By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Award-winning Filipino films “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) and “Motherland” got the full backing of foreign film enthusiasts, particularly Russians during the 39th Moscow International Film Festival from June 22 to 29.
Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos D. Sorreta cited the “strong demand” for the two films during recent film festival.
“Tickets to the two Filipino films at the festival were sold out, but because of strong demand, the organizers allowed more movie goers into the movie house who had to stand or sit along the aisles,” Sorreta said in a statement.
“Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) is a drama shot in black-and-white, written, produced, edited, and directed by Lav Diaz, while “Motherland” is a documentary directed, produced, written and co-edited by Ramona S. Diaz. The two films were showcased as non-competitors in the festival.
“I think these two films resonated well with the Russian audience. Ang Babaeng Humayoin particular carries themes that Russians can relate to as it was inspired by the short story ‘God Sees the Truth, But Waits’ by Leo Tolstoy,” Sorreta said.
“While the two films were exhibited as non-competitors, the festival provided a great opportunity for the Russian public to appreciate Philippine talent, creativity and capabilities when it comes to films,” he said.
Started in 1935, the Moscow International Film Festival is one of the oldest in the world, but was interrupted by World War II and by certain policies of the former Soviet Union.
Over the past 20 years, the Festival Jury was headed by the leading world film personalities Richard Gere, Theo Angelopoulos, Margarethe von Trotta, Alan Parker, Gleb Panfilov, Fred Schepisi, Luc Besson, Geraldine Chaplin, Héctor Babenco, Pavel Lungin, and Mohsen Makhmalbaf.(Charissa M. Luci-Atienza) ###
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