Rhian Ramos

Rhian Ramos

Avid Liongoren’s “Saving Sally” gained the Special Mention of the seventh Parallel Jury prize on the current 35th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) in Belgium. The jury described the Filipino film, which was recommended for “mixing real shots and animation,” as “one of the best films” through the 12-day pageant.

“It was a very fun festival with great food and great people,” Liongoren informed the Inquirer.

Liongoren attended the screening on April 9, however was not capable of grace the awarding ceremony on April 16. “I feel bad that I had to go home for work. It would’ve been wonderful to join the closing ceremonies, if only for the massive zombie parade. BIFFF is one of the bigger genre festivals.”

Liongoren turned reflective concerning the newest triumph of his film, which beforehand gained three citations on the Fantasporto Film Festival in Oporto, Portugal.

“Awards are nice little trinkets, and they make me want to work harder and make the next film project much better,” he stated.

‘Humayo’ in Sydney

Meanwhile, Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo” is likely one of the first 28 titles to be introduced as a part of the 64th Sydney Film Festival, to be held in Australia from June 7 to 18.

The pageant describes the Venice-winning Filipino movie as a “humane meditation on forgiveness and a criticism of systemic inequality … a testament to Diaz’s beguiling artistry.”

The fest notes that Diaz, a “Filipino master,” “is “known for very long narrative films that reflect on Philippine history and its effect on the present.”

The different movies that comprise Sydney’s 200-plus program can be introduced on May 10.

Festival director Nashen Moodley summed up the lineup, thus: “These films bring together thousands of talents and perspectives from across the globe, to create a lens—a way of looking at and experiencing aspects of the world and ourselves.” —BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

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