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‘Zama’ Producer Vania Catani Sets ‘Super Powers,’ Ramps Up Slate of New Brazilian Female Directors (EXCLUSIVE)

Bananeira Filmes’ Vania Catani, a producer on Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” and Lisandro Alonso’s “Eureka,” is set to produce Anne Guimaraes’ “Super Powers,” as Catani primes films from leading lights in Brazil’s youngest generation of emerging female filmmakers. Two titles from such directors – Flavia Neves, with Primer Corte’s “Fogaréu” and Monica Demes’ with “Requiem for […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Brazil, Ventana Sur, Vania Catani, Bananeira Filmes, Zama, Lucrecia Martel, Lisandro Alonso, Catani, Flavia Neves, Anne Guimaraes, Monica Demes


Angel Parra Talks New Doc ‘Free Way’ on Catalan Cuisine, Raul Balam and Addiction

Having premiered in San Sebastian’s Culinary Zinema and passed through Canada’s Devour Film Festival, Festimania Films’ latest documentary -after Pedro Peiras’ ‘LA QueenCiañera’ – introduces the viewer to Catalan cuisine through an almost baroque structure that pivots around its two main characters, Raül Balam and his mother, Carmen Ruscalleda, the latter being one of the […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Canada, Festivals, Ventana Sur, Angel Parra Talks New Doc ` Free Way, Raul Balam, San Sebastian 's Culinary Zinema, Pedro Peiras, LA QueenCiañera, Carmen Ruscalleda


Argentina Showcases 10 New Drama Series as Talent Moves into TV

As Argentina state film finance has dwindled, Argentine writers and directors are looking ever more to drama series creation as an alternative. MipCancun caught Argentine talent pitching 10 projects that have been awarded development coin by Argentina’s INCAA film-TV agency. That came two weeks before Ventana Sur, which will debate the role of the series […]
Tags: News, Global, Spotlight, Festivals, Argentina, Ventana Sur, Incaa, Mip Cancun


‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Eyes Early Debut on Demand in U.K. (EXCLUSIVE)

“Wonder Woman 1984” will play in cinemas in the U.K. for just one month from Dec. 16 before potentially getting a premium video-on-demand (PVOD) release on Sky, Variety can reveal. It’s understood that the deal between Warner Bros. and Comcast-backed pay-TV operator Sky isn’t yet complete and exact terms are still being hammered out, but […]
Tags: News, Global, Comcast, Sky, Warner Bros, Sky Cinema, Wonder Woman 1984


Global stocks edge lower despite the UK's approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine

Reuters / Brendan McDermid Global stocks edged lower on Wednesday despite the British government being the first to approve Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for use.London's FTSE 100 was about flat in early trade, but was still outperforming most other regional indices, even though chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal "hangs in the balance."Approval of a highly effective vaccine may mark the beginning of a new bull market for equities, a global market strategist said...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, UK, London, China, Germany, Global, US, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Cnn, New York Times, Hsbc


‘German Doctor’s’ Natalia Oreiro, ‘El Marginal’s’ Juan Minujin Set for ‘Bypass, Almost Dead’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalia Oreiro (“The German Doctor”) and Juan Minujín (“The Two Popes,” “El Marginal”) are set to star in “Bypass: Almost Dead” (“Bypass: Casi Muerta”). Adapting the original Basque film “Bypass,” the first feature of Aitor Mazo and Patxo Tellería which scored 15 nominations at the 2013 Spanish Academy Goya Awards, “Bypass: Almost Dead” is produced […]
Tags: News, Global, Festivals, Ventana Sur, Juan Minujín, Natalia Oreiro, Aitor Mazo, Academy Goya Awards


Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ Scores Very Belated China Theatrical Release

Chinese cinema-goers found out Tuesday they will have the option to swim into 2021 with Miyazaki Hayao’s 2008 animated fantasy film “Ponyo,” which is now to release on Dec. 31, a whole 12 years after its original release. Although Miyazaki’s works and Japanese animation more broadly are well-known and beloved in China, many classic titles […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Global, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Ponyo, Miyazaki Hayao


