Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Quick Change” won the Netpac prize at the Taipei Golden Horse (Taiwan) Film Festival last Wednesday. The jury cited the film “for its audacious and touching performances… [its] depiction of a warped yet bracingly realistic world in an unvarnished style.” The Cinemalaya film is also competing at the 8th Five Flavors fest in Warsaw and in São Paulo and Paris later this month.
By Ruben V. Nepales
What were Manny Pacquiao’s childhood and teenage years like? How did the tough challenges he endured in Mindanao help make him the world boxing sensation that he is today? Director Paul Soriano promises to tell untold stories of Pacquiao’s struggles as a youth in his movie, “Kid Kulafu.”
By Nestor U. Torre
Last Sunday, WE WERE supposed to watch either “Interstellar” or “Big Hero 6,” but it turned out that it was “All Seats Taken” for the two hit flicks at our favorite cineplex, so we ended up viewing—“Let’s Be Cops.” That’s a big letdown, right?
Filmmaker Elwood Perez unveiled his latest opus titled “Esoterika: Maynila” at the 2014 Cinema One Originals Festival opening held on Nov. 9 at Trinoma Cinema 7. The new work is Direk Elwood’s 51st feature since he began in the industry in the 1970s, and his first since he was honored by Cinema One Originals with a tribute in 2013.
Filipino director Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” is part of the San Diego (California) Asian Film Festival’s (ongoing till Nov. 15) Masters section.