Piolo must be pissed at whoever leaked this vid on YouTube. By the way, were they watching a Pacquiao fight?
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(Photo credits: Aji Aggarao for Brillante Mendoza; Bicycle Pictures/MJM Productions, Mr. Adolf Alix and Ms. Arleen Cuevas for Manila and Independencia)
Moving on from the sicko-Hayden scandal, I’m quite excited about this Sunday’s awarding at the Cannes Film Festival. Despite receiving really bad reviews from American critics, many think that Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s Kinatay might just win the prestigious Palme D’Or. Popular film critic Roger Ebert just named it “the worst movie in the history of Cannes.”
But, according to Kinatay hopefuls, this film could just be Cannes’s “dark horse.”
On the other hand, Raya Martin’s Independencia is getting fairly good reviews. Screendaily.com wrote:
Raya Martin is only 24, but he is heavily, and admirably, committed to two overlapping projects: the appropriation of indigenous Filipino history after Spanish and American colonisation; and the laying bare of cinematic illusion.
This film, however, is not in the running for Palme D’Or. It’s included instead in the Un Certain Regard category where young directors’ works are being featured.
Meanwhile, Manila is getting mixed reviews. One film critic (Sorry, I forgot who) said that lead actor/producer Piolo Pascual’s presence failed to stand out in the film, and in one of the two segments, the dark skin make-up became quite distracting. This critic, however, noticed that Piolo Pascual is a “hunk.”
On the other hand, Rosanna Roces, who plays Piolo’s mom in Raya Martin’s segment, was described as “a strong presence” in the movie. Well, even in real life naman, Rosanna is one character that will surely stand out.
One review, however, notes that Manila will make viewers want to see the original films his movie plays homage to — Lino Brocka’s Jaguar and Ishmael Bernal’s Manila By Night. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m one of those who haven’t seen these films yet. I wish copies of these, plus this year’s Cannes participants, will be available soon.
Oo nga pala, I wonder what happened to the short film Sabongero.
Just read from Variety.com that three Pinoy films have made it in the super prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Brillante Mendoza’s Kinatay will be competing against the films of Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, and many other well-known directors for the much-coveted Palme D’Or award. Adolf Alix’s and Raya Martin’s Manila, which by the way stars its producer Piolo Pascual, is in for exhibition. And again, Raya Martin’s Independencia is included in the Un Certain Regard category (what is that, anyway?).
I think Mendoza’s Kinatay, a film about the chop-chop cases here in the Philippines, is written by Sir Bing Lao. They’re the same award-winning tandem who made Serbis, which also made it in Cannes last year. I attended Sir Bing’s advanced scriptwriting workshop a couple of years back and I remember him sharing with the class that he was working on a script about chop-chop victims. So I guess heto na ‘yun. And it’s already in Cannes. Ang galing di ba?