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Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager

Isa of the Day: Shoreline Becomes Latin American Talent & Literary Manager
Isa of the day is a continuing series of profiles of very special international sales agents. Shoreline Entertainment, one of the longest running independent film production companies and international sales agencies, has expanded its management arm to foster Latin American and women driven projects. You can see its Cannes lineup here.

The company was founded in 1992 by CEO and film producer Morris Ruskin whose production “Glengarry Glen Ross” launched him into the top level of indie producers. Shoreline’s Latin American Division for Management and Production is meeting with great success in repping over 25 directors, writers, actors, DPs and more.

Two interviews here, one with Alex Flores, the head of the division and the other with Diana Elizabeth Torres, a California based actress and writer illuminate their strategy and mission.

Alex and Morris’s friendship dates back 20 years, and their professional relationship flourished with films “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School” starring Robert Carlyle,
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Movie Poster of the Week: Now Showing on Mubi

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Above: Soviet poster for The Ghost That Never Returns (Abram Room, Soviet Union, 1929). Designed by the Sternberg Brothers.Have you seen what’s playing on Mubi lately? Many of you who read my column may not often partake of the best of what Mubi has to offer, which is a beautifully curated, constantly changing selection of films which amounts to a top-notch repertory cinema on your laptop and in your living room. Now that Mubi is on the Roku app too there is even more reason to subscribe to the best film streaming deal on the internet. I know, I know, there is always too much to see and too little time, but for me what elevates Mubi over other streaming services—and I’m not just saying this because I write for them—is the 30-day model which offers you a new surprise every morning as well as the
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New to Streaming: ‘The Handmaiden,’ ‘Loving,’ ‘The Light Between Oceans,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)

If my limited experience with Philip Roth adaptations is any indication, his novels deal in emotion. There are existential crises concerning identity involved, each a character study about life’s impact beyond the surface experiences propelling them forward. This isn’t something easily translated from page to screen when so much consists of internalized motivation. You must really look into the text, ignoring plot to
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Keeping score by Anne-Katrin Titze

Grégoire Hetzel with Anne-Katrin Titze: "It's like Bernard Herrmann or Ravel." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Grégoire Hetzel scored Mathieu Amalric's chronicle of fluid crime The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue) and César winning director Arnaud Desplechin's mythical braid of adventure My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse), A Christmas Tale (Un Conte De Noël); Kings & Queen (Rois Et Reine); La Forêt and The Beloved (L'Aimée).

Grégoire recently worked on Cédric Anger's Next Time I'll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur); Anne Fontaine's The Innocents (Agnus Dei); Renaud Fely's L'Ami (François D'Assise Et Ses Frères), Mathieu Demy's Americano and Catherine Corsini's Summertime (La Belle Saison), which he presented at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York.

Arnaud Desplechin: "In Arnaud's films the music is always underscored …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Gilles Deleuze, Bernard Herrmann and Maurice Ravel eventually reverberated
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UniFrance Rendez-vous Unveils 52 Premieres

Paris – Bowing Jan.10 at the august Hotel Intercontinental Le Grand, abutting the Place de l’Opera, the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris will be one of the biggest market-junkets ever for a national cinema.

Only France, which with the U.K. hosts one of Europe’s two biggest industries, could organize an event of this magnitude or allure.

110 French movies will screen, a Rendez-vous record, at three Gaumont cinema-theaters just across the Square,

Distributors will attend from 50 countries, principally from Europe, but also for the first time officially from Latin America as well.

In hallowed tradition, UniFrance uses its Rendez-vous to announce and analyze in admirable detail the previous year theatrical box office numbers for French films abroad. 2013’s total trawl looks set to be way down on 2012, an all time high when three juggernauts - “Taken 2” (Euros 265.8 million: $354.8 million), “The Intouchables” ($268.9 million) and “The Artist
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DVD Playhouse--November 2012

By Allen Gardner

Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative,
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Us DVD & Blu-Ray – New Release Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, so that means that it is new release day DVD and Blu-Ray wise in the Us and Canada, and there are some absolute belters out this week for your home viewing pleasure.

First up is the surprise gem of 2012 which is currently wowing audiences in theatres in the UK. Ruby Sparks revolves around Paul Dano’s Calvin, a young novelist who manages to bring the girl of his dreams to life through the power of the written word. We caught this at a film showcase a couple of months ago, and instantly fell in love with it. A rom-com-dram to suit most tastes despite its rather predictable and indeed slightly corny climax. Fordy branded it “one of the year’s most endearing efforts: heartfelt, well intentioned, and very nicely constructed…” and I bloody agree with him. A delight.

Again, a film that is still playing in UK cinemas,
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Mathieu Demy's "Americano" Leaves a Bitter Taste

Her name is Lola; she is a showgirl. She doesn’t work at the Copacabana, though; she works at the titular Americano. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Americano is a character-driven exploration of grief by Mathieu Demy, who wrote, directed, and starred in the film—he also gets naked in it, frequently.

