The espionage thriller The Debt, in theaters Aug. 31, is getting a lot of positive buzz but unbeknownst to many this John Madden film was produced by Mexican native Eduardo Rossoff. Born in Mexico City, Rosoff studied in Tel Aviv and later in Paris. He’s fluent in six languages and has directed a few Spanish language films. He is currently in post-production on a Mexican feature that he adapted and directed entitled Sangre de familia (Family Blood).
The Debt was filmed on location in Tel Aviv, the U.K., and Budapest. It stars Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.
Shot in a mockumentary found-footage style the science-fiction horror film Apollo 18 claims to be the lost footage of NASA’s secret mission to the moon. Funded by the US Department of Defense, two astronauts are sent to the moon in 1973, a year after the official Apollo 17 last manned mission. The film is being produced by Timur Bekmambtov (Wanted) but it’s directed by Spanish newcomer Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Apollo 18 will be Lopez-Gallego first feature film in English. He’s scheduled to return to Spain after the release of Apollo, on Sept. 2, to begin production on his new Spanish language film Inertia.
Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close will be presented with the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 18 at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. During the ceremony Close will introduce her latest film Albert Nobbs, which she wrote and stars in. Helmed by Colombian director Rodrigo Garcia, the film is set in 19th century Ireland and tells the story of a woman struggling to survive. Past recipients of the Donostia Award have included Julia Roberts, Antonio Banderas, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro. For a full list of recipients and information on the San Sebastian Film Festival, visit http://www.sansebastianfestival.com/.