CINEMATHEQUE OPENS IN ZAMBOANGA: GUEST OF HONOR MANUEL CONDE'S SON- JUN URBANO (Mr Shooli)

To provide another alternative screening venue for independently produced movies, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will open its fifth cinematheque in Zamboanga City on Wednesday. The inauguration of the 160-seater Zamboanga Cinematheque will be witnessed by FDCP chair Briccio Santos, local government officials and foreign dignitaries.
According to Santos, it is only fitting that the fifth cinematheque is located in Zamboanga City, “which is one of the pioneering locations that actively exhibited films even before World War II.” Also to be unveiled that day is a statue of the late filmmaker Manuel Conde, sculpted by artist Jonas Roces. Conde’s son, actor-director Jun Urbano, is guest of honor.
Also expected to attend are Jorge Domencq, Spain’s ambassador to the Philippines; Michel Stanilas Villar, counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of France; Celso Lobregat, 1st District Zamboanga City representative; and Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, Zamboanga City mayor.

ALSO: Biography of Jun Urbano, son of Manuel Conde (actor circa 1960)

Jun Urbano's father. Manuel Conde was born on August 11, 1915 in the Philippines as Manuel Urbano. He was a director and actor, known for Verganza (1958), Molave (1961) and Juan Tamad Goes to Malacañang (1961). He was married to Elvira Reyes. He died on August 11, 1985 in the Philippines. Born: Manuel Urbano August 11, 1915 in Philippines Died: August 11, 1985 (age 70) in Philippines. Jun Urbano, aka Manuel Conde, Jr and 'Leo Martinez (II)' (qv) launched a campaign motivating Filipino residents not to vote for actors and basketball stars in the elections during the 2007 Elections. In the 80s, he created Mr. Shooli, a Mongolian character who was astounded by the Philippines and its people. Mr. Shooli predated Hollywood's tactless foreigner, Borat. His dilemma about Filipinos were parallel to Borat's confusion about the American way of life.Jun Urbano is an actor and writer, known for Juan Tamad at Mr. Shooli: Mongolian Barbecue (1991), M.O.N.A.Y (Misteyks obda neyson adres Yata) ni Mr. Shooli (2007) and Magic Temple (1996) Watch video of Jun Urbano as Mr? Shooli below....

ALSO: Zamboanga International Film Festival back for the 4th straight year!

The Film Development Council of the Philippines returns to Zamboanga City with its Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program as it brings for the fourth straight year the Zamboanga International Film Festival 2014 edition to be held from February 27 to March 2. Once again to be showcased are a wide array of both Filipino and Spanish films that revel in the beauty of cinema.


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JUN URBANO and the statue of his father, the late filmmaker Manuel Conde. photo by Rodel Rotoni

MANILA, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 (INQUIRER)  By Marinel R. Cruz - To provide another alternative screening venue for independently produced movies, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will open its fifth cinematheque in Zamboanga City on Wednesday.

The inauguration of the 160-seater Zamboanga Cinematheque will be witnessed by FDCP chair Briccio Santos, local government officials and foreign dignitaries.

According to Santos, it is only fitting that the fifth cinematheque is located in Zamboanga City, “which is one of the pioneering locations that actively exhibited films even before World War II.”

Earlier, the FDCP established cinematheques in Bacolod, Baguio, Iloilo and Marawi.

“We hope that with this [new cinematheque], the glory of movie-going will be revived,” the FDCP chief said.

“The facility is designed to be an alternative screening location of diverse films ranging from Filipino classics to foreign works,” the council posted on www.fdcp.ph. “It will also serve as a venue for workshops and symposiums as well.”

The inauguration on Wednesday will coincide with the opening ceremony of the 2014 Zamboanga International Film Festival, which will be held until Sunday.

Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves,” a 2012 Spanish silent film based on the fairy tale Snow White, is the opening film.

Also to be unveiled that day is a statue of the late filmmaker Manuel Conde, sculpted by artist Jonas Roces. Conde’s son, actor-director Jun Urbano, is guest of honor.

Also expected to attend are Jorge Domencq, Spain’s ambassador to the Philippines; Michel Stanilas Villar, counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of France; Celso Lobregat, 1st District Zamboanga City representative; and Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, Zamboanga City mayor.

Winning scripts

Meanwhile, the FDCP chose nine winners for its 2013 Genre Film Scriptwriting Competition.

The first three winners received P200,000 each: Eduardo Lejano for his script “Habagat” (hybrid); Agustin del Mundo Sugatan Jr. for “Jeepney, Jeprox, A Pinoy Rak” (comedy); and Jose Alejandro M. Eduarte for “Wakasan” (action).

The six succeeding scripts each won P100,000: “As One” (horror) by Juvy Grado Galamiton; “Bacao” (thriller) by Edgardo Vinarao; “Frat War” (horror) by Hector M. Fernandez; “Maligamgam” (comedy) by Jerome Zamora; “Misteriyoklas: The Beki Files” (hybrid) by Mario L. Mendez Jr.; and “The Unbelievers” (action) by Reuben R. Canoy.

