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Solito entry inspired by unwritten Palawan tale

11 July 2011

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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.

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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.”

 

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Via Entertainment Inquirer

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