Saturday, April 14, 2018

COLCOA French Film & TV Festival Returns April 23-30 in West Hollywood

Announcements by Karen Ostlund

 COLCOA French Film Festival will return its 22nd anniversary in the theaters of the Directors Guild of America, from April 23 to April 30, 2018 in West Hollywood, CA.
More than 120 screenings and panels are scheduled, including feature films, documentary, shorts, TV and digital series will compete for the COLCOA Awards.
 “Through its different competitions, we are proud to dedicate this year’s programming of COLCOA to women, both in their role in the making of the films and series, and their central roles in the majority of the stories selected this year,” said François Truffart, COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director.
“Concretely, we will also introduce a new series called Women Make History.  We will dedicate a day to first films made by female writers and directors; our Focus on a Filmmaker day will be offered to writer, director, actor Mélanie Laurent; and one of our panels will address the role of women in the French film industry.”

An exclusive lineup of 37 new features and documentaries will compete for the COLCOA CINEMA AWARDS, beginning on Opening Night (Monday, April 23) with the North American Premiere of writer/director Eric Barbier’s PROMISE AT DAWN. This adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s autobiography and celebration of his mother gathers, in the title roles, Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg

The cinema competition will close on Monday, April 30, with the North American Premiere of Cedric Kahn’s new drama, THE PRAYER.  The film recently had its triumphant world premiere at the Berlin Film festival where newcomer Anthony Bajon won the Best Actor Award.

Stroll down for COLCOA Television Competition Lineup 2018.

The Franco-American Cultural Fund have announced that Mélanie Laurent will be honored as their “Focus on a Filmmaker” at the COLCOA French Film Festival.  Additionally, they have announced the five films that comprise the “COLCOA Classic Series.”  These selections will be presented as part of COLCOA’s 22nd edition, which will run Monday, April 23 through Monday, April 30, with all screenings taking place at the Directors Guild of America.   All films in the COLCOA Classics are FREE to the public. 

FOCUS ON A FILMMAKER: MÉLANIE LAURENT presented in association with Gravitas Films, Rialto Pictures, Unifrance and Variety:
COLCOA will honor writer, director and actress Mélanie Laurent on Thursday, April 26, with a special presentation of her first film THE ADOPTED/LES ADOPTÉS as part of the COLCOA Classics series. The film premiered at COLCOA in 2012 and won the COLCOA First Feature Award.  Following the first screening, Laurent will participate in a Happy Hour Talk dedicated to her career.  The evening will conclude with the U.S. Premiere of Laurent’s latest film DIVING/PLONGER that will be released in the U.S later this year by Gravitas Film.

THE ADOPTED/LES ADOPTÉS (2011) is the story of a family. A family of women often tossed about by life, but who have managed with time to ride out the storms. Men have little place in the women's lives and it's therefore quite natural that when one of the women falls in love, things come asunder. The family equilibrium has to be redefined and everyone strives to do so as best they can. But fate allows them to barely catch their breath before imposing another reality. The family must then learn everything anew. The mechanics of adoption must once again be put into action, obliging each person to change places.  Written by Mélanie Laurent, Morgan Perez, Christophe Deslandes; directed by Mélanie Laurent; with Marie Denarnaud, Denis Ménochet, Mélanie Laurent, Clémentine Célarié.  The film is distributed in the U.S. by Rialto Pictures.

 DIVING/PLONGER (2017): César and Paz are madly in love. Paz, a Spanish photographer, is always looking for new experiences. But César, previously a war journalist, is looking for peace and quiet. Paz gets pregnant and the perspective of motherhood smothers her. Each day she becomes more distant, lost in a quest she can’t quite grasp herself. Until she suddenly leaves behind César and their baby with no explanation. Written by Christophe Deslandes, Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent, Christophe Ono-dit-Biot; directed by Mélanie Laurent; with Gilles Lellouche, María Valverde, Ibrahim Ahmed. The film will be distributed in the U.S. later this year by Gravitas Films.

THE DINNER GAME/LE DINER DE CONS (1998 – Comedy – Written and directed by Francis Veber.)  20th Anniversary presentation in association with Gaumont:
A few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime at a weekly dinner. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an avid participant of the game, runs into one problem after another that devilishly compromises his secrets, turning the tables on him and his objective, which diverges as the movie progresses. Firstly, wishing to be certain he has selected a winner, he invited his guest, Mr. Pignon, to meet him at home before setting off; but night of all nights, Pierre has put his back out and it is questionable whether he can manage to get to the dinner. The blundering Mr. Pignon will continually spring forward to help relieve Pierre of his troubles, which have drastically compounded, pointing in the direction of friends, taxes and women, and Pierre's dimwit Pignon accordingly will prove his substance to the end.  Written and directed by Francis Veber, with Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Francis Huster.

