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‘Un Traductor’ Clip: Rodrigo Santoro Doesn’t Have A Choice [Sundance Exclusive]

There are some stories that are almost too unbelievable to be real, but sometimes, the best people to spin those stories are those closest to the event. Sundance Film Festival World Drama entry “Un Traductor” intriguingly finds directors Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso bringing the story of their father’s experience to life on the big screen.

Starring Rodrigo Santoro, Maricel Álvarez, Yoandra Suárez, Nikita Semenov, Jorge Carlos Pérez Herrera, Genadijs Dolganovs, Milda Gecaite, Laura Mia, Ravelo Hernández, and Aleksandra Maslennikova, “Un Traductor” follows a Russian literature professor in Cuba, who is called in to help translate, when children affected by the Chernobyl disaster are sent to Cuba for treatment.

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners revealed

Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation

Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.

We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S.
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Sundance Channel acquires five festival titles

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Sundance Channel acquires five festival titles
Films include Irish feature Mammal starring Barry Keoghan.

Sundance Channel Global has acquired five features from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will exclusively premiere the titles shortly after the festival.

They include Mammal, The Fits, Spa Night, Jacqueline (Argentine) and My Friend In The Park (Mi Amiga Del Parque).

Mammal has been acquired from Picture Tree International Central and Eastern Europe, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The film, directed by Rebecca Daly, sees Australian actress Rachel Griffiths play a woman who befriends a young homeless man, played by Barry Keoghan, following the death of her son. Mammal is Irish director Daly’s second film following The Other Side Of Sleep, which debuted in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011.

The Fits and Jacqueline (Argentine) have been acquired for Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

The Fits, sold by
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Sundance 2016. Lineup

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Kate Plays ChristineThe lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, taking place between January 21 -31, has been announced.U.S. Dramatic COMPETITIONAs You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, USA): As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, Mary Stuart Masterson. World Premiere The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker, USA): Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom. Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. World PremiereChristine (Antonio Campos,
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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Midnight and Competition Movie Lineup

The Sundance Film institute has released the line-up of film for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Going to Sundance is one of my favorite events of the year. I love going because you never know what kind of movies you're going to see. Sometimes they are great films that amaze and entertain, other times they completely suck ass, but that's all part of the fun of going to the festival. It's an awesome experience for any hardcore movie geek, and if you ever get a chance to go, you need to.

The event takes place in Park City, Utah next year from January 21st to the 31st. It looks like there's a great line-up of movies at next year's event. My favorite portion of the event is the Midnight section because it deals more with geeky genre type movies, but I also enjoy the various sections of other line-ups.

Some of
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Sundance ’16: Felix van Groeningen, Rebecca Daly & Ana Katz Load Up World Dramatic Comp

In last year’s section which included Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan and Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick, it was John Maclean’s debut Slow West claimed the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Alanté Kavaïté’s The Summer of Sangailé landed the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Umrika was the audience’s won the Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic. In this year’s dozen offerings we have names we normally associate with Cannes in The Misfortunates‘ Felix van Groeningen (Belgica), The Other Side of Sleep‘s Rebecca Daly (Mammal – see pic above) and A Stray Girlfriend‘s Ana Katz (Mi Amiga del Parque). Here are the selections.

Belgica / Belgium, France, Netherlands (Director: Felix van Groeningen, Screenwriters: Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens) — In the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene, two brothers start a bar and get swept up in its success.Cast: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Hélène De Vos. World Premiere.
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Sundance: Us, World Competition titles revealed

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Titles include Tallulah starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, and Chad Hartigan’s Morris From America (pictured); Next strand also announced.Scroll down for full list

Sundance Institute has announced the 65 films selected for the Us Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition Next categories set to screen at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (Jan 21-31) in Park City.

Us Dramatic Competition selections include Sian Heder’s Tallulah with Ellen Page and Allison Janney; Antonio Campos’ Christine; Clea DuVall’s feature directorial debut The Intervention; and Richard Tanne’s Southside With You, about Barack Obama’s first date with the First Lady.

Among the Us Documentary Competition selections are: Holy Hell by undisclosed; Jeff Feuerzeig’s Author: The Jt LeRoy Story; and Sara Jordenö’s Kiki.

The World Cinema Dramatic Competition entries include: Belgica (Belgium-France-Netherlands), Felix van Groeningen’s follow-up to The Broken Circle Breakdown; Manolo Cruz and Carlos del Castillo’s Between Sea And Land (Colombia); and Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild
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To Rome with Love Trailer

To Rome with Love Trailer
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer and five new photos for director Woody Allen's To Rome with Love, which arrives in theaters June 22. The filmmaker's trend of exploring international locales continues with this romantic comedy set in Italy, which stars Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Pen&#233lope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, and Life is Beautiful star-director Roberto Benigni. Check out the trailer, and click on the photos to access our gallery.