The Open Reel Closes Brace of Sales on ‘Boy Meets Boy,’ ‘Guardian Angel’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Italy’s The Open Reel has closed several international theatrical and VOD rights deals, an increasingly popular combination as questions of theatrical exhibition linger during COVID-19, for a raft of titles ahead of and at this year’s Ventana Sur market, with designs on closing several more at the hybrid multi-city event. Spanish filmmaker Daniel Sánchez Lopez’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Italy, Ventana Sur, The Open Reel, Daniel Sánchez Lopez


Ventana Sur: Spain’s Killer Development Projects Span Full Realm of the Fantastic

From a twisty cabin-in-the-woods to a brutal Basque fairytale and a musical combining flamenco and vampires, Ventana Sur’s “Window Within the Blood Window” has unveiled a broad church of genre projects from Spain. Designed to flag up five of the top Spanish projects in development, the new Bloody Cinema session was curated by the ICAA’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Markets & Festivals, Ventana Sur, Blood Window, ICAA


BTS, K-Pop Allowed to Extend Delay to Korean Military Service

South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday completed passage of an amendment to existing legislation and will allow some K-pop stars exemption from military service until they are 30. The significance was not lost on fans of BTS, currently one of the biggest music acts in the world, but whose band members would have soon been forced […]
Tags: Asia, South Korea, News, Global, Bts, K-pop, Korean Military Service


Uruguay Boosts Rebates for International Shoots, Co-Productions

Uruguay’s government has announced new and ambitious film-TV legislation aimed at converting the small Latin American nation into a far larger film-TV hub via a new series of cash rebates for international shoots and co-productions with Uruguay. Coming as Uruguay neighbors Brazil and Argentina battle huge challenges to state film funding – an incentive free […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ventana Sur


‘The Wandering Earth’ Sequel Sets Chinese New Year 2023 Release Date

Director Frant Gwo has announced that the sequel to his sci-fi hit “The Wandering Earth,” China’s third highest grossing film of all time, will release over the 2023 Lunar New Year holiday, consistently the country’s biggest movie-going week of each year. “The Wandering Earth” became a surprise hit after its 2019 Lunar New Year debut, […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, China Film Group, Wu Jing, Frant Gwo, The Wandering Earth


Upscale TV Dramas Take Pride of Place at China’s Virtual Pavilion

Chinese companies unveiled a slate of high production value drama series ranging from historical war epics to contemporary shows set against the backdrop of modern cityscapes to lure foreign buyers at Singapore’s Asia TV Forum (ATF) on Tuesday. Presented as part of the China Pavilion, the 30-minute showcase streamed at the virtual ATF and highlighted […]
Tags: Asia, News, China, Singapore, Global, Markets & Festivals, Shanghai Media Group, Tencent Video, ATF, Perfect World Pictures, China Pavilion, Asian Television Forum, Asia TV Forum ATF


Ichiyama Shozo Offers Helping Hand to Younger Filmmaking Generation

Legendary Japanese producer Ichiyama Shozo encouraged young filmmakers not to give up despite the challenging climate brought upon by digital revolution and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He recounted his 30-year career at a talk at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the Singapore Media Festival. Despite having worked with many renowned filmmakers, from Kitano […]
Tags: Asia, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Kitano, Singapore Media Festival, Ichiyama Shozo, Ichiyama Shozo Offers Helping Hand


Amir Ramses Challenges Taboo Subject With Cairo Film Festival Entry ‘Curfew’

While it may seem a bit odd that the artistic director of the El Gouna Film Festival is world premiering his new film, “Curfew,” at the Cairo International Film Festival, the director in question Amir Ramses says it makes perfect sense. “There was no way I would consider El Gouna for my film because it’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Cairo Film Festival, El Gouna Film Festival, El Gouna, Amir Ramses


Cairo Film Festival Chief Mohamed Hefzy on Challenges of This Year’s Mostly Physical Edition