 THE FLESH OF THE ORCHID/LA CHAIR DE L'ORCHIDEE (1975 – drama co-written and directed by Patrice Chéreau) - International Premiere of restored version presented in association with Pyramide Productions and Tamasa Distribution:
A disturbed young woman is kept prisoner in a castle by her aunt for her money. The game-keeper, her guardian, tries to rape her but she escapes. In her flight she meets a man also running away, from two killers. Written by James Hadley Chase, Jean-Claude Carrière, Patrice Chéreau; directed by Patrice Chéreau; with Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Edwige Feuillère.

GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEF/PREPAREZ VOS MOUCHOIRS (1978 – Comedy written and directed by Bertrand Blier) - International Premiere of restored version presented in association with Cohen Media Group (40th Anniversary):
Solange is depressed and sick. Friends and neighbors are convinced she needs a child. Her husband enlists the help of another man as her lover, Stéphane, in hopes of getting her pregnant. He fails to cheer her up or impregnate her. The three open a summer camp for children where Solange meets 13-year-old Christian. Christian cheers her up, becomes her lover, and fathers a child by her. Written and directed by Bertrand Blier, with Gérard Depardieu, Carole Laure, Patrick Dewaere, Michel Serrault.  The film will be distributed in the United States later this year by Cohen Media Group.

PEPPERMINT SODA/DIABOLO MENTHE (1977 – Comedy, drama co-written and directed by Diane Kurys) - International Premiere of restored version presented in association with Cohen Media Group (40th Anniversary of the U.S. release):
In the fall of 1963, Anne is becoming a teenager. She lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. They're just back from summer at the beach with their father. School starts. For Frédérique it's the year of her first serious love, her first foray into politics (the Algerian question and "ban the bomb"), her first kiss from an older man, her first friend who runs away, and her first loss of friendship over values. For Anne, who watches her sister closely, it's a year of her first period and of learning to talk to boys, dealing with unfair teachers, and sorting things out with mom after getting in trouble. Written by Diane Kurys and Alain Le Henry; directed by diane Kurys, with Eléonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouck Ferjac.  The film will be distributed in the United States later this year by Cohen Media Group.

 The COLCOA Classics series is free with no reservation needed on a first come first served basis.

COLCOA Television Competition Lineup 2018:

This year the Television section includes 12 selections competing for the COLCOA 2018 Television Awards given by both audience and a professional jury.  This year’s Television section is comprised of television series and TV movies, including the International Premiere of PROUD, a three-part miniseries that spans three generations with each generation dealing with a crucial gay rights moment in France. The section is presented in association with TV France International and TITRAFILM with the support of AMC Networks, Arte Distribution, Endemol Shine International, Film & Picture, France TV Distribution, Gaumont, Lagardère Studios, Leonis, Scarlett Productions, StudioCanal, Tetra Media, TF1 Studio and Walter Presents.

BEYOND SUSPICION / Insoupçonnable (TV Series – Season 1) – North American Premiere:
This highly anticipated series is an unexpectedly chilling thriller that follows gifted Parisian criminologist Chloé Fisher, who is sent to Lyon to investigate the murder of a powerful politician’s daughter-in-law. The perp in question is Paul Brodsky, a loving family man, perfect in every way and beyond reproach — shrink by day, abominable serial killer by night. And he’s just spotted his next victim.  An adaptation of the Belfast-based BBC series THE FALL. Written by Virginie Brac; directed by Fred Garson, Christophe Lamotte; with Emmanuelle Seignier, Melvil Poupaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Claire Keim and Patrick Chesnais.

THE AGE OF STATELESS / Le Temps des Egarés (TV Movie) - North American Premiere:
Sira is a former refugee.  She speaks six languages and works as a translator for OFPRA, the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, which is responsible for applying the dictates of the Geneva Convention.  Unscrupulous and extremely lucid, Sira doesn’t hesitate to extort huge sums of money from displaced foreigners seeking asylum in France.  While the story is fictional, the dramatic fate and cruelty imposed upon refugees rejected by OFPRA are approached with great accuracy.  Written by Virginie Sauveur, Gaëlle Belland; directed by Virginie Sauveur; with Claudia Tagbo, Biyouna B, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Hadja Traore, Alice Belaïdi.

THE ART OF CRIME / L’Art Du Crime (TV series) - North American Premiere:
Booted off the Paris police force for insubordination, Antoine Verlay is transferred to a government task force fighting the illegal trafficking of cultural artifacts. A hothead and keen investigator, he teams up with Florence Chassagne, a renowned art historian at the Louvre. As Antoine and Florence solve a series of modern-day crimes that take place in France’s storied museums and landmarks, they unveil some of the great mysteries of the country’s cultural and historical heritage. Created by Angele Herry-Leclerc, Pierre-Yves Mora; directed by Charlotte Brandstrom and Nicolas Guicheteau; with Benjamin Egner, Eleonore Gosset-Bernheim, Nicolas Gob, Philippe Duclos.

