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Filipino indie in India

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BENITO Bautista (left) directs Solenn Heussaff and Kiko Matos in a busy Mumbai market.

Think Bollywood rom-com with a Filipino flavor. Or, Pinoy indie in India. Benito Bautista, the filmmaker behind the gritty drama “Boundary” and the lyrical documentary “Harana,” makes a 180-degree turn with “Mumbai Love,” a romantic romp partly shot in India.   As in any project, Bautista and his team encountered not a few challenges. The [...]

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Filipino wins prize in Busan

Filipino director Benito Bautista’s coming film “Samuel Over the Rainbow” won the CJ Entertainment Award at this year’s Asian Project Market, which coincided with the Busan fest in South Korea.

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PH film in Busan market

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Filipino filmmaker Benito Bautista’s new film, “Samuel over the Rainbow,” has been selected for the Asia Project Market (APM) of the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea in October. The APM is billed by organizers as an art-house film-financing event. Bautista describes his film, the only Filipino entry at the APM, as a dark comedy inspired by true events. Set in a fishing village in Zambales, it’s about a tormented priest, a meanderer and a fisherwoman. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Benito Bautista’s ‘Harana’ wins in San Francisco filmfest

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MANG Felipe Alonzo was “a kind man with a golden voice.”

Benito Bautista’s “Harana” won the Audience Award for Documentary at the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival in San Francisco, according to
Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez of Voyage Studio, which edited the documentary.

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Rave for ‘Harana’

Benito Bautista’s documentary “Harana” got a rave review from San Francisco Chronicle’s G. Allen Johnson. “Harana,” which recounts the search for traditional serenaders in the Philippines, will premiere in San Francisco on March 16, as part of the Center for Asian American Media Film Festival.

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