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6 PH films in French fest

ADI BONTUYAN’S “Taya”

Six Filipino films will be shown at the 12th Festival International Signes de Nuit in Paris, set Sept. 15 to 21, according to curator Axel Estein.

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Film ‘Black & White’ explores American race relations

Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer feud over custody of a biracial child in “Black & White,” offering audiences a fresh and intimate perspective on race in America.

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China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Li Xianting, founder of the film fund and a film critic. YouTube screengrab

Chinese authorities shut down an independent film festival on its opening day Saturday, a rare venue for the showing of films that may be critical of the government in a country with tight controls, organizers said.

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Hazel Orencio bags Boccalino D ‘Oro award

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AWARDED Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz competes with  “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon.”

Hazel Orencio won the Boccalino D ‘Oro Independent Critics’ Awards at the Locarno International Film Festival for Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon.”

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Aiko Melendez is on target

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AIKO Melendez (right) is deglamorized as the mother of a mentally-challenged boy (played by Miggs Cuaderno) in “Asintado.”

Aiko Melendez shines in her big-screen comeback, Louie Ignacio’s “Asintado,” as the distraught mother of two sons, played by Jake Vargas and Miggs Cuaderno.

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