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Film News Roundup: ‘El Norte’ Set for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

Film News Roundup: ‘El Norte’ Set for 35th Anniversary Re-Release
In today’s film news roundup, “El Norte” has been set for re-release, “A Dark Place” finds a home and Nazneen Contractor has joined the cast of the “Saw” reboot.

Anniversary Release

Fathom Events and Lionsgate have set a 35th anniversary release on Sept. 15 for “El Norte,” Gregory Nava’s drama about the dreams of immigrants from Central America.

El Norte” has been set to coincide with the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It will play in more than 200 movie theaters in select markets nationwide and include an exclusive introduction by Nava, whose films also include “Selena” and “Mi Familia.”

The screenings will also include a featurette that explores the making of the film with the film’s stars, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez and David Villalpando. Nava’s introduction and the behind-the-scenes featurette will be presented in both English and Spanish.

The Fathom Events presentation of “El Norte” is
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El Norte – The Classic Film About Immigration, Returns to Movie Theaters September 15th

35 Years After Its Original Theatrical Release, the Oscar® Nominated Classic, Restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, to Play on More Than 200 Screens to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

El Norte,” the epic, widely acclaimed masterpiece about the dreams of immigrants from Central America and the promise of America, will return to movie theaters in select markets this September in a special one-day-only 35th anniversary presentation from Fathom Events and global content leader Lionsgate.

Directed by Gregory Nava from a screenplay co-written by Anna Thomas, “El Norte” will play on Sunday, September 15 – the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month – in more than 200 movie theaters in select markets nationwide. This special one-day-only presentation will include an exclusive introduction by Nava, whose films also include the beloved hits “Selena” and “Mi Familia.” The Fathom Events screenings will also include a brand-new featurette that explores the making of the film
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Gregory Nava on Rereleasing ‘El Norte,’ and When Its Stars Were Bigger Than Spielberg and Hanks

Gregory Nava on Rereleasing ‘El Norte,’ and When Its Stars Were Bigger Than Spielberg and Hanks
In an era of kids in cages, “build that wall,” and migrant caravans, Gregory Nava’s 1984 independent drama “El Norte” is both landmark and prescient. While it focused on the story of two migrant siblings from a Mayan village in Guatemala, it represented the journey of the thousands of Central Americans who left their homes for a treacherous journey to the United States, where the promise of a better life — and the harsh realities of what they would actually find — lay on the other side of barbed wire.

For the film’s 35th anniversary, it will receive a one-day release September 15 in more than 200 theaters nationwide via Fathom Events, with Lionsgate releasing the film on digital platforms September 17. This also represents the first-ever screening of the film’s Academy restoration, with a new introduction by Nava and a post-credits featurette with stars Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez and David Villalpando, who portrayed the migrant siblings.
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Highway Patrolman (El Patrullero)

The prize for best direction of 1991 ought to have gone to Alex Cox, whose visual economy in this show is to be applauded. Cox’s camera is fluid, expressive yet technically invisible and unencumbered with fancy tricks: the frame never goes static, yet the film has only a couple of hundred cuts! Filmed in Spanish in Mexico, we get a non-cynical image of a culture and a story that’s universally applicable. Mexican neorealism? Roberto Sosa is an idealistic young recruit, who learns that reality is pretty rough out on the lonesome, deadly highway.

Highway Patrolman


Kl Studio Classics

1991 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date April 16, 2019 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Roberto Sosa, Bruno Bichir, Vanessa Bauche, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Malena Doria, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Mike Moroff, Jorge Russek.

Cinematography: Miguel Garzón

Film Editor: Carlos Puente

Song: Zander Schloss

Written and produced by Lorenzo O’Brien
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New Trailer for 4K Re-Release of Alex Cox's 'Highway Patrolman' Film

"A pungent mix of existential grunge." Kino Lorber has debtued a new trailer for their upcoming re-release of Alex Cox's film Highway Patrolman, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its release in Us cinemas. It actually premiered at Tiff in 1992, and opened in Mexico in 1991, but didn't arrive in Us theaters until late 1993. Repo Man and Sid & Nancy director Alex Cox went south of the border to film this dramatic tale of a rookie member of Mexico's national highway patrol, who struggles to keep on the straight and narrow in a department rife with corruption. It's a new 4K restoration overseen by the director himself, showing at Film Forum in NYC first. Roberto Sosa stars as Pedro, with Bruno Bichir, Vanessa Bauche, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, and Pedro Armendáriz Jr. This looks rad! Always worth going out to catch these re-releases. Here's the new trailer for the re-release of Alex Cox's Highway Patrolman,
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.


Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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8 Films to Watch Before Seeing Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’

Arriving in limited release this weekend before expanding wide in early October, Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario is a strong start to the fall season. The drama surrounding the drug battle at the U.S.-Mexico border might not get any points for subtlety, but Villeneuve amplifies the tension of every scene with help from cinematographer Roger Deakins outdoing himself with every shot.

If it’s not coming to your city this weekend, or if you’re simply in the mood for some similarly themed films, we’ve rounded up eight titles that are well worth watching before seeing Sicario. Rather than including past work from Villeneuve (Prisoners and Enemy make for worthy primers) or proof that Emily Blunt makes an excellent heroine (see: Edge of Tomorrow and Looper), the selections aim to cover a thematic crossroads. Check them out below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Cartel Land
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