Tokyo International Film Festival graces Filipino filmmakers and stars

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'Mañanita' director Paul Soriano and actress Bela Padilla attend the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival. Alfredo Ruzol, ABS-CBN News

There is a strong presence of Filipino filmmakers and stars in this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, as they hit off the red carpet on Monday.

Eight productions made it to Japan premieres in four categories.

Paul Soriano’s “Mañanita” made its world debut in Main Competition entry starring Bela Padilla. It was described as transcendental journey film. The Lav Diaz-penned project was kept under wraps prior to the announcement of its inclusion in the fest.

Meanwhile, via Asian Future section, the horror film “Motel Acacia” is directed by Philippines-based Malaysian director Bradley Liew and starring JC Santos, the collaboration with Filipino producer Bianca Balbuena. They seek to co-produce with other Southeast Asian countries.

Two Philippine films directed by Eric Matti “Food Lore: Island of Dreams” made it to the World Focus section and “Kuwaresma (The Entity) is being screened in the Crosscut Asia section.

TIFF regular director Brillante Mendoza, with Judy Ann Santos starred in ‘Mindanao.’

Another Filipino films, which star the Crosscut Asia section, are “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay” from Antoinette Jadaone, “The Halt” from Lav Diaz, and “Untrue” from Sigrid Bernardo. (Source: ABS-CBN News)