Moviemov Italian Film Fest goes online again this year

FOR a second year, the Moviemov Italian Film Festival is presenting its film online. The festival runs from Feb. 1 to 6 in a “virtual movie house,” thanks to the participation of My Movies, bringing once more the best of the new Italian cinema to the Philippines. The guest of honor of this, the 10th edition of the film festival, will be the actress Sara Serraiocco, one of the new international faces of the Italian cinema. The films to be shown are Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate) by Mauro Mancini, Volevo Nascondermi (Hidden Away) by Giorgio Diritti, I Predatori (Predators) by Pietro Castellitto, Palazzo di Giustizia (Ordinary Justice) by Chiara Bellosi, Padrenostro by Claudio Noce, Puntasacra by Francesca Mazzoleni, Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone, and Il Mio Corpo by Michele Pennetta. Screenings will be followed by talks with filmmakers, actors and producers, which will be accessible online both in the Philippines and Italy. This year, for the first time, Moviemov Italian Cinema Philippines will be organized in three different parts: Moviemov Showcase, with eight movies and a tribute to Pinocchio, on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the novel which inspired multiple movies; Moviemov Industry, an online business section to promote audiovisual products through dedicated screenings for buyers, panel discussions and online meetings, among others; and a Social Segment to shed a light on the fire that destroyed the homes of a Filipino community in Rome last August through screenings of the short movie Princess by Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino. The movies can be accessed free of charge on a first come first served basis (the virtual movie-house will have a capacity of 300 pax). The festival venue is

The Rook premieres on HBO Go

THE EIGHT-episode STARZ Original Series, The Rook, a supernatural spy thriller, lands in Asia for the first time via HBO Go. The series stars Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, and Olivia Munn. Stream or download the first three episodes exclusively on HBO GO. A new episode premieres on the streaming platform every Monday from Jan. 25 to Feb. 22. The Rook tells the story of Myfanwy Thomas (Greenwell), a woman who wakes up in the rain beside London’s Millennium Bridge with no memory of who she is and no explanation for the circle of dead bodies splayed out around her. The only clue to her past is a letter in her pocket, the first of several she planted for herself knowing her memory would be wiped. When Myfanwy discovers she’s a high-ranking official in the Checquy, Britain’s last truly secret service for people with paranormal abilities, she’ll have to navigate the dangerous and complex world of the agency to uncover who wiped her memory — and why. As Myfanwy searches for her past, she is tasked with protecting those with supernatural powers from the dangerous world of high-dollar trafficking, and along the way, she uncovers the truth about herself and her past.

Gloc-9 releases music video for ‘Macho Rap’

RAPPER Gloc-9 and singer Lira released the music video for “Macho Rap,” a jingle for Mang Tomas All Around Sarsa, described as a bouncy, last song syndrome-inducing song. The video features Mang Tomas endorsers, Benjie and Andre Paras, and actress Kat Galang. To complement the music video, Mang Tomas and NutriAsia also launched the #MachoRapChallenge, where users are urged to post their own lip-sync dubs of Gloc-9’s “Macho Rap” on TikTok, just like the Paras duo. As of this writing, TikToks under the #MachoRapChallenge have reached over 1.7 million total views.