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These 5 Filipino Films Will Be at the Tokyo International Film Festival

This year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature five unique Filipino dramas. The Philippine Entertainment Portal reports that Die Beautiful, I America, Birdshot, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis and Shiniuma will be part of the festival’s 29th year.

Die Beautiful stars Paolo Ballesteros as a transwoman and beauty pageant veteran whose dying wish is to be dressed as Lady Gaga for her funeral. The film is directed by Jun Lana. It is the only Filipino film included in the main competition. This marks Lana’s second run at Tiff. His 2013 freshman entry Barber’s Tales won the Tiff Best Actress award for its star Eugene Domingo.

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis or “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery” is Lav Diaz’s eight-hour epic for Tiff’s World Focus Section. Anchored by Philippine superstars John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis is a fantastical meditation on Philippine literature,
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'Shift' Wins Osaka Film Festival Grand Prix

'Shift' Wins Osaka Film Festival Grand Prix
Tokyo – Filipino film Shift, from Siege Ledesma, won the grand prix at the Osaka Asian Film Festival on Sunday, while Fasten Your Seatbelt, the directorial debut from Korean actor Ha Jung-woo, took the most promising talent award. Ledesma's story of a female call center worker who falls for her gay, male supervisor, also landed a $5,000 (¥500,000) cash prize, while Ha's airborne comedy won $2,000 (¥200,000). Jury president Eugene Domingo singled out films from the Philippines and South Korea for praise in her announcement of the prize winners. Story: Japan Box Office Drops Slightly

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Grandmaster, Snowpiercer lead Afa noms

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Grandmaster, Snowpiercer lead Afa noms
Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster scooped the most nominations for this year’s Asian Film Awards with 11 nods, followed by Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer with five.

Nominations for The Grandmaster included best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), best actress (Zhang Ziyi), best screenwriter and best cinemtographer (see full list below). Snowpiercer’s nominations included best film, best director, best screenwriter, best production designer and best costume designer.

Also nominated for best film are Chinese director Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land, which is screening at the Berlin film festival, The Great Passage from Japan, The Lunchbox from India and Taiwan’s Stray Dogs.

Rounding out the best director category are Stray Dogs director Tsai Ming-liang, Singapore’s Anthony Chen for Ilo Ilo and Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda for Like Father, Like Son.

Multiple nominees also included No Man’s Land, Stray Dogs, Cold Eyes and Rigor Mortis which each picked up four
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‘We Are The Best!’ On Top At Tokyo Festival

‘We Are The Best!’ On Top At Tokyo Festival
Tokyo — Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are the Best!,” a dramedy about three 13-year-old girls who start a punk band in 1982 Stockholm, was awarded the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.

The Swedish director told the closing night crowd at the Toho Cinema Roppongi Hills theater that he had no expectations his picture would prevail. “It’s not the kind of film that wins prizes,” he explained. “I had planned to spend the night shopping for toys and having dinner” with wife Coco, on whose memoir the pic was based, and their young daughter.

The second-place special jury prize was given to Iranian helmer Behnam Bezadi’s coming-of-age drama “Bending the Rules,” while best director honors went to Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson for his equine drama “Of Horses and Men.”

Winner of the best acting prize was Chinese actor Wang Jingchun for his turn
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Tokyo Festival Winners in Full

Tokyo Festival Winners in Full
2013 Tokyo International Film Festival — awards winners

Competition

Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix:

“We Are the Best!” dir: Lukas Moodysson

Special Jury Prize:

Bending the Rules” dir: Behnam Behzadi

Award for Best Director:

Benedikt Erlingsson with ”Of Horses and Men

Award for Best Actress:

Eugene Domingo in ”Barber’s Tales” (pictured)

Award for Best Actor:

Wang Jingchun in “To Live and Die in Ordos”

Award for Best Artistic Contribution:

“The Empty Hours” dir: Aarón Fernández

Audience Award:

“Red Family” dir: Lee Ju-hyoung

Winds of Asia-Middle East

Best Asian Future Film Award:

“Today and Tomorrow” dir: Yang Huilong

Asian Future, Special Mention:

“The Tale of Iya” dir: Tetsuichiro Tsuya

Japanese Cinema Splash

Best Picture Award:

Forma” dir: Ayumi Sakamoto
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Abu Dhabi Ff to honour Forest Whitaker

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Abu Dhabi Ff to honour Forest Whitaker
Festival kicks off Thursday with gala screening of Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime.

