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What’s New on DVD in January: ‘The Lighthouse,’ ‘Pain and Glory,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and More

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What’s New on DVD in January: ‘The Lighthouse,’ ‘Pain and Glory,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ and More
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The Lighthouse” (Lionsgate) is the kind of movie that yields new discoveries with every viewing, so why not make this new Blu-ray part of your permanent collection? Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star as keepers of the titular structure, driving themselves and each other insane in a desolate and solitary location. Jarin Blaschke’s Oscar-nominated cinematography adds layers of grotesque delight to writer-director Robert Eggers’ fascinating follow-up to “The Witch.”

Also available: Inspirational sports tale “Sprinter” (FilmRise) features a cameo by Olympic medalist Usain Bolt; Jess Wexler and Adam Pearson play star-crossed co-stars in the uniquely offbeat “Chained for Life” (Kino Lorber); the Helen Hunt thriller “I See You” (Saban/Paramount) premiered at South by Southwest; Tim Heidecker runs for public office in the unsettling mockumentary “Mister America” (Magnolia Home Entertainment).

America’s stoner superheroes snooch one last bootch in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” (Lionsgate); Laurence Fishburne
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Endeavor Content, Exile Strike First-Look Deal With Mexican Producer Subtrama (Exclusive)

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Endeavor Content is upping its local-language game, signing a significant first look deal with Mexico City-based producer Subtrama.

Endeavor enters the deal with Exile Content Studio, a long-form English and Spanish content maker. Subtrama is behind films like Gael García Bernal’s “Museo.” Mauricio Katz, Manuel Alcalá, and Panorama Global’s Gerardo Gatica and Alberto Muffelmann run Subtrama.

“We are thrilled to power an engine that combines Mauricio and Manuel’s unique style with Gerardo and Alberto’s seasoned experience producing compelling content for global markets”, said Daniel Eilemberg, president of content at Exile.

Adds Endeavor VP of international strategy Kelly Miller, “Subtrama is at the intersection of compelling content, global audience, and gripping storytelling, all of which are paramount to the Endeavor Content fold, and we’re excited to be working with Mauricio and the entire team.”

This deal will focus primarily on Spanish-speaking projects. First up is “Litempo,
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‘Roma,’ ‘The Good Girls’ Top Mexico’s Ariel Academy Awards

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‘Roma,’ ‘The Good Girls’ Top Mexico’s Ariel Academy Awards
The Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences hosted the 61st edition of their Ariel Awards on Monday evening, where Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” and Alejandra Márquez Abella’s “The Good Girls” stood out among the winners.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Cuarón’s “Roma” scooping best picture is that it’s only the second of his films to win an Ariel award, and the first to be nominated for best picture. In 1992 “Sólo con Tu Pareja” was nominated for best first work and screenplay, and won best original story. In 2001 he chose not to submit his Oscar-nominated classic “Y tu mamá también” in protest at the Academy’s voting practices.

By the end of the Monday evening however, “Roma” netted 10 prizes, including best director, supporting actress, photography, screenplay, editing, sound, art design, visual effects and special effects to go along with the best picture prize.

A festival darling over the past year,
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'Maluma' Latin superstar doc launches as second Spanish-language YouTube Originals film

'Maluma' Latin superstar doc launches as second Spanish-language YouTube Originals film
Feature follows Mexican heist drama Museo, which launched in late 2018.

YouTube continues to forge ahead with its Latin American expansion and has launched its second Spanish-language YouTube Originals film, a documentary about Latin music superstar Maluma.

Maluma: Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Seré premiered for free on YouTube on Wednesday (5), and is available to YouTube Premium subscribers as an extended cut featuring additional interviews and performances.

Jessy Terrero directed the film about the singer-songwriter and rapper, which charts his life from humble origins in Medellin, Colombia, to sell-out global tours and social media stardom. Cinema Giants produced the documentary,
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YouTube launches third Spanish-language Original, 'Maluma'

YouTube launches third Spanish-language Original, 'Maluma'
Feature follows Mexican heist drama Museo, which launched in late 2018.

YouTube continues to forge ahead with its Spanish-language YouTube Originals business and has launched its third piece of content, a documentary about Latin music superstar Maluma.

Maluma: Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Seré premiered for free on YouTube on Wednesday (5), and is available to YouTube Premium subscribers as an extended cut featuring additional interviews and performances.

Jessy Terrero directed the film about the singer-songwriter and rapper, which charts his life from humble origins in Medellin, Colombia, to sell-out global tours and social media stardom. Cinema Giants produced the documentary,
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‘Some Beasts’ Sweeps Toulouse’s Films in Progress

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‘Some Beasts’ Sweeps Toulouse’s Films in Progress
Maintaining Chile’s protracted awards honeymoon with international festivals, Jorge Riqeulme’s “Some Beasts,” starring Alfredo Castro and Paulina Garcia, swept Toulouse’s 35th Films in Progress, a pix-in-post competition which also serves as a traditional launch-pad for selection at the Cannes Festival.

