MANILA, Philippines – This year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition will open next week with a film by Mario O’Hara as a form of tribute to the late director, screenwriter and actor.
O’Hara passed away last June 26 due to cancer. He was 68.
Cinemalaya’s opening film on July 20 will be O’Hara’s “Babae Sa Breakwater,” which tells the life of Manila’s vagabonds who make the breakwater along Roxas Boulevard their home.
The movie stars Katherine Luna and Kristoffer King, as well as Gardo Versoza, Amy Austria, Lou Veloso, Lucita Soriano, Alchris Galura, Jonard Lomangaya and Ian Valdez.
“Babae Sa Breakwater” was invited for screening at the Directors Fortnight of the Canne International Film Festival in 2004.
Now on its eighth year, Cinemalaya will run from July 20 to 29 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and from July 21 to 29 at the Greenbelt and Trinoma malls.
This year’s festival will feature about 60 films on exhibition and 25 in competition.