Forest Whitaker will be among the guests when the Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening. Whitaker will receive the festival’s Black Pearl Career Achievement award.

The festival will open with a gala screening of the Middle East premiere of Life of Crime with director Daniel Schechter and actor Mark Boone Junior both in attendance and participating in an audience Q&A.

Another career achievement award winner will be actress and director Hiam Abbass, who stars in festival world premiere Peace After Marriage.

International guests will include Danis Tanovic, Amma Asante, Jia Zhangke, Beeban Kidron, Emir Baigazin, Agnes B, Cedomir Kolar, Uberto Pasolini, Tao Zhao, Eugene Domingo, Louis Garrel, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Catherine Dussart.

Arab stars set to attend Adff include Mervat Amin, Hend Sabri, Ahmad Ezz, Basel Khayat, Eyad Nassar, Kinda Aloush, Abed Fahad, Manal Khader, Nesrine
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Abu Dhabi Film Festival to welcome Forest Whitaker

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Abu Dhabi Film Festival to welcome Forest Whitaker
Festival kicks off Thursday with gala screening of Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime.

Forest Whitaker will be among the guests when the Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening. Whitaker will receive the festival’s Black Pearl Career Achievement award.

The festival will open with a gala screening of the Middle East premiere of Life of Crime with director Daniel Schechter and actor Mark Boone Junior both in attendance and participating in an audience Q&A.

Another career achievement award winner will be actress and director Hiam Abbass, who stars in festival world premiere Peace After Marriage.

International guests will include Danis Tanovic, Amma Asante, Jia Zhangke, Beeban Kidron, Emir Baigazin, Agnes B, Cedomir Kolar, Uberto Pasolini, Tao Zhao, Eugene Domingo, Louis Garrel, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Catherine Dussart.

Arab stars set to attend Adff include Mervat Amin, Hend Sabri, Ahmad Ezz, Basel Khayat, Eyad Nassar, Kinda Aloush, Abed Fahad, Manal Khader, Nesrine
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Tokyo Film Review: ‘Barber’s Tales’

Tokyo Film Review: ‘Barber’s Tales’
A bit of a disappointment after last year’s excellent “Bwakaw,” Filipino writer-director Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales” is a solid enough but less inspired rural character study set amid the political turmoil of Ferdinand Marcos’ second presidential term. Eugene Domingo goes the stoic-suffering route as a grieving barber’s widow pulled into helping rebel forces even as she gets equally unexpected entree to the mayor’s home. While handled with restraint, the pic teeters into more familiar melodramatic territory than “Bwakaw” did, which may translate into better B.O. returns at home but also less international visibility.

Marilou (Domingo) is treated more like a servant than a spouse by husband Jose (Daniel Fernando); childless since the death of their only offspring years ago, they’re a cheerless couple. When Jose abruptly dies in his sleep, Marilou assumes she’ll have to move to a city and become a housemaid.
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Foreign Oscar Updates: 15 Official Submissions & Much More

Another week, another 10+ submissions for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. We're up to 15 official titles now (which means there are about 50 to go). We previously covered Germany's finalist list but they didn't go with the youthful hit comedy Oh Boy after all but with the drama Two Lives, which we highlighted as a strong possibility given its war themes and the presence of Liv Ullman in the cast list.

But the German news is just scratching the surface of what's going on in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race.

