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Marcus H. Rosenmueller, Santiago López Jover on ‘Welcome to Siegheilkirchen’ and Bringing the Work of Manfred Deix to Life

“Welcome to Siegheilkirchen” not only honors Manfred Deix, one of Austria’s most revered cartoonists and satirists, it also marks the country’s first ever animated feature film. Unspooling in Gala Premieres at the Zurich Film Festival, the film follows a kid whose immense talent for drawing gives him an outlet for his discontent while growing up […]
Tags: News, Global, Austria, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Directors, Tom Tykwer, Zurich Film Festival, Marcus H. Rosenmueller, Marcus H Rosenmueller Santiago López Jover, Siegheilkirchen, Manfred Deix


Guadalajara Film Festival Celebrates a Near Return to Normal

An in-person Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG), which has moved its traditional spring dates to the fall, runs Oct. 1-9 this year. It opens with Dennis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” following its splash in Venice, and closes with the North American premiere of the first two episodes of Netflix’s animated series “Maya and the Three” from Mexico’s Jorge Gutiérrez (“The Book […]
Tags: News, Mexico, Global, Netflix, Festivals, Venice, Guadalajara Film Festival, Maya, Jorge Gutierrez, Dennis Villeneuve


Ambitious Iberseries Platino Industria Event Kicks Off in Madrid

A new and ambitious Ibero-American industry event, Iberseries Platino Industria, runs Sept. 27 thru Oct 1 with a slew of activities broken into eight thematic sections: Financing and Business Models; Conversations with Platforms and their Studios; Industry Talks; Creativity; Market Intelligence; Keynotes and Masterclasses; Audiovisual Arts as an Educational Tool; and Synergies between Tourism and […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Madrid, Market Intelligence, Platino Awards, Iberseries, Iberseries Platino Industria, Iberseries Platino Industria Event Kicks Off


Jonas Carpignano on Eliciting Great Performances From Non-Professional Actors in ‘A Chiara’

Jonas Carpignano has become known for a particular type of naturalism born from observing – and then depicting –  life in contemporary Calabria, specifically in the coastal town of Gioia Tauro, known as an  ‘Ndrangheta mob hotbed, in a trilogy that started with “Mediterranea,” which won the Critics Week Grand Prize in 2015, followed by […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Calabria, Chiara, Jonas Carpignano, Gioia Tauro, A Chiara


’The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Lands Fair — Not Foul — Standing Ovation for Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand at NYFF World Premiere

When shall we three meet again? After taking a year off from indoor screenings due to COVID-19, the New York Film Festival returned to Alice Tully Hall on Friday night with the world premiere of “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, who play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the adaptation of the […]
Tags: News, Frances Mcdormand, Festivals, Macbeth, Denzel Washington, Lady Macbeth, Alice Tully Hall, Joel Coen, Denzel Washington Frances McDormand, The Tragedy of Macbeth, NYFF World Premiere


Pecado Films Sets ‘A La Cara’ Feature From ‘Josefine’s’ Javier Marco & Belén Sanchez-Arévalo (EXCLUSIVE)

Madrid-based Pecado Films will produce “A la cara,” the second feature from director Javier Marco and screenwriter Belén Sánchez-Arévalo whose debut, “Josephine,” world premiered to acclaim at San Sebastian this week. Written by Marco and Sánchez-Arévalo and to be directed by Marco, the duo’s sophomore outing will continue the action of their same-titled 13-minute film […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Madrid, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Marco, Josefine, Javier Marco, Pecado Films, Pecado Films Sets ` A La Cara, Belén Sanchez Arévalo, Sánchez Arévalo


Argentine Chef Mauro Colagreco and its Filmmakers Expound on Doc ‘Reinventing Mirazur’

The idea for the documentary “Reinventing Mirazur,” which follows Argentine Chef Mauro Colagreco and the profound transformation he and his three-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur undergo, began in faraway Japan where French filmmakers Franck Ribière and Vérane Frediani met him while he participated in the Cook Japan event organized by restaurateur Yuji Shimoyama. Colagreco was among […]
Tags: Japan, News, Global, Festivals, Michelin, San Sebastian Film Festival, Mauro Colagreco, Franck Ribière, Vérane Frediani, Cook Japan, Yuji Shimoyama Colagreco


