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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MABUTING BALITA: Foster Child gets an award in Spain fest

Isa na namang karangalan para sa ating bansa. Saludo kami sa mga gumawa ng pelikulang ito... tunay kayong mga Pinoy!

THE PHILIPPINE STAR: (From Ricky Lo's Funfare column, March 12, 2008)

Meanwhile, here's a piece of good news from Funfare's Canada- based "international correspondent" Ferdinand Lapuz:

LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA, Spain — Brillante Mendoza's Foster Child was awarded the Signis Award at the 9th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Film Festival in Spain last March 8.

I received the award on behalf of director Mendoza who left earlier to attend festivals in Cleveland, Tiburon and San Francisco. I was very proud wearing my lucky Barong Tagalog designed by Richard de Jesus of Angeles City when I received the plaque and certificate.

The closing ceremony was held in the Symphony Hall (sala sinfónica) at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and ended with the screening of the film The Savages by American director Tamara Jenkins. The gala show was hosted by presenter and model José Toledo, together with presenter Roberto González.

The festival also gave tribute to American actor Jeff Daniels who was present to accept the award.

This is Foster Child's fourth international recognition after the Best Actress Award for Cherry Pie Picache in New Delhi, Special Jury in Kazakshtan and Best Feature Film in Paris Environmental Film Festival. The film also stars Eugene Domingo, Jiro Manio, Dan Alvaro, Alwyn Uytingco and Kier Segundo. The script was written by Ralston Joel Jover for Seiko Films.

Director Raya Martin was with me during the award presentation. Martin presented his films Autohystoria (A Short Film About the Indio Nacional), The Island of the End of the World and Track Projections in the Hot Spot section which focused on the Philippines, Malaysia and Romania.

Directors Lav Diaz and Khavn dela Cruz also attended the festival for their films Death in the Land of the Encantos and Squatterpunk respectively.

Auraeus Solito's Pisay was also shown but Solito was not able to attend. His first feature film won the Golden Lady Harimaguada in 2006.

Mendoza's Masahista was also a part of the retrospective and it won the Signis Award in Brisbane in 2006.

The Brazilian film Andarilho won the Golden Lady Harimaguada and 100,000 Euros while China and France's Crime and Punishment won the Silver Lady Harimaguada plus 35,000 Euros.

Thailand's Wonderful Town won a Special Jury and South Korea's The Girl with a Black Soil was given the Cinematography and Audience Awards.

Tussenstand from Holland won the Best Actor and Actress awards while Argentina's Matias Piniero got the Best New Director for El Hombre Robado.

Foster Child is competing next week at the Cinema Novo Film Festival in Stutges, Belgium and in Durban, South Africa in July. It will also screen as part of the New Directors, New Films in New York on April 3 and 4 at the Lincoln Center and MoMA.

(E-mail reactions at rickylo@philstar. or at

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