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Saturday, May 5, 2018

13th Annual LAWineFest Returns June 2nd & 3rd to ROW DTLA

Photos by Karen Ostlund

 LAWineFest returns on June 2 and 3, 2018 to downtown LA.

Stroll down for complete list of Wineries & Beers exhibitors 2018
LAWineFest crowd in 2017 at ROW DTLA
Will & Wont's band performed at LAWinefest 2017
Rebel Coast Winery at LAWinefest 2017 at ROW DTLA
The LAWinefest moved last year from Hollywood to the ROW DTLA at 777 S. Alameda Street - an artsy place that offers plenty of parking.
The festival is often called LA's "Signature Celebration of all Things Wine,”and is the  combination of award-winning wines and artisan beers, but offer also coffee, cider and water.
LAWinefest was founded by DR. Joel Fisher (in red shirt).
LAWinefest was founded by DR. Joel Fisher in 2005 and now in its 13th year. The event became popular in L.A. to bring wine and people together, because it balanced fun and education. Each day include tastings, presentations and seminars or just relax to live music in one of the lounge areas.

Guests savor and discover flavors from around the world, whether a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, well balanced Pinot Noir, or an ice cold innovative craft beer. For wine aficionados who want to experience small-batch pours from boutique wineries, there will be a limited number of daily tickets for tastings at vip lounges.

LAWinefest 2017
While sipping, savoring, and strolling, attendees will be able to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind items offered from artesian boutique exhibitors along with the ROW DTLA new shops opening throughout the complex. Food trucks will be on site.

LAWineFest will donate a portion of the event proceeds to a worth non-profit organization.
Event sponsors include ROW DTLA, Los Angeles Magazine, Icelandic Glacial, King Barrel, Pasquini Coffee.


Admission to LAWineFest includes commemorative glass, beverage sampling, bottled water, coffee and bread. Designated drivers are encouraged and receive discounted admission.
Pasquini Coffee



Festival hours are: Saturday, June 2nd: 2pm to 6pm, and
Sunday, June 3rd: 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $90 per day or $120 (which includes the popular and limited boutique tasting), and $25 for designated drivers. More info at www.LAWineFest.com



                                             Wineries LAWinefest 2018

Ascension Cellars*
Byron Blatty Wines*
Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards
Cass Winery
Cavaletti Vineyards
Cloak & Dagger Wines
Clos Pepe Estate*
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Giracci Family of Wines* (Giracci Vineyards, A Stone’s Throw, Cowboy Canyon)
Herzog Wine Cellars (Sunday only)
J. Wilkes Wines (Saturday only)
Joya Import
Kooksoondang Brewery Co., LTD
LOLA Wines
Los Angeles International  Wine Competition
Lucky Dogg Winery
New Zealand Wine Navigator*
Obvious Wines
PB Importers – Hungarian Wines
Quigley Fine Wines
Riboli Family Wines of San Antonio Winery
Roadhouse Winery*
Slyd Wines*
Sycamore Ranch Vineyard & Winery*
Temecula Valley Winegrowers
The Wine Caterers
Vino Vibes*
Wedell Cellars*
Wilson Creek Winery
Wines of Greece
Yarden Wines
* Boutique Wineries

Beers & Ciders LAWinefest 2018

Highwater Brewing
Iron Triangle Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Lincoln Beer Company
Peroni
Reel Brew Co.
San Fernando Brewing Company

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

COLCOA French Film Festival 2018 Winners: Cinema, Television, Shorts & Digital Series

Announcements by Karen Ostlund


COLCOA French Film Festival Announced 17 Awards For Cinema, Television, Shorts and Digital Series at the 22nd Edition of the Festival, which ended yesterday.

LE BRIO Wins LAFCA Jury Award and BLOODY MILK/Petit Paysan Wins Audience Award 
LE BRIO Wins LAFCA Jury Award
BLOODY MILK/Petit Paysan Wins Audience Award
 (West Hollywood, May 1, 2018) The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a 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), announced today the awards for the 22nd edition of COLCOA French Film Festival.

