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Jeers greet Metro film fest awards: Justifying crap

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Online jeers, more than cheers, continue in reaction to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards given on Thursday night. The two most pointed posts on Facebook as of Friday night described the best picture citation for Star Cinema’s “One More Try” as “justifying crap with more crap” and “celebrating and rewarding mediocrity.”

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Cinemanila winners, filmmakers lauded

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TENG Mangansakan. Photo by Rodel Rotoni

Movie director Tikoy Aguiluz, also founder of the annual Cinemanila International Film Festival, paid tribute to this year’s participating filmmakers during the awards ceremony held on Saturday night at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater in Taguig City.

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Cinemanila pays tribute to late great filmmakers with special screenings

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“TAGLISH,” directed by Gym Lumbera in black and white for the 14th Cinemanila International Film Festival, is about “the infidelity between two languages.”

The Cinemanila International Film Festival 2012, which opens on Thursday till Dec. 11 at the Market! Market! in Taguig City, will pay tribute to great Filipino filmmakers who passed away this year.

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A very French affair

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU (From left) Tikoy Aguiluz, Olivier Assayas, Brillante Mendoza, French Amb. Gilles Garachon, Stephane Rybojad, Martin Macalintal, Yann Raymond, Adolfo Alix, Ed Lejano  Photos by Arnold Almacen

French Ambassador Gilles Garachon and wife Isabelle opened their home in Forbes Park, Makati, on June 6 to host a welcome dinner for two visiting filmmakers from France: Olivier Assayas and Stéphane Rybojad.

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Why film board gave ‘Asiong Salonga’ remake the coveted ‘A’ grade

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CARLA Abellana and E.R. Ejercito

“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” earned a grade of “A” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) because it was a “fine example of a period film” and because its director, Tikoy Aguiluz, was “able to establish believable characters through masterfully conceived and executed action scenes,” said a reviewer.

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‘Asiong’ shoots down rivals in MMFF

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BUT WHERE’S THE DIRECTOR? Another controversy mars the Metro Manila Film Festival, this year’s centers on the Best Picture. Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito raises the Best Film trophy. RICHARD REYES

The gangster movie “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” collared the most number of awards, including Best Film, at the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi ng Parangal on Wednesday night.

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