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Major Spanish Series at Mipcom 2019

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Profiles of major Spanish shows at Mipcom. S: International distribution.

3 Caminos

(Ficción Producciones, Beta Film)

Five friends of different nationalities connect on the St. James Way. An Amazon Prime Vídeo pickup, shooting from February.

S: Beta Film

Caronte

(Mediaset España, Big Bang Media)

Legal procedural from Verónica Fernández, creator of Netflix’s upcoming “Hache,” about an ex-cop and an ex-con turned criminal lawyer. Acquired by Amazon for worldwide streaming.

S: Mediterráneo Mediaset España Group, Imagina International Sales

The Countryside

(Mediaset España, Contubernio)

Vegan, choral comedy created by Alberto Caballero (“La que se avecina”) Premiered on Amazon Prime Video España then Mediaset España channels.

S: Mediterráneo

Central Market

(Rtve, Diagonal TV)

Serial from producers of post-Civil War soap“Love in Difficult Times.” A slice of life take on workers at a major city market. S: Rtve

Dangerous Moms

(Mediaset España, Mandarina Producciones)

Black comedy series marking Mediaset España’s best fiction release in five years.
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Oscars International Race Nears Record for Entries

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Oscars International Race Nears Record for Entries
More than 85 films have been submitted to the Oscar race for Best International Film, the new name for what until now has been known as the Best Foreign-Language Film category.

Other films may have been submitted by their home countries without being publicly announced. The deadline for submissions was Oct. 1, and the Academy will announce the full list of qualifying films a few days after that deadline, after vetting all entries to make sure they qualify.

Typically, a handful of films that weren’t announced by their home countries end up on the list, and often one or two that were announced are disqualified by the Academy. With 16 countries that submitted films last year or in 2017 yet to announce, the number of submissions this year has already reached last year’s total of 87, and could conceivably approach the 2017 record of 92.

The clear front-runners in the first batch of entries are
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Oscars: Denmark Selects ‘Queen of Hearts’ for International Feature Film Race

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Oscars: Denmark Selects ‘Queen of Hearts’ for International Feature Film Race
May el-Toukhy’s Sundance prize-winning “Queen of Hearts” has been selected as Denmark’s Oscar entry in the international feature film race.

Queen of Hearts” beat out Michael Noer’s “Before the Frost” and “Daniel” by Niels Arden Oplev and Anders W. Berthelsen which had been shortlisted. The Danish Oscar committee is made up of representatives from the film industry and the Danish Film Institute.

Represented in international markets by TrustNordisk, “Queen of Hearts” world premiered at Sundance where it won the audience prize.

The film tells the story of Anne, a dedicated lawyer who lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous path, jeopardizing both her career and family. The film was written by Maren Louise Käehne, in collaboration with El-Toukhy.

“A story of power,
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"Incitement" will represent Israel at the Oscars while Thailand sends a horror film.

IncitementWe are now up to 73 films competing for those coveted 5 nominations in Best International Feature Film at the Oscars. Submissions are due to the Academy at the end of the month.  Israel's Ophir Awards were held over the weekend with Incitement taking Best Picture, making it their submission. The film tracks the year leading up to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin from the point of the view of the assassin. Curiously the film only one two Ophir Awards, the other being Best Casting. The acting prizes largely went to Peaches and Cream and the craft prizes largely went to The Unorthodox but neither could muster up the support to take the top prize. The two Israeli pictures of 2019 with the arguably highest Us profiles, festival hit Synonyms (at Nyff next) and currently in release Tel Aviv on Fire (nearing half a million at Us arthouses) took Cinematography and Screenplay respectively.
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Argentina Selects ‘Heroic Losers’, Hong Kong Picks ‘The White Storm 2’ For International Oscar Race

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Argentina Selects ‘Heroic Losers’, Hong Kong Picks ‘The White Storm 2’ For International Oscar Race
Argentina’s film academy has submitted Sebastián Borensztein’s Heroic Losers (La Odisea De Los Giles) to the 2020 International Feature Film Oscar category.

The film is based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri, who also penned the book that was adapted into Juan José Campanella’s 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian drama The Secret In Their Eyes.

