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Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte’ wins in Serbia

ANGELl Bayani (left) and Hazel Orencio in “Norte”: “A marvel of simplicity, depth and deviousness.”

Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” won Best Picture at the Pancevo (Serbia) Film Festival held this week. The jury cited Diaz for “[confronting] the questions posed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ with contemporary and different ideological concepts.”

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2 PH films in Montreal

Two Filipino films produced by Ferdinand Lapuz will be shown in the Focus on World Cinema section of the Montreal World Film Festival: Joel Lamangan’s “Kamkam (Greed)” and Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker).”

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‘So It’s You’ in Soho fest

TOM RODRIGUEZ and Carla Abellana

Jun Robles-Lana’s “So It’s You” has been invited to the Soho International Film Festival, to be held May 15 to 22, at the Village East Cinemas in downtown Manhattan, New York City.

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Cinemalaya ‘loses’ Cojuangco

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Tonyboy Cojuangco. PHOTO BY JIM GUIAO PUNZALAN

Now it can be told. For the past several weeks, talk around the local indie scene was that longtime benefactor Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco had pulled out of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

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2 more PH films in Rotterdam

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Apart from Lav Diaz’s short film “Prologo sa Ang Dakilang Desaparecido,” two more Filipino movies will be shown at the Rotterdam International Film Festival: Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Alamat ni China Doll” and Jet Leyco’s “Bukas na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na.”

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