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Seeing the unseen at the 2011 Cinemalaya

17 June 2011


Seeing the unseen at the 2011 Cinemalaya

They lined up on the stage like they were part of a rogue’s gallery. Veteran actress and director Laurice Guillen, Cinemalaya’s organizing committee head, asked each one of directors, finalists at the 7th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, to give a two-minute speech about their films.

Lawrence Fajardo fidgeted and stuttered on stage and finally mustered the courage to say, “I’m really nervous right now, I’m not much of a talker, please watch my movie at the Cinemalaya,” said the long-haired auteur, whose film Amok tackles mayhem and violence in a seedy Pasay City setting.

Others cracked jokes like Marvin Rivera, director of Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, a story about three ambitious but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do what they think is a perfect theme on a movie about the Philippines – poverty.

Marvin talked about how it was such a difficult task to complete a film and how, in the process of filmmaking, he learned to shout the word “cut” louder so that his most prized actress Eugene Domingo will not wander far to Cubao from Roxas Boulevard during a poignant “walking miserably” scene.

Director Erick Salud, on the other hand, urged Pinoy moviegoers to watch his film, Ligo na U, Lapit na Me, a take on postmodern love, sex and relationships and the way this generation deals with these. Noel Ferrer and Jerry Gracio co-directed the movie.


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Via Phil Star

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