COLCOA Cinema – 8 Awards

This year’s LAFCA film jury was comprised of Lael Lowenstein (KPCC’s FilmWeek), Wade Major (KPCC’s FilmWeek, DigiGods, CineGods.com) and Chuck Wilson (LA Weekly and Village Voice).

LE BRIO, written and directed by Yvan Attal was awarded the COLCOA LAFCA Critics Award/Prix de la Critique by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jury at the 22nd edition of COLCOA French Film Festival.

Jury Statement
At a time of heightened racial and religious tensions on both sides of the Atlantic, writer/director Yvan Attal’s superb LE BRIO shines a hopeful light on a subject too often relegated to dark prognostications. In blending elements from such classics as PYGMALION and THE PAPER CHASE with serious issues of contemporary concern, Attal’s smart, elegantly-crafted and superbly entertaining film is both socially relevant and artistically proficient, making it the perfect choice for our COLCOA jury.  In the hands of veteran Daniel Auteuil and dazzling newcomer Camélia Jordana, Attal’s crackling dialogue becomes the spark that sets off one of the most incendiary screen pairings in recent years. 
C’EST LA VIE!/Le Sens de la fête, written and directed by Éric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, was awarded the LAFCA Critics Special Prize/Prix Special de la Critique.
Jury Statement
C’EST LA VIE! is further confirmation that Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache are among the most skilled filmmakers currently working anywhere in the world. It’s an unbelievable juggling act — folding an unwieldy number of characters and subplots into a single, frenetic event — that manages to be as life-affirming as it technically accomplished. 
LUNA, written and directed by Elsa Diringer, received the Best First Feature Award/Prix du Meilleur Premiere Film.

Jury Statement
Our jury also celebrates the achievement of first-time writer/director Elsa Diringer whose LUNA stands apart from a host of other films wrestling with the contemporary challenges of youth. Anchored by a sterling lead performance from Laëtitia Clément, LUNA is at once heartbreaking and impassioned, deeply empathetic and bracingly optimistic.

BLOODY MILK/Petit Paysan, written and directed by Hubert Charuel, won the distinguished COLCOA Audience Award/Prix du Public.
PROMISE AT DAWN/La Promesse de l’aube, written and directed by Éric Barbier, opened the festival, and won the Audience Special Prize/Prix Special du Public.

MAKALA, directed by Emmanual Gras, received the Best Documentary Award/Prix du Meilleur Documentaire.

CUSTODY/Jusqu’ à la garde, written and directed by Xavier Legrand, was awarded the Coming Soon Award, which is awarded to a film with a U.S. distributor.   The film will be released by Kino Lorber later this year. 
SEE YOU UP THERE/Au revoir là-haut, written and directed by Albert Dupontel, won the American Students Award/Prix des Etudiants Amercains.  This award was voted on exclusively by a jury of ten students from local area high schools and colleges.

COLCOA Television – 4 Awards
Presented in association with TV France International and TITRAFILM, the COLCOA Television competition awarded four programs the following awards:

THE AGE OF STATELESS/Le Temps des égarés, written by Gaëlle Belland, directed by Virginie Sauveur, received the Best TV Movie Award/Prix du Meilleur Telefilm.
PROUD/Fiertes, written by José Caltagirone, Niels Rahou, Philippe Faucon and directed by Philippe Faucon, was awarded the Best TV Series Award/Prix de la Meilleure Serie and the Audience Award (TV Series)/Prix de L’Audiene (Serie).

 
INFIDELITY/Un Adultere written by Eric Assous, Stéphanie Vasseur and directed by Philippe Harel, was honored with the TV Movie Audience Award/Prix de L’Audience Telefilm.

