The editorial titled “Film history” (Opinion, Inquirer, 7/7/13) paid tribute to Lino Brocka, National Artist for film, for his magnificent film “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” which earned plaudits at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
After decades of slow deterioration due to time and the malady of forgetting, the 1975 masterpiece “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” of the late National Artist for film Lino Brocka has been digitally restored, thanks to the efforts of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, renowned American director Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, and “Maynila” cinematographer Mike de Leon, and was screened at the prestigious Cannes film festival last May.
I have always enjoyed going to the movies, especially to watch foreign films. The latest Tagalog films with English titles are a complete turnoff. But I am not averse to watching a local movie for as long it is good and entertaining like “Oro, Plata, Mata.” The fact is, I have seen some indie films which I thought are worthy of my time. But that is not why I write today.
By Noralyn Mustafa
It doesn’t really matter that Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” didn’t make it big at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) box office. The mere fact that it was accepted as an entry at the MMFF was triumph enough.
By Randy David
Of the varied fare produced by this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, it was “El Presidente,” the film depicting the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, that I was most eager to watch. Films about a nation’s heroes are always tricky affairs. If they show nothing new about the persons or the circumstances in which they lived, they risk becoming utterly boring. If, on the other hand, they set out to project heroes in a new light, they are likely to face the question: What is fiction and what is fact?