Raymond Red's Himpapawid is Cinemanila's closing film


Newcomer Raul Arellano stars in Himpapawid, a Raymond Red film based on a plane hijacking that took place in May 2000.


Closing the curtain of the 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival is Himpapawid (international title: Manila Skies), the latest film from award-winning independent filmmaker Raymond Red. The 2009 edition of Cinemanila will run from October 15-25, 2009 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


An official entry in the Main Competition of the 2009 Tokyo International Film Festival, Himpapawid tells "the astounding story of a lone deranged hijacker pushed to the edge of insanity as he struggles with the oppression of surviving in modern Philippine society."


Inspired by the true story of the May 2000 PAL Flight 812 hijacking en route from Davao to Manila, the film follows the tale of a desperate man from the countryside on a wretched path to destruction that ultimately leads him to the insane hijacking of a plane. The film showcases Raul Arellano in his first lead role together with veteran actors John Arcilla and Ronnie Lazaro.


Red, who secured the 2000 Cannes Palme d'Or for his short film Anino (Shadows), is one of the pioneers of the modern Filipino independent cinema movement. As the source of inspiration for a new generation of independent filmmakers, he has been honing his craft at the outskirts of Philippine cinema while being a regular lecturer to numerous film workshops and mentor to a number of well-known indie filmmakers, doing his utmost to promote the independent scene movement.

The 11th Cinemanila International Film Festival will be held from October 15 to 25, 2009 in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Around 100 international and local films will be screened in a span of 10 days: from the current toasts of the local indie scene to the award-winners and favourites at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan. The festival will also feature workshops, seminars and master classes. Call for entries are currently ongoing. For more info, contact cinemanila.entries@gmail.com and cinemanila@gmail.com or go to www.cinemanila.org.ph.

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