22/04/2015 – Zoe Berriatúa makes a brave debut in feature-film direction, using an uncompromising drama about rites of passage to portray what can lead a teenager to succumb to violence Jorge Clemente, Beatriz Medina and Emilio Palacios, in Los héroes del mal Just a few hours before a 13-year-old boy burst into a school in Barcelona, killing a teacher and injuring four others, a film presented in competition in the official section of the 18th Málaga Spanish Film Festival warned us that atrocities like this can happen not too far from our own homes. Los héroes del mal (lit. “The Heroes of Evil”), the feature debut by Zoe Berriatúa (read the interview), who so far has been an actor, a short-filmmaker and an author of graphic novels – such as Monstruos del subconsciente colectivo – digs deep into the reasons why someone who is looking for meaning and his place in the world can go off the rails to an unimaginable, and uncontrollable, extent… (The article continues below – Commercial information) Starring Jorge Clemente (in the complex role of Aritz), Beatriz Medina and Emilio Palacios, with a screenplay written by Berriatúa himself and production entrusted to Nadie es Perfecto PC, Pokeepsie Films (owned by Alex de la Iglesia) and La Bestia Produce PC, Los héroes del mal begins with the teenagers’ arrival in the classroom on the first day of the school year: it is at that moment that the roles that each of them will have to take on for the rest of the year will be decided upon: the leader, the dumb one, the outcast, the pretty one and so on. It seems that three of them will end up being the butt of everyone else’s jokes, unless they can manage to rid themselves of their “weirdo” stigmas… and pass them onto someone else. And that is when they enter a downward spiral that initially seems like fun, like childish mischief, but will soon get out of hand… In order to depict this process, Los héroes del mal is split into two parts, set apart by their tone. The first, which makes no attempt to hide the influence of Jules and Jim, is lighthearted, cordial and almost happy: it portrays knowledge, secrets, complicities, everlasting fondness and shelter. Throughout the entire movie, Berriatúa emphasises that almost “Wagnerian” intensity characteristic of that age with a soundtrack including pieces of music by Sibelius, Britten, Telemann, Prokofiev, Vivaldi and Khatchaturian, among others. The second part, when their fun and games acquire a more serious and dangerous edge, begins to torment our conscience and compels the viewer to question their own morals. Berriatúa dares to make this sudden change of direction in the narrative towards more serious territory in order to spit it out to us, with no beating around the bush, explaining how a kid can manage to go disastrously off the rails, without us even realising. Obviously, those who will have the worst time watching this movie will be the parents of children who are at the problematic age that the film portrays: a teacher is the only adult who appears in this movie that plunges us headfirst into the world of teenagers, a world in which parents barely even exist and are like strangers, unaware of what kids feel, have to put up with and are tormented by. But those who do not have children can also identify with what is shown on screen: we have all, at some time or other, been through similar situations; we have felt weird, confused, different, marginalised and eager to let ourselves be swept along by dubious impulses. Berriatúa rekindles that feeling within us while at the same time warning us about how vulnerable and sensitive those who are undergoing the difficult transition towards maturity are when faced with the dark side. And that hurts. (Translated from Spanish) Blockbusterz
by Aurore Engelen 24/04/2015 – Yesterday, Les Films du Fleuve and Archipel 35 announced the addition of Adèle Haenel to the cast of the upcoming film by the Dardenne brothers, the shoot for which will take place in the autumn Adèle Haenel La Fille Inconnue (lit. “The Unknown Girl”) follows the quest of Jenny, a young GP who feels guilty about having refused to open the doors of her surgery to a young woman who was then found dead shortly afterwards. When she discovers from the police that the identity of the young woman could not be established, Jenny gets it into her head that she must find out her name… The character of Jenny will be played by Adèle Haenel, winner of the César Award for Best Actress in 2015 for her performance in Love at First Fight [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile] by Thomas Cailley. (The article continues below – Commercial information) Jenny has therefore been added to the list of the everyday heroines created by the Dardenne brothers. Naturally, one may think of Rosetta, the first of them, played by Emilie Dequenne, the young woman who fights on a daily basis