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Netflix pulls out of Cannes festival

LOS ANGELES — Netflix, Inc. said on Wednesday it was totally pulling out of the Cannes Film Festival next month after organizers banned the...

Ang Larawan to make its European premiere at the Udine film...

ANG LARAWAN, the award-winning musical film based on National Artist Nick Joaquin’s play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, will be making its...

Indie cinema fests Cinemalaya, QCinema announce finalists

TWO OF the country’s most prominent independent film festivals are gearing up for their respective runs with both the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival...

Star Wars spin-off to be presented at the Cannes film festival

PARIS — The latest spin-off in the Star Wars saga, dedicated to Han Solo, will be screened at Cannes next month, the film festival...

Short film fest puts women front and center

A SHORT film festival CineMarya was envisioned as a festival that puts female experiences front and center. “The festival aims to tell stories of Filipino...

How an Ilonggo indie film cottage industry grew and grew

By Menchu Aquino Sarmiento RIGHT UNDER Imperial Manila’s cultural radar, the Bantayan Film Festival in Guimbal, Iloilo is now on its 14th year, making it...

The show must go on: Despite the passing of its film...

THE LOCAL “advocacy-driven” film festival meant to honor the lives of those in agriculture, the TOFARM Film Festival (TFF), returns for a third year...

Mas Maganda Yung Book! fest on film adaptations kicks off

KWAGO in partnership with Film Police Reviews (FPR) is set to launch Mas maganda yung book! on March 23, 6 p.m. A monthly film...

Cinema Rehiyon X and the future of PHL cinema

WHAT STARTED as a small film festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with 28 delegates, 46 short features, and six full-length...

Variety at Sinag Maynila film fest

RETURNING for its fourth year, the Sinag Maynila Film Festival presents five full-length features which have yet to grace Philippine cinemas (but which may...

Spanish films shown to celebrate Int’l Women’s Day

TO CELEBRATE International Women’s Day which falls on March 8, a series of movies directed by Spanish female filmmakers, called “Espacio femenino: Spanish Female...

Asian film festival means to break down barriers

FOR ITS fifth year, the Asia Society Philippines’ Asia on Screen film festival is aiming to break down barriers to promote unity by presenting...

Cinema Rehiyon comes to Manila next week

AS PART of the celebration of the National Arts Month this February, the 10th edition of the Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival and Forum of...

Film fest welcomes the new lunar year with drama, comedy, and...

CELEBRATE the Lunar New Year with a host of contemporary Chinese-language films at this year’s Spring Film Festival, running from Feb. 13 to 18...

Cameron Post wins top prize at Sundance fest

LOS ANGELES — The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a powerful drama about the real-life controversial practice of gay conversion therapy, came away with the...

Hometown girl wins Negros Island Film Festival awards

A SHORT film about a man with healing abilities which affected his personal life, recently took home a slew of prizes at the first...

7 countries join forces for CineLatino

FOR THE first time, seven Latin American countries have banded together to present the best of their cinematic exploits with CineLatino: The Latin American...

Newly reopened Hungarian embassy holds film festival this weekend

BEFORE CineLatino: Latin America Film Festival is held next week, fans of World Cinema will get to watch four Hungarian films on Dec. 1...

Cannes film fest to end decades of tradition

PARIS — The Cannes film festival is to end decades of tradition next year by awarding its top Palme d’Or prize on a Saturday...

Film adaptation, family drama bag top prizes at Cinema One film...

DAN VILLEGAS’ Changing Partners and Giancarlo Abrahan’s Paki emerged victorious at the recently concluded Cinema One Originals Film Festival, with Changing Partners bagging eight...

Ang Larawan, Siargao, Haunted Forest, Deadma Walking make it into MMFF

DESPITE BEING rejected the first time around when just script submissions were considered, Loy Arcenas’ musical Ang Larawan finally made the cut and has...

A severed head, a depressed Rizal, and other oddities in Cinema...

THE 13th run of Cinema One Originals Festival entitled, Walang Takot (Fearless) features seven independent local films for the Narrative category, two documentaries, several...