COLCOA Shorts – 4 Awards

GRAMS/Petites filles, written/directed by Camille Japy, won the Best Short Film Award/Prix du Meilleur Court Metrage.

THE WRINKLES/Les Bigorneaux, written/directed by Alice Vial, received both the Best Short Film Special Prize/Prix Special du Court Metrage and the Audience Short Film Award/Prix de L’audience Court Metrage.

HYBRIDS, written/directed by Romain Thirion, Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, and Yohan Thireau,was awarded the inaugural Best Animated Short/Prix du Court Metrage d’animation.

COLCOA Digital Series – 1 Award
BIARRITZ SURF GANG, written and directed by Nathan Curren and Pierre Denoyel, was awarded The Best Digital Series/Prix de la Meilleure Serie Digitale.
86 films, television series, digital series and VR programs were presented at COLCOA this year and 33 features, 4 documentaries, 23 short films, 12 television series, and 4 digital series competed for the 2018 COLCOA Awards. Films details: www.colcoa.org/

This year’s festival opened on Monday, April 23 with the North American Premiere of writer/director Eric Barbier’s PROMISE AT DAWN and closed with the North American premiere of Cedric Kahn’s new drama THE PRAYER on Monday, April 30.  Writer, director and actress Mélanie Laurent was honored as the “Focus on a Filmmaker” and composer Laurent Perez Del Mar was honored with the “Focus on a Composer.”  Happy Hour talks included France’s Female New Wave with panelists w/d Sou Abadi (SOME LIKE IT VEILED, w/d Elisa Diringer (LUNA), actor Camélia Jordana (LE BRIO and SOME LIKE IT VEILED), w/d Nawell Madani (STAND UP GIRL) and w/d Marie-Garel Weiss (THE PARTY’S OVER) and a panel with several of the festival filmmakers including w/d Eric Barbier (PROMISE AT DAWN), w/d Samuel Benchetrit (DOG), w/d Hubert Charuel (BLOODY MILK), w/d/p Charles de Meaux (THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT), w/d Xavier Legrand (CUSTODY) and w/d Marie-Garel Weiss (PARTY’S OVER).

 

Other attendees included director Jon Amiel, writer, director, producer Lucia Aniello, composer Jean-Michel Bernard, Anthony Bajon (THE PRAYER), director Modi Barry (CHATEAU), w/d Dany Boon (FAMILY IS FAMILY), director James Bort (RISE OF A STAR), actor Isabelle Candelier (BLOODY MILK), w/d Christian Carion (MY SON), author Erri De Luca, Prima Ballerina at Paris Opera Ballet Dorothée Gilbert (RISE OF A STAR), actor Vanessa Guide (LET THE GIRLS PLAY), w/d Taylor Hackford, musician Jean-Michel Jarre, w/d Philippe Le Guay (NAKED NORMANDY), writer, director, producer and education Jeremy Kagan, actor Xavier Lemaître (INFIDELITY), actor Gong Li, w/d Michael Mann, w/d Mike Mills, actor Vanessa Paradis (DOG), composer Lalo Schifrin (Honoree), singer Hélène Ségara. w/d Francis Veber (THE DINNER GAME), and w/d Marie-Garrel Weiss (PARTY’S OVER).


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 Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the CNC, TV France International, and Unifrance.

COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is sponsored by Air Tahiti Nui, TV5MONDE, Variety (Official Sponsors); Admirable Malibu Wines, Airstar America, Barnstormer, France Télévisions, KPCC 89.3, Los Angeles Times, Champagne Trésor de France, The Hollywood Reporter (Premier Sponsors); Club Culinaire of Southern California, ELMA, LA Confidential, Sunset Marquis, Titra Film (Major Sponsors); Alliance Française de Los Angeles, Cinando, D’Alessio Law Group, Discover Hollywood, Duverger, Laemmle, Marché du Film/Festival de Cannes, Miraval/Vineyard Brands/La Vielille Ferme, Office de Tourisme Epernay, Paul M. Young Fine Wines, (Platinum Sponsors); Cinelife, Delair Labs, France-Amérique, French Morning, Gayot, Hénaff Gonidec, La Chouquette, Le Grenouille Selections/The Source Imports, Locations Wines, Lycée International Los Angeles, Mademoiselle M, MAC, Petit Pot, Rosenthal, Samsung, Sharingbox, Tealeaves (Supporting Sponsors).


