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5 PH films in LA fest

MARA Lopez in “Debosyon,” where she plays an enigmatic maiden who lives in the forest.

Five full-length feature films from the Philippines will be featured at the 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set on May 1 to 11.

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Arnel Mardoquio helms silent film

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MARDOQUIO. “We can tell stories even without dialogue.”

“Riddles of My Homecoming,” the sixth feature of Davao-based filmmaker Arnel Mardoquio, is competing in the Currents category of the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, from Nov. 11-19 at Trinoma, Glorietta 4 and Robinsons Galleria. It’s a silent film, beautifully shot on Samal Island, and at the foot of Mount Apo, and Compostela Valley.

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Screen scorchers from Cinema One

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TORRE. Delivers a crackerjack portrayal in “Kabisera.”

We’ve had a love-hate “relationship” with Cinema One and its uneven entries—for instance, we loved the storytelling innovations introduced in Richard Somes’ “Yanggaw,” the thematic boldness of Antoinette Jadaone’s “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay,”…

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Cinema One lifetime achievement honorees

Elwood Perez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Filmmaker Elwood Perez and Regal Films producer Lily Monteverde are this year’s Philippine Cinema Originals. The lifetime achievement awards will be given at the closing ceremony of the Cinema One Originals digital film festival on Nov. 16.

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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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‘5 indie filmmakers to get P2M each for Cinema One Originals’—festival director

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ADOLFO Alix Jr.  Photo by RICHARD REYES

Five independent filmmakers will each get a cash grant of P2 million from the organizers of the annual Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival, according to festival director Ronald Arguelles.

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Glitz, gaiety, Guy at the AFA

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REUNITED Best actress gets a buss from best actor, who directed her in the 1978 film “Atsay.” AP

Even if they were having problems with their roaming cell phone service, Filipino filmmakers Senedy Que, Jun Robles Lana, Chris Martinez and Alemberg Ang flooded Facebook and Twitter with updates on the 7th Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong on Monday night.   Thanks to these intrepid indie directors, the Inquirer and the rest [...]

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Gina Alajar juggles acting and directing

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ALAJAR. “I like working with new directors, because I learn from them.”

Last month, we caught Gina Alajar during the shoot of “Mater Dolorosa” in Pandacan, Manila for this year’s Cinema One Originals Festival. Alajar returns to acting as Lourdes Lagrimas. The film also stars Alessandra de Rossi, Mercedes Cabral and Carlo Aquino.

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Diversity marks Cinema One finalists

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Eclectic is this year’s batch of finalists in the Cinema One Originals digital film festival. Ronald Arguelles, Cinema One channel head, notes: “We have four female directors along with five regional films in the mix. There are movies set in Mindanao, Mindoro, Cebu, even in Nueva Vizcaya.” In terms of genre, this year’s Cinema One [...]

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