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‘Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa’ wins big in 35th Gawad Urian

ROCCO Nacino and Paolo Avelino in “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa”

The 2011 Cinemalaya entry “Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” bagged seven awards including Best Picture at the 35th Gawad Urian held late Wednesday night in Quezon City.

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Yapan’s film interweaves poetry and dance

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YAPAN (LEFT). Baptism of fire.

Recently, we sat down with director Alvin Yapan to talk about his third feature, “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.” Yapan is the chair of Ateneo’s Filipino department and has no formal training in filmmaking. Intimacy He discloses, “I love Wong Kar Wai, Pedro Almodovar and Lars von Trier, because they’re very adventurous in their [...]

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Rare breed of pink flick

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Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” is a rare breed of pink flick. It offers a gratifying viewing experience because, despite its muted gay-themed sensibility, its metaphor-heavy narrative cadences are lusciously paced by the evocative power of women’s poetry, as well as its lead actors’ thoughtful portrayals: To impress his literature professor cum [...]

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Poetry propels ‘Ang Sayaw…’ to triumph

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POETRY AND DANCE  “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” features dance interpretations of the works of feminists/poets Rebecca Añonuevo, Benilda Santos, Merlinda Bobis, Joi Barrios, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo and the late Ophelia Dimalanta. photo from cinemalaya.org

Indie director Alvin Yapan said he made his film, “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa,” to make poetry more accessible to—and enjoyable for—ordinary people. “I’m a professor of Philippine literature. The usual comment I hear about poetry is that it’s inaccessible and difficult to understand,” said Yapan, who is also an award-winning fictionist. “[But with [...]

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‘Sayaw’ wins bronze in Bogota

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Alvin Yapan and Alemberg Ang’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” won the Pre-Colombian Bronze award at the 28th Bogota International Film Festival in Colombia on Oct. 18. The gold went to Francisca de Silva’s “La Mujer de Ivan” from Chile and the silver to Dragomir Sholev’s “Shelter” from Bulgaria. “Sayaw” opens in local theaters [...]

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2 films rated ‘A’ by cinema board

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ALVIN Yapan      Photo by RAFFY Lerma

Two independently produced films, Alvin Yapan’s “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” and Joel Lamangan’s “Patikul,” received the grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB), its chairperson, Christine Dayrit, has announced. The CEB members described “Sayaw” as “radical, short of being subversive. [It is] an almost seamless fusion of poetry, dance and cinema. [...]

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Filmmakers behind dance movie release soundtrack

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ALVIN Yapan      Photo by RAFFY Lerma

The way producer Alemberg Ang recalls it, he and director Alvin Yapan never planned on releasing a soundtrack for their indie dance film “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa.” “But there was a clamor from the people who had seen ‘Sayaw’ at the Cinemalaya,” Ang recalls. It won best music score at the 2011 Cinemalaya [...]

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