The eighth edition of the Cinemanila International Film Festival opened last November 3 at the SM Mall of Asia with the intense performance of Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in the comedy The Science of Sleep. The film is part French and part English, filmed entirely in France.
Prior to the Asian premiere of The Science of Sleep, the band Radio Active Sago Project provided live music to Raya Martin's black-and-white film "Infancia En Las Islas De Filipinas, Sin Fencha."
Among those who came to lend their support for the opening of this year's Cinemanila include Phillip Salvador, Golden Screen Awards 2006 Best Actress winner Ana Capri, Congressman Gilbert Remulla, and National Artist for Film Eddie Romero.
YES! Online was able to talk to Phillip Salvador regarding his Cinemanila movie Mainit na Tubig, which was written and directed by Ronald Carballo. "My role [as Fidel] is very challenging. The movie is a psychological drama," says the veteran actor.
He happily adds: "It's my first time to act for [a] Cinemanila [entry] in the exhibition category." The movie is scheduled to have its premiere on November 11 at the SM Mall of Asia.
Phillip narrates that this indie movie was shot for only four days at Anilao, Batangas. His co-stars include Gina Alajar, Fanny Serrano, singer Dulce, and newcomer Sofia Gwen.
Cinemanila 2005 Best Actress Ana Capri was also there to show her support for the annual film festival. She mentioned that Briccio Santos' Ala Verde Ala Pobre, the movie that landed her the Cinemanila trophy in 2005, will be shown again in the exhibition category this year.
This year's Cinemanila International Film Festival 2006 is ongoing until November 15 in SM digital cinemas, Greenbelt cinemas, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Auditorium in Intramuros, Manila.
For movie schedules, visit http://www.cinemanila.com.ph/