By: Vincent Camilleri
GET THE GRINGO
“How I Spent my Summer Vacation”
Cast: Mel Gibson Driver
Peter Stormare Frank
Directed by Adrian Grunber
Running time 96 minutes
“How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” an Icon Production starring Mel Gibson, is an explosive action film infused with dark comedy directed by Adrian Grunberg and produced by Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey and Stacy Perskie.
It’s been a bad day for Driver and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street.
During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop … in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes -- a 10 year-old kid.
It was called the worst prison in all of Mexico, “la universidad del crimen” crime university -- nightmare of that symbolized violence, corruption and overcrowding that plagued many of Mexico’s prisons. It was “El Pueblito,” a society behind bars where inmates were in control, drugs were openly sold from stores within, and anyone could visit anytime– just as long as they paid off the guards.
Officially named el Centro de Readaptacion Social de la Mesa, El Pueblito was constructed in 1956 in Tijuana to accommodate 2,000 prisoners as a new experiment in corrections – one that went very wrong. Allowing families of those incarcerated to join them and remain close to them in prison would facilitate inmates’ eventual readjustment to the outside world … or so it was thought. Wives, children, girlfriends, entire families would live inside the prison walls, some staying there full time while others came and went at will. Children head off to school each morning return to El Pueblito in the afternoon. Inside,c ouples were married; babies were born; old people died.
Alejandra Cuervo, a member of the production team, was hired by the producers prior to the commencement of principal photography to do extensive research, a living history, on El Pueblito which also included talking with a number of its ex-inmates for first-hand experiences.
El Pueblito, meaning “Little Town,” was just that -- a crowded shantytown with over 700 ramshackle homes and stores build around the prison’s main courtyard. Shops sold almost anything that was needed, and anything and anybody could be bought for a price.
(Production Notes Lionsgate – Icon)
Watch trailer: http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/4/title/tt1567609/#lb-vi331587865
Elizabeth Olsen Sarah
Adam Treese John
Directed by Kris Kentis and Laura Lau
Running time: 85 minutes
In SILENT HOUSE, Sarah, along with her uncle and father, prepare their long-time family summer home, recently violated by squatters, for sale. But broken windows and cracks in the plaster are the least of their problems when they discover they are not alone, and there's more than just mold concealed behind the walls. Over the course of 85 harrowing minutes, their idyllic isolated retreat is transformed into a site of horror as the family’s past returns to taunt then terrorize them, exposing a hidden and distorted history. SILENT HOUSE, a re-imagining of the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, is told in real time in one continuous take, just as Sarah sees – and experiences – it.
Directors Kris Kentis and Laura Lau said: “Making a film is always a challenge, a plunge into uncharted territory that is both terrifying and utterly exhilarating. In our previous film, Open Water, the challenge was telling the true story of a couple lost on the open ocean. When we were approached by producer Agnes Mentre to remake Gustavo Hernandez’s La Casa Muda, we were immediately intrigued and excited by the challenge of telling a story in a single unbroken camera shot. Making this film fascinated us, as it presented a unique approach to filmmaking, and a new way to experience a movie. La Casa Muda was inspired by a true story that happened in a small village in Uruguay in the 1940’s. Laura took that seed in writing SILENT HOUSE, striving to craft a multi-layered narrative that exploits the single take structure in telling the story of Sarah, her family’s complex history and secrets. Following Sarah in real time presented a perfect opportunity in particular to explore her experience of time, memory, and fear.
SILENT HOUSE also gave us the chance to refine working together as co-filmmakers in a dynamic and synergistic process as we each took on varying roles. We worked tenaciously to bring the film from script to screen in less than seven months, beginning writing mid-June and wrapping principal photography in mid- November. Our fantastic actors and crew embraced the rigors involved in shooting this film. We were very fortunate to be working with a luminous and gifted leading lady, Elizabeth Olsen. Following her in a continuous take with no cuts, she draws the audience nto her reality, provoking what we hope is an intensely visceral experience”.
(Production notes Studio Canal)
Watch trailer: http://www.imdb.com/rg/s/4/title/tt1767382/#lb-vi1252565273
Top Ten Films in Malta
13 - 17 June 2012
1. THE DICTATOR
3. MEN IN BLACK III
5. DARK SHADOWS
6. MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
7. THE LUCKY ONE
8. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
9. A MONSTER IN PARIS
10. AMERICAN PIE REUNION
With acknowledgements to KRS Film Distributors Ltd