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6 PH films in Austin

SID LUCERO in “Norte”: Distinctive, hypnotic visual style

Six local movies will be featured in the Filipino Film Series of the Austin Film Society.

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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’s Locarno winner screens Sunday

LAV TEAM. Lav Diaz and his crew defied the elements during the shoot of “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon,” which will have a special screening today at SM MoA. Story on p. H3.

Filipinos will finally find out why foreign critics are raving over Lav Diaz’s Locarno winner, “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon,” which will have a special screening dubbed “Handog sa Bansa,” set today (Sunday), 2:30 p.m., at the Centerstage of SM Mall of Asia.

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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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