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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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Ventana Sur: Pci Showcases the Diversity of Argentine Cinema

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Ventana Sur: Pci Showcases the Diversity of Argentine Cinema
Buenos Aires — Mario Vargas Llosa, the great Peruvian novelist, once wrote that reality in Latin America is too compelling to ever be ignored in its fiction. Yet, as WWII raged, Jorge Luis Borges, perhaps the greatest of Argentine writers, pointedly published “Ficciones,” fantasy tales, often philosophical speculation given narrative form.

If this year’s Pci Film Directors Assn, showcase at Ventana Sur is anything to go by, some young Argentine filmmakers are having it both ways, creating films which straddle the fiction-reality divide, or enroll fabrication and myth to large effect. Their films, sneak peaked in brief extracts or teaser trailers at the Pci’s annual Work in Progress showcase during Ventana Sur, and underscored the diversity of Argentine filmmaking, a cause championed by Pci and its around 100 directors, and an indication of the depth of talent of Argentine filmmaking.

“7h 35” is a case in point. The feature debut of Javier Van de Couter,
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Ventana Sur: Ugc Distribution Closes Market Hit ‘4 x 4’ (Exclusive)

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Buenos Aires — Ugc Distribution has beaten out all other suitors to clinch what had became by Friday morning the most anticipated deal of this year’s Ventana Sur market: All rights to France on Argentine Mariano Cohn’s “4 x 4,” sold by Latido Films and distributed throughout Argentina by Disney.

After mounting speculation about which distributor would finally win out on France, the deal was closed by Ugc’s Thierry Decourcelle and Latido Films Juan Torres.

The sale vindicates Latido and the producers’ decision to bring “4 x 4” onto the market at a private screening at Ventana Sur, attended this year by more than 100 French executives.

Stoking the drama of Thursday’s screening, it took place in torrential rain, but top-class screening conditions.

One of the biggest new titles at Ventana Sur, sitting in the mid-ground between arthouse and mainstream – it’s a thriller but makes caustic social comment about the vindictiveness
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Interview: Luis Ortega on The Devil in El Angel

South America’s infamous baby-face serial killer takes center stage in El Angel, the new film from Argentinean director Luis Ortega that hit select screens last week. Produced by Pedro Almodóvar’s El Deseo (The Skin I Live In) and Kramer & Sigman Films, the ’70s-era film follows the […]

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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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HBO Europe Greenlights ‘Patria,’ Its First Original Production in Spain

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HBO Europe has greenlit “Patria,” its first original series out of Spain, to be written and produced by Aitor Gabilondo (“El Príncipe”) and directed by award-winning helmers Pablo Trapero and Félix Viscarret (“Under the Stars”).

The eight-part series adapts author Fernando Aramburu’s 2016 novel of the same name, one of the most acclaimed of recent Spanish bestsellers. Variety reported on the development of the project last year.

Trapero, a leading light of New Argentine Cinema who won a best director plaudit in Venice for “The Clan” in 2016, will serve as lead director. Trapero has made movies that deal with weighty social and political issues but appeal far beyond art-house audiences, such as Cannes competition contender “Lion’s Den” and Ricardo Darin-starrer “Carancho.” Viscarret, a Goya award winner who helmed the Caribbean noir series “Four Seasons in Havana” for Tornasol, will direct some of “Patria’s” episodes.

The 646-page novel looks
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HBO Europe Adapts Fernando Aramburu’s Novel ‘Patria’ As First Spanish Original

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HBO Europe is adapting Fernando Aramburu’s bestselling novel Patria as the company’s first Spanish original drama.

The premium broadcaster has greenlit the eight-part adaptation, which will be written by Aitor Gabilondo (El Príncipe) and directed by Venice-winning Pablo Trapero (The Clan) and Goya-winning Félix Viscarret (Four Seasons In Havana).

Produced by Alea Media, Patria will start shooting in the North of Spain early 2019. It will air across all of HBO Europe’s territories and will also be available to HBO’s subscribers in the U.S. via HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand.

