Isang Pinoy independent movie ang kauna-unahangrecipient ng Best Foreign Film sa katatapos na First Annual Lone StarInternational Film Festival.
Nagtapos ang 1st Lone Star International Film Awardlast Sunday, November 11, sa Fort Worth, Texas. A five-day event that startedlast November 7, ang LSIFF ay isang event na nais i-promote ang mga gawa ngemerging international filmmakers.
Pinarangalan ng U.S.-based organization ang Signos(The Sign) bilang Best Foreign Film in the main competition where around 30 movies competed. The other winners include The Elephant King ofthe U.S.A. as Best Narrative Feature, Good Riddance as Best Texas Film, TheFighting Cholitas from Bolivia as Best Documentary Short, Dear SweetEmma as Best Animation, Darius Goes West from the U.S.A as BestNarrative Short, and Companions to None from Mexico as Best HumanitarianFilm.
Binigyan din ng Breakthrough Performance si JasonRitter for the movie The Education of Charlie Banks from the U.S.A.Nagbigay ang film festival ng several honorary awards sa mga Hollywood actorsna sina Martin Sheen (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Harry Dean Stanton(Living Legend Award).
Ang iba pang honorees na kinilala sa awards ceremony aysina U.S. producer Carolyn Pfeiffer (Pioneer Award), Hollywood director RobertRodriguez (Maverick Award), short film director Bryan Poyser (Up And ComingAward), and documentary director Jeff Tremaine (Innovator Award).
Special award recipients Martin Sheen and RobertRodriguez were part of the board of judges headed by another Hollywood actorBill Paxton.
Nandoon sa Texas ang producer ng Signos na sinaVenus Lubrin and Dante Mungcal to receive the award last November 11. NoongSabado, November 9, ipinalabas ang Signos ng 9:30 ng gabi sa AMC Palacetheater 9 with a Q&A portion with the audience afterwards.
Signos is written, directed and co-produced by Aloy Adlawan.Bida sa horror-drama film na ito sina Luis Alandy, Nancy Castiglione, RickyDavao, Irma Adlawan, Chx Alcala, DM Sevilla, and Lauren Novero.
Direk Aloy is a head writer from ABS-CBN who recentlymoved to GMA-7 (Boys Nxt Door). This is his second directorial projectafter the 2006 Cinemalaya movie Room Boy. Si Aloy din ang nagsulat ngdalawang GMA Films na Ouija at ang upcoming na Dagaw.
Hindi naging part ng competition ang Signos sathird Cinemalaya Film Festival last July ngunit ginanap sa nasabing festivalang world premiere nito bago ipinalabas commercially last August.
SYNOPSIS. Louie(Luis Alandy), a young architect, receives a text message from the provincethat his father, Ulding (Ricky Davao), had a heart attack. Louie leaves behindhis wife Sandra (Nancy Castiglione) in Manila but finds out that the messagewas nothing but a prank. Louie then senses something eerie about his hometown.He finds out there have been several killings in the barrio, all done in thesame manner. Apparently, the victim first hears some rumbling noise; that is,before they are found dead all covered with mud.
Louie learns that his childhoodsweetheart, Elma (Chx Alcala), is one of the victims. He visits her wake and isforced to confront an unresolved issue with Elma's husband, Nestor (LaurenNovero), who was once Louie's best friend.
Meanwhile, Sandra find out thatshe is pregnant and when she informs her husband that he would be a dad soon,their cell phones malfunction, making it part of the mysterious occurences in Signos.
As the day draws to an end,Louie is also forced to resolve his long-standing conflict with his father whois now married to their servant, Cora (Irma Adlawan), a simple mystic. Uldinghas refused all of Louie's invitations to stay with him in Manila because ofhis new family.
When thekillings move closer to home and threatens Louie's family, he discovers forhimself how he had been estranged from his roots and now must face his pastwith the horror of what is to happen.