Tembong: A tale of design & identity Jerry Donato (The Philippine Star) - July 17, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Dreams signify unconscious wishes and desires, says RD, my psychologist friend. They also speak of repressed feelings. Shaira Advincula presents dreams as a rich realm of design inspirations for a weaver to discover in the short film titled Tembong (Connecting). The dreams-turned-designs intersect symbolisms of birth, life, marriage and death for the living through the T’nalak weaving. Tembong is among the 10 short finalists in this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. “The upturned treatment is mainly used as a transitional device,” said Shaira of the film’s hardly-missed visual approach, which separates the main character’s dream sequences from his reality or present. “Yung dream sequences ay naka-upturned, may naka-juxtapose (na) images, … [Read more...] about Tembong: A tale of design & identity
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A ‘quickie’ reunion with friends in L.A. FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2019 - 12:00am Things are more meaningful when unplanned, more memorable when fleeting because they make you crave for more time for longer how-are-yous and how-have-you-beens. That’s what happened on the last of our recent five-day working trip to L.A. purposely to interview the stars of The Last Summer (now streaming on Netflix), marked by “quickie” meetings with friends at spare hours. My nephew Raymond de Asis Lo (The STAR’s L.A. correspondent) wanted to host an impromptu double post-birthday brunch, so between Viceroy (L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills where the Netflix junket was held) and Holiday Inn (near LAX where we were booked for a mid-morning PAL flight back to Manila), he directed Jemela Nettles (the immigration lawyer who kindly drives us around when we are in L.A.) to proceed to the … [Read more...] about A ‘quickie’ reunion with friends in L.A.
A FILM starring a former under-age escort at the heart of a scandal that shook the French football team won one of the top prizes at the Cannes film festival on May 23. An Easy Girl was named the best film in the Directors’ Fortnight section with the judges lavishing particular praise on the big screen debut of Zahia Dehar, who made headlines when she was allegedly paid for sex when she was 17 by French soccer stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema. The players were acquitted of all criminal charges in 2014 when a Paris court ruled that they had been unaware of her age. Zahia, now 27, plays a “glamazon” party girl who leads her 16-year-old cousin through a summer of sexual and political awakening amid the nouveau riche jet set on the French Riviera. Critics had heaped praise on the Algerian actress’s performance, with the Hollywood Reporter comparing her “pouty, performative femininity” to 1960s French screen siren Brigitte Bardot. Known simply as … [Read more...] about Football scandal girl film wins a top Cannes award
It’s an artsy week with film premieres from Pangdemonium and Singular Screens – the latest from Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019. For the music junkies and clubbers, get hyped with Zouk’s weekend-long 28th anniversary celebrations, and North London rapper Jimothy’s debut in Singapore. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PRETTY GIRLS Pangdemonium’s world premiere of This is What Happens to Pretty Girls draws from true survival stories of the #MeToo movement, telling the lives of both women and men who continue to struggle with their secrets of sexual harassment and trauma. Directed by Tracy Pang (winner of Best Director Award for Falling), and written by playwriter Ken Kwek (award-winning director of Unlucky Plaza), this play tackles difficult conversations on gender equality and empowerment. And for those who believe that “this is what happens to pretty girls”, Pangdemonium challenges … [Read more...] about 5 things to do in Singapore this week: May 13-19