Set in Spanish Basque Country and taking place over thirty years during the separatist terrorism of Eta, Patria tells a story through the eyes of two families divided by the violent conflict. It follows Bittori and her family, whose lives implode the day Eta kills her husband, Txato, on his doorstep. The relationship with her intimate friend Miren,
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HBO Europe Greenlights 'Patria' as First Spanish-Language Original

HBO Europe has greenlighted Patria, an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu's best-selling novel about the Basque separatist conflict, as its first-ever Spanish-language original series.

Aitor Gabilondo has adapted Aramburu’s novel, which follows two families divided by the separatist movement, and the violent terrorism carried out by Basque separatist group Eta.

Pablo Trapero (The Clan) and Felix Viscarret (Under the Stars) will direct the eight-part series Alea Media will produce for HBO Europe with the participation of HBO Latin America. The story of Patria rolls out over 30 years of Eta's separatist terrorism in northern Spain. The lives of Bittori ...
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What’s Leaving Netflix in October 2018

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Fans of animated films better hurry to Netflix as a number of them are leaving the streaming service this fall.

Starting Monday, the 1988 Japanese anime film “Akira” is leaving the platform alongside other animated pics, including “The Adventures of Tintin” and “The Rugrats Movie.” Later in the month, the popular stop-motion movie “Kubo and the Two Strings” will depart on Oct. 8, followed by “The Secret Life of Pets” on Oct. 22.

Despite the upcoming Halloween holiday, several horror pics are also leaving the streaming service, including “Scream 2,” “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” and “The Babadook.” They will be joined by “Adventureland,” “Sin City,” “The Bfg,” and “Donnie Darko,” in addition to shows like “Freaks and Geeks,” “White Collar,” and “90210.”

See the full list of what’s leaving Netflix below:

Oct. 1

21

Adventureland

Akira

Bad Boys

Boogie Nights

Cinderella Man

Curse of Chucky

Eyes Wide Shut

Freaks and Geeks: Season 1

Full
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San Sebastian: Latido Continues Sales Spree: Inks Argentine Duo with China’s Lemon Tree (Exclusive)

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Latido Films’ selling spree continues at San Sebastian, where the Spanish sales agent has closed with Beijing-based distributor Lemon Tree Chinese rights to two Argentine high profile titles, Mariano Cohn’s thriller “4X4” and Carlos Sorin’s drama “Joel.”

Both titles head a raft of new deals clinched by Latido in San Sebastian, and come a week after reporting 23 higher-profile deals across seven titles struck from Cannes through Toronto.

Teaming Gaston Duprat and Cohn’s Buenos Aires-based Television Abierta with Spain’s Mediapro, and toplining Peter Lanzani (“The Clan”), “4 x 4” kicks-off with a luxury 4 x 4 stationed in a Buenos Aires district. A petty car thief enters the vehicle. But when he tries to get out, can’t. The doors, windows won’t open. He’s trapped.

The thriller marks Cohn’s follow-up to “The Distinguished Citizen” which won Oscar Martínez a Volpi Cup best actor award at 2016’s Venice Festival,
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San Sebastian: Jayro Bustamante’s ‘La Llorona’ Goes to Film Factory (Exclusive)

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San Sebastian — In one of the banner deals at this year’s San Sebastian, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Ent, the sales agent on “Wild Tales,” “The Clan” and now Argentine Oscar entry “El Angel,” has pounced on world sales rights to “La Llorona,” which stars the female leads of Bustamante’s Berlin awarded debut “Ixcanul.”

Deal was struck at this year’s San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, where “La Llorona” walked off with one of the top prizes, the EFADs-caci Co-production Grant, adjudicated by Europe and Latin America’s powerful state film agencies, from the BFI to France’s Cnc, Mexico’s Imcine or Argentina’s Incaa, a sign that “La Llorona” is the kind of film that these government film funds want to encourage.