When Frenchman Martin (Demy) learns of his mother’s death, he must travel to La to deal with her condo and the troubled past they had. Having lost most communication with his mother, he relies on her close friend Linda (Geraldine Chaplin) and various neighbors to piece together what her life was like. Through them he learns of Lola (Salma Hayek, sporting an inexplicable scar on her cheek), a girl he knew as a child whom his mother raised like a daughter. Martin’s grief makes him prone to extreme mood swings that result in rash actions.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Americano (2011)

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Mpi

Her name was Lola, she was a stripper: Salma Hayek stars in Americano.

Salma Hayek (Savages) stars as a stripper who helps a man uncover secrets about his late mother in the 2011 drama film Americano, directed and written by and starring Mathieu Demy (The Girl on the Train).

After receiving news of his mother’s death, Martin (Demy) leaves his girlfriend (Chiara Mastroianni, Park Benches) and home in Paris and sets off for his childhood home in Los Angeles to tie up the loose ends of his rocky maternal relationship. Arriving in the U.S., Martin digs into his mother’s past and discovers she had a hidden relationship with a beautiful woman named Lola (Hayek), who he finds at a seedy strip club in Tijuana called “The Americano.” While Lola recounts her affair with his mother, Martin realizes there
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Exclusive: Mathieu Demy Talks Americano, Salma Hayek and Impulsive Tattoos

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Exclusive: Mathieu Demy Talks Americano, Salma Hayek and Impulsive Tattoos
As the son of legendary French filmmakers Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda, it was almost a mortal lock that Mathieu Demy, after many years as an actor, would end up behind the camera. His intriguing feature directorial debut, “Americano,” interweaves footage from “Documenteur,” a nonfiction film of Varda’s in which Demy appeared as a child, and centers around the story of a young Frenchman drawn back to Los Angeles to wrap up his recently deceased mother’s estate, only to learn of a mysterious woman, Lola (Salma Hayek), in her will. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Demy one-on-one, about Hayek, getting his film’s title tattooed on his arm, and [ Read More ]
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Career Watch: Salma Hayek - Does 'Savages' Signal a Comeback?

Career Watch: Salma Hayek - Does 'Savages' Signal a Comeback?
Salma Hayek won't be giving up her sex symbol status any time soon, but it's been ten years since her Oscar nomination for 2002's "Frida." The 45-year old actress has stayed moderately busy since, with the likes of "Puss in Boots," "Grown Ups," "Bandidas," a recurring role on "30 Rock" and this year's "Americano" and "Savages," but a career reboot seems necessary if Hayek wants to return to the A-list (which looks very different now than it did in 2002). In theory, "Savages" could be the perfect starting point for a comeback, but her next projects -- including "Here Comes The Boom" with Kevin James and "Click" director Frank Coraci, and "Grown Ups 2" -- don't inspire much confidence. The Start: After soap-opera success in native Mexico, Hayek (of Lebanese and Mexican heritage) journeyed to Los Angeles in hopes of making it in the big leagues. After...
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Writer/Director/Star Mathieu Demy Talks Americano, His Famous Filmmaker Parents, and Choosing Film Over Digital for His Feature Directorial Debut

  • Collider.com
Written, directed and produced by Mathieu Demy in his feature directorial debut, Americano deftly mines the past of a true-life filmmaking family, while at the same time weaving a mesmerizing fictional narrative about coming to terms with unexpected grief and uncomfortable pasts. The stellar cast in this moving drama about inheritance and legacy includes Salma Hayek and, perhaps not incidentally, the children of famous film personalities – Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni and Demy himself. We sat down with Demy at a roundtable interview to talk about Americano which functions both as an homage to his famous parents, filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, and as a work that stands entirely on its own. He told us about the challenges of directing a low budget international production shot in France, Mexico and the U.S., how he chose to shoot his first feature on film rather than digitally, and why he decided
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Americano

In the beginning of Americano, Mathieu Demy (also the writer and director) plays Martin so dispassionately, one is immediately interested in seeing how his character’s nature will evolve over the course of the film. In the first scene, he is dispassionately making love, then he responds dispassionately to news that his mother is dead, and then he heads to America (dispassionately) to sell her house and get her final things in order. One soon realizes that this is the depth of Demy’s arc—he is not unbearably cold or distant in an attempt to hide Martin’s real passion beneath the surface;...
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New Releases: Will 'Rock Of Ages' Beat 'That's My Boy'?

