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New Argentine VOD Platform Peliculas Nobles Launches (Exclusive)

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New Argentine VOD Platform Peliculas Nobles Launches (Exclusive)
Peliculas Nobles, a filmmaker-led VOD platform for Argentine films, is launching Nov. 16. Argentina’s Gema Juarez Allen of Gema Films and Diego Dubcovsky of Bd Cine and Varsovia Cine have kicked off the new initiative in response to the dearth of platforms for homegrown titles.

The idea first arose from observing that a great number of Argentine catalog films couldn’t find spaces or platforms, said Juarez Allen. Classics like the 2003 gem by Albertina Carri, “Los Rubios,” were left in limbo.

“Many filmmakers whose films are not programmed or acquired by platforms — or whose contracts were discontinued — were forced to hire Vimeo on Demand individually or just open their links for free,” she explained.

“We decided to start organizing this platform and offer a very generous deal that would allow them to receive the same amount per transaction as if they, for instance, hired Vimeo on Demand themselves,” she said.
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Cimarron Fires Up New Movies, First Premium TV Series (Exclusive)

Cimarron Fires Up New Movies, First Premium TV Series (Exclusive)
Cimarrón, an ambitious pan-Latin American production shingle, is readying new high-profile features by Cannes-prized Agustín Toscano and Sundance best director winner Lucía Garibaldi as it gears up to shoot its first drama series in Mexico and Brazil, backed by two global platforms.

Cimarrón, headquartered in Uruguay’s Montevideo and with offices in Brazil and Argentina and service company operations in Mexico, is working on four international productions to be shot over the next few months.

Apart from Toscano and Garibaldi, the company has projects in development – movies or series – with Israel Adrián Caetano, Anahí Berneri, Marina Meliande, Gustavo Taretto and Manuel Abramovich – some of the most courted of South American directors.

Toscano’s “Perro Feroz,” scheduled to shoot in May 2021 and produced by Argentina’s Rizoma and Cimarrón in co-production with France’s Gloria Films, is set in rural Argentina in 1974 and turns on Sergio, an illiterate rural laborer who
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Uruguay’s ‘Summer Hit,’ ‘Las rojas,’ ‘Mateína,’ Set for Cannes’ Producers Network

Uruguay’s ‘Summer Hit,’ ‘Las rojas,’ ‘Mateína,’ Set for Cannes’ Producers Network
Pablo Stoll’s “Summer Hit,” Matías Lucchessi’s “Las rojas,” Joaquín Peñagaricano and Pablo Abdala’s “Mateína” are some of the Uruguayan projects at different stages participating in a spotlight at Cannes’ Producers Network on the Marché du Film’s digital platform on Tuesday 23.

Five Uruguayan companies, Tarkiofilm, Cimarrón, Montelona, Nadador and Salado, have been selected by the country’s national film body Icau to pitch their production slates at the new format French market.

Recently appointed general director at Icau, Uruguay’s film-tv agency, Roberto Blatt told Variety that Uruguay shows a “maturity in its cinema, backed by a great diversity of formats, genres and styles, and the high creative and technical levels of our professionals.” He went on to say, “That was made evident by the success of titles made free through Vera TV [Uruguayan broadcaster Antel’s digital platform] during the pandemic.”

Blatt pointed out that the Uruguayan public
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7th Iff Panama Opens with ‘A Fantastic Woman’

7th Iff Panama Opens with ‘A Fantastic Woman’
Panama City — On Thursday night, Panama City’s Teatro Balboa hosted the opening ceremony for the 7th Panama Intl. Film Festival, screening this year’s foreign-language Oscar winner, Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.”

The screening took place in the presence of the film’s lead actress, Daniela Vega.

This year’s edition has a record number of films and participating countries – 75 films from 51 countries, including two world premieres. Since the fest’s launch in 2012, it has welcomed over 4,300 films and over 700 international guests.

Speaking onstage to a packed audience in the 1,200-seater cinema, fest director Pituka Ortega Heilbron greeted “extraordinary films, extraordinary guests, a passionate audience and a hopeful future for the cinema of our region, to which we are deeply committed.”

