Eight PH Films in Tokyo Fest

TOKYO – Eight movies from the Philippines will be showcased at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) from Oct. 28 to Nov. 5, two of which will compete in the International Competition and Asian Future sections.

Paul Soriano’s suspense drama “Mañanita,” written by Lav Diaz and starring Bela Padilla, will make its world premiere as one of the 14 contenders in the International Competition section of the A-list festival.

The horror suspense film “Motel Acacia” directed by Bradley Liew starring JC Santos will also have its world premiere and compete in the Asian Future section of TIFF.

Brillante Mendoza, who chaired last year’s International Competition jury, will return to TIFF with the screening of his latest masterpiece “Mindanao” starring Judy Ann Santos in the World Focus section.

Erik Matti’s “Food Lore - Island of Dreams” starring Angel Bayani, Yul Servo and Ina Feleo will also have its debut in the same section of Tokyo fest.

Lav Diaz, a TIFF regular, will have his first-ever sci-fi film “The Halt (Ang Hupa)” starring Piolo Pascual and Shaina Magdayao featured in the Crosscut Asia section along with three other Filipino films: “The Entity (Kuwaresma)” directed by Erik Matti starring Sharon Cuneta and John Arcilla; “Untrue” by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo starring Xian Lim and Cristine Reyes; and “Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay” by Antoinette Jadaone. - Florenda Corpuz

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