Spotlight on Filipino Cinema

For several years now, since the arrival of digital technology, Filipino cinema has undergone a period of great dynamism and energy. Many of its new films travel the world festival circuit and snatch up awards, notably the 2009 Cannes prize for Brillante Mendoza’s powerful KINATAY. Mendoza’s name may be best-known but he’s not alone — the Philippines is home to a horde of talented creators with something to say and new ways to say it, casting an uncompromising eye on their nation. In constant search of exciting new trends in world cinema and blossoming national film cultures, Fantasia is proud to bring the Montreal public a carefully curated selection of courageous Filipino films. Once it’s caught your eye, it will be hard to shake.

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