Gravitas Ventures Acquires Rights to Paz Vega’s Coming of Age Film “Chasing Wonders”

The wonders of Paz Vega will be heading to U.S. theaters…

Arclight Films’ Chasing Wonders, starring the 45-year-old Spanish actress, has locked North American distribution with Gravitas.

Paz Vega

Directed by Paul Meins, the coming of age film will have a theatrical and on-demand release on June 4. Arclight is handling global sales for the film.

Set in the lush wine country landscapes of Australia and Spain, the heart-warming tale follows 12-year-old Savino, who, encouraged by his maternal grandfather to live a life of hope and possibility, takes off on the adventure of a lifetime to find the magical Emu Plains. His journey leads him to the heart of the human condition – learning to understand our parents’ past but not to be defined by it.

In addition to Vega, the film also stars Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos, Quim Gutierrez, Carmen Maura, Goya Award-winner Antonio de la Torre, Australia’s Jessica Marais, and making his feature film debut, Michael Crisafulli as Savino.

Australian award-winning screenwriter Judy Morris wrote the screenplay, which was shot over a five-year period.

Chasing Wonders made its World Premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival last year and has been selected for the Gold Coast Film Festival, where it will screen on April 18 and 22.

Chasing Wonders is an uplifting story of familial love and loss and a powerful exploration of the path to understanding and acceptance. This heartwarming film with top international stars and spectacular landscapes is exactly what audiences yearn for. We are thrilled to have our longtime trusted partners at Gravitas Ventures bringing the film to North American audiences and are certain that their team will make this beautiful film shine bright,” said Arclight Films Chairman Gary Hamilton.

“With an ensemble that includes veteran screen icons alongside exciting new talent, the filmmakers craft an inspiring coming of age story on a canvas of breathtaking vistas across multiple continents. We look forward to North American audiences taking the journey,” said Tony Piantedosi, VP of Acquisitions at Gravitas Ventures.

Hianlo Films presents Chasing Wonders in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, a Met Film and SLA Films production.

Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo, aka Los Javis, Sign with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo have new representation…

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has signed the 36-year-old Spanish actor, stage, film and television director and writer and the 30-year-old Spanish actor, stage, film and television director and writer, the duo known as Los Javis, for representation in all areas.

Javier Ambrossi & Javier Calvo

The LGBTQ+ advocates are known best for writing, producing and directing the critically acclaimed Veneno which was released on HBO Max last year in November during Transgender Awareness Week.

Veneno follows the life of transgender icon of the ’90s, Cristina Ortiz. It features the largest transgender cast in the history of Spanish cinema. The series marked an important milestone for the LGBTQ+ community and is currently nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Scripted Television Series in the Spanish Language category.

Prior to Veneno, Los Javis created the Netflix series, Paquita Salas, the story of one of Spain’s best talent agents in the ’90s, who now finds herself searching desperately for new stars after suddenly losing her biggest client.

The series, which won a Premio Ondas and Premio Feroz, peaked at #1 on the platform in Spain and became a huge hit in Latin America. The series was renewed for two more seasons after its premiere, with a fourth confirmed.

Los Javis are also playwrights who wrote and directed the musical play, La Llamada, which is set at a bible camp and continues to play in Spain almost eight years after its premiere and international run. The duo later wrote and directed the film adaptation of the play, which earned them five Goya Award nominations. It hit No. 1 at the Spanish box office and was acquired by Netflix.

Los Javis often makes appearances on local versions of shows like The Masked Singer, and this month, the duo will join the local version of RuPaul’s Drag Race as regular judges.

Pilar Palomero’s “The Girls” Wins Big at the Goya Awards

Pilar Palomero is celebrating a Girls night like no other…

The 40-year-old Spanish film director and screenwriter’s coming-of-age story The Girls has taken home the top prizes, including best picture, at the 35th annual Goya Awards.

Pilar Palomero

The annual Spain awards show, hosted by Antonio Banderas, also saw Palomero’s drama win the prizes for new director, original screenplay and cinematography.

The 35th Goya Awards adopted a hybrid format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and featured talent presenting and receiving awards virtually or on-site at an audience-less Teatro del Soho CaixaBank.

Pilar Palomero, The Girls

Among the Hollywood names presenting the event’s various awards were Pedro Almódovar, Penélope Cruz, J.A. Bayona, Alejandro Amenábar and Paz Vega.

The ceremony also featured pre-recorded messages from a number of Hollywood names including Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Charlize Theron.