Heroic Losers stars prolific Argentinian actor Ricardo Darin (also of The Secret In Their Eyes fame) alongside his son Chino Darin in a story set in a dying town in Buenos Aires. The pic follows a group of men stung by a financial scam who set out to rob the perpetrator. It was produced by Darin’s own banner Kenya Films with Argentina’s K&s Films and Spain’s Mod Producciones.

The film was released in Argentina on August 15, grossing $4.6M there to date, and also played at Toronto and Spain’s San Sebastian festival on
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Argentina selects 'Heroic Losers' for Oscar race

Argentina selects 'Heroic Losers' for Oscar race
Caper received European premiere at San Sebastian.

Sebastián Borensztein’s adventure caper Heroic Losers will represent Argentina in the international feature film Oscar race.

The Argentina Academy Of Film Arts And Sciences announced the news on Monday night (23). Ricardo Darín stars for the first time alongside his son Chico Darín in the story of agricultural activists who band together to recover money stolen from their collective.

Film Factory handles sales on Heroic Losers (La Odisea de los Giles), which opened in Argentina through Warner Bros and had its European premiere at San Sebastian after the international bow in Toronto earlier in the month.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Heroic Losers’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Heroic Losers’
“We’re not thieves,” insists the ringleader of a heist in “Heroic Losers,” a South American crowd-pleaser about a rural collective seeking justice against big-city banking elites. He may be wrong in the most literal sense, but like an Argentinean Danny Ocean, he’s assembled a group of amateurs who have no intention of filling their coffers with ill-gotten gains — they just want their money back. Adding to a tradition of modest heist comedies like “Going in Style” and “Big Deal on Madonna Street,” . That populist touch has put it on track to be the year’s biggest box-office hit in its home country, and other territories will surely pounce after its international premiere in Toronto.

Anchoring this motley ensemble is Ricardo Darín, the durable star of Borensztein’s previous two films, “Chinese Take-Out” and “Kóblic,” though international audiences will likely remember him from “Nine Queens,” which also placed him
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Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution

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Spectrum Originals Picks up Soccer Drama ‘Side Games’ for U.S. Distribution
Charter CommunicationsOtt service Spectrum Originals has reached a deal with Spain’s The Mediapro Studio for the U.S. rights to its popular series “Todo por el Juego,” (“Side Games”). The series will debut in the States on July 15.

The Mediapro Studio produced the series, which was developed by popular Argentine screenwriter Eduardo Sacheri, a two-time Argentine Academy Award winner best know for penning the 2009 foreign language Oscar-winner “The Secret in Their Eyes.” It’s showrun and directed by Daniel Calparsoro, who’s features have screening in the main competitions at Venice – “Blinded” and Torino – “Salto al vacío.”

The series is based on the novel “El Fútbol no es Así,” co-written by Laliga president Javier Tebas and author Pedro Torrens. Set in a fictionalized version of a top tier Spanish soccer association, the show turns on a businessman who works his way up to the presidency of a club
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Latido Films scores key sales in Cannes led by Juan Campanella's 'The Weasel's Tale' (exclusive)

Latido Films scores key sales in Cannes led by Juan Campanella's 'The Weasel's Tale' (exclusive)
It has also secured deals for Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Goya-winning political thriller The Realm.

Antonio Saura’s Latido Flms has sold Juan José Campanella’s The Weasel’s Tale to France (Eurozoom), Portugal (Outsider Films), Italy (Movies Inspired), Greece (Seven Films) and Hong Kong (Edko Films) after market screenings in Cannes.

An Argentina-Spain co-production, The Weasel’s Tale is a black comedy starring Óscar Martínez (The Distinguished Citizen), Graciela Borges (The Quietude) and Clara Lago (Spanish Affair) star. Campanella won the best foreign language Oscar in 2010 for The Secret In Their Eyes.

Latido has also secured deals for Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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Ricardo Darin Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Among FilmSharks Slate Set For Global Remakes — Cannes

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Ricardo Darin Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Among FilmSharks Slate Set For Global Remakes — Cannes
Exclusive: Ricardo Darin-starrer An Unexpected Love is one of a handful of films going global for Argentine outfit FilmSharks. Guido Rud’s label has sold remake rights for Juan Vera’s film to Recifilm for France and Btf for Mexico.

