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Film Review: ‘Heneral Luna’

Film Review: ‘Heneral Luna’
One of the most expensive and highest-grossing Filipino films of all time, “Heneral Luna” is a rousing, warts-and-all portrait of Gen. Antonio Luna, the brilliant and brusque strategist whose command of troops in the Philippine-American War (1899-1902) was cut short by betrayal from within his own ranks. Anchored by a charismatic central performance by John Arcilla (“Metro Manila”) and peppered with exciting action sequences, the pic has the all-around energy to overcome the odd moment of bumpy storytelling and prosaic dialogue. A worthy official submission in the foreign-language Oscar race and an entertaining history lesson for audiences everywhere, “Luna” reps an impressive achievement in large-scale filmmaking by prolific scripter-helmer-editor-composer Jerrold Tarog (“If Only,” 2007). Launched locally on Sept. 9, the pic grossed a whopping $5.3 million and has notched an impressive $200,000 on limited U.S. screens since Oct. 30.

It’s worth noting the film’s remarkable turnaround at the domestic box office. Initially released in 100 cinemas,
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Oscar Foreign-Language Contenders Jostle for Academy’s Attention

While the number of countries sending films for the foreign-language race has dropped to 81 from last year’s record of 83, there are still plenty of goodies to choose from. Most films are from returning nations, only Peru is a newcomer, and there are a few returning helmers, too. But there are also 27 debut directors with a goodly number of women in the group.

Afghanistan

Utopia

Director: Hassan Nazer

Production company: Afghanfilm

Albania

Bota

Directors: Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci

Production company: Partner Media Investment

Algeria

“Twilight of Shadows”

Director: Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina

Argentina

“The Clan”

Director: Pablo Trapero

U.S. distrib: 20th Century Fox

Australia

“Arrows of the Thunder Dragon”

Director: Greg Sneddon

Intl. sales: Wide Management

Austria

Goodnight Mommy

Directors: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

U.S. distrib: Radius/TWC

Bangladesh

“Jalal’s Story”

Director:

Abu Shahed Emon

Production company: Impress Tele Films

Belgium

“The Brand New Testament”

Director: Jaco Van Dormael

Intl.
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Abramorama boards Philippine’s 'Heneral Luna'

Abramorama boards Philippine’s 'Heneral Luna'
The distributor will release Philippine’s foreign language Oscar submission in New York on October 30 followed by a Los Angeles release on November 6.

Heneral Luna profiles national hero General Antonio Luna and the Philippine-American war of the 1890s.

According to Abramorama Jerrold Tarog’s film is not only the biggest independent Filipino release of all time but was so well-received that the country’s president asked the department of education to consider adding it to the school curriculum.

Heneral Luna is an extraordinary film with a loyal, definable, motivated audience, exactly what we look for for when taking something on,” said Abramorama president Richard Abramowitz.

“We’re honoured that the producers are entrusting us with this record-breaking release.”
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Abramorama to Release Philippine Academy Award Entry 'Heneral Luna'

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Abramorama to Release Philippine Academy Award Entry 'Heneral Luna'
Read More: 2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film Abramorama has announced that it will release Jerrold Tarog's "Heneral Luna," the Philippines' entry for Best Foreign Language Film, in theaters nationwide beginning at the end of the month. "Heneral Luna" has become a cultural phenomenon in its homeland as the highest grossing independent Filipino film of all time. The official synopsis reads: "Set during the Philippine–American war, the epic film recounts the heroic yet tragic story of General Antonio Luna, commander of the Philippine Revolutionary Army and the most brilliant Filipino general, who faced an enemy more treacherous than any foreign colonizer: his own countrymen. The film stars award-winning veteran actor John Arcilla as General Luna." "'Heneral Luna' is an extraordinary film with a loyal, definable, motivated audience, exactly what we look for when taking something on," said Richard...
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Oscars: 81 titles confirmed for Best Foreign-Language Film

Oscars: 81 titles confirmed for Best Foreign-Language Film
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration for this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Paraguay is the only first-time entrant.

