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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dulaang U.P. Floy Quintos' New Musical Isang Panaginip na Fili

Watch "Isang Panaginip na Fili", Guerrero Theatre, UP Diliman!

Here are additional shows still OPEN for everyone:

sept. 24, 3pm,
sept 26 3pm and 7pm,
October 2, 2008, Thursday, 7pm
October 4, 2008, Saturday, 10am and 3pm

Other additional shows are exclusive for non-UP schools.

But wait, there are rumors that we will be extending to our 5th week.

As part of the Centennial Celebration of UP, Dulaang UP is proud to present the 2nd production for the 33rd Theatre Season, Floy Quintos' new musical ISANG PANAGINIP NA FILI, with music by C.J. Javier under the direction of Dulaang UP Founding Artistic Director Tony Mabesa and Floy Quintos. ISANG PANAGINIP NA FILI, the musical will run from September 10 to 28, 2008 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor, Palma Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City. The vision for the production is a dark and edgy re-telling of Rizal's classic story of revenge and social decay, designed to interest young people.
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Happy Mondays Poetry Nights XXXVI @ Mag:net Cafe Katipunan

Happy Mondays Poetry Nights XXXVI @ Mag:net Cafe Katipunan
Start: Sep 29, '08 7:00pm
Location: Mag:net cafe, Katipunan (beside Rustan's, in front of Miriam College)

Below are the featured readers for the 36th installment of the Happy Mondays Poetry Nights @ mag:net cafe Katipunan this coming September 29th:

1. Javie Bengzon
2. Mikael Co
3. JC Casimiro
4. Ramil Digal Gulle
5. Keith Cortez
6. Brandz Dollante
7. Camille Banzon
8. Angelo Suarez
9. Hussein Macarambon
10. Iñigo De Paula

Reading starts promptly at 7:30pm followed by the open mic. For those interested in reading, we will leave a sign up sheet with Rogel, the bar tender of mag:net cafe. Please feel free to sign up and read your work.

*Poetry books will be raffled off, courtesy of

Performers/bands at 9:30pm:

Johnoy Danao
Armando's Experience
Los Chupacabras
Biscochong Halimaw

FREE ADMISSION the whole night. kitakits!

Catch Happy Mondays every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Mag:Net Katipunan is located at 335 Agcor Building, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City (in front of Miriam College.) For details or inquiries, visit
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Ballet Philippines Unveils Its New Beginnings

Ballet Philippines’ continues its celebration of 39 years of dancing with its second production of the season, NEW BEGINNINGS. Opening on Friday, October 17, 2008 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines , the wide-ranging program is highlighted by the company premiere of Alvin Ailey’s acclaimed NIGHT CREATURE. New to the Ballet Philippines’ repertoire are company and Philippine premieres of Max Luna III’s MGA AWIT and THE HURT WE EMBRACE and Alan Hineline’s THRESHOLDS II.

First staged in 1974 for his own company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, this internationally acclaimed work has been described by the New York Times as “One of Mr. Ailey’s happiest works. It has a joyful pulse, a sophisticated entente with its sophisticated music that carries on the best of the Ellington tradition.” The inclusion of NIGHT CREATURE in this season’s programming was a natural choice. Artistic Director Max Luna III’s involvement with Alvin Ailey organization as dancer, choreographer and teacher spans a period of over 20 years. The work was restaged in Manila for Ballet Philippines by BP alumna and former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish and is set to the music by American jazz music legend, Duke Ellington.

In keeping with the artistic directors’ strong belief in the importance of live music and keen desire to re-introduce it to the Ballet Philippines’ audience, Max Luna III’s MGA AWIT will be performed live. Luna uses Filipino composer Michael Dadap’s stunning trio for tenor, cello and piano, “Mga Awit ng Pag-ibig,” as a source of inspiration to explore the complex world of male camaraderie. MGA AWIT features 12 male dancers of Ballet Philippines in an athletic, sensitive and masculine exploration of the Luna/Dadap work.

In a recent interview, Luna described his work, THE HURT WE EMBRACE, as a depiction of the treatment of women in mid-twentieth century Filipino Society. The work, a duet for a male and female couple, explores the complexities and vagaries of their relationship. THE HURT WE EMBRACE was originally created for Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Honorary Gala Chairperson of this year’s New Beginnings Gala, and premiered for his own company, LUNA.

Artistic Director Alan Hineline has collaborated with U.S. composer Jerome Begin to create THRESHOLDS II. The ballet and score were originally commissioned and premiered by the Dayton Ballet in March of 2008, just prior to Hineline’s arrival in the Philippines to assume duties at helm of BP. Collaborators for many years, THRESHOLDS II, is the eighth in a series of works by the two artists. Over the years, the process of making new work together has evolved into collaboration in the truest sense of the word – an on-the-spot pairing of music and dance which ties the music directly to the choreography. Critics have said “Hineline successfully integrates classical ballet with contemporary dance movement in a way that encourages one to view both styles anew. He propels the dancers through space on pointe one second, but in the next moment, is just as likely to have them turn by pivoting on their heels, jutting their hips out to the side.”

NEW BEGINNINGS is made possible in part thanks to the gracious support of Ayala Land Premiere, Olay, Philippine Tatler, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Liwayway Marketing Corp., BMW, Globe Telecom, Cathay Pacific and Fiori di M. The performances of NIGHT CREATURE are made possible through the generous support of Imelda Cojuangco.

