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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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PH film gets French funding

PEPE Diokno    Inquirer photo

Work on Filipino filmmaker Pepe Diokno’s second film “Above the Clouds” could finally proceed after it received financing from France’s World Cinema Support fund.

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Cheer Factor: Latest Diokno film wins Berlin grant

IN BERLIN (from left): Producer Bianca Balbuena, Arte’s Michel Reilhac and Annamaria Lodato and filmmaker Pepe Diokno.

“Above the Clouds,” Filipino filmmaker Pepe Diokno’s follow-up to his Venice-winning debut “Engkwentro,” won the International Relations Arte prize at the Berlin International Film Festival last month. The prize comes with a grant of 6,000 euros from the German-French broadcaster Arte.

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Dissecting the discount

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ADOLFO Alix Jr.  Photo by RICHARD REYES

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has finally fulfilled a promise made to independent filmmakers during the Inquirer Indie Tribute last December. The board’s new circular 07-2011, which gives special rates (70-percent off on the review fee which costs P8,250) to independently produced movies, was greeted with both jubilation and trepidation in [...]

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