Four Filipino films will be shown in three sections of the 66th Cannes Film Festival scheduled on May 15 to 26 in France.
Two films—Death March directed by Adolfo Alix Jr. and Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (North, the End of History) directed by Lav Diaz—will be shown in the Un Certain Regard section with 16 other films from all over the world.
Twenty one films will be shown in the Directors’ Fortnight, including On the Job directed by Erik Matti.
The 1975 Filipino film classic directed by National Artist for Film Lino Brocka, Maynila, sa Kuko ng Liwanag will be exhibited with 18 other films in the Cannes Classics section which places on spotlight rediscovered or restored film masterpieces of the past.
Unfortunately there is no Filipino film included in the Main Competition section where 20 films, five from the United States, will vie for awards.
On the Job, co-produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment, stars Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, with Shaina Magdayao, Rayver Cruz, Joel Torre, Michael de Mesa, Angel Aquino, Empress, Vivian Velez, Leo Martinez and Joey Marquez. The Hollywood Reporter magazine describes On the Job as a prisoners-and-politicians hitman thriller.
Anderson is cast as a prison inmate working as a hitman or professional killer who is smuggled out of prison to execute his missions while Pascual portrays an NBI agent tasked to hunt the killer down.
The other films in the Directors’ Fortnight are:
Above the Hill by Raphael Nadjari (Israel/France); Les Apaches by Thierry de Peretti (France); Ate Ver A Luz by Basil da Cunha (Switzerland); Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier (US); The Congress by Ari Folman (Israel/Germany/Poland); The Dance of Reality by Alejandro Jodorowsky (France); L’Escale by Kaveh Bakhtiari (Switzerland/France); La Fille Du 14 Juillet by Antonin Peretjako (France); Henri by Yolande Moreau (France); Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen (Singapore);
Jodorowsky’s Dune by Franck Pavich (France); Last Days on Mars by Ruari Robinson (UK); Les Garcons et Guillaume, A Table! by Guillaume Galliene (France); Magic Magic by Sebastian Silva (US); The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard (UK); Tip Top by Serge Bozon (France); Ugly by Anurag Kashyap (India); Un Voyaguer by Marcel Ophuls (France); The Summer of the Flying Fish by Marcela Said (France/Chile); and We Are What We Are by Jim Mickle (US).
The other films in the Un Certain Regard section are:
The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola (US); Omar by Hany Abu-Assad (Palestine); Fruitvale Station by Ryan Coogler (US); The Bastards by Claire Denis (France); As I Lay Dying by James Franco (UDS); Miele by Valeria Golino (Italy/France); L’Inconnu du lac by Alain Guiraudie (France); Bends by Flora Lau (UK);
L’Image Manquante by Rithy Panh (Cambodia); La Jaula de Oro by Diego Quemada-Diez (Mexico); Anonymous by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran); Sarah Would Rather Run by Chloe Robichaud (Canada); Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski (France); My Sweet Pepperland by Huner Saleem; Wakolda by Lucia Puenzo (Argentina/Spain) and Rising by Katrin Gebbe (Germany).
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