The nine winning scriptwriters will participate in a story-pitching session to be held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City next month.

Biography of Jun Urbano, aka Manuel Conde Jr.

He and 'Leo Martinez (II)' (qv) launched a campaign motivating Filipino residents not to vote for actors and basketball stars in the elections during the 2007 Elections.

In the 80s, he created Mr. Shooli, a Mongolian character who was astounded by the Philippines and its people. Mr. Shooli predated Hollywood's tactless foreigner, Borat. His dilemma about Filipinos were parallel to Borat's confusion about the American way of life.

Jun Urbano is an actor and writer, known for Juan Tamad at Mr. Shooli: Mongolian Barbecue (1991), M.O.N.A.Y (Misteyks obda neyson adres Yata) ni Mr. Shooli (2007) and Magic Temple (1996). He is the son of 'Manuel Conde.


Manuel Conde was named posthumously as National Artist for Cinema by Philippine president Gloria Arroyo on June 11. Manuel Conde (born Manuel Urbano, 1915 – 1985)was the first director from the Philippines who was invited to an international film festival. His groundbreaking Genghis Khan, a triumph of visual imagination over small budget, was shown in 1950 at the Venice Film Festival. His most popular films were the satirical films on Juan Tamad, a Oblomov-type of jester from Philippino folklore, that lampooned the Philippine society of his time.

 VIDEO OF Jun Urbano as Mr. Shooli
 
 NEWS CAFE EP61 - JUN URBANO A.K.A MR. SHOOLI.
 
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FROM THE FILM DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES

Zamboanga International Film Festival back for the 4th straight year!

The Film Development Council of the Philippines returns to Zamboanga City with its Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program as it brings for the fourth straight year the Zamboanga International Film Festival 2014 edition to be held from February 27 to March 2.

Once again to be showcased are a wide array of both Filipino and Spanish films that revel in the beauty of cinema.

Zamboanga International Film Festival 2014 Film Lineup:

Arrugas (Wrinkles)

Director: Ignacio Ferreras

Cast: George Coe, Tacho González, Álvaro Guevara

Summary:

“Wrinkles” portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel and colleagues to avoid ending up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or "assisted" floor. Their wild plan infuses their otherwise tedious day-to-day with humor and tenderness, because although for some their lives are coming to an end, for them it is just a new beginning.

Blancanieves (Snow White)

Director: Pablo Berger

Cast: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Ángela Molina

Summary:

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in 1920s, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent films.

Copito de Nieve (Snowflake, the White Gorilla)

Director: Andrés G. Schaer

Cast: David Spade, Ariana Grande, Jennette McCurdy, Elsa Pataky, Nathan Kress

Summary:

Snowflake is special; he's the only white gorilla in the world. He is the zoo's main attraction, children love him, but the other gorillas don't see what's so charming about this weirdo being the center of attention. With the help of Ailur, a Buddhist black panther reincarnated into the body of a red panda, and Paula, a smart little girl, Snowflake plans a sneak visit to the witch at the circus. She can help him be a normal gorilla. But outside the safety of the zoo's walls, the three friends are in danger.

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes)

Director: Juan José Campanella

Cast: Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo, Javier Godino

Summary:

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

O Apostolo (The Apostle)

Director: Fernando Cortizo

Cast: Carlos Blanco, Xosé Manuel Ovleira ‘Pico’, Paul Naschy

Summary:

A convict who escaped from jail takes off to a remote village to recover old loot that was hidden years earlier. But what he finds there involves him in a fate much worse than the one he had been doomed to. Sinister old people, odd disappearances, spirits, a strange parish priest and even the archpriest of Santiago de Compostela will all meet in a tale full of terror, humor, and fantasy.

Siete Mesas de billar frances (Seven Billiard Tables)

Director: Gracia Querejeta

Cast: Maribel Verdú, Blanca Portillo, Jesús Castejón, Victor Valdivia, Enrique Villén

Summary:

Angela and her young son Guille travel to the big city to see Leo, her father and the boy's grandfather, when he suddenly takes ill. However, they arrive to discover that he has just passed away. Charo, the dead man's lover, explains the dire straits suffered by the paternal business: a hall with seven billiard tables. Charo is convinced that the only way to pay off the debts is to sell the place. However, Angela learns that her husband has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Given this painful reality, Angela resolves to get on and rebuild her life. And the first thing she decides to do is put her savings into getting the old place and its seven tables back up on its feet.

Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap? (What are the Colors of Forgotten Dreams?)