NEW BEGINNINGS’ schedule is as follows: Oct. 17 ( 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ), Oct. 18 ( 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ) and Oct. 19 ( 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ). For information about ticket prices, subscription and the season’s performances, please call 551-0221 and 551-1003, email or check its website at
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Friday, September 26, 2008

7th Spanish Film Festival PELIKULA 2008 Inauguration

7th Spanish Film Festival PELIKULA 2008


Greenbelt 3 Theaters/ Teatro Greenbelt 3 (Makati)
Greenbelt Mall, Ayala Center
1128 Makati City Metro Manila

Inauguration of 7th Spanish Film Festival PELIKULA 2008

To inaugurate the 7th Spanish Film Festival PELIKULA 2008, Instituto Cervantes presents a film by Nacho G. Velilla entitled "Chef´s Special". "Inspired, graceful, opportune, full of traditional customs and a lamentable social touch, filmed a bit fast, and in spite of everything interpreted with certain conviction" film critics would say, there is no better way to open a two week long festival of Spanish films in celebrating a month of FIESTA with a comedy that makes you enjoy laughing until in the end. This opening ceremony will be graced by the film director himself at 7pm in Cinema 2 of Greenbelt 3 in Makati.

PELIKULA. Festival de cine en español 2008.

Title: Fuera de carta
Director: Nacho G. Velilla
Year made: 2008
Format: DVD
Duration: largometraje - 111 min
País producción: España
Versión original: Español
Subtitulado: Inglés

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UPFI Sembreak Multimedia Workshops 2008


The prestigious University of the Philippines Film Institute is now accepting applicants for its Multimedia Workshops on the months of October and November this year. With the theme “Perspective/ s.”, everybody is encouraged to shake their boxes, get into their artistic mood and apply their perspectives and insights through the following courses: Basic and Advanced Scriptwriting, Digital Photography and Cinematography, Editing, Video Production, Musical Scoring and Writing for Film, among other courses. Film and Media Practitioners and Scholars such as Armando Lao, Libay Cantor, Patrick Campos, Cynthia Alexander and Milo Paz for are some of the facilitators of the workshop. The workshops are open to the public.

Enrollees may avail of 5% discount if they apply before or on Sept 19, 2008, as well as if they apply one-time in groups of five. The discount is also applicable for those who like to apply for two or more workshops.

Writer Armando Lao will be starting off the workshops with the Advanced Screenplay course on October 4. The Digital Photography course will be starting on October 6 with Gary Buenavista. Media practitioners Libay Cantor, Louie Quirino and Melissa dela Merced will be facilitating, respectively, courses on Basic Scriptwriting, Digital Cinematography and Non-Linear Editing. Limited slots are available. To know the full list of workshops for this season, course rates and other inquiries, you may call 925 02 86 or e-mail upfi_workshops@ ph and look for Divine or Randel. Interested applicants may also visit for more details.
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Tribute.MOV: No/Screen @ Green Papaya Art Gallery

.MOV International Digital Film Festival in cooperation with Green Papaya Art Projects salutes Kidlat Tahimik, Roxlee, and Lav Diaz --- three prominent, influential, and award-winning artists and directors in the history of independent film making in the Philippines.

For complete screening schedule of the 3rd .MOV INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL, please go to

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Monday, September 22, 2008

New Media Arts Manila Presents Electrostatic Sound Conference III


September 24 (Weds) 9 p.m.

Club Dredd (2nd Flr. Gweilos)

Eastwood Cyberpark, Libis, Quezon City


New Media Arts Manila presents ELECTROSTATIC SOUND CONFERENCE III. The blackwinged furies of Sonic Art take to the air once again as Manila's sonic hatcheries crack out the incubators at Club Dredd on September 24. Australian Darren Moore of Iron Egg joins the flock with Edsel Abesamis, autoceremony, Teresa Barrozo, Blums Borres, Tad Ermitano, Inconnu Ictu, Mark Laccay and Mannet Villariba for a night of anti hymns in praise of Hundun, the egg god of chaos.

Video art by Edsel Abesamis, Blums Borres, Tad Ermitano, and Mannet Villariba.

In addition to the performances, Tad Ermitano will give a short presentation on Quartet, the robotic gamelan installation he created in August for the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Mark Laccay will also talk about the Jose Maceda Collection Digitization Project and his experience in Austrian Academy of Sciences where he acquired a certificate in Audio Tape Restoration and Digital Audio Archiving.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the fundraising effort for Tara Bosch-Santelices.

This event is sponsored by Intel, Sony Ericsson, and Globe Telecom

Darren Moore is an Australian musician based in Singapore. He is involved in various projects as a drummer and as an experimental laptop artist. He has performed and collaborated with musicians such as Jon Rose, Chris Abrahams, Johannes Bauer, Jeff Henderson, Scott Tinkler, Eugene Pao, Will Guthrie, Eric Boeren, Wilbert de Joode, Micheal Vatcher to name a few. Currently, He leads a jazz quintet and is a member of Iron Egg - an electro-acoustic visual experimental trio with Tim O'Dwyer and Brian O'Rielly.

Edsel Abesames is a Video editor / motion graphics person / director / racketeer / guitarist / poser / anime fan /overweight 32 year old / discontent drunkard. That about sums it up.

autoceremony a.k.a. Jing Garcia sound artist and award winning music producer. He established the Children of Cathode Ray backed in 1989, one of the early experimental and sound art groups in the country. Produced several music albums for different alternative music artists in the 90s. He is currently the tech editor for The Manila Times and Speed Magazine. He also hosts a tech segment on the late evening news on TV5

Teresa Barrozo is one of the emerging women composers of the country. She started her career as a student of the UP College of Music. Her compositions range from solo, chamber ensemble, orchestral, vocal & electroacoustic. Her works have been performed in the Philippines and in various Asian music festivals (Japan, Thailand). In 2007, she was one of the featured Filipino composers in the Asia-Pacific Weeks 2007 in Berlin, Germany. Teresa also works as a composer for theater & film; and as an arranger for various choirs and orchestras.

Blums Borres guitarist and media artist who experiments with sound, video, and animation. Formerly a technical director at Toei Animation Philippines, he has a BA in Multimedia Design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His work has been featured at the Australian Center Moving Images (ACMI), and in cinemas and television in Japan. His career in post production spans over 14 years and has involved himself in both professional productions and education. He currently teaches 3d animation at DLSU-CSB.