Government Fund Heads from Latin America, Spain, Portugal to Meet in Buenos Aires During Ventana Sur (EXCLUSIVE)

Organized by the Cannes Festival and Market and Argentina’s INCAA film agency, this year’s Ventana Sur, the biggest film-TV event in Latin America, is rapidly gaining in critical mass. In one crucial development, INCAA president Luis Puenzo confirmed to Variety that Ventana Sur will coincide with the latest meetings of CAACI, the body of governmental audiovisual authorities […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Argentina, Ventana Sur, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Luis Puenzo, Incaa, Latin America Spain Portugal


Swiss Filmmakers Dominate Nest Student Shorts Sidebar Event at San Sebastian Film Festival

The next generation of filmmakers converged at the Tabakalera – International Center for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastian for the three-day Nest Film Student program (Sept. 20-22). Three students/graduates represented Switzerland, more than any other nation, reflecting what program head, Maialen Franco, tells Variety is a surge in talent from the European country. “In the […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Switzerland, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Variety, Maialen Franco


Germany’s Fabian & Fred Boards Spanish Co-Production, Develops Female-Driven Slate

German animation studio Fabian & Fred has boarded Spanish director Isabel Herguera’s animated feature “Sultana,” which is set between a fictional feminist utopia and India under British colonial rule. The Spain-Germany co-production is inspired by a feminist utopian book “Sultana’s Dream,” written in 1905 by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a Bengali female activist from a village […]
Tags: News, Germany, India, Global, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Fabian, Spain Germany, Isabel Herguera, Fabian Fred, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain


‘In the Woods’ Takes Top Honors at San Sebastian’s Nest Short Film Program

This year’s San Sebastian Nest competition for international student short films honored Sara Grgurić’s Croatian relationship drama “In the Woods” with this year’s Nest Award and its accompanying €10,000 ($11,800) cash prize. “Because of its complexity and its precision, because with little it tells something enormous and because since we saw it, it has stayed […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Festivals, Nest, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Nest Short Film Program, Sara Grgurić


Magma Cine, Be Revolution Pictures Board Alfredo Castro-Starrer ‘After Elena’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Gabriela Sandoval, director and co-founder of Chilean production-distribution outfit Storyboard Media, and head of industry for the Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC), was at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival where her new Chilean label Cine Matriz struck deals with Nathalia Videla at Argentina’s Magma Cine and Griselda González at Be Revolution Pictures in Belgium […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Belgium, Argentina, San Sebastian Film Festival, Elena, Gabriela Sandoval, Magma Cine, Storyboard Media, Nathalia Videla, Griselda Gonzalez, Alfredo Castro Starrer, Cine Matriz, Be Revolution Pictures


Kinetix Takes Startup Challenge Top Prize as Experts Discuss Virtual Production at Zinemaldia & Technology

French software company Kinetix took home the €10,000 ($11,800) Startup Challenge prize from this year’s San Sebastian Zinemaldia & Technology sidebar, held at and in partnership with the Tabakalera, an international center of contemporary culture and technology based in the Spanish city. In addition to the cash prize, the company is offered space in an […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, San Sebastian, Kinetix, Zinemaldia Startup Challenge, Kinetix Takes Startup Challenge Top Prize, Zinemaldia


Cartoon Forum: TAT Productions, Miam! and Ketnet-VRT Take Home Awards

TAT Productions and production-distribution outfit Miam! Animation, both from France, and Belgian broadcaster Ketnet-VRT have won the Tributes Awards at this year’s in-person Cartoon Forum, Europe’s premier animated TV series forum which closed today in Toulouse. One of leading studios in the flourishing animation region of Occitania, which includes ­Toulouse, TAT Productions took the Producer […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Festivals, Toulouse, VRT, Cartoon Forum, TAT Productions, Occitania, Ketnet, TAT Productions Miam, Miam Animation, Cartoon Forum Europe


Manuel Nieto, Whose ‘The Employer and the Employee’ Closes SIFF’s Horizontes Latinos, Preps a Sci-Fi Film and Doc

Uruguayan filmmaker Manuel Nieto’s social thriller “The Employer and the Employee,” starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (“Persian Lessons” and “BPM” (Beats Per Minute), comes to the San Sebastian Film Festival to close the Horizontes Latinos sidebar on Thursday, Sept. 23. It’s a journey that began at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight where it world premiered after winning development prizes at Toulouse’s Latin Film Festival, […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toulouse, Siff, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Manuel Nieto, Cannes ' Directors ' Fortnight