She noted that more than 10% of our program is occupied by Panamanian cinema. “The local industry is growing and we are happy to be its platform. We
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From Prose of Life to Poetic Visions: Neighboring Scenes 2018

AlanisThis year’s Neighboring Scenes, an annual showcase of Latin American cinema in New York, offers primarily a taste of the region’s narrative cinema, with a few showings of experimental film and video art. In the first category, a number of films stand out for either their carefully crafted characters and attention to social context or for their formal playfulness. In the opening night film Alanis, by Argentine filmmaker Anahí Berneri, a young woman (Sofía Gala) negotiates motherhood and making a living as a sex worker. Berneri’s narration is assertive and quick-footed, with the entire film built around the dilemma of Alanis having been busted by undercover cops and lost her apartment, without which she can’t get back to work. The main complication—and the film’s strike of genius—is to present Alanis as a fumbling, struggling, yet determined and caring young mother. Berneri dispenses with
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'Zama', 'Killing Jesus' to screen in Iff Panama Iberoamerican showcase

'Zama', 'Killing Jesus' to screen in Iff Panama Iberoamerican showcase
Line-up includes A Fantastic Woman, April’s Daughter

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama (pictured) and Laura Mora Ortega’s Killing Jesus (Argentina-Colombia) are among the Iberoamerican showcase at the upcoming seventh edition of the International Film Festival of Panama (Iff Panama).

The festival, set to run from April 5-11, will also screen previously announced Sebastian Lelio’s Oscar-nominated A Fantastic Woman and Michael Franco’s April’s Daughter (Mexico), as well as Alex de la Iglesia’s Perfectos Desconocidos (Spain), and Anahí Berneri’s Alanis (Argentina).

The Gold Seekers (Paraguay) by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, Marcela Said’s Los Perros (Chile-France), and Gustavo Rondón Córdova’s La Familia (Venezuela) are also included.

Previously announced selections (that will not screen in the Iberoamerican programme) include Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, and Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult, both of which are in contention for the best foreign-language Oscar on March 4

Iff Panama will run from April 5-11. Click
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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Anahí Berneri — “Alanis”

Alanis

Anahí Berneri is an Argentinian film and theater director and scriptwriter. Previous feature films include “Un Año Sin Amor,” “Encarnación,” and “Por Tu Culpa.” She has been recognized with awards from the Berlin International Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Festival, and the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Alanis” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Ab: “Alanis” chronicles three days in the life of a prostitute and her young son as she balances her line of work with maternal and societal demands. The film shows the intimacy between actress Sofía Gala and her son Dante: their looks, their primal relationship, the laughter and tears they let me capture.

The film is set in a multiracial, marginalized, immigrant-populated Buenos Aires. These are neighborhoods Dominican prostitutes were lured to with hopes of a better future, and where they must fight to win a place in the street and the “private” apartments. The legal vacuum, the persecution and shame of those who work the streets, their struggle simply to find a way to survive, is laid bare in the film.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Ab: I was called by an Argentinian actors’ association, Sagai, and a directors’ association, Pci (Independent Cinema Project), to work on a short film. I was given a script where it was not clear if the character was a prostitute or a victim of human trafficking.

That script paradox caught my attention and I wondered why as a society we talk as if prostitution and human trafficking are the same. And I started doing some research and found out the current laws in Argentina reinforce the idea that every prostitute is a victim of trafficking and there is always a person who is the victimizer. In my opinion, the actual victimizer in most cases is the state.

My first reaction was not to accept the project because I didn’t have a clear position and even feminist associations wouldn’t speak about it. It is a matter that splits waters and in the middle are women unprotected.

We talked with different prostitute associations. Some are for and some are against legalizing prostitution. However, none of them want to see their daughters as prostitutes. Some consider prostitution as women’s slavery and others are fighting to have rights to protect them. Argentina has signed international agreements in order not to go against prostitution. But in fact prostitutes are being chased, punished, and prosecuted.

