‘Karnawal,’ ‘Restless,’ ‘Summer White,’ ‘Firsts’ Win Big at Ventana Sur

BUENOS AIRES  — With Ventana Sur now firing on multiple cylinders, featuring pix-in post or project competitions for not only art films but also genre pics and animation – two sectors embraced by young creators in Latin America – “Kar…

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‘The Unknown Saint’ Director Alaa Eddine Aljem on Pushing Arab Boundaries With Comedy

Young Moroccan writer-director Alaa Eddine Aljem chose to tackle a sensitive subject in his first feature, absurdist comedy “The Unknown Saint,” which is basically about “the relationship between faith and money,” he says. He sp…

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Pau Freixas on Netflix Spanish Miniseries ‘Days of Christmas’

BARCELONA – A Netflix original produced by Spain’s Filmax, “Days of Christmas” marks the new series of Pau Freixas, one of the highest-profile creators on Spain’s vibrant drama series scene. A three-part miniseries, “Days” will be made available worldw…

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Ventana Sur: Argentine Directors on Benefit of Writers’ Room (EXCLUSIVE)

BUENOS AIRES — Ventana Sur hosted two of the country’s leading screenwriters to relay the benefits of utilizing a writers’ room while conceptualizing fiction projects, delivered to a packed auditorium on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Fiction F…

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Macao: Hot Bets, Short Odds And Sure Things in the 2019 IFFAM Program

Macao may be renowned for gambling, but the 4th International Film Festival & Awards of Macao (IFFAM) features more than a few sure bets. Oscar-watchers should look out for Taika Waititi’s opening film “Jojo Rabbit”; Rupert Goold&…

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Films From Macau and China Take the IFFAM Spotlight

The fourth edition of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), which opened last night (December 5) at the Macao Cultural Center, is positioned as one of the key events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the handover of the former P…

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Macao Film Festival Kicks off in Fine Style

The fourth edition of the International Film Festival & Award kicked off in fine style Thursday night. The opening night event allowed plenty of chance for mingling before and after a quadri-lingual ceremony that still managed to wrap up in just 45…

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Magma Cine, Chemistry Unveil Strategic Production Alliance (EXCLUSIVE)

Magma Cine, a pioneering company on the pan-Latin American co-production scene, and top Mexican post-production house Chemistry have sealed a strategic alliance to produce high-quality contents. Unveiled at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, the partners…

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Juan Pablo Fenix Debut ‘Karnawal’ Screens at Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte

For his debut feature “Karnawal,” Juan Pablo Félix and his Bikini Films partner and executive producer Edson Sidonie recruited around the world for help in bringing to the big screen an original story about a young dancer, screening this week in Ventan…

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Meikincine to Sell Chile’s ‘Jailbreak Pact’ Internationally (EXCLUSIVE)

Leading Argentine sales agent Meikincine has signed on to sell David Albala’s highly anticipated fiction debut “Jailbreak Pact,” (“Pacto de fuga”) on the international market. Chile’s Storyboard Media produces the feature, with co-founders Carlos Núnez…

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Sundance: Memento Boards ‘This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Memento Films Intl. has picked up world sales rights for “This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection,” director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s fiction feature debut, which will have its international premiere in Sundance next month. Memento acquired the fil…

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Italy’s 39 Films, Argentina’s Jaque Content Join Brava Cine’s Doc Series ‘Mother Dough’

Italy’s 39 Films and Argentina-México-U.S.-based Jaque Content are joining forces with Buenos Aires’ Brava Cine to co-produce Mercedes Cordova’s ethno-gastronomy doc series “Masa madre” (“Mother Dough”). Developed at Brava Cine, “Moth…

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Sundance 2020 Lineup Includes Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem Films

Oscar nominees such as Glenn Close, Viggo Mortensen, Ethan Hawke, and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear alongside newcomers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, according to the lineup of 118 feature films announced Wednesday. The Utah-based festival …

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Ventana Sur: Producers Discuss Complexity of Fiction Remakes

BUENOS AIRES — Esteemed Argentine film producers gathered to relay their experiences with fiction remakes as part of Ventana Sur’s industry conference series held at the UCA campus in Buenos Aires on Monday. The panelists included Juan Vera and M…

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Paz Fábrega’s Anticipated Return ‘Restless’ Screens at Ventana Sur Primer Corte

Paz Fábrega’s “Restless” comes into Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte section as one of the sidebar’s most buzzed titles. In 2011, Fábregá’s “Agua Fria de Mar,” (“Cold Water of the Sea”) played in San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos competition and scooped awa…

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‘Vurdulak Blood’ Director Santiago Fernandez on Blood Window Homecoming

Written and directed by popular Argentine genre filmmaker Santiago Fernandez Calvete, “Vurdalak Blood,” based on Alexi Tolstoy’s short story “The Family of the Vourdalak,” is screening in works in progress version at this year’s Ventana Sur Blood Windo…

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Harvey Keitel on Working With Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion

Harvey Keitel has been a major presence at the 18th Marrakech Film Festival, presenting two gala sessions: for the career tribute to French helmer Bertrand Tavernier – with whom he worked on “Death Watch” (1980), and to present Martin Scorsese’s …

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M-Appeal Acquires Russian Erotic Drama ‘Fidelity’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Berlin-based boutique sales outfit M-Appeal has acquired erotic drama “Fidelity” (Vernost), a Russian female version of Steve McQueen’s “Shame.” Nigina Sayfullaeva’s film – a box-office hit at home for Sony Pictures – will have its international …

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Thierry Fremaux Talks Buenos Aires Lumiere Fest, Cannes’ World Role, Argentina (EXCLUSIVE)

BUENOS AIRES  — Lyon’s Lumière Festival and the City of Buenos Aires are in talks to launch an Argentine version of the French city’s hugely popular Lumière Festival, Thierry Frémaux told Variety at Ventana Sur. He also underscored that mid-Novem…

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‘Together,’ ‘Lala’ Win First Filmarket Hub CDMX Pitchbox

Co-written by producer Bernardo Pérez and director Santiago Aguirre, “Together” scooped the Cinecolor México & Shalala Estudios Award at the Filmarket Hub’s first ever CDMX Film Pitchbox, which unspooled on Friday at the installations in Mexico Cit…

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