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Celebs’ virtual 2014 life manual: ‘Roar!’

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BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza. INQUIRER PHOTO

Today marks the “official” end of the Pinoy Christmas season. As we stash away our holiday décor, let us find room in our hearts for the lessons that 2013 left us with.   As we welcome 2014, I asked some celebs about the most important thing they learned last year, which would be part of [...]

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Fact-based films make their presence felt

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HUPPERT. Portrayed one of the abductees in Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive.” photo by www.lemonade.fr

Most Filipino films are fictional dramas, but our writers and directors may be missing out on a popular new preference for fact-based movies that is slowly but surely making an impact on the global filmmaking scene.

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‘Thy Womb’ goes to Hawaii

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Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will be shown at the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival, to be held from Oct. 10 to 20.

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Surprise knighthood

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Brillante Ma. Mendoza Inquirer File Photo

Brillante Mendoza personifies the rebirth of Philippine cinema, says French envoy. This latest honor caught Brillante Ma. Mendoza by surprise. The filmmaker said French Ambassador Gilles Garachon didn’t mention it the last time they were together, so the letter from the embassy hit him like a bolt from the blue.

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‘Thy Womb’ wins in Spain

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Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” won special mention-jury prize Alhambra de Oro at the 7th Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur held in Spain last week. Mendoza told the Inquirer that he felt elated upon hearing that his work had received a “standing ovation” at the fest where it was the opening film. “To win is a wonderful bonus. I am happy that the film was recognized.” The jury cited the film for “reflecting a remote reality.”

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Banner year for PH indie films in Cannes

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Once a year, this sleepy resort town south of France transforms into a “mecca for cineastes,” in the words of internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz.

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Cinema One premieres Mendoza’s ‘Captive’ Sunday night

Cinema One airs internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Captive,” a film that brings back the compelling and horrific 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapping incident in a Palawan resort, via Blockbuster Sundays at 8 p.m.

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On joining this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival: “I hope to inspire other indie filmmakers and productions na pwede ring tumawid sa mainstream—pwedeng makapasok ang pelikula kahit hindi all-out commercial, fantasy or comedy.” –Allan Policarpio

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Mendoza feels ‘accomplished, proud’ after entering MMFF

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Brillante Mendoza and Mercedes Cabral. PHOTO BY ALLAN POLICARPIO

Internationally acclaimed independent film director Brillante Mendoza on Monday said he felt accomplished and proud after his film “Thy Womb” entered this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, saying that he hoped more Filipinos would appreciate why indie films reap awards abroad.

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Angelica, Angel eye surprise win at MMFF

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ANGELICA Panganiban: “Naniniwala kaming may himala.”

For many film critics, Nora Aunor is the no-brainer front-runner for the best actress award in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) for her exceptional performance in Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb.”

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Star in Aunor, Mendoza shines anew

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Brillante Ma. Mendoza  PHOTO BY ARNOLD ALMACEN

Director nonpareil Brillante Ma. Mendoza makes waves again in his latest obra maestra, “Thy Womb,” which we, at the Cinema Evaluation Board, graded “A.”

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Italian senator lauds La Aunor and Mendoza

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BRILLANTE Ma. Mendoza directed Nora Aunor and Bembol Roco (center) in “Thy Womb.”

There was no translation needed.   Asked to describe Filipino actress Nora Aunor, Italian Senator Goffredo Bettini said in French: “Magnifique! Magnifique!”   When talk turned to Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza, Cristina Moricca, the interpreter tasked to help the Philippine Daily Inquirer, once again took a break. Bettini waxed rhapsodic. Unequivocally, he said: “Mendoza [...]

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