Sunday, November 6, 2011

13th Cinemanila International Film Festival at Market! Market! (11.11.11-11.17.11)

The 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival will once prove to be the biggest, screening eighty (80) films from thirty (30) different countries at Market! Market! and Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City on November 11-17, 2011. It is the longest running and largest international film festival in the Philippines today.

This is the second year that Cinemanila will be partnering with Taguig City, one of the most progressive cities in Metro Manila. This 2011, Cinemanila’s theme, “I ♥ Cinema. I ♥ Cinemanila,” reflects a passion for film that spans over a decade.

“For the love of cinema has been our mantra for thirteen years now,” said Founding Director Tikoy Aguiluz. “Cinemanila has been a passionate affair for us since we started in 1999. The message is clear: the Cinemanila experience has been a journey of true love for cinema.”

Aside from the usual roster of films fresh from Cannes, Berlin, and Pusan Film Festivals, one of the 2011 Cinemanila’s highlights is a film program called The Beautiful Game, which will feature films revolving around football/soccer and its beloved icons. 

Nora Aunor

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented at the Opening Night to award-winning Filipino actress Nora Aunor, and Italian master of horror, Dario Argento. This year’s festival will also see the launch of the Cinemanila Moonlight Series, a weekly outdoor film screenings to take place in Taguig City beginning January 2012.

Dario Argento

PINA (3D) by Wim Wenders - Opening Film
Germany/France/UK, 2011

Synopsis:  (lifted from here)
PINA is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. PINA is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal – the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch’s creativity.   

(Lifted from here)
Finalists - Digital Lokal
Digital Lokal is a competition category for Filipino feature-length films in digital format:
1. Sakay sa Hangin by Regiben Romana
2. Seรฑorita by Vincent Sandoval
3. Sa Kanto ng Ulap at Lupa by Mes de Guzman (Philippines)
4. Lawas Kan Pinabli (Forever Loved) by Christopher Gozum

The following prizes will be awarded:
Digital Lokal Lino Grand Prize
Digital Lokal Best Director

Previous winners of the Lino Grand Prize:
Manoro by Brillante Mendoza (2006)
Autohystoria by Raya Martin (2007)
Imburnal by Sherad Anthony Sanchez (2008)
Anacbanua by Christopher Gozum (2009)
Di Natatapos ang Gabi by Ato Bautista (2010)

(Lifted from here)
Finalists - International & Southeast Asian (SEA) Competitions

International Films in Competition:
1.  Gangor (2010) by Italo Spinelli (Italy)
2.  If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010) by Florin Serban (Romania)
3.  Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
4.  Poetry (2010) by Chang-dong Lee (South Korea)
5.  Siglo ng Pagluluwal (Century of Birthing) (2011) by Lav Diaz (Philippines)
6.  Sun-Beaten Path (2011) by Sonthar Gyal (China)
7.  Toomelah (2011) by Ivan Sen (Australia)

Southeast Asian Films in Competition:
1.  Boundary (2011) by Benito Bautista (Philippines)
2.  Eternity (2010) by Sivaroj Kongsakul (Thailand)
3.  The Mirror Never Lies (2011) by Kamila Andini (Indonesia)
4.  Water Hands (2011) by Vladimir Todorovic (Singapore)
5.  Golden Slumbers (2011) by Davy Chou (Cambodia)

The following awards will be given in the International Competitions categories:
- Lino Brocka Prize
- Grand Jury Prize
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress

Previous Lino Brocka Prize winners since 1999:
Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)
Colour of Paradise by Majid Majidi (Iran)
Firefly Dreams by John Williams (Japan)
Atanarjuat by Zacharias Kunuk (Canada)
What Time Is It There? by Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan)
Uzak (Distant) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
Vibrator by Ryuichi Hiroki (Japan)
The President’s Last Bang by Im-Sang Soo (South Korea)
Kubrador by Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippines)
The Edge of Heaven by Fatih Akin (Turkey)
Hunger by Steve McQueen
Sketches of Kaitan City by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Japan)

Previous winners of the Southeast Asian Competition since 2007:
Mukhsin by Yasmin Ahmad (Malaysia)
Confessional by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto (Philippines)
Talentime by Yasmin Ahmad (Malaysia)
Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria by Remton Siega Zuasola (Philippines)
Shorts in Competition - seven (7) films:  
1.  123 by Carlo Obispo
2.  Ang Gugma ni Olivia (Olivia’s Love) by Christian Linaban
3.  Canto III by Keith Sicat
4.  Inosensya (Innocence) by Mikhail Red
5.  Kapatid (Brothers) by Steven Flor
6.  Saranghae My Tutor by Victor Villanueva
7.  Sirip (Glimpse) by Kim Camelo.

Shorts in Exhibition - eight (8) films are:  
1.  Agos (Waves) by Samantha Lee
2. Bleached by Jess dela Merced
3.  Dadi by Ilsa Malsi
4.  Huling Araw ng Pagsisilbi (Last Day of Service) by Bienvenido O. Ferrer III
5.  Leaving Home by Epoy Deyto
6.  Manenaya (Waiting) by Richard Legaspi
7.  Pangako (Promise) by Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena
8.  Sydney-Manila Express by Bor Ocampo

(Lifted from here)
New Section: The Beautiful Game
The Beautiful Game features the world’s most popular sport - football or soccer.
1.  Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story (2011)
2.  Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait (2006, France)
3.  The Two Escobars (2010)
4.  Offside by Jafar Panahi (2006)
5.  The Cup by Khyentse Norbu (1999, Bhutan)
6.  The Striker with Number 9 by Pantelis Voulgaris (1989, Greece)
7.  Bend It Like Beckham by Gurinder Chadha (2002)
8.  Happyland by Jim Libiran (2010, Philippines)

“2011 marks the second year of our relationship with Taguig. It is our hope and wish that the Cinemanila International Film Festival will continue to grow with the City of Taguig so that we will be able to realize our mission to bring world cinema to the Philippines and Philippine cinema to the world,” said Aguiluz.

This project is being brought to us by the Cinemanila International Film Festival Foundation and Taguig City. Other sponsors are Cinema One, Ayala Malls, Market! Market! Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Manila Bulletin, Business World,,, Outpost, Solid Video Corporation, TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno, Web Philippines, Inc., Murnay & D’Vine, and Kabisera.

Cinemanila would also like to thank the following for their unwavering support to this project: Embassy of Italy, Embassy of India, Embassy of Korea, Embassy of Greece, Republic of Germany, Goethe Institut, Ambassade de France, Philippine-Korean Cultural Center, Alliance Francaise de Manille, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Jeonju International Film Festival, and Asiatica Film Mediale.

Compelete Cinemanila 2011 Schedule
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