for her job – in order to find it, hang on to it, and get it back – but Lorna (Arta Dobroshi in The Silence of Lorna [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile] in 2008) also springs to mind, the young Albanian woman who, while dreaming of opening a small restaurant, finds that her hopes are crushed by a mafia racket. Even up to that point, the Dardennes had shown themselves to be remarkable talent scouts, particularly for female roles (one also thinks of Déborah François in The Child [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile]). In The Kid With a Bike [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile] in 2011, the Dardenne brothers for the first time offered a major female role to a seasoned actress, Belgium’s Cécile de France. And in their latest movie, Two Days, One Night [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile], it was Marion Cotillard, the multi-César- and Oscar-winning actress who filled the shoes of Sandra, a young mother suffering from depression who rediscovers her zest for life when she has to once again fight for her job. With La Fille Inconnue, which sees lead character Jenny the doctor attempt to solve the mystery of a kind of Jane Doe, the Dardennes seem to be opening up a new narrative field, even though we should still be able to rediscover the strong social grounding that is a hallmark of their films. The movie is produced by the Dardenne brothers’ outfit in Belgium (Les Films du Fleuve) and is co-produced in France by their usual partner, the company owned by Denis Freyd (Archipel 35). It will be sold abroad by Wild Bunch. Blockbusterz
Jaipur: Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Wednesday reached the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Jodhur to record his statement in a case under the Arms Act. Salman Khan reached Jodhpur court. AFP CJM Anupama Bijlani had on 23 April asked Salman’s counsel to ensure his presence in the court on 29 April. “He (Salman) along with his body guard Shera and sister Alvira reached the court at around 9.50 am. A contingent of police was posted outside the court to control the fans who had come here in large numbers to get a glimpse of the film star,” a police official told IANS. Salman Khan and a few other Bollywood stars were accused of poaching black bucks on the midnight of 1-2 October, 1998 during the shooting of a movie Hum Saath Saath Hain. Two black bucks, a protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, were killed on the outskirts of Kankani village near Jodhpur. Khan is accused of carrying and using illegal arms. He is also alleged to have been carrying arms with an expired license. The chief judicial magistrate had asked Khan to appear before the court for recording of his statement on 23 April, but he did not come due to infection in his ear. IANS Blockbusterz
Two brothers maneuver through the criminal underworld of Los Angeles in search of wealth, love and redemption. Their string of success screeches to a halt when a high-stakes job goes horribly wrong. Soon they find themselves at the mercy of a crooked mob lawyer and tangled in a love triangle with a sexy femme fatale. With no other choice but to do what they do best, the brothers take on the craziest job of their careers and pray they get out alive. (Source) Watch: 480p, 720p, 1080pDownload: 480p, 720p, 1080p Blockbusterz
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Here’s your first look at the Bruce Jenner-Diane Sawyer interview everyone will be talking about next weekend. In the commercial, no one specifically says that Bruce will be announcing he is transitioning to a woman, but all the essential code words suggesting this much are included. “Journey.” “Decisions.” “The Future.” These are all thrown around in the promo for the highly anticipated “20/20″ sit-down with the award-winning journalist. The interview is set to air on Friday, April 24 at 9/8c on ABC. You can watch the first clip below. Things Get Heated Between Justin Bieber and Big Sean Over Ariana Grande –– See Big Sean’s Deleted Tweet GALLERY Kendall Jenner’s Twitter Was Hacked, Sent the Most Offensive Tweets That’s why you need to have that two-step text verification, Kendall! The Little Girl From the Missy Elliott ‘Work It’ Video Grew Up and Here’s Her Sexy New Music Video Her new single is called “Pretty Girls.”… This Is What Vanessa Hudgens Is Doing Instead of Coachella This Year You won’t find her in her natural habitat (that would be Coachella) this weekend or next because… Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner Get Cozy Before Coachella One Direction Does Not Include Zayn Malik In 2015 Tour Poster Danelle Sandoval · April 10, 2015 All the Times Ariana Grande Slayed Another Artist’s Song Attention: anyone who’s ever said Ariana Grande can’t sing…OPEN YOUR EARS K THANKS. Matt Dekneef · April 10, 2015 Kim Kardashian Describes North as a Total ‘Girly-Girl’ They’re just too cute for words. Danelle Sandoval · April 10, 2015 Watch Anne Hathaway’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ Lip Sync Performance in Full Anne Hathaway crushed the competition (that’d be Emily Blunt) on last night’s “Lip Sync Battle,”… Matt Dekneef · April 10, 2015 Selena Gomez Posts Gorgeous Poolside Photos on Instagram Danelle Sandoval · April 10, 2015 Blockbusterz
