Pinoy film receives standing ovation in Cannes
GMA News reports that the lone Filipino entry in the Cannes International Filmfest, “Busong,” premiered last Monday at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight to a standing ovation. Frederic Boyer, Cannes artistic director, told the film’s director, Solito: “You are about to open a world that no one has ever seen before.
So different from other films from the Philippines in the past. I cannot describe it. Maybe it could be called ‘Palawanee’.” Boyer said Busong transcends the borders between documentary and fiction. “The film deals with animism and is very close to nature. It has been shot without any apparent wish to be selected in Cannes or to be picked by a co-producer.”
The film is part homage to the breathtaking landscapes of Palawan and the rich myths and traditions of the Palawan tribe. “Matagal na palakpakan, tumayo ang mga tao ng tatlong beses after the screening,” shared Solito. Busong is the first Palawanon indigenous feature film. Titled after the Palawan concept of fate or instant karma, the film focuses on how nature reacts instantly to man’s disrespect of nature and other men.