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Mark Gil in his prime

Mark Gil. PHOTO COURTESY OF CESAR HERNANDO

Photographer and production designer Cesar Hernando snapped Mark Gil in the actor’s prime (left), when they attended the Cannes International Film Festival in 1982 for Mike de Leon’s “Batch ’81.” The film was exhibited in the Directors’ Fortnight section with De Leon’s other movie, “Kisapmata.”

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Martin Scorsese-Mike De Leon team to save Lino Brocka’s film

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National Artist Lino Brocka (left) and his cinematographer-producer Mike de Leon joined forces in 1974 for the movie that would alter the course of filmmaking in the country. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The restoration of Lino Brocka’s 1975 film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” has found a surprise benefactor from across the globe—Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation (WCF).

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Scorsese, De Leon team up to save Brocka’s ‘Maynila’

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Indeed, it will take a global village to save “Maynila.” The restoration of Lino Brocka’s 1975 film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” has found a surprise benefactor from across the globe: Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation (WCF) has taken a keen interest in the preservation project.

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Two iconic pioneers of Filipino indies

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Kidlat Tahimik. INQUIRER file photo

Kidlat Tahimik (a.k.a. Eric de Guia)—together with the late Lino Brocka and perhaps Brillante Mendoza—is the most famous Filipino filmmaker abroad. His reputation rests on a small but distinguished body of work, starting with “Mababangong Bangungot” (1977) which—ahead of Brocka’s “Jaguar” becoming an entry in the competition category of the Cannes Film Festival in 1981—broke into the competition of the Berlin Film Festival in 1978, where it won the International Film Critics’ Prize.

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Film council opens country’s first cinematheque in Baguio

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A small room in the restored Casa Vallejo hotel on Session Road now serves as the country’s first cinematheque, a film archival cinema inspired by the Cinémathèque Française developed by a French film club in 1936.

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