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‘Maynila,’ ‘Weng-Weng’ in Udine; ‘Ekstra’ in Milan

VILMA Santos (center) in “Ekstra”

Lino Brocka’s digitally restored classic “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” will be shown at the 16th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy from April 25 to May 3. Also in the lineup is Australian Andrew Leavold’s docu “The Search for Weng-Weng”—which features the pint-size Pinoy James Bond. Six other Filipino films are in Udine (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita,” Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero,” Chito Roño’s “Badil” and “Shoot-to-Kill: Boy Golden,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati” and Siege Ledesma’s “Shift”).

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‘Purok 7’ in Italy, US

Carlo Obispo’s “Purok 7” competed at the Vittorio Veneto International Kids and Teens Festival in Italy (April 8-13). “Purok 7” will next be shown at the Julien Dubuque Film Fest in Iowa (April 23-27) and Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii (May 22-26); then in Salento, Italy, and Phoenix, Arizona. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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6 PH films in Udine

Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

Six Filipino movies will be screened at the 16th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy (April 25 to May 3): Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita,” Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero,” Chito Roño’s “Badil” and “Shoot-to-Kill: Boy Golden,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati” and Siege Ledesma’s “Shift.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Good review for ‘Baybayin’ in India

Fililipino filmmaker Kanakan-Balintagos’ “Baybayin (The Palawan Script)” received a good review when it was shown at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held recently in Goa. Critic Manoj Kulkarni wrote: “Unusual love triangle … [was] handled sensitively and the actors Assunta de Rossi, Alessandra de Rossi and Adrian Sebastian portrayed their characters perfectly.”

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Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte’ encore this month

After its Ayala engagement last month, Lav Diaz’s four-hour epic “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” will have encore screenings at TriNoma Mall and Fisher Mall in Quezon City and at Glorietta in Makati City on April 15; and at TriNoma, Glorietta and Abreeza Mall in Davao on April 29. All screenings are at 6:30 p.m. and with English subtitles. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Sweet revenge: Siege Ledesma’s debut film ‘Shift’ wins in Osaka

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First-time filmmaker Siege Ledesma was “shocked” when her debut work, “Shift,” won the Grand Prix at Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan on March 16.

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OFW documentary ‘Homebound’ to be shown in UP for free

Avic Ilagan’s documentary, “Homebound,” will be screened at the University of the Philippines Film Institute’s Cine Adarna on May 2, 7 p.m.

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Filipino filmmaker in DocNet Campus

Filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama-Gutierrez will represent the Philippines in DocNet Campus, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from April 21 to 27. DocNet Campus aims to help Southeast Asian filmmakers gain “access to a greater market.” Participants will be mentored by international tutors and will have meetings with possible coproduction partners. Gutierrez will present her coming documentary “The Boy With No Shoes,” which is about Philippine football.

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Cinema Scope list of Top 10 films has ‘Norte’ on No. 2

“NORTE, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” is No. 2 on the list of the Top 10 films of 2013 drafted by the Canadian film review website Cinema Scope. Another Cannes entry, Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger by the Lake” (France) is No. 1. The list also includes Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” (China), Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs” (Taiwan), and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” (United States).

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‘Shift’ in San Diego fest

After topping the Osaka Asian Film Festival, Siege Ledesma’s “Shift” will be shown at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Brian Hu wrote on the fest’s website: It “achieves the right mix of tender and naturalistic.” “Shift” screens at the UltraStar Mission Valley in San Diego on April 18 and 21. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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6 PH films in Singapore

VILMA Santos in “Ekstra”

Six Filipino films will be screened at the 4th Southeast Asian Film Festival, set at the Singapore Art Museum from April 11 to May 4.

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Finalists for Cinemalaya 2014 named

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The Cinemalaya Foundation announced the finalists for the New Breed Full Length Feature category and the Directors Showcase for the 2014 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition.

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