by David González 22/04/2015 – The International Documentary Festival in the Spanish city of Tui is also dedicating a retrospective to the works of Claire Simon Concerning Violence by Göran Hugo Olsson Today, 22 April, the Play-Doc International Documentary Festival is firing the starting pistol for its 11th edition, which will unspool in the Galician city of Tui, on the border with Portugal, until 26 April. The festival (which has even been chosen as one of the ten most interesting gatherings in the world by the Best Fest Film Series in New York) is once again shining a spotlight on documentary production from all over the world, focusing particularly on the most innovative and daring titles. At the same time, it is taking a look back to celebrate the career of French filmmaker Claire Simon, as well as a look around, offering a juicy selection of Galician film production. (The article continues below – Commercial information) With a total of 17 nationalities represented in the selection, the official section includes the European titles Concerning Violence [+see also:trailerfilm profile] by Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson, The Shelter [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile] by Swiss filmmaker Fernand Melgar and Motu Maeva by French-Portuguese director Maureen Fazendeiro, in addition to the co-production between Portugal, South Korea and the USA Songs From the North [+see also:trailerfilm profile], by Soon-Mi Yoo. Meanwhile, standing out in the parallel sections are movies such as João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved [+see also:film reviewfilm profile] by Portugal’s Manuel Mozos and África 815 by Spaniard Pilar Monsell; El viaje de Leslie by Marcos Nine and Jet Lag by Eloy Domínguez Serén, screening in the section devoted to Galician films; and Double Play: James Benning & Richard Linklater by Gabe Klinger and Quand je serais dictateur by Yaël André, in the Resonancias section, curated and presented by critics and experts from outside the festival’s programming team. This edition of the gathering also features a retrospective of the works of Claire Simon, a filmmaker who has dedicated her career to portraying reality, whether in documentaries, through fiction or the middle ground between them. In Tui, there will be screenings of a number of her films, ranging from Les patients (1989), one of her first movies, to her most recent title, Gare du Nord [+see also:film reviewtrailerfestival scopefilm profile]. You can find more information about the festival here. (Translated from Spanish) Blockbusterz
24/04/2015 – The shortlisted candidates for the Latin American film awards have been presented in Malaga, and feature a heavy presence of titles created jointly by South and Central America and Europe El niño by Daniel Monzón Promoted by EGEDA (the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association, which has a presence in Latin America, Spain and the USA) and FIPCA (the Latin American Association of Film and Audiovisual Producers) in order to give a global boost to the films made in these countries (also including Brazil, Portugal and Andorra), the Platino Awards will be handed out in Marbella, in the province of Málaga, on 18 July. This will be the second awards ceremony for these particular trophies (read the news about the first edition). Yesterday, at the city hall in Málaga, which is currently hosting its 18thSpanish Film Festival, the 15 candidates per category that are competing for nominations were made public; the final list of nominations will be announced at the end of May. (The article continues below – Commercial information) Enrique Cerezo, president of EGEDA, remarked gleefully, “The long-cherished project of collaboration between our countries to create the Latin American brand of cinema is nearing its second edition: Latin America is a way of understanding life, art and film. And boosting that brand needs the involvement of governments, institutions and the media.” Among the titles shortlisted for Best Fiction Film are the Spanish film Marshland [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile], the Portuguese movie Os gatos nao têm vertigens [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile] and various European co-productions: El mudo [+see also:trailerfestival scopefilm profile] (France/Mexico/Peru), El niño [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile] (Spain/France), The