The film doesn’t have a solution at all — politicians are the ones who must provide a solution. I just shot it in order to show a real problem in an intimate way, showing three days in a life of a woman.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Ab: I want them to think about their own moral ideas about prostitution, an unsolved and universal paradox.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Ab: The most difficult challenge was to work with a baby and to find the appropriate climate for violence and sex scenes.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Ab: After shooting the short film we noticed that we had the beginning of a feature. We didn’t have time to develop the project because our baby actor was growing older. Therefore we started shooting as soon as possible by self-financing.

It was two-stage shoot. We shot for two weeks and edited using the short film material. After rewriting the script with the edited material we finally shot for one week more. It was a very tight film schedule and budget.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Ab: I believe it’s a an international window for my work and career. It’s my third time at Tiff and I have always been welcomed by the market.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Ab: The best advice for this film was “shoot right now, or drop it.” The worst advice was “you must release the film as soon as posible.” I knew it was worth waiting for the right time and festivals.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Ab: Go to a school and shoot. Don’t try to be a man on the set. Think and shoot with your own body.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Ab: I love many woman-directed films. In fact, “Alanis” was inspired by “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” by Chantal Akerman. I think Akerman was one of the most influential women in the story of cinema. I love her way of filming in real time capturing ordinary life, and the humanity of her characters.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Ab: Yes, I am optimistic! I am proud of my country because we have many good women directors: Lucrecia Martel, Celina Murga, Natalia Smirnoff, and Albertina Carri are some of my favorites. We started so many years ago fighting for a place in film industry from the organization La Mujer y el Cine. They were pioneers, with director Maria Luisa Bemberg at the head. And in the ’90s with the explosion of the New Cinema and film schools, women had access to a place showing their talent.

Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Anahí Berneri — “Alanis” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Tiff 2017 Announces More Galas and Special Presentations, Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” to Premiere

Brie Larson on the set of “Unicorn Store,” which will make its world premiere at Tiff 2017: Larson’s Instagram account

The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled yet another round of films and projects set to screen at its 2017 edition next month. With these new numbers, there is now a total of 20 Galas and 64 Special Presentations. Six of the 20 Galas are directed or co-directed by women, or 30 percent. The number is smaller for Special Presentations: Women helmed 13 of the 64 films, approximately 20 percent.

Among the most high-profile of the female-helmed special presentations is Brie Larson’s feature directorial debut, “Unicorn Store.” Written by Samantha McIntyre (“Married,” “People of Earth”), “Unicorn Store” stars Larson as a young woman who is invited to the store of her childhood dreams.

Of the six new galas Tiff announced today, only one is helmed by a woman: Tali Shalom-Ezer’s “My Days of Mercy.” The first film since Shalom-Ezer’s 2014 feature debut, “My Days of Mercy” stars Ellen Page (“Freeheld”) as Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row. She falls in love with Kate Mara’s (“House of Cards”) Mercy, whose family is on the other side of Lucy’s political cause.

Another notable Tiff addition is a screening of the Agnès Varda-co-directed “Faces Places” (“Visages Villages”) at the fest’s Masters Program. The Cannes l’Oeil d’Or-winning doc follows Varda and her fellow director, Jr, as they make their way through rural France, photographing and interviewing the people they encounter.

All of the new projects for Tiff’s Primetime television lineup feature a female director or female showrunner. Michelle MacLaren helmed an episode of “The Deuce,” HBO’s upcoming series about the burgeoning porn industry, while Mini Kerti directed an ep of “Under Pressure,” which follows the day-to-day events of an under-equipped, understaffed hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Jantje Friese and Amy Seimetz are the respective co-showrunners of “Dark,” Netflix’s first German-language series, and Starz’s sex work drama “The Girlfriend Experience.”

Tiff will be held September 7–17, 2017. Check out the recently added women-directed and co-directed Galas, Special Presentations, and program screenings below. Lists adapted from Tiff.

