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Filipino comedy wins in Italian festival1 min read

13 May 2011 < 1 min read


Filipino comedy wins in Italian festival1 min read

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FILMMAKER Chris Martinez recalls feeling the audience’s warmth at the 13th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, where his film, “Here Comes the Bride,” was shown last week.

“The 1,500-seat venue was full,” Chris told Inquirer via SMS from Vatican City. “The [audience] kept laughing… being Catholic, they were able to relate with the wedding setup.”

The film’s star, Eugene Domingo, was a big hit, Chris added. “In a speech, she taught the Italians a Filipino term: “˜Bonggang bongga!’

It was Chris’ second trip to Udine. In 2004, Jeffrey Jeturian’s “Bridal Shower,” which Chris wrote, was featured there. “Direk Jeffrey and my mentor Bing Lao asked me to join them.”

This trip won him third place in the audience choice derby. Zhang Yimou’s “Under the Hawthorn Tree” was second while Feng Xiaogang’s “Aftershock” was first. Both are from China. To share the lineup with the directors behind “The Banquet” (Feng) and “Raise the Red Lantern” (Zhang) was awe-inspiring, Chris said.


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