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Mikhail Red wins in Vancouver

MIKHAIL Red’s “Rekorder”

Filipino filmmaker Mikhail Red won Best New Director for “Rekorder” at the Vancouver International Film Festival held last Thursday in Canada.

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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


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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