New York Film Festival Returns Live and In-Person But With a Few Key Changes

When the New York Film Festival opens on Sept. 24, it will not only signal another key stop on the awards season circuit — it will be a key marker in New York City’s long, painful reemergence from COVID-19. “People are so hungry for communal experiences,” says Eugene Hernandez, the festival’s director. “It’s been heartening […]
Tags: News, New York City, Festivals, Pedro Almodóvar, Jane Campion, New York Film Festival, Joel Coen, COVID, Eugene Hernandez


Johnny Depp Unveils Development Fund Between His London-Based IN.2 and A Contracorriente in Spain

In San Sebastian to receive the festival’s highest honor, the Donostia career achievement award, American actor, producer and director Johnny Depp has announced his involvement in a new development fund for film and TV projects, headed by his own upstart London-based IN.2 Films and Adolfo Blanco’s Contracorriente in Spain. IN.2 is Depp’s newly-launched U.K.-based production […]
Tags: London, News, Global, Spain, Festivals, Johnny Depp, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Depp, Adolfo Blanco, Contracorriente


Peter Hedges’ Pandemic-Set Drama ‘The Same Storm’ to Open 2021 Austin Film Festival

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges’ drama “The Same Storm” is set to open the 2021 Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference (AFF). Festival organizers announced Thursday that the pandemic-set movie starring Noma Dumezweni, Mary-Louise Parker, Sandra Oh, Elaine May, Raúl Castillo, Ato Blankson-Wood, Corey Michael Smith, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, and Alison Pill will lead […]
Tags: News, Festivals, Alison Pill, Austin Film Festival, Peter Hedges, The Same Storm


Buzzed up San Sebastian New Directors Title ‘Josephine’ – Broken Down by Its Creators

Juan (Roberto Álamo), a prison security officer, is a man of few words: In fact, in the first near four minutes of “Josephine,” he doesn’t say anything at all as the film fills us in on his daily routine. It’s a sad, solitary existence of bathetic detail: The film begins with a frontal shot of […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Josephine, Juan Roberto Álamo


Chilean Thriller ‘Immersion’ Bows Trailer Starring Pablo Larraín Regular Alfredo Castro (EXCLUSIVE)

Picked up by Latido Films at last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival, Chilean suspense-thriller “Immersion,” headed by Chile’s biggest star and Pablo Larraín regular, Alfredo Castro, has dropped its first trailer, which Variety bows exclusively. Nicolás Postiglione’s debut feature, which he co-wrote with fellow filmmakers Agustín Toscano (“The Snatch Thief”) and Moises Sepúlveda (“The Illiterate”), revolves around […]
Tags: News, Global, Chile, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Alfredo Castro, Pablo Larrain, Latido Films, Agustín Toscano, Moises Sepúlveda


FilmSharks’ ‘Virtual Reality,’ ’Bandit Love,’ ‘Macabre’ Clinch Key Market Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Buenos Aires-based sales and production company FilmSharks International has scored a number of deals with South Korea, France and Italy in recent days. South Korean indie film distributor Bluelable Pictures picked up all rights to erotic thriller “Bandit Love” and plans a wide theatrical release. It also snagged rights to “Ghosting Gloria,” the Uruguayan supernatural […]
Tags: News, Global, Italy, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Buenos Aires, South Korea France, FilmSharks International, Bluelable Pictures


The $1.9 Billion Spain AVS Hub Plan: First Details Revealed at San Sebastian

The devil is in the details. On March 18, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the government will plow €1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) over 2021-25 into a Spain AVS Hub plan –  España Hub Audiovisual de Europa in Spanish. This was aimed, as he explained, to encourage big foreign players to shoot and set up […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Pedro Sanchez, España Hub Audiovisual de Europa


‘Camionero,’ ‘Daughter of Rage,’ ‘Carbon’ Win San Sebastian Forum, WIPs

Juan Marisé’s “Camionero,” Laura Baumeister’s “Daughter of Rage” and Ion Bors’ “Carbon” triumphed Wednesday at San Sebastian Festival’s prize ceremony for winners at its main industry competitions: the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum and WIP Latin America and WIP Europa pix-in-post showcases. Also among victors were Juan Andrés Arango’s “Where the River Begins,” María Zanetti’s “Alemania,” […]
Tags: News, Awards, Global, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Latin America, Wip, San Sebastian Festival, Laura Baumeister, WIP Europa, Juan Marisé, Ion Bors, Europe Latin America Co, Juan Andrés Arango, María Zanetti


