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Daniel Calparsoro begins the shoot for Hasta el cielo - Production / Funding - Spain

Ubiquitous Galician actor Luis Tosar is working with the tireless filmmaker again after performing in another heist film of his, To Steal From a Thief. Luis Tosar will be featuring prominently on the Spanish cinema listings over the next few months, with turns in Out in the Open (directed by Benito Zambrano), Advantages of Travelling by Train (the feature debut by Aritz Moreno) and the heist thriller Way Down (helmed by Jaume Balagueró – see the news). Right now, he finds himself toplining another film of the same genre: Hasta el cielo (lit. “To the Sky”), the new feature by Daniel Calparsoro, with whom he worked on To Steal From a Thief (another movie about a robbery). Incidentally, Calparsoro is just about ready with Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, which is slated to be released in Spain...
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Fantasia 2019: ‘Door Lock’ Review

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Stars: Kong Hyo-jin, Kim Sung-oh, Kim Ye-won | Written by Park Jeong-hee, Lee Kwon | Directed by Lee Kwon

Back in 2012 I was blown away by Jaume Balagueró’s Sleep Tight, which screened as part of that years Frightfest; and now comes Door Lock, a Korean remake of Balagueró’s film. Although this is a remake in the loosest of terms. For instead of retelling the same story, which Sleep Tight told from the perspective of its protagonist’, Door Lock tells its story from the victim’s point of view… And this victim has issues of her own!

Kyung-min lives a quiet life, seemingly content with the routine her job provides and the safety of her busy apartment complex, until one day, when she begins to suspect that someone tried to break into her home. Given the mounting evidence and an imminent threat to her life, Kyung-min repeatedly seeks help only to be rebuffed at every turn.
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Modern Spanish Horror Pioneer Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador Dies at 83

  • Variety
Modern Spanish Horror Pioneer Narciso ‘Chicho’ Ibáñez Serrador Dies at 83
Spanish cinema has lost an understated giant with Friday’s passing of genre film and TV pioneer Narciso “Chicho” Ibañez Serrador, dead at the age of 83.

Although he only filmed two features, both stand out as milestones in the country’s early genre cannon, 1970’s “La Residencia” (“The House That Screamed”) and 1976’s “¿Quién puede matar a un niño?” (“Who Can Kill a Child?”).

The films anticipated Spain’s surge in upscale genre auteur, and helped evolve the medium from quickly produced hack-and-slash fare intended to make a quick buck at the box office, to films with aesthetics, psychology and humanistic narratives that stood and stand out in international cinema.

In Spain he is equally well-regarded for his work in TV with programs such as “Un, dos, tres… responda otra vez,” in its time the biggest game show in Spain, and the legendary horror series “Historias para no dormir”.
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Madrid Region Booms as an International Production Hub

  • Variety
Madrid is booming as never before in its 125-year film history; arguably, no other European site is currently transforming so quickly into a global production hub.

A 20-minute drive north of the Spanish capital, a large white-concrete hanger has been built beside the Madrid-Burgos motorway, at the entrance to Tres Cantos, a well-heeled satellite village and industrial estate. Welcome to Netflix’s Madrid Production Hub, its first in Europe, which opened April 4.

Five minutes away from that are the offices of Movistar +, the pay TV unit of Telefonica, Europe’s second largest telecom, which has produced and released 20 original series since September 2017.

A quarter of an hour towards the city, in the Fuencarral district, the Mediapro Studio opened its doors last month, announcing it had 34 drama series in phases of production this year.

A hundred yards down the road are the offices of Mediterráneo, the new content production-distribution center of Mediaset España,
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Netflix Takes Most Of World On Spanish Crime Pic ‘Eye For An Eye’ From ‘[Rec]’ Director Paco Plaza — Cannes

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Exclusive: Netflix has taken most of the world on Spanish crime pic Eye For An Eye by [Rec] director Paco Plaza.

Multi-Goya winner Luis Tosar (Cell 211) stars in the revenge-thriller about a retirement home nurse who becomes entangled with a feared cartel boss discharged from prison and put into his care.

