Friday, September 18, 2009

August Diehl: From Colombia’s Siloé Neighborhood to Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”

German actor goes from playing a doctor in Cali to a Nazi officer in a film with Brad Pitt
August Diehl, star of “23”, “Tattoo” and “Der neunte tag” (“The Ninth Day”), is currently one of Germany’s most coveted actors. His prolific career, which led him to international fame in 2008 with “Die Fälscher” (“The Counterfeiters”) – Oscar for Best Foreign Film last year --, has taken him from locations such as the city of Cali, Colombia, where he helped the inhabitants of a poor neighborhood in “Dr. Alemán”, to playing the role of the officer responsible for the deaths of several “basterds” in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction).

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Latin American Adaptation of “Grey’s Anatomy” to Be Produced in Colombia
Colombian “Vista Productions” to Produce Adaptation
As still more proof of the trust major North American TV channels place in Colombia’s ability to produce series, Disney Media Networks Latin America is producing the Latin American adaptation of ABC’s globally popular series “Grey’s Anatomy”. The producers have renamed the series “A corazón abierto” in Spanish and have contracted Vista Productions to supply 80 chapters. Recording began several months ago Bogotá.

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Colombian Film “Blood and Rain” by Jorge Navas screened at the Venice International Film Festival
Film debuted as part of “Venice Days” was well received by the press
“Blood and Rain” (“La sangre y la lluvia”) had its world premiere on September 8 in the Sala Pasinetti at the world’s oldest film festival. Good reviews from those present confirmed the decision by the Festival’s selection committee to include the Colombian film in the category that has given birth to great new talents from around the world. Together with the inclusion of Ciro Guerra’s “Los viajes del viento” in this year’s Cannes Festival and Oscar Ruiz Navia’s “El vuelco del cangrejo” in the Toronto Festival, the participation of this film in Venice confirms the current success of Colombian films and is yet another step towards the consolidation of the industry and international recognition.

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Actor/Singer Hilary Duff, young Hollywood star, visits Colombia
Jet-set Magazine (©Gerardo Gómez/09)

Philanthropic interests brought the artist to Bogotá from August 12-15 where she was made guest of honor
The Mayor’s Office of Bogotá welcomed Hilary Duff, representative of the “Blessings in a Backpack” program, who offered gifts of school supplies to district public school students from reduced-income households. “I saw such incredible displays of talent: singing, dancing, painting and all kinds of handicrafts. Programs such as those set up by the Mayor’s Office give young children and adolescents a better chance in life,” said the artist while visiting the Kimy Pernía School in Bogotá’s Bosa neighborhood where her visit to Colombia ended.

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Jorge Navas, director of the film “Blood and Rain”

Considered by the Colombian press to be one of the new national film talents, his reputation is backed by an extensive and varied filmography and numerous national and international awards for films including the experimental feature “Calicalabozo” and the short film “Somebody Killed Something”, winners of awards at festivales in Clermont Ferrand, France, la Havana, Cuba and Cartagena, Colombia. His varied filmmaking experiences have taught Navas to move easily between the mainstream and underground film worlds while maintaining his poetic and very personal language.

In 2003, Navas began writing the screenplay for “Blood and Rain” and founded the production company Patofeofilms to develop and administer funding for his film and for Carlos Moreno’s “Perro come perro” (“Dog Eat Dog”) – included in the official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. While in development, “Blood and Rain” merited the Script and Development Award from the Hubert Bals Foundation and the Rotterdam Film Festival, a development grant from the Colombia Film Development Fund and a co-production award from the Spanish Ibermedia fund, among others. The film was selected for the 66th Venice International Film Festival in the Venice Days category.

First Trailer for the film “Cartagena” (filmed in Colombia)

These are the first images to be released from the French film “Cartagena”, filmed entirely in the city of the same name along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, as well as other locations including La Boquilla, Turbaco and the beaches of Santa Marta. The film, originally called “L’homme de Chevet”, features Sophie Marceau (“Braveheart”, “The World Is Not Enough”) and Christopher Lambert (“Highlander”, “The Point Men”). “Cartagena” is directed by Alain Monne and produced by Pierre Forette and Thierry Wong for Ciné Nominé in co-production with Christine Gozlan of Thelma Films.
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Fox Telecolombia

Colombian Hearts Take the US

Seven 4-meter hearts and 40 others standing about 2 ½ meters high bearing the motto “Discover Colombia through its Heart” launched the “Colombia Is Passion” campaign on the streets of Washington, D.C. where they will remain on display until September 15th before moving on to New York City. The seven hearts, not only gigantic but interactive as well, are located throughout bustling Union Station and each one is dedicated to one of Colombia’s surprising qualities discovered by visitors to the country: its culture, diversity, the hospitality of its people, its music, famous personalities, the tranquility of its tourist destinations and the development in its cities.
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“It is true that Colombia has a reputation based on past events, but equally we knew from people that had actually been here that it was likely to be a good experience. We liked Bogota very much and we were more than impressed with how friendly and helpful the Colombians we met were. Our first impressions have changed only in being delighted with our experience in Colombia. First of all, I have to say a huge thank you to the Colombian Film Commission for its help, friendliness and commitment to making our recce as successful as possible. We couldn't have asked for more. We were shown an array of fantastic locations packed into two days (originally intended to take three but this enabled us to change our plans and spend 4 days in the Amazon). Our trip to the Amazon was equally successful, with a highly knowledgeable local guide; we travelled over 3oo km up and down the river. We couldn't have been more impressed with what we saw, from river dolphins and a tigrillo to primary and secondary jungle. The atmosphere in Leticia and Puerto Nariño was unique”.

Hugo Heppell, british producer of feature film Wild Life, during his location scouting in Colombia

Antorcha Films

Address: Calle 19N #2N-29 Oficina 3003 Cali, Colombia
Phone: (+572) 6833282 - 6809630

Colombian film production company founded in 2003. During its first years, in addition to spots and music videos, the company produced several short films that won national and international awards. Antorcha’s successful feature films include director Carlos Moreno’s “Perro come perro” (“Dog Eat Dog”) and “En coma” directed by Juan David Restrepo and Henry Rivero and co-produced by Efe-X. The company has provided production services in Colombia to films such as the German “Dr. Alemán” directed by Tom Schreiber and is currently in pre-production on Carlos Moreno’s “Todos tus muertos” and the animated feature “Anina” to be co-produced by the Uruguayan Rain Dogs Cinema/Palermo Animación. In addition the company has twelve other feature films, two documentaries and four television series in development.

Dynamo Capital

Address:Calle 80 #8-44 Bogotá, Colombia
Phone: (+571) 3453421 -
(1-212) 2022156

Colombian film production, financing and consulting firm. Film credits include the feature film “Satanás” by Andi Baiz and Camila Loboguerrero’s “Nochebuena”. The company also manages the Hispanic Private Film Capital Fund I (FCPCH I), which is based in Colombia but focuses on film project investment throughout Iberoamerica. The company is currently participating in the Toronto International Film Festival with the Spanish-Colombian co-production “Rabia” by director Sebastian Cordero and will attend the San Sebastian International Film Festival with the Colombo-Peruvian feature director by Javier Fuentes, “Contracorriente”. David Serrano’s “Una hora más en Canarias”, another Hispano-Colombian co-production, is in post-production.

Cartagena City

Región: Caribbean Region
Ciudad: Cartagena
Departamento: Bolívar
Nombre: Cartagena de Indias
Descripción: Cartagena of the West Indies is a colonial-style city located at the northeastern of Colombia, in the center of the Caribbean shore line.

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