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5 PH films in LA fest

MARA Lopez in “Debosyon,” where she plays an enigmatic maiden who lives in the forest.

Five full-length feature films from the Philippines will be featured at the 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set on May 1 to 11.

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Altarejos films in UP

JAY ALTAREJOS (left) takes in an interview with a foreign journalist in Berlin.

Jay Altarejos screens two indie films at his alma mater, University of the Philippines Diliman: “Ang Laro ng Buhay ni Juan” and “Pink Halo-Halo.” Screenings at the Cine Adarna are from April 10-15, 5 and 7 p.m. For inquiries, call 9362722 and 9263640. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Filipino films draw raves on Asean fest website

VILMA Santos in “Ekstra”

Six Filipino films are in the lineup of the 4th Southeast Asian Film Festival, set at the Singapore Art Museum from April 11 to May 4.

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‘Nuwebe’ wins in Queens

Joseph Israel Laban’s “Nuwebe” won honorable mention for best director for a narrative feature at the Queens World Film Festival, held in New York City from March 4 to 9. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte,’ 4-hr Filipino film hailed overseas opens in PH

ANGELI Bayani in “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan,” described as a tour de force by critics

That Lav Diaz’s four-hour film “Norte, Hangganan ng Ka-saysayan” will finally be screened in local cinemas can only be described as groundbreaking.

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Rave for ‘Mabuti’ in France

NORA Aunor in “Mabuti”

    Mes de Guzman’s “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” received a rave review from the French website Cine Alliance, which gave the Filipino film five stars. The review singled out the performance of lead actor Nora Aunor:  “Convincing … [she] knows how to share her emotions with brio.” The review also commended De Guzman:  “[He] [...]

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‘Barbero’ competes in Madrid

Filipino writer and director Jun Robles Lana. AP FILE PHOTO

Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero” is competing in the 3rd Madrid International Film Festival in July.   “Mga Kuwentong Barbero” is nominated for best foreign film, best director of a foreign film (for Lana), best actress in a foreign film (Eugene Domingo) and best producer of a feature film (Ferdinand Lapuz).  Bayani San Diego [...]

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‘Ekstra’ competes in London

VILMA Santos

Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Ekstra” will be screened at the 15th Rainbow Film Festival in London (May 25-June 1). The fest will be held at the Genesis Cinema, Rich Mix Center and Tarling Center, according to producer Joji Alonso.

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Fides’ indie adventure continues

TETCHIE Agbayani (left) with the singer-actress in “Mana.” Fides Cuyugan-Asensio (inset) wants to play the grand-dame “aswang” onstage, too.

Opera singer-turned-indie film actress Fides Cuyugan-Asensio thought shooting Gabriel Fernandez’s “Mana” would be a holiday.

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PH retro in Vesoul

The spotlight is on the Philippines at this year’s Vesoul (France) International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, Feb. 11 to 18. The fest website reports that 21 Filipino films from 1975 to the present, covering various genres, will be featured in a special retrospective section.

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2 PH shorts at Tropfest

Two Filipino short films were among 12 finalists in the Tropfest Southeast Asia, “the first Asian edition of the world’s largest short film festival,” according to its site.   The two Filipino shorts were JE Tiglao’s “Gamu-gamo sa Takipsilim” and Emmanuel Escalona Jr.’s “Surprice.”   The fest was held at the Esplanade in Penang, Malaysia [...]

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2 PH films in Portland fest

Two Filipino films will be screened at the 37th Portland International Film Festival in Oregon on Feb. 6 to 22. Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” will be shown on Feb. 15 and 20; Hannah Espia’s “Transit,” Feb. 13 and 15.

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