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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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Best actress at 15

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SANDY Talag. FILE PHOTO

Sandy Talag was getting dressed for school when she first heard the good news. Eunice de Asis, local producer of Jacco Groen’s “Lilet Never Happened,” called up to congratulate her one fine day. “I said, ‘thank you,’ thinking all the while that it was for the award (audience prize) ‘Lilet’ had won earlier in the Buster film fest in Denmark,” Sandy recalled. “But Tita Eunice said the trophy was for me.”

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‘Baybayin’ wins in Canada

“BAYBAYIN,” which stars (from left) sisters Alessandra and Assunta de Rossi, and Adrian Sebastian, is one of 13 entries in the 2012 Cinema One Originals film fest.

Filipino filmmaker Auraeus Solito’s “Baybayin” won the best indigenous language production award at the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival recently.

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A bittersweet dance of life

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ANGEL Aquino, left, plays the “crush” of young lesbian Anita, portrayed by Teri Malvar.

Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo doesn’t shy away from stories that have the potential to provoke dialogue and, sometimes, debate—much like “Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita,” one of eight entries in the ongoing CineFilipino Film Festival.

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‘Mga Kuwentong Barbero’ competes in Tokyo

Filipino writer and director Jun Robles Lana. AP FILE PHOTO

Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero (Barber’s Tales)” will compete in the 26th Tokyo IFF, set from October 17 to 25. Lana’s film will vie for top honors with 14 other entries from China (Ning Ying’s “To Live and Die in Ordos”), South Korea (Kim Ki-duk’s “Red Family”), among others. Lana was an honoree in last year’s Inquirer Indie Bravo Tribute.

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Nora wins in Russian fest

Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Nora Aunor lead the cast of “Thy Womb” Photo: Thy Womb official FB page

Nora Aunor won Best Actress for Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” at the 3rd Sakhalin International Film Festival held in Russia last week. It is Aunor’s fourth international honor for the role.

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3 more PH films Hawaii-bound

A promo photo of 2013 Cinemalaya best film (Directors’ Showcase) winner “Sana Dati”  PHOTO BY HUB PACHECO TAKEN FROM FACEBOOK.COM

Aside from Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” and Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati,” three more Filipino movies will be screened at the 33rd Hawaii International Film Festival, set on October 10-20.

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PH short in France

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Filipino filmmaker Chuck Gutierrez’s short “Ulian” is representing the country at the One Country One Film Apchat International Film Festival. Now on its fourth year, the fest will be held in Apchat, France, from July 26 to 28.

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2 PH films in Puchon

Two Filipino films are competing in the Puchon (South Korea) Int’l Fantastic Film Festival, July 18-28: Rommel Tolentino’s “Buog” in the shorts section and Erik Matti’s “On the Job” in the feature-length section.

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PH film wins in Jeonju

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Filipino filmmaker Dwein Baltazar’s (left) “Mamay Umeng” tied for Best Film with Japanese director Masato Ozawa’s “Remiges” at the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival, held in South Korea from April 25 to May 3.

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Cannes to show Lino Brocka’s ‘Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag’

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It’s official: Lino Brocka’s digitally restored “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” will premiere in Cannes Classics in May, alongside Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” in 3D.

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