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Beta Film Scores International Rights to Big-Ticket Movistar Plus Dramas (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Beta Film has added two more high-profile Spanish scripted series from Movistar Plus to its lineup ahead of Mipcom. The Germany-based content outfit has a history of selling Spanish drama globally, and has snagged the rights to action-thriller “La Unidad” and drama series “Tell Me Who I Am.”

The scripted series will be highlights of the Movistar Plus 2020 lineup as the pay-tv and streaming outfit goes deeper into original drama. Beta and Movistar Plus have a co-production and distribution deal in place, with recent successes including Alex Pina’s “The Pier,” Leticia Dolera‘s “Perfect Life” and Paco Leon’s “Arde Madrid.”

Beta Film will bring the two new dramas to market for the first time at Mipcom, the biggest event on the international TV calendar. Both “La Unidad” and “Tell Me Who I Am” are in production, and the focus at Mipcom will be pre-sales.

“La Unidad” re-teams director
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu
In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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Academy Reaches Gender Parity in 2019 New Member Invitations

  • Variety
Half of the 842 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are women, the group announced on Monday.

The organization behind the Oscars also disclosed that 29% of the new invitees are people of color. Should those people accept, and they almost universally do, the Academy will have doubled the percentage of nonwhite people in their ranks in four years.

In 2015, people of color accounted for only 8% of the Academy body. In 2019, it stands at 16%, the Academy reported. As it stands, the Academy counts 8,946 active members, with 8,733 eligible to vote on the Oscars. The total membership including retired members is 9,794. This year’s number falls short of 2018’s record of 928 invitations.

New members in this round include “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu, actors Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, and screenwriters Ritesh Batra (“Photograph”), Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Park Young-soo (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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San Sebastian: Lara Izaguirre’s Project ‘Ane & Peio’ Eyes Latin American Market (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Basque company Gariza Films is partnering with France’s La Fidèle to co-produce “Ane & Peio, A Paprika Love Story,” writer-director Lara Izagirre’s follow-up to “An Autumn Without Berlin.”

Izagirre caught attention with “Berlin,” a Basque homecoming drama which earned a best new actress Goya award for Irene Escolar in 2016.

One of the 17 movie projects selected to be pitched at the San Sebastian Festival’s 7th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, “Ane & Peio” is set up at Gariza, and produced by Itxaso Espinal and Jokin Etcheverria at La Fidèle.

The story turns on Ane, a 30-year-old journalist whose dream has always been to be a travel writer and spend her life globetrotting. But her hopes don’t coincide with reality: She lives in Amorebieta, a small town in the Basque Country, sharing a flat with her grandfather.

However, Ane decides to change her life and starts to look for her first love,
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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Antonio Banderas Questions His Faith in First Trailer For ‘Finding Altamira’

Sometimes, all it takes is something housed in a cave to stir up some serious controversy. The first trailer for the Antonio Banderas-led Finding Altamira has arrived, following an archaeologist (Banderas) in 1879 who stumbles upon paintings with his daughter in a cave in northern Spain that brings to question the current conceptions of faith and being.

These revelations — and the questions they bring with them — threaten to tear apart his familial life, as well as the world at large, as the understanding of wall paintings over 10,000 years old strike at the hearts and minds of the faithful. The film is directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire), and also stars Rupert Everett, Irene Escolar, Tábata Cerezo, Javivi, and About Elly and Paterson‘s Golshifteh Farahani.

See the trailer below, along with the poster.

In 1879, Spanish archaeologist Marcelino (Banderas) and his daughter Maria (Allen) discover seemingly impossible paintings of galloping
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Irene Escolar Signs With ICM Partners

Exclusive: Irene Escolar, who won a Goya Breakthrough Performance Award for her first starring role in Lara Izagirre's romantic drama An Autumn Without Berlin (Un otoño sin Berlin), and has since gone on to star in a vast array of roles in Spanish film, TV and theater, has signed with ICM Partners. Her other film credits include Altamira, The Broken Crown (playing the same role she did on the TV show). She also appears in the upcoming film adaptation of the Calderon de la…
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Irene Escolar Signs With ICM Partners

Irene Escolar Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Irene Escolar, who won a Goya Breakthrough Performance Award for her first starring role in Lara Izagirre's romantic drama An Autumn Without Berlin (Un otoño sin Berlin), and has since gone on to star in a vast array of roles in Spanish film, TV and theater, has signed with ICM Partners. Her other film credits include Altamira, The Broken Crown (playing the same role she did on the TV show). She also appears in the upcoming film adaptation of the Calderon de la…
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Eleven Films Presented at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival Receive 39 Goya Award Nominations

The Academia de las Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de España has announced the nominees for the 30th edition of the Goya Awards, to be presented on February 6.

The finalist with most nominations is "La Novia" (The Bride) , which had its world premiere in the Zabaltegi section at the last edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The film by Paula Ortiz is nominated in twelve categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Inma Cuesta), Best Actor (Asier Etxeandia), Best Supporting Actress (Luisa Gavasa), Best New Actor (Álex García), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Makeup and/or Hairstyles.