Backed by French investor George Renard, who will serve as associate producer, “La Llorona” is scheduled to shoot from this December, Bustamante said. If ready,
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Toronto: Correspondences #8 — Pairs and Personas

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The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Kelley Dong and Daniel Kasman.Our BodyDear Danny, For me, one of the jarring components of a film festival is that temperatures are continually in flux, not only outside—it is much colder this week, as I'm sure you know—but also inside the theatre, where I go from one warm movie to a very cold one multiple times a day. I envy that you have seen, at very least, some of the finer genre films here; I myself have been seeing mostly blockbusters, with the occasional arthouse film of relatively smaller scale. But speaking of art cinema: To celebrate the centenary of Ingmar Bergman's birth, Tiff Cinematheque showed its 35mm print of his Persona at a free public screening, just one of an abundance of events offered here outside of the scheduled programming. Since its 1966 release, the
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Venice: Haut et Court Takes France on Competition Player ‘The Accused’ (Exclusive)

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Haut et Court, the upscale producer-distributor of Palme d’Or winner “The Class” and company behind TV series smash hit “The Returned,” has moved smartly at this year’s Venice Festival to acquire French rights to Argentine Gonzalo Tobal’s competition contender “Acusada” (The Accused).

Warner Bros. which has rights to Latin America, will release the murder trial thriller in Argentina on Sept. 13.

Deals on Venice competition titles more often close at Toronto. Struck by Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Ent., the Venice deal with a prestige distributor in Europe’s biggest market for foreign-language movies giveS “Accused” an early tailwind as it segues to Toronto, to screen in its Contemporary World Cinema.

World premiering on the Lido on Tuesday, “The Accused” was described by Variety’s Jay Weissberg as “dependably handsome and pleasingly involving, a classic ‘did-she-or-didn’t-she’ murder scenario” [that] mostly focuses on the family dynamics of a young woman
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‘The Quietude’ Review: Bérénice Bejo and Edgar Ramírez Do Their Best, but This Family Drama Is a Redheaded Stepchild — Venice

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‘The Quietude’ Review: Bérénice Bejo and Edgar Ramírez Do Their Best, but This Family Drama Is a Redheaded Stepchild — Venice
Title notwithstanding, “The Quietude” offers little respite. Pablo Trapero’s family melodrama stars Bérénice Bejo and Martina Gusman as sisters whose endlessly complicated relationship proves that blood, though thicker than water, isn’t always enough to keep people together. La Quietud is the name of the family ranch outside Buenos Aires where they reunite after years apart; though beautiful, the homestead doesn’t exactly live up to its serene moniker. Dogs roam and birds sing on the rural estate but, like many places suffused with family memories, it contains as much sadness as joy — and, lately, much more of the former.

Both sisters are introduced the same way: from behind, the camera focused on their hair as they enter a building where something of great consequence will befall them. They’re very much two sides of the same coin, resembling each other so uncannily you may find yourself looking up
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Venice: Bim Distribuzione Takes Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’ for Italy

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Italy’s Bim Distribuzione has acquired Italian rights to Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud,” the Argentine director’s follow-up to “The Clan,” which won him the award for best director award in Venice in 2016.

“La Quietud” world premieres Sunday on the Lido out of competition.

Bim picked up the title from its parent company, Wild Bunch, which is handling international sales. Though the two companies are linked, Wild Bunch does not use Bim as its exclusive Italian outlet, which is separately run.

A drama with thriller elements, “La Quietud” is set amid Argentina’s upper class against a backdrop of the country’s recent military dictatorship and its expropriation of murdered detainees’ property. The story centers on the dynamic between two sisters — Eugenia, played by Berenice Bejo, who returns from Paris to the family’s rural estate, and her younger sister, Mia, played by Martina Gusmán — after their father is hospitalized from a stroke.
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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record

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‘El Angél’ Breaks Argentina’s Domestic Box Office Record
The major domestic box office successes of films such as “The Clan” and “Wild Tales” have established August as the month to release a big domestic film in Argentina. This year, Luiz Ortega’s “El Angel” not only joins those ranks, but tops them with the country’s largest ever first four-day box office trail of 56 million Argentine Pesos ($1.9million), from an Aug. 9 bow.

That number is slightly misleading when considering both inflation in Argentine and the devaluation of the Argentine peso when calculated U.S. dollar earnings, but the film’s almost 453,000 admissions is still the fifth best ever for a domestic release in Argentina.