BARON NOIR (TV Series – Season 2) - North American Premiere:
This second season of this critically-acclaimed political thriller returns with the election of France's first female president and an unprecedented institutional crisis. Will Philippe Rickwaert's tactical genius be enough to reconcile the irreconcilable or will he have to accept his own destiny and reveal the true nature of the Baron Noir?  Created by Eric Benzekri and Jean-Baptiste Delafon; directed by Ziad Doueri; with César Award-winner and International Emmy nominee Kad Marad, Anna Mouglalis, Astrid Whettnall. (Season 1 screened at COLCOA 2017 and is available in the U.S. on Walter Presents platform.)

BEAUTIFUL LOSER / Irresponsable (TV Series – Season 2) - North American Premiere:
Exasperating, charming, disarming... Julien is back! And so is BEAUTIFUL LOSER, which last year’s Season 1 won the COLCOA 2017 Best Series Award. Incurable slacker, perpetual teenager, improbable father, Julien is ever improvising his life with as much poetry as he can conjure up. Season 2 opens with Julien spending his days hanging out at his son Jacques’ middle school, where his ex-girlfriend, Marie, works. Julien is thrown a curve ball when an unexpected turn of events suddenly threatens his carefree, cozy existence of squatting at mom’s place. Julien is forced to look for an alternative living situation and is finally determined to become self-sufficient. But learning to live as a responsible adult at 32 is apparently not as easy as it seems. Created by Frédéric Rosset; with Sébastien Chassagne, Théo Fernandez, Nathalie Cerda and Sam Karmann.

THE CONSOLATION (TV Movie) - North American Premiere:  
Based on French TV host Flavie Flament’s autobiographical novel of the same name, the film recounts the story of Flavie, a successful TV host suddenly stricken with dizzy spells. In an attempt to avoid fainting on-air, she decides to see a psychiatrist, who suggests she bring a photo album of childhood pictures to their session. When a particular Polaroid of Flavie at 13, taken by celebrated British photographer David Hamilton, tumbles out of the album, horrific obliterated memories suddenly flood her consciousness. “He raped me,” the stunned woman mutters. As a footnote, despite his denials, one week after Flament publicly identified Hamilton as the character in her novel, the photographer — famous for his soft-focus photos of nude young girls — famously committed suicide. Written and directed by Magaly Richard-Serrano, based on the novel by Flavie Flament; with Lou Gable, Émilie Dequenne and Philip Schurer.

I LOVE YOU 2 / J’ai Deux Amours (TV series) – North American Premiere:                          Hector’s life is nice and neat. He’s gay, a doctor, and has been living with Jérémie for five years now. They’re even planning to adopt a child. Then he runs into his first love, Louise and he is head-over-heels all over again. Suddenly his cup runneth over. He truly loves them both and refuses to give up either one. So what’s a boy to do? Your classic triangular romantic farce, with more than a dash of Marivaux thrown in, this original miniseries offers a refreshingly relaxed, delicate and, at times, very funny take on homosexuality, bisexuality, shared parenting, love and family. Created by Olivier Joyard, Jérôme Larcher; directed by Clément Michel; with Francois Vincentelli, Julia Faure and Olivier Barthelemy.

ISKLANDER / Maroni Les Fantômes du Fleuve (TV Series) - North American Premiere:
Thriller Rookie cop Chloé is transferred to Cayenne in French Guiana where she’s partnered with Dialo, a local cop with a prickly personality. Despite their mutual dislike, they’ll have to work together to solve the brutal, ritual murder of a French couple from the mainland. When the murdered couple’s son is discovered missing, and all clues point to a group of descendants of African slaves who worship a forest spirit called Iskander, Chloé and Dialo will have to double their efforts—and the time they spend together. Iskander takes us on a relentless journey from tin-shack favelas and mysterious hallucinogenic drugs to voodoo rituals and a troubled past that will not stay buried. Created by Olivier Abbou, Aurélien Molas; directed by Olivier Abbou; with Stéphane Caillard, Adama Niane, Jérémie Laheurte, Issaka Sawadogo. Presented at COLCOA before its U.S. release by AMC Networks.

INFIDELITY / Un Adultère (TV Movie) – International Premiere:
The tale of duplicitous husband and father Julien, a real estate agent who falls in love with Alice, a young client who, it turns out, works in Julien’s wife Marie’s tea shop. Written by Eric Assous, Stéphanie Vasseur; directed by Philippe Harel; Isabelle Carré, Xavier Lemaître, Roxanne Arnal, David Stone.

