MANILA, Philippines -- The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival entry "Bwakaw" from director Jun Lana has made it to next month's New York Film Festival (NYFF).
This is the second international film festival for "Bwakaw," which will also be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, along with Brillante Mendoza's "Thy Womb."
The Eddie Garcia-starrer will be among the 32 films that will comprise the Main Slate lineup for the 50th NYFF, which includes the Cannes winner "Amour" starring veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.
Ang Lee's movie adaptation of the best-selling book "Life of Pi" will open the festival on Friday, September 28, while Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" starring Denzel Washington as an airline pilot who pulls off a miraculous crash landing, will close the NYFF on Sunday, October 14.
"Bwakaw" was well-received by local audiences when it premiered at the recent Cinemalaya film festival, where it won the Best Actor award for Garcia.
On the website of Film Society Lincoln Center, "Bwakaw" was described as "a moving and funny surprise from the Philippines starring the great Eddie Garcia — and a truly unforgettable dog — in the story of an elderly loner going where he’s never dared venture before."
"The complete screening schedule for this year's festival will be announced soon. Additionally, in the coming days and weeks Film Society will round out the festival roster with the lineup for the NYFF’s Masterwork programs, a number of sidebar screenings, as well as tributes, talks, our new Convergence program and more," the Film Society said on its website.
"Also on tap is the highly-anticipated 15th Views from the Avant-Garde — a sort of festival within the festival devoted to experimental filmmaking, which take place annually at the midpoint of NYFF," it added.
Read our review of "Bwakaw" here.