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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 10, 2011

Two local films win awards abroad

THE CINEMA ONE film “Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (Eleuteria’s Dream)” that was ignored in the Cinema One filmfest last year is vindicated once again at the Jeonju International Filmfest in Korea where it won the Special Jury Prize. This is the citation written by the Jury Members of the International competition Section: “For The Special Jury Prize, our choice goes to a work which embodies with acute sensitivity, humor and compassion the plight of a family faced with impossible choices; a film that through its spirit of formal and technical experimentation enables us to gain new awareness of the relationship between North And South, between the self and the collective, between the Epic and naturalist storytelling. For these reasons, we bestow the 2011 Jeonju International Film Festival JB Bank Awards Special Jury Prize to “The Dream of Eleuteria” by Remton Siega Zuasola.”

Our congratulations. The Grand Prize was given to "Jean Gentilo”, a film by Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman from Dominican Republic, Mexico and Germany. We also want to congratulate Director Chris Martinez whose “Here Comes the Bride” won the third prize and Audience Choice award last Saturday at the Udine International Filmfest in Italy. Produced by Atty. Joji Alonso, the film is one of 50 entries. The first and second prizes, “Under the Hawthorn Tree” and “Aftershock”, were both dramas from China and “Bride” is the only comedy.