1492: Conquest of Paradise and Broken Embraces actress Angelina Molina took home the ceremony’s Honorary Goya award.

Here’s the full list of winners at the 35th annual Goya Awards:

FILM
The Girls (Pilar Palomero)

DIRECTOR
Salvador Calvo (Adú)

NEW DIRECTOR
Pilar Palomero (The Girls)

ACTRESS
Patricia López Arnaiz (Ane)

ACTOR
Mario Casas (No matarás)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Nathalie Poza (Rosa’s Wedding)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alberto San Juan (Sentimental)

NEW ACTRESS
Jone Laspiur (Ane)

NEW ACTOR
Adam Nourou (Adú)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pilar Palomero (The Girls)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
David Pérez Sañudo, Marina Parés Pulido (Ane)

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Ana Parra, Luis Fernández Lago (Adú)

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Daniela Cajías (The Girls)

EDITING
Sergio Jiménez (The Year of the Discovery)

ART DIRECTION
Mikel Serrano (Akelarre)

COSTUME DESIGN
Nerea Torrijos (Akelarre)

MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGN
Beata Wotjowicz, Ricardo Molina (Akelarre)

SOUND
Eduardo Esquide, Jamaica Ruíz García, Juan Ferro, Nicolas de Poulpiquet (Adú)

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Mariano García Marty, Ana Rubio, (Akelarre)

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Aránzazu Calleja, Maite Arroitajauregi (Akelarre)

ORIGINAL SONG
“Que no, que no,” (María Rozalén for Rosa’s Wedding)

ANIMATED FEATURE
Turu, the Wacky Hen (Eduardo Gondell, Víctor Monigote)

DOCUMENTARY
The Year of the Discovery (Luis López Carrasco)

IBERO-AMERICAN FILM
Forgotten We’ll Be (Fernando Trueba, Colombia)

EUROPEAN PICTURE
The Father (Florian Zeller, U.K., France)

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
A la cara (Javier Marco)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Biography of a Woman’s Corpse (Mabel Lozano)

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Blue & Malone: Casos imposibles (Abraham López Guerrero)

HONORARY GOYA
Angela Molina

Veronica Echegui to Star in the Rom-Com “Book of Love”

Veronica Echegui has book(ed) an exciting new project…

The 37-year-old Spanish actress will star opposite Sam Claflin in the romantic comedy Book of Love, which begins shooting next month.

The story is about two writers thrown together on a book tour in Mexico. Analeine Cal Y Mayor is directing from a script by David Quantick.

Sky is producing the movie as a Sky Original for its markets, with XYZ Films co-producing, co-financing and handling rights for the rest of the world. The project is being made in association with BuzzFeed Studios.

A three-time Goya Awards winner, Echegui’s previous credits include Unknown Origins, La gran familia española and Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo.

Salvador Calvo’s Netflix Drama “Adú” Leads Spain’s Goya Awards Nominees with 14

Salvador Calvo is the man to beat…

The Spanish filmmaker’s Netflix drama Adú is the frontrunner for this year’s Premios Goya (Goya Awards), Spain’s top film honors.

Salvador Calvo

Calvo’s film earned 14 nominations, including nods for best film and best director.

Calvo’s sophomore feature follows three interconnected stories all set in Africa. Two members of its ensemble cast Álvaro Cervantes and Adam Nourou, picked up Goya nominations for best supporting actor and best newcomer actor, respectively.

The Goyas 2021 best film nominees include Ane Is Missing from David Pérez Sañudo, Icíar Bollaín‘s La boda de Rosa, Pilar Palomero‘s The Girls, and The People Upstairs aka Sentimental, from director Cesc Gay.

In addition to Calvo and Bollaín, the best director category this year includes Juanma Bajo Ulloa, nominated for his horror thriller Baby, and veteran filmmaker Isabel Coixet for It Snows in Benidorm.

Contenders for the best Ibero-American film include Chilean documentary The Mole AgentForgotten We’ll Be from Columbian filmmaker Fernando Trueba, the Guatemalan horror film The Curse of la Llorona, and Fernando Frias‘ Mexican drama I’m No Longer Here.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory was the big winner at the Goyas, winning seven honors, including for best picture, director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.

The 2021 Goya Awards will be held in a live-streamed ceremony from the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga on Saturday, March 6.   Banderas will direct this year’s award ceremony and will present the 35th Goya Awards together with Spanish journalist María Casado.