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.

COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR MÉLANIE LAURENT AS THE “FOCUS ON A FILMMAKER” AND ANNOUNCES THE “COLCOA CLASSICS LINE-UP”.
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 www.Colcoa.org
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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PART 2: Psychic Hearing 2018 JonBenet Ramsey's Murder Mystery

By Karen Ostlund
Updated in bottom 5/15/2018
JonBenet’s Murder Mystery is linked to other unresolved mysteries such as: Topac Shakor, Stephen Paddock and Mary Jo Kopechne.
It's a long procedure to resolve, because it’s not possible to have "psychic hearing" until June 16th 2017, that the case is linked to both Oslo Castle and Stockholm Castle.
(Amy) JonBenet's tabloid photo in late 1987-89
Most beauty pageant kids who travel and compete, have a stage-name. JonBenet’s stage-name was Amy. The tabloids and footage of "The murder of Amy” was featured in late fall 1987 to the end of 1988, and have been locked in.
There was no more publicity about “The murder of Amy” in 1989, except for a NYC tabloid as The National Examiner, which magazine had a small head photo of Amy (JonBenet) in sepia on the cover, next to a black and white photo of her funeral. Inside the magazine were new beauty pageant photos released of her in sepia.

The 4 key figures in “Psychic Hearing Part 2" are: 

A transgender that used to fly North African Airlines, a blond man with a Boulder police ID,
 Queen Silvia of Sweden and the tabloids.


PART 1 was published April 22 2017 in this blog: https://westhollywoodtoday.blogspot.com/2017/04/psychic-hearing-2017jonbenet-ramsey.html


It started in 1982 the blond man with Boulder police ID came to visit Patsy Ramsey in here home. He called himself Richard, and showed police ID of a last name Bennett.
During his visit he took a photo of Patsy and her son. There is a photo of Richard and Patsy sitting down and smiling from that meeting in 1982. The photo is now mixed with 80s photos of John Ramsey and Patsy together, and Richard’s hair on the photo has been retouched to longer, darker hair. He took a pair of spare-keys to Patsy's house, before he left, from that meeting.
Later, Richard went to short-time jail, caused by the transgender, who needed to duplicate his police ID to give to seven Marrakesh male friends, coming to US.
During his short-time jail time, Richard invented with his mind that John Ramsey had a previous marriage and son to Lucinda. - and he put Patsy and her son’s photo taken in 1982 in his jail-locker.
John Mark Karr photo in the news 2006
There are two photos of John Mark Karr with blond hair and oval face, mixed with Burke’s photos from 1987. Richard knew John Mark Karr did work as "companionship for hire” and he traveled from LA to Boulder, to meet Patsy’s son, which he thought had a royal dad. He wanted to see if Patsy’s son liked him. It was true as John Mark Karr said, that he talked to Amy (JonBenet) in 1987-but he didn’t kill anyone. Mark Karr was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand in 2006 for the murder of JonBenet, but he was later release, due to lack of evidence.

