Matti’s Buy Bust goes to Ma­cao fest

The Philippine Star - - ENTERTAINMENT - Nathalie To­mada

The Erik Matti film BuyBust will have a red-car­pet screen­ing to­day at the on­go­ing In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and Awards Ma­cao (IFFAM).

The ac­tion-thriller, which fore­grounds the govern­ment’s drug war and stars Anne Cur­tis as a drug en­force­ment agent who gets caught up in an op­er­a­tion-gone-hay­wire, is the only Filipino movie fea­tured at the third edi­tion of IFFAM which runs un­til Dec. 14.

It is screened un­der the out-of­com­pe­ti­tion sec­tion Fly­ing Dag­gers, which spot­lights the “best in the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional genre film­mak­ing,” or­ga­niz­ers said in a me­dia re­lease.

Matti who has also helped cu­rate the film­fest’s Di­rec­tor’s Choice (Ret­ro­spec­tive) — “a non-com­pet­i­tive se­lec­tion of six clas­sic genre films se­lected by six well-known di­rec­tors” — con­firmed he will grace the event at the Ma­cau Tower at 2:45 p.m. to be fol­lowed by a pub­lic screen­ing at 3 p.m.

Also ex­pected to at­tend the film­fest are BuyBust pro­ducer Don­don Mon­teverde and lead cast Bran­don Vera.

Aside from BuyBust, the five other films pro­grammed in the Fly­ing Dag­gers sec­tion in­clude Ital­ian-Cana­dian di­rec­tor Panos Cos­matos’ re­venge film Mandy star­ring IFFAM ta­lent am­bas­sador Ni­co­las Cage, who will also hold a Master­class to­day for in­dus­try in­sid­ers and as­pir­ing ac­tors.

Matti is also one of the three Asian film­mak­ers along­side Hong Kong di­rec­tor Ma­bel Che­ung and In­done­sian di­rec­tor Ed­win, who were tasked to se­lect in­flu­en­tial films from nonAsian cin­ema and in­tro­duce their cho­sen films to the Ma­cao au­di­ence for the Di­rec­tor’s Choice (Ret­ro­spec­tive) sec­tion. The di­rec­tor picked the 1984 crime drama Once Upon A Time in Amer­ica, which starred Robert De Niro and directed by Ser­gio Leone.

The rest of the full IFFAM pro­gram in­cludes the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion show­cas­ing 12 films made by fir­stand sec­ond-time film­mak­ers with $60,000 as the award-win­ning prize. Gala presents six main­stream crowd­pleas­ing films. New Chi­nese Cin­ema is a com­pet­i­tive sec­tion of out­stand­ing films from Chi­nese-speak­ing ter­ri­to­ries. The Best of Fest Panorama is a non-com­pet­i­tive se­lec­tion of films from other ma­jor in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals of the year. For All The Fam­ily are films that ap­peal to a wider de­mo­graphic of au­di­ence. Spe­cial Pre­sen­ta­tions, mean­while, will screen films at the dis­cre­tion of the artis­tic di­rec­tor Mike Goodridge and jury head, the Farewell My Con­cu­bine di­rec­tor Chen Kaige.

Lastly, In Fo­cus (Ret­ro­spec­tive) cel­e­brates out­stand­ing tal­ents in cin­ema. For this year, or­ga­niz­ers chose Chi­nese ac­tress-phi­lan­thropist Yao Chen, whose hu­man­i­tar­ian work had the press call­ing her as “China’s An­gelina Jolie.” She will speak about her ca­reer and ad­vo­ca­cies in a spe­cial In Con­ver­sa­tion event. Three of her best films will also be screened.

Adding star power to the film­fest are the two other IFFAM ta­lent am­bas­sadors, Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok and Korean pop star/ac­tress Yoona.

“I am very pleased with the IFFAM pro­gram this year. The whole pro­gram­ming team has worked tire­lessly to find the right films for our unique au­di­ence in Ma­cao and we are con­fi­dent that we can build on the en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ences we at­tracted last year. We feel that we have mixed a heady cock­tail of bold brand-new cin­ema, the best of the year’s fes­ti­val ti­tles, gor­geous clas­sics and big-ticket crowd pleasers, not to men­tion 11 stun­ning films in our in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. I can’t wait for our au­di­ences and ju­ries to see the films,” Goodridge said in a state­ment.

A rel­a­tive new­bie in the film fest cir­cuit, IFFAM is be­ing aligned with Ma­cao’s draw as not just a gam­ing cap­i­tal but also a “grow­ing cul­tural des­ti­na­tion, build­ing an au­di­ence for di­verse world cin­ema by pro­gram­ming films both crit­i­cally ac­claimed and com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful.”

(IFFAM)

The ac­tion-thriller, which is directed by Erik Matti and top­billed by Anne Cur­tis, will have a red-car­pet gala screen­ing to­day at the on­go­ing In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and Awards Ma­cao

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