NETPAC EASTAR JET award at the 13th Jeonju International Film Festival

Aditya Tuesday May 8, 2012

13th Jeonju International Film Festival, May 2012

The NETPAC EASTAR JET was won by the film:

__Florentina Hubaldo, CTE __(Philippines/HD/360 mins/B&W/2012/Tagalog) Directed by Lav Diaz

Citation "The jury unanimously awards Florentina Hubaldo, CTE, directed by Lav Diaz from the Philippines with the NETPAC EASTAR JET award at the 13th Jeonju International Film Festival for its deeply impactful configuration of intense performances, exquisite mise-en-scène and mystery of sound, and most importanly, for its empowering independent spirit."

Synopsis The ‘CTE’ at the end of its title stands for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease found in individuals who have been subjected to multiple concussions and other forms of head injury, and can be developed to Alzheimer’s. The Filipino master of the digital era, Lav Diaz’s latest work Florentina Hubaldo, CTE is about a girl named Florentina Hubaldo who’s suffering from CTE in result of her father’s continuous and cruel violence and prostitution, and Manoling who is wasting his time in search of treasures in the land of his gambling addict father - who came back to his homeland after his unsuccessful life in Manila - and his friend Juan. Between these two main plots the film (metaphorically) reproduces the history of colonial Philippines and the agonising lives of its people during that era, and reveals the national myth that has been misleading its people with a vain hope. Also, with the deep images created by the geometric structure of nature and the movements of the characters, and the long-takes capturing the changes in nature and the brutal pain of the characters, Florentina Hubaldo, CTE pushes the audience’s emotions to its extreme and records the colonial times at a rather slow pace. The film is not only focusing on portraying the dreadful reality, but keeps the hope for salvation through the scenes where Florentina trying to hold the Giant’s hand, the characters looking straight into the camera by the stream, Florentina pitifully tries to remember her name and her past against violence, and Juan finally finds the endlessly-crying lizard. Florentina Hubaldo, CTE is an epic of salvation and a historical odyssey completed by the tenacity and endurance of Lav Diaz, one of the most important cineastes of today, which strongly demands the audience to remember and reflect the memories of the history by imprinting the life of an individual full of agony. (Jo Ji-hoon)

Print sourcehttp://www.studiodadashow.com/ Sine Olivia Philipinas kints_kints@yahoo.com  ====== Jury members ======Edith Chiu (Hong Kong) Oh Young-Suk (Korea) Tan Bee Thiam (Singapore)


by NETPAC Bureau

International Women's Day

We are pleased to bring to you, for the second year, our International Women’s Day screening!

Free online screening | 8th March

IWD theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge - Ubolsyn herself completely embraces the theme!

This year we invite you to a special free online screening of ULBOLSYN from director Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Our sincere thanks to the producers, Guillaume de Seille and Olga Khlasheva, for their generosity and their efforts in facilitating the screening.

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The film tells the story of a girl named Ulbolsyn (Kazakh for ‘let there be a son’) whose little sister Azhar is kidnapped by the regional mayor’s brother Urgen for marital purposes and taken away to his village. Ulbolsyn wants her sister to be free and to enter her into a foreign university so that she can pursue a future career. As soon as she learns about the incident, Ulbolsyn decides to fight for her sister and face down the patriarchal world of the people living in the Karatas village.

The film is the recipient of the NETPAC Award in Tallinn Black Nights and TRT award in CineLink Sarajevo WIP 2020

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