Four Pinoys among 100 exceptional film directors in UK Phaidon Press book
Independent filmmakers Brillante Mendoza, Auraeus Solito, Raya Martin, and Pepe Diokno are four of the choice directors featured in Take 100, a book profiling one hundred exceptional new filmmakers of our time, reports the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP).
The four will be given their own pages complete with short biographies and fleshed-out analyses of their films by some of the world's top movie festival curators. They will join other selected international film directors hailing from countries like China, Mexico, India, Romania, and Israel.
In a statement with PEP, the 22 year-old Pepe Diokno expressed his zeal.
"I feel good that there are four Filipinos on the list! This means that more people will find it viable to make films here, which means more jobs for the film industry. Recognition alone means nothing. It becomes extra special when it gives life to Philippine cinema."
Pepe Diokno's Engkwentro trailer
The young director responsible for the internationally-acclaimed Engkwentro went on to share of his hopes of a unified cinema void of labels like mainstream and indie. "[When that happens], Pinoy moviegoers will have more choices. One day, puro Pinoy na ang makikita natin sa sinehan. Buhay na buhay ang industriya, libo-libo ang may trabaho, at maipagmamalaki talaga natin ang ating kultura"
Aureus Solito's Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros trailer
Aureus Solito, the man behind Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, Tuli, Boy, and Pisay, claimed that Filipinos always offer something exciting to foreign programmers. "We don't have a certain look, nor follow one style of filmmaking… [We] offer diversity. Unlike other countries where one can tell where the film comes from [i.e. Korea, Hollywood, Bollywood], the Philippines' diverse cultures of indigenous identities, mixed history of Spanish and American colonialism and modern political chaos will work for the Filipino filmmaker for he has many realities to portray in his art."
Brillante Mendoza's Kinatay preview
Directors Brilliante Mendoza (Kinatay, Lola, Serbis, and Masahista) and Raya Martin (Autohistorya and Indio Nacional) have both been honored worldwide, most prominently at Cannes. Mendoza was awarded Best Director last year, while Martin–the first Filipino accepted for Cinéfondation Résidence at Cannes–previewed Independecia and Now Showing in Cannes' prestigious Un Certain Regard section and Director's Fortnight, respectively.
Raya Martin's Independencia trailer
The book, published by the Phaidon Press of London, is the brainchild of ten world-renowned cineastes including curators Marco Muller (Venice Film Festival), Cameron Bailey (Toronto International Film Festival), Trevor Groth (Sundance Film Fest), Kim Dong-Ho of (Pusan Film Festival), and Frederic Maire (Locarno Film Festival). The 488-page hardbound will be released this May.
Photos by PEP's Noel Orsal (Mendoza) and Jocelyn Dimaculangan (Solito, Diokno)