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How ‘7 Prisoners’ Star Rodrigo Santoro ‘Completely Transforms’ for Human Trafficking Drama (Video)

How ‘7 Prisoners’ Star Rodrigo Santoro ‘Completely Transforms’ for Human Trafficking Drama (Video)
For his human trafficking drama coming soon to Netflix, director Alexandre Moratto looked to Brazilian star Rodrigo Santoro to play the film’s menacing villain Luca. But though Santoro stands out in “Love, Actually,” “300,” “Westworld” and “Lost,” Moratto argues that he’s nearly unrecognizable in this film.

“Some people don’t even recognize him in this role, because he completely transforms himself for the film,” Moratto told TheWrap at the Toronto International Film Festival. “He’s such a massive global star, and the fact that people are doing a double take, it just shows the great lengths he went to to completely transform himself for this role.”

7 Prisoners” made its premiere at TIFF and is the story of a rural worker in Brazil named Mateus (Christian Malheiros) who travels with a group of other young men for a job in Sao Paolo at a junkyard. Over time they
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‘7 Prisoners’ Trailer: Fernando Mereilles and Ramin Bahrani Champion Netflix’s Brazilian Thriller

‘7 Prisoners’ Trailer: Fernando Mereilles and Ramin Bahrani Champion Netflix’s Brazilian Thriller
Socrates” director Alexandre Moratto returns with “7 Prisoners,” a lean and intense moral thriller about a smart kid who finds trouble in São Paulo. The Brazilian hostage film world-premiered to acclaim at the Venice Film Festival and is now set to be released in theaters and on streaming globally from Netflix this November. The streaming giant is eyeing an Oscar push for the film as a strong contender for Best International Feature out of Brazil. Exclusive to IndieWire, watch the trailer for the film below.

Here’s the synopsis courtesy of Netflix:

18-year-old Mateus (Christian Malheiros) hopes to provide a better life for his working-class family in the countryside. Accepting a new job in São Paolo, he is shuttled into the city with a handful of other teenage boys from his town, unaware of what awaits them: exhausting work in a scrapyard and their identity cards seized by a vicious taskmaster and exploiter,
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‘7 Prisoners’ Review: A Teenage Laborer Chooses Between Integrity and Survival in a Gripping, São Paulo-Set Thriller

‘7 Prisoners’ Review: A Teenage Laborer Chooses Between Integrity and Survival in a Gripping, São Paulo-Set Thriller
Near the beginning of “7 Prisoners,” the illuminated high-rise skyline of São Paulo draws murmurs of admiration from a group of young rural Brazilians as a minivan ferries them into the city for the first time in their lives. They’ve never personally known their world to be so big, though within minutes of Brazilian-American director Alexandre Moratto’s accomplished, socially conscious thriller, it’ll grow smaller than they could ever have imagined. As migrant labor turns swiftly and all too plausibly into modern-day slavery, vivid, in-the-moment terror turns to more sustained, sweaty moral panic: The only way out of this prison, it seems, is to become a jailer yourself.

Moratto’s first film “Socrates,” a tender-tough, street-level study of a gay teen surviving homelessness in São Paulo, won him the Someone to Watch Award at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, and the more polished, pumped-up “7 Prisoners” seemingly hits the
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WME Signs ‘7 Prisoners’ Director Alexandre Moratto

WME Signs ‘7 Prisoners’ Director Alexandre Moratto
Exclusive: Fresh off the Venice Film Festival world premiere of his upcoming drama, 7 Prisoners, director Alexandre Moratto has been signed by WME. The Netflix title is in the Horizons Extra section here and will next screen at the Toronto International Film Festival.

A protégé of filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, Moratto first garnered attention with his award-winning debut feature Socrates, shot at a budget of $20,000 with a crew of 16-20 year olds from a Unicef-supported project providing opportunities to low-income communities in Brazil.

Socrates went on to screen at over 50 film festivals, earning Moratto two major film grants and three Independent Spirit Award nominations, including the John Cassavetes Award for best film with a budget of under $500,000 and the Someone to Watch Award, the latter of which he won.

Bahrani served as a producer on Socrates and also produces 7 Prisoners. In Deadline’s review, Anna Smith called it a
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‘7 Prisoners’ Review: A Harrowing Moral Thriller About Human Trafficking in the Junkyards of Brazil

‘7 Prisoners’ Review: A Harrowing Moral Thriller About Human Trafficking in the Junkyards of Brazil
, the second feature by filmmaker Alexandre Moratto (“Socrates”) hinges on the moral dilemma that confronts a poor 18-year-old farm worker after he trades the outskirts of Catanduva for the big city of São Paulo in order to send money back to his ailing mom.

