25 Filipino films shown at Lincoln Center
NOLI ME TANGERE (Touch Me Not) and NUNAL SA TUBIG (Speck in the Water)
In celebration of the 100th year of Philippine Independence, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in partnership with
the Philippine Centennial Commission, the Cultural Center of the
Philippines, IFFCOM, the Philippine Information Agency, the Consulate General of
the Philippines in New York and the Philippine Centennial Coordinating Council
- Northeast USA, presented a series of Filipino films at the Walter Reade
Theater of the Lincoln Center.
Slated July 31 through August 20,
and with a line-up of about 25 films, the series was the most extensive Filipino
film retrospective ever to take place in the United States. All prints are subtitled
By including old classics as well
as contemporary films, the three-week festival brought the country's
centennial commemoration into sharper historical focus. It also featured some of the
best works by acclaimed director Lino Brocka, and concluded with the
award-winning short films and videos of young,
upcoming Filipino and Filipino-American filmmakers. The members of the
film selection committee were Richard Peña (Program Director of the Film Society
of Lincoln Center), Domingo Hornilla, Jr., Vincent "Ting" Nebrida, and
Agustin "Hammy" Sotto.
Some of the titles shown in the
In the Classics Category -
Lamberto Avellana's Anak Dalita starring
Tony Santos and Rosa Rosal, Tony Cayado's Mga Ligaw na
Bulaklak starring Eddie Garcia and Susan Roces, Eddie Romero's Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo
Ngayon (As We Were) starring Christopher De Leon and Gloria Diaz, Cesar
Gallardo's Geron Busabos (Geron the
Vagabond) starring the newly-elected Philippine President Joseph Estrada and
Imelda Ilanan, Lupito Aquino-Kashiwahara's Minsa'y Isang
Gamu-gamo (Once a Moth) starring Nora Aunor and Jay Ilagan,
Gerry De Leon's adaptation of Jose Rizal's Noli Me
Tangere (Touch Me Not) starring Eddie Del Mar, Gil Portes'
Merika starring Nora Aunor, Octavio Silos'
Tunay na Ina (The Real Mother) starring Rosario Moreno,
two films by Mike De Leon: Sister Stella
L. starring Vilma Santos and Batch '81 starring Mark Gil, and three works
by Ishmael Bernal namely Nunal sa Tubig (A Speck in the Water) starring Daria
Ramirez, Aliw starring Suzette Ranillo and
Relasyon starring Vilma Santos.
In the New Works Category - among the films included are Marilou
Diaz Abaya's Sa Pusod ng Dagat (In the
Navel of the Sea), Carlos Siguion Reyna's Ang Lalaki sa Buhay ni
Selya (The Man in Her Life), Tikoy Aguiluz'
Bagong Bayani (A New Hero), Olive Lamasan's
Madrasta (Stepmother), Jose Javier Reyes'
Batang PX, Chito Rono's Itanong Mo Sa
Buwan (Ask the Moon) and Mario O'Hara's Fatima Buen.
Among Brocka's films being spotlighted were
Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, Insiang, Tinimbang Ka
Nguni't Kulang (You Were Weighed But Was Found Wanting) and
Ina, Kapatid, Anak (Mother, Sister, Daughter).
Also screened were commercial
hits like Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak (Because of
a Flower) starring Charito Solis and Lollipops and
Roses starring Nora Aunor, Cocoy Laurel, and featuring the
then unknown Don Johnson of Miami Vice fame.
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Updated: 10 February 1999