Tad Ermitano.The artist was forced into the hell of art making as consequence of his enemies' envy of his enormous pencil and mastery of the black arts of nuclear canelloni. In revenge, he conquered the three continents of Fairyland by masquerading as five of their seven dead kings and obtained the Dread Dagger of Demosthenes by which he obtained dominion over the twin race of Electrons and Positrons that mortal scientists have confused with inanimate matter and probability waves. In his next work, the artist plans to have the two races meet in battle, guaranteeing an antimatter conflagration that should end the known Universe. Autographs given to women of adequate pulchritude.

Inconnu Ictu a.k.a Roger Llagas Lopez a post-musician, experimental composer,improviser ,multi-instrumen talist,visual art enthusiast who reside in the shoe capital of the Philippines. Inconnu Ictu(s) means an unknown mans blow or a stroke,as a sound constructor he explore his interest by using an obsolete electronic gadget,cheap equipment set-up,pedal efx box,deffective rhytm console,found object,d.i.y mic and a circuit bend materials. Inconnu Ictu was participated and affiliated with S.A.B.A.W and EX.I.S.T(experiment ation in sound art tradition) a sound art collective,multi- media and explorative art enthusiast.

Mark Laccay is an award winning Audio Engineer who is the CEO of Sonic Logo Multimedia Inc. and a managing partner of Sweetspot Studios. He has worked as a Sound Designer for various films and is the main audio consultant for the "Dr. Jose Maceda Collection Digitization" Project. As an educator he taught audio classes at DLSU-CSB. He recently returned from the Austrian Academy of Sciences where he acquired a certificate of Audio Tape Restoration and Digital Audio Archiving.

Mannet Villariba is a performance artist, painter, sound artist, visual programmer and designer. He has been active in diverse fields, such as art, design, and even research and development. Yielding output of sounds, images, and light through analyzing and transforming the numerical values gained from various sensors and input devices. A Visual Artist pursuing sensual peculiarity, and interaction.

http://newmediamanila.blogspot. com/
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An Afternoon In Binondo Exhibit @ Alcove Photo Gallery

a culminating exhibit by the photo trip participants
September 19 to 30

Binondo, home of the Manila Chinatown, is situated across the Pasig River from Intramuros. It prides itself as the first business and finance hub in the country even before the Spaniards came and until now, commercial activities are prevalent.

Binondo/Chinatown still continues to surprise everyone who pays a visit with the many things this quaint district can offer and on display are the best photographs taken during the Binondo photo trip organized by The Alcove Perspective/ Filipinas Heritage Library on August 23.

The following participating photographers depict what Binondo or Chinatown is to them in this exhibit:

Agnes Goze
Alvin Enriquez
Arlene Bacay
Ayan Lopez
Brennen Chua
Dondon Medina
Emmanuel Guerrero
Esther Melendres
Fara Vargas
Gerard Cinco
Howell Laguerta
Joan Estrella
Jocelyn Lim
Joel Sagun
Johnny Benitez
Joseph Dayo
JR de Leon
Kirsten Maher
Marissa Beltran
Mon Nazarea
Nette Ramos
Richard Mitra
Rodelio Antonio Mallari
Ronald Burgos
Ruth David
Troy Samia

The Alcove, a pocket gallery located at the Filipinas Heritage Library, is open for viewing from Tuesday to Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. After the exhibit, the photographs will be available for viewing online at

For more details, please call 892-1801, email ph, or visit

What's New:

The best images taken during the photography shoot in Ayala Malls will be exhibited from October 16 to December 3. Photographs selected for display will be announced soon.

*** September-October photo classes ***
Digital Photography for Point-and-Shoot Camera Users
September 20 (9:00a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

Lighting for Portrait Photography
October 11 and 18 (9:00a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

Digital 101: Photography and the Computer
October 13, 15, 17, 20 and 22 (6:00-9:00 p.m.)

September photo exhibit:

I AM NINOY: An Exhibit Commemorating Benigno S. Aquino Jr.'s Martyrdom
September 15-28 - G/F Exhibit area, Trinoma (near Gift Gate)

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, email or visit www.filipinaslibrar
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This September @ Kaida Gallery

IN between
recent paintings

Parial, Leaňo, Orencio, and Villanueva at Kaida Gallery

21 September - 3 October 2008
KAMUNING | (632) 414.4777

On view from 21 September to 3 October 2008 at Kaida Gallery in Quezon City are two back-to-back shows featuring new works by Philippine visual artists Erwin Leaňo, Jim Orencio, and Cris Villanueva and a solo exhibition of Mikel Parial. Kaida Gallery is located at the 2nd Floor, GFO Building, 122 Kamuning Road, Quezon City, Philippines 1102.

In Between Divisions, a three-man show by Antipolo-based artists Erwin Leaňo, Jim Orencio and Cris Villanueva, will be on view at Kaida’s Main Gallery. Painter, printmaker and photographer Mikel Parial holds a one-man show of recent works at Kaida Gallery’s Gray Wall.

The two shows will open simultaneously on the 21st of September (Sunday), 6:00 p.m. The exhibits will be on view at the gallery until the 3rd of October.

Kaida Gallery is an art space devoted to showcasing works by contemporary Philippine artists. Established in 2006 in Quezon City, Kaida Gallery features young, dedicated, and emerging painters and sculptors as well as supporting collaborations between them and established names in Philippine art. For inquiries, please call (632) 4144777 or write
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Copyright and ‘Copy Left’ Forum @ Vargas Museum

Copyright and ‘Copy Left’

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and Art Studies Class 281, in cooperation with the U.P. Jorge B. Vargas Museum, invite you to a forum on “Copyright and ‘Copy Left’: Issues and Perspectives in the Enforcement of the Intellectual Property Code on Philippine Visual Arts,” to be held on September 24, 2008 (Wednesday) at The Lobby, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

The main objective of the forum is to open a discussion on the relation of Intellectual Property Code to Philippine visual art practice. This event is open to the public.