The seven-figure Netflix deal, cut by Film Constellation, is for the world excluding Spain, where Sony will release later this summer, and France. Canal Plus has TV rights in the latter. The pic, currently in post-production, fits well with Netflix’s voracious drive for commercially-minded Spanish-language content and the deal is likely one of the platform’s biggest acquisitions of a Spanish indie movie.

Plaza’s hit 2007 horror [Rec], co-directed with Jaume Balagueró, grossed more than $30M and became a franchise. It was remade as Quarantine, which was released in most markets by Sony. The director’s latest film
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TF1 Studio Boards Thriller ‘Into The Labyrinth’ With Dustin Hoffman & ‘The Great Beauty’ Star Toni Servillo — Cannes

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Exclusive: French sales force TF1 Studio has boarded crime-thriller Into The Labyrinth (L’uomo del Labirinto) starring Dustin Hoffman and The Great Beauty star Tony Servillo ahead of the Cannes Marché.

Acclaimed Italian novelist and screenwriter Donato Carrisi’s under-the-radar feature wrapped production this week at the Cinecittà studios in Rome. The Italian and English-language film, about a woman who with the help of a doctor and special investigator tries to recall the circumstances of her abduction and imprisonment, is based on Carrisi’s popular 2017 Italian novel which has been published across Europe and Asia and is due for release in U.S. and UK later this year.

The film (pictured above) is two-time-Oscar winner Hoffman’s first movie since Noah Baumbach’s 2017 comedy-drama The Meyerowitz Stories. Also starring are Valentina Bellè (Medici), Katsiaryna Shulha, Vinicio Marchioni and Riccardo Cicogna. Carrisi’s production banner Gavila produces with Italian stalwart Colorado Film.
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Freddie Highmore’s ‘Way Down’ Adds Astrid Bergés-Frisbey, Liam Cunningham

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Freddie Highmore’s ‘Way Down’ Adds Astrid Bergés-Frisbey, Liam Cunningham
Madrid — Freddie Highmore, star of ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” the top exported U.S. scripted series last year, has been joined on bank heist thriller “Way Down” by Liam Cunningham, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Sam Riley.

Cunningham plays Sir Davos Seaworth in “Game of Thrones”; Astrid Bergès-Frisbey embodied mermaid Syrena in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”; Riley portrayed Ian Curtis in “Control,” and Diaval in Disney‘s “Maleficent,” alongside Angelina Jolie.

Directed by Jaume Balagueró, the ambitious English-language heist thriller partners two of Europe’s biggest media corporations, Spain’s Mediaset España and France’s TF1 Group. Ghislain Barrois and Álvaro Augustín, at Telecinco Cinema, Mediaset España’s film arm, are producing with El Tesoro de Drake Aie, Ciudadano Ciskul (Francisco Sánchez) and Think Studio (Eneko Lizarraga), in collaboration with Mediaset España and TF1 Group.

Highmore himself will take a producer credit. “Way Down” will be sold at
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Filmax To Handle ‘Tomorrow’s A New Day,’ an Italian Remake of ‘Truman’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Barcelona’s Filmax is handling international sales rights to “Tomorrow’s A New Day,” the Italian remake of Cesc Gay’s acclaimed friendship dramedy “Truman.”

Iván Díaz, head of international sales at Filmax, is introducing the film to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

A production by Rome-based Baires Produzioni in collaboration with Medusa Film, the remake is directed by Simone Spada (“Hotel Gagarin”), boasting a heavyweight local cast led by Valerio Mastandrea (“Perfect Strangers”), Marco Giallini (“A Flat For Three”) and Anna Ferzetti (“Emma”).

The film opens on Feb. 28 in Italy, distributed by Medusa, under the original title “Domani è un altro giorno.”

It tells the story of two, lifelong friends, Giuliano and Tommaso, who come together for four unforgettable days in Rome.

Giuliano, a vivacious, seductive actor, who loves life, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. After a year-long fight, he’s decided to forgo his treatment.
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'The Realm' and 'Champions' share top honours at Spain's Goya awards

'The Realm' and 'Champions' share top honours at Spain's Goya awards
Political thriller The Realm awarded seven prizes including best director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

Political thriller The Realm and local box office comedy hit Champions shared the big prizes at Spain’s Goya Awards, held in Sevilla last night (2 Feb).

