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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

UP Film Institute holds screenings to welcome the new Iskolar ng Bayan

UP Film Institute holds screenings to welcome the new Iskolar ng Bayan

On the occasion of the advance freshmen registration for the country’s premier state university, the UP Film Institute welcomes the latest batch of Iskolar ng Bayan with two acclaimed and relevant films they may do well to ponder, namely, Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog” and “Kabul Express”—the Indian cinema gem from Kabir Khan in return engagement.

Here are details and descriptions pertinent to concerned screenings:
May 7 Tue 2 & 5 p.m.
May 8 Wed 2 & 7 p.m.
Alpha Dog
A Megavision Films Release
Inspired by true events. One crime, three days, 38 witnesses. How did a crime with so many witnesses go this far?
A kidnapped kid ends up enjoying an illicit summer fantasy of drinking, girls and risky behavior in a drama based on the life of suburban drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood—one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list.
Official Selection—2006 Sundance Film Festival; Winner of Best Breakthrough Performance- Male for Ben Foster—2006 Young Hollywood Awards
Direction and Screenplay: Nick Cassavetes. Cast: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Dominique Swain, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Ben Foster.
2006 117 minutes 35mm color
For mature viewing with pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity

Critics are raving:
"...a gritty, gut-wrenching and disturbing film."— USA Today

May 9 Wed 5 p.m.
May 10 Thu 2/5/7 p.m.
May 11 Fri 2/5/7 p.m.
Kabul Express
A Filipino-Indian Friendship and Cultural Society Presentation
Two Indian journalists travel to strife-torn Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 out to scoop the world with a Taliban interview. As they cross path with an Afghan guide, a lady photographer from the United States and a Taliban militant who takes them all hostage, they find out that things wouldn’t quite work out as they hoped.
Official Selection—2006 Toronto IFF, Pusan IFF, London IFF, Dubai IFF
Direction and Screenplay: Kabir Khan. Cast: John Abraham, Linda Arsenio, Arshad Warsi, Salman Shahid, Hanif Hum Ghum
2006 106 minutes 35mm color

Critics are raving:
“Exemplary filmmaking…”—BBCi-Films

“…the first feature film to be shot extensively in Kabul after the official end of the Taliban's reign, and it demonstrates the director's love of the country and its people as well as an incredible sense of humor that both accurately portrays and caricatures all the various races involved.”—Eye for Film

To always get screening alerts, join UP Film Institute e-group: upfilminstitute@ yahoogroups. com

University of the Philippines Film Institute
(Member, CILECT/Internationa l Association of Film and Television Schools )
Plaridel Hall, Ylanan Road , UP Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 2669, 2670; 9206863 (Telefax)
Cine Adarna, Magsaysay and Osmena Avenues, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: 9818500 (UP Trunkline) local 4286, 4289; 9262722 (Telefax)
upfi_workshops@ ph

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