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Teen star, ’70s rocker in Tokyo fest

RURU Madrid and Pepe Smith in “Above the Clouds”

It was as if he had to grow up in a hurry. Ruru Madrid, a GMA 7 artist, was only 15 when he tried out for and won the lead role in Pepe Diokno’s sophomore film, “Above the Clouds,” last year.

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Trekking from Pulag to Fuji

RURU Madrid (left) and Pepe Smith play characters that embark on a mountain journey.

It has been quite a journey so far for young filmmaker Pepe Diokno and the cast and crew of his second film “Above the Clouds,” which is competing in the Asian Future section of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct. 23 to 31).

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2 more PH films in Tokyo


Apart from Khavn de la Cruz’s “Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between a Criminal and a Whore” in the main competition, two more Filipino films will be screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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PH film gets Visions Sud Est grant

RURU Madrid in “Above the Clouds”

Filipino filmmaker Pepe Diokno’s “Above the Clouds” is one of five recipients of the Visions Sud Est post-production grant, producer Bianca Balbuena told the Inquirer.

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A tale of two Pepes

RURU Madrid (left) plays the grandson of rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith.

Indie filmmaker Pepe Diokno gets to work with namesake and rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith in his second movie “Above the Clouds.”   In the movie, Smith plays a cranky old drunkard who finds himself taking care of a grandson (“Protégé” finalist Ruru Madrid), after the boy was orphaned by the “Ondoy” tragedy.   “The […]

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