remake deals on swinger comedy 2+2 , which is from the same writer duo as An Unexpected Love. Pacts have been signed with Pirueta Films for Spain, Btf for Mexico, and with Brazilian producer-distributor Paris Entretenimento, owned by París Filmes. A U.
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Juan José Campanella, Viacom International Studios in first-look deal

Juan José Campanella, Viacom International Studios in first-look deal
Campanella directed he Secret In Their Eyes, Vientos De Agua, Colony for TV.

Argentine film and TV creator Juan José Campanella, best known for Oscar-winning feature The Secret In Their Eyes, has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Viacom International Studios – Americas (Vis).

The two-year deal calls for Campanella and his 100 Bares production company to develop and produce premium content for Vis, the development, production and distribution unit of Viacom International Media Networks Americas, which owns and operates Viacom entertainment brands including MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Channel and Telefe in Latin America.

Campanella wrote, directed and produced The Secret In Their Eyes,
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Hot Titles From Spain’s TV Production Sector

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45 Revolutions

(Atresmedia, Bambú Producciones)

The birth of a new rock record label in Spain’s conservative early ’60s.

Sa: A3Media Sales

Costa Del Sol Brigade

(Mediaset, Warner Bros. Itvp Spain, Netflix)

A MipDrama Buyers’ Summit entry. A facts-inspired cop thriller chronicling an early Spanish anti-narcotics squad.

Sa: Warner Bros. Itvp Spain

Dangerous Moms

(Mediaset, Producciones Mandarina)

A black crime farce in which four mothers are embroiled in accidental murder. Mediaset’s second MipDrama Summit contender.

Sa: Mediterráneo

Garbo, The Spy Who Double-crossed Hitler

(Portocabo, Vaca Films, Fearless Minds, Banijay Studios France)

Historical thriller mini-series inspired by the extraordinary life of WWII double agent Juan Pujol. Development

Hierro

(Movistar +, Arte France, Portocabo, Atlantique Productions)

The first Movistar + international co-production; a murder investigation set against spectacular landscapes of the titular Atlantic isle.

Sa: Banijay Rights.

Instinto

(Movistar +, Bambú Producciones)

An erotic thriller starring Mario Casas (“The 33”). Sold to Amazon in Latin America.
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Ricardo Darín drama 'An Unexpected Love' to open Iff Panama

Ricardo Darín drama 'An Unexpected Love' to open Iff Panama
Festival runs from April 4-10.

Argentinian rom-com An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado) starring Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán will open the Panama International Film Festival on April 4.

Patagonik artistic director Juan Vera made his directorial debut on the film from Patagonik Film Group and Kenya Films about a couple who separate after 25 years of marriage, triggering much soul-searching about love and the passage of time.

Vera and Daniel Cupado wrote the screenplay. Darín produced alongside his son Chino and Vera. Morán won last year’s Karlovy Vary best actress award for Florianópolis Dream.

An Unexpected Love will screen
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer: An Epic 25 Years in the Making

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer: An Epic 25 Years in the Making
On April 10, 2019, North American audiences will get the first look at Terry Gilliam's long-awaited film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, co-starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce. Over 25 years in the making, the film had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film will play in over 700 U.S. cinemas and select Canadian locations for one night on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, with exclusive bonus features.

Presented by Fathom Events and Screen Media Films, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the story of Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, who finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker (Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth - a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever.
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Latido Films reports Efm sales surge led by '4x4', 'The Weasels' Tale' (exclusive)

Buyers respond to 4x4, The Weasels’ Tale, Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles.

Madrid-based powerhouse Latido Films has struck a raft of key deals on its prestige Efm slate, led by further business on Argentine-Spain duo 4x4 and Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella’s The Weasels’ Tale.

Mariano Cohn’s thriller 4x4 (Argentina-Spain) was the talk of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires in December and stars Juan Pedro Lanzani from Argentine smash The Clan as a petty crook who breaks into a car, only to discover he has been lured into a trap.

Latido has licensed rights to
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Efm Buzz titles from Argentina

Efm Buzz titles from Argentina
Round up of the buzz Argentinian titles out to tempt buyers.

