Filipino Short Makes It To Thai Film Fest

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By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA
November 14, 2012, 3:23pm

MANILA, Philippines – The Mercedes Cabral-starrer short film, “Pamatid-Gutom (‘Hunger Pangs’)” will be shown at the upcoming 10th World Film Festival of Bangkok (WFFB).

As seen on the festival’s official website, “Pamatid-Gutom,” which was written and directed by Richard Soriano Legaspi, is lone entry from the Philippines and is among the 19 films from across Asia and Europe under the festival’s Short Wave section. It will screen as part of the Short Wave Programme 2 in the afternoon of Nov. 22 and 24.

Recall that the film competed at the 9th Naoussa International Film Festival held September in Greece.

“Pamatid-Gutom” premiered in last year’s EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival with seven other films, and it has been described as a “stark rendition of electoral politics in post-EDSA Philippines.” Here, Cabral plays the role of a mother who, out of desperation to feed her child, joins a feeding program organized by a mayor of a city and takes a “disturbing gamble” upon seeing mayor’s wife’s “favorable response” to her offspring.

As stated in a release, the WFFB will present a total of 84 films in five categories, namely: Cine Latino, Cinema Beat, Doc Feast, Short Wave, and Asian Contemporary. This year’s edition will also feature two special programs, the American Documentary Showcase and the Dutch Film Festival in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, a separate news item on the festival’s official website announced that the Ramona S. Diaz-helmed documentary, “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” has been dropped from the final lineup “due to the timing of print traffic.” Produced in the US, it documents American band Journey’s search for its new frontman, and follows the story of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda who was discovered through popular video sharing website YouTube.

The 10th World Film Festival of Bangkok will be held from Nov. 16 to 25 at the Esplanade Cineplex Ratchada in Bangkok, Thailand.

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