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Cinemalaya films at Cine Adarna

Some of the Cinemalaya films will be screened at Cine Adarna of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

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Festival for strong female protagonists

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VALDEZ AND DIZON. Deliver memorable portrayals in their Cinemalaya entries.

“The latest edition of Cinemalaya will be remembered for the abundance of strong female lead performances—Eula Valdez for ‘Dagitab,’ Aiko Melendez in ‘Asintado,’ Nova Villa for ‘1st Ko Si 3rd’ and Mylene Dizon for ‘Mariquina,’ cementing the festival’s reputation as a festival for strong women.”

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‘Edna’ gets an ‘A’

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The Cinema Evaluation Board gave a grade of “A” to actor-director Ronnie Lazaro’s debut film, “Edna.” Lazaro told the Inquirer that the honor made him “jump for joy.” But, he said, “It’s also humbling. For a first-time director, it feels amazing.” He expressed gratitude to his producer Anthony Gedang for the “trust and confidence,” and to his “superb cast and crew.” He was elated that both colleagues and critics congratulated him after the film’s premiere at the Cinemalaya recently.

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Aiko’s helmet

AIKO MELENDEZ

Aiko Melendez, “Asintado” lead star, jests that she asked designer Pepsi Herrera to make a helmet to match her gown for the Cinemalaya awards rites last week.

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Award-worthy portrayals animate ‘Barber’s Tales’

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DOMINGO (WITH BUENCAMINO, FOREGROUND). Smart enough to know that  ululations of grief don’t necessarily result in textured characterization.

IN “Mga Kuwentong Barbero” (Barber’s Tales), Eugene Domingo’s boundless dramatic gifts continue to unravel as she delivers a master class in thespic restraint and subtlety in her prized portrayal of subservient housewife, Marilou Aguallo, who takes over the barbershop left by her verbally abusive husband, Jose (Daniel Fernando), when he suddenly dies in his sleep.

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