INDIE NEWSFLASH! INDIE NEWSFLASH! Two Filipino films have been chosen as official entries to the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Death March” and Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” are among the 14 films that will be screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.
The selection of “Death March” will mark the prolific 34-year-old Alix Jr.’s second time in Cannes. In 2009, “Manila”, a twinbill film he co-directed with Raya Martin, was screened out of competition in the festival.“Death March” is a historical film about the fall of Bataan during World War II. It stars Sid Lucero , Rocky Salumbides, JunJun Quintana, Sam Milby, Gian Magdangal, Kristofer King, Jacky Woo, Jason Abalos, Luis Alandy, Felix Roco and Marc Macalintal.
Diaz has received international acclaim for his past works, which are known to run for several hours, but he will be making his Cannes debut next month with “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”.
Not much is known about his film, which used to have the working title of “Parol”. Diaz shot it in Ilocos, with Sid Lucero, Archie Alemania, Angeli Bayani and Soliman Cruz in the cast.
The best film in the Un Certain Regard section, which will be chosen by a jury headed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, will win a cash prize of 30,000 euros.
The other 12 films in this section are:
“The Bling Ring” (Sofia Coppola, USA), “Anonymous” (Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran), “The Bastards” (Claire Denis, France), “Bends” (Flora Lau, Hong Kong), “Fruitvale” (Ryan Coogler, USA) “Grand Central” (Rebecca Zlotowski, France), “La Jaula de Oro” (Diego Quemada-Diez, Spain), “L’image manquante” (Rithy Panh), “L’inconnu du lac” (Alain Guiraudie), “Miele” (Valeria Golino, Italy), “Omar” (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine), and “Sarah prefere la course” (Chloe Robichaud, Canada).