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30/06/2017


The Academy announced on Wednesday that it’s inviting 774 new members — a record-breaking number

Producers
Khadija Alami – “Insoumise (Rebellious Girl),” “Itar El-Layl (Narrow Frame of Midnight)”
Joshua Astrachan – “Paterson,” “Short Term 12”
Fred Berger – “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” “La La Land”
Jason Michael Berman – “Burning Sands,” “The Birth of a Nation”
Moritz Borman – “Snowden,” “W.”
Karin Chien – “Circumstance,” “The Exploding Girl”
Michael Costigan – “Ghost in the Shell,” “A Bigger Splash”
Pablo Cruz – “Cesar Chavez,” “Miss Bala”
Mel Eslyn – “Lamb,” “The One I Love”
Howard Gertler – “How to Survive a Plague,” “Shortbus”
Aaron L. Gilbert – “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Birth of a Nation”
Mindy Goldberg – “Low Down,” “Junebug”
Carla Hacken * – “The Book of Henry,” “Hell or High Water”
Jordan Horowitz – “La La Land,” “The Kids Are All Right”
Lars Knudsen – “American Honey,” “Beginners”
Juan de Dios Larraín – “Jackie,” “No”
Sophia Lin – “Z for Zachariah,” “Take Shelter”
Michel Merkt – “Elle,” “Toni Erdmann”
Bertha Navarro – “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Devil’s Backbone”
Alex Orlovsky – “The Place beyond the Pines,” “Blue Valentine”
Adele Romanski – “Moonlight,” “Morris from America”
Robert Salerno – “Nocturnal Animals,” “We Need to Talk about Kevin”
Jeffrey Sharp – “The Yellow Birds,” “You Can Count on Me”
Nansun Shi – “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” “A Simple Life”
Gabrielle Tana – “Philomena,” “The Invisible Woman”
Jenno Topping – “Hidden Figures,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
Frida Torresblanco – “Rudo y Cursi,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”
Jay Van Hoy – “Complete Unknown,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”
Julie Yorn – “Hell or High Water,” “The Other Woman”

23/05/2017


Sony Pictures among the buyers for both movies by Sebastian Lelio, who wowed Berlin audiences this year and won best screenplay with ‘A Fantastic Woman’

CANNES — Continuing to work with world-class directors from across the globe, Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has sold most of the world on its double bill of upcoming English-language movies from Sebastian Lelio: Romantic drama “Disobedience,” currently in post-production, starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; and Lelio’s untitled film with Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, in a reimagining of his critically-acclaimed Berlinale 2015 smash hit “Gloria,” which is currently in pre-production.

”We feel very fortunate to work with Sebastian [Lelio] and some amazing producers on two truly special films. This is proof positive that excellence and boldness in film can still guarantee a filmmaker world class distribution,” said Glen Basner, FilmNation CEO.

As proof, “Disobedience” has been acquired by Curzon Artificial Eye for the U.K., Roadshow for Australia, Mars for France, Cinema SRL for Italy, Lev for Israel, and Pathe for Switzerland.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has acquired multiple territories including Germany, Spain, Japan, CIS, South Korea, Benelux, Latin America, Greece, Portugal, Portugal, Turkey, all of Asia and South Africa.

Many of the same distributors have also acquired rights to the untitled Julianne Moore project: Curzon Artificial Eye for the UK, Roadshow for Australia, Mars for France; Cinema SRL for Italy, The Searchers for Benelux, Kino Films for Japan, Lev for Israel, and Elite Film for Switzerland.

Sony (SPWAG) took multiple territories including Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, CIS, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, Asia (including Taiwan and South Korea) and the Middle East.

Rolling off a fantastic reception for “A Fantastic Woman” at this February’s Berlinale, the pre-sales on the two FilmNation titles establish the Chile-born Lelio as one of international’s hottest new talents as he drives into English-language filmmaking.

“Disobedience” also shows FilmNation, which is able to board projects at at every stage of production from financing to producing and international distribution, boarding a movie early, co-financing “Disobedience” with Film4 in the U.K.

Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz (“Ida”), “Disobedience” is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman which follows a woman (Weisz) who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. Her rekindling of a repressed love for her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin, played by McAdams – causes upheaval in the community.

The film was produced by Frida Torresblanco for Braven Films, Weisz for HGS Productions, and Ed Guiney for Element Pictures. “‘Disobedience’ is a timely, distinctive and emotionally powerful story set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of faith,” FilmNation said in a press statement Tuesday.