The figure is down on last year, when a record 83 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Polish feature Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 14, 2016.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb 28, 2016, televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan Utopia, Hassan Nazer

Albania Bota, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci

Algeria Twilight of Shadows, Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina

Argentina The Clan, Pablo Trapero

Australia Arrows of the Thunder, Dragon Greg Sneddon

Austria Goodnight Mommy, Veronika Franz, [link
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Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar

Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar, among them Felix and Meira, Under Milk Wood, Labyrinth of Lies and Sunstroke (click through for full list).

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Paraguay is the only first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director.

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors.

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director.

Argentina: “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director.

Australia: “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director.

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho
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Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar

Eighty-one up for foreign language Oscar
Films from 81 countries have been subitted for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar, among them Felix and Meira, Under Milk Wood, Labyrinth of Lies and Sunstroke (click through for full list).

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration for this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Paraguay is the only first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director.

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors.

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director.

Argentina: “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director.

Australia: “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director.

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho
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Oz film vies for foreign language Oscar

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Writer-director-producer Greg Sneddon.s Bhutan-set drama Arrows of the Thunder Dragon is Australia.s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar.

Set in the 1970s, the story follows brother and sister Kuenphen and Jamyang who live in a remote Bhutanese village where they learn traditional archery from their old warrior grandfather.

Their mother's sudden sickness gives Kuenphen the opportunity to explore the world outside the village while Jamyang must stay home to weave, cook and get married- a fate she is not willing to accept without a fight.

The self-financed film was shot on location in the Himalayan mountains with a cast of local highland village people and a Bhutanese crew including DoP Leki Dorji, none of whom had worked on a feature. Jill Bilock is the editor.

"I'm thrilled to bits," Sneddon tell If. A former Buddhist monk, he got the idea for the film while on a pilgrimage to the country.
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81 Countries In Competition In Foreign Language Film Category For 88th Academy Awards

Son Of Saul

The Academy has announced that eighty-one countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 88th Oscars.

The Holocaust drama, Son Of Saul, won the Grand Prix at Cannes in May.

Paraguay is a first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director;

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors;

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director;

Argentina, “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Australia, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director;

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho Kulikar, director;

Canada, “Félix and Meira,” Maxime Giroux, director;

Chile, “The Club,” Pablo Larraín, director;

China,
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81 Countries Vie for Foreign-Language Oscar

81 Countries Vie for Foreign-Language Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that 81 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 88th Academy Awards. Paraguay is a first-time entrant.

The 2015 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “Utopia,” Hassan Nazer, director;

Albania, “Bota,” Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, directors;

Algeria, “Twilight of Shadows,” Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina, director;

Argentina, “The Clan,” Pablo Trapero, director;

Australia, “Arrows of the Thunder Dragon,” Greg Sneddon, director;

Austria, “Goodnight Mommy,” Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, directors;

Bangladesh, “Jalal’s Story,” Abu Shahed Emon, director;

Belgium, “The Brand New Testament,” Jaco Van Dormael, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Our Everyday Story,” Ines Tanović, director;

Brazil, “The Second Mother,” Anna Muylaert, director;

Bulgaria, “The Judgment,” Stephan Komandarev, director;

Cambodia, “The Last Reel,” Sotho Kulikar, director;

Canada, “Félix and Meira,” Maxime Giroux, director;

Chile, “The Club,” Pablo Larraín, director;

China, “Go Away Mr. Tumor,” Han Yan, director;

Colombia, “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra,
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Oscars: Foreign-Language Films Deadline Closes Thursday

Thursday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for Oscar foreign-language film submissions, with nearly 70 countries so far weighing in — though many of the usual suspects are still not accounted for, including the U.K., Egypt, Australia and New Zealand.

After the Oct. 1 deadline, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will go through the entries to determine eligibility. The Academy wants to make sure each film was under the creative control of filmmakers from the submitting country (though, in an era of international co-productions, the Acad tries to be accommodating), that it opened during the eligibility period and that the majority of the dialogue is not in English. The Academy usually releases its list about a week after the deadline.