The kid’s name is Mateus (“Socrates” lead Christian Malheiros), and he’s a rock-solid human who would do anything to support his family. It’s with evident reluctance that Mateus has agreed to leave home, and he winces when his mom presents him with a new shirt for the occasion — she could’ve bought an entire month’s worth of groceries for the same amount. Mateus is more accepting of the protective necklace she gives him for good luck, and the aviation magazine that his little sister offers with a similar degree of ceremony; with big dreams and a good head on his shoulders, there
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Venice Review: ‘7 Prisoners’

Venice Review: ‘7 Prisoners’
An imprisoned teen tries to escape in 7 Prisoners, Netflix’s powerful addition to the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Extra category. But 18-year-old Mateus (Christian Malheiros) isn’t in a conventional prison: he’s working at a junkyard in Brazil’s São Paulo when his new boss, Luca (Rodrigo Santoro), locks him and his co-workers into the complex, playing mind games and demanding long hours. While some try to run for it, Mateus develops a strategy which involves impressing the boss and becoming his right hand man. But will the plan work, or will he be sucked into the other side of human trafficking?

It’s a gripping premise from director Alexandre Moratto, who co-wrote the screenplay with Thayná Mantesso. The writers take time to establish the characters, introducing Mateus as an ambitious young man who’s keen to send money home to his family in the country, before heading onto bigger things.
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‘7 Prisoners’ Film Review: Brutal Brazilian Drama Examines Modern-Day Slavery and Exploitation

‘7 Prisoners’ Film Review: Brutal Brazilian Drama Examines Modern-Day Slavery and Exploitation
Contrary to what its title might imply, director Alexandre Moratto’s sophomore feature “7 Prisoners” isn’t set in a correctional facility or during an armed conflict, but in the underbelly of urban Sao Paolo, Brazil. A lean, unflinching and acutely topical peek at modern-day slavery sold as an opportunity for economic advancement, this naturalistic thriller concerns a victim coerced into becoming a victimizer for survival.

Ripped from their rural hometowns with the promise of steady and well-remunerated work, a pack of young men without avenues for education head to the big city. They are neither the first nor the last, but merely part of a large operation. Mateus (Christian Malheiros), a Black 18-year-old, and three others arrive at a scrap-metal junkyard. A scruffy Rodrigo Santoro, a Hollywood regular back in his home country, plays the callous Luca, who welcomes them to their live-in positions stripping copper and sorting steel.
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Netflix Kicks Off Awards Season in Venice With Exclusive Party for ‘Power of the Dog’

  • Variety
Netflix Kicks Off Awards Season in Venice With Exclusive Party for ‘Power of the Dog’
Netflix is officially in the building.

With both Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” playing at the festival, the streaming giant made its splashy debut on the Lido on Thursday, holding an exclusive reception in the afternoon for their top executives and partners at the chic Hotel Excelsior.

Netflix film boss Scott Stuber, a recent Variety cover star, arrived at the party with his wife, the actor and model Molly Sims — and was greeted almost immediately by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux. The irony was not lost on attendees, considering the streamer hasn’t premiered anything at Cannes since 2017, when Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” marked the streamer’s first and last turn on the Croisette. (The festival quickly changed its rules following a fierce backlash by French exhibitors demanding that competition
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Simon West’s ‘Boundless’ wraps for Fulwell 73, Amazon and Rtve

Simon West’s ‘Boundless’ wraps for Fulwell 73, Amazon and Rtve
The project is made with Spanish firm Elcano.

UK film and TV outfit Fulwell 73 has wrapped production on Simon West’s Boundless, which has been made as a feature-length film and three-part TV series for Amazon Prime Video and Spanish broadcaster Rtve.

Both the feature-length work and series will be released in 2022 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and Spanish broadcaster Rtve.

Westworld star Rodrigo Santoro and Money Heist’s Alvaro Morte headline the cast.

The project is Fulwell 73’s first foray into international production and is co-produced by Spain’s Elcano with backing from Etb, Canal Sur and Gazprom-Media Kit Group.
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Warner Bros Sets 45-Day Window In Asia; Update On Amazon & Fulwell’s Spanish-Language Project ‘Boundless’ – Global Briefs

Warner Bros Sets 45-Day Window In Asia; Update On Amazon & Fulwell’s Spanish-Language Project ‘Boundless’ – Global Briefs
Warner’s 45-Day Window In Asia