Galas

“My Days of Mercy”

Tali Shalom-Ezer, USA

World Premiere

Special Presentations

“Number One” (“Numéro Une”)

Tonie Marshall, France

World Premiere

“Outside In”

Lynn Shelton, USA

World Premiere

“Radiance” (“Hikari”)

Naomi Kawase, Japan/France

North American Premiere

Unicorn Store

Brie Larson, USA

World Premiere

Wavelengths Features

Caniba

Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, France

North American Premiere

“Le fort des fous”

Narimane Mari, France/Algeria/Switzerland/Germany/Greece/Qatar

North American Premiere

Tiff Masters Program

Faces Places” (“Visages Villages”)

Agnès Varda, Jr, France

Canadian Premiere

Our People Will Be Healed

Alanis Obomsawin, Canada

World Premiere

*Previously announced with the Canadian feature lineup

Zama

Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/USA

North American Premiere

Primetime Lineup

“Dark”

Germany, 2 episodes

Showrunners: Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar

Director: Baran bo Odar

World Premiere

The Deuce

USA, 2 episodes

Showrunners: David Simon, George Pelecanos

Directors: Michelle MacLaren, Ernest Dickerson

Episode 1, Canadian Premiere

Episode 2, World Premiere

The Girlfriend Experience

Season 2, USA, 4 episodes

Showrunners and directors: Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan World Premiere

“Under Pressure”

Brazil, 2 episodes

Showrunners: Andrucha Waddington, Jorge Furtado

Directors: Andrucha Waddington, Mini Kerti

International Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

“Alanis”

Anahí Berneri, Argentina

World Premiere

Angels Wear White” (“Jia Nian Hua”)

Vivian Qu, China/France

North American Premiere

Beyond Words

Urszula Antoniak, Netherlands/Poland

World Premiere

Good Favour

Rebecca Daly, Ireland/Belgium/Denmark/Netherlands

World Premiere

“Looking for Oum Kulthum”

Shirin Neshat, Germany/Austria/Italy/Lebanon/Qatar

North American Premiere

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” (“Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak”)

Mouly Surya, Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand

North American Premiere

Miami

Zaida Bergroth, Finland

International Premiere

“On Body and Soul”

Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary

North American Premiere

Wajib

Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/France/Germany/Colombia/Norway/Qatar/United Arab Emirates

North American Premiere

Western

Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria/Austria

North American Premiere

Tiff 2017 Announces More Galas and Special Presentations, Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store” to Premiere was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Premios Platino Nominees and Lifetime Achievement Award to be Announced in L.A. Tomorrow!

On Wednesday, May 27th, Premios Platino's hosts Alessandra Rosaldo and Juan Carlos Arciniegas alongside actor Eugenio Derbez, as well as Elvi Cano (Director Egeda Us) and Gonzalo Elvira (Fipca Mexico) will announce the nominees for the Awards in Los Angeles, CA.

During the press conference Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo will announce the recipient of the Premio de Honor (Lifetime Achievement Award). In addition Rick Nicita, Chairman of the American Cinematheque, will accept a special Platino Award to The American Cinematheque for its contribution to Iberoamerican Cinema.

Produced by Egeda, in collaboration with Fipca, the Premios Platino of Iberoamerican Cinema was born with the vocation to establish itself as a major international ceremony, promoting Latin American cinema as a whole and transcending borders. It is one of the most important tools to promote and support our film industry and all the professionals who, day after day, put forth all their effort and commitment so that audiences can enjoy the best films.

The candidates for the 2nd Platino Awards (Premios Platino) were announced during the 18th Málaga Film Festival in Spain. 73 feature films and 18 Ibero- American countries compete for the final nominations in the 14 categories for this prestigious award. The competing films had to be commercially released or premiered in an A-List Film Festival during 2014. The final nominations will be announced tomorrow at the Andaz Hotel West Hollywood. The Premios Platino Award Ceremony will take place on July 18, 2015 at Starlite Marbella in Spain.

As part of the same event The Premios Platino has distinguished the Málaga Film Festival with a special award for its contribution to the circulation and promotion of Spanish and Ibero- American cinema.

Here is the list of preselected candidates in each category ahead of tomorrow's final nominations

Premio Platino for the Best Ibero-American Fictional Film

· "Cantinflas"

(Kenio Films) (Mexico).

· "Conducta" (Behavior)

(Instituto Cubano Del Arte E Industria Cinematográfica, Rtv Comercial) (Cuba).

· "El Mudo" (The Mute)

(Maretazo Cine, Urban Factory) (Peru, Mexico).

