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Focus on exceptional actors who deserve a comeback

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KORONEL. Rare combination of beauty, talent, versatility, charisma and feisty personality.

Our recent laudatory focus on Lilet’s comeback portrayal in “Forevermore” has whetted our appetite for the return performances of other good but “missing in action” stars, who should be enticed back home, to delight us with their exceptional performances, after years and even decades of living abroad.

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Restored ‘Maynila’ wins award

Hida Koronel and Bembol Roco (right) topbill “Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag.” FILE PHOTO

The digitally restored classic, Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag,” won Best Archive Restoration at the Focal International Awards. The award was sponsored by Fiaf or the International Federation of Film Archives. The restoration was a project of the World Cinema Foundation, producer-cinematographer Mike de Leon and the Film Development Council of the […]

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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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Brocka’s ‘Maynila’ at MoMA

HILDA Koronel and Bembol Roco in “Maynila”

Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The 1975 Filipino film will have week-long screenings at the MoMa until Feb. 12. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis wrote of “Maynila”: “It’s a de facto record of Manila in the 1970s.”Bayani San Diego Jr.

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‘Maynila’ goes to Toronto

Hida Koronel and Bembol Roco (right) topbill “Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag.” FILE PHOTO

After debuting in Cannes, the digitally restored version of Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

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