Dance of Reality [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile] and To Kill a Man [+see also:trailerfilm profile] (France/Chile), The Liberator (Spain and Venezuela), Bad Hair [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile] (Venezuela/Peru/Germany/Argentina), Mr Kaplan [+see also:trailerfilm profile] (Uruguay/Germany/Spain), Wild Tales [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile] (Spain/Argentina) and Refugiado [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile] (Germany/Argentina/Colombia/France/Poland). Among the documentaries are the Spanish titles Born in Gaza and Paco de Lucía, la búsqueda [+see also:trailerfilm profile], the co-production between Mexico and the United Kingdom Who Is Dayani Cristal?, The Shark’s Eye [+see also:trailerfestival scopefilm profile] (Argentina/Spain), The Salt of the Earth [+see also:trailerfilm profile] (Brazil/France/Italy) and the Portuguese film What Now? Remind Me [+see also:film reviewtrailerfestival scopefilm profile]. Alberto Rodríguez, Daniel Monzón, Dani Rovira, Javier Gutiérrez, Óscar Jaenada, Bárbara Lennie, Carme Elías, Elena Anaya, Julio de la Rosa, Roque Baños, Rafael Cobos, Carlos Vermut and Carlos Marqués-Marcet are also hoping to be nominated. The complete list can be found here. (Translated from Spanish) Blockbusterz
28/04/2015 – Antonio Carloni is the sales manager of the newly founded company; the first film to be released is Augusto Zucchi’s feature debut, Il talento può uccidere Rocco Papaleo in La Voce – Il talento può uccidere by Augusto Zucchi, co-produced by Produzione Straordinaria Distribuzione Straordinaria is up and running – the new film distribution company will launch its first movie in theatres on 7 May. This title will be Il talento può uccidere, the feature debut by Augusto Zucchi, which stars Rocco Papaleo, Augusto Zucchi and Antonia Liskova, and is a political thriller based on one of the most disturbing cases of intrigue involving the world of show business and the secret service. (The article continues below – Commercial information) Meanwhile, 28 May will see the release of Soundtrack – Oltre ogni ragionevole desiderio by Francesca Marra. The thriller, set against an erotic backdrop, stars Andrea Osvart, Vincenzo Amato and Valentina Lodovini. Distribuzione Straordinaria aims to contribute to boosting films’ visibility, even as early as the pre-production phase. All of the titles being distributed will be available on DCP, satellite and even on 35 mm film, thanks to an agreement with Augustuscolor, in order to also give those theatres that have not yet been digitalised the opportunity to include films from current listings on their programmes, as well as titles still to come. Distribuzione Straordinaria has also signed a deal with the biggest Maghrebi producers and distributors, the Moroccan, Tunisian and Algerian Cinémathèques and embassies, and will bring a meticulous selection of titles to Italy that have been very successful in their home countries. This will kick off with Morocco, with Andalousie, mon amour! by Mohamed Nadif (2013), a black but at the same time light-hearted comedy that uses an original spin on the theme of illegal immigration. Following this, Behind Closed Doors by Mohammed Ahed Bensouda (2013), the former assistant to Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Claude Lelouch and Giuseppe Tornatore, will come out in Italian theatres. The movie tackles the topic of stalking, set against a sexual backdrop in the workplace, in which the target is a young woman. Thanks to the international experience of the management team, Distribuzione Straordinaria also offers a platform for foreign producers wishing to delegate executive production to Italy. Antonio Carloni will be the sales manager of the newly founded distribution company. (Translated from Italian) Blockbusterz
Los Angeles: Actress Amy Adams and her fiance Darren LeGallo, who have four-year-old daughter Aviaa together, will reportedly walk the isle in a low-key wedding ceremony here coming weekend. Reuters “Amy and Darren are getting married this weekend in Los Angeles in a ceremony that will be intimate and very genuine. The guest list is being kept very small and she has kept the location very much under wraps,” a source told pagesix.com. The couple have been together for 14 years and got engaged in 2008, but the 40-year-old actress’ recent career success means they have found it tricky to set a wedding date until now. “Amy and Darren had always planned on getting married, but her career has been on such an amazing trajectory, it has been hard for her to take the time out. But now she has deliberately taken some time off work to be with her family and finally get married,” the source added. IANS Blockbusterz
