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30th November 2017

"Sergio & Sergei" to compete in the official section of the New International Latin American Film Festival in Havana
The film, directed by Ernesto Daranas and co-produced by MEDIAPRO, is set to premiere in Spain in 2018

The New International Latin American Film Festival in Havana has selected the film that tells the story of Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut left stranded in a Mir space station after the fall of the communist bloc, for screening in the official section. The event, created in December 1979, is set to celebrate its 39th edition in the Cuban capital from the 8th to the 17th December.

The festival has scheduled three screenings of the film, co-produced by MEDIAPRO, by the Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Serrano. The 10th December the Charles Chaplin theatre house plays host to two screenings at 10 in the morning and at 8 in the evening, for both the jury and the audience awards. On the 14th December a special screening has been organised at the Yara Cinema complex, Cuba's biggest with 1,500 seats. This session will see the film's co-producers (MEDIAPRO, RTV, ICAIC) attend as well as the project production team.

"Sergio & Sergei" takes another stop in its international road-show before its slated premiere in Spain in 2018. Its world-wide presentation took place at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where the film debuted in the Contemporary World Cinema official section. In addition, it premiered in Asia at the Busan International Film Festival (South Korea).

Co-written by Ernesto Daranas and Marta Daranas and starring Tomás Cao (Sergio) and Héctor Noas (Sergei), the film also features a special guest appearance from the American actor Ron Perlman ("Hellboy", "The name of the rose") who plays Peter, the American journalist who helps the protagonists. Ron Perlman is also one of the film's executive producers. "Sergio & Sergei" is a MEDIAPRO, RTV Comercial and Cuban Film and Arts Institute (ICAIC) production. WestEnd Films is distributing the film internationally. BTEAM Pictures is responsible for the film's distribution in Spain.

Plot
The film tells the story of Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut left stranded in a Mir space station after the fall of the Soviet bloc. Sergei manages to make contact with Sergio, an amateur radio enthusiast and Cuban philosophy teacher and an American journalist. Both try to get the big super-powers to put aside their ideological differences to find a solution to the cosmonaut's situation.

23rd November 2017

"Vis a vis" starts filming of its third season for FOX
Luis Callejo and Abril Zamora join the series for the Globomedia production

The count-down to the much-awaited return of "Vis a Vis" is underway with the start of filming of the third season of the series this week in Madrid, and which is set to last for two months. Produced by Globomedia (MEDIAPRO group) and FOX Networks Group (FNG) Spain, the new season includes the move of a large group of inmates to a new prison Cruz del Norte, a jail which is part of the same prison management company as Cruz del Sur.

As production of the third season starts, the incorporation of new names Luis Callejo, ("Tarde para la ira", "Kiki, el amor se hace", "Cien años de perdón"), who is set to play one of the prison guards in the new prison and the actress and script-writer Abril Zamora ("Temporada baja", "La que se avecina", "The best day of my life"), as a new inmate at Cruz del Norte has also been announced.

The rest of the cast, as was confirmed a few weeks ago, will continue to include Maggie Civantos (Macarena), Najwa Nimri (Zulema), Berta Vázquez (Rizos), Alba Flores (Saray), María Isabel Díaz (Sole), Inma Cuevas (Anabel), Laura Baena (Antonia) and Marta Aledo (Tere), along with Ruth Díaz, as the new inmate Mercedes Carrillo; Adriana Paz, as Altagracia, the prison warden at Cruz del Norte; Ana Marzoa, as the inmate Pruden as well as the Chinese actress Huichi Chiu, who is set to play Akame, the boss of the Chinese Tríada Tao in the prison, sworn enemies of Macarena and Zulema in the new season.