· "El Niño"

(Vaca Films Studio, S.L., Telecinco Cinema, S.A., Ikiru Films, S.L., La Ferme! Productions, El Niño la película, A.I.E.) (Spain).

· "La Danza de la Realidad" (The Dance of Reality)

(Camera One, Pathe Y Le Soleil Films) (Chile).

· "La Dictadura Perfecta" (The Perfect Dictatorship)

(Imcine - Instituto Mexicano De Cinematografía, Estudios Churubusco Azteca, S.A., Bandidos Films, Fidecine, Eficine 226) (Mexico).

· "La Isla Mínima" (Marshland)

(Antena 3 Films, S.L., Atípica Films, S.L. y Sacromonte Films S.L.) (Spain).

· "Libertador" (The Liberator)

(Producciones Insurgentes, San Mateo Films) (Venezuela, Spain).

· "Matar a un Hombre" (To Kill a Man)

(Arizona Production, El Remanso Cine Ltda) (Chile).

· "Mr. Kaplan"

(Baobab 66 Films, S.L., Salado Media, Expresso Films) (Uruguay, Spain).

· "O Lobo Atrás da Porta" (A Wolf at the Door)

(Tc Filmes, Gullane Filmes) (Brazil).

· "Os gatos não têm vertigens" (Cats Don't Have Vertigo)

(Mgn Filmes) (Portugal).

· "Pelo Malo" (Bad Hair)

(Sudaca Films, Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion, Artefactos S.F., Imagen Latina, La Sociedad Post) (Venezuela Peru, Argentina).

· "Refugiado"

(Gale Cine, Burning Blue, El Campo Cine, Staron Films, Bellota Films, Río Rojo Contenidos) (Argentina, Colombia).

. "Relatos Salvajes" (Wild Tales)

(Kramer & Sigman Films, El Deseo P.C - S.A.) (Argentina, Spain).

Premio Platino for Best Directing

Alberto Rodríguez (Spain), for "La Isla Mínima." Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile), for "La danza de la Realidad." Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay), for "Mr Kaplan." António-Pedro Vasconcelos (Portugal), for "Os gatos não têm vertigens." Claudia Pinto (Venezuela), for "La Distancia más Larga." Damián Szifron (Argentina), for "Relatos Salvajes." Daniel Monzón (Spain), for "El Niño." Daniel Vega (Peru) and Diego Vega (Peru), for "El Mudo." Ernesto Daranas (Cuba), for "Conducta." Fernando Coimbra (Brazil), for "O lobo atrás da porta." Fernando Pérez (Cuba), "La Pared de las Palabras." Luis Estrada (Mexico), for "La Dictadura Perfecta." Mariana Rondón (Venezuela), for "Pelo Malo." Miguel Cohan (Argentina), for "Betibú." Sebastián del Amo (Mexico), for "Cantinflas. "

Premio Platino for Best Actor

Benicio Del Toro (Puerto Rico), for Escobar. "Paraíso Perdido." Damián Alcázar (Mexico), for "La Dictadura Perfecta. Dani Rovira (Spain), for "Ocho Apellidos Vascos." Daniel Candia (Chile), for "Matar a un Hombre." Daniel Fanego (Argentina), for "Betibú." Edgar Ramírez (Venezuela), for "Libertador." Fernando Bacilio (Peru), "El Mudo." Ghilherme Lobo (Brazil), "The Way He Looks." Javier Gutiérrez (Spain), for "La Isla Mínima." Jorge Perugorría (Cuba), for "La Pared de las Palabras." Leonardo Sbaraglia (Argentina), for "Relatos Salvajes." Oscar Jaenada (Spain), by "Cantinflas." Salvador del Solar (Peru), for "El Elefante Desaparecido." Viggo Mortensen (USA), for "Jauja." Wagner Moura (Brazil), for "Futuro Beach" .

