Luna’s “Abel” meets success in domestic market

5 Jun

EUROPA PRESS: From 7 to 11 June, Bilbao will host the General Assembly of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), bringing together two hundred representatives of over 3 million creators and publishers, from 225 member institutions in 118 countries. In addition to discussing the status of creators in new delivery platforms and the evolution of intellectual property law, delegates will also elect a new president and vice-president for the next three years, positions currently occupied by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón respectively (elected in 2007). Read more.

EFE/LEER: In its second weekend since opening, Diego Luna’s directorial debut Abel will be receiving increased distribution to more than one hundred screens across fourteen cities, a rare feat for a domestic release in Mexico where cinemas are dominated by Hollywood films. Last weekend’s premiere sold 61 000 tickets, breaking the record for releases of between 60 and 65 copies, previously held by Shakespeare in Love (1998). Abel is a co-production of Canana Films (MX) and Mr. Mudd (US) and stars Christopher Ruiz-Esparza and José María Yazpik. Abel (Ruiz-Esparza) returns from the psychiatric ward to fill the shoes of household patriarch until his father Anselmo (Yazpik) comes back into the fold. The film screened earlier this year at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals and has been well-received by critics and audiences. Thanks to Jacki for her help with the Spanish. Read more.

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There has also been some coverage of this spring’s Cha Cha Cha releases Biutiful: “If there is no crisis, I have failed” (El Universal interview with director Alejandro González Iñárritu); and Mother and Child: “Rodrigo Garcia no movies purist” (Chicago Tribune).

The upcoming World Cup also brings us another Wieden+Kennedy Nike ad filmed by El Chivo Emmanuel Lubezki, this time directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, entitled “Write the Future”:

Full credits (Creativity Online):

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam
Client: Nike
Creative Directors: Mark Bernath & Eric Quennoy
Copywriters and Art Directors: Stuart Harkness & Freddie Powell
Producers: Elissa Singstock & Olivier Klonhammer
Executive Creative Director: Jeff Kling
Head of Broadcast: Erik Verheijen
Strategic Planner: Dan Hill
Production Companies: Anonymous Content & Independent Films – London
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Executive Producers: Jani Guest, Richard Packer, and Dave Morrison
Line Producers: Dom Freeman & Dougal Meese
Director of Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki
2nd Unit Director: Pablo Casacuberta
Editorial Companies: Work Post London & Mirrione, Los Angeles
Editors: Rich Orrick & Stephen Mirrione
Post Executive Producer: Jane Dilworth
VFX Company: The Mill – London & New York
2D/3D Artists: Neil Davies & Tom Busel
Telecine Artist: Seamus O’Kane
VFX Executive Producer: Stephen Venning
VFX Producers: Matt Williams & Allison Cain
Song: “Hocus Pocus” by Focus
Remix: Massive Music Amsterdam
Sound Designers: Phaze UK & Grand Central Studios
Mixer: Raja Seghal

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It’s going to be awkward, because I’m still abroad and rather inconsistently motivated, but school’s almost out, so I’m going to try to work on getting back to updating this site on a regular basis.  Cheers!



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