Uncertain year for cinema: box office crisis, platform bubble

1. The ticket office will go up

The box office data for 2021 has not been good, neither in Spain nor in the rest of the world, and the omicron variant looks like a new lock for the comeback at the startthan 2022. Of course, the year ends with the great news to see how Spider-Man: No Way Home managed to overcome in a couple of weeks the barrier of 1,000 million of collection, something that no film had achieved since the bread beganof me. Exhibitors, distributors and productors, with the help of ICAA, they must try to join forces to attractback to the public to the halls. From another manera, it will be difficult to fight against elefantastic offer and the comfort it offerscen the platforms.

2. Directors, salvation

There is no better way to convince the puwarrant that he approaches the cinema that prowatching good movies. The offer of 2022 will be the most succulent thanks to the new internal directors jobsconsecrated tionals as Paul thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Guillermo del Toro (The alley of lost souls), Robbert Eggers (The Northman), Damien Chazelle (Babylon), Jordan Peele (Nope), Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon), Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans) … Among the Spanish, we await hopefully the movies of Rodrigo Sorogoyen (the beasts), Alberto Rodriguez (Model 77), Carlos Vermouth (manticore), Jaime Rosales (Wild sunflowers), Isaki Lacuesta (One year, one night), Jonás Trueba (You have to come see her)…

3. The Valencian Goya

How could it be otherwise, the celebrations of the Berlanga centenary will have its corollary in Valencia, during the Goya Awards to be held on February 12 at the Palau de Les Arts. The idea of ​​the Academy is for it to be ‘the reunion gala’ after a 2021 edition that was marked by speeches of thanks via Zoom. We will see if the virus retreats and it may finally be like that. The good boss, the most Berlanguian film of Lion of Aranoa, who is also still in the race for the Oscar (March 27), could star in a historic night thanks to his 20 nominations, an absolute record.

4. Pasolini and Bardem

Both linked to the Communist Party, although very different from the point from an aesthetic point of view, Juan Antonio Bardem Y Pier Paolo Pasolini they would have fulfilleddo one hundred years in 2022. So it will be the moMention to honor their fabulous careers: the of the first, marked by the force of masterpieces message like Death of a cyclist (1954) the Main Street (1959); that of the second, established in his indifferencereliance on taboos, in his talent for inconvenience and in his contempt for the burguesía, with one foot in the abyss (that led to its tragic end) and in the geniusgiven both for his filmography and for its narrative and its theater.

5. Platforms, that bubble

Will what some call ‘la bubble of streaming‘? The truth is that television production does not stop growing, as well as the number of platforms -in the next few months will come Sky Showtime, from Universal and Viacom–. This has yourput an accolade for the worksof the sector, but the doubt hovers whether the business will be profitable. While Therefore, they will reach our pro televisionsprojects as interesting as the first series of Alfonso Cuaron para Netflix, la video game adaptation The Last of Us on HBO or the prequel to The Lord of the Rings from Amazon.

6. Back with the Cinema Law

It will not be easy for the Minister of Culture to carry out a new Film Law by the end of 2022, as it intends. The interests of the various industry players are multiple and sometimes incompatible, so you will have to prove yourself as a negotiator. In any case, the revolution we have witnessed in issues such as new screens or financing, production and distribution models require a new legislative framework on which the health of the sector will depend.

7. Second movies

If getting there is difficult, it is even more difficult to stay. A bad second movie can spell the end of a career. This dilemma is faced by several of the most promising filmmakers in Spanish cinema. This is the case of Carla Simón, Pilar Palomero, Nely Reguera, Eduardo Casanova, Juan Miguel del Castillo, Paul Urkijo …

8. 100 years of documentaries

In 1922 Robert J. Flaherty released Nanuk the Eskimo, movie I rebuildand the difficult living conditions of the Inuit people of Arctic Canada. The moviecula, starting point of the docu genremental, was for years discussed by the staging of some of his pasajes. In any case, today those apptions seem outdated and the no fiction is presented as the most free, experimental and stimulating cinema current. For this reason, the centenary of the film of Flaherty becomes more relevant.

9. San Sebastián, at 70

Round anniversary for Zinemaldia. Already start preparing the anniversary with a cycle in Tabakalera that will offer a approach to the history of the contest San Sebastian with the projection of around 40 films. It is expected that the Rebordinos team will deliver a very powerful edition and that the festival will finally return to the attendance data and the number of activities prior to Covid-19.

10. Ava Gardner, immortal

Fatal Woman in Outlaws, film that catapulted her to fame, Ava Gadner was one of the great stars of Hollywood. Although she did not have the dramatic talents of contemporaries like Katharine Hepburn, she exuded charisma in films like Mogambo The The barefoot countess. The ‘most beautiful animal in the world’, as it was known, also resided in Madrid, making life a party. In 2022 we celebrate 100 years of his birth.

Ava Gardner

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