Premio Platino for Best Actress

Angie Cepeda (Colombia), for "El Elefante Desaparecido." Bárbara Lennie (Spain), by "Magical Girl." Carme Elías (Spain), for "La Distancia Más Larga." Elena Anaya (Spain), for "Todos Están Muertos." Érica Rivas (Argentina), for "Relatos Salvajes." Geraldine Chaplin (USA), for "Dólares de Arena." Isabel Santos (Cuba), for "La Pared de las Palabras." Julieta Díaz (Argentina), for "Refugiado." Laura de la Uz (Cuba), for "Vestido de Novia." Leandra Leal (Brazil), for "O Lobo Atrás da Porta." Maria do Céu Guerra (Portugal), for "Os gatos não têm vertigens." Martha Higareda (Mexico), for "Cásese Quien Pueda." Paulina García (Chile), for "Las Analfabetas." Samantha Castillo (Venezuela), for "Pelo Malo." Silvia Navarro (Mexico), for "La Dictadura Perfecta. "

Premio Platino for Best Original Score

Adán Jodorowsky (Chile), for "La Danza de la Realidad." Antonio Pinto (Brazil), for "Trash. A esperança vem do lixo." Edilio Paredes (Dominican Republic), Ramón Cordero (Dominican Republic), Benjamín de Menil (Dominican Republic), for "Dólares de Arena." Federico Jusid (Argentina), for "Betibú" Gustavo Dudamel (Venezuela), for "Libertador." Gustavo Santaolalla (Argentina), for "Relatos Salvajes." Juan A. Leyva (Cuba), Magda R. Galbán (Cuba), for "Conducta." Julio de la Rosa (Spain), for "La iIsla Mínima." Mikel Salas (Spain), for "Mr Kaplan." Pedro Subercaseaux (Chile), for "Crystal Fairy y el Cactus Mágico." Ricardo Cutz (Brazil), "O lobo atrás da porta." Roque Baños (Spain), for "El Niño." Ruy Folguera (Argentina), for" Olvidados." Selma Mutal (Peru), for "El Elefante Desaparecido." Vicent Barrière (France), for "La Distancia más Larga."

Premio Platino for Best Animated Film

"Até que a Sbórnia nos Separe" (Otto Desenhos Animados) (Brazil). "Dixie y la Rebelión Zombi" (Abra Prod. S.L.) (Spain) "El Ultimo Mago o Bilembambudín" (Fabula Producciones, Aleph Media S.A., Filmar Uno) (Argentina, Chile). "Historia de Cronopios y de Famas" (Prodarte) (Argentina). "La Leyenda de las Momias de Guanajuato" (Ánima Estudios, S.A. De C.V.) (Mexico). "La Tropa de Trapo en la Selva del Arcoíris" (Continental Producciones, S.L, Anera Films, S.L., Abano Producions, S.L. La Tropa De Trapo, S.L.) (Spain, Brazil). "Meñique" (Ficción Producciones, S.L., Estudios De Animación Icaic) (Cuba, Spain). "Mortadelo y Filemón Contra Jimmy el Cachondo" (Zeta Audiovisual y Películas Pendelton) (Spain). "The Boy and the World" (Filme de Papel) (Brazil). "Pichinguitos. Tgus, la Película" (Non Plus Ultra) (Mexico, Honduras). "Ritos de Passagem" (Liberato Produçoes Culturais) (Brazil).

Premio Platino for Best Documentary Film

• "¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?" (Canana Films, Pulse Films Limited) (Mexico).

"2014, Nacido en Gaza" (La Claqueta Pc, S.L.Contramedia Films) (Spain). "Avant" (Trivial Media Srl, Tarkio Film) (Uruguay, Argentina). "Buscando a Gastón" (Chiwake Films) (Peru). "E agora? Lémbra-me" (C.R.I.M. Produçoes, Presente Edições De Autor) (Portugal). "El Color que Cayó del Cielo" (K & S Films) (Argentina). "El Ojo del Tiburón" (Astronauta Films, Gema Films) (Argentina, Spain). "El Río que Nos Atraviesa" (Ochi Producciones, Maraisa Films Producciones) (Venezuela). "El Sueño de Todos" (S3d Films, Tridi Films) (Chile). "El Vals de los Inútiles" (La Pata De Juana, Cusicanqui Films) (Chile, Argentina). "Invasión" (Apertura Films, Ajimolido Films) (Panama, Argentina). "Maracaná" (Coral Cine, S.R.L., Tenfield S.A.) (Uruguay, Brazil). "The Salt of the Earth" (Decia Films) (Brazil) "Paco de Lucía. La búsqueda" (Ziggurat Films, S.L.) (Spain) "Pichuco" (Puente Films) (Argentina).

