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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.

"We Are Mari Pepa" - Singular Trip Into Adulthood Via Adolescent Grunge

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • August 16, 2014 9:00 AM
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Mexican helmer Samuel Kishi’s teenage portrait "We Are Mari Pepa" (Somos Mari Pepa) has a certain kind of street-smart charm that is at once despicably dirty-minded, as is expected of boys of that age, and also rather endearing.

LatinoBuzz: Call for Mexican Projects in Development and Post

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 23, 2014 10:30 AM
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As part of its commitment to support national cinematography production Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund offers on its second year in a row a grand total of USD $138,240 to Mexican projects.

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.

The Platinum Awards: The First Major International Iberoamerican Cinema Awards

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • April 5, 2014 11:07 PM
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The first ever Platinum Awards for International Iberoamerican Cinema Awards was a gala presentation in Panama City, Panama April 5th, sponsored by EGEDA and FIPCA (The Producers Association). Winners for best Iberoamerican talent in the most important global event promoting and supporting the Iberoamerican film industry with international films produced by 22 Spanish speaking countries in the Americas as well as Brazil, Portugal and Spain were announced.

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: Interview with filmmaker Cristina Ibarra - Las Marthas

  • By Juan Caceres
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  • February 19, 2014 8:30 AM
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'Las Marthas' follows two young women as they prepare to 'debut' at a Colonial Ball hosted by the elite Society of Martha Washington. The Ball is held each year in a month long celebration of George Washington's birthday. And these Mexican-Americans do not mess around when it comes to celebrating ol' Georgie's birthday. They go in. Elaborate one-of--a-kind gowns and all. Yes, Mexican-Americans celebrating the birth of a man who pretty much stretched the border a little further south to claim territories that once belonged to Mexico. This is not 'Bizarro World'. It's Laredo, Texas.

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.

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