Monday, 28 September 2009

Be among the Masters in Ourense

This year's edition of the Ourense International Film Festival OUFF will host three special Master classes with relevant international experts. As in previous years, this initiative is performed in partnership with the EU Media program training initiative EAVE.

This year's OUFF Master Classes include Jean de Forêts presentation on how to enter full feature film production from the short film world; Olimpia Pont Cháfer's discussion on co-producing in Europe; and Lise Lense-Møller's talk on documentary film production development.

You can learn more from this programs and the experts participating in this initiative here.

These 4-hour Master-level lectures will take place at the OUFF venue every morning from 12th to 14th October. Obviously, it is a most interesting opportunity for learning with the best. Enjoy it!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Waiting for Robert Capa the Galician Way

Esperando por Robert Capa / Waiting for Robert Capa, the last novel of Galician writer Susana Fortes, will be adapted for film by American director, writer and producer Michael Mann. The novel is based on the love story and professional relationship between German and Hungarian photojournalists Gerda Taro and Robert Capa since they met in Paris in 1935 until she died in El Escorial in 1937 during the Spanish Civil war. Love, war and photojournalism marked the lives of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. They were young, committed against fascism, and nonconformist. They put everything they had in life at risk, until the last consequences. Robert and Gerda created their own legend and remained faithful to it.

This is one of the rare occasions where a Spanish writer sells the rights of a novel to Hollywood. According to Fortes’ agent Anna Soler-Pont, this case is even more striking, as Esperando por Robert Capa has not been published in English yet.

American production company Forward Pass (Public Enemies, The Aviator, Hancock) will produce the film. Mann is considering directing the film himself, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Esperando por Robert Capa is available in Spanish from Planeta.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Agallas beats Hollywood Blockbusters in Galicia. That's guts!

The theatrical release of Andrés Luque & Samuel Martín's Agallas / Guts last Friday positioned this film as the second most viewed movie in Galicia this weekend, only surpassed by Ken Kwapis' romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You.

The film, located in Galicia, starring Carmelo Gomez and Hugo Silva, and including an impressive representation of Galician actors and actresses among the cast, beat American blockbusters as Gamer, Funny people, Up, The Year One, The Hangover or the independent production Frozen River. The film is co-produced by Galician Continental Producciones.

This seems to indicate that Agallas might become one of the five most successful Spanish films this year, and one of the most successful Galician-coproduced films ever.

Congratulations, Pancho!