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And "Madagascar 3" with the upset! Last week, while everyone's chips were on Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," the animated sequel took out the rest of the competition with $60 million in ticket sales. Will kids flick make it two weekends in a row? Who knows. From"Men In Black" to "Snow White and The Huntsman," the box office has been quite fickle-hearted as of late. Now, with the release of the big-screen adaptation of "Rock of Ages," Noah Baumbach's family film may be the next one-and-done victim. (Although, don't count out Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg's comedy, "That's My Boy," as the surprise underdog.) Let's take a look at the all predictions and reviews in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview. Nationwide Releases "Rock of Ages" What's the story? Starring a bevy of stars -- Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti -- the broadway
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Salma Hayek Strips Down For ‘Americano’ Trailer

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When foreign actors or actresses make it big in Hollywood, some usually forgo their roots and decide to stay on the upward path of the same. This certainly isn’t true for Salma Hayek, who bounces around from country to country seemingly with every new feature. Her fun, satiric foreign drama As Luck Would Have It premiered at Tribeca earlier this spring and now her latest, Americano, is set to hit theaters this month. Directed by and co-starring Mathieu Demy, there didn’t seem to be much fanfare regarding the project coming out of its Tiff premiere, as the first trailer via Apple hints at a somewhat generic family drama, albeit with a strong sense of the environment. Check out Hayek getting back to her From Dusk ‘Til Dawn as a stripper below.

Synopsis:

Americano, Mathieu Demy’s directorial debut, is both an homage tohis famous parents, filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy,
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Watch: Trailer For Matheiu Demy's 'Americano' Stars A Half-Clothed Salma Hayek

The last time we reported about Mathieu Demy's debut feature "Americano," it was about to premiere at Tiff last September in hopes of finding American distribution. It looks like it found it with Mpi Media Group, who is releasing the film in limited release this weekend. With days left before its release, a new trailer has arrived.

"Americano" tells the story of Martin (Demy), a Frenchman who travels to his childhood home in Los Angeles after the death of his estranged mother. There, he finds his mother has left her apartment to the mysterious Lola (Salma Hayek), whom he knew from childhood. Martin travels to Tijuana to find Lola, and eventually discovers her at a strip club called the Americano. In case you missed it, yes, Hayek will play a stripper for the first time since 1996's "From Dusk 'Til Dawn." And while she may not be a vampire in disguise this time (spoiler!
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Trailer Trash – Issue 11

Welcome to issue 11 of Trailer Trash our series showcasing the latest trailer releases – this issue once again features our all-new “excitement-o-meter” where we rate (in exclamation marks on a scale of 1 to 5) each and every trailer by how excited we are to see the film after watching it. This issue of Trailer Trash includes new trailers for Americano, Storage 24, Django Unchained, Flight and Korean thriller Headshot.

Americano

Americano, Mathieu Demy’s directorial debut, is both an homage tohis famous parents, filmmakers Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, and a work thatstands entirely on its own. A deeply moving drama about inheritance andlegacy that deftly mines the past of a true-life filmmaking family,Americano weaves a mesmerizing fictional narrative about coming to termswith unattended grief and uncomfortable pasts. Excitement-o-meter: !

Storage 24

London is in chaos. A military cargo plane has crashed leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware London is in lockdown,
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Salma Hayek is a Stripper in Americano Trailer

Mpi Pictures has unveiled the trailer for "Americano," starring Salma Hayek, Mathieu Demy, Chiara Mastroianni, and Geraldine Chaplin. It's written and directed by Demy, making his feature film helming debut. The new movie is set to hit theaters on June 15th, in limited release. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The death of his mother draws a young Frenchman (Demy) back to his childhood home in Los Angeles as he prepares to wrap up his mother's estate. Things become complicated when he discovers that she was very fond of a woman named Lola (Hayek), who appears in her will. Martin combs Los Angeles for his mother's mysterious friend and companion, finding no trace of her. Traumatized at the sight of his mother's body in the morgue, he drives to Tijuana in search of Lola, thinking she should inherit his mother's apartment. But is Lola, his childhood playmate, truly the woman
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Salma Hayek Plays a Stripper, Yet Again, in 'Americano' Trailer (Video)

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Salma Hayek Plays a Stripper, Yet Again, in 'Americano' Trailer (Video)
Oh, dear; if Salma Hayek keeps this up, she might just get typecast. Not that many men are likely to complain. "Frida" star Hayek co-stars in the upcoming Mathieu Demy drama "Americano," about a man (Demy) who travels from Paris to Los Angeles to take care of affairs following the death of his mother. His path eventually leads him to Tijuana, in order to track down a friend of his mother's. That would be Lola, a stripper in Tijuana who puts food on the table by working at a strip club and
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Americano (2011) Movie Trailer, Photo: Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek

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Americano Trailer, Photo. Mathieu Demy‘s Americano (2011) movie trailer, movie photo stars Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni, and Carlos Bardem. Americano‘s plot synopsis: “In Paris, the relationship between Martin (Demy) and Claire (Mastroianni) is at an impasse. His mother’s death suddenly calls Martin back to Los Angeles to deal with inheritance formalities, [...]

Continue reading: Americano (2011) Movie Trailer, Photo: Mathieu Demy, Salma Hayek
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