Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pinoy Movies



LAST month film enthusiasts were aghast to know that copies of most films made by the legendary Filipino director Lino Brocka could not even be found in the Philippines.

This prompted Roger Garcia, Torino International Film Festival’s program consultant for Asia, to turn to Cinematheque Francaise, in France, to acquire four of six Brocka’s works for the festival in Turin on November 11 to 19.

With the help of Pierre Rissient and Alain Jalladeau, Garcia got copies of “Insiang,” “Anak” (Child), “Bona,” and “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim” (My Country: Hanging By the Blade).

Hilda Koronel as Insiang

Garcia got the two other Brocka films—“Tinimbang Ka ngunit Kulang” (You were Considered but Found Wanting) and “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” (Mother, Sibling, Child)—from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Unitel’s Tony Gloria, respectively.

But even the CCP’s 35mm copy of “Tinimbang” came from the British Film Institute.

Unitel’s Unico Entertainment, on the other hand, is releasing some of Brocka classics on DVD (available online at

Garcia (born in Hong Kong and now based in the United States), who has been a staunch supporter of Filipino movies, lamented that there is no longer a copy of “Angela Markado,” another Brocka classic that won the 1983 Best Film Award in Nantes, France.

Rissient introduced Brocka to the world when he brought “Insiang” to Cannes in 1978 while Jalladeau, director of the Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, has also championed Brocka’s works.

Aside from the Brocka classics, Philippine movies by present Filipino directors Lav Diaz and John Red were also screened in Turin, a northern Italian town where the 2006 Winter Olympics will be held.

Garcia said Brocka’s films are important because they are a reference point for the new generation of Filipino filmmakers.

Reporters quoted him as saying that “Brocka’s oeuvre [is] ‘a cinema of opposition that challenges the state of things and paints a terrible picture of a society in total desperation.’”


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