By Roy Mabasa
Four highly acclaimed Philippine-made films will be shown in Israel for the next four Sundays of the month of July as part of the first-ever Philippine Film Festival to be held in that country.
One of the films to be shown at the Cinematheque movie theater in Jerusalem on July 15 is the film “An Open Door”, a documentary about President Manuel L. Quezon’s policy to create a safe haven in the Philippines for Jewish refugees from the Holocaust.
On July 8, the festival will open in Cinematheque Tel Aviv with “On The Job”, a gritty crime thriller that was featured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and received with a standing ovation at its first screening.
On 22 July, Cinematheque Haifa screens “Smaller and Smaller Circles”, a screenplay based on a Filipino crime novel—the first of its genre in the Philippines—that won both the Carlos Palanca Grand Prize for the English Novel and the National Book Award.
The film festival wraps up on 29 July in Cinematheque Tel Aviv with “Die Beautiful”, a comedy-drama that takes off from a transgender beauty queen’s final request to be made up as a different celebrity every day during her wake.