Also worth consideration is that “El Angél,” opening Chile’s Sanfic Festival on Sunday, faces stiff box office competition this year, as the Ricardo Darín vehicle “An Unexpected Love,” set to open this year’s San Sebastián festival, also hit cinemas earlier this month
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Watch an Exclusive Clip for Cannes Un Certain Regard Player ‘El Ángel’

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Watch an Exclusive Clip for Cannes Un Certain Regard Player ‘El Ángel’
Luis Ortega’s “El Ángel” is set to world premiere Friday at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it plays in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. Variety has been granted access to the first exclusive clip of the upcoming serial killer origin story.

Sold by Film Factory, produced by Argentina’s K & S and Pedro and Agustin’s El Deseo and co-produced by Argentine broadcast network Telefe – a quartet behind “Wild Tales” and “The Clan” – “El Ángel” also marks an incursion as a producer into feature film production of Underground Producciones, of one of Argentina’s foremost drama series production houses (“El Marginal”).

“El Ángel” explores the dark beginnings of Argentina’s longest-serving prisoner and one of its most brutal killers, Carlos Robledo Puch. Dubbed the “Angel of Death” because of his angelic blonde curls, Carlos started experimenting with petty crime in early adolescence. In time his ambitions escalated
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‘Gomorrah’ Team Underway On Cocaine Crime Series ‘ZeroZeroZero’ With Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Gabriel Byrne

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The team behind hit Euro crime-drama Gomorrah are underway on new series ZeroZeroZero, which will star Andrea Riseborough (Battle Of The Sexes) — as we broke last month — Dane DeHaan (Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets) and Gabryel Byrne (The Usual Suspects). The Cattleya epic for Sky, Canal+ and Amazon will shoot in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Wolof and Arabic for a whopping eight months in six countries.

Gomorrah director Stefano Sollima is helming the adaptation of the book by Gomorrah scribe Roberto Saviano about international cocaine trafficking and its economic and political effects. The plot will chart family dynamics, Mexican cartels, the ‘Ndrangheta (the Calabrian mafia) and corrupt businessmen. The stellar line up of directors also includes Pablo Trapero (The Clan) and Janus Metz (True Detective). After concluding the first weeks of shooting in New Orleans, principal photography moves on to Mexico and then to Italy and Africa.
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Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama ‘ZeroZeroZero’

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Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Amazon Board Cocaine Drama ‘ZeroZeroZero’
Production has started on “ZeroZeroZero,” a drama on the international cocaine trade from the team behind hit Italian crime series “Gomorrah.” Gabriel Byrne and Andrea Riseborough will star in the show, which Amazon has picked up for the U.S.

The eight-part series, which is set to be one of the buzziest international dramas of 2019, is adapted from Roberto Saviano’s book and directed by Stefano Sollima. Saviano wrote “Gomorrah,” and Sollima directed the hit Sky series. Italy-based producer Cattleya, which is backed by ITV and produced “Gomorrah,” is making “ZeroZeroZero.”

Dane Dehaan (“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”) and Harold Torres (“Sin Nombre”) have also been cast alongside Byrne (“The Usual Suspects”) and Riseborough (“The Death of Stalin”). “ZeroZeroZero” came out of the Italian arm of Sky, which has it for the U.K. and Germany. Canal+ is also on board and has the show for France and French-speaking Africa.
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Watch Exclusive International Trailer to Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’

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Watch Exclusive International Trailer to Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’
Cannes — A first international trailer of Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud,” his awaited follow-up to Venice best director winner “The Clan.”

Starring Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”), “La Quietud” marks a change of register for Trapero, an intense drama with thriller elements set in Argentina’s upper-class in a country whose dark past still weighs upon the present.

A study of the relationship dynamics between two sisters, “La Quietud” kicks off as one, Eugenia (Bejo) returns from Paris after return from Paris to the family’s rural estate, La Quietud, after the father is hospitalized following a stroke.

There she reunites with her younger sister, Mia, (Gusmán) and their mother, whom she hasn’t seen in 15 years. Despite a love-hate relationship, the sisters discover more in common than they might have thought.

But “La Quietud” is set against a none too distant past of the
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