PROUD / Fiertés (TV Series) - International Premiere:
This three-part miniseries is a family saga spanning three generations — Charles, Victor and Diego. Each episode coincides with a crucial gay rights moment in France. Episode one begins in 1981, with the election of François Mitterrand, at a time when the WHO still considered homosexuality a mental illness. That’s when Victor comes out. Episode two takes place in 1999, with the creation of the PACS domestic partnership agreement. Now, Victor is living with Serge and hoping to adopt a baby. Episode three unfolds in 2013, with the ratification of gay marriage, when Diego must come to terms with the fact that he has two fathers. While a chronicle of our changing times, the series is, first and foremost, a love story, captured with quiet restraint and the quivering exhilaration of first love. Created by José Caltagirone, Philippe Faucon, Niels Rahou; directed by Philippe Faucon; with Emmanuelle Bercot, Chiara Mastroianni, Jérémie Elkaïmm, Frédéric Pierrot, Samuel Theis, Stanislas Nordey, Nicolas Cazalé and Benjamine Voisin.

SPECIAL HONORS / Mention Particulière (TV Movie) - North American Premiere:
Laura, 20, is determined to earn her high school diploma just like anyone else except Laura has Down syndrome. As she faces her own difficulties, she must also deal with the doubts of her loved ones and the occasional cruelty of her peers. Overcoming challenge after challenge between emotion and laughter, Laura battles for every inch of an opportunity that life tries to keep from her.   A movie in which disability brings a fresh perspective on life’s challenges and the pursuit of happiness.  Based on a true story.  Written by Nathalie Hugon, Vincent Robert; directed by Christophe Campos; with Bruno Salomone, Hélène De Fougerolles, Jonathan, Lambert, Marie Dal Zotto, Maïra Schmitt, Gaspard Meier-Chaurand.

THROUGH THE MILL / La Mélancolie Ouvrière (TV Movie) - International Premiere:
Born into a family of peasants in 1870, Lucie entered the silk mill, as an apprentice, at 12. She married at 20 and was widowed soon thereafter. Working 12 hours a day and struggling to support two children on her meager salary, Lucie is devastated when bosses decide to increase working hours and slash wages. Fired up and supported by unionist Auda who educates her politically and woos her romantically, she launches her first major strike in 1905. An exceptional, intelligent, courageous woman, Lucie throws herself, body and soul, into the struggle against the slavery of women. Written and directed by Gérard Mordillat (based on the novel by Michelle Perrot); Virginie Ledoyen, Philippe Torreton, François Cluzet, François Morel.

 French composer Laurent Perez Del Mar will be honored with the “Focus on a Composer” and he will meet the COLCOA audience on Saturday April 28, for a one-hour discussion about his career. Del Mar is critically acclaimed for his work on the score for the Academy Award nominated feature film THE RED TURTLE / La Tortue Rouge, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film.  The Sony Pictures Classics film was produced by the world-renowned Studio Ghibli.
Focus on a Composer and part of the COLCOA Television Competition are free to the public, as  Classic series and COLCOA Short Competition. More info at
COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaboration between the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM). COLCOA is also supported by France’s Society of Authors, Directors and Producers (L’ARP), the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) and the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the CNC, TV France International, and Unifrance.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Nominated Best Films & Actors at 5th Annual Premios Platino, April 29 2018

Report from press conference at Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood by Karen Ostlund, March 13