For inquiries, contact Lai del Rosario at 0916-3763835 or Dino Santos at 0916-4318194.
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Drawing Workshop With National Artist BenCab

Take an Exclusive workshop
with BenCab on
"Drawings from Life"
23-26 October 2008 (Thu-Sun)

Take this extraordinary opportunity to Travel and Learn with BenCab as he shares his passion for the arts right at his private farm in Baguio.

Learn how to draw from life and be inspired by the cool and relaxing atmosphere of the Cordilleras. It will be conducted at BenCab's private farm, which is an equally intriguing work of art and architecture that defies description, and therefore provides an excellent venue for learning and discovery.

Dubbed as the "Golden Boy of Philippine Art", National Artist Benedicto Cabrera or BenCab, as he widely known, is a master of visual themes that explore varied subjects and inspirations spanning his four decades of colorful and adventurous life journeys.

Kindly pass this exclusive invitation to your friends!

For Inquiries:

adventures@. ..
0906-215-1864 / 0929-232-6271

look for:
Programs Development Executive
Colors Travel Rewards Club
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Deadline of Submission - Study for Mural Painting Competition


Calling all "ART GROUPS" affiliated with the AAP. You are all invited to paticipate in the on-the-spot mural painting competition sponsored by the Lion's Club of Pasay. However there are only 7 slots available for the competition. The 7 groups who will qualify will have a guaranteed group-participation allowance of 10,000 Pesos. The "Grand Prize" Winner will get an additional 40,000 Pesos.

Each group must be composed of a minimum of 5 members to a maximum of 8 members. To qualify- a group must submit a colored study or comprehensive presentation of their planned mural design or composition (horizontal format only). This will become the basis of qualifying for the competition which will be held on September 28, Sunday at the Lion's Club of Pasay Clubhouse (directions and vicinity map will be provided later).

You may submit your proposed mural designs or compositions by posting them on this site,(at the photo album) or you may submit them at The AAP office, Kanlungan ng Sining at Rizal Park on or before September 22, Monday. They should include the "name of the group", complete names of the members, title of the mural and most importantly your contact numbers. You will be notified as soon as possible when your group is confirmed.

To those who will qualify, each group will be given a set of acrylic paints for "FREE" to be used in the competition. Groups will have the option of bringing their own special colors or their personal sets of acrylic paints to enhance their works. Painting tools such as paint brushes, pallete knives etc. must be provided by each group.

On the 28th registration will start at 7:00am, the contest will commence at 8:00am until 4:00pm. During the contest there will be unlimited supply of coffee for all the participants and lunch will be provided by the sponsors. Awarding will be announced at the end of the event and cocktails will be served during the program.

You may submit your study online at under photo album. For more info you may text or call 09209208149 - Buds Convocar.
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Sense-I Photography Workshops @ Silverlens Gallery

Photo 1 - Cameras and Techniques
(5 sessions, starts September 17, Wednesdays, 6-8pm)

Instructor: Johann Espiritu
Fee: P6,500.00

Designed for the beginning photographer, students learn about camera handling and operation, principles of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, focal length, and basic composition and lighting. The course outline includes shooting assignments and critiques, which encourage students to practice photography techniques and to develop confidence behind the lens. There are no prerequisites for this course.


JOHANN ESPIRITU has had several exhibits, and is currently working on two books which should be out later this year. His work has been displayed in newspapers, magazines, billboards and even featured in limited-edition postage stamps. Two of his photos were named as part of the 200 Best Images of 2006 by Epson Philippines. A lawyer by profession, Johann was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2001 and to the New York State Bar in 2004.

To register call 8160044 or 09052650873, or email 50% reservation fee required. Balance due on the first day of classes. All classes are held at Silverlens Gallery, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.
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Rene Cuvos' Estranghero Exhibit @ Blanc

a show by Rene Cuvos

The sheer number of human beings in this planet assures us that a day can’t go by without setting our eyes on a face we’ve never seen before. There are hundreds of people that we see but never meet, as we walk the streets, ride a jeep, drink in a coffee shop or watch TV. Their faces are a blur, a blank, as we go about the business of living. We practically never see them---but there are a few that stick.

There are a few faces that we never seem to forget. For some inexplicable reason, there is an intangible connection to the stranger whom we’ve never even spoken to, much less get near to. He or she must have reminded us of someone we used to know in kindergarten, for all that’s worth. There is an urge to stop, turn around and look closely to find...what? Who knows?

Rene Cuvos explores this phenomenon in his new collection, “Estranghero”. Each painting is a close study of a stranger’s character and personality. In “Mangangaral” (oil on canvas, 24x18 inches), he delves into the irony of a person whose intentions are intrinsically good, but whose heart is hard and unfeeling. In “Konserbatibong Maligalig” (oil on canvas, 30x24 inches) the hypocrisy lies in a person’s pretensions to conservatism in sex that is altogether different from his or her actual sexual relations. “Makapangyarihan” (oil on canvas, 10x8 inches) illustrates the impunity by which people in power treat their positions.

Cuvos tells us that the strangers we meet are never who we expect them to be, despite their pretensions. In the end, we might even be strangers to ourselves.

“Estranghero” opens on Friday, September 12 at 6pm until September 1 at blanc at 2E Crown Tower 107 H.V. De La Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For inquiries, please contact tel. 02.7520032, mobile 0920.9276436, email or visit the website at
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PETA's Batang Rizal @ Far Eastern University

The Far Eastern University through the PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON CULTURE takes pleasure in inviting you to

"Batang Rizal"
featuring the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) on September 12, 2008 Friday, 3:00PM at the FEU Auditorium.

Far Eastern University is located at Nicanor Reyes St. (formerly Morayta), Sampaloc, Manila. Admission is FREE!