23/05/2017

23/05/2017


Harvey Keitel and Sonia Braga are set to star in Fatima, a project about three children who experience the supernatural and accept their quest to bring a message of peace to the world. Marco Pontecorvo is directing and Arclight Films is launching sales on the project to buyers in Cannes.

Based on a true story, children Jacinta and Francisco Marto along with their older cousin Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, told sceptical elders that they witnessed six apparitions of the Virgin Mary between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917. After the Roman Catholic Church validated the children’s visions, it turned Fatima into Portugal’s main pilgrimage site. The shrine is nowadays visited by more than five million people a year.

The younger children died in the 1918-19 European influenza pandemic but their cousin Lucia, died in 2005 at the age of 97. The Virgin Mary is said to have confided three secrets to the children, which were not written down until 1941, when Lucia started writing her memoirs. The first two secrets were interpreted as foretelling a world war and the dangers of Soviet Communism. The third secret was a long kept mystery but was later interpreted as a prediction of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul. Pope Francis recently made the two younger children saints.

Origin Entertainment’s James T. Volk, Braven Films’ Frida Torresblanco, Rose Pictures’ Rose Ganguzza and Natasha Howes produce the title.

Keitel is repped by The Artists Partnership. Braga is repped by Untitled Entertainment. Pontecorvo is repped by APA.

23/05/2017

02/05/2017

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50 filmmakers attended the workshop hosted by MOME in partnership with Made in NY Media Center by IFP featuring a panel discussion, breakout sessions and networking with moderator Leah Meyerhoff, Filmmaker and Founder, Film Fatales, Dylan Marchetti, SVP, Acquisitions and Theatrical Releasing, Well Go USA, Inc., Frida Torresblanco-Weiss, CEO, Braven Films, Pierce Varous, Owner, Nice Dissolve Productions.

02/05/2017

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NEW YORK, NY– APRIL 10, 2017 –AT&T* and Tribeca are teaming up to launch a new film initiative, AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. An Inclusive Film Program in Collaboration with Tribeca. AT&T will provide funding of up to $1 million for 1 talented filmmaker to create his or her film, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T plans to distribute the winning film across several of its video platforms, including DIRECTV NOW, AT&T’s streaming over-the-top service.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories kicks off April 18 with a live pitch event in New York City. Five talented and diverse filmmakers (listed below), curated by Tribeca Film Institute, will present their story ideas, budgets and film scripts to a Greenlight committee, including Fiona Carter (AT&T Chief Brand Officer), Jeffrey Wright (Actor), Anthony Mackie (Actor), Josh Deutsch (Chairman and CEO, Downtown Records), Lee Daniels (Film Producer), Len Amato (President, HBO Films) and Frida Torresblanco (Film Producer).

25/04/2017


Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to star in adaptation of the Naomi Alderman novel “Disobedience,” opposite Rachel Weisz.

Weisz will produce alongside Ed Guiney, who will produce through his Element Pictures shingle, Frida Torresblanco, who will produce through her banner Braven Films, and Film 4. Sebastian Lelio direct the film based on a script he co-wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

In the original book, the story follows young woman (Weisz) who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. She causes an upheaval in the quiet community when she rekindles a repressed love with her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin. McAdams will play the best friend in the pic.

21/12/2016


Following the opening of her new drama “Denial,” Rachel Weisz is set to star and produce an adaptation of the Naomi Alderman novel “Disobedience.”

Weisz will produce alongside Ed Guiney, who will produce through his Element Pictures shingle, Frida Torresblanco, who will produce through her banner Braven Films and Film 4. Sebastian Lelio direct the film based on a script he co-wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

In the original book, the story follows young woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. She causes an upheaval in the quiet community when she rekindles a repressed love with her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin.

21/12/2016


EXCLUSIVE: Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.

Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.

21/12/2016

 

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US sales outfit FilmNation has boarded writer-director Sebastian Lelio’s (Gloria) prestige drama Disobedience, which it will co-finance with Carol backer Film4.

Spotlight star Rachel McAdams and Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will star in the romantic-drama based on Naomi Alderman’s novel about the estranged daughter of a rabbi who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. However, her arrival causes significant upheaval in the quiet community.

Lelio has co-written the script with British dramatist and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who collaborated with Polish film-maker Pawel Pawlikowski on the screenplay of Oscar-winner Ida.