The film has to date been sold to more than 45 countries by sales outfit and remake rights specialist FilmSharks. A Chinese theatrical deal is said to be in advanced discussions. Mercedes Moran (El Angel) stars opposite Argentine superstar Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) in the rom-com about a marriage tested by their son leaving home. The film opened last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

FilmSharks has also struck remake deals on swinger comedy 2+2 , which is from the same writer duo as An Unexpected Love. Pacts have been signed with Pirueta Films for Spain, Btf for Mexico, and with Brazilian producer-distributor Paris Entretenimento, owned by París Filmes. A U.
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Juan José Campanella, Viacom International Studios in first-look deal

Juan José Campanella, Viacom International Studios in first-look deal
Campanella directed he Secret In Their Eyes, Vientos De Agua, Colony for TV.

Argentine film and TV creator Juan José Campanella, best known for Oscar-winning feature The Secret In Their Eyes, has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Viacom International Studios – Americas (Vis).

The two-year deal calls for Campanella and his 100 Bares production company to develop and produce premium content for Vis, the development, production and distribution unit of Viacom International Media Networks Americas, which owns and operates Viacom entertainment brands including MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Channel and Telefe in Latin America.

Campanella wrote, directed and produced The Secret In Their Eyes,
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Hot Titles From Spain’s TV Production Sector

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45 Revolutions

(Atresmedia, Bambú Producciones)

The birth of a new rock record label in Spain’s conservative early ’60s.

Sa: A3Media Sales

Costa Del Sol Brigade

(Mediaset, Warner Bros. Itvp Spain, Netflix)

A MipDrama Buyers’ Summit entry. A facts-inspired cop thriller chronicling an early Spanish anti-narcotics squad.

Sa: Warner Bros. Itvp Spain

Dangerous Moms

(Mediaset, Producciones Mandarina)

A black crime farce in which four mothers are embroiled in accidental murder. Mediaset’s second MipDrama Summit contender.

Sa: Mediterráneo

Garbo, The Spy Who Double-crossed Hitler

(Portocabo, Vaca Films, Fearless Minds, Banijay Studios France)

Historical thriller mini-series inspired by the extraordinary life of WWII double agent Juan Pujol. Development

Hierro

(Movistar +, Arte France, Portocabo, Atlantique Productions)

The first Movistar + international co-production; a murder investigation set against spectacular landscapes of the titular Atlantic isle.

Sa: Banijay Rights.

Instinto

(Movistar +, Bambú Producciones)

An erotic thriller starring Mario Casas (“The 33”). Sold to Amazon in Latin America.
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Ricardo Darín drama 'An Unexpected Love' to open Iff Panama

Ricardo Darín drama 'An Unexpected Love' to open Iff Panama
Festival runs from April 4-10.

Argentinian rom-com An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado) starring Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán will open the Panama International Film Festival on April 4.

Patagonik artistic director Juan Vera made his directorial debut on the film from Patagonik Film Group and Kenya Films about a couple who separate after 25 years of marriage, triggering much soul-searching about love and the passage of time.

Vera and Daniel Cupado wrote the screenplay. Darín produced alongside his son Chino and Vera. Morán won last year’s Karlovy Vary best actress award for Florianópolis Dream.

An Unexpected Love will screen
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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer: An Epic 25 Years in the Making

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer: An Epic 25 Years in the Making
On April 10, 2019, North American audiences will get the first look at Terry Gilliam's long-awaited film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, co-starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce. Over 25 years in the making, the film had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film will play in over 700 U.S. cinemas and select Canadian locations for one night on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, with exclusive bonus features.

Presented by Fathom Events and Screen Media Films, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the story of Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, who finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker (Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth - a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever.
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Latido Films reports Efm sales surge led by '4x4', 'The Weasels' Tale' (exclusive)

Buyers respond to 4x4, The Weasels’ Tale, Bunuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles.

Madrid-based powerhouse Latido Films has struck a raft of key deals on its prestige Efm slate, led by further business on Argentine-Spain duo 4x4 and Oscar winner Juan Jose Campanella’s The Weasels’ Tale.

Mariano Cohn’s thriller 4x4 (Argentina-Spain) was the talk of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires in December and stars Juan Pedro Lanzani from Argentine smash The Clan as a petty crook who breaks into a car, only to discover he has been lured into a trap.

Latido has licensed rights to
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Efm Buzz titles from Argentina

Efm Buzz titles from Argentina
Round up of the buzz Argentinian titles out to tempt buyers.

