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Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - The Americas

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • August 22, 2014 11:00 AM
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Early predictions have emerged for most Academy Award categories. As the studios reveal their hopeful offers to be released in the final months of the year, the speculation increases. But despite all the information available on the centerpiece awards, other more obscure races remain a complete mystery at this point. Among these, the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is almost certainly the most complex to prognosticate.Therefore, after lots of research and arduous educated guessing to put it together, the list below offers a more insightful look at this race before the actual individual selections are announced.

LatinoBuzz: Amat Escalante, 'Heli' and Cinema as a Cathartic Medium

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • June 11, 2014 2:00 PM
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Focusing on the horrors that a single family has to undergo the story is a bold statement that confronts the subject fearlessly and avoids sentimentalism. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and chosen as Mexico's Official Submission to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar last year, Escalante's latest is a movie of its time that is interested in the human side of the despicable circumstances.

LatinoBuzz: Mexico's Violent Present Explored in 'Heli' - A Gripping and Fearless Tour de Force

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • June 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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For close to a decade now, the Mexican people have been served a daily dose of terror. Tortured, beheaded, and dismembered bodies appear every day scatter around the country as retribution and collateral damage of the ongoing drug war. Reveling in the ubiquitous impunity, such elaborate nightmarish scenes have become the cartels’ preferred method for effective narco-propaganda.

LatinoBuzz: Fenix Iberoamerican Cinema Awards Are Announced by Cinema23

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 4, 2014 12:47 PM
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Recently during the 67th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Cinema23, an association created in 2012 to promote Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese film culture, announced the Fénix Film Awards (Premio Iberoamericano de Cine Fénix). This unique event will take place for the first time in Mexico City in October 2014.

Guadalajara FF FICG29: Special Guest Quebec

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • March 21, 2014 2:30 PM
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Guadalajara International Film Festival (also known as FICG29 or Festival International of Cine in Guadalajara) is on my regular beat, but this year my work with the Talents will include an introduction to the book I am writing on Iberoamerican Film Financing.

LatinoBuzz: Greg Berger's Mockumentary Warns Mexicans About the Dangers of Fracking

  • By Vanessa Erazo
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  • December 25, 2013 8:30 AM
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Greg Berger makes short films about political issues with a humorous twist. This one is about fracking in Mexico, pun intended.

LatinoBuzz: Stop Blaming Musicians for the Drug War & Start Blaming Politicians -- Review of 'Narco Cultura' Documentary

  • By Vanessa Erazo
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  • December 4, 2013 8:30 AM
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Narco Cultura, a documentary about narcocorridos and drug violence in Mexico opens in select theaters Friday, December 6.

LatinoBuzz: FICG in LA Announces its 3rd Edition in Hollywood and Film Lineup

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • October 28, 2013 3:08 PM
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In order to promote the cinema and filmmaking talent of Mexico and Ibero-America, the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), the University of Guadalajara and the University of Guadalajara Foundation in the U.S. present FICG in LA, a selection of the most outstanding films of 2013's FICG.

LatinoBuzz: Hollywood Finally Looks to the Latino Market

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • October 23, 2013 6:00 PM
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Earlier this year production company Pantelion scored its first major U.S. theatrical hit with the release of Eugenio Derbez' Instructions Not Included, a heartfelt comedy about a father who reconnects with his young daughter. Written, directed, and starring Derbez himself the PG-13 film has grossed close to $35 million playing as a limited release in under 1,000 screens. The success has been overwhelming in all main markets (Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Dallas), becoming not only the highest grossing Spanish-language film in the U.S. but the biggest Mexican film opening weekend ever in Mexico with $11.6 million.

LatinoBuzz: Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) In L.A. for its 3rd Year. November 1-3

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • October 23, 2013 3:00 PM
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Presenting its program in Los Angeles for the third consecutive year this November, the Guadalajara International Film Festival aims to highlight the best in Mexican and Latin American cinema and bring it closer to the vast Latino population in Southern California. Taking place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, FICG in L.A. will premier some of the most outstanding films that screened back at the festival earlier this year in Mexico and other Latino titles that have received critical acclaimed around the world.

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