Premio Platino for Best Screenplay

Alberto Rodríguez (Spain), Rafael Cobos (Spain), for" La Isla Mínima." Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile), for "La Danza de la Realidad." Álvaro Brechner (Uruguay), for "Mr. Kaplan." Anahí Berneri (Argentina), Javier Van Couter (Argentina), for "Aire Libre." Carlos Vermut (Spain), for "Magical Girl." Claudia Pinto (Venezuela), for "La Distancia Más Larga." Damián Szifron (Argentina), for "Relatos Salvajes." Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil), for "The Way He Looks." Daniel Vega (Peru), Diego Vega (Peru), for "El Mudo." Ernesto Daranas (Cuba), for "Conducta." Fernando Coimbra (Brazil), for "O lobo atrás da porta." Luis Arambilet (Dominican Republic), for "Código Paz." Luis Estrada (Mexico), Jaime Sampietro (Mexico), for "La Dictadura Perfecta." Mariana Rondón (Venezuela), for "Pelo Malo." Tiago Santos (Portugal) for "Os gatos não têm vertigens. "

Premio Platino for Best Ibero-American Fiction Debut

"10.000 Km," by Carlos Marqués- Marcet (Lastor Media, S.L., La Panda) (Spain). "23 segundos," by Dimitry Rudakov (Clever Producciones) (Uruguay). "Branco sai, preto fica," by Adirley Queirós (Cinco Da Norte Serviços Audiovisuais) (Brazil). "Ciencias Naturales," by Matías Lucchesi (Tarea Fina, Metaluna Productions) (Argentina). "Código Paz," by Pedro Urrutia (One Alliance Srl) (Dominican Republic). "Feriado" by Diego Araujo (Cepa Audiovisual S.R.L., Abacafilms, S.A., Lunafilms Audiovisual) (Ecuador, Argentina). Historias del Canal (Hypatia Films, Manglar Films, Tvn Films and Wp Films) (Panama). "La Distancia Más Larga," by Claudia Pinto (Castro Producciones Cinematograficas, S.L.U., Sin Rodeos Films C.A., Claudia Lepage) (Venezuela). "Las Vacas con Gafas," by Alex Santiago Pérez (Cozy Light Pictures) (Puerto Rico). "Luna de Cigarras," by Jorge Bedoya (Oima Films, Koreko Gua, S.R.L., Sabate Films) (Paraguay). "Mateo," by Maria Gamboa (Hangar Filmsdiafragma, Fabrica De Peliculas, Cine Sud Promotion) (Colombia). "Perro Guardian," by Bacha Caravedo, Chinón Higashionna (Señor Z)(Peru). "Vestido de Novia," by Marilyn Solaya (Icaic) (Cuba). "Visitantes," by Acan Coen (Sobrevivientes Films, Akira Producciones, Nodancingtoday) (Mexico). "Volantín Cortao," by Diego Ayala and Aníbal Jofré (Gallinazo Films) (Chile)
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Stockholm to honour Uma Thurman

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The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.

The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.

The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.

Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.

He is still not allowed to leave China so will send a design that will be portrayed in the form of a large ice sculpture symbolising this years’ Spotlight theme - Hope.

Brazil

The festival will focus this year on Brazil
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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award

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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award
Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci.

The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.

In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.

Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept
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San Sebastian adds to lineup

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San Sebastian adds to lineup
Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance [pictured] and Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, produced by and starring Antonio Banderas, among films added to 2014 edition.

San Sebastian has almost completed its official selection for this year’s festival.

Today [Aug 13], the festival added new films from Susanne Bier, Anahí Berneri, Maxime Giroux and Cédric Kahn, as well as Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, a $50m Spanish film produced by and starring Antonio Banderas.

Bier’s A Second Chance was written by Anders Thomas Jensen, with whom Bier won the Oscar for In a Better World. Festival director José Luis Rebordinos has praised it as “a very strong and powerful story that will shock audiences”.

