Solito entry inspired by unwritten Palawan tale
“Jury members in festivals are never the same. Your victory in one competition does not guarantee that you’ll win in another,” said multi-awarded director Auraeus Solito, whose latest film, “Busong,” was featured in the Director’s Fortnight section of the recently concluded Cannes International Film Festival in France.
Solito is reacting to comments that the inclusion of “Busong” in the Cannes festival line-up has given him undue advantage over the other finalists in the Directors Showcase category of the 7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
The Cinemalaya fete, as a rule, features only debuting films but has given exemptions to those that get invited to Cannes. “Busong” is up against Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Bisperas,” Adolf Alix Jr.’s “Isda” and Joel Lamangan’s “Patikul.”
“I’ve been a festival judge often enough to know that each juror has different tastes,” Solito stressed.
Cinemalaya organizing committee head Laurice Guillen agreed: “I’m not worried that the festival judges will be partial to ‘Busong.’ After all, they are all very independent-minded. I assure everyone that they will not be easily influenced.”