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The best of Filipino film­mak­ing is high­lighted at the third Euro­pean Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, as it goes vir­tual and vi­ral

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The Euro­pean Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (EPIFF ) will hold its third edi­tion this 2020 on­line due to the COVID19 pan­demic. Founded by renowned film­mak­ers, Ruben Soriquez and Mau­r­izio Bal­dini, and in part­ner­ship with the Philip­pine Ital­ian As­so­ci­a­tion (PIA), the Ital­ian Cham­ber of Com­merce in the Philip­pines (ICCPI) un­der the aus­pices of the Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines, the EPIFF will take place from Oct. 24 to 25.

Af­ter its suc­cess­ful first two edi­tions, the EPIFF will con­tinue to host the fes­ti­val that pro­motes the art of Filipino cinema in Italy and all over Europe as well even with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. This fes­ti­val is a means to al­low both Ital­ians and other Euro­peans to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the com­plex­ity of the Philip­pine so­ci­ety. From its di­verse and rich cul­ture to its amaz­ingly beau­ti­ful land­scapes, the coun­try will be show­cased at the EPIFF dur­ing the two-day fes­ti­val to peo­ple all over Europe through the new in­die and clas­sic movie stream­ing plat­form at iWatchMore.

Must-watch films

The fes­ti­val will dis­play five films that will be com­pet­ing for the coveted EPIFF awards such as the Best Film, Best Direc­tor, Best Ac­tor, Best Ac­tress, Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and the Au­di­ence Award. The pre­vi­ous two edi­tions saw Honor thy Fa­ther by Erick Matti and El Peste by Richard Somes win­ning the Best Film award at the EPIFF 2018 and 2019, re­spec­tively.

This 2020, these are the five films that will be com­pet­ing.

Sonata by Peque Gal­laga and Lore Reyes

This 2013 film star­ring Cherie Gil and Carlo Ja­lan­doni is of a woman (Gil) whose whole life re­volves around her art. She goes on a self-de­struc­tive spi­ral once she loses it. Carlo plays the role of the young boy who helps Gil’s char­ac­ter to get out of the deep funk she’s in and to slowly fall in love with her art once more.

Badil by Chito S. Roño

Also known as Dy­na­mite Fish­ing, this 2013 film takes place in a small vil­lage in the Philip­pines on the eve of an elec­tion. It stars Jhong Hi­lario whose role is to make sure that his fa­ther’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to the in­cum­bent Mayor del Mundo is ful­filled even af­ter his fa­ther falls ill on the eve of the elec­tion. The film re­volves around how pol­i­tics is heav­ily re­lated to cor­rup­tion dur­ing this era and how far peo­ple will go to get what they want.

Bam­boo Flow­ers by Maryo De­los Reyes

Irma Ad­lawan, Ruru Madrid, Orlando Sol, and My­lene Di­zon star in this 2013 film where each of their char­ac­ters is hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time get­ting through life. As the ti­tle sug­gests, the film fol­lows these peo­ple as they face their own chal­lenges in life but over­all the film fea­tures how re­silient they are de­spite it all, just like the bam­boo plant.

The Cres­cent Ris­ing by Sheron Dayoc

The 2015 award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film fo­cuses on Min­danao’s for­got­ten peo­ple through three dif­fer­ent lenses of char­ac­ters who are un­for­tu­nately caught in a cross­fire of un­wa­ver­ing faith and am­bigu­ous his­to­ries. The themes of war and jus­tice are high­lighted in the film as it show­cases what war can do to peo­ple, fam­i­lies, and com­mu­ni­ties.

Land from God by Kevin Pi­a­monte

This short film that was shown in 2018 tack­les the nu­mer­ous strug­gles that the Ati tribe has to go through in their quest to pre­serve their cul­ture in the rapid mod­ern­iza­tion and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of the fa­mous tourist spot, Bo­ra­cay.

Aside from the five com­pet­ing films, the 2020 EPIFF will also be show­cas­ing two films for ev­ery­one to en­joy by the fes­ti­val’s very own founders. Ruben Maria Soriquez’s 2019 film named The Spi­ders’ Man is one of the non-com­pet­ing films avail­able dur­ing this years’ EPIFF, in which two half-broth­ers, one of whom is af­fected by autism and schizophre­nia, have thieves burst into their home. When the thieves fail to find any money, chaos en­sures and things get out of hand. Mau­r­izio Bal­dini’s 2016 film called Dal­isay is the sec­ond non-com­pet­ing film in the fes­ti­val. It stars Sue Prado whose char­ac­ter goes through an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent in which she also loses both par­ents. As she grows closer to a woman called Nida, she gets to know what higher love is and how the rhythm of na­ture af­fects each of our souls.

The third edi­tion of the EPIFF will be hosted by the vir­tual god­mother of the 2020 EPIFF, Cherie Gil her­self! EPIFF is or­ga­nized by the Is­land Stream Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion of Florence, Italy, in part­ner­ship with var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Philip­pines. You can learn more about the fes­ti­val by vis­it­ing www.epiff.org/ or www.iwatchmore.com/cat­e­gories/epiff

 ??  ?? CUL­TURE TREE The chan­de­lier-shaped bam­boo flow­ers that blos­som only be­fore death in­spire Bam­boo Flow­ers about the lives of dif­fer­ent peo­ple in Bo­hol
CUL­TURE TREE The chan­de­lier-shaped bam­boo flow­ers that blos­som only be­fore death in­spire Bam­boo Flow­ers about the lives of dif­fer­ent peo­ple in Bo­hol
 ??  ?? MUS­INGS AND LYRICS Sea­soned ac­tress Cherie Gil plays Regina Cadena, a near in­sane and de­pressed woman in her ex-opera stage in Sonata
MUS­INGS AND LYRICS Sea­soned ac­tress Cherie Gil plays Regina Cadena, a near in­sane and de­pressed woman in her ex-opera stage in Sonata
 ??  ?? ELEC­TIONS IS COM­ING Badil takes place in a tiny barangay in Sa­mar on the eve of an elec­tion
ELEC­TIONS IS COM­ING Badil takes place in a tiny barangay in Sa­mar on the eve of an elec­tion
 ??  ?? ALIEN­ATED UN­DER THE CLOAK OF TOURISM The Ati’s strug­gle is about de­ter­mi­na­tion and faith in the Land From God
ALIEN­ATED UN­DER THE CLOAK OF TOURISM The Ati’s strug­gle is about de­ter­mi­na­tion and faith in the Land From God
 ??  ?? MUST-SEE AN­THOL­OGY In­ter­wo­ven sto­ries cre­ate a ta­pes­try of Min­danao’s for­got­ten peo­ple in The Cres­cent Ris­ing
MUST-SEE AN­THOL­OGY In­ter­wo­ven sto­ries cre­ate a ta­pes­try of Min­danao’s for­got­ten peo­ple in The Cres­cent Ris­ing

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