Director: Jose Javier Reyes

Cast: Ms. Rustica Carpio, Ryan Agoncillo, Jackie Lou Blanco, Bobby Andrews

Summary:

The story traces the life of Teresa, who has dedicated sixty years of her life to the service of a middle class family at the expense of her own happiness and fulfillment. Now that the matriarch has dies, the children who were under her care have to bury their mother and decide on the fate of their nanny.

Ang Tag-Araw ni Twinkle (Twinkle's Summer)

Director: Gil M. Portes

Cast: Ellen Adarna, Chris Villanueva, Arnold Reyes, Rina Reyes, Dominic Roco, Mark Acueza

Summary:

The rebellious Twinkle Marie’s life is about to get turned on its head due to a visit from an, unbeknownst to her, biological father with secrets to share. Entering into a tailspin of drugs, sickness, and lies forces her to reevaluate and asses things, then ultimately deciding on what’s truly important.

Bamboo Flowers

Director: Maryo J. Delos Reyes

Cast: Mylene Dizon, Max Collins, Yogo Singh, Orlando Sol, Ruru Madrid

Summary:

The actual chandelier-shaped bamboo flowers that blossom only before death inspire this anthology about the lives of different people in Bohol, who have to deal with the ever changing world around them. The erosion of traditions and beliefs forces change in their lives and pushes them towards drastic life decisions.

Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin

Director: Sherbien Dacalanio

Cast: Estrellita “Star” Saco

Synopsis:

Ang Pagbabalik ng Bituin tells the story of Estrellita “Star” Saco, a teenager who has been employed as household help in Manila for close to ten years. Every so often, Star pays a visit to her hometown of Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte. Everytime he visits, she is treated as a star by the townsfolk not because she is a celebrity but because of the gifts that she brings: DVDs.

In Nomine Matris (Sa Ngalan ng Ina) (In the Name of the Mother)

Director: Will Fredo

Cast: Liza Diño, Biboy Ramirez, Al Gatmaitan, Tami Monsod, Clara Ramona

Summary:

In the heart of Metro Manila, Mara (Liza Diño), a young dance protégé seeks to land the principal part of a dance company about to embark on a tour. On her quest to land the coveted break, a series of events turned her sense of meaning upside down, and is faced with a life changing decision. She turns to her mentor Mercedes (Clara Ramona) and her mother Ava (Tami Monsod) as she searches for answers in the beautifully loud and endlessly moving world she lives in.

Kalon

Director: Blecyrezza E. Piluden

Cast: Sylvia Karame, Gernard Channan

Summary:

Lakay Shalan decides that his only son, Kajem, is of the right age to marry, and so hurries off to find a wife for him. Kajem is unable to have his say on the marriage matter, and helplessly looks on as his father ventures out to seek a wife. Meanwhile, a group of girls leaves for home after panning for gold along the river. Lakay Shandin is heard calling for Shamdja, one of his daughters. Mahaysha, Shamdja’s sister, realizes that her sister is not among their group and starts calling for her. Shamdja hides behind a big rock, ignoring their calls. She quickly slips away through the forest and stops by a pine tree. A man appears before her and they embrace. The man turns out to be Kajem, who tells her of his father’s intentions of an arranged marriage for him. They are deeply troubled.

Lauriana

Director: Mel Chionglo

Cast: Bangs Garica, Allen Dizon, Victor Basa, Adrian Cabido

Synopsis:

Set in 1955, the residents of a small idyllic village in Quezon are jolted to discover the dark, disturbing secret of a soldier and his common-law wife. Guilt and recrimination abound in the town and forces our protagonist into a six decade long journey of remorse, forgiveness and retribution.

Si Pagong at si Matsing

Director: Ayeen Pineda and Ramon del Prado

Summary:

Matsing thinks highly of himself and uses his brains to try and outwit the nice and helpful Pagong. Matsing befriends Pagong as the latter is out walking in the forest. They stumble upon a banana plant lying on the forest floor. The two decide to split the plant in half, Matsing insisting on getting what he thinks is the good half–the upper, leafy part of the tree. They plant their respective halves, but Matsing’s half dies while Pagong’s lower half has fully grown, bearing bananas. Matsing offers to help Pagong harvest the bananas and climbs up the tree. Instead of harvesting the fruits, he eats them all up. Pagong retaliates by placing thorns around the tree. Matsing is hurt by the thorns and vows revenge on Pagong. He threatens Pagong with various ways of dying, but in the end, Pagong manages to outwit Matsing and escapes with his life. This is an adaptation from the Filipino folktale "The Monkey and the Turtle." Using cutout and flash animation, this adaptation updates and makes the story relevant to contemporary viewers.

Sonata

Directors: Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes

Cast: Cherie Gil, Chart Motus, Joshua Pineda, Chino Jalandoni, Richard Gomez

Synopsis:

“Sonata” is the story of a woman whose whole life is her art, but when she loses it she goes into a self-exile, only to be, hopefully, reinvigorated by a young boy daring to bring it all back.

Screening schedules are to be announced soon!

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