In June 1987 Richard traveled with rock group Bon Jovi’s tour plane, as someone related to MTV executive office. During his travel he attended a special  midsummer celebration at Stockholm Castle, and at the same time, he had a schedule meeting with Queen Silvia of Sweden. The meeting with Silvia of Sweden did not go as planned, which resulted he left before, and he went back to Bon Jovi's tour plane. Richard had intention to tell Silvia that he could bring in her husband King Carl Gustaf's child from a previous relationship, before they got married in 1976.
At the last stop of Bon Jovi’s tour plane 1987 before returning to US, seven Marrakech male friends to the transgender boarded the plane - all with the same US police documents as Richard.
The youngest of the seven was a 20 year old A-grade student from a school in Cairo. He called himself Bam, born 27 January 1967.
Another man of the seven was Lucinda’s son (no photos shown anywhere) and he had previous worked as a gardener at Oslo Castle, 1976-80. He was responsible for taken out a blue-eyed brunette boy from Oslo Castle in 1977 and a brown-eyed brunette boy from Stockholm Castle to a German consulate family in 1980.
Both boys can return, if all royals living in Oslo Castle and Stockholm Castle, start to remember inside the homes of Oslo Castle gardeners, and the photos taken there, in the late 70’s - because replacements come from there.
Dr. Phil with Burke, and family Ramsey photo
The day Amy (JonBenet) died in 1987, the keys taken by Richard in 1982 to Patsy Ramsey’s home had reached Lucinda’s son, and from there the keys were taken by the man with African Afro (one of the seven Marrakesh males on Bon Jovi’s tour plane 1987) to go inside Ramsey’s house. He was convinced Lucinda’s son was John Ramsey's son from a previous marriage.
Burke must have seen an unknown man rush in the front door and go downstairs to the basement, because of sudden atmosphere change in the house.
It was Lucinda's son who smashed the windows in the basement, where Amy (JonBenet) was laying unconscious, which created a malice.
Burke received a new ID document to be born January 27 within a month after Amy (JonBenet) died, by the man with African Afro, dressed as a police man.

The name Hamilton next to Burke’s name on the internet has been added by an unknown, because John Ramsey had a guard in his office with that name.

There has been created a billion dollar fund since 1987 with help of John Ramsey's money, by a handful group of males - all with the name Bennett in their IDs and the same birthday in August.
There is a source in Cairo since January 1990, that have supplied a large group of their countrymen with a US voters state ID and a payroll to come to US - but if they apply for US Passports, their fingerprints don’t match. Mostly guard-jobs, with intention to move-in to a computer office desk.
It can be counted how many flights a day went from Cairo to NY and LA in 1990.
US has today entire black cast in TV and Motion Picture, who origin from Cairo 1990.
All consulates need to use their own country-men, as staff and security.

There have been US government issued letters in 2010, which state “President Obama demand Sweden to move out from their Los Angeles Swedish consulate mansion and close down all Swedish consulate branches in LA". The letters also state Swedish expired passports holders, should travel to Washington DC (or wait for a Swedish Embassy vehicle twice/year), then show their social security cards and pay a higher fee for a 5-Year Swedish Passport, instead of previous 10-year Swedish Passport.
In that way "the source in Cairo" gets an extra Swedish extra passport for them, with same Swedish name and same social security nr, but with a different person’s photo - because Swedish passports don’t require fingerprints or specify ethnic group.
This can be resolved by starting the mailing of renewal of Swedish passports with fingerprints, and go back to the 10 Year Swedish Passport. The stamp on the
5-year Swedish passport is slightly different, with a specific lighting above.
Sweden can renew their own passports as much as they want to, without showing social security cards, because they were a colony together with Finland in US before the civil-war and Independence Day 1776 - same time as Australia was a colony.

Burke was original Richard’s son with a young Swedish girl, who was influenced by the Indian culture. To be able to get the son from her,  he found her a husband, a young Indian doctor from US and adopted two straight-haired baby boys, who looked a third Indian.The young Swedish girl knew she carried a baby to a woman with a very famous husband. Burke was originally born in August, but his birth year was moved to a younger birth year, before he left Sweden, which caused memory loss.
Lucinda was Richards friend and care-taker of Burke as a baby. She was part of Oslo Castle gardeners 1976-80. Silva Sommerlath met Lucinda and her son at Oslo Castle in 1976, and she later met Lucinda alone in a Swedish church in 1988.
Lucinda knew her son had given Swedish-press a photo of Silvia Sommerlath as a teacher  in Oslo, and written Olympic Game hostess on top of the photo.

