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Netflix Spain Unveils New Film Slate (Exclusive)

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Netflix Spain Unveils New Film Slate (Exclusive)
Netflix and Federation Spain, the Spanish division of Paris and L.A.-based Federation Entertainment, are teaming to produce “Las niñas de cristal,” a psychological drama set against the world of classical ballet that toplines “Money Heist” and “Elite” star Maria Pedraza.

The movie is one highlight in Netflix’s first announcement of a production-distribution slate focused entirely on Spanish original movies. The eight titles it profiles that are moving into production or set for release in 2021 and 2022 are a sign of Netflix ramping up its production of Spanish movies as part of its bet on Spanish scripted TV and movies, with Spain punching above its weight in the number of Netflix originals compared to Spanish subscribers. The Netflix slate highlights:

“Las niñas de cristal”

Alison Parker in “Money Heist” and Guzmán’s fated sister Marina in “Elite,” in “Las niñas de cristal” Pedraza plays Irene, a classical ballet dancer
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Boris Johnson Appoints Former Goldman Sachs Banker as BBC Chair – Global Bulletin

Boris Johnson Appoints Former Goldman Sachs Banker as BBC Chair – Global Bulletin
In today’s Global Bulletin, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson appoints Richard Sharp as next BBC chair; the BBC ramps up educational programming in response to British school closures; Netflix announces a new original feature in Spain; Naked hires Natalie McArdle as director of development; and Big Light Productions announces 2021 apprenticeship winner.

Appointment

Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp has been selected by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the next BBC chairman, succeeding Sir David Clementi. U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed the appointment on Wednesday.

Sharp’s appointment arrives at a contentious time for the public broadcaster, which is currently embroiled in fractious debates about license fees and facing unprecedented competition from commercial rivals, both domestic and abroad.

While at Goldman Sachs, Sharp was the boss of Rishi Sunak, current U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sharp has also acted as an informal adviser to Sunak since
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Netflix ‘The Mess You Leave Behind’ trailer will surprise you

Netflix ‘The Mess You Leave Behind’ trailer will surprise you
'The Mess You Leave Behind' trailer is out now.

Netflix has released the official trailer for the upcoming thriller series 'The Mess You Leave Behind' and it looks terrifying.

Based on the novel of the same, the series follows the story of Raquel (played by Inma Cuesta), a young literature teacher, who moves to her husband's town, which hides a dark secret she will try to uncover.

Netflix's official synopsis for the series is as follows: "A teacher starts her job at a high school but is haunted by a suspicious death that occurred there weeks before… and begins fearing for her own life."

Created by Carlos Montero, the series also stars Roberto Enriquez, Barbara Lennie, Tamar Novas and Aron Piper in key roles.

'The Mess You Leave Behind' comes to Netflix on December 11.

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First Trailer for Isabel Coixet's B&W Lesbian Romance 'Elisa & Marcela'

"This is real, right?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for the indie drama Elisa & Marcela, a Spanish drama that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. This B&W lesbian romance is set in 1901, telling the story of two women who marry (with one of them posing as a man to pull it off) fifteen years after first falling in love. Greta Fernández co-stars as Marcela Gracia Ibeas, who takes on the identity of Mario Sánchez, in to marry her lover, Elisa Sanchez Loriga, played by Natalia de Molina. The cast includes Sara Casanovas, Tamar Novas, María Pujalte, and Francesc Orella. This received some awful reviews out of Berlinale, saying it's a "plodding, protracted melodrama where provincial folk speak, behave and act like their 21st century counterparts." As stylistic and passionate as it may seem, this sounds like a film to avoid. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster
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Berlinale 2019: Isabel Coixet’s ‘Elisa and Marcela’

In 1901 Spain, Marcela Gracia Ibeas took on the identity of Mario Sánchez to marry her lover of fifteen years, Elisa Sanchez Loriga. The couple was later discovered and had to escape to Argentina. The wedding, according to the Diocesan Archive, is still valid, as neither the Church nor the civil registry annulled the marriage certificates, so this is the first recorded same-sex marriage in Spain, 100 years before it was declared legal in 2005; although, in the Middle Ages, a same-sex marriage between the two men Pedro Díaz and Muño Vandilaz in the Galician municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain was recorded on 16 April 1061…

By José Sellier — Foto publicada en La Voz de Galicia en 1901-Via http://www.20minutos.es/museo-virtual/foto/2259/rank/4/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2256437

The two worked as teachers at a time when the vast majority of the Galician population was illiterate.
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Elisa & Marcela’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Elisa & Marcela’
On the surface, “Elisa & Marcela” may look like a lesbian love story for the ages, a salute to our brave foremothers who risked ridicule and imprisonment to express their love. If only it were so essential. Instead, Isabel Coixet’s tired romanticized biopic of two Spanish women who tricked a priest into marrying them in 1901 is a dully made, frequently ridiculous eye-roller shot in standard issue black-and-white that gussies itself up as a brave clarion call for gay rights. Slapdash in construction and lacking any three-dimensionality, the film will get peddled to Lgbt viewers who thankfully have far better options, especially from Netflix.