“Some Beasts” won three of the four prizes on offer: Toulouse Films in Progress Prize; the Cine Plus Films in Progress Prize and the Distributors and Exhibitors Prize.

Mactari awarded its Sound Prize to “Ceniza negra,” from Argentine-Costa Rican Sofía Quirós.

“Some Beasts” stars maybe the two most best-known of Chilean actors: Castro, a Pablo Larraín regular seen last year in Alfonso Ruizpalacios’ Berlin winner “Museo”; and García, a Berlin best actress winner for “Gloria,” from Academy Award winning director Sebastián Lelio (“A Fantastic Woman”), which inspired his 2018 remake, “Gloria Bell,” with Julianne Moore. García also appeared in Ira Sachs’ “Little Men,” and, like Castro, “Narcos.”

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Kinoki Film Festival Presents Official Selection And Special Screenings Of Its 2019 Edition

The Kinoki Film Festival is a yearly celebration hosted by the Universidad Iberoamericana (Ibero), one of the most recognized universities in Mexico. From March 28 to April 5, the 14th edition of Kinoki will have Brazil as the spotlight country, with a trio of films from different periods: Glauber Rocha’s Black God, White Devil (aka Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol), Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s City of God and Eryk Rocha’s Cinema Novo. Both actor Jesús Ochoa, better known in the United States for such movies as Man on Fire and Quantum of Solace, and director Alonso Ruizpalacios, will he honored by the festival, each hosting a master class. Kinoki will also offer some special presentations of recent Mexican films,...

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Luxbox Acquires ‘Song,’ ‘Sole,’ ‘Orphanage’ (Exclusive)

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Paris-based Luxbox, whose films “The Heiresses” and “Museo” won three of the seven Silver Bears on offer at last year’s Berlinale, has acquired sales rights to three movies bowing later this year: Carlos Sironi’s “Sole,” Shahrbanoo Sadat’s “The Orphanage” and Melina Leon’s “Song Without a Name.”

Luxbox is also unveiling first images on Feb. 7 of Bruno Dumont’s “Joan of Arc,” above, about the French woman warrior’s trial, “an incredible modern portrait of a feminine heroine facing an institution ruled by men,” said Luxbox’s Fiorella Moretti and Hédi Zardi.

Afghan Sadat won the biggest prize at Cannes 2016 Director’s Fortnight for debut “Wolf & Sheep.” Her second feature, “The Orphanage,” is set in 1980s Kabul as it sinks into civil war and follows one orphan who dreams of being a Bollywood star but ends up stuck in the conflict. It’s produced by Adomeit Film and La Fabrica Nocturna.
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Emily Blunt Describes Her ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Year at Variety Creative Impact Awards

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Emily Blunt Describes Her ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Year at Variety Creative Impact Awards
It was a starry Friday morning at the Parker Palm Springs, where celebrities ranging from Bradley Cooper to Olivia Wilde to Emily Blunt gathered at the Creative Impact Awards brunch feting the 22nd edition of Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch.

On this year’s list of helmers on the rise: Ali Abbasi (“Border”); Alejandra Marquez Abella (“The Good Girls”); Bert & Bertie (“Troupe Zero”); Pippa Blanco (“Share”); Cooper (“A Star is Born”); Kent Jones (“Drake”); Tayarisha Poe (“Selah and the Spades”); Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Museo”); Lulu Wang (“Farewell”); and Wilde (“Booksmart”).

Cooper “took a film that has been made and remade multiple times before and found something personal to express with it, made a film about the power of celebrity and about what your voice can do and it’s one of the most incredible debuts I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge of
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10 Directors to Watch: ‘Museo’ Auteur Alonso Ruizpalacios Leads New Wave of Mexican Talent

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A few years from now, there will no doubt be an official name for the explosion of talented Mexican directors breaking through on the international festival circuit — filmmakers a generation younger than such Nuevo Cine Mexicano pioneers as Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, but every bit as promising in the originality of their vision.

When that time comes, Ruizpalacios could well be their poster boy: a helmer who’s making headway both as an arthouse auteur — his first two features, “Güeros” and “Museo,” premiered at the Berlinale — and a sought-after television director in the U.S., where he spearheaded the “Vida” pilot for Starz and two episodes of “Narcos: Mexico.”