Automata is an ambitious sci-fi thriller about a future in which artificial intelligence has taken over humans. A co-production with Bulgaria, it also stars Brigitte Hjort Sorensen, Melanie Griffith and Dylan McDermott.

South America will again have an important role in the festival. Argentinian Berneri
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2014 Tiff: Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Holdridge & Saasen, Baran bo Odar Offer World Views in Cwc

If you wanted a snapshot of worldly issues then Tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema programme would certainly serve as a whirlwind passport. Loaded in Cannes Film Festival preemed items receiving their North American Premiere debuts (Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Mélanie Laurent’s Breathe , Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin and Pascale Ferran’s Bird People are are just the tip of the iceberg) Tiff programmers have landed world premiere items from the likes of Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen (we pic above) and Baran bo Odar. Along with the Canadian items mentioned last week, Here is the largest section’s offerings for 2014.

Aire Libre,” Anahí Berneri, Argentina / International Premiere

Amour Fou,” Jessica Hausner, Austria/Luxembourg/Germany / North American Premiere

“Behavior” (“Conducta”), Ernesto Daranas, Cuba / Canadian Premiere

Bird People,” Pascale Ferran, France / North American Premiere

“Black Souls” (“Anime Nere”), Francesco Munzi, Italy / International Premiere

“Breathe” (“Respire”), Mélanie Laurent,
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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City

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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (Cwc) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.

Cwc features latest work by Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Christian Zübert and Ryuichi Hiroki, among others.

For the third year, Tiff (Sept 4-14) has partnered with the University of Toronto’s Munk School Of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series, pairing five films in selection with expert scholars.

The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the Tiff Adult Learning department.

Contemporary World Cinema

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Aire Libre (Argentina), Anahí Berneri IP

Amour Fou (Austria-Luxembourg-Germany), Jessica Hausner Nap

Behavior (Conducta) (Cuba), Ernesto Daranas Cp

Bird People (France), Pascale Ferran Nap

Black Souls (Anime Nere) (Italy), Francesco Munzi IP

Breathe (Respire) (France), Mélanie Laurent Nap

Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer Nap

*John Stackhouse
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San Sebastian's Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Selects 17 Projects

San Sebastian's Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Selects 17 Projects
Out of a total of 104 proposals from eighteen countries, seventeen projects were chosen to participate in the International Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum. The filmmakers chosen were from a pool of both established directors and relative newcomers. The Forum takes place from September 27-28 at the 60th San Sebastian Festival and seeks to connect the selected producers and directors with distinguished professionals and distributers who may help them ensure production and increase their international visibility. The Forum is a collaboration with the Festival de Cannes Marché du Film and Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts. The selected works: Aire libre Director: Anahí Berneri Production company: BDCine, S.R.L Argentina Claria Director: Luis Ángel Ramírez Production company: Altube Filmeak, S.L. Spain-Mexico ...
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"Winter's Bone" Victorious at Torino Film Festival! First U.S. Production to Win Since 2000

Debra Granik's backwoods drama, "Winter's Bone," continues its winning streak taking home two trophies at the 28th Torino Film Festival including Best Film and Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence who tied with Anahi Berneri for "Port u Culpa." ("Winter's Bone" Movie Review)

The last U.S. production that won best film at Torino was David Gordon Green's "George Washington" in 2000. Besides the prestigious trophy, "Winter's Bone" also took home a cash prize of €25,000 which is about $32,500.

Winners of the 28th Torino Film Festival

Best Film (25,000€) to:

Winter.S Bone by Debra Granik (Us, 2010, 35mm, 100.)

Special Jury Award ex-aequo (Total of 10,000€) to :

Les Signes Vitaux by Sophie Deraspe (Canada, 2009, 35mm, 87.)

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Las Marimbas Del Infierno by Julio Hernández Cordón

(Guatemala/France/Mexico, 2010, HDCam, 73.)

Best Actress Award, in collaboration with Max, ex-aequo to:

Jennifer Lawrence for Winter.S Bone by Debra Granik (Us, 2010, 35mm, 100.)

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Erica Rivas for Por Tu Culpa by Anahí Berneri (Argentina/France,
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