Further gaining grounds in our efforts to gain a foothold in prestigious film festivals abroad, four Filipino films will be shown in the New Cinema of the World Section of the Cannes Film Festival this coming May.
The films are Bagong Buwan (2001), directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya, Dekada 70 (2002), directed by Chito Rono, Milan (2004), directed by Olivia Lamasan, and Panaghoy sa Suba (2004), directed by Cesar Montano. The first three films were produced by Star Cinema of ABS-CBN Entertainment. Panaghoy was produced by CM Films and was shown during the last Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines.
Mr. Serge Sobczynski, an official of the New Cinema of the World Section, has informed Ms. Laurice Guillen, chairman of the Film Development Commission, that he has already scheduled the exhibition of the four Filipino films in a single day. He reported that two short Filipino films will also be shown during the Philippines day of the section.
Sobczynski released the schedule for Philippines day as follows:
Panaghoy sa Suba , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dekada 70 , 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bagong Buwan with the short film Liyab (directed by Sockie Fernandez), 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Milan with the short film Batang Trapo (directed by Mes de Guzman), 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
He said that he was “very impressed by the quality and the originality of the films”. Bagong Buwan stars Cesar Montano, Jericho Rosales and Amy Austria while Dekada 70 stars Vima Santos and Christopher de Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin and a stellar cast.
Piolo Pascual and Claudine Barretto are the lead stars of Milan . Panaghoy sa Suba has Cesar Montano and Juliana Palermo as the leading stars.
The New Cinema of the World program aims to provide a venue for the exhibition of the most dynamic film productions of a country. And this might include even vintage films which has a strong influence on new generation of filmmakers, as well as recent feature films which do not have to be necessarily unexhibited though these films must not have been overly seen by Cannes-based filmgoers.
The program encourages the showing of short films which could open some screening sessions. Documentaries or animation films as long as they relate to a creative trend are likewise encouraged to be submitted to this section.
Each participating country has the responsibility to choose and endorse the films to be shown in this section though the films will also be screened by the program officials to verify that the chosen films indeed represent the most active, artistic and creative in the country’s recent productions.
The section also intends to attract the participation of young filmmakers whose perspective on the modern complexities of their society can be considered innovative and artistically pronounced.
The festival and the participating country are expected to adhere to some conditions . The festival will provide a 179-seat movie theater, fully equipped with a 35 mm projector and Dolby stereo sound. The festival officials will likewise welcome the country’s delegations at the airport and whisk them to their hotel accommodations as well as provide them the accreditation for the festival. The directors of the participating films will be provided a two-day stay in a hotel for free.
The festival will also provide the needed screening information materials or handouts that will contain all necessary details and specifics about the films to be exhibited . The festival will shoulder the subtitling of the films into French.
Meanwhile, the participating country will provide one DVD or VHS copy of the films and a new 35 mm copy with English subtitles. These will be transported to the festival secretariat in Cannes.
The participating country will also submit documents and write-ups about the submitted films.
The trip and accommodation expenses of the entire delegation will be shouldered by the participating country which will also organize a party at the closing of the screenings.