Since 1999, the Cinemanila International Film Festival (CIFF) has given film audiences in the Philippines the opportunity to watch films from various parts of the world. This year, the 9th CIFF is proud to announce that it will be featuring over 100 films from 40 countries, including Denmark, India, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and member nations of the ASEAN.
Among the international films will be several past winners in the Berlin and Cannes film festivals, such as the Palm D’Or winner at Cannes, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days; The Edge of Heaven, nominated for the Palm D’Or and winner of Best Screenplay; South African film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, Golden Berlin Bear winner in 2005; and Pedro Almovodar’s critically acclaimed Volver.
The other titles include La Vie en Rose, the Edith Piaf biopic starring Marion Cotillard; 2 Days in Paris, directed by and starring Julie Delpy; Paris Je T’aime, stories of love in Paris as seen by several acclaimed directors including Alfonso Cuaron, Alexander Payne, and Gus Van Sant; Hula Girls, multi-awarded Japanese drama/comedy and the country’s entry to last year’s Oscar Foreign Language category; and Deficit, directed by and starring international superstar Gael Garcia Bernal.
Gateway Cineplex 10 is the chosen venue of this year’s Cinemanila Film Festival. The venue is known as the country’s only Cineplex with stadium seating and Boral acoustical walls. Gateway Mall is located at the Araneta Center, a lifestyle and entertainment hub right at the heart of the metro.
Quentin Tarantino will make several special appearances during the entire run of the 9th CIFF, which will also be holding a series of seminar-workshops on indie filmmaking, directing, scriptwriting, film archiving, among for aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. The jury head of the Cannes Film Festival last 2004, Quentin’s love for Asian films has inspired him to adapt of various cinematic styles from films of the region in his own movies. His admiration for Asian cinema has made him one of its most significant advocates, thus making him a most worthy recipient of Cinemanila’s special citation.
NOTEWORTHY LOCAL FILMS. Select Filipino films will be exhibited in line with Cinemanila’s goal to revive the Philippines as the hub of Southeast Asian Cinema. Chosen Filipino films from 1999-2007 will be shown as part of its non-competition films exhibition. The list includes nine best films each from the following categories: Filipino (35mm) and Filipino (digital).
Some of the movies to be shown in the 35mm Filipino film category are Magnifico (Maryo J. De los Reyes, 2003, Best Feature Film at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival); Batang West Side (Lav Diaz, 2002, Best Asian Feature Film at the 2002 Singapore International Film Festival), and Bayaning Third World (Mike De Leon, 2000, Best Film at the 2001 Young Critics Circle Awards).
Digital films, now a popular genre in Philippine cinema, has award-winning movies of its own. Included in the CIFF exhibition list are Kubrador (Jeffrey Jeturian, 2006, Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the 2006 Moscow International Film Festival); Ang Daan Patunong Kalimugtong (Mes De Guzman, 2005, Best New Director Award at the 2006 San Sebastian International Film Festival), and the highly acclaimed Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (Aureus Solito, 2005, Best Feature Film at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival).
The 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival will run from 8 to 19 August 2007 at Gateway Mall Cineplex 10 in Araneta Center, Quezon City, and from 17 to 19 August 2007 in Boracay Island.
The Cinemanila International Film Festival is organized jointly by the Independent Cinema Association of the Philippines (ICAP), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and a specially commissioned inter-agency committee.
For the schedule of screenings, visit http://www.cinemanila.org.ph/2007/03schedule.html