For queries and reservations, please call: Ms. Ethel V. Ampatin
Tel # 736-48-97 or e-mail us at
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Call For Entries for 10th Cinemanila Extended


The deadline for the submission of entries for the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival has been extended until September 15. Interested parties may still submit their works for the following competitions:

* Digital Lokal
* International Competition
* SEAWave Project
* Young Cinema
* Boracay Co-production Meeting

For more information, log on to or call 440-8812. Inquiries may also be forwarded at cinemanila@gmail. com.

The 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival will be held on October 16-29 at Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Philippines.
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Asia Society 7 UP Film Institute Screen Films From Global Lens Collection

Asia Society with UP Film Institute screens films from the Global Lens Collection

Asia Society, in partnership with UP Film Institute, presents six critically acclaimed Asian films from the Global Lens Collection. Established by the Global Film Initiative in 2004, the series aims to promote cross-cultural understanding by providing moviegoers with access to critically-acclaime d films from developing countries

The selection gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of ordinary men and women across the region. Helmed by some of the most engaging storytellers in Asia today, these films show Asia in all its diversity – taking viewers through lush landscapes and gritty urban skylines to experience each country’s unique cultural nuances and social concerns.

Screenings and discussions of the Global Lens Collection will be held at the UP Film Institute on September 10, 11 and 12. Admission is free.

Sept 10 Wed - Main Cinema

5 p.m. Border Café ( Iran )

7 p.m. Buffalo Boy ( Vietnam )

Sept 11 Thu - Main Cinema

5 p.m. Of Love and Eggs (Rindu kami padamu - Indonesia )

7 p.m. Dam Street ( China )

Sept 12 Fri

4:30 p.m. – Videotheque: Kubrador (The Bet Collector - RP)

6:30 p.m. - Ishmael Bernal Gallery: Let the Wind Blow ( India )

The Global Lens Collection

Border Café ( Iran , 2005, Kambozia Partovi)

Official Selection in Main Competition; Winner of Special Mention; ACCA Jury Prize—2006 Mar del Plata IFF

A young widow takes over her late husband's truck stop café, keeping hidden in the kitchen so as not to cause a scandal in Iran 's conservative society. But her brother-in-law, out of familial obligation, wants to take her as a wife and also take over the café. Meanwhile a Greek trucker who is a frequent café customer, is slowly entranced - at first by her sublime cooking ability, and then by her.

Buffalo Boy ( Vietnam , 2004, Nguyen-Vô Nghiem-Minh)

Locarno 2004 Official Selection for Golden Leopard—2004 Locarno IFF; Grand Prize Winner—2004 Amiens IFF

In this powerful coming-of-age story set in rural 1940s Vietnam , a young man takes up with a rough band of nomadic buffalo herders and discovers freedom, violence and love - but also secrets about his past that will change his life forever.

Dam Street ( China , 2005, Li Yu)

Winner of CICAE Award—2005 Venice IFF; From the director of Lost In Beijing

In the early–1980s, Xiao Yun—a sixteen year–old girl living in small riverside town in China —discovers she is pregnant. In the aftermath, her boyfriend leaves her, and she gives birth and is then forced to put her child up for adoption. Ten years later, Xiao Yunn is reduced to working as a singer in a local song and dance troupe. And her only real companion is Xiao Yong, a fiercely affectionate boy who protects her from the critical eyes of the community until a marriage proposal discovers the limits of their friendship, and the depth of her unresolved past.

Let the Wind Blow ( India , 2004, Partho Sen-Gupta)

Grand Prize Winner—2004 Durban IFF; Firebird Prize Special Mention—2004 Hong Kong IFF

At the height of nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan , Arjun and his best friend, Chabia, weigh their options for the future against the reality of life on the streets of Mumbai. Enticed by the promise of wealth and opportunity in the Persian Gulf , Chabia is eager to leave his job as a mechanic. But for Arjun, who must finish college and care for his mother, the decision is not so easy in director Partho Sen-Gupta's gritty, apocalyptic interpretation of Krishna 's counsel to Arjuna, from the Bhagavad Gita.

Of Love and Eggs ( Indonesia , 2004, Garin Nugroho)

Official Selection—2005 Rotterdam IFF

The ever-surprising Garin Nugroho, angered by a Muslim cleric's call for the banning of a comedy for teenagers, responds by making a censor-proof movie about a working-class community in Jakarta during the Lebaran holiday. Shot entirely in the studio), it lovingly recreates the tone, style and pastel hues of an Indonesian comedy from the heyday of the studio system. his film brings this gentle humor to complex relationships between parents and children, and to social and religious issues of life in and around a Jakarta mosque, through the eyes and voices of children, and the powerful imagery of a prayer rug, young love—and eggs.

The Bet Collector ( Philippines , 2006, Jeffrey Jeturian)

Official Selection for Golden St. George; Winner of International Critics

Prize—2006 Moscow International Film Festival;Best Picture; Best Actress for Gina Pareño, International Critics Prize—2006 Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema- New Delhi, India among more awards and distinctions including top Philippine honors

Amy, the family matriarch, makes ends meet by running a small convenience store out of her home. But in a struggling economy customers are scarce, and without the help of her husband or pregnant daughter, she is forced to supplement the family income by collecting bets for an illegal numbers game. In this starkly realistic narrative, director Jeffrey Jeturian presents a captivating portrait of a once-proud woman, haunted by memories of a dead son and hounded by the police, and her fragile and lonely life as a kubrador (bet collector) on the streets of Manila.

About Asia Society

Asia Society in the Philippines was established in 1999 with a mission to promote understanding of Asia through education. Asia Society presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asian cultures through lectures, exhibitions, films, seminars, conferences, and travel study tours. Asia Society Philippines is a non-profit foundation accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and is supported by membership contributions from foundations, institutions, corporations, and individuals. All donations made to Asia Society Philippines are tax deductible. To become involved in Asia Society projects, please call (632)7524374 or (632)8108983
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Facine Calls For Entries To 15th Annual Cinefest


The filipino arts & cinema, international (FACINE) has announced its call for entries to the 15th annual filipino american cine festival. The festival will be held on October 31 and November 1 at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library in San Francisco.

