Monday, 8 February 2010

Agua Fria de Mar awarded in Rotterdam

Paz Fábrega's Agua Fria De Mar (Cold Water Of The Sea, Costa Rica, France, Spain/Galicia, Netherlands, Mexico, 2010) is among the winners of the Tiger Competition for first and second time feature directors at 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Winners were announced last Friday at the IFFR 2010 Awards Ceremony in Rotterdam’s Oude Luxor Theater. There were 15 films in all competing for Tiger awards. Each VPRO Tiger Award comes with a prize of €15,000.

The jury commended Agua fría de mar for "superb editing [that] builds organic flow of images while the strong directing creates an unnerving atmosphere and tension."

The other two Tiger victors are Jao Nok Krajok and Anocha Suwichakornpong's Mundane History, and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's A la mar (To The Sea).

Congratulations, Fernanda!

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Galician director buried at Sundance

Galician Director Rodrigo Cortes' Buried has shaken up the Sundance Film Festival 2010. Massive lines under the snow to get tickets that scalpers will resell for up to ten times their face value, acclamations after every show, and an unanimous applause from the critics, has turned Buried into the revelation of this year's Sundance edition.

The story of Buried, written by Chris Sparling and for many one of the best unproduced screenplays until picked up by Cortés, is very simple. Just one character (Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy) inside a buried box. Conroy is a contractor working as a truck driver in Iraq. When his convoy is attacked, he is captured and buried in a wooden box in the desert. He is terrified, and completely alone except for a cell phone, a lighter, and flask of booze.

Rodrigo Cortés has been included among the Variety's 10 directors to watch 2010 gallery, and Lionsgate is reported to have paid around $3.2 million for the North American distribution rights to Buried.

Congratulations, Rodrigo!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Agua Fria de Mar celebrates its world première in Rotterdam

Paz Fabrega's Agua Fría de Mar, co-produced by Galician Tic-Tac Producciones, is to be premièred at Tiki’s, Hartmanstraat 16a, Rotterdam, next February, 1st. You may confirm your assistance to the première through a Facebook event.

Agua Fria de Mar opens with Mariana and Rodrigo driving to the Pacific coast on New Year's holidays. There, late at night and in the middle of nowhere, they find serven-year-old Karina, who ran away from home. The couple decides to stay the night and deal with the situation in the morning. But by dawn, the girl’s gone.

Agua Fría de Mar is produced by Le Films du Requin (France), Tic Tac Producciones (Galicia, Spain), Temporal Films (Costa Rica), Isabella Films (The Netherlands) and Pimienta Films (México).

Friday, 15 January 2010

Andres Pazos

Galician actor Andres Pazos, remembered for the role of James in the award-winning Uruguayan film Whiskey, passed away yesterday in Santiago de Compostela. The artist was suffering from cancer.

Pazos was born in Santiago de Compostela on 16 July 1945, but developed his career in Uruguay. A regular cast member of El Galpón, a renowned theatrical institution in Uruguay, he also contributed to the founding of La Gaviota (Seagull), another renowned cultural undertaking where Pazos worked during the years of last Uruguaian dictatorship.

His breakthrough came in 2004 with the interpretation of James, the owner of a small hosiery factory, in Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll's Whisky.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Cell 211 collects 16 Goya nominations

Daniel Monzon’s Celda 211 / Cell 211 has received 16 nominations for the 24th Goya awards, announced last Saturday. The successful prison drama co-produced by Galician Vaca Films leads the nomination pack with Alejandro Amenabar’s Ágora, which received 13 nominations.

Cell 211 contends for the top categories of best film and director against Amenabar’s Ágora, Alejandro Trueba’s The Dancer and the Thief, and Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in their Eyes. Galician performer Luis Tosar, who plays the leading part in Cell 211, will race against Antonio de la Torre for his part in Daniel Sánches Arevalo’s Gordos; Ricardo Darín for The Secret in their Eyes, and Jordi Mollá for El cónsul de Sodoma. In turn, Galician actress Marta Etura will compete with Pilar Castro and Verónica Sánchez for Gordos, and Vicky Peña for El cónsul de Sodoma in the category of best actress in a supporting role.

