Klaudia Reynicke Signs with The Gotham Group

Klaudia Reynicke has new representation… And, she’s hoping that leads to a TV deal.

The 43-year-old Swiss-Peruvian filmmaker has signed with Los Angeles management and production outfit The Gotham Group.

Klaudia Reynicke

Reynicke’s latest project Love Me Tender screened in the Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery strand this year, and now The Gotham Group plans to spearhead efforts to adapt the film into a television series.

Love Me Tender world premiered at Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival in August. Reynicke also wrote the screenplay, which tells the story of Seconda, played by Barbara Giordano, a rebellious young woman with agoraphobia who is abruptly left alone by her unreliable father.

The film was produced by Switzerland’s Amka Films. Rome-based Summerside International is handling global sales. The feature will next screen at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Reynicke’s debut feature was 2016 drama The Nest, which also premiered in Locarno. 

She was born in Peru but lived in Florida for much of her youth; she is now based in Switzerland.

“A Febre” Star Regis Myrupu Wins Best Actor Prize at Locarno Film Festival in Acting Debut

Regis Myrupu is making a memorable debut…

The Brazilian actor was named Best Actor at this year’s Locarno Film Festival for his beautifully understated performance as a security guard at Manaus Harbor in Brazilian filmmaker Maya Da-Rin’s The Fever.

A Febre Maya Da-Rin

“I never thought this would happen,” said Myrupu of his win for his performance in the film, which earned Da-Rin the FIPRESCI Prize.

Carlos Lenintook home the Peace Hotel Award for his film La Paloma y El Lobo. The 36-year-old Mexican filmmaker’s earned the award for his “future promise in world cinema.”

The international jury was headed by French filmmaker and novelist Catherine Breillat.

TheGolden Leopard, the Locarno Film Festival’s top honor, went to Portuguese directorPedro Costa, for his latest feature Vitalina Varelawhich had its world premiere in the Swiss festival’s international competition.

The 2020 Locarno Film Festival will be from August 5-15.

This year’s winners are below:

International competition

Golden Leopard: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal
Special Jury Prize: Pa-Go (Height Of The Wave) by Park Jung-Bum, South Korea
Leopard For Best Direction: Damien Manivel for Les Enfants D’isadora, France/South Korea
Leopard For Best Actress: Vitalina Varela for Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal
Leopard For Best Actor: Regis Myrupu for A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany
Special Mentions: Hiruk-Pikuk Si Al-Kisah (The Science Of Fictions) by Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia/Malaysia/France, Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina

Filmmakers Of The Present Competition

Cineasti Del Presente Golden Leopard: Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal
Best Emerging Director Award: 143 Rue Du Désert by Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France/Qatar
Special Jury Prize: Ivana Cea Groaznica (Ivana The Terrible) by Ivana Mladenović, Romania/Serbia
Special Mention: Here For Life by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson, United Kingdom

Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead Award: The Giverny Document (Single Channel) by Ja’tovia M. Gary, Usa/France
Special Mentions: Those That, At A Distance, Resemble Another by Jessica Sarah Rinland, United Kingdom/Argentina/Spain, Shān Zhī Běi (Osmosis) by Zhou Tao.

First Feature

First Feature Award: Baamum Nafi (Nafi’s Father) by Mamadou Dia, Senegal
Peace Hotel Award: La Paloma Y El Lobo (The Dove And The Wolf) by Carlos Lenin, Mexico
Special Mentions: Instinct by Halina Reijn, Netherlands, Fi Al-Thawra (During Revolution) by Maya Khoury, Syria/Sweden

Leopards Of Tomorrow – International Competition

Pardino D’oro For The Best International Short Film: Siyah Güneş (Black Sun) by Arda Çiltepe, Turkey/Germany (Locarno Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards 2019)
Pardino D’argento: Umbilical by Danski Tang, Usa
Pardi Di Domani Best Direction Prize: Otpusk (Leave Of Absence) by Anton Sazonov, Russia
Premio Medien Patent Verwaltung Ag Prize: White Afro by Akosua Adoma Owusu, Ghana/USA