The festival is open to all media artists of Filipino ancestry. Any number of entries may be submitted, regardless of genre, subject or format. All entries however, shall have running time of 60 minutes or less. Nonetheless, non-Filipino filmmakers may submit works which subject is Filipino or Filipino American.

FACINE is a nonprofit media arts organization that aims to promote and develop Filipino American cinema. The festival, now on its 15th year, has been an important showcase of independent films and videos by Filipino American media artists, including Marlon E. Fuentes, Francisco Aliwalas and Matthew Abaya as well as by independent filmmakers from the Philippines, like Lav Diaz, Fruto Corre and Raymond Red.

All entries must be submitted either in VHS or DVD format to this address:
Mauro Tumbocon, Jr., Director, FACINE
537 Jones Street, PMB 2643
San Francisco, CA 94102, USA.

Deadline for entries will be on October 4, 2008 at 6:00 P.M. For further information, contact Mauro Tumbocon, Jr. at (415) 756- 7331 or email:

The festival is co-sponsored by the Friends of Filipino American Center, San Francisco Main Library.
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17 Artists. 17 Works: A Synergy @ Metro Gallery


Raymond Go, Pedro Garcia , Rovi Salegumba, Melvin Arlegui, Jigger Cruz, Stiffen Taneo, Jose Montinola, Rianne Salvarita, Gino Tioseco, Joel Bartolome, Christian Tamondong, Jojo Austria, CJ Tanedo, Carlo Ongchangco, Charlie Co, Nunelucio Alvarado, Susanito Sarnate are the artists featured in “ 17 Artists. 17 Works: A Synergy at the Metro Gallery located at 455 P. Guevarra St. , San Juan City .

The show is on view until October 16, 2008. For details, call Chitty Labiran at 0917-8115399 or email at chittyrene@hotmail. com.
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"engKWENTrO" Exhibit @ Art Asia Gallery

" e n g K W E N T r O "
a two- man exhibition of recent paintings by
MangRobang and Philipp Ines

Opening on September 16, Tuesday, 6:30 pm at the Art Asia Gallery
fourth level of SM Megamall.

Josue Mangrobang has developed a distinctive style as a painter, producing canvases filled with "double images": detailed compositions rendered through transparencies, layerings, and interplays of positive and negative space. Mangrobang's works combine naturalism and stylization, the conceptual and the pictorial. His subjects and themes often revolve community and fishing scenes which comprise his environment as a resident of the flood-prone and coastal city of Malabon.

A multi-awarded painter, Mangrobang is a national finalist in the 2008 Philip Morris Philippines Art Awards. He was also cited as a finalist in the water media category of the 2002 Metrobank Young Painter Competition and the 2000 and 1999 Shell National Students Art Competition.

Mangrobang holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in Painting) from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in Diliman. He is currently pursuing a double degree, major in Art History from the same institution.

Philipp Ines is currently exploring a transitional style combining realism with the visual culture of mainstream media and art production: where stylized motifs derived from technology, special effects, and machines merge scenes from the local and the historical.

Since the start of 2008, Ines has produced a series of paintings simulating and integrating the vivid visual effects of neon laser lights used in the mainstream media and advertising industry. Ines juxtaposes these effects against a backdrop of monochromatic vignettes from the artist's studio or the streets, fusing nostalgia and novelty into a single work

Ines studied Painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in Diliman, Quezon City. He is a finalist at the 1999 Shell National Student Art competition. Ines has been working as an art director at a major TV network since 2003.
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1st Quezon City Independent Film Festival @ Gateway Cineplex 10


1st Quezon City Independent Film Festival at Gateway Cineplex 10

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Gantimpala Theater's Ibong Adarna takes flight!

The Ibong Adarna (Adarna Bird), according to Filipino folklore, has a very melodious singing voice and it sings seven magical songs. Every time that the Adarna finishes her song, the colors of its feathers change into a more beautiful shade, more colorful, and shinier, and her songs has the power to lull anyone to sleep, its droppings could turn anyone into stone and cure any type of afflictions.

In the Kingdom of Berbania , the king becomes mysteriously ill and only the voice of the bird can cure him, as foretold by a healer. Thus, the three sons, Don Pedro, Don Diego and Don Juan, successively start on a quest to capture the bird, to save their father from imminent death.

Originally billed as Corrido at Buhay na Pinagdaanan nang Tatlong Principeng Magcacapatid na Anac nang Haring Fernando at nang Reina Valeriana sa Cahariang Berbania, Gantimpala Theater brings the corrido to life on the legitimate stage, under the direction of Roobak Valle (who is also its production designer).

It now appropriates the rich, colorful pageantry of the Maranao culture as its enchanting setting with glittering costumes, fantabulous scenery, spirited performers and fantastic choreography.

It also serves as a tribute to the late National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan as the dances of the cultural communities of Mindanao researched and propagated by Mr. Obusan are used in the production to highlight the adventures and triumphs of Don Juan.

Giving life to the wonderful characters of this well-loved tale are Aaron Villaflor (Don Juan); Roeder Camañag (Don Pedro); Arkin Da Silva(Don Diego); Kimberly Diaz(Maraya/ Maria Blanca); Joey de Guzman (Ermitanyo with Jerald Napoles, alternate); James Eustaquio (Haring Fernando); Pamela Hundana (Reyna Valeriana); Billy Parjan (Manggagamot) ; Abel Napuran ( Orlando ) and Mathew Manalaysay (Ibong Adarna).
Assisting director Valle to realize the world of Ibong Adarna are Andy Villareal (Lighting Designer); Raul Nepomuceno Jr., (Choreographer) ; Charyl Chan-de Guzman (Production Manager); Joey David (Stage Manager) and Tony S.. Espejo (Artistic Director).

