ebuano film conquers Korea; ‘Here Comes the Bride’ wows Italian audience
Besting 12 different films from other countries, “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria” (“The Dream of Eleuteria”) was recently chosen to receive the Special Jury Prize Award in the International Competition Section of the Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea.
After not being nominated in the Cinema One Film Festival last year, the Cebuano full-length film by director Remton Siega Zuasola was picked for the special citation in Korea by a jury composed of celebrated filmmakers, film scholars and film critics.
“Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirschbaum” (the full title) presents the plight of mail order brides in the Philippines who prefer survival to dignity for their family’s sake. It was originally written by poet/fictionist Maria Victoria “Bambi” Beltran in Cebuano but was translated by Jad Conde to Filipino and edited by Cora Almerino.
Another film recognized overseas is Chris Martinez’ “Here Comes the Bride.” Starring Angelica Panganiban and Eugene Domingo, the film eclipsed 50 entries when it took home the Audience Award at the 13th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, as reported by “Paparazzi” on May 15.