The Academy will announce a shortlist of nine films from the submissions, and the five Oscar nominees will be announced Jan. 14, along with contenders in other categories. The Academy Awards take place Feb.
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Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar submissions 2016

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Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar submissions 2016
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards are coming in and will continue until October, when the full list of eligible submissions will be revealed.

Last year, a record 83 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Polish feature Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

This year’s nominations must be submitted by Oct 1.

Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 14, 2016.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb 28, 2016.

Afghanistan: Utopia, Hassan Nazer

Albania: Bota, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci

Austria: Goodnight Mommy, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Bangladesh: Jalal’s Story, Abu Shahed Emon

Belgium: The Brand New Testament, Jaco Van Dormael

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Our Everyday Life, Ines Tanović

Brazil: The Second Mother, Anna Muylaert

Bulgaria: The Judgement, Stephan Komandarev

Cambodia:
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Philippines Sends ‘Heneral Luna’ To Battle for Foreign-Language Oscar

Philippines Sends ‘Heneral Luna’ To Battle for Foreign-Language Oscar
The Philippines has selected “Heneral Luna” as its candidate film for the foreign-language Academy Award.

The historical biopic, directed by Jerrold Tarog, depicts General Antonio Luna’s battle to resist the forces of Spanish colonization in the 19th century. A national hero, Luna was supposedly a smart general, and a rabble rouser.

The selection was announced on Monday by the Film Academy of the Philippines and a committee headed by Mel Chionglo. The committee examined six features including Brillante Mendoza’s “Taklub” and Carlitos Siguinon-Reyna’s “Hari Ng Tondo.”

Made by Artikulo Uno productions on a budget of $13 million (PHP80 million) – huge by local standards – the film debuted in Philippines cinemas on Sept. 9.
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Best of 2014: Top 15 Filipino Films

2013 was the year when Erik Matti released On the Job, showing the world that there was more to the Philippines than the suffering and dolor most of its films so valiantly depict. It was also the year when filmmakers Siege Ledesma (Shift), Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati), and Whammy Alcazaren (Islands) broke away from the usual mold to tackles various facets of love that would be too complicated for commercial cinema. Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, the End of History), 2013's best film, even had Lav Diaz breaching his trademark aesthetics of monochromatic long takes to deliver a narrative that is comparatively easier to digest but still powerful like no other.2014 saw Cinemalaya and Cinema One Originals, the Philippines' most reliable fund granters, actively seek out...

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Review: Jerrold Tarog's Sana Dati (If Only) is an Affecting Romantic Film for Failed Romantics

Jerrold Tarog has been exposing the hard truths behind the Philippines' greatest preoccupations, politics and family. Through characters whose jobs are related to cameras, Tarog destroys myths that have misled Filipinos into a distorted sense of comfort. In Confessional (2007), a documentary filmmaker accidentally stumbles upon a corrupt mayor. The mayor then confesses all his sins on video, lecturing the filmmaker of the fallacy of the Philippines so-called nationhood. In Mangatyanan (The Blood Trail, 2009), an awarded photographer struggles with the nagging influence of her father, who is also an esteemed photographer. In her attempt to take pictures of a rare ritual of a dying tribe, she learns to accept the sins her father has committed against her which effectively ripped their family apart. Tarog...

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Jerrold Tarog Completes His Camera Trilogy With Sana Dati

Though best known as a horror filmmaker, Filipino helmer Jerrold Tarog has also won acclaim with the first two installments of his 'camera' trilogy. Indie dramas revolving around characters who use cameras in their everyday lives, the camera trilogy comes to a conclusion this year with Tarog's Cinemalaya entry Sana Dati.Beautifully photographed and boasting what look to be quite strong performances, the first trailer for Sana Dati has arrived and promises something quite different from what we've come to expect from the Philippines: a romantic drama that refuses to pander either to the mainstream cineplex crowd or the ultra low budget indie aesthetic and lands someplace really quite interesting.Check the trailer - English subtitles included - below....

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