After Global Film Initiative took all U.S. rights to the independent film Kubrador, this indie movie is now considered one of only two possible films from Southeast Asia that will participate in the ten-film series of the 2008 Global Lens film festival.
Around midnight last night, June 12, Atty. Joji Alonso sent a text message to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about updates on her film Kubrador worldwide.
Her text message goes: "Global Films will premiere Kubrador at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of the Global Lens 2008 in January and screen in up to 30 cities nationwide before going into general theatrical and home video distribution via first run features. Out of 10 film features, only 2 will be from Southeast Asia."
The Cebuana producer ends her message by saying: "Kubrador pa lang ang certain."
This triumph adds yet another plum to the multi-awarded movie. Kubrador made its world premiere at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival and went on to win as Best Film in the said film tilt. At a competition of Asian Cinema in New Delhi, India, the film won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress for Gina Pareño.
Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, Kubrador was produced by MLR Films' Atty. Josabeth "Joji" Alonso-Antonio and Rogelio Rayala.
Chronicling three days in the life of a jueteng collector, Kubrador (international title: The Bet Collector) received a "Grade A" rating from the Cinema Evaluation Board.