The country’s most accomplished and celebrated film directors – with respective bodies of work that have spanned decades to substantially form part of Philippine cinema heritage – join forces for this year’s Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival 2013.
Dubbed All-Masters Edition, this year’s Sineng Pambansa festival, presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines in cooperation with SM Cinema, gathers the latest films from Elwood Perez (Otso), Gil M. Portes (Isang Tag-araw ni Twinkle), Romy Suzara (Tinik), Maryo J. de los Reyes (Bamboo Flowers), Mel Chionglo (Lauriana), the directorial tandem of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes (Sonata), Tikoy Aguiluz (Eman), Chito Roño (Badil), Joel Lamangan (Lihis) and Jose Javier Reyes (Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap).
The festival promises to be the biggest and most distinguished motion picture event of the year. A grand reception to formally kick off Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival 2013 is slated on September 7 at the Atrium of SM Mall of Asia. Full selection of festival films will screen exclusively at SM cinemas in over 45 SM malls nationwide from September 11 to 17.
In addition to the master directors’ entries comprising the main slate for this year’s Sineng Pambansa festival are some special features. A masters’ master tribute seeks to honor the memory of Celso Ad. Castillo with the showcase of the last film he directed, Bahay ng Lagim. New breed cinema is represented by the debut film from TM Malones, Salvi. A short film competition will have winners each from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Recently restored classics respectively from National Artists Lino Brocka and Manuel Conde, namely, Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag and Genghis Khan are to be likewise screened.