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Spotlight on South and Southeast Asia at the 9th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

Film programs include one of the first lesbian Bollywood films (“Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”), a film with the backdrop of 80’s Saigon and its Vietnamese folk opera (“Song Lang”) and an Indonesian culinary journey through film (“Aruna and her Palate”)

The special series “From The Claws of Darkness: Restoring Philippine Cinema” brings the second golden age of Philippine film to the big screen for audiences to enjoy once again, including “Moral,” “Himala,” and “Batch ‘81”and “Manila In The Claws of Light

San Diego, California – March 26, 2019 – The 9th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (Sdaff) Spring Showcase, presented by Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) will be taking place on April 11-18 at the UltraStar Mission Valley. This year, a majority of the showcased films highlight South Asian and Southeast Asian stories.

There will also be a special collection of milestone Filipino films shown as a part of the
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Busan to open with North Korean refugee drama 'Beautiful Days'

The festival will close with the world premiere of Yuen Woo-ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.

South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (Biff) will open with the world premiere of Jero Yun’s North Korean refugee drama Beautiful Days, starring Lee Na-young (Howling).

The festival will close with the world premiere of Yuen Woo-ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy, featuring action stars such as Zhang Jin, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa and Dave Bautista.

Set to run October 4-13, the 23rd Biff will screen 323 films from 79 countries with 140 world and international premieres. All the New Currents
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Busan to open with North Korean refugee drama Beautiful Days

The festival will close with the world premiere of Yuen Woo-ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy.

South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (Biff) will open with the world premiere of Jero Yun’s North Korean refugee drama Beautiful Days, starring Lee Na-young (Howling).

The festival will close with the world premiere of Yuen Woo-ping’s Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy, featuring action stars such as Zhang Jin, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa and Dave Bautista.

Set to run October 4-13, the 23rd Biff will screen 323 films from 79 countries with 140 world and international premieres. All the New Currents
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Lost Histories Get a Closeup, From Lebanon to Argentina, In New Films

Lost Histories Get a Closeup, From Lebanon to Argentina, In New Films
The following essay was produced as part of the 2018 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the Locarno Film Festival.

In a present that is increasingly difficult to comprehend, directing one’s gaze towards the past is not only comforting — it also helps contextualize the present moment. This year’s edition of the Locarno Film Festival certainly had that effect, as many of its films — ranging from the mammoth projections in Piazza Grande (with titles ranging from Lino Brocka’s “Manila in the Claws of Light” and Spike Lee’s “BlackKklansman”) to the films included across its myriad sections — were visibly driven by the desire to showcase history.

Locarno is both an outlet for cutting-edge films that showcase the most recent developments across the global independent film industry, and a space that honors masterpieces of the past. An entire section of the festival — the
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Pierre Rissient tribute scheduled for Nyff by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2018-08-24 20:34:43

Fritz Lang's House By The River starring Louis Hayward and Jane Wyatt to screen in the tribute to Pierre Rissient

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that they will honour Pierre Rissient, programmer of the Mac-Mahon Theatre in Paris, publicist in partnership with Bertrand Tavernier, Cannes Film Festival mover and shaker, and so much more. Seven films will screen in tribute in the Retrospective section of the 56th New York Film Festival.

Clint Eastwood's Play Misty For Me; Raoul Walsh's The Man I Love with Ida Lupino, Bruce Bennett and Robert Alda; Joseph Losey's Time Without Pity starring Michael Redgrave; Mehboob Khan's Mother India with Nargis; King Hu's A Touch Of Zen; Lino Brocka's Manila In The Claws Of Light with Bembel Roco and Hilda Koronel, and Fritz Lang's House By The River.

The Retrospective section is co-programmed by New York
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‘BuyBust’ Is A Unflinchingly Visceral, Hard-Hitting Actioner With An Incredible Lead Performance [Review]

Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea are the big Asian territories that come to mind when audiences think of quality action movies. Of course, some incredible action films, like “The Raid” franchise, have come from other, smaller, Asian countries. However, the Philippines has struggled to gain a foothold in the worldwide cinematic consciousness. Filmmakers Lav Diaz and Brillante Mendoza have experienced success on the festival circuit, but not in Western cinemas, and The Criterion Collection has only recently inducted the nation into their canon in the form of two Lino Brocka classics.

Continue reading ‘BuyBust’ Is A Unflinchingly Visceral, Hard-Hitting Actioner With An Incredible Lead Performance [Review] at The Playlist.
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Locarno Festival 2018 line-up revealed

Locarno Festival 2018 line-up revealed
New films from Hong Sangsoo, Abbas Fahdel, Radu Muntean in competition.

The line-up for Carlo Chatrian’s last outing as the artistic director of the Locarno Festival (Aug 1-11) in Switzerland includes the world premieres of Swiss filmmaker Bettina Oberli’s Le Vent Tourne and German director Sandra Nettelbeck’s tragicomedy Was Uns Nicht Umbringt.

Both will screen as part of the non-competitive Piazza Grande open-air programme.

