Italian film fest Moviemov returns to Manila

Posted at 11/05/2012 4:46 PM | Updated as of 11/05/2012 4:46 PM
Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now. Photo: Handout

MANILA, Philippines – Following its successful run last year, the Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now traveling film festival is set to return to Manila next month.

The event will kick off with a red-carpet gala featuring Italian and Filipino film stars on December 4. The film festival will run from December 4 to 9 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas in Makati City.

This year’s festival will feature Italian contemporary films such as “Cesare deve morire” by the Taviani brothers, which won the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and the Italian entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards; “Posti in piedi in paradiso” by Carlo Verdone; and the complete version of last year’s teaser “Dracula 3D” by Dario Argento.

Films by director Sergio Leone, known as the master of the “Spaghetti Western” genre, will also be shown. These include “Il colosso di rodi,” “Per un pugno di dollari,” “Per qualche dollaro in piu,” “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo,” “C’era una volt il west,” “Giu la testa” and “C’era una volta in America.”

This year’s Moviemov will also pay tribute to critically acclaimed Filipino films and directors such as Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb,” which got a standing ovation at the recently held Venice Film Festival; and Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s “Qiyamah,” which won the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ National Film Festival in Davao.

Moviemov aims to create a lineup of films and events that will best promote in Asia what present-day Italian cinema is all about. Aside from Manila, the film festival has also traveled to Rome, Bangkok and New Delhi.

This year’s event will also include a competition of contemporary Italian movies to be judged by a jury of Filipino professionals, and roundtable discussions among Italian and Filipino filmmakers and producers.

Entrance to the Moviemov: Italian Cinema Now is free. For inquiries, call Isis Bautista at (02) 892-4531 local 143.