Two years ago Egyptian film producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy was appointed president of the Cairo Film Festival with a mandate to revamp and relaunch the prominent Arab fest, which had been losing luster due to political turbulence. Having largely accomplished that with last year’s watershed edition, Hefzy had to face new challenges this year, […]
Tags: News, Global, Cairo Film Festival, Mohamed Hefzy, Hefzy


Lashana Lynch Wraps BBC Film and BFI’s ‘Ear For Eye’ Adaptation

“Captain Marvel” and “No Time To Die” star Lashana Lynch has wrapped principal photography on BAFTA and Olivier-winning Debbie Tucker Green’s “Ear For Eye” at Kennington Studios. The film is an adaptation of Tucker Green’s own acclaimed play, which was staged at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2018, starring Lynch. The play, and the film, […]
Tags: London, News, Global, BAFTA, BFI, Lynch, Olivier, Tucker Green, Lashana Lynch, No Time To Die, Lashana Lynch Wraps BBC Film, Debbie Tucker Green, Kennington Studios


‘Entourage’ Creator Doug Ellin Sets ‘Day 1’s’ Featuring Soccer Legend Thierry Henry, Matthew Vaughn to Direct Pilot

Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films, producer of the “Kingsman” franchise, is making its first foray into TV with soccer-centric series “Day 1’s” from writers/creators and showrunners Doug Ellin (“Entourage”) and Chris Case (“Mad About You”). Set in the world of British soccer, the 10-episode series revolves around a young player Dezmond King and his crew as […]
Tags: News, Global, Thierry Henry, Chris, Kingsman, Marv, Doug Ellin, Matthew Vaughn, Thierry Henry Matthew Vaughn, Doug Ellin Entourage, Dezmond King


Cairo Film Festival Set to Bow With Middle East Premiere of ‘The Father’ With Talent in Tow

The Cairo Film Festival kicks off its 42nd edition Wednesday as a mostly physical event with the Middle East premiere of Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his hit stage play “The Father,” for which co-writer Christopher Hampton and actor Rufus Sewell are expected in attendance. “I think it’s one of the best films of the year,” […]
Tags: News, Global, Middle East, Festivals, Tow, Cairo Film Festival, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, Rufus Sewell, The Father


Bukky Bakray to Headline Ella Greenwood’s Mental Health Film ‘Self-Charm’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Rocks” star Bukky Bakray will headline “Self-Charm,” a mental health themed film from writer/director Ella Greenwood. The film will follow a young teen who is struggling with self-harm and so is recommended multiple alternatives by a therapist but each to no avail. The next suggestion she receives is to care for a plant as if […]
Tags: News, Global, BAFTA, Sarah Gavron, Bukky Bakray, Ella Greenwood


BBC Nabs ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Pretty Little Liars’ From Warner Bros. International Television – Global Bulletin

In today’s bulletin, the BBC acquires Warner Bros. TV titles; U.K.’s National Theatre launches a streamer; ZDF chief is set to get an International Emmy in 2021; and Martin Luther King and Robin Williams films set release dates. The BBC has acquired “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Pretty Little Liars” and the spin-off “Pretty Little […]
Tags: News, Robin Williams, Global, Bbc, Will Smith, Martin Luther King, ZDF, Warner Bros TV, Warner Bros International Television, U K s National Theatre


ATF Bulletin: Abacus Media Rights Scores Non-Fiction Sales Across Asia

SALES Distribution outfit Abacus Media Rights has announced sales on several documentary features and non-fiction series at the ongoing Asian Television Forum, which is part of the Singapore Media Festival. “Rhys Darby: Big in Japan,” “Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip,” “Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip” and “The Helper” have been acquired by National Geographic, while […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Studiocanal, ATF, Rhys Darby, Singapore Media Festival, Asian Television Forum, Abacus Media Rights, Abacus Media


Pablo Iacoviello, Javiera Balmaceda on Amazon’s Booming Success in Latin America

Amazon Prime Video is rapidly becoming a major force in Latin America with its mix of local content, ambitious productions and compelling stories. Taking part in a Ventana Sur online conference, Pablo Iacoviello, Amazon Prime Video’s director of content for Latin America, and Javiera Balmaceda, Amazon Studios’ head of originals for Argentina, Chile and Colombia, […]
Tags: Amazon, News, Global, Colombia, Markets & Festivals, Ventana Sur, Latin America, Amazon Prime Video, Diego Luna, Argentina Chile, El Presidente, Pablo Iacoviello Javiera Balmaceda, Pablo Iacoviello Amazon Prime Video, Javiera Balmaceda Amazon Studios


