And that the big two (Star Cinema and GMA Films) begin producing actual movies.
*Slaps face awake*
Here's an excerpt from an article that came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Four Filipino films have been included in the official lineup of the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival, a first for the country.Also of interest are Park Chan-Wook's vampire movie, Thirst, Bong Joon-ho's Mother, which also marks the comeback of actor Won Bin, and Pen-Ek Rathanurang's Nymph, the latter two both up for Un Certain Regard.
This “historic” development was confirmed by three filmmakers whose films were chosen as entries in the world’s premier movie festival that will take place on May 13-14 in the French coastal city.
Three independent films made it to the Official Selection, in three different categories: Brillante Mendoza’s “Kinatay (The Execution of P)” in the Main Competition; Raya Martin’s “Independencia” in the Un Certain Regard section; and Raya Martin and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Manila” in the Special Screenings category.
“Sabongero,” by Filipino-American Janice Y. Perez, was selected for the Short Film Corner.
There were unconfirmed reports that Filipino films would also compete in the fest’s parallel section, the Directors’ Fortnight, as in the past two years.
“It’s an exciting year for the Philippines,” said Mendoza, who added that the inclusion of the four entries bode well for local cinema.
Mendoza is staging a comeback in the Main Competition, after his entry “Serbis” stirred controversy last year.
“Kinatay,” his entry this year is “equally controversial” and delves into the world of hitmen who cut up the bodies of their victims, said Mendoza. The film features Coco Martin, John Regala, Julio Diaz, Jhong Hilario, Lauren Novero and Maria Isabel Lopez.
“I believe it’s the first time for an Asian filmmaker to submit entries in the Main Competition for two consecutive years. US filmmaker Joel Coen also had back-to-back entries in the competition in 2000 and 2001,” Mendoza told the Inquirer.
Does Mendoza consider his return to the competition a way to vindicate himself after last year’s intrigues and negative reviews?
“I feel no pressure. I try not to worry about those things and I only focus on making my film,” he said.
Via Philippine Daily Inquirer, Korean Bug