The Spanish Film Academy awarded seven prizes to The Realm, who led the race with 13 nominations, including best director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen; and crowned Javier Fesser’s Champions as best film.

Fesser’s comedy was the most successful Spanish film by far at the local box office in 2018 with a gross of $22m. Produced by Películas Pendelton, Rey de Babia A.
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Spain’s Goya Awards Crown ‘Champions’

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Spain’s Goya Awards Crown ‘Champions’
Madrid — Javier Fesser’s “Champions” won best picture at the 33rd Spanish Academy Goya Awards, having seemed to have been locked out of major awards.

“Champions” entered the ceremony as most probably the favorite in one of the most open fields in recent years, given the diversity of best picture contenders in artistic and industry terms.

But, produced by Morena Films, Películas Oendelton and Movistar +, “Champions” had already been selected by the Academy as Spain’s Oscar entry and had proven a blockbuster hit on home turf for Upi Spain, earning €18.5 million ($21.1 million). Selling near worldwide, the comedy turns on an off-the-rails Spanish coach sentenced to train a basketball team of special-needs players.

Before director Javier Fesser climbed onto the stage on Saturday night to take best picture, however, the film had won just two of 10 nominations, for breakthrough actor (Jesús Vidal) and song (Coque Malla’s “Este es
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Review: Doorlock, Tense Korean Sleep Tight Remake, Goes the Distance

A slow year for Korean thrillers gets a late shot in the arm with Doorlock, director Lee Kwon's tense remake of Jaume Balagueró's Spanish film Sleep Tight. Completely reworking the original narrative, actress Kong Hyo-jin anchors a story rooted in urban fears that maintains tension throughout, and has plenty to say about the consequences of being a woman in a male-dominated society. Kyung-min works as a bank cashier and lives alone in a small studio apartment in Seoul, but has grown increasingly convinced that an intruder has been inside her home. As she goes about her daily life, she begins to perceive potential threats from the various men around her, including an angry young bank patron, her manager at work, and the man on the...

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Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory's [Rec] Massive Blu-ray Set Rocks

Shout! Factory's genre imprint Scream Factory has recently released four-disc Blu-ray set of the [Rec] films. The first came out in 2007 and became a sensation. Directed by both Jaume Balagueró and Paco PlazaRec starred Manuela Velasco as Angela, a young reporter (with her camera person) just following around a small team of firefighters on the overnight shift for her program. Nothing out of the ordinary happens for a bit --- until it Does, and then all hell breaks loose within the apartment complex they visit. They become sealed in by the authorities, who will shoot them if they try to escape. Meanwhile, several residents exhibit seriously scary --- and murderous --- behavior.  The haunted house quality of this film was made even scarier by the found footage techniques,...

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Scream Factory Releasing ‘The [Rec] Collection’ Blu-ray Set in September

Scream Factory, a Shout! Factory label, has announced a September 25th release date for The [Rec] Collection on Blu-ray.

As the collection's name implies, this Blu-ray box set will include all four films from the [Rec] franchise: [Rec], [Rec] 2, [Rec] 3: Genesis, and [Rec] 4: Apocalypse.

Pre-order The [Rec] Collection on Blu-ray for under $60 at Amazon.

Here's a rundown of all the legacy extras that will be included with each film.

[Rec] Bonus Features

In Spanish with English Subtitles and English Dub

Audio Commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (In Spanish with English Subtitles)

The Making of Rec (40 minutes)

Crew Interviews (46 minutes)

Extended Scenes

Deleted Scenes

Behind the Scenes Footage (43 minutes)

Teaser

Theatrical Trailers

TV Spots

Still Gallery

[Rec] 2 Bonus Features

In Spanish with English Subtitles

Audio Commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza (In Spanish with English Subtitles)

The Making of Rec 2 – In An Affected World (118 minutes)

Behind the Scenes

Deleted Scenes
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The Rec Collection 4-Disc Bd set arrives 9/25. Full Details

Scream Factory Presents The [Rec] Collection 4-disc Blu-ray™ Set Arrives September 25, 2018 From Scream Factory™ In 2007, two talented Spanish filmmakers, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza created a terrifying film that went on to spawn three sequels, an American remake and its sequel. On September 25, 2018, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The …

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Scream Factory Announces Special Features for [Rec] 4-Disc Blu-ray Collection!

