Fukuoka festival screens outstanding Filipino films
ACCLAIMED screenwriter and film scholar Clodualdo "Doy"
del Mundo delivered a lecture on Philippine Cinema and Culture last week, in
conjunction with the Philippine Film Festival in Fukuoka City, Japan, from Nov.
1 to 16.
The films being shown are "Tunay na Ina" by Octavio Silos, "Anak Dalita" by Lamberto V. Avellana, "Nunal sa Tubig" by Ishmael Bernal, "Sister Stella L" by Mike de Leon, "Jose Rizal" by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, "Noli Me Tangere" by Gerardo de Leon, "The Flor Contemplacion Story" by Joel Lamangan," "Turumba" by Kidlat Tahimik, "Pasan Ko ang Daigdig" and "Insiang" by Lino Brocka, and "Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos" by Mario O'Hara.
The screenings are being held at the Fukuoka City Public Library Movie Hall. The Fukuoka Library has its own archive, and it includes a growing collection of Asian films. The 12 films being shown during the Philippine Film Festival are part of the library's collection.
Last Nov. 9, Doy's monograph on Philippines cinema was launched at the festival.
Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, "Mystic River," is expected to figure strongly in the Oscar race for 2003. Eastwood says he optioned Dennis Lehane's bestselling novel immediately after reading it because he found the story riveting, and its characters "complex, interesting and well-defined."
"Mystic River" traces the interwoven history of three men, the terrible events that tainted their boyhood and shaped their futures, and the difficult choices they are forced to make.
The film is a murder mystery, but it's not just about solving the crime: it goes on to show how all of the participants' lives have been altered by the crime.
Eastwood's movie stars Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Hayden.
Seven finalists will compete for the top prize in Band Breakout 2003 at 8 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Baluarte de Santa Isabel in Intramuros. They are Black Coffee, Highbean, Kjwan, 9th Avenue, Silent Sanctuary, Splitcide and Willowy. The competition is being held by Monster radio RX 93.1
'Hunchback of Notre Dame'
Philippine Ballet Theater is currently presenting the Asian premiere of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," restaged at the CCP Main Theater by PBT's ballet master Anatoli Panassiokov, based on Vladimir Burmeister's choreography.
Remaining performances are at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15. Call +63 2 6328848.
'Looney Tunes: Back in Action'
Warner Bros. will hold the invitational gala premiere of its live-action adventure comedy, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" tonight at SM Megamall. In the film, the Looney Tunes cartoon characters embark on a hilarious adventure that takes them around the globe in search of Brendan Fraser's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond. The film starts its regular run here on Nov. 26.
'Pagbibinyag' repeats at CLSU
Amelia Lapeņa Bonifacio' "Pagbibinyag Sa Apoy at Dugo," as Central Luzon State University College of Arts and Sciences production will have its first set of re-runs on Nov. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the College of Arts and Sciences Little Theater. There will also be a Nov. 22 matinee performance at 2 p.m.
Behn Cervantes directs this historical drama based on an ilustrado family's involvement in the Katipunan and the 1898 revolution of the Filipino people against colonial Spain. Dr. Fulgencio Soriano translated the original "Walking Canes and Fans" into Filipino for this production.
Heading the faculty-student cast are Adelina Soriano, Aida Serna, Malu Abon, Marj Manlulu, Ryan Santos, Benjie Garcia, Tuts Mercado, Paul Macadangdang, Aubrey Rillon, Ponti Abella and Kaloy Agulto.
Movies on TV
On HBO, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m., "Sleepless in Seattle." 2:45 a.m., "Avril Lavigne: Try and Shut Me Up Tour 2003." Nov. 16 at 9 a.m., "The Browning Version." 2:15 p.m., "Devil in a Blue Dress." Nov. 17 at 12 noon, "Glory."
Nov. 18 at 12:45 p.m., "The Tailor of Panama." 8:30 p.m., "Cats and Dogs." Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., "Save the Last Dance." 2 a.m., "The Masque of the Red Death." Nov. 20 at 8 a.m., "Conspiracy." Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m., "The River." 9 p.m., "HBO Hollywood Super Pets."
On Cinemax, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m., "Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Part 1." 7:30 p.m., Part 2. Nov. 16 at 12 noon, "Muriel's Wedding." 6:45 p.m., "Born on the Fourth of July." Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., "The Day the World Ended." 3:30 p.m., "The Bonfire of the Vanities." 9 p.m., "Do the Right Thing."
Nov. 18 at 4 p.m., "Mackenna's Gold." 6:15 p.m., "Hitler and I: Reflections on Evil." 9 p.m., "Tequila Sunrise." Nov. 19 at 7:45 a.m., "Vertigo." Nov. 20 at 1:45 a.m., "The Eiger Sanction." Nov. 21 at 9 a.m., "The Birds."
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