Here’s the full list of nominations for the 35th Goya Awards:

Best Film
Adú
Ane Is Missing
La boda de Rosa
The Girls
The People Upstairs  

Best Director
Salvador Calvo for Adú
Juanma Bajo Ulloa for Bafrom
Icíar Bollain for La boda de Rosa
Isabel Coixet for It Snows in Benidorm

Best Novel Adaptation
Pilar Palomero for The Girls
David Pérez Sañudo for Ane is Missing
Bernabé Rico for El inconvenient
Núria Giménez Lorang for My Mexican Bretzel

Best Actress
Amaia Aberasturi for Coven
Andrea Fandós for The Girls
Patricia López Arnaiz for Ane is Missing
Candela Peña for La boda de Rosa

Best Actor
Mario Casas for Cross the Line
Javier Cámara for The People Upstairs
Ernesto Alterio for A Normal World
David Verdaguer for One for All

Best Supporting Actress
Juana Acosta for El inconvenient
Verónica Echegui for My Heart Goes Boom!
Natalia de Molina for The Girls
Nathalie Poza for La boda de Rosa

Best Supporting Actor
Sergi López for La boda de Rosa
Juan Diego Botto for The Europeans
Alberto San Juan for The People Upstairs
Álvaro Cervantes for Adú

Best Actress Newcomer
Jone Laspiur for Ane is Missing
Paula Usero for La boda de Rosa
Milena Smith for Cross the Line
Griselda Siciliani for The People Upstairs

Best Actor Newcomer
Adam Nourou for Adú
Chema del Barco for The Plan
Janick for Historias lamentables
Fernando Valdivielso for Cross the Line

Best Original Screenplay
Adu
La boda de Rosa
Historias lamentables
The Girls

Best Adapted Screenplay
The People Upstairs
Ane is Missing
The Europeans
Unknown Origins

Best Animated Film
Turu, the Wacky Hen

Best Documentary
Anatomía de un dandy
Drowning Letters
The Year of the Discovery
My Mexican Bretzel 

Best European Film
Corpus Christi from Poland
The Father from the United Kingdom
An Officer and A Spy from France
Falling from the United Kingdom 

Best Ibero-American Film
El agente topo from Chile
El olvido que seremos from Colombia
La llorona from Guatemala
Ya no estoy aquí from México 

Best Cinematography
Adú
Coven
Black Beach
The Girls 

Best Production Design
Adú
Coven
Black Beach
It Snows in Benidorm

Best Original Music
Adú
Coven
Baby
El verano que vivimos

Best Original Song
Adú
El verano que vivimos
La boda de Rosa
The Girls 

Best Editing
Adú
Black Beach
The Year of the Discovery
The Girls 

Best Sound
Adú
Coven
Black Beach
The Plan 

Best Art Direction
Adú
Coven
Black Beach
The Girls 

Best Costume Design
Coven
My Heart Goes Boom!
The Girls
The Europeans 

Best Makeup and Hairdressing
Adú
Coven
My Heart Goes Boom!
Unknown Origins 

Best Special Effects
Coven
Adú
Black Beach

Goya Awards Nominees Announcement, Led by Ana Belen, Delayed Due to Spanish Snowstorm

Mother Nature is delaying Ana Belén’s big reveal…

The announcement of Spain’s 2021 Goya Awards nominations, led by the 69-year-old Spanish actress, has been rescheduled for next Monday, January 18 due to heavy snow in the country’s capital.

Ana Belen

The initial plan was for Belén and actor Dani Rovira to announce the Premios Goya nominees this morning, accompanied by the president of Spain’s Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, Mariano Barroso.

But the country’s extreme weather, which has caused widespread disruption, has led to Spanish Academy to delay the nominations for Spain’s version of the Academy Awards by a week.

Storm Filomena has blanketed parts of the country in snow, in particular the capital of Madrid, which saw up to 20 centimeteres in the last 24 hours, closing much of the city. At least three people have died in the adverse conditions, which is Spain’s heaviest snowfall for 50 years.

The Film Academy issued a notice that it had received official recommendation not to go ahead with the event.

The 35th Goyas ceremony is due to take place on March 6, 2021, with Spanish star Antonio Banderas hosting.

The snowfall began on Friday night, January 8, closing roads and leaving people stranded on the motorways around Madrid. The city’s airport was also closed, and all trains cancelled to and from the capital.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez issued a notice for people to stay home, while King Felipe and Queen Letizia posted a similar message on Twitter urging “extreme caution.”