Other nominations include best novel actor, best supporting actor (two nominations), best adapted screenplay, best original score, best production supevision, best cinemaography, best editing, best art direction, best sound, best special effects, and best makeup and hairstyles, with Galician candidates Raquel Fidalgo and Inés Rodríguez.

The Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards will be handed out in a gala ceremony to be held next February 14th in Madrid. The 28 categories include three for short films and an honorary Goya for director Antonio Mercero.

The Goya nominations were selected among 120 Spanish and Latin-American films released in Spain between December 1st, 2008, and December 31st, 2009, and stayed in theaters for at least one continuous week - a three-day run is allowed for documentaries –

Congratulations Emma!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Galician director and producer to shot in Bahamas

Amancay García Montes’ short film The Invisible Man has been selected among the 14 finalists at the 14 Islands Film Challenge, a six-month competition to find aspiring and professional film-makers in the UK, the country where Galician Amancay presently lives, to be sent out to the Bahamas to shot a short film.

The first stage of the campaign, developed by agency Fox Kalomaski and Brik Digital, required applicants to submit a 500-word essay about an inspirational person in their local community. Judges selected 40 of the more than 150 pieces submitted to the challenge to be turned into short films in less than 15 days. The makers of the best 14 of these films, Amancay among them, will head off to the Bahamas to make their films about the islands.

Each of the 40 finalist films will be shown at an event at Bafta in London next March, where the 14 winners who will head to the Bahamas will be announced. Amancay Tapia Montes will be filming on Harbour Island with her island envoy Rosita Roberts

An overall prize of £14,000 will be awarded for the best films, with the possibility that the footage will be used to promote the Bahamas.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Cell 211 amongst Golden Globe finalists

Daniel Monzon's Celda 211/Cell 211, co-produced by Galician Vaca Films, has been admitted amongst the 69 finalists as the best foreign language film for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, to be held next Sunday 17th January. Besides Cell 211, Spain is also represented with Pedro Almodóvar’s Los abrazos rotos and Fernando Trueba’s El baile de la Victoria.

Cell 211 collected 1.4 MEuro last weekend, and ranked 6th among the films shown at Spanish theaters. The film has collected 7 MEuro since his premiere five weeks ago. Cell 211 is having its New York premiere next Friday and will be shown in US cinemas next year.

The film tells the story of two men on different sides of a prison riot: Malamadre, the inmate leading the rebellion, played by Galician Luis Tosar, and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Dead people hurry up in Braga, Portugal

Last Monday 23rd November, during the closing ceremony of the 7th edition of the Braga International Independent Film Festival BRAGACINE, Galician director Ángel de la Cruz received the best director award for the comedy Los muertos van deprisa. Marta Villar, art director of the film, collected the award on behalf of the awardee, and thanked the jury and the public at the Portuguese Festival for the success and acceptance of all his films in the neighbour country. Marta dedicated the award to the audience on behalf of the director.

Congratulations, Ángel!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Stigmata at Lincoln Center

Adán Aliaga’s Estigmas, produced by Galician IB Cinema, will be among the Spanish feature films to be screened at Spanish Cinema Now!, which is being held from December, 4th to December 24th at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Film Institute (ICAA), and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Spanish Cinema Now! is one of the Walter Reade Theater’s longest-running series, first presented in October 1992.

Estigmas has just been awarded the Pilar Miró prize at the Valladolid's SEMINCI.

Galician HMMA Nomination

Galician Zeltia Montes has been nominated to the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2009 for the main theme of Ignacio Villar’s Pradolongo. Ms. Montes is included among the September 2009 nominees in the Best New Composer category.

One of the most anticipated music events of the year, HMMA will be presented November 19th, 2009 at The Highlands in the world famous Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood, CA.

Congratulations Zeltia!