La Cordillera, La Librería, Últimos días en La Habana, 
Una mujer fantástica and Zama 
nominated for Best Feature Film at the 
5th Annual Premios Platino of Ibero-American 
Cinema Awards
 Antonia Zegers, Daniela Vega, Emma Suárez, Maribel Verdú and Sofía Gala are nominated in Best Actress category.
Alfredo Castro, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Javier Bardem, Javier Gutiérrez and Jorge Martínez,nominated in Best Actor category.
El Maestro, El Ministerio del Tiempo, Las chicas del cable, Un gallo para Esculapio and Velvet Colecciónare nominated for Best Ibero-American Mini-Series or TV series.
Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, winner of the PLATINO Award for Best Actor in 2014, will host the 5thPLATINO Awards on April 29 at the Teatro Gran Tlachco in Xcaret (Riviera Maya, Mexico). 
Adrian Lastra, Martha Higareda, Juan Carlos Arciniegas, Elvi Cano, John Bailey, Jackie Cruz and Eugenio Derbez
 Hollywood, CA, March 13, 2018 – La CordilleraLa Librería,Últimos días en La HabanaUna mujer fantásticaand Zama have been nominated for Best Ibero-American Feature Film. Adrián Lastra, Eugenio Derbez, Jackie Cruz and Martha Higareda announced all the nominations for the 17 categories at a press conference held at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, March 13.
Directors Alex de la Iglesia (Perfectos Desconocidos), Fernando Pérez (Últimos días en La Habana), Isabel Coixet (La Librería), Lucrecia Martel (Zama) and Sebastián Lelio (Una mujer fantástica)is up for the PLATINO Award for Best Director, while up-and-coming filmmakers Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato (La novia del desierto), Carla Simón (Verano 1993), Claudia Huaiquimilla (Mala Junta), Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo (La Llamada), Natalia Santa (La defensa del dragón)and Patricia Ramos (El Techo)were nominated for the Best Ibero-American Feature Film Debut.
Alfredo Castro (Los Perros), Daniel Giménez Cacho (Zama), Javier Bardem (Loving Pablo), Javier Gutiérrez (El Autor) and Jorge Martínez (Últimos días en La Habana)are the final nominees for Best Actor. Antonia Zegers (Los Perros), Daniela Vega (Una mujer fantástica), Emma Suárez (Las hijas de Abril), Maribel Verdú (Abracadabra) and Sofía Gala (Alanis)are in the running for the PLATINO Award for Best Actress. 
The movies Deep,El libro de LilaHistoria antes de uma historiaLino - Uma aventura de sete vidasand Tadeo Jones 2: El Secreto del Rey Midasare nominated for the PLATINO Award for Best Animated Film, while nominees Dancing BeethovenEjercicios de memoria,El Pacto de AdrianaLos niñosand Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo are up for the PLATINO Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.
In the TV category, El Maestro, El Ministerio del Tiempo, Las chicas del cable, Un gallo para Esculapio andVelvet Colecciónare nominated for the PLATINO Award for Best Ibero-American Mini-Series or TV Series. 
Asier Etxeandía (Velvet Colección), Julio Andrade (Um contra todos), Julio Chávez (El Maestro), Luis Brandoni (Un gallo para Esculapio) and Peter Lanzani (Un gallo para Esculapio)are up for Best Male Performance in a Mini-Series or TV Series; and Aura Garrido (El Ministerio del Tiempo), Kate Del Castillo (Ingobernable), Blanca Suárez (Las chicas del cable), Giannina Fruttero (Ramona) and Marta Hazas (Velvet Colecciónare up for Best Female Performance.
The PLATINO Awards are distinguished by its Best Educational Values in a Feature Film award category, a major PLATINO cornerstone. The 2018 nominees are Como nossos paisHandiaLa Mujer del AnimalMala JuntaUna Mujer Fantástica.
During today’s press conference, the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) was bestowed with a Premio Platino for their contribution to Ibero-American Cinema. AMPAS president John Bailey was honored to receive this award.
“We need look no further than this year’s Academy Award for the Chilean film “Una Mujer Fantastica” starring Daniela Vega and directed by Sebastian Lelio to understand the growing importance of Ibero-American cinema on the world stage,” said John Bailey. He continued,“Los Tres Amigos” from Mexico, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Inarritu, and Alfonso Cuaron continue to be leaders in the Hollywood mainstream, as well as international cinema ambassadors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On a more personal level, I am honored to have worked with and be friends with the extraordinary actor/ director from Mexico, Eugenio Derbez.”
The nomination event was moderated by Premios PLATINOS ambassador Juan Carlos Arciniegas and was celebrated by talent such as Edward James Olmos, Luis Fernández, Mimí Lazo, Patricia Maya, and Reynaldo Pacheco amongst others.
After his outstanding performance as a presenter at the recent Academy Awards, Eugenio Derbez, one of the most internationally renowned and multi-faceted males in the Mexican audiovisual industry (actor, director, producer and screenwriter), will host the awards ceremony that will be held on April 29 at the Teatro Gran Tlachco in Xcaret (Riviera Maya, Mexico).
The event will take place at a stunning venue worthy of an awards ceremony that showcases Ibero-American cinema to the world. The Xcaret group has said that their goal is to be "a window into Mexico, which tirelessly presents the best of our history, cuisine, music, nature, and cultural expressions; but, above all, the immense hospitality of the Mexican people”.
An event of these characteristics represents a clear benefit to the economy of the country that hosts the awards, which is why Riviera Maya has made a strong commitment to the PLATINOS. “Given that tourism is culture, economy and society, whenever we support culture, like we're doing now, we demonstrate tourism's capacity to be a transforming power for people,” says Marisol Vanegas, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo.
Premios Platino of Ibero_American Cinema, promoted by EGEDA (a Spanish organization that protects the rights of audiovisual producers), FIPCA (Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers), and with the support of Ibero-American film academies and institutes and the AISGE Foundation, has worked to promote and share Ibero-American films since the first awards ceremony in 2014, as well as to ensure that success at the world's most prestigious festivals also translate into excellent results in movie theaters and that our films get the distribution that they deserve.
Premio PLATINO for the Best Ibero-American Feature Film
La Cordillera, de Santiago Mitre.K&S FILMS, La Unión de los Ríos, Mod Producciones, Maneki Films (Argentina, España, Francia). 