21/12/2016

 

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Spotlight star Rachel McAdams is attached to star alongside Rachel Weisz in Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s (Gloria) Disobedience.The film is an adaptation of author Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name.

As well as starring in the film, Oscar-winner Weisz is also set to produce alongside Room producer Ed Guiney of Dublin-based Element Pictures and Spanish producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of New York-based Braven Films.

15/05/2015

 

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Rachel Weisz is to star in and produce $15m kidnapping thriller Snatchback, from Dredd director Pete Travis. Oscar-winner Weisz (The Constant Gardener) co-developed the project and will produce alongside Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth, Magic Magic) of New York-based Braven Films.

Travis, also known for making Omagh and Vantage Point, has written the script and will direct.Snatchback is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the US each year, before she finally found her.

13/05/2015

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CANNES — Rachel Weisz is set to star in “Snatchback,” a thriller set in the dangerous world of illegal child recovery. It is written and will be directed by Pete Travis (“Vantage Point”). Weisz, who appears in two competition films at Cannes — “The Lobster” and “Youth,” developed the project with Travis and producer Frida Torresblanco (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose New York-based Braven Films is producing. Weisz and Torresblanco are producers.

13/05/2015

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CANNES — Rachel Weisz is set to star in “Snatchback,” a thriller set in the dangerous world of illegal child recovery. It is written and will be directed by Pete Travis (“Vantage Point”). Weisz, who appears in two competition films at Cannes — “The Lobster” and “Youth,” developed the project with Travis and producer Frida Torresblanco (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), whose New York-based Braven Films is producing. Weisz and Torresblanco are producers.

06/05/2014


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The cast and crew of MAGIC MAGIC were out in full force for the film’s midnight premiere at Sundance 2013, where a packed audience eagerly lost themselves in Sebastián Silva’s tense and terrifying psychological thriller. Sipa Press was on the red carpet, where they captured candid and stylish photos of Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Michael Cera, Sebastián Silva, Catalina Sandino, and Agustin Silva.

23/04/2013


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PARIS — This year’s glitzier-than-usual Directors’ Fortnight will have a strong American accent, with two Sundance preems, Jim Mickle’s cannibal thriller “We Are What We Are” and Sebastian Silva’s psychological suspenser “Magic Magic”; Jeremy Saulnier’s revenge thriller “Blue Ruin”; and Frank Pavich’s documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune” all set to compete at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar.

The selection, announced Tuesday morning in Paris, has artistic director Edouard Waintrop’s stamp all over it. When Waintrop took over Directors’ Fortnight in 2012, he spoke to Variety about his desire to raise the sidebar’s profile and cast a wider net, with more genre films, crossover fare and American indies represented.

“In 2012, we ended up with a strong selection of films, but I felt that we needed a larger U.S. presence. This year, we’re right where we need to be,” he said.

23/04/2013


Directors’ Fortnight has announced the complete lineup for the annual sidebar. The 45th Fortnight will screen 21 feature films, including 16 world premieres, and 9 short films…Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic is a psychological thriller set in the south of the country. It bowed at Sundance earlier this year, and boasts a trio of familiar indie faces, with Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Juno Temple (Lovelace) and Oscar-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) starring.

07/02/2013


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I think Silva’s one of the most entertaining, inventive and brilliant rising directors out there, and MAGIC MAGIC confirms my belief with its Polanski-esque flair for f#*!ing with its audience. One minute you’re laughing at the main characters’ bizarre (yet human) behavior; the next you become deeply disturbed as you realize its implications… The tension of being thrust into a group of strangers is a universally relatable feeling, of which Silva takes full advantage.

07/02/2013


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Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another’s nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes, though its non-genre approach keeps things niche. Cera may not be the protagonist, but he’s certainly the pic’s most interesting personality as Brink, an attention-seeking American in Chile who obnoxiously flaunts his grasp of the local language and customs in the face of newcomers.

07/02/2013


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Silva, sadist that he is, knows that true fear comes from expectation. There are zero “jump scares” in this film, but the insufferable waiting, waiting, waiting for something terrible to happen will drive you crazy… When good actors are given room to just freak out about something that isn’t supernatural or make believe, the effect is no joke. As a result, the final 20 minutes or so of ‘Magic Magic’ may very well make you sick to your stomach. At the screening I attended, there were audible moans and even an entreaty to “make it stop.” Yeah, you’ve got to see this movie.