Ruizpalacios’ film work reflects a bold vision, informed by his background in acting and avant-garde theater. “Unlike all my peers in drama school, I went into acting with directing in mind,” explains Ruizpalacios, who studied under Mexico City stage
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The Best Films of 2018

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Variety chief film critics — and cinema omnivores — Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge spend the year devouring everything from superhero movies to subtitled festival gems, which leaves a wealth of exceptional films to savor at year’s end. While “A Star Is Born” scored high with both critics, and “Eighth Grade” and “The Rider” each make the cut (the latter topped Debruge’s 2017 list), their taste otherwise ran in different directions. Click through to read the reasoning behind each of the critics’ selections.

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1. “Blindspotting”

2. “A Star Is Born

3. “Shoplifters

4. “The Hate U Give

5. “Eighth Grade

6. “Museo

7. “Life and Nothing More”

8. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

9. “Burning”

10. “In Syria”

Owen Gleiberman’s Top 10 Films of 2018 | Read more

1. “A Star Is Born

2. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

3. “The Rider

4. “Green Book

5. “Chappaquiddick

6. “Red Sparrow

7. “If Beale Street Could Talk”

8. “First Man

9. “Wild, Wild Country”

10. “Eighth Grade
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Peter Debruge’s 10 Best Films of 2018

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Every so often, Hollywood changes the world, but most of the time, the world changes Hollywood, which adjusts to reflect the innovation happening around it. A year after the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements forced the film industry to confront the sexism baked into the system, we are starting to see progress reflected onscreen and behind the camera — and not just for women, but for groups of all kinds.

Films like “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Love, Simon” broke barriers and minted new stars, offsetting the stumbles of “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Annihilation” (a female-powered sci-fi movie too smart for its own good). Want to know which studio is being the most open-minded about choosing its directors? That would be Netflix, where female, minority, queer, and non-English-language filmmakers are making movies — which far exceed the 80 original films estimated this time last year. Heck, the company doesn’t even discriminate against the dead,
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Gael Garcia Bernal Talks ‘Museo,’ ‘Chicuarotes,’ ‘Z,’ ‘Wasp Network’

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Gael Garcia Bernal Talks ‘Museo,’ ‘Chicuarotes,’ ‘Z,’ ‘Wasp Network’
In 2018 Gael Garcia Bernal provided powerful cameo roles in Gonzalo Tobal’s “Accused” and Sara Colangelo’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” and starred in Alonso Ruizpalacios’ drama-thriller “Museo,” about the 1985 looting of 140 priceless Mayan and Meso-American artefacts from Mexico’s National Anthropology Museum. The pic bowed in Berlin, had its North American premiere in Toronto, and has been acquired by YouTube Premium as its first Spanish-language project, expected to be streamed early next year.

Bernal has also been active in Golden Globe-winning TV series “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Here on Earth,” a TV series he co-created.

He has just finished shooting his second feature as director, “Chicuarotes,” produced via his new shingle with partner Diego Luna, La Corriente del Golfo, which also produced “Here on Earth.” The Latin American rights to “Chicuarotes” have been acquired by Cinepolis Distribution.

Speaking to Variety at the Marrakech Film Festival, he talked about these
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‘Rojo,’ ‘The Heiresses’ Set U.S. Release via 1844 Ent., Distrib Films (Exclusive)

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Madrid — 1844 Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Benjamín Naishtat’s “Rojo,” whose theatrical and home entertainment release will be handled by Distrib Films Us, headed by François Scippa-Kohn.

Theatrical releases in New York and Los Angeles are planned for spring 2019, followed by main other markets nationwide, said Distrib Films Us president Scippa-Kohn.

Closed in the run-up to Ventana Sur, the deal builds on a budding U.S. release partnership already in place for Paraguay Oscar entry “The Heiresses,” acquired like “Rojo” from Luxbox, Hedi Zardi and Fiorella Moretti’s Paris-based sales agent.

The partnership between 1844 Entertainment and Distrib Films Us forms part of a wider deal including other titles such as Iranian Oscar submission “No Date No Signature.”

Taking in two of the biggest Latin American arthouse titles of the year, the sales confirm 1844 Ent. and Distrib Films as a burgeoning U.S. outlet for Latin American and
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Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2019

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As Oscar season heats up and the world awaits news of the Sundance Film Festival lineup, Variety announces its 10 Directors to Watch for 2019, featuring a mix of recent festival breakouts and movies yet to premiere in the coming year, all chosen on the strength of films screened for Variety’s editors (sometimes as works in progress).

While blockbuster Venice-Toronto sensation “A Star Is Born” demonstrated the birth of a major new director in Bradley Cooper, many of the other talents on this year’s list are less well-known, but no less exciting. From Cannes, Un Certain Regard winner Ali Abbasi is representing Sweden with his film “Border” in this year’s Oscar foreign language race. Film critic and festival programmer Kent Jones won the Tribeca competition with feature debut “Diane,” while Mexican directors Alejandra Márquez Abella (“The Good Girls”) and Alonso Ruizpalacios (“Museo”) were standouts of the competition sections at
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Podcast: The Favourite, Creed 2, and Shoplifters

Nathaniel R and Murtada Elfadl welcome back Nick Davis to talk new films

Index (67 minutes)

00:01 Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters. Plus: Roma and Oscar talk.

