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Luzon Films in Cinema Rehiyon 2012 by Teddy Co, from

Luzon Films in Cinema Rehiyon 2012 by Teddy Co, curator for Luzon Films, published in January 27, 2012

The Luzon programme of Cinema Rehiyon 4 will be highlighted by the presence of three stalwarts of indie filmmaking – Auraeus Solito, Mes de Guzman, and Alvin Yapan. Solito’s BUSONG (Pal’awan Fate was shown at the Director’s Forthnight of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and has done the rounds of a dozen film festivals, garnering some awards along the way. It is the first film about the indigenous Pal’awan people, of which Solito is one. De Guzman’s SA KANTO NG ULAP AT LUPA was shot entirely in his native Nueva Vizcaya, from a grant given by Cinema One Originals. Yapan’s GAYUMA is the first full length film to be shot using the Bicolano language, and stars Mercedes Cabral.

For the first time, there will be regional films from abroad. The Kapampangan short ALIWA AW AKU (Not Alone) was shot in California. Christopher Gozum’s LAWAS KAN PINABLI(Forever Loved) is an epic mix of fiction and documentary made entirely in the Middle East with an all-Filipino crew. It’s shot from the point of view of the Pangasinense Gozum, but featues a cast of OFWs from all over the Philippines, making this perhaps the first-ever multi-regional film.

There will also be shorter films coming from Baguio, Nueva Ecija, CALABARZON, and Pampanga – capped by Kragi Garcia’s full-length debut ING BABAING MAPAMALIT SIM (The Switcher), which puts him in an exclusive league of late bloomers like Doy del Mundo, Armando Lao, and Loy Arcenas.