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga Sign with The Gotham Group

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga are heading to the big leagues…

The Spanish directing trio, whose acclaimed film The Endless Trench is representing Spain in this year’s Oscar race, have signed with The Gotham Group.

Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga

Set at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the film chronicles three decades of a country engulfed by fascism.

The film premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival last year and Netflix acquired the global rights shortly after; the streamer debuted the film in the U.S. on November 6.

It received 15 Goya nominations, winning Best Director and the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay.

Arregi, Garaño and Goenaga have been working together for 15 years through their company Moriarti; this is the first time they have co-directed as a trio.

Their previous credits include Handia, which won 10 Goyas, and Loreak (Flowers), which was Spain’s entry for the 2016 Oscars.

They are now developing their English-language debut, which Gotham will launch to buyers in 2021.

Mexico Enters Fernando Frías de la Parra’s “I’m No Longer Here” into International Feature Film Oscar Race

Fernando Frías de la Parra is representing…

The Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences has chosen the Mexican filmmaker’s I’m No Longer Here as Mexico’s official entry for the International Feature Film Oscar race.

Fernando Frías de la Parra

The film centers on the young leader (Juan Daniel Garcia Trevino) of a small Monterrey street gang from the Cholombiano subculture who longs for home after being forced to move to Jackson Heights, Queens, after an altercation with a local cartel. It premiered at the 2019 Morelia Film Festival, where it won Best Feature and was a selection of this year’s truncated Tribeca Film Festival.

The film received 10 Ariel Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and is Mexico’s official submission for Spain’s Goya Awards.

I'm No Longer Here

Netflix acquired worldwide rights back in 2018, and it bowed on the streamer on May 27.

“The news took me by surprise, and I am overwhelmed with happiness and excitement,” said Frias. “I am enormously grateful to the Academy and its members and the entire industry that has supported us, such as Netflix and IMCINE, but also to the people. The public has shown us that they are ready to connect with our stories here in Mexico. That fills me with pride.”

Mexico has seen nine film nominated for the Academy Awards’ International Feature race (it was formerly known as Outstanding Foreign-Language Feature) with films from the likes of Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro. It’s only one the top prize once, however, for Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, also from Netflix, in 2018.

Marta Nieto to Star in Kike Maíllo’s English-Language Thriller “A Perfect Enemy”

It’s a perfect time to be Marta Nieto

The 37-year-old Spanish actress is starring in the thriller A Perfect Enemy, which is currently shooting.

Marta Nieto

Nieto is starring opposite Tomasz KotAthena Strates and Dominique Pinonin the English-language film, which follows a sophisticated and successful businessman approached in an airport by a chatty woman with sinister intentions. 

Cameras are due to roll until February 2020 in Reus, Barcelona, Paris and Frankfurt.

From Spanish firm Sábado Películas, French outfit The Project Film Club and German’s Barry Films, the feature is an adaptation of novel Cosmétique de l’Ennemiby Amélie Nothomb, which was translated into 24 languages.

Spanish helmer Kike Maíllo directs from a screenplay by Cristina ClementeFernando Navarro and Maíllo. It marks the filmmaker’s third film. His debut Evawas awarded a Goya Awardfor Best New Director.

Nieto’s previous credits include Madre and Hermanos y detectives. 

Antonio Banderas to Receive International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Antonio Banderas is a shining star… 

The 59-year-old Spanish actor will receive the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s International Star Award, Actor for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory

Antonio Banderas

“Throughout his career Antonio Banderas has garnered international acclaim and world recognition from his memorable performances,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film Pain and Glory, Antonio Banderas gives another deeply moving performance as aging film director Salvador Mallo going through a creative crisis as he reflects on the choice’s he’s made throughout his life.”

Past recipients of the International Star Award include Javier BardemNicole KidmanHelen Mirren, Gary Oldman and Saoirse Ronan

Banderas, who recently earned a Goya Award nomination for his performance in Pain and Glory, will join the previously announced honorees Jennifer Lopez (Spotlight Award), Joaquin Phoenix (Chairman’s Award), Martin Scorsese Sonny Bono Visionary Award), Charlize Theron( International Star Award, Actress) and Renée Zellweger(Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress).

From Sony Picture Classicsand presented by El DeseoPain and Glory tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered.

The award will be presented at the festival’s Film Awards Galaon Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.

Banderas’ next project is Dolittle