4x4

Dir. Mariano Cohn

Thriller 4x4 was the talk of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires last December and has already landed distribution deals in France (Ugc), South Korea (Cree Pictures) and Argentina, where Buena Vista International will release. Cohn, Gaston Duprat’s co-director on The Distinguished Citizen, makes his solo feature directorial debut on the story about a car thief trapped inside a luxury SUV. Peter Lanzani, Dady Brieva and Luis Brandoni star.

Contact: Juan Torres, Latido Films

After Hitler’s Steps

Dir. Tbd

Keen to move deeper into
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Ricardo Darin-Marcedes Moran Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Sells To HBO Latino For U.S. Pay TV — Efm

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Exclusive: After its Efm screening, Argentinian sales outfit FilmSharks has sold rom-com An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado), starring Ricardo Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Mercedes Moran (La Cienaga), to HBO Latino for U.S. first run pay TV and Svod.

The deal was struck by HBO’s Leslie Cohen VP, Film Programming, and Rebecca C. Vazquez, Vice President, Business Affairs, and Guido Rud of FilmSharks.

Writer-director Juan Vera’s film sees a couple questioning their marriage of 25 years after their only son flies the nest to study abroad. Disney-backed Patagonik produces the film, which opened the San Sebastian Film Festival and which has been a big box office hit in South America, taking more than 750,000 tickets for Buena Vista International. The film is also Darin’s first production credit at his new label Kenya Films.

Pic has previously sold around the world including to Filmax in Spain,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #123. El cuento de las comadrejas – Juan José Campanella

The Weasels (El Cuento de las comadrejas)

Argentina’s Juan José Campanella, who oscillates back and forth between television and film, returns with eighth feature The Weasels (El Cuento de las comadrejas), a remake of the 1976 film Yesterday’s Guys Used No Arsenic from Jose A. Martinez Suarez. Produced by Campanella and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky, the project stars Clara Lago, Oscar Martinez, Luis Brandoni and Graciela Borges. Juan Jose Campanella is best known for his 2009 title The Secret in Their Eyes (review / interview), which competed in San Sebastian and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.…
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Habanero Film Sales Scores Bolivian Dramas ‘Pseudo’ and ‘The Goalkeeper’ (Exclusive)

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Alfredo Calvino’s Habanero Film Sales has snapped up two dramas by Bolivia’s Gory Patiño, “The Goalkeeper” and “Pseudo,” after spotting them at Ventana Sur.

“Habanero’s motto is ‘Awesome stories from Latin American & Caribbean filmmakers.’ We are always looking for films anchored in great storytelling; fresh and unusual perspectives that touch on important issues that need to be discussed or simply to make them visible, to raise awareness,” said Calvino.

Impressed by both films, Calvino closed world sales rights to the dramas at Ventana Sur while granting the Habanero award to “Pseudo” which competed in Havana’s Works in Progress section.

Directed by Patiño and his long-time Spanish collaborator, Luis Reneo, “Pseudo” is a political thriller that tracks a taxi driver who is ensnared in a dangerous operation after he absconds with the identity of a passenger.

“The Goalkeeper” (“Muralla”), Bolivia’s official entry to the Oscars and the Golden Globes,
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Will Germany snatch Oscar from Mexico again? The same director could upset ‘Roma’ just like ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

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Will Germany snatch Oscar from Mexico again? The same director could upset ‘Roma’ just like ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’
Mexico has never won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but it looks like that drought is about to end thanks to “Roma,” which is a rare foreign language film that is also an Oscar contender for Best Picture. However, our southern neighbor also looked like a sure bet to win 12 years ago for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006) only to be upset by Germany’s “The Lives of Others.” Now the director of that film, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is back with another Foreign Film contender, “Never Look Away.” Will history repeat itself?

There have been eight Mexican movies nominated for Best Foreign Language Film: “Macario” (1960), “The Important Man” (1961), “Tlayucan” (1962), “Letters from Marusia” (1975), “Amores Perros” (2000), “The Crime of Father Amaro” (2002), the aforementioned “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006) and most recently “Biutiful” (2010). The fact that the nation hasn’t won is ironic given the recent success of Mexican filmmakers in English-language movies.

Sign
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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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