Leopards Of Tomorrow – National Competition

Pardino D’oro For The Best Swiss Short Film: Mama Rosa by Dejan Barac, Switzerland
Pardino D’argento Swiss Life: Tempête Silencieuse by Anaïs Moog, Switzerland
Best Swiss Newcomer Prize: Terminal by Kim Allamand, Switzerland
Piazza Grande Award: Instinct by Halina Reijn, Netherlands

Other awards

Ecumenical Jury Prize: Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argenti
Special Mention: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Portugal
FIPRESCI Prize: A Febre by Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany
Europa Cinemas Label: Maternal by Maura Delpero, Italy/Argentina

Benjamín Naishtat Signs with United Talent Agency (UTA)

Benjamín Naishtat is going global…

The 32-year-old Argentinian writer and director has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) in all areas.

Benjamín Naishtat

Born in Buenos Aires, Naishtat is best known for creating experimental and fictional shorts centered on historical and societal complexities. He has made a name for himself on the global film circuit: His first feature, History of Fear played at the Berlin Film Festival, and it won the Best Film Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival.

Additionally, he wrote and directed The Movement, which participated in the Cineasti del Presente section of the Locarno Film Festival.

His most recent film Rojo made its world premiere earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Platform section; it t was also an official selection at the San Sebastián Film Festival where it won the Silver Shell for Best Director.

Bacilio Takes Top Prize at Locarno Film Festival

Fernando Bacilio is the best of the best…

The Peruvian actor took home the Best Actor prize at the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend in Switzerland.

Fernando Bacilio

Bacilio won the award for his critically acclaimed performance in Daniel and Diego Vega’s El Mudo.

Meanwhile, Albert Serra’s latest movie Story of My Death took home the top Pardo d’Oro prize.

The Spanish film is directed by the Spanish flmmaker and imagines the last days of Giacomo Casanova.

Here’s a complete look at this year’s winners:

Concorso internazionale (International competition)

Pardo d’oro 
HISTORIA DE LA MEVA MORT by Albert Serra, Spain/France

Premio speciale della giuria (Jury Prize)
E AGORA? LEMBRA-ME by Joaquim Pinto, Portugal

Pardo per la miglior regia (Best Director) HONG SANGSOO for U RI SUNHI (Our Sunhi), South Korea

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Best Actress)
BRIE LARSON for SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton, United States

Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Best Actor)
FERNANDO BACILIO for EL MUDO by Daniel Vega and Diego Vega, Peru/France/Mexico

Special Mentions
SHORT TERM 12 by Destin Cretton, United States
TABLEAU NOIR by Yves Yersin, Switzerland

Concorso Cineasti del presente (Filmmakers of the present)

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente – Premio George Foundation
MANAKAMANA by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Nepal/United States

Pardo per il miglior regista emergente (Best Emerging Director) COSTA DA MORTE by Lois Patiño, Spain

Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Jury Prize)
MOUTON by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, France

Special Mention
SAI NAM TID SHOER (By the River) by Nontawat Numbenchapol, Thailand

Opera Prima (Best First Feature)
Pardo per la migliore opera prima
MOUTON by Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone, France

Special Mention
MANAKAMANA by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, Nepal/United States

Pardi di DomaniConcorso internazionale:

Pardino d’oro per il miglior cortometraggio internazionale – Premio SRG SSR (Best International Short Film)
LA STRADA DI RAFFAEL by Alessandro Falco, Italy/Spain

Pardino d’argento
ZIMA by Cristina Picchi, Russia

Locarno Nomination for the European Film Awards
ZIMA by Cristina Picchi, Russia

Film and Video Untertitelung Prize
TADPOLES by Ivan Tan, Singapore

Special Mention
ENDORPHIN by Reza Gamini, Iran

Concorso nazionale:Pardino d’oro for Best Swiss Short Film
‘A IUCATA by Michele Pennetta, Switzerland

Pardino d’argento
VIGIA by Marcel Barelli, Switzerland/France

Premio Action Light for Best Swiss Newcomer
LA FILLE AUX FEUILLES by Marina Rosset, Switzerland

Prix du Public UBS
GABRIELLE by Louise Archambault, Canada

Variety Piazza Grande Award
2 GUNS by Baltasar Kormákur, United States