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‘The Janitor’ goes to Portugal

WITH Richard Gomez (left) in Michael Tuviera’s “The Janitor,” where he plays a pragmatic police general. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After winning five awards in this year’s Cinemalaya, Michael Tuviera’s “The Janitor” will compete in the Director’s Week Program of the 2015 Fantasporto or Festival Internacional de Cinema do Porto, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from Feb. 27 to March 7. “The Janitor” won Best Director, Screenplay, Editing, Supporting Actor and Sound at the Cinemalaya X. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Vina and Robin reunite for ‘Bonifacio’


Robin Padilla was the ultimate macho man, a “bad boy” on and off screen. He was rough, he was tough, and hardly spoke a word of English unless necessary. The chiseled, handsome face that millions of fans fell in love with, belied this brashness.

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‘Pedro Penduko’ caps De Leon tribute


The 1954 film “Pedro Penduko” caps the year-long centennial celebration (and screenings) of the works of National Artist Gerardo de Leon.

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‘Rekorder’ in Vancouver

MIKHAIL Red’s “Rekorder”

After winning at the Annonay (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Gwangju (South Korea) fests, Mikhail Red’s “Rekorder” will compete in the Dragons and Tigers section of the Vancouver International Film Festival, set Sept. 25 to Oct. 10. Programmer Tony Rayns described “Rekorder” as “a riveting debut… half noir thriller, half study of what it means to stand apart and look.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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‘Norte,’ a Lav story

LAV DIAZ (left) gives instructions to actors Sid Lucero (back to camera) and the author (right). who plays a lawyer.

Lav Diaz says he remembers it as clearly as if it happened yesterday: He gets a call from me. I say, “Lav, are you open to working with another writer?” He swiftly replies, “Yes, of course!” I supposedly tell him, “I have a story—Lav na Lav (it’s very Lav)!”

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