Finalists And Speculation

"Thy Womb"'s Nora Aunor won several Best Actress prizes at festivals

The Philippines

They've recently announced a list of 8 finalists although, to make things confusing, they are still willing to look at more films that aren't on the list in case of late arrivals to the cinema. But chances are the film will come from this list: Supremo,
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Review: Joyce Bernal's Kimmy Dora And The Temple Of Kiyeme

Joyce Bernal's Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme misses the entire point. It is just one humongous mistake that sadly betrays whatever hope the success of Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme (2009) created for the Philippine film industry. Perhaps the first Kimmy Dora offering was simply a tad overrated. It has everything going for it. It featured Eugene Domingo, then an underdog, an actress who has worked her way to the top as its lead. It was also the only film that had guts to take them on, armed only with faith on the untested charms of its lead and its guiltless humor In a market that only welcomed the repetitive romances and inane horrors of the country's mainstream studios.It peddled nothing more but...
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Adorable Acceptance Speech: Andy & Eugene

Remember last week when we were talking about the Asian Film Awards? Here is Eugene Domingo's acceptance speech for People's Choice Favorite Actress for the Philippines Oscar Submission Woman in a Septic Tank. She and Favorite Actor winner, the Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau really ham it up.

Yes. I am very famous."

Fun. Thanks to Tfe devotee Reign for sending my way.

In other adorability news from Asian cinema, apparently this candid drunken photo of our favorite Asian movie star Tony Leung Chiu Wai was widely circulated on the net. My guess is he's drinking to forget that Wong Kar Wai, the auteur who bolstered Tony's international reputation, is still working on The Grand Masters. Will we ever see it?

They haven't worked together since 2046 (2004) and at the rate Wong Kar Wai is working they'll probably never work together again since Tony turns 50 in June. We'll totally celebrate.
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"A Separation" Wins Big at the Asian Film Awards

Congralutations to Andy Lau (representing Hong Kong's Oscar submission A Simple Life) and Eugene Domingo (the star of The Philippine's Oscar submission Woman in a Septic Tank) who won the People's Choice Award for Actor and Actress at the 6th Annual Asian Film Awards.

 

They look so happy. The Oscars are long over but somehow it's comforting to know that people hold new trophies every day of the year for something or other and not all of them are dreaming of Oscar. And not all awards bodies are concerned with whether or not Oscar voters are watching.

It was a big night for A Separation (which we were just talking about) which took home the top prize and three others. The craft categories were mostly split between Wu Xia and The Flying Swords of Dragon Gale, neither of which have come to Us cinemas.

The acting awards were all over
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A Separation wins four Asian Film Awards including Best Film

A Separation wins four Asian Film Awards including Best Film
Still from A Separation

Asghar Farhadi’s Nader and Simin, A Separation added to its long list of accolades after it scooped up four awards at the 6th Asian Film Awards (Afa) in Hong Kong. It won the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter and Best Editor.

Donny Damara won the Best Actor for Lovely Man (Indonesia) while Deanie IP won the Best Actress for A Simple Life (Hong Kong).

The 6th Afa that took place on March 19 is one of the opening events of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong and takes place with two other flagship events of the Hkiffs: the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff), and the 10th Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf).

The winners of the 6th Afa are:

Best Film

• Nader And Simin, A Separation (Iran)

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi ― Nader And Simin, A Separation (Iran)

Best Actor

Donny DamaraLovely Man (Indonesia
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Asian Film Awards Nominations 2012

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Nominations for the 6th annual Asian Film Awards were announced in Hong Kong today:

Best Film

A Separation (Iran) Postcard (Japan) The Flowers of War (Mainland China) Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong/Mainland China) Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan) You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (India)

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Lovely Man Sono Sion, Guilty of Romance Tsui Hark, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Wei Te-sheng, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Zhang Yimou, The Flowers of War

Best Actor

Chen Kun, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Donny Damara, Lovely Man Andy Lau, A Simple Life Park Hae Il, War of the Arrows Yakusho Koji, Chronicle of My Mother

Best Actress

Vidya Balan, The Dirty Picture Michelle Chen, You Are the Apple of My Eye Eugene Domingo, The Woman in the Septic Tank Leila Hatami, A Separation Deanie Ip,
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Asian Film Awards 2012: Nominations: The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate and the other nominations for the 2012 Asian Film Awards have been announced. The 6th Annual Asian Film Awards was presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (Hkiffs) “to recognize excellence of film professionals in the film industries of Asian cinema.” This year’s award ceremony will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 19, 2012.