In 1898, Marcela (Greta Fernández) begins attending a convent school in her home city of A Coruña. On the first day, she has a meet-cute with third-year student Elisa (Natalia de Molina), living at the convent with her aunt, the school’s director, and a friendship based on support and attraction rapidly forms.
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Berlin Adds Films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lineup

Berlin Adds Films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lineup
New films by Agnieszka Holland, Agnes Varda and Isabel Coixet have been added to the official lineup of the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, along with special screenings of directorial debuts by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and “Narcos” star Wagner Moura of Brazil.

The Berlinale added 11 titles to its competition slate Thursday, representing countries such as China, Norway, Mongolia and Israel. Of the 18 competition titles selected so far, eight are directed by women, including festival opener “The Kindness of Strangers,” by Danish director Lone Scherfig.

Holland’s eagerly anticipated “Mr. Jones,” starring James Norton and Vanessa Kirby, will have its world premiere in Potsdamer Platz. The politically charged film centers on the real-life Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (Norton), whose reporting uncovered a deadly famine in Ukraine in the 1930s.

Another famine-themed film heading to Berlin is Ejiofor’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” which was recently acquired by Netflix and
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Berlin Lineup Additions: Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche, Wagner Moura, Diane Kruger Movies Join

Berlin Lineup Additions: Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche, Wagner Moura, Diane Kruger Movies Join
The Berlin Film Festival has added movies by Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel Coixet and Wang Quan’an to its competition programme. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind will play in the Berlinale Special strand. Scroll down for the full list of additions to the batch of films already announced for the competition.

Coixet’s (The Bookshop) black-and-white feature Elisa & Marcela, the true-story of two women who got married in Spain in 1901 after one adopted a male identity, will likely receive an extra dose of media attention given that it is a Netflix acquisition, marking the streaming giant’s first film to screen in competition in Berlin. Festival director Dieter Kosslick has previously said that competition films must have a theatrical release.

Among other highlights announced today are James Norton and Vanessa Kirby starrer Mr. Jones from Polish director Agnieszka Holland and Italian mafia pic Piranhas,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #133. Elisa & Marcela – Isabel Coixet

Elisa & Marcela

Spanish director Isabel Coixet turns to Netflix for her latest feature, Elisa & Marcela, a recuperation of queer history in its examination of the first ever recorded marriage between two women in 1901. Produced by Jose Carmona and Zaza Caballos through Rodar y Rodar, Zenit TV and La Nube Peliculas. Cinematographer Jennifer Cox lensed the feature, serving as her first narrative feature. Celebrated Spanish actress Natalia de Molina and Greta Fernandez with a supporting cast consisting of Tamar Novas, Sara Casasnovas, María Pujalte, Francesc Orella, Lluís Homar, Jorge Suquet and Manolo Solo.…
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Academy Award Film Series: Bardem Fights for Right to Die in Amenábar's 'Sea'

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body,
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The Sea Inside Review – Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas d: Alejandro Amenábar

Mar Adentro / The Sea Inside (2004) Direction: Alejandro Amenábar Screenplay: Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil Cast: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, Joan Dalmau, Tamar Novas, Clara Segura Oscar Movies, European Film Award Movies Recommended with Reservations Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, The Sea Inside Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama and features as its centerpiece Javier Bardem's much too showy performance as tetraplegic man eager to end his life "with dignity." But despite its not inconsiderable flaws, this real-life-inspired drama is both compelling and touching enough to merit a look. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title "Into the Sea.") Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, Sampedro hires an attorney (Belén Rueda) to
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Blu-Ray Review: Great ‘Broken Embraces’ With Penelope Cruz

Chicago – Very few directors have known how to utilize a star more effectively than the way Pedro Almodovar has turned Penelope Cruz from a gorgeous face into one of our best working actresses. Just the two films she’s made recently with Pedro - “Volver” and the new-to-dvd “Broken Embraces” - would earn her that title. “Broken Embraces” may not be perfect Pedro but sub-par Almodovar is still required viewing for all cineasts.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Broken Embraces” may not be quite the masterpiece that was the director’s “Talk to Her” or “Volver” but it is a far better film than one might think based on its general dismissal during its small theatrical release at the end of 2009, especially in HD. Very few directors have the colorful eye of Almodovar, a man made for 1080p.

