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Kidlat Tahimik: the technocrat and his duende

At age 76, Kidlat Tahimik (aka Eric De Guia) is among the younger National Artists, and happens to be the only one alive for Cinema. Further, among this tiny elect group, he is the only Wharton MBA holder, with a c.v. which includes a stint as a researcher for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This was before he symbolically tore up his Wharton diploma (he didn’t totally trash it though), and followed his bliss as an artist. Or as he has stated elsewhere, he let his duende come through. This duende is not the squeaky voiced gnome of lower Philippine mythology, but the inner demon or the spirit of genius which inspires and animates true artistry. See the Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Theory and Play of the Duende.” As Kidlat Tahimik declared in his film Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) which is essentially his artist’s manifesto: “When the typhoon blows off the cocoon, the butterfly embraces the sun.”

Filipino film centennial marked

TO COMMEMORATE the centennial of Filipino films, the Filipinas Heritage Library has partnered with Samsung Electronics Philippines to present Hidden Cinema: The Virtual Experience...

Movies, literature, and martial arts in celebration of Phil-Japan friendship month

JULY is Philippines-Japan Friendship Month and to mark the occasion, the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with various partner organizations, are co-presenting a variety of cultural events.

TV makes film a ‘vintage genre’ says Travolta at Cannes

CANNES — Television is making cinema a “vintage genre,” John Travolta said Wednesday at the Cannes film festival, lamenting that films were “not as...

Nintendo to produce Super Mario film

TOKYO — Japanese videogames maker Nintendo Co. Ltd. said on Thursday it would team with US film studio Illumination Entertainment to produce an animation...

Film and television director Maryo J. delos Reyes, 65

ACCLAIMED film and television director, Maryo J. delos Reyes passed away Saturday night at the age of 65 after suffering a heart attack in...

Bardot slams #MeToo

PARIS — French film legend Brigitte Bardot, 83, attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking...

Ang Larawan enters MMFF ‘final four’

Despite being rejected the first time around in script submissions, Loy Arcenas’ Ang Larawan finally made the cut and has been selected as one...

Balangiga: Howling Wilderness wins at QCinema’s Pylon Awards

Despite a film rating controversy, Khavn’s (real name: Khavn Dela Cruz) Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, won top prizes at Quezon City International Film Festival (QCinema)’s...

Keeping the magic of film alive

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino The dawn of the digital age has brought huge changes in the state of photography, leaving analogue in dusk. Despite...

A third golden age?

By Noel B. Vera THE MUSEUM of Modern Art (MoMA) has an ongoing exhibition titled A New Golden Age: Contemporary Philippine Cinema — basically a...

The sound of silence

By Zsarlene B. Chua Film Festival 10th International Silent Film Festival Aug. 25 to 28 Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City MUSIC AND SILENT FILMS are inseparable, and...

Lust for life

An incomplete essay on culinary cinema. Or, a film critic’s recommendations for foodies. WORDS NOEL VERA | ILLUSTRATION  TONE DAÑAS It’s hard to make a case for...

The vessel to Venice

The curator of the Philippine Pavilion talks about Manuel Conde's Genghis Khan. Words  Patrick D. Flores When Filipino filmmaker Manuel Conde graced the screening of his 1950...

Culture shock and awe: A diary of National Arts Month

By Jessica Zafra ON SUNDAY we ran into Grace at the ballet at the Cultural Center, and on Wednesday we saw her again at the...

Ian McKellen to host London bus tours for Shakespeare film season

LONDON — Having tackled Shakespeare’s works on stage and screen, actor Ian McKellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation...

MMFF Postmortem: How did this year’s festival go? It depends on who...

By Zsarlene B. Chua “Satisfactory,” was how Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda, spokesperson of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2015 described the recently concluded film festival,...

Where the money goes

ACCORDING to Metro Manila Film Festival spokesperson Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda, half the festival revenues come from cinemas in Metro Manila, and the rest from...

HENERAL LUNA: a cinematic revolution

By Zsarlene Chua, Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Joseph Garcia  UNLIKE THE BLOODY assassination scene where katipuneros shoot and stab the lead character to death, Heneral Luna —...

The movie and historical accuracy

THE FILM HENERAL LUNA, which has received much praise from critics and audience members, is notable for its commitment to producing a historically accurate...

What to see this week

6 Films to see, rent, or stream on the week of September 11-18, 2015. Boruto: Naruto the Movie IT’S BEEN some years since the end of...

Flash in a pan

By Noel Vera Movie Review Ricki and The Flash Directed by Jonathan Demme NOT A BIG FAN of the dramatic Meryl Streep. All that technical perfection, the precision,...

Gawad Plaridel for Ricky Lee

By Susan Claire Agbayani Ricardo Lee, the Philippines’ most prominent screenwriter and one of most influential figures in the film industry, was awarded the 2015...

What to see this week

5 films to see on the week of September 4-11, 2015. Chasing the Devil IN THIS “found footage” horror movie, a man who cannot accept that...

New driver, new car

The Transporter: Refueled AFTER JASON STATHAM starred in three movies playing the eponymous Transporter — Frank Martin, a mercenary who specializes moving goods of all...

From fantasy to reality: 10 films from the Gallaga-Reyes tandem

The beautiful history of the Gallaga-Reyes tandem summarized in 10 films. Words FRANCIS JOSEPH A. CRUZ It was a decade marked by shifting tastes. From the hard-hitting socially...

Science fiction: a ghetto

Real science fiction involves (quoting Brian Aldiss, who attempts to describe the literature): “the search for a definition of man and his status in...