Samba reunites The Intouchables’ acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, with award-winning actor Omar Sy in a richly entertaining chronicle of an undocumented kitchen worker battling deportation from his adopted home in Paris. When Samba (Sy) is suddenly ordered to leave France, he enlists the help of Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), an emotionally vulnerable immigration advocate with little experience but plenty of heart. As the immigrant aspiring chef and the burned-out corporate executive tentatively explore an unexpected bond, they inspire each other to reinvent themselves in this vibrant comedy full of tender humor and heartfelt optimism. (Source) Watch: 480p, 720p, 1080pDownload: 480p, 720p, 1080p Blockbusterz
After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery. They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family. (Source) Watch: 480p, 720p, 1080pDownload: 480p, 720p, 1080p Blockbusterz
A riveting mystery of identity unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. (Source) Watch: 480p, 720p, 1080pDownload: 480p, 720p, 1080p Blockbusterz
Actor-singer Aaron Kwok (C) and filmmaker Ringo Lam (L) from China’s Hong Kong attend a press conference and opening night reception for the upcoming 2015 New York Asian Film Festival in New York, the United States, on June 26, 2015. Blockbusterz
10/04/2015 – Frontières hosts a panel on how new opportunities for genre storytelling on transmedia platforms may enhance the financing and release of genre films The Frontières International Co-Production Market in Brussels is in full swing. After presenting the projects at a pitching session that boosted networking possibilites for every filmmaker involved, the gathering hosted a day dedicated to shedding some light on new opportunities for genre filmmaking. The Transmedia & Genre Narratives panel, presented by the Canada – Wallonia Digital Media Incentive for Multiplatform Projects, and introduced by Wallimage head of CrossMedia and Cineuropa editor-in-chief Domenico La Porta, addressed this subject, pointing out the strategies that could be used in order to make the most of the new models of film marketing and distribution that are being discovered as the digital shift rolls in. (The article continues below – Commercial information) Most notably, Wallimage CrossMedia has been involved in genre and animation projects such as Ari Folman‘s The Congress [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile], and Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner‘s Ernest & Célestine [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm focusfilm profile], and in the marketing campaigns for Fabrice du Welz‘s Alleluia [+see also:film reviewtrailermaking offilm focusfilm profile] (launching the online fanzine Faith, which attracted viewers by publishing making-of content as a brand-new, four-edition magazine) and Jonas Govaerts‘ Cub [+see also:film reviewtrailerfilm profile]. The latter film, the first Flemish-language horror movie, benefited from an interactive game in which QR codes on posters became traps when scanned, which would lead the user and potential viewer to start playing with them until they got to the rewarding goodies. But the idea behind the game also helped to get the crowdfunding campaign going, under the “Buy a trap, kill a cub” label. Potemkino’s Peter de Maegd, the producer of the film, stressed that the strategy they used was a very successful one, leading them not only to get people into theatres to see the movie, but also to get the press to talk about the campaign itself. “We even got to be on the front page of the most important Flemish newspaper, over and above a news item about a terrorist fleeing the country,” continued de Maegd. The momentum the film gained close to its release date was enhanced by its huge visibility on the internet, through exclusive videos on different media outlets and an exhaustive focus on social networks, led by the filmmakers themselves. The other project featured in the discussion, David Muñoz‘s Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem – defined by Muñoz himself as “The Life of Brian meets Braindead” – also proved to be an illustrative case study on the topic. The film inspired a video game that rocketed to the top of the lists of the most-played games on platforms such as Steam, even before the film itself was made – in fact, it is looking for financiers at the Frontières market. Believing that visibility and communication on the internet are now key to the success of the theatrical release of films, Wallimage CrossMedia aims to continue working with projects interested in exploring the new tools that the innovative digital world offers to the film industry. “There are expert transmedia architects now that will help you to define a custom strategy for your project, adapting to every need it may have,” stated La Porta. Blockbusterz
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