The tribute film for Anita Linda has been chosen one of the 13 Asian titles included in the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival. As early as July this year, Adolf Alix Jr. already knew that his film Adela would be part of the film fest held annually in Toronto, Canada.
The prolific Filipino director was cited for crafting "a deeply compassionate portrait of the plight of the elderly in the Philippines, anchored by a bravura lead performance by veteran actress Anita Linda."
Adela is one of seven films that will take part in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the TIFF ‘08. The prestigious film fest will take place from September 4 to September 13. Familiar Hollywood faces grace the streets of Toronto, Canada for the ten-day festival that has featured several Hollywood blockbusters in the past, including Brokeback Mountain (2005), Walk the Line (2005), and Hotel Rwanda (2004).
Direk Adolf informed PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that Ms. Anita Linda is very pleased with the honor of being included in an international film fest. The 84-year old actress is keen on attending the Toronto IFF, especially since she received an invitation from the organizers of the event.
He plans to be in the Toronto IFF for about five days, together with Adela's executive producer Noel Ferrer and line producer Arleen Cuevas.
"Si Tita Alice [Lake, the real name of Ms. Anita] kasama ko kaninang umaga for the last taping ng 'Day' episode ng Manila," says Direk Adolf. This twin-bill movie starring Piolo Pascual is co-directed by Raya Martin. They will have to wait, however, until Piolo finishes the Star Cinema film with Angel Locsin.
Aside from Ms. Anita, Adela also stars Jason Abalos, Iza Calzado, Ricky Davao, Perla Bautista, German Moreno, Joem Bascon, Kenneth Ocampo, Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, and Cyra dela Cerna.