MANILA, Philippines – Cinemanila, dubbed as the country’s largest and longest running international film festival, is set to open next month.
The 14th edition of the film festival, which follows the theme of “tributes,” will run at Market! Market! at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig from December 5 to 11, and will feature over 40 films from more than 20 countries across the globe.
Headlining the international lineup is Cannes 2012 Palme d’Or winner “Amour” by Michael Haneke, Olivier Assayas’ Venice International Film Festival entry “Something in the Air” and Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s Cannes 2012 main competition entry, “In Another Country.”
Other foreign films include “36” by Thai director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit; “Juvenile Offender” by Korea’s Kang Yi-kwan; “Kayan” by Lebanon’s Maryam Najafi; “Television” by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki of Bangladesh; and “Post Tenebras Lux” by Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas.
A handful of Thai films will also be shown: “Distortion” by Nonzee Niimibutr; “Jan Dara” featuring Mario Maurer by ML Bhandevanop Devakula; “Antapal” by Kongkiat Khomsiri; and “Home” by Chookiat Sakveerakul.
Meanwhile, local films in this year’s Cinemanila include “Florentina Hubaldo, CTE” by Lav Diaz, which won the NETPAC Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival; Raya Martin’s “The Great Cinema Party,” one of the three new films in the Jeonju Digital Project; and “Jungle Love” by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, an entry to the Rome International Film Festival.
The following documentaries are also part of this year’s Cinemanila lineup: “Give Up Tomorrow” by Michael Collins; “Harana” by Benito Bautista; “Lightness & Weight (In the Time of Nuclear Radiation)” by Rey Ventura; and “The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of Filipino Martial Arts” by Jay Ignacio.
Lav Diaz’ “Batang West Side” and “Pagsisiyasat sa Gabing Ayaw Lumimot” will be screened, as well as Manuel Conde’s “Genghis Khan” and the late Mario O’Hara’s “Pusang Gala.”
For more information about Cinemanila, visit www.cinemanila.org or www.facebook.com/Cinemanila2012.