Richard got very sick sick after Amy (JonBenet) died and he was hospitalized most part of 1988, but he was ready to talk about the case in December 1988.- It was announced several times in NYC TV that a family-friend to "The murder of Amy Case” will be interviewed in an entertainment news program as “A Current Affair” in the end of December 1988. - No TV interview came on as scheduled, and no cancellation either, because Richard’s interviewer was approached by the Marrakech men, who had his same US police documents. Richard was considered not allowed to talk about the case, because he was in a court-hearing with Queen Silvia of Sweden in a Swedish courthouse in late fall 1987 -  the same time Amy (JonBenet) was murdered in her Boulder home.

Richard tried to get heard until December 1996, but he gave up and left for a long period of time to a country east of Eastern Europe. Later, the same month of December 1996, the transgender was responsible to re-label the publicity of "The Murder Of Amy" to "The Murder Of JonBenet". The same Amy’s photos in sepia 1987-9 were now on the front page of magazines in color, and her hazel-grey eyes were retouched to both blue and green eyed.
The same transgender was responsible to take Marla Maples head-shot (a former LA waitress with Jewish friends) from Donald Trump’s home to Ford model agency computer, right before the Trump divorce,with intention to sabotage minimum height of NYC model agencies by putting a 5.4” with heals-on to be a 5.8” - The same time the designers called model agencies for a 35,5” hip to take 1-4 days extra work in a designer showroom.
Donald Trump showed a 5.8” tall narrow body frame as the author of “Art Of The Deal” in 1987-89, but his oldest look-a-like brother came up February 1990, with a 6.2” tall and wide body-frame, and took over Donald’s life, with a soul in his face, which gave him Donald’s exact facial expressions.

 There is an ongoing procedure in US to close down businesses and take over property with help of the internet - then give it to a person with poor knowledge, to control everything behind the scenes, with the same person’s ID name.
OTHER RELATED CASES:
Both Topac Shakor and his shooter came from Cairo to NYC  January 1990, to work in the recording industry.
Topac Shakor was recording at Quad Recording studios 1991 in NYC, when he went on a trip to Las Vegas and got shot. His shooter lived in Las Vegas, and was friends of Las Vegas police, but he had no intention to kill him, just scare him, to have him go down low, away from celebrity circles.  
The internet has moved Topac Shakor’s deadly shooting from 1991 to 1996. The photos of Topac on the internet comes from 1990-91, but they are mixed with photos from look-a-like actors 1992-96.
Rodney King came to US in 1977, and he had experienced a police beating, but he did not remember exact date, and he had no tape. The tape at Rodney King's trial was from a police-chase after a deadly shooting, which most likely was the tape of the Topac Shakor's shooter, March 1991.
FACT: A music executive has checked "the line-chart” at Paramount Studios of the song “You Don’t Own Me” released on the motion picture soundtrack movie 1996 “The First Wives Club”. He found out that actress Diane Keaton was singing the song “You Don’t Own Me” with the speaking-voice-microphone in the movie, on top of a master recording, where voice and instrumental, were made at Quad Recording Studios in NYC 1991 - the same time Topac Shakor was recording there, and took a trip to Las Vegas and got shot.
The person that took the master tape from Quad Recording Studios NYC did not know, the song was under 7 years contract with DSM Producers and publisher Warner Chapel Inc, and a publisher had to approve a remake of a song.

