Denmark mounts Filipino film festival


Posted at Jun 03 2012 04:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 06 2012 07:09 PM

A scene from the movie "Captive" by Brillante Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines -- The first recurrent film festival in Europe dedicated to Philippine cinema will open later this month in Denmark.

The Filippinsk Film Festival will be held in Copenhagen from June 11-17 and in Aarhus from June 14-20 as it hopes to “bring together a Danish and Filipino audience to build a bridge between the two cultures.”

“The Filipino cinema reflects a developing movement and has been awarded in the past five years in many film festivals in Europe (Cannes, Berlin, Venice),” organizers said in a statement.

According to the festival’s website, Filippinsk aims to provide the Danish audience, and by extension a Scandinavian audience, with “an opportunity to discover, understand and appreciate a culture from a developing country through films.”

It also hopes to help Filipino filmmakers distribute their films in Europe.

Organizers said the event is expected to attract 1,500 moviegoers -- as well as national media coverage -- throughout the week.

The guest of honor at the Filipino film festival is filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, who will be visiting Copenhagen.

Mendoza received the award for best director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 for his movie, “Kinatay,” which is among the films to be screened at the festival.

The festival will show Mendoza’s latest movie, the critically acclaimed drama “Captive,” which stars French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Also to be screened at the festival are Mendoza’s “Lola, acclaimed independent films “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa,” “Nono” and “Isda,” and the comedy “Here Comes the Bride,” starring Angelica Panganiban.