"Truman," the film by Cesc Gay which competed in the Official Selection and won the best actor award for Ricardo Darin and Javier Cámara at the last edition, earned six nominations: Best film, Best Director, Best Actor (Ricardo Darin), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Cámara), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

The winner of the best actress award at the last Festival, Yordanka Ariosa for Agustí Villaronga’s "El Rey de La Habana" (The King of Havana), received a Best New Actress nomination alongside another two in the Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Another two titles screened in the Official Selection have landed nominations: "Amama" (When a Tree Falls) for Best New Actress (Iraia Elias), and the film by Álex de la Iglesia, "Mi Gran Noche" (My Big Night) , premiered out of competition, which competes for the Best Art Director, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Special Effects Goya Awards.

Another two titles that premiered in this year’s Zabaltegi section are also among the finalists. Álvaro Longoria’s "The Propaganda Game" is nominated for best documentary, while Fernando Colomo competes for the best new actor award with his movie "Isla Bonita."

Dani de la Torre’s "El Desconocido" (Retribution) , screened in the Velodrome section, garnered eight candidacies: Best New Director, Best Actor (Luis Tosar), Best Supporting Actress (Elvira Mínguez), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Supervision, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Special Effects.

Furthermore, Borja Cobeaga's "Negociador" (Negociator), which premiered in the Zabaltegi section at the 62nd edition of the Festival, landed a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

"Un Otoño Sin Berlin" (An Autumn without Berlin) by Lara Izagirre, opening film of the Zinemira section, also got a nomination for Best new Actress for Irene Escolar.

Two films that also screened at the San Sebastian Festival compete for the Best Foreign Film in the Spanish Language Award: Pablo Trapero’s "El Clan" (The Clan) screened in the Pearls section following its premiere at the Venice Festival; and Salvador del Solar’s "Magallanes" winner of the Films in Progress Award at the 62nd edition of the Festival, before going on to form part of this year’s Horizontes Latinos selection.

Another three nominated were programmed as part of the Made in Spain section, following their premiere at the Malaga Festival: Daniel Guzmán’s "A Cambio de Nada" (Nothing in Return) , with six nominations, Leticia Dolera’s "Requisitos Para Ser Una Persona Normal," with three candidacies and Gracia Querejeta’s "Felices 140" (Happy 140) , which competes for two awards.
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San Sebastian: Iceland’s ‘Sparrows’ wins Golden Shell

San Sebastian: Iceland’s ‘Sparrows’ wins Golden Shell
Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution wins special jury prize; Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights wins Silver Shell.Scroll down for full list of winners

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows has won the Golden Shell for best film at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-26).

Runarsson’s second film, following Volcano (2011), follows 16-year-old Ari, who has to leave his mother’s home in Reykjavik and move back to his former hometown in the isolated Westfjords of Iceland where he navigates a rocky relationship with his father.

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s surreal horror film Evolution picked up the Special Jury Prize. The French director’s first feature in more than a decade follows a young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic who uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers.

The film also saw Manu Dacosse pick up the Jury Prize for best cinematography.

The Silver Shell for best director went to Joachim Lafosse for The White
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Antonio Banderas begins Altamira shoot

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Antonio Banderas begins Altamira shoot
First image released of period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.

Principal photography has begun on period drama Altamira, directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, Greystoke) and starring Antonio Banderas.

Production will take place on location in Northern Spain.

The English-language production also stars Golshifteh Farahani, Nicholas Farrell, Henry Goodman, Pierre Niney, Clément Sibony, Tristan Ulloa, Irene Escolar and Rupert Everett. British actress Allegra Allen makes her film debut.

The screenplay is by Olivia Hetreed (Girl with a Pearl Earring; Wuthering Heights) and Jose Luis Lopez-Linares. José Luis Alcaine (The Skin I Live In) is the cinematographer.

Producers are Lucrecia Botín, Alvaro Longoria from Spain’s Morena Films and Andy Paterson from the UK’s Sympathetic Ink. Alexandra Lebret, of France’s Mare Nostrum co-produces with Laura Bickford as executive producer.

The film tells the true story of nine-year old Maria (Allen) and her father Marcelino (Banderas) who, in 1879, found
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DVD Review: Lock-Up

  • Nerdly
Lock-up

Stars: Adolfo Fernández, Marcel Borràs, Carlos Cuevas, Irene Escolar | Written by Pere Saballs i Nadal | Directed by Xavi Giménez

It’s not until 15 minutes into the film that the title shows up, but after a lengthy introduction to the central characters, and the problems between them, you’ve all but forgotten that the title hasn’t appeared.

Lock-Up is indeed the title, see, I even managed to give this review a lengthy introduction before dropping the title. It’s a really good technique and something I might start employing when I write from now on. I digress, the attention this review was holding from the first paragraph has just been self-destructed by diverting your mind away from what was going to be a hard-hitting and intense review, into what has become a self-indulgent load of nonsense.

Where were we? Oh yes, Lock-Up, the first 15 minutes really form the basis
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