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Further Piazza Grande films include Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, actor-director Ethan Hawke’s Blaze, Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature Searching, and the late Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka’s
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Artists’ Choice #: Khavn (Director) lists his 10 Favorite Philippine Movies

Khavn De La Cruz is a poet, pianist, visual artist, and Father of Philippine Digital Filmmaking—has made 52 features and 115 short films. His films have screened at the MoMA, Guggenheim, Tate, Venice Architecture Biennale. He has presented retrospectives of his films, curated programs on Lino Brocka and the Philippine New Wave for Viennale, Cph:dox, Sharjah Biennale, and Edinburgh; and lectured in various international film festivals. He is the president of the film, music, & publishing label Kamias Overground and festival director of .Mov, the first digital film festival in the Philippines.

Here are his top ten Philippine films, in chronological order.

1. Prinsesa Naranja [Princess Naranja] (1960) — Nemesio E. Caravana

Three Romantic Stories in a great epic as colorful as it is magnificent.

2. Elias, Basilio, & Sisa (1972) — Jun Aristorenas

3. Si Popeye, Atbp. [Popeye, Etc.] (1973) — Ishmael Bernal, Joey Gosiengfiao, Elwood Perez

Si Popeye, atbp (Popeye etc.) is an unofficial Popeye film released in the Philippines in 1973. A live-action film,
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Tiff 2018 Announces Filmmaker-Heavy Platform Jury, Including Béla Tarr and Lee Chang-dong

Tiff 2018 Announces Filmmaker-Heavy Platform Jury, Including Béla Tarr and Lee Chang-dong
As it prepares for the latest iteration of its annual marquee event, the Toronto International Film Festival has announced a filmmaker-heavy jury for its Platform section, one of only three sections in the festival to award honors based on jury votes. The jury includes New German Cinema legend Margarethe von Trotta, Hungarian existential filmmaker Béla Tarr, and South Korean director and novelist Lee Chang-dong.

This year’s edition of the festival will mark the fourth time the Platform section has been a part of the fest, as it was first announced in 2015. The section is designed to “champion up to 12 works with high artistic merit that also demonstrate a strong directorial vision.” The three-person jury will pick the winner of the Toronto Platform Prize, which includes an award of $25,000 Cad presented to the Best Film in the lineup.

“We are privileged to have a Platform jury that so perfectly embodies the programme’s essence,
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Nd/Nf Review: ‘Nervous Translation’ is a Worthy Collage of Ideas and Culture

Shireen Seno’s sophomore feature Nervous Translation confirms her place as a unique voice in a national cinema that often gets ignored, or distilled to only a few directors. While mainstays like Lav Diaz, Brillante Mendoza, and Lino Brocka all are worthy of their relative praise, their shared pessimism can make forays into Filipino culture a challenging prospect. Seno, whose newest film assumes the perspective and imagination of young eight-year-old Yael, presents an innocent and sincere frame of reference into the culture, inspired by Seno’s own experiences growing up in the Filipino diaspora.

Yael is often left to her own devices at home. Her mother Valentina works through the day and lives through soap operas at night, too exhausted to spend time with her daughter, while her father is a part of the Philippines “biggest export”–the overseas worker, funding their more privileged lifestyle in their large dollhouse home.
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‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection

‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is going bowling. Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Collection this June, ditto “Manila in the Claws of Light,” “El Sur,” “Female Trouble,” and a new edition of Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring.”

16 years later, Moore’s take on America’s gun culture in general and the aftermath of the school shooting at Columbine in particular feels more relevant than ever, making this new release nothing if not timely. More information — and, as ever, cover art — below.

Manila in the Claws of Light

Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as ‘soaps.’ A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend,
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Rushes. New Trailers, Soviet Silent Masterpieces, Frances McDormand

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGThe second arresting trailer has arrived for Yorgos Lanthimos' latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, his second English language film, starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. Read review of the film from the Cannes Film Festival here.We admired Alex Garland's feature debut, Ex Machina, and interviewed its product designer. Hence why we're all the more excited for his forthcoming deep dive into sci-fi, Annihilation, adapted from Jeff VanderMeer's wonderfully eerie novel.The first look at Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel, starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberland and shot by the legendary Vittorio Storaro. Finally, the trailer for Ryusuke Hamaguchi's luminous melodrama Happy Hour. Read our rave review from our coverage of the Locarno Festival in 2015.Paul Thomas Anderson's collaboration with Haim continues with yet another breathlessly staged and lensed music video.
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Joshua Reviews Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 [Blu-ray Review]

In those circles traveled by fans and collectors of anything home video, few things are more hallowed than The Criterion Collection’s first volume of their World Cinema Project DVD/Blu-ray series. One of the company’s most lauded and adored releases in recent memory, Volume 1 of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project included six new restorations of six legendary films spanning the history of world cinema. From a foundational work in African cinema to a tale of sexual obsession that changed the history of Korean filmmaking, the first in this series has become one of the most important and exciting releases in recent Criterion Collection memory.

And finally, they’re back for a second round.

