Friday, June 12

Independence Day Viewing: Sabongero and Independencia premiere

Happy Independence Day, Philippines!

62nd Cannes International Film Festival entries Sabongero, directed by Janice Perez, Official Selection to the Short Film Corner, and Raya Martin's Independencia, an entry in Un Certain Regard, will premiere later today at the 14th French Film Festival, Shang Cineplex 3. Serbis by this year's Cannes Best Director Brillante Mendoza will also be shown...Kinatay won't be having its premiere, unfortunately, and this article gives us a clue why.

Yay, freedom! The irony is lost on the Board of Censors, obviously.

Here's the screening schedule for the remaining three days of the festival:

June 12, Friday
Manong Maong and Anino - 12:30 p.m.
Sabongero - 3:00 p.m.
Serbis - 5:30 p.m.
Independencia - 8:00 p.m.

June 13, Saturday
Ridicule - 12:30 p.m.
Dix-Sept Fois Cecile Cassard - 3:00 p.m.
L ‘Esquive - 5:30 p.m.
Flandres - 8:00 p.m.

June 14, Sunday
Un Secret - 12:30pm
Jean de la Fontaine - 3:00 p.m.
Les Quatre Cent Coups - 5:30 p.m.
Van Gogh - 8:00 p.m.



Andy Briones said...

Just saw Independencia; didn't like it as much as I'd like to like it. I like Raya's previous film, Next Attraction, much better.

Thor Bee said...

Caught the second screening of Independencia at 9:30pm. Saw ALL the films that day and my head is a soup of images with a dash of migraine.

Only saw Raya's Next Attraction but I did like Independencia, and I loved Serbis (though I know I'm in the minority here). Will put my thoughts into words soon.

Sayang di tayo nagkita. I was with Dodo Dayao and met Oggs. Kaw kasi, pa mysterious anonymous pa, ehehehe!

Andy Briones said...

Huwhaaat? You saw all three films screened that day? How did you do that? For Independencia, I lined up for tickets from 5pm to 7.30pm; muntik na nga ako maubusan ng ticket. Grabe, ang daming tao.

I saw a guy there who looked like you, and I thought, "Is this him?" He was a bit loud though and he acted like Christian from Project Runway, so I was like, "Nah, this can't be him." Ehehehe.

I saw Oggs before in Gateway. We don't know each other personally, but I recognized him because of his avatar in his blog. I didn't approach him, though, to introduce myself. You know me, I'm a bit introverted.

Pa-mysterious effect ang style ko, parang ganun. lulz!

Thor Bee said...

EXCUUUSE ME! Hahaha! Di ako maingay!!!!

I was in line for awhile for Independencia, QUIETLY reading a manga, but left to watch Serbis and listen to Brillante talk. Took a chance later on and got invites to the second screening.

They showed four short films at the 3pm screening, including SABONGERO and Red's ANINO.

Oggs was with Dodo (we go a way back, more than 10 years back sa ad agency) and got introduced. Very nice guy, medyo shy din ako kasi naman ang lalim magsulat. Hehe.

Maglagay ka na kasi ng pic mo sa blog mo! Kahit kindergarten pic, hehe! Para sa Cinemalaya magkakakilala tayo.

Andy Briones said...

See, my hunch was right; that wasn't you I saw. Oh man, he was sooo loud. Ehehehe.

Yesterday was the first time I lined up for a ticket for more than two hours. Grabe.

Hey, have you heard? They're exhibiting some of Julian Schnabel's works in Makati! I'm not a big fan of his movies, but I really like his artworks; saw some of them yesterday! Love them!

Thor Bee said...

The one at Manila Contemporary, right? Will drop by on Monday. Thanks for reminding me!

dodo dayao said...

Hindi daw sadya yung pagpalit-palit ng textures sa Independencia. Answer print pala yung pinalabas. Sayang - - - nakaisip na ko ng ilang teorya kung bakit paiba-iba ang kulay. Hehe. Realizing we were watching a 35mm print did up the excitement of watching it.

Beautiful,beautiful film all told - - just love the idea of using a soundstage. Not sure if it's my favorite Raya - - -still hooked on Now Showing and Autohystoria but I have a feeling a second or third viewing might change my mind. Lav thinks it's Raya's masterpiece - - -and I'm tempted to steal some of his insights for my forthcoming (in a few months perhaps . . . hehe) review.

Thor eto yung site nung isang pinakilala ko sa 'yo, si Chard, yung payat na nakasalamin:

Kid can fucking write. Sayang umuwi ng maaga, masaya din kausap yun, daming alam about cinema (baduy and art both) for someone so young.

Galeng ng weekend, pangtanggal ng umay sa pag-ibig. To cap it off, I'm going to go see Drag Me To Hell later. :)

dodo dayao said...

" . . going to go . . ."

Kinakalawang na nga talaga ako. Hehe.

Thor Bee said...

Do! Haha, going to go, slang na slang! Thanks for Chard's link, his review on Sympathy for Lady Vengeance made me want to watch the movie again.

Still brewing thoughts on Independencia. Difficulty un-gooeying because the movie made me weak in the knees.

dodo dayao said...

Aside from the mala-Kwaidan(o mala-old school Hollywood) na paggamit ng sets, akala ko Independencia na ang pinaka-conventional na trabaho ni Raya. Tapos naputol yung film,tapos kinausap tayo ni Sid Lucero . . .iba talaga pag nagwawasak si Raya. Hehe,

Halfway through drafting reviews for both Independencia and Now Showing pero ubod ng bagal at kulang sa libog. Ang hirap magsulat these days. Either kailangan ko ng alak o kailangan ko magbawas ng alak. Hehe.

Incidentally, Drag Me To Hell was the most fun I've had watching an American movie in a moviehouse in a loooong while. . .alone, that is. :)

Thor Bee said...

Took me three days to write my thoughts on the film, ang hirap kasi the more I think about it, the more I love the movie especially considering the history of the 35 mm film during American occupation.

Twice ko na napanood ang DM2H. Saya di ba? Dami lang putol pero okay pa rin, kakatakot talaga pustiso ni lola. Hehe.