4x4

Dir. Mariano Cohn

Thriller 4x4 was the talk of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires last December and has already landed distribution deals in France (Ugc), South Korea (Cree Pictures) and Argentina, where Buena Vista International will release. Cohn, Gaston Duprat’s co-director on The Distinguished Citizen, makes his solo feature directorial debut on the story about a car thief trapped inside a luxury SUV. Peter Lanzani, Dady Brieva and Luis Brandoni star.

Contact: Juan Torres, Latido Films

After Hitler’s Steps

Dir. Tbd

Keen to move deeper into
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Ricardo Darin-Marcedes Moran Rom-Com ‘An Unexpected Love’ Sells To HBO Latino For U.S. Pay TV — Efm

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Exclusive: After its Efm screening, Argentinian sales outfit FilmSharks has sold rom-com An Unexpected Love (El Amor Menos Pensado), starring Ricardo Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Mercedes Moran (La Cienaga), to HBO Latino for U.S. first run pay TV and Svod.

The deal was struck by HBO’s Leslie Cohen VP, Film Programming, and Rebecca C. Vazquez, Vice President, Business Affairs, and Guido Rud of FilmSharks.

Writer-director Juan Vera’s film sees a couple questioning their marriage of 25 years after their only son flies the nest to study abroad. Disney-backed Patagonik produces the film, which opened the San Sebastian Film Festival and which has been a big box office hit in South America, taking more than 750,000 tickets for Buena Vista International. The film is also Darin’s first production credit at his new label Kenya Films.

Pic has previously sold around the world including to Filmax in Spain,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #123. El cuento de las comadrejas – Juan José Campanella

The Weasels (El Cuento de las comadrejas)

Argentina’s Juan José Campanella, who oscillates back and forth between television and film, returns with eighth feature The Weasels (El Cuento de las comadrejas), a remake of the 1976 film Yesterday’s Guys Used No Arsenic from Jose A. Martinez Suarez. Produced by Campanella and Telefe’s Axel Kuschevatzky, the project stars Clara Lago, Oscar Martinez, Luis Brandoni and Graciela Borges. Juan Jose Campanella is best known for his 2009 title The Secret in Their Eyes (review / interview), which competed in San Sebastian and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.…
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Habanero Film Sales Scores Bolivian Dramas ‘Pseudo’ and ‘The Goalkeeper’ (Exclusive)

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Alfredo Calvino’s Habanero Film Sales has snapped up two dramas by Bolivia’s Gory Patiño, “The Goalkeeper” and “Pseudo,” after spotting them at Ventana Sur.

“Habanero’s motto is ‘Awesome stories from Latin American & Caribbean filmmakers.’ We are always looking for films anchored in great storytelling; fresh and unusual perspectives that touch on important issues that need to be discussed or simply to make them visible, to raise awareness,” said Calvino.

Impressed by both films, Calvino closed world sales rights to the dramas at Ventana Sur while granting the Habanero award to “Pseudo” which competed in Havana’s Works in Progress section.

Directed by Patiño and his long-time Spanish collaborator, Luis Reneo, “Pseudo” is a political thriller that tracks a taxi driver who is ensnared in a dangerous operation after he absconds with the identity of a passenger.

“The Goalkeeper” (“Muralla”), Bolivia’s official entry to the Oscars and the Golden Globes,
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Will Germany snatch Oscar from Mexico again? The same director could upset ‘Roma’ just like ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

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Will Germany snatch Oscar from Mexico again? The same director could upset ‘Roma’ just like ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’
Mexico has never won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, but it looks like that drought is about to end thanks to “Roma,” which is a rare foreign language film that is also an Oscar contender for Best Picture. However, our southern neighbor also looked like a sure bet to win 12 years ago for “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006) only to be upset by Germany’s “The Lives of Others.” Now the director of that film, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is back with another Foreign Film contender, “Never Look Away.” Will history repeat itself?

There have been eight Mexican movies nominated for Best Foreign Language Film: “Macario” (1960), “The Important Man” (1961), “Tlayucan” (1962), “Letters from Marusia” (1975), “Amores Perros” (2000), “The Crime of Father Amaro” (2002), the aforementioned “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006) and most recently “Biutiful” (2010). The fact that the nation hasn’t won is ironic given the recent success of Mexican filmmakers in English-language movies.

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