"Huling Balyan ng Buhi" competes in Asian digital film fests

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Mar 27, 2007
Huling Balyan ng Buhi, which was shot entirely in Mindanao, won the Best Picture trophy and a cash prize worth P200,000 during the 2006 Cinema One Originals digital movie festival held last November.

Cinema One Originals' award-winning digital movie, Huling Balyan ng Buhi, is set to have its screening in the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival's Asian Digital Competition category on March 27 - April 11. It will also compete with other Asian entries in the 20th Singapore International Film Festival this April 18 - 30.

Written and directed by 22-year old Sherad Anthony Sanchez, this film from Mindanao was a product of and frontrunner in the 2006 Cinema One Originals digital movie festival held last November. Featuring Marilyn Roque and the people of Arakan Valley, North Cotobato, the film weaves a tale that combines science and logic, tradition and cultural differences.

Gigi, a New People's Army (NPA) rebel, teaches young comrades the facets of their struggle as they continue to wait after they were ambushed. On a nearby village, Junjun and his fellow soldiers take a rest. He attempts to chance upon a girl he longed for, but instead encounters a balyan/tagbawian (shaman) in a very odd and disturbing situation. Somewhere, two kids-Abyan and Busaw-journey the forest back to their mother.

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Huling Balyan ng Buhi: O Ang Sinalirap nga Asoy Nila (The Woven Story of the Others) tells the story of tired rebels in waiting, playful soldiers at rest and a troubled balyan (shaman/village healer) in a very ambiguous predicament as they are about to meet in an encounter that will bring to light the questions of transcendence.

Winning awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Ensemble Acting in the 2006 Cinema One Originals digital movie competition last November 2006, Huling Balyan Ng Buhi has been chosen as the opening film of the February 2007 New Wave Independent Film Festival sponsored by the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (IFC). It also bagged the Best Picture and Best Director citations in the 2006 Gawad Tanglaw awards.

Huling Balyan Ng Buhi, with its international title The Woven Stories of the Other, will be shown on the aforementioned international film festivals, being two of Asia's most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding cinema.

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Huling Balyan ng Buhi, which was shot entirely in Mindanao, won the Best Picture trophy and a cash prize worth P200,000 during the 2006 Cinema One Originals digital movie festival held last November.
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