Spice Girl Mel B to Host Season 2 of ‘The Fashion Hero’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Spice Girl Mel B is set to host the second season of model search competition “The Fashion Hero.” Produced by BBC Studios-backed Rapid Blue (“X-Factor,” “Dancing With The Stars”), the show will be shot at South Africa’s Sun City Resort in the spring. Created to challenge the fashion industry’s preconceived standards of beauty, the first […]
Tags: News, Global, South Africa, Spice Girls, Mel B, Mel, Bbc Studios, Sun City Resort, The Fashion Hero, Rapid Blue


Jack Neo and Mark Lee Films Headline Robust MM2 Release Slate

“The Diam Diam Era Too,” the sequel to current release “The Diam Diam Era” by Singapore superstar Jack Neo, and period thriller “Precious is the Night” are among the upcoming releases from regional mini-conglomerate MM2 Entertainment. The company revealed a host of titles for 2020-21 release at the ongoing Asian Television Forum, which is part […]
Tags: Asia, News, Singapore, Global, Jack Neo, MM2 Entertainment, Mark Lee, Singapore Media Festival


A.R. Rahman Talks BAFTA Breakthrough, ‘Le Musk,’ COVID-19 (EXCLUSIVE)

Oscar-, BAFTA-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning composer A.R.Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has provided further details of his recently announced role as the ambassador of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Breakthrough India initiative. “As ambassador, my role is to help BAFTA to recognize breakthrough talent across the breadth of the Indian film industry […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Global, BAFTA, British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA, BAFTA Golden Globe, A.r. Rahman, Le Musk


Belarus Selects Vadim Perelman’s ‘Persian Lessons’ for International Feature Film Oscar Race (EXCLUSIVE)

Vadim Perelman’s “Persian Lessons” will represent Belarus in the best international feature film race at the 2021 Oscars, Variety has learned. The WWII drama, which world premiered in the Panorama strand of the Berlin Film Festival this year, stars Nahuel Perez Biscayart (“Beats Per Minute”) as a Belgian Jew who narrowly avoids execution by a […]
Tags: News, Global, Belarus, Vadim Perelman, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Persian Lessons, 2021 Oscars, International Feature Film


Luis Sepulveda’s ‘Diary of a Sentimental Killer’ to Get TV Series Adaptation, Sold by EO Media Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Late Chilean author Luis Sepulveda‘s short novel “Diary of a Sentimental Killer,” about a globetrotting hitman with a broken heart, is being developed into a TV series that will be sold by Latin America’s EO Media Distribution, the company that recently handled multi-window distribution of high-profile titles such as “Narcos” and Amazon’s “El Presidente.” London […]
Tags: Amazon, London, News, Global, Latin America, Luis Sepulveda, EO Media Distribution


‘Folklore’ Horror Series Given Second Season by HBO Asia

WarnerMedia has confirmed a seven-episode second season of its HBO Asia original horror anthology series, “Folklore.” Each instalment will be directed by a local director from a different Asian territory. With production again headed by Singapore-based film maker Eric Khoo, the new season will begin filming early in 2021. The competed series will be carried […]
Tags: Asia, Hbo, News, Singapore, Global, Markets & Festivals, Folklore, Eric Khoo, HBO Asia, Matsuda Seiko, WarnerMedia


New Spanish Animation finds Slippers and Stories to fit New Audiences – Ventana Sur

From princesses addicted to smart magic to wolf dogs wary of fake legends, putting a new spin on old tales was the prevailing theme at Ventana Sur’s New Spanish Animation showcase on Monday. A collaboration between Spanish animation festival Weird Market, Ventana Sur’s Animation! and Spanish film agency ICAA, the best-of-Spain online showcase included two […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Festivals, Ventana Sur, ICAA



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