Three Filipino movies will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, from Sept. 4 to 14. Joel Lamangan’s “Hustisya” and Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s “Hari ng Tondo” are included in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” is part of the Wavelengths category. Bayani San Diego Jr.
By Rito P. Asilo
We’ve always regarded the opening of Cinemalaya, the country’s premier indie fest, with great anticipation because, unlike other festivals (Cinema One, CineFilipino, Sineng Pambansa, MMFF, etc.), it deftly balances thematic pertinence with a measure of accessibility: Most of its directors don’t produce films that only they can understand—and they don’t alienate the audience they’re supposed to develop.
By Remy Umerez
One of the popular actors who are venturing into indie films is Richard Gomez, whose movie career is on the upswing. He finds his role in “The Janitor,” as the boss of Dennis Trillo, fulfilling.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
It was just a happy coincidence. Actor-director Ricky Davao ended up with three entries in this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival— GB Sampedro’s “s6parados,” Michael Tuviera’s “The Janitor” and Milo Sogueco’s “Mariquina.”
By Nestor U. Torre
The recovering Filipino movie industry is coming up with more productions these days, most of them “indie,” but only a few of them manage to get playdates in local cineplexes, which continue to favor across-the-board releases of Hollywood blockbusters, like the “blanket,” near-total dominance of the new “Transformers” sequel in the last week of June.