07/02/2013


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Writer/director Silva is one of the strongest new voices in horror. MAGIC MAGIC is the visually stunning and mentally harrowing tale of a vacation that becomes an eerie nightmare… Juno Temple’s performance is outstanding, walking the line between vaguely annoying and completely sympathetic. Her portrayal of a young woman on the brink of sanity is rich, intricate and enormously detailed… a recipe for terrific terror. Funny and very strange, MAGIC MAGIC is not only one of the best films at Sundance, but Silva is one of the strongest new voices in horror.

23/05/2012


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Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange and 6 Sales have been talking up Untitled Sebastian Silva Project, a psycho-thriller that wrapped last week and marks the Chilean director of The Maid’s first English-language feature. Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning star in the true story about a young American who begins to unravel while on vacation in remote Chile. Killer is producing with Mike White’s company Ripcord and Braven Films and Frida Torresblanco. UTA Independent represents domestic rights.

23/05/2012


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La multipremiada La nana, de Sebastián Silva, quien luego de su triunfo en el Festival de Sundance 2009, logró ser estrenada en Nueva York (gracias a la distribuidora Elephant eye) en octubre de ese año, en 13 copias, la que sumada a estrenos en Los Angeles y San Francisco, logró acumular más de 140.000 dólares, el récord para una cinta chilena en ese mercado.
Con el ejemplo señero de La nana, le permitió a su director conseguir no sólo distribución, sino que productores en EEUU. Magic, magic, cinta recién filmada, que incluso ya antes de terminarse cerró un acuerdo de distribución en EEUU con la poderosa Sony Pictures, con la que tendrá, muy probablemente, el estreno más masivo de una cinta chilena en su historia.

22/05/2012


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Sebastian Silva followed up his Sundance hit “The Maid” with an untitled English-language psychological thriller starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Catalina Sandino Moreno. The film, which revolves around a young woman whose mind descends into a netherworld while on holiday with friends in a remote part of Chile, is being fully financed by Frida Torresblanco’s Braven Films, with Christine Vachon, Mike White and David Bernad joining Torresblanco as producers. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions pre-bought rights in the U.S. and other territories.

28/02/2012


Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions pre-bought rights in the U.S. and other territories for the untitled Sebastian Silva thriller starring Michael Cera (Superbad), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace). The film is written and directed by Silva, whose film The Maid won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes two years ago. SPWA’s deal includes rights in Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and Eastern Europe.

28/02/2012


Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has preemptively picked up the domestic rights to Sebastian Silva’s untitled thriller that will star Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning. SPWA has also picked up the media rights to Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa, Eastern Europe for the movie, which will shoot this spring in Chile. Maria Full of Grace star Catalina Sandino Moreno also is in the cast.

28/02/2012


Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has pre-bought all media rights to Sebastian Silva’s untitled thriller formerly known as “Magic Magic” and starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno. Pic is written and directed by Silva, whose film “The Maid” won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance and drew a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign film.

28/02/2012


Building up for much of last year, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has snapped up domestic rights to the film, which will be rolling in front of cameras this spring. Co-starring a strong cast that features Juno Temple, Emily Browning and Catalina Sandino Moreno, the story will follow “a girl vacationing with her friends in a remote area of Chile who slowly starts losing her mental faculties. She tries to get her friends’ attention, but they ignore her until it’s too late.”

21/02/2012


Tragedy is what led Hollywood producer, Frida Torresblanco, to triumph. In 2001, she moved to L.A. and started looking for work. That same year, she was offered to head film director Alfonso Cuarón’s production company – Esperanto in New York. Since then Torresblanco has made a name for herself in Hollywood, producing films like three-time Oscar winner “Pan’s Labyrinth” by Guillermo del Toro and Carlos Cuarón’s “Rudo y Cursi,” among other hits.

14/10/2010

Braven Films, a New York-based production company, is tackling a biopic about Mexican rock singer, songwriter and composter Gloria Trevi as its first project. Swiss-born Christian Keller will make his directorial debut with “Trevi”. Swiss-born Christian Keller will make his directorial debut with “Trevi,” which is to be produced by Barrie Osborne and Braven head Frida Torresblanco.

02/09/2010

Frida Torresblanco, the former head of Alfonso Cuaron’s Esperanto label who produced Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Carlos Cuaron’s “Rudo y Cursi” and other hits, has launched Braven Films. The new Gotham-based shingle kicks off with $6 million in private backing. First project is Spanish-language biopic “Trevi,” based on the true-life story of singer Gloria Trevi.