3rd Danish Film Fest features critically acclaimed films

THE RICHNESS of Denmark’s cinema comes to Philippine screens this month at the 3rd Danish Film Festival. Admission to this year’s lineup of 11 feature...

Tingin film fest focuses on ASEAN movies

IN CELEBRATION of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) has...

Animated movie on Vincent Van Gogh to open QCinema film fest

FOR ITS fifth year, the Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema) is opening with the big guns as viewers will be treated to an...

MCAD’s horror film festival focuses on growing up

FOR MANY teenagers, growing up may seem like being in a horror movie. Finding the right balance between the need to conform and to...

Filipino films in the spotlight at Cine Europa 2017

FOR MANY film enthusiasts, September means it is time for the annual Cine Europa Film Festival at the Shangri-La Mall’s Cineplex. The longest running...

2nd German Film Week features Mendoza film on Dos Palmas kidnapping

FOLLOWING ITS successful launch last year, the German Film Week will once again offer a diverse selection of films with the goal of promoting...

Three Billboards wins coveted Toronto film festival prize

TORONTO – Martin McDonagh’s darkly hilarious drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the Toronto film festival’s audience prize for best picture on Sunday,...

Cine Europa shows 24 films on its 20th year

CONSIDERED ONE of the longest film festivals in the country, Cine Europa – which celebrates the best European cinema has to offer – is...

Films on environment: No such thing as isolated case

By Juan EY Arcellana Movie Reviews Birdshot Directed by Mikhail Red Paglipay Directed by Zig Dulay TWO FILMS featured in the recent Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino dealt with environment issues...

FDCP-backed film festival deemed a success

THE FIRST iteration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)-led Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) has ended its successful week-long run with...

Cinemalaya finalist list of 2018 indie film fest out

THE 13th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival may have just ended with Tred Monteras II’s rap battle film, Respeto, claiming the top honors – Best...

John Cleese says comedians needed more than ever

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Monty Python star John Cleese said Wednesday that the need for comedy was greater than ever, as he accepted...

Handhell

MOVIE REVIEW Salvage Directed by Sherad Anthony Sanchez By Noel Vera Sherad Anthony Sanchez’s Salvage (2015) takes its title from the common Filipino slang word for summary execution,...

Children of the mist

MOVIE REVIEW Hamog Directed by Ralston Jover By Noel Vera Ralston Jover’s Hamog (Haze, 2015) starts appropriately enough with just that: a thick cloud hovering low over humid...

Birdshot: inspired by a true story

MIKHAIL RED was only 23 when he and his film crew shot his second full-length feature Birdshot (his first was Rekorder) over 23 days...

RIP. LOL

YOUR ESTRANGED FATHER, Hesus, has died, and your mother asks you and your siblings (including the family dog Hudas) to go on a road...

Rap battle film Respeto the big winner at 13th Cinemalaya film...

A TIMELY and timeless tale of a teenage boy’s rise from poverty and violence through rap and poetry, Respeto bagged the majority of accolades...

Chinese docu Mrs. Fang wins top prize at Locarno

GENEVA – Mrs. Fang, Chinese director Wang Bing’s documentary about a family waiting to say goodbye to their elderly Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, scooped the top...

Award-winning Birdshot opens Cinemalaya 13

MIKHAIL RED’S “coming-of-age thriller” Birdshot opened the 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival at the “peak of the southwest monsoon and unpredictable weather,” as...

Manananggal in the city again

GET READY to see the manananggal fly once again as Prime Cruz’s Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B will return to theaters -- this time...

Big stars at the 13th Cinemalaya film festival

SOME of the country’s top actors -- including Sharon Cuneta, Alfred Vargas, Jake Cuenca, Boots Anson-Roa, Yayo Aguila, Bembol Rocco, Gina Alajar, Angel Aquino,...

Women in focus at Toronto film festival

MONTREAL -- Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) -- the largest in North America -- will focus this year on female directors,...

Director Ryota Nakano: Stories of life and death

SHE CLOSED her family’s bath house after her husband left her a year ago. She has to move on, and started to work in...