La Librería, de Isabel Coixet. Diagonal TV SLU, A Contracorriente Films S.L., Green Films AIE, Zephyr Films, The bookshop Ltd. (España).
Últimos Días en La Habana, de Fernando Pérez. ICAIC, Wanda Vision, S.A.;  (Cuba, España)  
Una Mujer Fantástica, de Sebastián Lelio. Fábula, Komplizen Film Production, Setembro Cine. (Chile, España).
Zama, de Lucrecia Martel. Rei Cine, Bananeira Filmes, El Deseo, Patagonik, MPM Film, Canana, Lemming Film, KNM, O som é a Fúria, Louverture Films, Schorcut Films, Telecine, Bertha Foundation, Perdomo Production, Picnic Producciones, Punta Colorada de Cinema (Argentina, Brasil, España, México, Portugal, Francia, Holanda, EEUU).
Premio PLATINO for Best Direction
Álex de la Iglesia, por Perfectos desconocidos.
Fernando Pérez, por Últimos días en La Habana.
Isabel Coixet, por La Librería.
Lucrecia Martel, por Zama.
Sebastián Lelio, por Una mujer fantástica.
Premio PLATINO for Best Screenplay
Carla Simón, por Verano 1993
Fernando Pérez, Abel Rodríguez, por Últimos días en La Habana.
Isabel Coixet, por La Librería.
Lucrecia Martel, por Zama
Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza; por Una mujer fantástica.
Premio PLATINO for Best Original Score
Alberto Iglesias, por La Cordillera.
Alfonso de Vilallonga, por La Librería
Derlis A. González, por Los Buscadores.
Juan Antonio Leyva, Magda Rosa Galbán, por El Techo.
Plínio Profeta, por O filme da minha vida.
Premio PLATINO for Best Actor
Alfredo Castro, por Los Perros.
Daniel Giménez Cacho, por Zama.
Javier Bardem, por Loving Pablo.
Javier Gutiérrez; por El Autor.
Jorge Martínez; por Últimos días en La Habana.
Premio PLATINO for Best Actress
Antonia Zegers, por Los Perros.
Daniela Vega, por Una mujer fantástica.
Emma Suárez, por Las hijas de Abril.
Maribel Verdú, por Abracadabra.
Sofía Gala, por Alanis.
Premio PLATINO for Best Animated Feature Film
Deepde Julio Soto Gúrpide. The Thinklab Media, S.L. The Kraken Films, A.I.E. (España, EEUU, Bélgica, China).
El Libro de Lilade Marcela Rincón. Fosfenos Media Ltda, Palermo Estudio. (Colombia, Uruguay). 
Historia antes de uma historia, de Wilson Lazaretti. Wilson Antonio Lazaretti Valinhos ME, Núcleo de Cinema de Animação de Campinas. (Brasil).
Lino - Uma aventura de sete vidas, de Rafael Ribas. Start Desenhos Animados. (Brasil).   
Tadeo Jones 2. El Secreto del Rey Midas, de Enrique Gato y David Alonso. Telecinco Cinema, S.A.; Ikiru Films, S.L.; Lightbox Animation Studios, S.L.; 4 Cats Pictures, S.L.; Tadeo Jones y El secreto de Midas, A.I.E.  (España).
Premio PLATINO for Best Documentary Feature Film
Dancing Beethoven, de Arantxa Aguirre. Lopez-Li Films, S.L., Fondation Béjart Ballet Lausanne. (España, Suiza).
Ejercicios de memoria, de Paz Encina. Constanza Sanz Palacios Films, Silencio Cine, Mpm Film, Autentika Films (Paraguay, Argentina, Alemania, Francia).
El pacto de Adriana, de Lisette Orozco. Storyboard Media; Salmón Producciones (Chile). 
Los niños, de Maite Alberdi. Micromundo Producciones EIRL, Volya Films, Mandra Films, Señal Colombia (Chile, Francia, Holanda, Países Bajos).
Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo; de Gustavo Salmerón. Sueños Despiertos Producciones Cinematográficas, S.L. (España).
         Premio PLATINO for Best Ibero-American Debut Fictional Film
El Techo, de Patricia Ramos. Mar y Cielo S.A.; Patricia Ramos (Nicaragua, Cuba). 
La Defensa del Dragón, de Natalia Santa. Galaxia 311. (Colombia).
La Llamada, de Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo. Apache Films, S.L.; Sábado Películas, S. L.; Lo Hacemos y Ya Vemos A.I.E. (España). 
La Novia del Desierto, de Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato. El perro en la luna, S.R.L.; Ceibita Films;Zona Audiovisual, Haddock Films, Lucero Garzón Luz Verde, Ah Cine, Flora Films (Argentina, Chile).
Mala Junta, de Claudia Huaiquimilla.Lanza Verde, Pinda Producciones, Molotov Cine. (Chile).  
Verano 1993, de Carla Simón. Inicia Films, Avalon PC. (España).
Premio PLATINO for Best Film Editing 
Ana Plaff, Didac Palao; por Verano 1993
Etienne Boussac, por La mujer del animal
Miguel Schverdfinger, Karen Harley; por Zama.
Rodolfo Barros, por Últimos días en La Habana.
Soledad Salfate, por Una mujer fantástica.
Premio PLATINO for Best Art Direction
Estefanía Larraín, por Una mujer fantástica.
Mikel Serrano, por Handia
Mónica Bernuy, por Verano 1993.
Renata Pinheiro, por Zama.
Sebastián Orgambide, Micaela Saiegh; por La Cordillera.
Premio PLATINO for Best Cinematography 
Benjamín Echazarreta, por Una mujer fantástica.
Javier Juliá, por La Cordillera.
Raúl Pérez Ureta, porÚltimos días en La Habana.
Rui Poças, por Zama.
Santiago Racaj, pro Verano 1993. 
Premio PLATINO for Best Sound Editing
Aitor Berenguer, Gabriel Gutiérrez, Nicolás De Poulpiquet; por Verónica.
Guido Berenblum, por Zama.
Sergio Bürmann, David Rodríguez, Nicolás De Poulpiquet; por El Bar.
Sheyla Pool, por Últimos días en La Habana.
Tina Laschke, por Una mujer fantástica.
Premio PLATINO for Cinema and Education in Values
Como nossos pais, de Laís Bodanzky. Gullane, Buriti Filmes. (Brasil).
Handia, de Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño. Irusoin, Moriarti Produkzioak, Kowalski Films y Aundiya Film AIE. (España).
La Mujer del Animal, de Víctor Gaviria. Polo a Tierra, Viga Producciones. (Colombia).
Mala Junta, de Claudia Huaiquimilla.Lanza Verde, Molotov Cine, PINDA. (Chile).  
Una Mujer Fantástica, de Sebastián Lelio. Fábula, Komplizen Film Production, Setembro Cine. (Chile, España).  
Premio PLATINO for Best Mini-Series or Television Series
El Maestro, de Daniel Barone. Pol-ka Producciones, Eltrece Cablevisión, TNT América Latina. (Argentina).
El Ministerio del Tiempo, Marc Vigil, Paco Plaza, Javier Ruiz Caldera, Jorge Dorado y Abigail Schaaff. RTVE, Onza Entertainment, Cliffhanger TV. (España).
Las Chicas del Cable, de David Pinillos, Carlos Sedes, Roger Gual y Antonio Hernández. Bambú Producciones, Netflix. (España).
Un Gallo paraEsculapio, de Bruno Stagnaro. Underground Producciones S.A, TNT América Latina, Boga Bogagna S.A. (Argentina). 
Velvet Colección, de Gustavo Ron, Jorge Torregrosa y Álvaro Ron. Bambú Producciones. (España).
Premio PLATINO for Best Female Performance in a Mini-Series or Television Series
Aura Garrido, por El Ministerio del Tiempo.
Blanca SuárezLas Chicas del Cable. 
Giannina Fruttero, por Ramona.
Kate Del Castillo, por Ingobernable.
Marta Hazas, por Velvet Colección.
Premio PLATINO for Best Male Performance in a Mini-Series or Television Series
Asier Etxeandía, por Velvet Colección.
Julio Andrade, por Um Contra Todos.
Julio Chávez, por El Maestro.
Luis Brandoni, por Un Gallo paraEsculapio.
Peter Lanzani, por Un Gallo paraEsculapio.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Debbie Durkin's 11th Annual EcoLuxe Pre-Oscars Party at Beverly Hilton

