Pinoy film Busong premieres in Cannes to a standing ovation

( Busong, dubbed the first Palawanon indigenous film, premiered to a standing ovation at the Directors’ Fortnight in the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival earlier this week, reports GMA News Online.

The report quoted the film’s director Auraeus Solito as saying on his Facebook page, "Matagal na palakpakan, tumayo ng tatlong beses. (The applause lasted for a while; the audience stood up three times.)"

GMA News Online reports that the artistic director of the Directors’ Fortnight, Frederic Boyer, told Solito before the screening, "You are about to open a world that no one has ever seen before. So different from other films from the Philippines in the past. I cannot describe it... Maybe it could be called ’Palawanee.’"


Busong trailer


Busong, which tackles the Palawan concept of fate or instant karma, is one of the 21 featured films in the Directors’ Fortnight category. According to Quinzaine des Realisateurs, it follows the journey of Punay, a woman who cannot walk due to the wounds on her feet she was born with, and her brother Angkarang, who carries her through a hammock as he searches for a healer who can cure her.

It stars Clifford Banagle, Alessandra de Rossi, Dax Alejandro, Bonivie Budao and Rodrigo Santikan.

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