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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.

Nov 11, 2016

Acclaimed Foreign Film Entries In Cinema One Filmfest That You Shouldn't Miss As They'll Compete With Our Own 'Ma Rosa' In The Oscars

WE WANT TO commend Cinema One top honcho Ronald Arguelles for giving us the chance to watch some acclaimed foreign film in their festival that starts tomorrow. Here are some of the films you should not miss, most of them competing in the coming Oscars. You should not miss the rare chance of watching them to see if our own “Ma Rosa” has a good chance against them.

“I, DANIEL BLAKE” - This won the Palme d’Or at 2016 Cannes Filmfest where “Ma Rosa” also competed. Directed by Ken Loach (who also won for “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”), this British social-realist drama is about a widower, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), who has a heart attack and now unable to work but the state’s uncaring welfare system fails him. His fight for dignity becomes a one-man crusade that makes quite an impact.

“THE SALESMAN” - From Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose “A Separation” won the Oscar best foreign film in 2012. “The Salesman” also competed in the 2016 Cannes filmfest and won the best actor award for Shahab Hosseini (our own Jaclyn Jose won the best actress award then). It will compete in next year’s Oscars, along with “Ma Rosa”. It tells the story of a couple who play the lead roles in their own version of the classic Miller play, “Death of a Salesman”.

“FIRE AT SEA - FUOCOAMARRE” - The entry of Italy in next year’s Oscars, it’s set in the island of Lampedusa off Sicily which hit the headlines as the port of call for hundreds of thousands of refugees from Africa and the Middle East fleeing from wars and unrest to migrate to Europe. The film focuses on 12-year old boy Samuel and how life goes on in his island until it’s affected by the influx of refugees.

“FRANTZ” - From acclaimed French director Francois Ozon, the film is set in a small German village after the First World War. Anna (Paula Beer) visits the grave of her boyfriend named Frantz, a soldier who was killed in combat in France. One day, she sees a Frenchman, Adrien (Pierre Niney), also visiting the grave of Frantz and this starts her journey in discovering more facts about her boyfriend.

“THE UNTAMED” - This Mexican film from Director Amat Escalante won him the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Filmfest (where “Babaeng Humayo” won the Golden Lion). It’s about a couple with a troubled marriage who find a meteorite that leads their encounter with a mysterious creature who turn their lives upside down, bringing both happiness and destruction. More foreign film entries tomorrow.