Hola Mexico Mentee and ‘Blast Beat’ Director Esteban Arango Makes Good on Promise

In 2016, Esteban Arango enrolled in Hola Mexico Film Festival’s mentorship program, Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today, with a short film — a coming-of-ager about two brothers from Colombia who love metal music and feel disillusioned by the American dream. Arango and his co-writer, Erick Castrillon, needed guidance on adapting the piece into a full-length project, and […]
Tags: News, Colombia, Festivals, Our Town, Arango, Blast Beat, Esteban Arango, Erick Castrillon, Hola Mexico Film Festival, Hola Mexico Mentee


Johnny Depp Addresses ‘Cancel Culture’: ‘No One Is Safe. Not One of You’

Johnny Depp was only meant to be asked questions relating to his career during a press conference preceding his Donostia Awards reception at the San Sebastian Film Festival. But in response to one journalist’s bold attempt to parse the actor’s thoughts on so-called “cancel culture” and how social media can affect public figures, Depp did not […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Johnny Depp, San Sebastian, Depp


‘Chasing the Line’ Director Andreas Schmied on Ski Legend Franz Klammer and Shooting From the Gut

In telling the story of champion alpine ski racer Franz Klammer, one of Austria’s most revered and beloved sports heroes, director Andreas Schmied forewent the usual biopic tropes, focusing instead on a few fateful days that culminated in his victory at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck. It was that focus that ultimately convinced Klammer to […]
Tags: News, Global, Production, Austria, Innsbruck, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Franz Klammer, Directors, Zurich Film Festival, Klammer, Andreas Schmied


Afghan Filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat on her Hopes for a New Wave of Afghan Cinema

Holding forth at a masterclass she delivered at the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Tabakalera venue on Tuesday Sept. 21, Shahrbanoo Sadat, the Afghan filmmaker whose body of work includes 2019 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight film “The Orphanage” and Cannes 2016 film “Wolf And Sheep,” dispelled some misconceptions about Afghan cinema and her country. Fearing persecution like many fellow Afghan artists, […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, Shahrbanoo Sadat


‘And Tomorrow We Will Be Dead’ Director Michael Steiner on Portraying the Taliban, the Hostage Mindset and His First TV Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Director Michael Steiner opens this year’s Zurich Film Festival with “And Tomorrow We Will Be Dead,” a timely thriller about a real-life Swiss couple captured by the Taliban while traveling through Pakistan in 2011. The film is sure to generate headlines in view of the recent Taliban victory in Afghanistan that followed the withdrawal of […]
Tags: News, Global, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pakistan, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Michael Steiner, Zurich Film Festival


Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’ to Open Tokyo Film Festival

This year’s Tokyo International Film Festival will give gala positions to two American movies. Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” has been set as the opening night title and will play on Oct. 30. Stephen Chbosky’s “Dear Evan Hansen” has been announced as the title for the feelgood closer on Nov. 8, 2021. “TIFF plans to hold […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Clint Eastwood, Festivals, EVAN HANSEN, Stephen Chbosky, Dear Evan Hansen, Tokyo International Film Festival, Cry Macho


Javier Rebollo’s ‘Dans la chambre du Sultan’ Backed by Paraíso, Elamedia, Eddie Saeta, Noodles (EXCLUSIVE)

Nathalie Trafford’s Paraiso Production Diffusion and Jérôme Vidal’s Noodles from France and Roberto Rodríguez’s Elamedia and Luis Miñarro’s Eddie Saeta from Spain have teamed to co-produce Javier Rebollo’s “Dans la chambre du Sultan.” A multi-prized Spanish film director, Rebollo ­­won San Sebastian’s best director with “La mujer sin piano” (The Woman Without a Piano) and […]
Tags: News, France, Global, Spain, Festivals, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian, Rebollo, Roberto Rodriguez, Jérôme Vidal, Luis Miñarro, Eddie Saeta, Javier Rebollo, Elamedia, Paraíso Elamedia Eddie Saeta Noodles, Nathalie Trafford



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