20:22 Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, directorial style, tragicomedies, and three stellar actresses: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone. Plus: Sandy Powell's costumes

39:45 Reader Q: Which film will get the most Oscar nods this year?

43:06 Reader Q: What is going on with Mary Queen of Scots?

48:05 Reader Q: Why did Widows underperform?

52:50 Nick on Creed 2

58:32 Randomness to wrap-up: Museo, and Ruth E. Carter's costumes for Black Panther

Further Reading / References

• Nathaniel's review of The Favourite

• Murtada's interview with Hirokazu Koreeda on Shoplifters

• Oscar Predictions, Current

• ...and this royal Angela Bassett costume in Black Panther

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments,
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Netflix, Mexico’s Cinepolis Face Off Over Release of ‘Roma’

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In a face-off between the world’s biggest streaming platform and second-biggest cinema theater owner, Mexico’s Cinepolis has called on Netflix to respect traditional theatrical windows for the release of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” in Mexican cinemas.

If the U.S. streaming giant agrees to push back its Dec. 14 release of “Roma” online, Cinepolis said it would release the film in its theaters next week and donate 50% of grosses to causes related to domestic service in Mexico. But if Netflix does not comply, Cinepolis will not screen the film, it said in a statement Thursday.

The standoff comes days after Matt Brodlie, director of acquisitions for Netflix, publicly offered “Roma” to both Cinepolis and Mexican exhibition chain Cinemex for release across their theaters in Mexico. In an open letter to the media, Brodlie said that an “important part” of cinema grosses would be given to nonprofit organizations.

Cuarón’s
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Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: American Animals and Widows, a Heist Movie Double Feature

Reminiscent of the recent Mexican film Museo, by Alonso Ruizpalacios, American Animals is a heist movie starring youngsters who, on paper, would have no obvious reason to carry out a robbery. With the support of their families, without economic problems, enrolled in the university and theoretically with a promising future, Spencer and Warren (Evan Peters) really want their lives to take a different direction, towards the extraordinary and meaningful. Suddenly, stealing some of the valuable books from a collection at the University of Transylvania, including John James Audubon's collection of bird paintings, The Birds of America, will become the friends' obsession in order to fill that existential vacuum that’s invisible to their...

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Los Cabos: ‘Genesis,’ ’Feral,’ ’Neza,’ ‘Labor’ Win Big at Top Mexican Fest

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Los Cabos: ‘Genesis,’ ’Feral,’ ’Neza,’ ‘Labor’ Win Big at Top Mexican Fest
Los Cabos, Mexico — Adding to its burgeoning best picture trophies, “Genesis,” the consecration of Quebec’s Philippe Lesage, won Los Cabos Competition Award Saturday night.

“Genesis” scored at a busy Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, given star gravitas by Spike Lee, Adam Driver and Terry Gilliam and whose hard-driving industry news flow, especially from the robust young Mexican industry belied Los Cabos initial positioning as a post-afm chill out.

Following on Lesage’s debut, “The Demons,” “Genesis” marks “Another rewardingly complex reflection on the emotional trials of youth,” Variety announced in its Locarno review. Superbly acted by Théodore Pellerin and Noe Abita, the chronicle of an ebullient brother and sister’s suffering from machista disdain and aggression was always a frontrunner at Los Cabos.

Otherwise, the other big competition winner – and doing its foreign-language Oscar nomination credentials no harm at all – was Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Colombian thriller
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Los Cabos Debates Digital Series Revolution, Freedoms, Rights, Talent, Paradigms

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Los Cabos, Mexico — The 7th Los Cabos Festival, the most industrially-minded of Mexico’s film events, was the first to take place in full-blown digital Ott revolution.

Two TV panels, the biggest ever at Los Cabos, packed out by some of the foremost Latino TV and Ot show-runners, producers and directors, debated the huge, multi-faceted and still fast-evolving impact the digital platforms are having, and will have, on the industry. The result was maybe the most intense industry debate Los Cabos has ever seen. Eight takeaways:

1.Latin America Gets What It Needs

The panels underscored the huge paradigm shift in just a few years. For decades, Latin American TV production was dominated by free-to-air networks, producing in-house, producer Alex Garcia reminded a Los Cabos industry audience. Independent production companies – Mexico’s Argos, Argentina’s Pol-ka and Underground – were huge exceptions, their fortunes tied to producing for specific broadcasters. Then came the pay TV revolution.
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