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PH docu competes in Taiwan

Joel Torrre delivers a crackerjack portrayal in “Kabisera.”

Filipino filmmaker Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Magdalena” is competing in the Asian Vision section of the Taiwan International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct. 9 to 19. The docu, shown at the Wiesbaden (Germany) film fest last year, focuses on a traditional midwife who struggles to make ends meet and care for a pregnant daughter who’s afflicted with leukemia.

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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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Four PH films in Busan, three in competition

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MILO Sogueco’s “Mariquina,” which stars Ricky Davao, competes in New Currents section.

Filipino films will be shown at the 19th Busan (South Korea) International Film Festival, to be held Oct. 2 to 11.

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Epy Quizon in Toronto fest

Epi Quizon

After Angeli Bayani in “Iloilo,” a Filipino actor is top-billed in another Singaporean film. Epy Quizon stars in Ken Kwek’s “Unlucky Plaza,” which will be shown at the 39th Toronto International Film tomorrow and Sept. 12. Director Kwek and actors Quizon and Judee Tan will attend a Q&A session on Saturday. In the “nail-biting, multi-character thriller,” Quizon plays a Filipino single dad in dire straits.

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Kanakan Balintagos proud to be on ‘greats’ list

NATHAN Lopez (left) and Kanakan Balintagos reunited at this year’s Cinemalaya. photo by Bayani San Diego Jr.

Kanakan Balintagos said he is proud that his 2005 directorial debut, “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” made it to the list drafted by the British Film Institute (BFI), “10 Great Gay Films from East and Southeast Asia.”

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