17th November 2017

The musical excellence of Beethoven, Strauss and Handel, at the United Nations
The event, organised by the Onuart Foundation and produced by MEDIAPRO, will call for Peace among peoples and will pay tribute to the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Europe

Music unites peoples, languages and cultures and the Liceu Theatre as an international musical benchmark, will perform at this Human Rights Concert on the 9th December at the United Nations building in Geneva and which will be broadcast internationally by MEDIAPRO. The Liceu opens its arms and embraces the world in an event which will be key for the Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Josep Pons, a concert which calls for Peace among peoples and pays tribute to the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Europe, without forgetting Barcelona and Cambrils. The concert organised by the Onuart Foundation and performed under the Miquel Barceló Dome, will feature world from Beethoven, Strauss and Handel. In last year's concert, more than 40 countries broadcast the event which called for understanding and the uniting of cultures through music.

For the Liceu Theatre and in particular for its Symphony Orchestra, the first to be created in Spain, it is an honour to be able to perform the concert at the United Nations building in Geneva, a link forged by the great Pau Casals, a 20-year old violinist at the Liceu Theatre and the composer of the United Nations hymn, which was played for the first time on the 24th October 1971, at the same time as the UNO presented its Medal for Peace. A link which is a key date in the UN calendar.

The Human Rights Concert, which is broadcast internationally from the United Nations building by MEDIAPRO, launched in 2014 with a ground-breaking concert for human rights around the world. The last two years has seen Daniel Barenboim conduct the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under the Miquel Barceló dome in the UNO building in Geneva. Juan Diego Flórez and Pretty Yende also performed in 2014, with the Harmonia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pablo Mielgo.

9th November 2017

Raúl Arévalo one of the stars of "Mi obra maestra", an Argentine film co-produced by MEDIAPRO
The Spanish actor, co-star of "La isla mínima" and the winner of a Goya award for Best Debut Director, completes a cast led by Guillermo Francella and Luis Brandoni

MEDIAPRO is a stake-holder in the production of "Mi obra maestra", an Argentine comedy with Raúl Arévalo ("La isla mínima", "El negociador", "Cien años de perdón") as one of the lead actors. The Spanish perfomer completes a cast headed by two veterans of Argentine film-making: Guillermo Francella and Luis Brandoni. Raúl Arévalo –who also won a Goya for Best Debut Director for "Tarde para la ira" in 2017–, plays Alex, a young man set on receiving painting classes from Renzo (Luis Brandoni), an irascible, rather wild artist, who's in clear decline. The established painter hates all social contact and lives almost like a tramp, kept by his only rather innocent pupil.

"Mi obra maestra" is Argentine Gastón Duprat's latest film, director of famous comedies such as "El ciudadano ilustre". With the veteran Argentine film-maker Mariano Cohn heading up production, the feature-length film is set in and around Buenos Aires, the spectacular region of Jujui and the Brazilian Museum of Contemporary Art.

"Mi obra maestra" is a Televisión Abierta and Arco Libre (Argentina) co-production with MEDIAPRO (Spain), which tells the story of the relationship between two Friends: the irascible painter Renzo (Luis Brandoni) and Arturo (Guillermo Francella), a well-liked art-gallery owner, who is sophisticated and with good intentions who is trying to resuscitate the artist's career. Both characters are united by an old friendship, although they have very little in common. Their lives and ideas are worlds apart and which is a source of tension between them. But despite their differences, they are great friends

8th November 2017

"Sergio & Sergei" launches its first international trailer
The film co-produced by MEDIAPRO is set to premiere in Spain in 2018

"Sergio & Sergei", the new film by the Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Serrano and co-produced by MEDIAPRO, now has its international trailer. The official Contemporary World Cinema Section at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was host to the world presentation of the film which tells the story of Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in a Mir space station after the fall of communism. The film was also recently premiered in Asia at the Busan International Film Festival.

Co-written by Ernesto Daranas and Marta Daranas and starring Tomás Cao (Sergio) and Héctor Noas (Sergey), the film also features a special guest appearance from the American actor Ron Perlman ("Hellboy", "The name of the rose") who plays Peter, the American journalist who helps the protagonists. Ron Perlman is also one of the film's executive producers.

"Sergio & Serguéi" is a MEDIAPRO, RTV Comercial and Cuban Film and Arts Institute (ICAIC) production. WestEnd Films is distributing the film internationally. BTEAM Pictures is responsible for the film's distribution in Spain.