Wildly self-referential and genre-hopping, “Broken Embraces” is a confidently directed slice of self-examination through the world of noir,
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Broken Embraces Review

By Charles Webb

Pedro Almodovar's latest has the potential to lure viewers in with the promise of the unraveling of a romantic-tragic mystery. And yes, part of the movie is concerned - as many of Almodovar's films are - with passion in its many forms and its unintended consequences. But the filmmaker's true interest this time out appears to be in reconstruction and rebuilding the past. And it is in exploring this theme that the filmmaker elevates the movie to a masterwork. 

<strong>Broken Embraces</strong> stars Lluís Homar as a blind screenwriter named Harry Caine who was once a sighted director named Mateo Blanco.  Those of you guessing the change has something to do with a beauty named Lena (Penélope Cruz) have been thankfully paying attention. In the present, Harry/Mateo is fairly content with his life, doted upon by his fiercely protective agent, Judit (Blanca Portillo) and her son Diego (Tamar Novas).

Then,
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Movie Review: Broken Embraces (2009)

Penelope Cruz and Lluis Homar in Broken Embraces

Photo: Sony Pictures Classics Earlier this year I did myself a favor and invested some time in the most recent work from director Pedro Almodovar. I missed the bus on the acclaimed director's work to this point (outside of Bad Education) and wanted to remedy the situation somewhat. Of those I watched I was completely floored by Volver to the point I will most likely never watch another Almodovar film the same way as they all now have something to aspire to. Broken Embraces doesn't live up to that 2006 film, but it still contains a magical touch only Almodovar currently seems to be bringing to his features.

This isn't to say Broken Embraces is otherworldly like Volver, but it has a mystical style to it as a 14-year-old story is brought back to life as a film director left blind from a
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'Broken Embraces': Love In Vain, By Kurt Loder

Pedro Almodóvar dazzles again.

Penélope Cruz in "Broken Embraces"

Photo: Universal

Lena, Mateo and Ernesto are caught up in a vintage film-noir triangle. Lena (Penélope Cruz) is a willful beauty with a lurid secret. She lives in luxury with the much-older Ernesto (José Luis Gómez), a wealthy Madrid businessman, but is falling under the spell of Mateo (Lluís Homar), a celebrated movie director, who has cast her in his latest picture. Ernesto, possessive and ruthless, has arranged to become the film's producer, and has assigned his unstable son (Rubén Ochandiano) to shoot a video documentary about the making of it — footage that allows Ernesto, back in his mansion in Lena's increasing absences, to track her deepening relationship with Mateo.

Pedro Almodóvar's "Broken Embraces" is a rapt essay in film-noir atmosphere — the classic black-and-white fog of desperation, treachery and impending disaster — which has been translated here in carefully calibrated color.
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Penélope Cruz – Broken Embraces Photos

Pedro Almodóvar’s noirish (in color) Broken Embraces, which was screened in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, opens in New York City on November 20 and in Los Angeles on December 11. Broken Embraces star several Almodóvar alumni: Muse Penélope Cruz (a potential Oscar 2010 contender in the best actress category), Lluís Homar of Bad Education, Blanca Portillo and Lola Dueñas of Volver, Rossy de Palma of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Chuz Lampeavre of just about everything Almodóvar has ever directed. Also: Rubén Ochandiano (of Che), Tamar Novas (of The Sea Inside), Carlos Leal (of Chef’s Special), and José Luis Gómez (of Goya’s Ghosts). Broken Embraces Trailer. Photos: © Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo, [...]
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Broken Embraces - New clips from the Sony Pictures Classics release.

See new clips from Sony Pictures Classics "Broken Embraces," starring Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas and Rubén Ochandiano. Pedro Almodóvar directs and writes the drama thriller. A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life. This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can’t direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco...
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Domestic “Broken Embraces” Trailer

Sony Pictures Classic has released domestic trailer for Pedro Almodovar’s latest film “Broken Embraces” (”Los abrazos rotos“).

Broken Embraces” synopsis: A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life.

This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can’t direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena. In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help
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Broken Embraces - Official poster for the Pedro Almodóvar film with Penélope Cruz

See the official one-Sheet for Sony Pictures Classics' "Broken Embraces" (a.k.a. "Los abrazos rotos"), starring Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas and Rubén Ochandiano. Pedro Almodóvar directs and writes the film which opens in New York on November 20th, 2009 and in Los Angeles on December 11th. A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life. This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs...
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