On September 25, 2018, Scream Factory is proud to present The [Rec] Collection 4-Disc Blu-ray set featuring a quadrilogy of terror, including [Rec], [Rec] 2, [Rec] 3: Genesis, and [Rec] 4: Apocalypse. A must-have for horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, the set includes audio commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, deleted scenes, and more! Check […]

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Scream Factory Details September 25th Release of The [Rec] Collection

Next month, Scream Factory is releasing a 4-disc Blu-ray set, featuring all four movies in the [Rec] franchise. Today, they provided us with more details on the upcoming release, including a look at the box art and list of special features:

Press Release: In 2007, two talented Spanish filmmakers, Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza created a terrifying film that went on to spawn three sequels, an American remake and its sequel. On September 25, 2018, Scream Factory™ is proud to present The [Rec] Collection 4-Disc Blu-ray set featuring a quadrilogy of terror, including [Rec], [Rec] 2, [Rec] 3: Genesis, and [Rec] 4: Apocalypse. A must-have for horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, The [Rec] Collection Blu-ray set includes audio commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, deleted scenes, trailers, and more! Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com

In the first film, [Rec], a TV reporter and her crew are asked to cover a crew of firemen on duty.
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Scream Factory Details Massive [Rec] Collected Blu-ray Box Set!

As previously reported, all four films in Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero’s terrifying Spanish horror franchise [Rec] are being collected together for the first time on Blu-ray here in the States, Scream Factory. They’ve set the release for September 25. The [Rec] Collection Blu-ray set includes audio commentary with writers/directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes, deleted […]
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10+ Years Later: [Rec] and the Found Footage Renaissance

The excitement surrounding Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's 2007 found footage film, [Rec], is hard to explain to anyone who wasn't tracking horror movies 10 years ago. There was a palpable groundswell of anticipation among genre fans here on domestic soil, a sense that I don't think it's an exaggeration to say has not been matched for a foreign horror film since. To understand the legacy and impact of [Rec], we'll first need to take a trip back to 2007, a time when, believe it or not, found footage was not very popular in the mainstream. It might be hard to believe, but found footage, a sub-genre that is now ubiquitous in horror, was, by 2007, completely Doa. Following the popularity of The Blair Witch...

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Q&A with Inside (2018) Director Miguel Ángel Vivas

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Arriving on DVD tomorrow is the remake of Inside from director Miguel Ángel Vivas and co-writers Jaume Balagueró and Manu Díez. Based on the original 2007 film by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, this iteration of Inside follows a bereaved expectant mother named Sarah (Rachel Nichols) who is being tormented by an unknown woman (Laura Harring) who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Sarah’s unborn child.

Daily Dead recently conducted a Q&A with Vivas about Inside, and he discussed what initially drew him into the project, his positive experiences working with his strong female leads, the film’s ambitious finale, and more.

What was it about this project in particular that you connected with as a storyteller and made you want to take it on as a directorial project?

Miguel Ángel Vivas: I've always been interested in the subject of “family.” In Kidnapped, I tried to
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Dublin Film Festival unveils 2018 line-up

Lance Black’s Black 47 to open the event, which features seven world premieres.

Source: Iffr

‘Black 47’

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 21- Mar 4) has announced its 2018 line-up.

Opening the 16th iteration of the event is the Irish premiere of Black 47. Lance Daly’s Great Famine-set thriller stars James Frecheville, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea.

The closing night gala is C’est La Vie, from Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (The Intouchables).

Playwright and screenwriter Mark O’Rowe’s directing debut The Delinquent Season is one of seven world premieres. The cast includes Cillian Murphy and Eva Birthistle, both of whom will attend.

Other world premieres include Stacy Cochran’s Write When You Get Work and artist Alan Gilsenan’s The Meeting.

Guests at the festival include Bill Pullman, presenting his new western The Ballad of Lefty Brown; Lynne Ramsay with a special presentation of You Were Never Really Here; Nora Twomey with Oscar-nominated
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