The Cinema Evaluation Board gave a grade of “A” to actor-director Ronnie Lazaro’s debut film, “Edna.” Lazaro told the Inquirer that the honor made him “jump for joy.” But, he said, “It’s also humbling. For a first-time director, it feels amazing.” He expressed gratitude to his producer Anthony Gedang for the “trust and confidence,” and to his “superb cast and crew.” He was elated that both colleagues and critics congratulated him after the film’s premiere at the Cinemalaya recently.
Three Filipino movies will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, from Sept. 4 to 14. Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya” and Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s “Hari ng Tondo” are included in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” is part of the Wavelengths category. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Mikhail Red’s “Rekorder” is competing in the coming Gwangju International Film Festival in South Korea, to be held from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.
The Philippines was the “main highlight” of the Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain, held July 15 to 20.
Filipino filmmaker Jun Robles Lana wins best director of a foreign film for “Barber’s Tales” at the 3rd Madrid International Film Festival held in Spain last Saturday.