To Rome With Love: Trailer

To Rome with Love comes to theaters June 22nd, 2012 and stars Ellen Page, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Maricel Álvarez. The film is directed by Woody Allen.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #53. Woody Allen's Nero Fiddled

#53. Nero Fiddled Director/Writer: Woody AllenProducers: Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, Giampaulo Letta and Faruk AlatanDistributor: Sony Pictures Classics The Gist: Loosely inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a collection of 100 bawdy novellas written in the 14th century, the film is expected to feature four vignettes, two stories involving Italian characters in Italian and two in English involving American characters in Rome...(more) Cast: Ellen Page, Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg, Alison Pill, Penélope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Ornella Muti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Carol Alt, Isabella Ferrari, Maricel Álvarez, Flavio Parenti List Worthy Reasons...: We never get tired of Woody and Woody never gets tired of making movies. These extended euro-vacation has definitely given us plenty to cheer about with Vicky Cristina Barcelona being his best so far we can hope that a bit of Penelope Cruz and a bit of everyone else (international cast plus
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Nero Fiddled Lands at Sony Pictures Classics

Nero Fiddled Lands at Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and UK rights to Woody Allen's next film, Nero Fiddled. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Pen&#233lope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Giampaulo Letta and Faruk Alatan, Nero Fiddled is a Medusa film and Gravier production. The film was Allen's first film shot in Rome.

Nero Fiddled marks Allen's fifth film with Sony Pictures Classics. Allen's most recent film with Spc, Midnight in Paris, has made almost $60 million at the box office and is Allen's highest grossing film in North America. The film also recently garnered four Golden Globe nominations. Spc's previous collaborations with Allen include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger starring Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto; the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival's opening night film Whatever Works starring Larry David, Patricia Clarkson
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Woody Allen Announces Full Cast for The Bop Decameron

Woody Allen Announces Full Cast for The Bop Decameron
Woody Allen announced today the full cast for The Bop Decameron, his latest film, now in pre-production. Starring, in alphabetical order, are: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Pen&#233lope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page. Co-stars include Antonio Albanese, Fabio Armiliata, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ornella Muti, Flavio Parenti, Alison Pill, Riccardo Scamarcio and Alessandro Tiberi.

The Bop Decameron is a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. This is Allen's first film to be financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film.

The Bop Decameron begins production on July 11 and marks Allen's first time shooting in Rome. His latest film, Midnight in Paris, is currently playing in theaters.

The Bop Decameron comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Ellen Page, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, Maricel Álvarez. The film is directed by Woody Allen.
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'Biutiful' star Álvarez 'to join' Allen Rome film

'Biutiful' star Álvarez 'to join' Allen Rome film
Biutiful actress Maricel Álvarez has reportedly joined the cast of Woody Allen's upcoming Rome-set film. Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page and Penelope Cruz have already signed for the movie, which is currently titled Bop DeCameron. Álvarez's role in Allen's next feature is not yet known, according to ScreenDaily. The actress previously worked with Cruz's husband Javier Bardem in Biutiful, director Alejandro González Iñárritu's grim portrait of a dying man struggling to rectify his life's many sins. Allen will appear in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop (more)
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Italian Actors Riccardo Scamarcio, Isabella Ferrari & Sergio Rubini Join 'Bop Decameron'

While "Midnight In Paris" is still rolling out in theaters across the country, Woody Allen is already at work on his next film set to shoot this summer in Rome, continuing his diligent one-movie-per-year work ethic that has persisted for four decades. With Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis and Maricel Álvarez already on board, some Italian thesps have now joined the picture. Variety reports that Riccardo Scamarcio (star of the recent Cannes hit "Polisse" and the Italian box office hit "Manual Of Love" series), Isabella Ferrari (probably best known for her role on the Italian…
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New this Week: ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘American Graffiti [Special Edition] (Bd/DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

X-Men: First ClassJames McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Movie of the Week

X-Men: First Class

The Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

The Plot: In 1963, Charles Xavier (McAvoy) starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr (Fassbender), his best friend, and future archenemy.

The Buzz: The film’s preliminary reviews have been solid, with 41 favorable reviews to 1 unfavorable, as of today at Rottentomates. The cast is really strong too. However, I personally have zero interest in this film, as it looks to have zero style (other than the standard nerdy film-version X-Men vibe), but perhaps this will be the first good X-Men film? I loved the comic books, was a pretty big reader for awhile there, and I’ve always felt like, of all the Marvel films, the X-Men films have fallen the furthest from their book.
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Blu-Ray Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Biutiful’ Numbs the Senses

Chicago – The feel bad movie of 2010 has finally arrived in stores. Pardon me for withholding my enthusiasm. Although Alejandro González Iñárritu’s fourth feature has its share of indelible images, its familiar themes and unrelenting solemnity causes the senses to become numbed rather than engaged. The film offers 147 minutes of pure bleakness with a couple booger jokes thrown in for last-minute levity.

