Oscar-winning director Ang Lee slated to receive tribute in the Philippines

Academy Award winning filmmaker Ang Lee (left) directs Suraj Sharma in one of the scenes of Life of Pi. Lee is scheduled to visit the Philippines to grace a forum featuring prominent Filipino directors.



Ang Lee, the Academy Award winning filmmaker behind Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is expected to visit the Philippines this November.

The renowned Taiwan-born director is slated to be in the Philippines for the two-day affair to be held from November 28-29, 2013.

Dubbed A Salute to Ang Lee, this event is spearheaded by the Taipei Economic Cultural Office (TECO) in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) through its Film Cultural Exchange Program.

Lee will take part in a special by-invitation screening of Life of Pi and a historic open forum, both of which will be held at the SM Aura Cinema.

World-renowned Filipino filmmakers Brillante Mendoza, Erik Matti, and Tikoy Aguiluz are slated to participate in the forum.

Lee won his first Oscar statuette as Best Director for Brokeback Mountain (2005), a critically acclaimed film about two cowboys involved in a homosexual relationship.

The 3D adventure epic, Life of Pi (2012), earned for Lee his second Best Director award at the 85th Academy Awards.

His film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (Taiwan).

He is the first director of Asian descent to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA award for Best Director.

Earlier this month, Lee served as the jury head in the 50th Golden Horse Awards, which is considered the Chinese-language "Oscars."

During the Golden Horse Awards, the Singaporean film Ilo Ilo was chosen as the Best Feature Film.

Written and directed by Anthony Chen, this family drama was inspired by a Filipino maid who took care of Chen while he was growing up.


(Read: Ilo Ilo, Singaporean film inspired by Filipina OFW, wins top honors in 50th Golden Horse Awards)


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