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The Tokyo story, by Uge

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Eugene Domingo is on a roll. She added another feather in her cap by bagging the best actress plum in the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival for Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales.”

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Two PH films in Taipei

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Two Filipino indie movies will be shown at the Taipei Film Festival in Taiwan from June 28 to July 2.   Jun Robles Lana’s “Bwakaw” is included in the Window on Asian Cinema section, while Antoinette Jadaone’s “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay” is featured in the Viva La Cinema program.   Considered an [...]

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Nora Aunor, Eddie Garcia win top acting honors at Asian Film Awards

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Nora Aunor was named Best Actress for her portrayal in the movie “Thy Womb” while Eddie Garcia bagged the Best Actor trophy for the movie “Bwakaw” at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong Monday night.

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Eddie Garcia named people’s choice best actor at Asian Film Awards

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Eddie Garcia won the People’s Choice Favorite Actor award for the movie “Bwakaw” at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong Monday night.

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Compelling tales enliven Oscar foreign-language quintet

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BERNAL. Portrays an advertising executive in “No.”

While we’re disheartened that Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw,” the country’s entry to this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar derby, didn’t make the Academy’s official five-nominees list, it’s nonetheless hard to discredit the entries that did make the cut—because, when we saw all five entries last month, we noted how unique each of them was. Moreover, foreign language films need to be seen because they introduce us to issues and cultures that are different from the ones we’re familiar with.

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‘Bwakaw’ in Switzerland and HK

GARCIA. Performance of a lifetime.

Filipino filmmaker Jun Robles Lana’s “Bwakaw” will compete for the Regard d’Or, or the Grand Prize, at the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland, to be held March 16 to 23. According to the festival site, the Cinemalaya film “rests largely on the shoulders of Eddie Garcia,” who plays a grumpy old gay man who finds a loyal companion in his pet dog.

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Double follow-up to ‘Bwakaw’

Filipino writer and director Jun Robles Lana. AP FILE PHOTO

Jun Robles Lana has two films in the works following his acclaimed “Bwakaw,” which recently won three awards in Vesoul, France. Set to start in June is “Kuwentong Barbero,” which was selected to be part of the Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum next month. “I already talked to Kris Aquino. She expressed interest but it’s not yet final,” Lana told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. For his other film this year, “Dementia,” he is eyeing Nora Aunor. “It depends on Ate Guy’s availability, though.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Triple win for ‘Bwakaw’ in Vesoul

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Jun Robles Lana’s Cinemalaya winner “Bwakaw” on Tuesday won three awards at the 19th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema held in France— the Grand Prix de Jury International, High School award and Emile Guimet prize. The jury cited “its courage and delicate expressions of humanity, friendship, love and loneliness.” In 2009, Chris Martinez’s [...]

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‘Bwakaw’ wins three awards in Vesoul int’l filmfest

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Jun Robles Lana’s “Bwakaw” won three awards at the 19th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema held in France.

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‘Bwakaw’ leads 2012’s bumper crop of cinematic gems

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MUHLACH AND VELASQUEZ. Their acclaimed rom-com defies formula.

About 150 local movies were shown last year, but many of them were screened “only” in film festivals. Cinemalaya, still the country’s premier indie showcase, has become more accessible, because of its satellite screenings at Greenbelt and TriNoma.

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Why not a ‘Top-grosser’ award, instead?

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ROCO. Compelling portrayal.

Lina Vilas, housewife: “Bembol Roco’s magnificent portrayal of Nora Aunor’s husband in ‘Thy Womb’ was sadly ignored by the jurors in the Metro Manila Film Fest. Aunor’s scenes with Roco wouldn’t have been as effective if her character’s husband were essayed by an actor of lesser caliber.

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‘Bwakaw’ fails to make Oscars’ list for best foreign language film

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The short list for best foreign language film for the Oscars is out and the Philippines’ entry “Bwakaw” failed to make it, says director Jun Robles Lana.

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