The full listing of the 2012 Asian Film Awards nominations have been announced.

Best Film

A Separation (Iran)

Postcard (Japan)

The Flowers of War (Mainland China)

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong/Mainland China)

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (Taiwan)

You Don’t Get Life a Second Time (India)

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Lovely Man

Sono Sion, Guilty of Romance

Tsui Hark, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Wei Te-sheng, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Zhang Yimou, The
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Metro Manila Film Festival Awards 2011: Winners: Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story and other winners of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines (Mmff-p) Awards have been released. The 37th Annual Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines “is the annual film festival held in Manila. The festival, which runs from the 25th of December to the first week of January, focuses on locally-produced films…During the course of the festival, no foreign movies are shown across the Philippines. Moreover, only films approved by the jurors of the Mmff will be shown. One of the festival highlights is the parade of floats during the opening of the festival. The floats, each one representing a movie entry for the festival, parade down Roxas Boulevard, while the stars for films ride on them.” This year’s awards ceremony was held at the “Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City”.

The full listing of the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards winners is below.
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Shake, Rattle And Roll 13 Review

In Chris Martinez's Rain, Rain, Go Away, the final episode of Shake, Rattle and Roll 13 which was touted by its producing studio as the last and the best of the horror franchise, water, more than the predictable ghosts that appear every now and then, is the main source of chills. Martinez, who is probably the cleverest writer and director actively working for the mainstream today, mines the collective paranoia of floods brought about by the horrific experiences during recent rain-related calamities the country barely survived from. In the episode, reliable comedienne Eugene Domingo plays the wife of Jay Manalo's businessman whose plastics business moved from its former flood-prone factory to a safer location. Brought about by experiences from the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy which...
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Oscar Submissions: Spain, Iran, Lebanon, Portugal, The Phillipines and Finland

This just in... well, actually it's been burning a whole in my inbox for a day or two. Spain, no stranger to Oscar glory with 19 nominations and 4 wins behind them, have narrowed their Oscar list down to 3 films.

It's a fairly standard choice facing Spain. They've got a Pedro Almodóvar film (The Skin I Live In), which automatically assures high profile discussions and viewers in the States even if the film isn't particularly Oscar-ready competing with a lesser known film which is more loved at home (Agustí Villaronga's Pa Negre) and a new film that not a lot of people have seen that hasn't even been released yet (Benito Zambrano's La voz dormida). The latter film is based on a novel and about women who were jailed during the Franco years. 

I'm guessing they go with Pa Negre (which translates to Black Bread) since it made such a
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RPG Metanoia Review

Luis Suarez's RPG Metanoia is the first Filipino-made 3D and CG-animated feature length film. Sadly, it seems that the distinction has overshadowed the film, which, even without the label that points out its historic significance, is quite a solid endeavor and must be seen, instead of read about, to be really enjoyed.

 

The film opens with a lengthy action sequence where Zero, a heroic kid who is quite adept with the yoyo as a weapon, makes his way through a horde of robots and defeats a three-headed monstrosity who looks like a cross between a hydra and a jack-in-the-box, revealing a prize, a mysterious mask that is supposed to give its wearer god-like powers. The computer hangs. The mother scolds. Zero is Nico (voiced by Zaijan Jaranilla), a frail kid who spends his days and nights leveling up his character in Metanoia, an online role-playing game where he can
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Metro Manila Film Festival Awards: Comedy Rules

Directed by Wenn V. Deramas and starring comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas, Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To) topped the 2010/2011 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards. The third and reportedly last feature in the Ang Tanging Ina Mo comedy series, Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To) won a total of eight awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (delas Alas), Best Supporting Actress (Eugene Domingo), and Best Screenplay (Mel del Rosario). [List of 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival winners.] In Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To), delas Alas plays a woman who, following a freak accident (she falls off a roof), is told she has only about eight months to live. After slapping her doctor, she goes nearly nuts when she starts having visions of her ex-husbands. And how will she tell the sad news to her children? Upon accepting her Best Actress award, Ai-Ai delas Alas joked that [...]
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