Five films from the Philippines are currently being shown at the Prague International Film Festival or FebioFest from March 14 to 22.
The five films include Director Jun Lana’s Bwakaw and four films by Cannes Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, namely: Lola, Tirador, Captive, and Thy Womb, which will have a marathon showing on March 20 at the Cinestar Andel cinema in Prague.
Philippine Ambassador to the Czech Republic Evelyn D. Austria-Garcia said that she is happy to note that the “the selection of the five films exhibited in FebioFest is record-breaking as it marks the most number of Filipino films exhibited in the 20-year stint of the Prague film fest.”
“The film showing is timely as we celebrate this year the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Czech Republic. The Philippine Embassy is pleased to support FebioFest through assistance in the transport of the Philippine films and in their translation to the Czech language,” she added.
Ambassador Austria-Garcia announced that the FebioFest is giving tribute to Filipino film director Mendoza for his works. Other honorees include Polish actor-director Jerzy Stuhr, British producer Jeremy Thomas, Finnish director Aku Louhimies, Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, British director Richard Lester, Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, and Czech actress Zdena Studenková.
FebioFest is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic. The festival presents a wide range of contemporary and retrospective samplings of high-quality films including alternative, film-school and amateur works to a diverse viewing public.