9/11 2001. Four of the Marrakesh males from Bon Jovi’s tour-plane 1987, brought in the 1st pilot to the American Airlines cockpit. They didn’t know, that their pilot did not know, how to turn a big passenger plane - He had the auto-pilot on, going towards the World Trade Center. It was about flying a certain level of atmosphere.
First came a “young straight man" in to the 2nd pilot seat in the cockpit, but he had to move back to a passenger seat, when the 1st pilot was brought in. The “ young straight man" was taken out of the plane, together with the 4 Marrakesh males before take-off. The "straight man” who was brought in to the 2nd pilot seat, lives today as a blue-eyed brunette female, in absent, and with an ID as 5 years younger.

There was a office-computer brake-in, 29th of January 2017, during the G’Day USA event "Lego Batman screening and mixer" at TV Academy offices in North Hollywood, by a woman dressed as a male executive.
The woman dressed as a male executive knew 3 of the Marrakesh males, coming to US on Bon Jovi’s tour-plane in 1987.
The purpose of the computer brake-in was to take control over new members, members events and ticket-sale.
FACTS: This can be resolved, by checking which members can sweep their ATAS cards electronically, and then erase the computer systems in their offices and remove a chip.
Some TV Academy members received “error by sender” from outgoing emails about events, from the website Emmys.com, starting January 29 2017.

Stephen Paddock's photo in all news channels
FACT: October 2017. The Mandalay Bay shooter Stephen Paddock (Andrew), had many assault reported to the police, 2003-7 - and he was well-known among celebrities.
No-one knew his real name, but he called himself Andrew, and he was often seen outside Hillary Clinton’s campaign events, and events put on by EmgPR and FingerprintPR.
People who lived north of Sunset blvd in LA, called him "Mr. Padlock with security van”.  If they saw his van parked outside a celebrity home, they knew it was a special event going on, and he came to take over the RSVP-list and create assault. Stephen Paddock was in contact with the seven Marrakesh males on Bon Jovi tour plane in 1987.
 Insiders knew Stephen Paddock worked for a group of black males from Cairo who were seeking monopoly in showbiz, by giving female service personal a new CA State ID as younger, then put their names in a celebrity PR's computer, with a  resume of a look-a-like, to arrange dates with famous men. - After a handful of dates with a famous man, a marriage was announced in TV with no papers signed, and a baby was taken out of a Swedish hospital, before the baby reach an adoption bureau.
The same black male group from Cairo change the heads of talents, from old clips of Johnny Carson's talk-shows, and change the whole actor of short movies made by Warner Bros. (computer-tech)
FACTS: It started in 2003, when Stephen Paddock, known as Andrew, created assault of invited guests outside the shoe store opening of Italian Donald Pliner Shoes in Beverly Hills. People went right away with a written report to talk to Beverly Hills police chef Peter Bonomo. Andrew was considered dangerous, ordering around police and fire department in his own ordinary clothes - then hitting down guests on the sidewalk.
FACTS: In 2014 Stephen Paddock (Andrew) was seen smashing drinks from guests hands and taking over the guest-list in the lobby of Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, -  then blocking the entrance of the Standard Hotel's club event “Club promoter Giorgio Moroder Birthday Party”.
FACTS: The same year, 2014 Stephen Paddock (Andrew) was blocking the entrance of "Belvedere Vodka New Flavor Launch" at West Hollywood Club "Greystone Manor” - after friendly Belvedere staff checked guests in, with no delay. Stephen Paddock's girlfriend Marilou Danley was standing next to him, and she was blocking him, with her whole body, not to start fist fights.
FACTS: It was many detailed letters asking for help and money-settlement about (Stephen Paddock)“Andrew” assaults  and copied models-resumes entering PR agents (with proof from agents and casting directors). The detailed email letters went to major law firms in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York from the website Lawyers.com in 2003-2007.
Most likely, Stephen Paddock shot his girlfriend Marilou Danley, then himself, because there was no footage of her after the Mandalay Bay shooting.
Stephen was expecting a group of men who were checking the surveillance cameras, who knew -  if his girlfriend had her name on the room, he was there too.
Mandalay Bay policies are, that the person’s name of the room reservation had to show ID, then sign a paper with the date and time of the checking, to receive the room keys. The same date and time, are on the surveillance cameras in Mandalay Bay's hotel lobby.

