Philippine Daily Inquirer

PH SHORT FILM COM­PETES IN KAZA­KHSTAN

- —BAYANISAND­IEGO JR.

Louie Ig­na­cio’s short film “Ngiti ni Nazareno (The Smile of Nazareno)” is in­cluded in the com­pe­ti­tion lineup of the 14th Eura­sia In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, on­go­ing in As­tana, Kaza­khstan, un­til July 7.

Ig­na­cio’s lat­est work is com­pet­ing with 35 other short films in the Cen­tral Asian coun­try.

The writer-di­rec­tor told the In­quirer that it is his sec­ond time to join the Eura­sia tilt, where his full-length fea­ture film, “Area,” won the spe­cial jury prize in 2016. “They love Filipino films in Kaza­khstan,” he re­lated.

He made cer­tain that his short film is “very Filipino,” in terms of its theme and vi­su­als. “A

high­light of the film is the grand pro­ces­sion of the Nazareno ev­ery Jan­uary.”

Ig­na­cio and his team shot dur­ing the ac­tual trasla­cion. “It was madugo (very dif­fi­cult),” he re­counted.

The short film tack­les “the very timely is­sue of drug ad­dic­tion, and its dire con­se­quences, as seen through the eyes of an innocent child,” he re­marked.

The Philip­pine pre­miere is yet to be sched­uled, but, ac­cord­ing to Ig­na­cio, the film will like­wise vie for awards at the Facine or Filipino In­ter­na­tional Cine Fes­ti­val in San Fran­cisco, from Oct. 20 to 22.

“I feel proud that a Filipino film is part of these fes­ti­vals abroad,” Ig­na­cio as­serted.

Mean­while, back on the home front, his lat­est ful­l­length fea­ture, “School Ser­vice,” will de­but at the Cine­malaya fest next month.

 ??  ?? “Ngiti ni Nazareno”
“Ngiti ni Nazareno”
 ??  ?? Scene from the film
Scene from the film

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