Plot
The film tells the story of Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut left stranded in a Mir space station after the fall of the Soviet bloc. Sergei manages to make contact with Sergio, an amateur radio enthusiast and Cuban philosophy teacher and an American journalist. Both try to get the big super-powers to put aside their ideological differences to find a solution to the cosmonaut's situation.

6th November 2017

"Fe de etarras", a Netflix original film, to premiere in cinemas on the 7th December
Directed by Borja Cobeaga and starring Javier Cámara, Julián López, Miren Ibarguren and Gorka Otxoa

Netflix, the leading Internet entertainment content provider, has announced that its second original Spanish film, "Fe de etarras", is set to premiere on the 7th December in at least 20 cinemas in Spain with a high-profile presence in Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque Country.

Directed by Borja Cobeaga ("Negociador", "No controles") and written by Diego San José (co-writer of the recent hits "Ocho apellidos vascos" and "Ocho apellidos catalanes"), "Fe de etarras" stars Javier Cámara ("Narcos", "Truman", "Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados"), Julián López ("El tiempo de los monstruos", "Perdiendo el norte", "Pagafantas"), Miren Ibarguren ("Anclados", "Aída", "La que se avecina") and Gorka Otxoa ("Allí abajo", "Los miércoles no existen", "Pagafantas"). The second original Spanish Netflix film is produced by MEDIAPRO ("Mondays in the sun", "Midnight in Paris", "The secret life of words", "A perfect day") and is also set to premiere in at least 20 selected cinemas thanks to the deal signed with the producer and distributor A Contracorriente.

Netflix is pleased to announce that viewers will get a chance to enjoy the film both in selected cinemas from the 7th December as well as on the Netflix platform from the 12th October.

The principle objective of Netflix when it comes to programming original content is giving control to the consumer and this is another step in that direction.

The tandem Borja Cobeaga and Diego San José demonstrate their cutting-edge humour once again in a film which earnt a 10-minute-long standing ovation at the screening at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival. According to Cobeaga, "to see that enormous cinema full of people laughing at the same time was one of the sweetest moments of my professional career. An unbelievable experience".

"Fe de etarras" takes place in baking-hot summer of 2010 in a small Spanish provincial capital. An unlikely and dysfunctional commando made up of a veteran ETA fighter looking to prove he's not past his best (Javier Cámara), a couple whose commitment to each other depends on the success of the mission (Miren Ibarguren and Gorka Otxoa) and a guy from the heart of Spain who thinks that joining the cell will make him feel like Chuck Norris (Julián López) are all holed up in a flat waiting for orders, which never seem to arrive, to jump into action. Meanwhile, the Spanish national team are striding towards their first ever World Cup win in South Africa with the whole town celebrating their passage.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world's leading Internet entertainment content provider. It is present in more than 190 countries around the world, its more than 109 subscribers enjoy more than 125 million hours of series and films, including documentaries, films and original Netflix series which can be seen when and wherever they like on just about any connected screen. Viewers can also play, pause or continue enjoying content without advertising and permanent contracts.

About MEDIAPRO
The MEDIAPRO Group is a leading content production company. Latest productions include the series "Vis a vis" and "Nit i dia". Film projects include work with directors such as Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Fernando León de Aranoa, Isabel Coixet, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Patricio Guzmán and Roman Polanski. MEDIAPRO productions have won 2 Oscars with 3 further nominations, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Independent Spirit awards, 1 Vulcaine award at the Cannes Film Festival, 1 Silver Bear at the Berlinale, 27 Goyas and 1 Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

About A Contracorriente
A Contracorriente Films is a film distributor and producer created in 2010 with the goal of becoming one of Spain's leading film companies. Specialising in European and independent cinema, it is Spain's leading film distributor with more than 13 million spectators and with more than 83 million euros taken at the box-office. Highlights include "Intocable", "Dios mío, ¿pero qué te hemos hecho?", "Pequeñas mentiras sin importancia", "Profesor Lazhar", "Bienvenidos al Sur", "El ciudadano ilustre" and "Ballerina".

 
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