The National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) fully supports this Gantimpala Theater production.

Performances are on September 21(7p.m., Concert at the Park Open-Air Auditorium, Luneta, Manila); September 26 - 28, October 3-5 (10am/2pm, AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City), and October 10-12, (10am/2pm, SM South Mall, Las Piñas City.
For information, bookings and ticket reservations, please call the Gantimpala Theater Marketing Office: 899-5745, 896-3503, 474-5198 or write to gantimpalatheater@ ph
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Collecting Photography @ Silverlens Gallery

The Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. invites its members to a Fellowship activity on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 6pm at Silverlens Gallery.

Isa Lorenzo of Silverlens talks on

Collecting Photography

On view at the gallery are the works of visual artist, Noelle Katigbak Tan.

Rene Barbier wines will be served.

Silverlens Gallery is at 2330 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.

For inquiry and attendance, please call MFPI office at 404 2685 or 0928 503 9392 and look for Elvie.

For more Museum Foundation events and activities please visit our website at
Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
G/F National Museum of the Filipino People
Valencia Circle, Rizal Park, Manila 1004 Philippines
Telefax: (63-2) 404-2685
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Monday, September 08, 2008

Cine Europa Film Festival 2008

Now on it’s 11th year, Cine Europa‘s tradition of bringing excellent European films to the Philippines continues as it

opens in Manila on 11 September and
will run until 21 September
at the Shang Cineplex
Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.

hits Ayala Center Cebu
on 26 to 28 September and

goes for the first time in Liceo de Cagayan de Oro
on 3 to 5 October.

Cine Europa 11 will be opened by French Ambasador Gerard Chesnel who represents the Presidency of the European Union, Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, Head of Delegation of the European Commission, Atty. Andy Bautista, Chairman and CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation and Ms. Lala Fojas, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation. As the opening feature film, first up is France’s entry “Love Songs” by Christophe Honoré.

In the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, coinciding with the French Presidency of the European Council, Ciné Europa 11 goes beyond featuring quality European movies to the Filipino audience, to open a dialogue between our diverse cultures through the silver screen. While the entries, either box office hits or festival awardees, portray the cultural values of contemporary European societies, discussions with Filipino filmmakers and critics, shall highlight similarities, or differences with Philippine films and society, in general.

Certainly, this year’s edition of Ciné Europa is going to be another opportunity for Filipino film enthusiasts to rediscover the diversity, gaiety and drama of Europe’s various facets of life.

The film festival also opens its doors to European countries which are not members of the EU. The Embassy of Switzerland is joining Cine Europa for the first time.

Films about love, romance, hope, despair, laughter, struggles, survival and competition from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will certainly endear Europe more to Cine Europa followers in Manila, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.

Cine Europa, which started in 1998, remains to be a distinctive acknowledgement of the partnership of the European Community with the Philippines by way of sharing with the Filipino public the diversity and uniqueness of European film culture.

Admission to the screenings is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Screening Schedule



    Love Songs
    by Christophe Honoré

    Les Chansons d’Amour is all about the intricacies and beauty of falling in love. It is about too many people loving a person, not surviving without love and saying sorry for love.


    Mozart in China
    by Bernd Neuburger

    Danny and Li Wei, two ten-year-old boys from Salzburg, spend an adventurous summer on the southern Chinese island of Hainan. With the help of Mozart and a Chinese shadow princess they manage to save an old shadow theatre from a greedy hotel chain.


    A Perfect Match
    By M. Van Hoogenbemt

    On the day of his forced retirement, a grumpy school principal decides to look for a wife on the Internet. It’s not love he is after. Merely companionship. He meets scores of women but can’t seem to make up his mind. Until his new housekeeper arrives. She is almost 40 years younger than him and a total disaster at housekeeping. For the first time in what seems a lifetime, he falls totally and desperately in love.

    When the tide comes in...
    By Yolande Moreau & Gilles Porte

    Irène is a 45 year old actress: married and mother of a child, she is on tour at the Belgo-French boundary with her one woman show, Sale Affaire. On stage, her character had just killed her lover but still dreams about Love. She therefore decides to choose someone amongst the public; an innocent prey (her ‘Poussin’) to fill that gap.

    One night, she sets her heart on Dries, a 30- year- old man who sells vegetables at markets and giant fanfare porter.

    Mixing fiction with reality, Dries becomes Irène’s ’Poussin’ on stage and in real life. A passionate love affair that will last a few days, a love affair that has incredible similarities to the show Irène is playing on stage.

Czech Republic

    Beauty in Trouble
    by Jan Hrebejk and Petr Jarchovsky

    A young woman is faced with dilemma of loving two men at once; a dilemma between sexual dependence and assuring a future for herself and her children; a dilemma in her relationship to her mother and step-father and with her mother-in-law. Beauty in Trouble is full of unexpected situations, twists and humor with a paradoxical ending.


    After the Wedding
    by Susanne Bier

    Nominated in the 2007 Oscar Awards in the Best Foreign Film category

    Jacob Petersen has dedicated his life to helping street children in India. When the orphanage he heads is threatened by closure, he receives an unusual offer. A Danish businessman, Jørgen, offers him a donation of $4 million dollars. There are, however, certain conditions ... Not only must Jacob return to Denmark, he must also take part in the wedding of Jørgen’s daughter. The wedding proves to be a critical juncture between past and future and catapults Jacob into the most intense dilemma of his life.


    Colorado Avenue
    by Claes Olsson

    Colorado Avenue tells the story of Hanna, a young woman who emigrates to America determined to make money in the Great West and later returns to her home country to face civil war, alcohol smuggling and humiliation. With her American dollars she buys a parcel of rocky land and opens a country store. The store becomes the village centre and the local people begin to respect the industrious Hanna - or Dollar-Hanna as they choose to call her. The film deals with humiliation, shame, respect and making peace with one’s past and is set in the early years of Finland’s independence.