By Karen Ostlund
LA's leading event producer Debbie Durkin hosted her 11th Annual EcoLuxe Pre-Oscars Party, March 2nd inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel Wilshire Ballroom after being rained-out of the outdoor Wilshire Gardens. 
Beverly Hilton brunch buffet
 Guests enjoyed a European champagne brunch of fruit, egg, bacon, sausage, salad, kirsch and yogurt put together by 2018 Oscars Hilton executive Chef Alberico Nunziata - while DJ G and family (who flew all the way from the UK) spun the tunes.
VIP guests were gifted  luxury products from the Nordic line made with birch tree water, charcoal teeth whitening, toothpaste and mouthwash, self-tanning lotion, face & body cleansing brushes, custom handmade-in-the-USA leather goods from and autographed prints from LA's Pop Culture artist Roland Berry. Guests also tried the latest facial repair serum by and hypo-allergenic makeup containing Vitamin E.
MADARA skincare and True Tanning lotions

Pop Culture artist Roland Berry
Among attendees were: Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman, 2017 Best Picture Nominee for "Hacksaw Ridge", producer David Permut, Prince 
Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe (Germany) and Lady Victoria Hervey with "It" girl, Georgia Toffolo (England), "CSI Miami" Sofia Milos, 
'Back to the Future" Claudia Wells, former NFL Olympian Willie Gault, "Shameless" Scott Michael Campbell, ET's Carly Steel, 
"True Blood" Carolyn Hennessy, Drew Seeley and wife Amy Paffrath, CBS Host Suzanne Marques. 
The party  raised awareness for Charity Partner WOW Voices (With Our Words, Inc.), a youth development nonprofit from Stockton, Calif. that inspires literacy and artistry to raise awareness about the planet.
Cloris Leachman                                    

