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Mike de Leon’s restored ‘Itim’ makes it to 2022 Cannes Classics

- (ABS-CBN News)

MIKE de Leon’s first feature film “Itim” has been selected for this year’s Cannes Classics, the special section at the annual Cannes Film Festival dedicated to restored classics, documentar­ies about cinema, tributes and masterclas­ses.

The good news was officially announced on Monday night (Philippine time), May 2, via the Festival de Cannes website.

This also marks the world premiere of the 2022 restored version of “Itim,” which joins this year’s list that includes Jean Eustache’s “The Mother and the

Whore,” “The Last Waltz” by Martin Scorsese, “The Trial” by Orson Welles, two episodes of Ethan Hawke’s event series on Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, among others.

Now on its 75th edition, the prestigiou­s internatio­nal film festival will take place from May 17 to May 28 at the scenic resort city of Cannes on the French Riviera.

“For personal reasons, this vindicates my long-held belief that you don’t have to do poverty to get noticed, unlike in Lino’s (Brocka) time. Especially if ‘Batch 81’ and ‘Kisapmata’ are released simultaneo­usly with ‘Itim,’ e ‘di puwede pala,” De Leon said.

The film is a ghost story that shows parallelis­ms in Catholic rites and occultism as it also explores father-and-son relationsh­ip.

De Leon finished “Itim” in 1976, a year after he produced Brocka’s “Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag,” in which he was also cinematogr­apher. Incidental­ly, “Maynila” was part of Cannes Classics in 2015. De Leon said he was also the cinematogr­apher of “Itim” though uncredited, together with Rody Lacap and Ely Cruz.

The film is about a magazine photograph­er Jun Torres, played by a very young Tommy Abuel. Set during Holy Week, Jun returns to his hometown San Ildefonso to visit Dr. Torres, his ailing wheelchair-bound, mute father played by the legendary Mario Montenegro.

Dr. To r r e s has been paralyzed after a car accident caused by a mysterious event that is later revealed in the film.

 ?? ?? Mona Lisa and Charo Santos play mother and daughter in Mike De Leon’s classic feature-length debut “Itim.”
Mona Lisa and Charo Santos play mother and daughter in Mike De Leon’s classic feature-length debut “Itim.”

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