    Hands Off Mississippi
    by Detlef Buck

    Winner, Best Children’s Film, 2007 German Film Awards; Best Children’s and Family Film, 2007 Bavarian Film Awards

    A young city girl is sent off by her busy parents to spend some time in the country with her grandmother, and the girl soon discovers strange events at the neighbouring farm, including a horse called Mississippi. The horse is likely to be sold unless other arrangements are made, and this is where the girl and her grandmother step in. The film develops into a broad comedy where all is not what it appears. The film also features veteran actress Katharina Thalbach who has appeared in many films including “The Tin Drum” (Die Blechtrommel) and “Sophie’s Choice”. Make sure you stay for the closing credits as the film ends with a witty and cleverly animated sequence.

    Children of the Moon
    by Manuela Stacke

    Astronaut Paul flies to the moon. Lisa, a scientist, accompanies him. Every afternoon, 12-year-old Lisa has an appointment with her 6-year-old brother Paul. He is suffering the incurable "Disease of the Moon" and has to stay inside the house. As a pastime, Lisa has invented a fantasy game, and in the siblings’ imagination, Paul is a spaceship captain who travels around, lost in space. But when Lisa falls in love for the first time, another appointment is getting in the way, and becoming more and more important. Brother and sister have to learn to adapt to the new reality.


    Chemical Hunger
    by Antonio Bocola and Paolo Vari

    With a backdrop set in a grim housing project of a Milan suburb teeming with social tension, three youngsters, Claudio, Manuel and Maja, face up to the passage from youth to adulthood.

    Urban poverty, workers’ rights, and racial conflicts between Italians and Third World extracomunitari (people from outside the European Union) represent one set of related issues; Claudio’s career and romantic uncertainties and interactions with his more illegal pal Manuel are another. Italian rapper, Zulù, leader of the "99 Posse," comments on the social situation in songs he sings like a Greek chorus.

    One Hundred Steps
    by Marco Tullio Giordana

    "I cento passi" (one hundred steps) was the distance between the Impastato’s house and the house of Tano Badalamenti, an important Mafia boss, in the small Sicilian town of Cinisi. The movie is the story of Peppino Impastato, a young left-wing activist that in the late seventies (when almost nobody dared to speak about Mafia, and several politicians maintained that Mafia did not even exist) repeatedly denounced Badalamenti crimes and the whole Mafia system using a small local radio station, with the arm of irony. In 1978 Peppino (30 years old) was killed by an explosion. The police archived the case as an accident or a suicide, but his friends never accepted this thesis.


    The Paper will be Blue
    by Marco Tullio Giordana

    Lieutenant Neagu’s armoured unit is ordered to patrol the suburbs. The unit’s radio functions intermittently and communications between the different armoured units and fragments of radio and TV broadcasts give vague reports of "terrorist" attacks on the national television station held by anti-Ceausescu forces. The members of the unit are thrown into confusion.


    Un Franco, 14 Pesetas
    by Carlos Iglesias

    Two friends named Martin and Marcos decide to look for jobs in Switzerland. They leave their families behind in Spain and head off on their journey to the free, progressive part of Europe. They will have adapt to very different way of life there, working as mechanics at a factory and living in a small industrial town. The arrival of Martin’s wife Pilar and son Pablo, and Marcos’girlfriend Maria del Carmen, marks the end of the bachelor life they were living in a country with lost of freedom. Martin and Pilar’s everyday life is their work, while little Pablo starts going to school and making the new place his home. When Martin’s father dies, they realize they’ve already go what they went there for and it’s time to return. Much to their surprise, going home is much harder than leaving was.


    Late Bloomers
    by Bettina Oberli

    Lisi encourages Martha (80), to realize a long-held dream: to open a boutique with her own hand-made lingerie. This news turns the placid Swiss Emmental village upside down. When Martha’s son, the vicar, orders her to close the shop, she and her best friends decide it’s high time to show the village what they are made of!

    By Fredi M. Murer

    Vitus is a boy who almost seems to be from another planet: He has hearing like a bat, he plays piano like a virtuoso and studies encyclopaedias at the age of five. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him. They want Vitus to become a pianist. However, the little genius prefers to play in his eccentric grandfather’s workshop. He dreams of flying and of a normal childhood. Ultimately, with one dramatic leap, Vitus takes control of his own life.

The Netherlands

    Night Run
    by Dana Nechustan

    Dennis van der Horst is a kind-hearted young entrepreneur. He lives by the rules of the street. The only people he feels any responsibility for are his brother Marco and his family, who are not very well off. When Dennis gets the chance to obtain an extremely expensive but lucrative taxi-license, he seizes it. In the presence of the manager of MOTAX, the only taxi company in Amsterdam, Dennis borrows a very large sum of money. Dennis is beside himself with joy. The hustling is over. Soon however Dennis finds out that there was a reason why it was so easy for him to obtain such a scarce license. The law is being altered, allowing competition on the taxi market. The licenses of Dennis and many of his colleagues all at once become worthless. As of that moment there is a war going on in the streets of Amsterdam. Dennis gets deeper into trouble when he finds out that he has unwittingly become part of the criminal organization behind MOTAX. Even the police turn out to have secret ties with MOTAX and there is only one thing left for Dennis to do in order to free himself: confront the man who is pulling the strings.

United Kingdom

    And When Did You Last See Your Father?
    by Anand Tucker

    The film is Blake Morrison’s moving and candid memoir of his father in the weeks leading up to his death. When Arthur Morrison was diagnosed with terminal cancer he had only a few weeks left to live. Morrison travelled to Yorkshire to stay with his mother in the village where he grew up. He visited his father at the hospital where he had spent so much time with his own patients as a GP. As his father’s condition worsened Morrison contemplated their shared experiences, the intimacies and the irritations of their relationship.


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