Only the shattering performances from Javier Bardem and Maricel Álvarez make “Biutiful” function as something more than a gorgeously lensed dirge. This is the first Iñárritu film I’ve seen that feels too long. Without the Rubix cube-like structure of his previous features, this linear descent into despair feels naggingly one note, perhaps illustrating that Iñárritu’s fractured editing was primarily what kept his viewers’ attention rapt during cumbersome dramas such as “21 Grams” and “Babel.”

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

Bardem won the Best Actor award at Cannes and scored a
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New Films For DiCaprio, Kassovitz, Alvarez

Django Unchained

"Leonardo DiCaprio Will play villian Calvin Candie in Tarantino's "Django Unchained" says a tweet two hours ago by L.A.-based podcast host Jeff Goldsmith.

Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds" before ultimately casting Christoph Waltz in the role.

Now he may have scored the famed star to play a villainous plantation owner. No confirmation of any kind has yet emerged, and Goldsmith carefully labels it a "Casting Rumor" only.

Le Capital

Mathieu Kassovitz and Gabriel Byrne have joined the cast while Naomi Campbell has been offered a role in Costa-Gavras' financial industry drama "Le Capital".

At last report, Vincent Cassel was also set to star in this critical look at the global banking system. Set in Paris, London, New York, Davos and Tokyo, shooting begins in September. [Source: Variety]

Bop Decameron

Argentinian theater actress Maricel Álvarez ("Biutiful") has reportedly joined the cast
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'Biutiful' Actress Maricel Álvarez Joins Woody Allen's Rome-Set 'Bop Decameron'

After winning most critics (including ours) over with his Gallic adventure in "Midnight In Paris," Woody Allen is to continue his ridiculously prolific run averaging a film a year taking his European holiday to Rome. Tentatively titled "Bop Decameron," the project is loosely based on a collection of 14th century novellas by Giovanni Boccarccio and boasts a star-studded cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Begnini. Now, after playing the mother of Javier Bardem's children in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Biutiful," Argentinian theater actress Maricel Álvarez has reportedly joined the cast of Allen's latest, which ironically…
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Exclusive: Biutiful Blu-ray Featurette

Exclusive: Biutiful Blu-ray Featurette
We have an exclusive featurette from the upcoming home video release Biutiful, which will hit shelves on Blu-ray and DVD May 31. Click on the video player below to watch this featurette with star Javier Bardem, which delves deeper inside Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu's Oscar nominated drama.

Click to watch Exclusive: Javier Bardem Featurette!

Uxbal (Bardem) is a man living on the wrong side of the law who struggles to provide for his children on the dangerous streets of Barcelona. As fate encircles him, Uxbal learns to accept the realities of life, whether bright, bad - or biutiful - in this unforgettable film.

Special Features:

"The Making-of Biutiful" featurette

Theatrical trailer

Biutiful was released December 29th, 2010 and stars Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Eduard Fernández, Cheikh Ndiaye, Diaryatou Daff, Cheng Tai Shen. The film is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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Biutiful Review

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Javier Bardem finally confirms that he is one of the finest actors alive...


In some ways, Biutiful is the ultimate test of an actor's ability. He is in every scene, almost every shot and there is no trickery to hide a false emotion. Bardem owns all 2+ hours. He plays Uxbal, an illegal immigrant middle man - he gets work and supplies for African and Chinese immigrants while paying off the police and skimming for himself. He is also a part-time psychic.

He lives in Barcelona although it's not particularly recognizable. Uxbal could be living anywhere in any city. He's a lost man in both work and family. He has two children, Ana and Mateo, from his bi-polar wife Maramba (Maricel Álvarez). Maramba is a controlling woman and a little unstable to be the motherly type but Uxbal does love her which most of the time is a problem.

Uxbal is diagnosed with cancer.
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Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) 2011: Nominations: El Infierno, Chicogrande, Abel

El Infierno, Chicogrande, and the other nominations of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) have been announced. The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) are presented by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. “The Ariel is the Mexican Academy of Film Award. It has been awarded annually since 1947. The award recognizes excellence in motion picture making, such as acting, directing and screenwriting in Mexican cinema. It is considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican movie industry.” The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) “ceremony will take place on May 7 [, 2011] at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.” The full listing of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) nominations is below

Best Picture



El infierno (Hell)

Best Director

Felipe Cazals, Chicogrande

Luis Estrada, El infierno (Hell)

Diego Luna, Abel

Best Actress

Karina Gidi, Abel

Mónica del Carmen, Año bisiesto (Leap Year)

Maricel Álvarez, Biutiful

Úrsula Pruneda, Las
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