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RP makes mark in Pusan fest

By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:27:00 10/06/2010

Filed Under: Cinema, Awards and Prizes

MANILA, Philippines—It’s another big year for the Philippines in the 15th Pusan International Film Festival, according to Cinemalaya festival director Nes Jardin who was also invited as jury chair in the Netpac (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) section.

Last year, 20 Filipino films were screened in the Korean festival as part of a special retrospective on the country’s cinema, apart from GB Sampedro’s “Astig” which competed in the New Currents section. “Last year, 14 films were in the retro, while six were in competition and exhibition,” recalled Jardin.

This year, at least 10 local films have been invited to the Pusan fest, Jardin told Inquirer Entertainment. This year’s Pusan starts today and runs until Oct. 15.

“Pusan is one of the biggest festivals in the world, if not the biggest in Asia,” Jardin pointed out. “It is important for the country’s filmmakers to sustain their strong presence there as a way of promoting local cinema abroad.”

Among the Filipino films in this year’s Pusan are: Sheron Dayoc’s “Halaw” and Francis Xavier Pasion’s “Sampaguita” in the New Currents competition; Mark Meily’s “Donor,” Chito Roño’s “Emir,” Kim Homer C. Garcia’s “Magkakapatid” and Adolf Alix’s “Chassis” in the exhibition section A Window on Asian Cinema; Chris Martinez’s “Here Comes the Bride” in the Open Cinema exhibition; Zurich Chan’s “Boca” and Rommel Tolentino’s “P” in the Wide Angle (Shorts) competition.

Jardin said that the good news was relayed to him by Cho Young Jung, festival programmer.

Jardin related that a documentary on Philippine cinema is also included in the World Cinema section. French filmmaker Hubert Niogret’s “Return to Manila” tackles the films of Lino Brocka and culminates with the present batch of indie filmmakers.

Jardin pointed out that “eight of the 10 Filipino films in the festival are original Cinemalaya productions.”

“I’m so proud,” Jardin said. “When I attended Netpac’s 20th anniversary conference in New Delhi last month, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Frederic Boyer told me that he wished to attend the next Cinemalaya.”

Jardin was selected as chair of the Netpac competition which showcases 10 new Korean films. “I was invited by Pusan’s programmer Kim Jeo Seok. The other jury members are Moon Kyuan Kyu of Korea and Martine Theoruanne, festival director of Vesoul International Festival of Asian Cinema.”


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