My Magic Mud toothpaste, tooth powder and teeth whitening
Octovie skincare brush

Sandast leathergoods

DJ G spun tunes
Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Monday, March 5, 2018

Marciano Art Foundation Presents Olafur Eliasson, Albert Oehlen & Peppi Bottrop

Photos by Karen Ostlund
Marciano Art Foundation has invited German artist Olafur Eliasson to develop a new work for the foundation’s spectacular Theater Gallery, on display today until August 25 2018.
Artist Olafur Eliasson Neon Installation titled Reality Projector at first floor
Marciano Art Foundation is excited to present its second artist project, a site-specific installation created for the foundation’s expansive first floor Theater Gallery. The foundation has invited renowned artist Olafur Eliasson for his first major exhibition in Los Angeles, in over a decade. Eliasson’s art includes sculptures, paintings, photography, film, and installations—is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self.
Maurice Marciano said, “I am thrilled to welcome Olafur into the Maricano Art Foundation family. I can’t wait to see his transformation of the theater gallery come to fruition and be able to share this unique and immersive art viewing experience with the Los Angeles community as well as with art lovers from around the world”.
For his exhibition at the foundation, titled Reality projector (2018), Eliasson shows a complex installation that uses projected light and the architecture of the space to create a dynamic shadow play. The artwork references the space’s former function as a theater as well as the history of filmmaking in the city by turning the entire space into an abstract, three-dimensional film.

Eliasson collaborated with musician and sound artist Jónsi to create a unique soundtrack toaccompany the piece. Eliasson recorded his own experimentation on a piano set up in the studio which he played with found objects. The resulting sound library was mixed and arranged by Jónsi, in dialogue with Eliasson into an ambient soundscape to accompany the artwork Reality projector.

The exhibition includes two additional new works, Reality mosaic and Yellow atmosphere projector (both 2018), which Eliasson produced specifically for the Foundation’s lobby.
Olafur Eliasson:
Olafur Eliasson, born 1967, grew up in Iceland and Denmark. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today encompasses some ninety craftsmen, specialized technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks.

Since the mid-1990s, Eliasson has realized numerous major exhibitions and projects around the world. In 2003, Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale and later that year, he installed The weather project in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organized by SFMOMA in 2007, travelled until 2010 to various venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Eliasson’s projects in public space include The New York City Waterfalls, 2008.
Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop: Line Packers"" at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California. 
On view through June 2018.

The Marciano Art Foundation presented March 1st "Line Packers”," a special exhibition, conceived by Cornelius Tittel, of two German painters Peppi Bottrop (b. 1986, Bottrop) and Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld). The foundation’s Lounge Gallery will feature Bottrop’s line-drawing paintings responding to the architecture of the Lounge Gallery itself alongside works from Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, a series that the artist began in the early 1990s, which is now regarded as a turning point for contemporary painting.

Bottrop’s work is conceived as a meditation on his hometown, a once prominent coal mining and rail center in the Ruhr region. Bottrop employs charcoal—a metaphor for what once powered the world, and a nod to the now-defunct mechanical industry—in an expansive wall-drawing engraved into slabs of Fermacell, a material now replacing sheetrock or gypsum used in the construction of institutional architecture.

Oehlen’s Computer Paintings, which will be affixed to Bottrop’s walls, made between 1992 and 2008, exemplify Oehlen’s pioneering role as one of the first contemporary painters to explore the nascent capabilities and limits of drawing and line-making through the use of a now-rudimentary Texas Instruments computer. The wall-drawings and supports by Bottrop juxtaposed with Oehlen’s Computer Paintings suggest new possibilities for the line in painting. This line, embedded materially into the Fermacell walls, offers a proposition for the medium of painting to re-define itself. The two autonomous, yet mutually-dependent works establish a place of intensive communication and self-exploration, supporting one another in this single, temporary unification that looks to Wilshire Boulrbstf and Los Angeles, a city that is just as easily defined by its own lines of interstate and highway infrastructure.
Karen Ostlund infront of Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop: Line Packers"
 Admission to all exhibitions and programs at MAF is FREE. Hours: Thursday and Friday 11AM–5PM and Saturday 10AM–6PM and Sunday11AM–5PM. Closed Monday Tuesday and national holidays. Open for school groups on Wednesdays by appointment. Marciano Art Foundation, 4357 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Visit

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