JonBenet Ramsey Murder Mystery can be compared with a "Elvis Presley photo & name mystery", because there is no US State ID traced of the name Elvis Presley, before he signed a recording contract.
Presley was a stage-name, and was originally spelled with two S, because it came from the word PRESSE next his name Elvis in his German ID, because his father was a press-member and filmmaker during the 2nd World War in Germany.
The letters L and Y was added to PRESSE to become PRESSLEY.
It was easy to create a new family in Tennessee because Elvis father died and he had no more parents in Germany, before moving to US.
Neither Elvis substitute mother Gladys and her husband in Tennessee, had the name Presley in their IDs.
A US State ID was created by a movie executive by pulling up the birth-certificate of Glady's still-born baby in Tennessee, born January 8 1935, but Elvis was born 21 December 1936.
Elvis new US State ID came with complications, because when he got a new job as going brunette - a very much look-a-like body-double was brought in, with natural dark, wavy, he-brew hair.
There was a booklet printed in 1955 about celebrity pets, which featured a series of photos, with text below “ Elvis and his brother Buster and the hound-dog from the TV sitcom “The People’s Choice”.

In 1968 Elvis Presley’s body-double had his small head-photo printed with Elvis name under, in a US newspaper, as the driver of the accidental drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne. Elvis went to the place where his body-double was arrested, and showed his Elvis Presley ID, his own hair and his albums as straight-haired dark blond - and from that point he was free from his body-double.
Once the case died down, the files of the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne were moved by a guard  to Senator Ted Kennedy's files, and press renamed the case “Chappaquiddick” 1968. (The case was later moved to 1969 on the internet).
A Warner Bros. executive, connected to the Libya mob, was found responsible, and shot dead in his NYC office, before Christmas holidays 1968. His body was later found in the ocean.

Updated (5/15/2018)  The reason LA and NY have a malice with Cairo is because the "middle son" of Fred Trump has "plunged down" to the unsuccessful level of atmosphere in 1990. He was adopted out from today’s Queen Elizabeth of England before taking the throne.The son's father was a long-term friend of Queen Elizabeth's husband. The son’s father had straight-Arab-white-blond hair and traveled with Philip Mountbatten and featured in many photos, but he has been cut out.
People in NYC remember the "middle son" of Fred Trump as someone that was fan of the fashion models during whole eighties, and used the dandy-look.
He lives today with a unknown woman in an apartment in NYC.
In 1996, days before Prince Williams 14 Y birthday (June 21st) there was a social event in Buckingham Palace, where two tall transgender from LA entered Buckingham Palace front entrance, and took over one of  the 775 rooms in the west wing.
They are now lodging there permanently. In 1997 two more tall transgender showed up, and today they are a total of 7 lodging there.
They are all using an "absent-soul" to get their way in.
A person gets an "absent-soul" by refraining from all kind of sexual activity, for at least seven years in a row.
An old remedy to remove an “absent-soul” with bad intention, is to have fire touch the shoe-soles of the person, while standing. A lit candle can be used or walk on fire-lit stones, but the person needs to wear shoes and stand straight. One time is enough.

There are two look-a-likes, but with different hair cells, of Prince William and Prince Harry walking around in Buckingham Palace caused by the 7 transgender: one as an uncle, the other is a former chorus boy.
The are both using an "absent-soul”, not to sink down in the atmosphere.
If a look-a-like gets caught living someone's else life - he needs to stay closed-in for one year,with no publicity, so the real person can return to the surface of the atmosphere.




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.
   
EUGENIO DERBEZ, HOST OF THE PLATINO AWARDS CEREMONY IN XCARET ON APRIL 29
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.
*BELOW IS THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES*
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.