Upcoming titles from Warner Bros released in Asia will be available on HBO Go 45 days after their theatrical bow, the studio announced today. The territories covered include Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. First up will be The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It followed by Space Jam: A New Legacy on September 3 and In The Heights on September 16. HBO Max has not yet launched in the covered territories. Yesterday, WarnerMedia confirmed HBO Max will be rolling out into further countries across this year and the next. “This new windowing strategy is great news for fans that haven’t been able to catch our movies in cinemas. With the addition of the latest Warner Bros. movie slate, HBO Go continues its reputation as the region’s exclusive streaming home for the very biggest and best from the world of entertainment,” said Amit Malhotra,
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‘Late Late Show’ Banner Expands Into Foreign-Language Fare With Amazon’s ‘Boundless’ With ‘Money Heist,’ ‘Westworld’ Stars

‘Late Late Show’ Banner Expands Into Foreign-Language Fare With Amazon’s ‘Boundless’ With ‘Money Heist,’ ‘Westworld’ Stars
U.K. film and TV production company Fulwell 73 (The Late Late Show With James Corden) is expanding into foreign-language fare, partnering with Spanish producer Elcano for Boundless, a Spanish-language feature film and three-part TV drama series, featuring Money Heist star Álvaro Morte and Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld).

Boundless will tell “the epic story of the first circumnavigation of the world by explorers Juan Sebastián Elcano and Ferdinand Magellan, who set sail from Spain over 500 years ago,” according to a show description. The film and connected series will be directed by Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), with Santoro starring ...
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‘Covid-19’ Hits “Westworld”

‘Covid-19’ Hits “Westworld”
Season Four of HBO's dystopian TV series "Westworld", based on the 1973 film of the same name, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Jimmi Simpson, Katja Herbers, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro and Aurora Perrineau has halted production as a result of positive Covid-19 tests on set:

"...the story begins in 'Westworld', a technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android 'hosts'. The park caters to high-paying 'guests' who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans.

"In Season Three, the series' plot expands to the real world, in the mid-21st century, where people's lives are driven and controlled by a powerful artificial intelligence named 'Rehoboam'..."

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'Covid-19' Hits "Westworld"

'Covid-19' Hits
Season Four of HBO's dystopian TV series "Westworld", based on the 1973 film of the same name, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Jimmi Simpson, Katja Herbers, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro and Aurora Perrineau has halted production as a result of positive Covid-19 tests on set:

"...the story begins in 'Westworld', a technologically advanced Wild-West-themed amusement park populated by android 'hosts'. The park caters to high-paying 'guests' who may indulge their wildest fantasies within the park without fear of retaliation from the hosts, who are prevented by their programming from harming humans.

"In Season Three, the series' plot expands to the real world, in the mid-21st century, where people's lives are driven and controlled by a powerful artificial intelligence named 'Rehoboam'..."

Click the images to enlarge... 
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‘Westworld’: HBO To Pause Sci-Fi Drama Due To Covid

‘Westworld’: HBO To Pause Sci-Fi Drama Due To Covid
Exclusive: Westworld is the latest series hit by the pandemic.

HBO is to pause production on the fourth season of the sci-fi Western drama series as a result of a positive Covid test. The Warner Bros. TV-produced show recorded a positive test from a production member as part of its rigorous testing scheme and will pause briefly for two days next week.

In a depressing, but unsurprising turn of events, given the increase in cases across the country, it joins a number of series that have had to hit pause due to Covid. American Horror Story had to pause season 10, while on the other side of the pond, Deadline has revealed pauses for shows such as House of the Dragon and Bridgerton.

Westworld, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the question of free will, started production on season four earlier this summer.

The series stars Evan Rachel Wood,
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The Andalusian Journey of Cannes’ Céline Dion-Inspired Film ‘Aline’

The Andalusian Journey of Cannes’ Céline Dion-Inspired Film ‘Aline’
French studio Gaumont’s Cannes player “Aline, The Voice of Love,” freely inspired by the life of Canadian pop star Céline Dion, was partially filmed in Andalusian provinces of Málaga and Almería in June 2019.

Directed, co-written and starring France’s Valérie Lemercier, “Aline” screened July 13 out of competition as part of Cannes’ Official Selection, earning a full five-minute standing ovation.

Co-produced by Gaumont, Rectangle Productions, TF1 and De L’Huile in France, Caramel Films in Canada and Belgium’s Belga Productions, the two-week Andalusian shoot of the film was serviced by Áralan Cinema Services.

“The climate and light of Andalusia helped the producers to set scenes that took place in Brazil, Italy, Monaco and Las Vegas,” said Gonzalo Bendala, co-founder of production house Áralan Films, whose international film servicing label, Áralan Cinema Services, launched in 2019.

