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Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Kidlat Tahimik collaborate in omnibus film ‘Lakbayan’

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz, Kidlat Tahimik collaborate in omnibus film ‘Lakbayan’

For the first time, Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz and Kidlat Tahimik collaborated in one film. The omnibus project of the three legendary filmmakers of the Philippines is titled “Lakbayan” (Journey).

The three parts of “Lakbayan” are titled “Defocado” (Defocused), “Hugaw” (Dirt) and “Lakaran ni Kabunyan” (Kabunyan’s Journey). They were all filmed in the Philippines in 2017.

“Defocado” was written by Conan Altatis and directed by Mendoza. It stars Joem Bascon, Soliman Cruz, Fe Ging Ging Hyde, Perry Dizon, Japo Parcero and Vince Rillon.

“Hugaw” was written and directed by Diaz. It stars Nanding Josef, Bart Guingona and Don Melvin Boongaling.
“Lakaran ni Kabunyan” was written and directed by Tahimik. It stars his son Kabunyan de Guia.

Mendoza, Diaz and Tahimik have all won in the Berlin International Film Festival. Mendoza and Tahimik won the Caligari Film Award for “Tirador” in 2008 and “Balikbayan #1: Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III” in 2015, respectively, while Diaz won the Alfred Bauer Award for “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” in 2016 and the Golden Berlin Bear Award for “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” in 2018.

Mendoza has five works featured in the Cannes International Film Festival, namely “Foster Child” in 2007, “Serbis” in 2008, “Kinatay” in 2009, “Taklub” in 2015 and “Ma’ Rosa” in 2016. “Kinatay” made him the first and still the only Filipino filmmaker to win Best Director in the annual film festival in Cannes, France.

Diaz is the first and still the only Filipino filmmaker to win Best Director in the Dublin International Film Festival, which he received in 2017 for “Ang Babaeng Humayo.” He has one work screened in the Cannes Film Festival, which was his 2013 film “Norte, Hanggang ng Kasaysayan.”

Tahimik is the first and still the only Filipino filmmaker to win the Prize of the City of Amiens at the Amiens International Film Festival. He received the award for “Mababangong Bangungot” in 1977.

“Lakbayan” will make its world premiere in 2018 Busan International Film Festival. The 23rd edition of the annual film festival in Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea will run October 4-13, 2018.

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Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Brillante Mendoza, Lav Diaz join Academy Class of 2017

Internationally acclaimed Filipino filmmakers Brillante Mendoza and Lav Diaz are among the 774 new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Hailing from 57 countries, the new members bring the organization’s Class of 2017 to a total of approximately 8,500 members.

This is part of the move of the AMPAS to promote diversity among its members. Currently, 13 percent of the members are people of color (POC), an increase from 11 percent in 2016 and 8 percent in 2015.

“We are not looking to increase membership,” outgoing AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement obtained by Deadline. “The goal is instead to increase a diverse membership that represents us around the world.”

There are more than 20 Asians among the new AMPAS members, including Gal Gadot, B.D. Wong, Donnie Yen, Ming-Na Wen, Fan Bingbing, Johnnie To, Tony Leung, Peter Ho-sun Chan, Ann Hui, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Maggie Cheung, Aamir Khan, Irrfan Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone and Tran Anh Hung. Mendoza and Diaz are the only new members from the Philippines.

Since 1953, the Philippines has been submitting an entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but has yet to receive a nomination. Both Mendoza and Diaz have one film submitted as an entry.

In 2014, Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” (Norte, the End of History) was submitted as the Philippine entry to the 87th Academy Awards. The film starred Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Angelina Kanapo, Soliman Cruz, Mae Paner and Hazel Orencio.

In 2016, the Philippines submitted Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa” to the 89th Academy Awards. The film starred Jaclyn Jose along with Julio Diaz, Felix Roco, Andi Eigenman, Jomari Angeles, Baron Geisler, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mon Confiado, Maria Isabel Lopez and Vince Rillon.

Both “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and “Ma’ Rosa” were featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Diaz’s film was screened at the Un Certain Regard section in 2013 while Mendoza’s film made Jose the first Southeast Asian recipient of the Best Actress award from the prestigious annual film festival in Cannes, France in 2016.

Check the full list of the Academy Class of 2017 members here.

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