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Mario O'Hara, A Complete Artist and An Outsider

Aditya Friday July 20, 2012
 Born on April 20, 1946, in Zamboanga (Mindanao), one of the many children of Jaime O'Hara, the son of an Irish-American Thomasite, and a Filipina with Spanish blood, Mario Herrero O'Hara perfectly reflects the "melting pot" of the Philippines modern history. Actually he was about the only one in his family to refuse to take an American passport, which already says enough about his character. One of the most outstanding personalities of Filipino cinema and stage, Mario O'Hara, passed away from leukemia at the San Juan de Dios hospital (Manila) on June 26, 2012, at only 66. He was cremated, and the wake took place at Magallanes church, in Manila.

A New Aspect of Philippine Indie Cinema

Aditya Thursday March 1, 2012
 As indie film festivals are sprouting across the country, Cinema Rehiyon 4 (cinemarehiyon.com) took place in Bacolod, capital of the Negros Island in Visayas from 8 to 11 February 2012, under the funny title of "Bacollywood". It was held in Davao last year. With the sponsorship by the NCCA (the National Commission for Culture and the Arts)1, admission to the screenings was free. Although its opening was a bit marred by a strong earthquake that shook Negros the day before, the festival ran normally at the Robinson's mall in Bacolod during the four days. Most of the directors and actors were also in attendance to meet the local audience.

A Conversation with Simin

Aditya Thursday March 1, 2012
Perhaps Iran’s most famous actress and also a longstanding member of NETPAC, Fatemeh (Simin) Motamed Arya recently received the Prix Henri-Langlois 2012Cinémas du Monded'ici & d'ailleurs (Cinemas of the World) for an actress at the Vincennes International Festival in France. Named in honour of the co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française and the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the awards are presented annually to personalities who greatly influence the art of cinema.

Film Reviews: Brides of Sulu and The Dawning Sky

Aditya Tuesday August 30, 2011
It was the fifth time that the International Silent Film Festival (the only regular one of its kind in ((http://netpacasia.org/South-East|South-East)) Asia) took place at the ((http://netpacasia.org/Shangri-La|Shangri-La)) Plaza, in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila (August 26 to 28, 2011), but it was only the first time that a Silent Filipino film was shown, as the opening film. And it was an intriguing one, indeed

The Death of an Artist: Tareque Masud

Aditya Wednesday August 17, 2011
With the tragic death of Tareque Masud in a car crash near Dhaka on 13 August, Bangladesh has lost her tallest filmmaker, and the film world an artist of refinement and compassion, qualities so transparent in his cinema. Author of several documentaries and two feature films, Masud proved his mettle on the world stage with his first feature, The Clay Bird (Matir Moina, 2002), produced by his American-born wife Catherine.. The film garnered three international awards, including the International Critics Prize in Cannes for “its authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights.”

Film Review

Aditya Monday August 15, 2011
The world famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (1910-1988) has been the object of many books and documentaries (mainly for TV), but this latest one, Kurosawa la Voie (Kurosawa's Way), produced by Michiko Yoshitake and directed by Catherine Cadou, is a bit different. Catherine Cadou is well known in the film world for being a top French translator in Japanese, for numerous interviews and also subtitles for dozens of classic and contemporary Japanese movies, especially those by A.K.

Book Review

Aditya Monday August 15, 2011
Contemporary Filipino film directors have a new mirror, consisting of forty-four retratos (portraits) in a book by famous Spanish photographer Oscar Fernandez Orengo which were exhibited at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) two years ago. The choice of the 44 direks is not innocent: most of them belong of course to the young generation of the indie filmmakers who emerged around 2000, like Brillante Mendoza, Aureaus Solito, Jim Libiran, Khavn de la Cruz, Raya Martin, Adolfo B. Alix, and Lav Diaz.  But one can also find prestigious veterans, like Eddie Romero (the last survivor of the Golden Era), Elwood Perez, Celso Ad Castillo, Peque Gallaga, Gil Portes, Mel Chionglo, Joel Lamangan, Cesar Hernando, Clodualdo del Mundo, Roxlee, and of course Mario O'Hara, as well as younger ones like Raymond Red.

THE WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK, Or a semantic look at Filipino Indie cinema and slums on the screen...

Aditya Thursday July 28, 2011
The rave film of the 7th Cinemalaya Film Festival (July 2011,  Philippines) was certainly  The Woman in the Septic Tank (Ang Babae sa septic tank), a first feature directed by Marlon Rivera, and scripted by famed screenwriter and director  Chris Martinez, whose own version of Joey Gosiengfiao's 1981 cult movie Temptation Island, was  a hit recently in theaters here.

Homage to Chidananda Das Gupta

Aditya Tuesday July 19, 2011

Homage To Chidananda Das G  

Chidananda Das Gupta, film critic, author, director and one of the pioneers of the cinema movement in India passed away in Kolkata on 22 May 2011 at the age of 89.    In memory of this scholar, filmmaker and renowned critic, NETPAC organized a tribute at the India International Centre in New Delhi on 23 June. Aruna Vasudev, President NETPAC, Dr Asish Nandy (leading political psychologist, social theorist and contemporary cultural and political critic), Prof Saugata Roy (Minister of State for Urban Development), renowned artist Mr Jatin Das, all of who were closely known to Chituda (as he was affectionately called), and Aparna Sen, well-known filmmaker and Chituda’s daughter, spoke on the occasion. There were readings from the author’s books and a vote of thanks was presented by his daughter, Ratna Lahiri. This was followed by the screening of Das Gupta’s film Amodini with an introduction by Monojit Lahiri. Amodini (1994) was the first film to bring national awards to a husband and wife team: Chidananda Das Gupta won the award fro the Best Bengali Film while his wife Supriya Das Gupta won the award for Best Costume.

In 2005, Chidananda Das Gupta was conferred the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Cinema at the Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema in New Delhi.

Are you the next Tarantino or Spielberg?

Aditya Tuesday March 15, 2011
As founder/director of 9FilmFestival, it has been great to join with the Bangkok Post as an organizer and communications outlet.  When planning the 9FilmFest, we want to give all aspiring filmmakers the chance for recognition.  What good does it do to make a short, and have only your family watch it?  9FilmFest co ltd and Bangkok Post Publishing are joining together to bring a truly unique and rewarding event to Bangkok.


Supriya Suri's Interview with Muhiddin Muzaffar

Director Muhiddin Muzaffar (1) 2 Min

1. I entered the cinema through the theatre. I was an actor in our local theatre called Kanibadam, named after Tuhfa Fozilova. After working for five years, I decided to do a theatre director course. I graduated with honors and became a director. We successfully staged performances at international festivals.


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