For Meredic Bourlat, production manager at Paris-based Rectangle, “Aline” marked a return to lensing in Andalusia
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‘Westworld’ & ‘Money Heist’ Stars To Lead Amazon Explorer Series ‘Boundless’ From Director Simon West

‘Westworld’ & ‘Money Heist’ Stars To Lead Amazon Explorer Series ‘Boundless’ From Director Simon West
Amazon Prime Video and Rtve have set Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld) and Alvaro Morte (Money Heist) as explorers Magallanes and El Cano in Simon West-directed series Boundless.

The four-part drama will tell the story of Juan Sebastián Elcano and Ferdinand Magellan’s epic voyage around the world after they set sail from Spain 500 years ago.

Also in the cast will be Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Captain Cartagena), Adrian Lastra (Captain Mendoza), Carlos Cuevas (Martino), Pepon Nieto (Father Bartolomé), Raul Tejon (Gómez de Espinosa), Goncalo Diniz (Duarte Barbosa), Manuel Moron (Cardenal Fonseca) and Barbara Goenaga (Beatriz).

Filming gets underway on April 26 in the Basque Country and Navarre, before moving to the Dominican Republic, where the filming of sea sequences will take place at Pinewood Studios, and in Spain, specifically Seville and Madrid.

Two of the original ships will be rebuilt to scale and a replica of the only surviving ship will be used.
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Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn and More Star in Humane Society International’s Animated Short Film Save Ralph

Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn and More Star in Humane Society International’s Animated Short Film Save Ralph
Hollywood filmmakers and movie stars have joined forces with Humane Society International to produce a powerful stop-motion animated short film, Save Ralph, to end cosmetic testing on animals around the world.

The film can be watched here.

Although banned in 40 countries, the practice is still perfectly legal in most of the world, and even making a comeback in Europe, subjecting untold thousands of animals to needless suffering and death.

Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Tricia Helfer and others have come together to help Hsi change that by providing the voices for the Save Ralph film, which aims to shine a light on the suffering animals endure and engage the public and policy makers in Hsi’s mission to ban it. Writer and director Spencer Susser and producer Jeff Vespa (Voices of Parkland) teamed up with the Arch Model studio of puppet maker supreme Andy Gent
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John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Is a Guilty Pleasure

John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Is a Guilty Pleasure
We all enjoy movies that, if we had to write a review, we’d pan. Mine range from ’60s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” to Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually,” which has become a family Christmas staple. (That scene between Laura Linney and Rodrigo Santoro? Awful.)

During my ’80s stint at Film Comment Magazine, we published several directors’ guilty pleasures, from Michael Powell to Stephen King, as well as John Waters’ list of high-end art films, which included both Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Teorema” and Woody Allen’s “Interiors.”

The latest entry to my guilty pleasures list is Bronx-born playwright John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme,” a sublimely over-the-top, candy-cane romance that makes no sense whatsoever. It’s possible to imagine that a canny mainstream Hollywood director like Norman Jewison could have transformed Shanley’s adaptation of his 2014 Tony-nominated play “Outside Mullingar” (written after he turned 60 and inspired by his family
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John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Is a Guilty Pleasure

John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Is a Guilty Pleasure
We all enjoy movies that, if we had to write a review, we’d pan. Mine range from ’60s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” to Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually,” which has become a family Christmas staple. (That scene between Laura Linney and Rodrigo Santoro? Awful.)

During my ’80s stint at Film Comment Magazine, we published several directors’ guilty pleasures, from Michael Powell to Stephen King, as well as John Waters’ list of high-end art films, which included both Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Teorema” and Woody Allen’s “Interiors.”

The latest entry to my guilty pleasures list is Bronx-born playwright John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme,” a sublimely over-the-top, candy-cane romance that makes no sense whatsoever. It’s possible to imagine that a canny mainstream Hollywood director like Norman Jewison could have transformed Shanley’s adaptation of his 2014 Tony-nominated play “Outside Mullingar” (written after he turned 60 and inspired by his family
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Disney Plus Rolls Out Hefty Latin American Slate

  • Variety
Disney Plus Rolls Out Hefty Latin American Slate
Disney Plus has made good on its promise to deliver a varied and ambitious original programming lineup in Latin America where it launched on Nov. 17.

More than 70 original productions are in various stages of development and production in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, Disney’s four biggest markets.

One of them, doc-series “Sobrevolando,” is already available on the streaming giant, and features Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, Mexican artist Jay de la Cueva and Argentine musician Fito Páez hosting their respective versions in Brazil, México and Argentina.

The National Geographic series gives a bird’s eye view of Latin America’s stunning landscapes, from the frigid Beagle Channel in South America to the balmy Caribbean Sea, and explores the geography, history and culture of eight regions in Latin America.

Tráiler: https://youtu.be/RvtYUGcnhOI

Other shows, ranging from fiction, talk shows, documentaries, and live programs aimed at all members of the family,
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