Again bringing to light six superlative films from across the world, “No. 2” as it’s billed on their website features a treasure trove of world cinema that in many ways rivals if not exceeds its predecessor.
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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

After four years Martin Scorsese is back with another six filmic gems from all corners of the Earth. Love struggles in the slums of Thailand and the economic boom town of Taipei; underdog heroes undertake troubled missions in Turkey and Kazakhstan, a Malay storyteller plays cinematic games with basic narrative, and a vintage Brazilian art film is pure visual poetry. They’ve all been rescued by the World Cinema Project.

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

Blu-ray + DVD

The Criterion Collection 873-879

1931 – 2000 / Color + B&W / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 30, 2017 / 124.95

Directed by Lino Brocka, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ermek Shinarbaev, Mário Peixoto, Lütfi Ö. Akad, Edward Yang

I readily confess that in my patchy history of film festival attendance, I gravitated not toward the really obscure foreign films, unless they promise to be as entertaining as things I’m more familiar with. Based on the results, one of
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Lino Brocka’s Manila in the Claws of Light to Join the Criterion Collection in 2017

The Philippine Daily Inquirer is reporting that Lino Brocka’s 1975 film, Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag) will be joining the Criterion Collection in 2017. This will be the first Filipino film in the Collection.

Lino Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag,” which was restored by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, will be released by the prestigious Criterion Collection and Janus Films next year.

The good news was relayed to the Inquirer by filmmaker Mike de Leon, who’s the cinematographer and producer of the landmark social-realist drama released in 1975.

Jennifer Ahn, managing director of the Film Foundation, told De Leon that “Maynila” is “on the short list of titles for distribution in 2017.” Ahn explained that the film will be “available on DVD/Blu-ray in North America.”

Manila in the Claws of Light was restored by the Film Foundation and L’Immagine Ritrovata.
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Long Story Long: An Introduction to Lav Diaz's "Free Cinema"

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Mubi is proud to present the first-ever online retrospective of renowned Filipino auteur Lav Diaz. To give audiences the proper time to spend immersed in Diaz’s cinema, Mubi will debut one film each month during the retrospective.Illustration by Leah BravoFilmmaker Lavrente Indico Diaz, named after Soviet statesman Lavrentiy Beria (1899-1953), was born on December 30th 1958 in the municipality of Datu Paglas, province of Maguindanao, Mindanao Island, Southern Philippines. The son of a fervently Catholic woman from the Visayas (Central Philippines) and a Socialist intellectual from Ilocos (Northern Philippines) who, firmly believing that education is the key to improve Man's condition, devoted their lives to schooling peasants in the poorest, remotest Maguindanao villages, Diaz has always had an utilitarian conception of culture and, by extension, of all forms of artistic expression. To Diaz, art should not be an end to itself, a purely formalist exercise, but—to paraphrase a
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[Review] Insiang

If, within art cinema, there comes the instant gravitation to less the film than the name — the all-powerful auteur that supposedly doesn’t have to bow down to corporate masters — then even with a film as immediately striking as 1976’s Insiang, we begin with its author, Lino Brocka. Even in a life cut tragically short, he left enough of a mark to still be considered the Philippines’ greatest filmmaker, amongst his laurels being the nation’s first director to play in competition at Cannes. A particular association made with him was an outspoken criticism of the Philippines’ dictator-in-chief, Ferdinand Marcos.

But carrying that expectation over to Insiang, even without one mention of Marcos’ name throughout the film, the presence of both a fundamentally rotten authority and people left to fend for themselves in poverty leans a viewer, even the uninformed, towards assuming a greater institutional critique. Yet to quickly sum
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Daily | Goings On | Brocka, Curtis, Godard

A new restoration of Lino Brocka’s Insiang (1976) begins its weeklong run at MoMA today. More goings on: A Mathieu Amalric retrospective and screenings of Jenni Olson's The Royal Road, Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd and Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder in New York, Adam Curtis Weekend in Berlin, an Alejandro Jodorowsky retrospective in Bordeaux and, in São Paulo, a Jean-Luc Godard retrospective aims to screen the entire filmography, 125 works in all, including features, shorts, commercials and trailers. Through November 30. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Goings On | Brocka, Curtis, Godard

A new restoration of Lino Brocka’s Insiang (1976) begins its weeklong run at MoMA today. More goings on: A Mathieu Amalric retrospective and screenings of Jenni Olson's The Royal Road, Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd and Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder in New York, Adam Curtis Weekend in Berlin, an Alejandro Jodorowsky retrospective in Bordeaux and, in São Paulo, a Jean-Luc Godard retrospective aims to screen the entire filmography, 125 works in all, including features, shorts, commercials and trailers. Through November 30. » - David Hudson
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Daily | De Sica, Wenders, Brocka

We begin our roundup of goings on in New York, where Vittorio De Sica: Attore, Regista, Seduttore opens today at Film Forum and runs through October 8. Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road on at the IFC Center through September 24, and Allison Anders has an hour-long conversation with him at the Talkhouse Film. Kim Morgan recommends Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, screening Sunday in Los Angeles. An exhibition of Agnès Varda's photographs opens in Chicago on Friday. Dennis Lim will be talking with Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Saturday in Toronto. "Cinema of the Philippines: Lav Diaz & Lino Brocka" opens today in Brussels. And a Kira Muratova retrospective is heading to São Paulo. » - David Hudson
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