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Subject: Breaking News : Three Filipino Films Have Made it to the 2007 Toronto Film Festival!!!

Manny Kong (Proud to be Pinoy)
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Date Posted: 19:08:40 09/01/07 Sat
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Three Filipino films have made it to the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, the second largest film festival in the world and the biggest in North America.

Funfare’s “International Correspondent” Ferdinand Lapus named the three films in his “flash” report as…

** Brillante Mendoza’s TIRADOR (Slingshot) which will have its world premier in Toronto. It stars Jiro Manio, Kristopher King, Nathan Lopez and Coco Martin with the special participation of Jaclyn Jose and Julio Diaz. It is about small-time snatchers in Quiapo during the Holy Week. Tirador will also screen at the Vancouver International Film Festival along with Foster Child, also by Mendoza . Tirador is produced by Centerstage Productions and Rollingball Entertainment. Ralston Joel Jover wrote the script with Armando bing Lao as creative consultant.

** Cinemanila Best Director Aureaus Solito’s PISAY (Philippine Science) will have its international premier in Toronto. The story revolves around eight Top students from all over the Philippines who passed the entrance examinations for Philippine Science High School. Potraying the eight students are Elijah Castillo, Gammy Lopez, Annicka Dolonius , Carl Barrameda , Alfred Labatos , EJ Jallorina, Jonathan Neri , Shayne Fajutagana. The screenplay was written by Angeleno Henry Grageda and produced by Cinemalaya and Solito Arts Productions in cooperation with Roadrunner Network, Inc.

** Fresh from Venice Film Festival , Lav Diaz’s eight-hour Kagandahan sa Banwaan ning mga Engkanto ( Death in the Land of the Encantos ), will be shown in North America for the first time. The story is about the return of the great Filipino poet , Benjamin Agusan, to his birthplace , Padang in Bicol , now in ruins after Typhoon Reming. The cast includes Roeder Camanang , Perry Dizon , Angeli Bayani , Sofhia Aves and Gemma Cuenca. It is co-produced by sine Olivia and Hubert Bals. Aside from being the director, direk Lav is the producer, writer, editor and cinematographer.

Source: Philippine StaR (Funfare Section by Ricky Lo)

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